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Alexander Payne May Like the Odds on SEPTILLION TO ONE

Posted 3 weeks ago
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Alexander Payne is currently in pre-production on his next film, Downsizing, but he might already be looking ahead to a future project. According to The Wrap, OddLot has just won a bidding war on the spec script Septillion to One and Payne is circling the director’s chair.

The story is based on the true story of Joan Ginther, who won the Texas State Lottery four times, taking home ...
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Isaiah Washington Ripped on Twitter for Telling Chris Rock: ‘Adapt’ to Racial Profiling

Posted 4 weeks ago
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Isaiah Washington is no stranger to controversy. But the outspoken actor seems to have met his match on Twitter.
Washington landed in the cross hairs of the social media mob on Wednesday after he tweeted a little unsolicited advice to Chris Rock on how to deal with alleged police profiling.
“I sold my $90,000.00 Mercedes G500 and bought 3 Prius’s, because I got tired of being ...
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OddLot Wins Heated Auction for ‘Septillion to One'; Alexander Payne Circling to Direct (Exclusive)

Posted 4 weeks ago
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OddLot Entertainment has won a heated auction for rights to Adam R. Perlman and Graham Sack’s spec script “Septillion to One,” which has Alexander Payne circling to direct, TheWrap has learned.
OddLot will produce and finance the romantic comedy, which the company intends to fast-track as its deal features aggressive progress-to-production language.
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Telluride Film Festival: ‘Flamethrowers’ Author Rachel Kushner Named 2015 Guest Director

Posted 4 weeks ago
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The Telluride Film Festival has named decorated author Rachel Kushner as its 2015 Creative Director.
Kushner, most recently a National Book Award finalist for her novel “The Flamethrowers,” joins previous directors like Alexander Payne, Salman Rushdie, Peter Bogdanovich, Laurie Anderson and Stephen Sondheim.
“Rachel was a natural choice as the 42nd TFF Guest Director,&# ...
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SXSW Review: Sally Field Delivers a Winning Performance in 'Hello, My Name is Doris'

Posted 1 month ago
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If the younger Edith Beale in "Grey Gardens" — the insular middle-aged socialite still living at home with her mother — ventured beyond her insular world and pursued romance with a younger man, she might resemble the adorable, melancholic figure played by Sally Field in "Hello, My Name is Doris." Directed by "Wet Hot American Summer" co-writer Michael Showalter ...
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Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #8: Timothy Wheeler Exposes the Strange, Serious Problem of Egg Theft in 'Poached'

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With "Poached," Timothy Wheeler wanted to tackle a problem as unusual and underreported as it is serious and fascinating. In this informative, detailed and surprisingly illuminative documentary, egg thieves -- yes, people who steal eggs -- are identified, profiled and then examined. Taking inspiration from such character-focused filmmakers as Alexander Payne and the Coen Brothers, Wheeler ...
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Focus Features Names Jim Burke President of Production

Posted 2 months ago
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Veteran producer Jim Burke has been named President of Production at Focus Features, the company announced Wednesday.
“I have known Jim for many years and not only does he have a tremendous talent for both developing and producing films, he’s also a passionate advocate for filmmaking talent,” said Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel in a statement. “Jim’s breadth of ...
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Want to Work with Harvey Weinstein One Day? Remember These Tips

Posted 2 months ago
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READ MORE: 'The Intruder' and 'I Believe in Unicorns' Among Winners at First Time Fest
Harvey Weinsten is known for taking chances on first-time filmmakers, having helped launch the careers of Quentin Tarantino ("Reservoir Dogs"), Steven Soderbergh ("Sex, Lies and Videotape"), Baz Luhrmann ("Strictly Ballroom") and Alexander Payne ("Citizen Ruth") ...
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Paramount Chief Brad Grey Confirms Adam Goodman Exit; Production Deal Offered

Posted 2 months ago
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Paramount chairman/CEO Brad Grey has confirmed that Adam Goodman is exiting his post at Paramount Pictures, which has offered him a production deal on the lot.
Insiders tell TheWrap that Goodman’s exit came as a result of Paramount’s “thin slate,” while others suggest that the movies Paramount did make often went over-budget.
After breaking the news Wednesday night ...
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Adam Goodman On His Way Out at Paramount (Exclusive)

Posted 2 months ago
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Adam Goodman is on his way out at Paramount Pictures. “The studio is currently reviewing its creative organization,” an individual familiar with the studio’s thinking.
A representative for Paramount said the studio “does not comment on employee matters,” while an insider said Goodman has more than a year left on his current contract.
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