Little People Played Big Enough At A Guild Screening Of Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’

The challenge for Alexander Payne‘s Downsizing is obvious: Its people are small, but its themes are very big. And whether those are too large, and manifold, for a pop culture that likes to gnaw on its issues in digestible lumps—racial injustice, political hatred, income inequality, climate collapse, each in its turn—has yet to be seen.
Set for commercial release by Paramount Pictures on Dec. 22, Payne’s fable about an Everyman, played by Matt Damon, who decides to escape…

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Hollywood Split Over Al Franken; Former ‘SNL’ Cast Members Take Sides

Should he stay or should he go? Hollywood, never as monolithic as Fox News viewers believe, certainly has reached no consensus on Al Franken, the Saturday Night Live veteran turned Minnesota senator.
“Zero tolerance,” tweets Alyssa Milano, firmly in the he-needs-to-go camp. On the other side: “He made a mistake,” said Chelsea Handler, agreeing with a Franken-supporting Bill Maher on last night’s Real Time With Bill Maher. “He’s not a predator.”
With calls for Franken’s…

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No One Recognized Rita Ora On The Voice In Germany

Poor Rita Ora, forever cursed to wander this earth as a famous but like, not that famous person. The British pop star has never really caught on in America — although not for lack of trying — and apparently, she never really caught on in Germany either. Entertainment Weekly reports that not a … More »

‘Wonderstruck’ Colorist Joe Gawler on How Film’s Multi-Period Look Was Created

Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” which screened in the main competition at Camerimage, tells the complicated story of two children, both deaf, growing up in New York during different historical periods, whose paths strangely and magically converge. To tell this multi-layered story, DP Edward Lachman, a Camerimage regular and frequent Haynes collaborator (“Far From Heaven,” “I’m Not […]

Univision & Verizon Reach Deal, Ending Blackout And Restoring Stations

Univision and Verizon have come to terms, restoring Univision networks and stations across the Verizon footprint.
In an announcement by Univision Communications, the company said that “Verizon has demonstrated that it is committed to providing Hispanic America with the critical news, information and content that they rely on. We look forward to furthering our partnership with Verizon across their platforms to best serve the needs of the Hispanic community.”
The statement…

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ICG President Steven Poster Pushes On-Set Safety, Slams Government’s Anti-Union Stance

Cinematographer Steven Poster, who’s shot such films as “Donnie Darko” and “Stuart Little 2,” and is a former president of the Americans Society of Cinematographers, has been head of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, since 2006. He sat with Variety to assess the state of the organization at this point in its history (good) […]

Production Designer Adam Stockhausen on Building Wes Anderson’s Worlds

Production designer Adam Stockhausen, known for creating much of the fantastical look of Wes Anderson films such as “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Grand Budapest Hotel,” for which he won the Oscar, says he derives much of his inspiration from intensive research. Working closely with Anderson, Stockhausen most recently designed the upcoming “Isle of Dogs” while also […]

David Cassidy Hospitalized With Reported Organ Failure

Pop star David Cassidy has been hospitalized in Florida and is suffering from organ failure, according to his publicist.
The 67-year-old David Cassidy has been stricken with dementia. His publicist, JoAnn Geffen, confirmed his hospitalization, noting, “he is now conscious and surrounded by family.”
Reports indicate Cassidy has been hospitalized for three days and is in critical condition. He has been in declining health for a while and has been open about his prior…

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Hungary’s ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival

Poland’s Camerimage fest wrapped Saturday with the Golden Frog top prize for “On Body and Soul,” a Hungarian story of shared dreams filmed by Mate Herbai and directed by Ildiko Enyedi. The jury, headed by British director Michael Apted, honored Russian family drama “Loveless,” with cinematography by Mikhail Krichman and directing by Andrei Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan”), […]

David Cassidy Hospitalized With Organ Failure

David Cassidy is in a Florida hospital with organ failure, his publicist JoAnn Geffen confirmed Saturday. The 67-year old pop idol and “Partridge Family” star has been suffering from dementia, he announced earlier this year. TMZ reported that he is in critical condition and has been in the hospital for three days after being in […]