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Jason Sudeikis Talks Matt Damon Into ‘Downsizing’ In This New Movie Clip

While most eyes are on 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi', there are other options at the cinema including a *ahem* smaller film called 'Downsizing' directed by Alexander Payne ('Nebraska', 'The Descendants') with an all-star cast including Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz and Jason Sudeikis.
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Claims of racism dog a Golden Globe-nominated performance, revealing the bias of the accusers

It seems reasonable enough to believe that viewers calling out Alexander Payne, or Thai-Vietnamese actress Hong Chau herself, as troubling or in poor taste are in fact dealing with their own built-in cognitive mis-recognition, as they struggle with internalized accent discrimination. Instead of sufficiently ...
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Election

Up until recently, Alexander Payne's Election, his 1999 dalliance with MTV Films, had settled in comfortably among the best American comedies of the post-New Hollywood era. In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, it might also rank among the same era's finest American tragedies, at least in the ...
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Downsizing with Alexander Payne and Taylor Hackford (Ep. 119 )

Director Alexander Payne discusses his new film, Downsizing, with fellow Director Taylor Hackford. The film follows Paul and his wife Audrey, who make the life-altering decision to shrink themselves to five inches tall, using a newly-discovered process created as a solution to overpopulation. After Paul ...
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Movie Review: ‘Downsizing’ Is A Small-Scale Satire

Helmed by acclaimed filmmaker Alexander Payne (“Sideways,” “The Descendants”) from an original script by Payne and frequent writing partner Jim Taylor, “Downsizing” is ambitious on a scale far larger the size of its miniaturized setting, even if it falls short of its aims. But even though audiences will be ...
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Viacom Scores Golden Globe Nominations for “Downsizing,” “13 Reasons Why”

Downsizing doesn't hit theaters until Dec. 22, but the Alexander Payne-directed fantasy about a resource-starved future, in which citizens shrink themselves to conserve resources, is already creating enough buzz to earn a Golden Globe nomination. Hong Chau earned a spot on the list of contenders in ...
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Matt Damon Initially Believed ‘Downsizing’ Plot was a Joke

Matt Damon was worried that he was being pranked when he first heard the concept for new movie Downsizing. The actor is currently promoting the Alexander Payne-directed film, which tells of a couple who undertake a procedure to shrink their bodies so they can start a life in a new community.
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U of T Engineering professors appear in Downsizing film

Mark Kortschot: In March 2016, there was an open casting call for professors in Toronto to play academics attending a conference, with no prior acting experience required. I understand that Alexander Payne, the director of Downsizing, often uses “authentic locals” as extras or in small speaking roles.
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Downsizing’s Hong Chau Is Sick of Talking About That Accent

Matt Damon is the bankable star dominating trailers for Downsizing, Alexander Payne's deep-dive into a world where humans can be shrunk down to five inches. But while Damon's character, Omaha everyman Paul Safranek, introduces us to this brave little new world, the movie's wild second half ...
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Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the Best Films of 2017

Chief critic Todd McCarthy's favorites include an undersung comic epic from Alexander Payne, three very different love stories and a formally bold war movie, while the most popular film among all THR critics polled was 'Call Me by Your Name,' followed by 'Lady Bird' and 'The Shape of Water.'.
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