Alexander Payne

Win two tickets to see 'Downsizing' at Vue Cinema in Livingston

The Courier have teamed up with Vue Cinemas to offer one lucky reader two free tickets.<p>Quirky comedy ‘Downsizing’ hits cinemas and the Courier and …

Kristen Wiig

The Last Days of Joe Frank, the Radio Legend Who Inspired Today’s Audio Golden Age

Joe Frank has been dying his entire life, but this time he seems to mean it. We’re sitting in his apartment in Los Angeles in the summer of 2017, …

With 'Private Life,' Tamara Jenkins takes on marriage, female biology and movie manspreading

If getting a film every ten years or so from writer-director Tamara Jenkins means something like “Private Life,” it’s worth the wait.<p>Her latest movie premiered opening night of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is a deeply felt look at the messy realities of marriage and the difficulties of …

6 essential Irish films to watch on Netflix

<b>If you're in the mood for some of the finest Irish cinema of recent years, then you'll find that Netflix has a surprisingly generous selection of</b> …

News (Ireland)

Oscars Nomination Predictions: Who'll Have the Shape of Oscar?

“The Shape of Water” and “Dunkirk” will lead the pack, but with 24 categories there’s a lot of glory to go around<p>In one of the most unsettled Oscars …

Entertainment

Downsizing's Hong Chau on director Alexander Payne, Big Little Lies and roles for Asian people

“I would like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement!” jokes Hong Chau, the rising star with a Golden Globe nomination for her role in …

Hong Chau

Capsule reviews of feature films

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. 3 stars. Handsome production set in 1983 Italy, where a professor (Michael Stuhlbarg) is hosting a handsome student (Armie …

Movies

Downsizing Star Hong Chao's First Kiss Sounds A Lot More Scandalous Than It Actually Was

At this Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, industry veterans Holly Hunter, Laurie Metcalf, and Allison Janney, alongside music legend Mary J. Blige will vie for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role award. Also in the mix? Newcomer Hong Chao, who made a scene-stealing …

Edward Enninful

‘Hal’: Watch The First Three Minutes Of Sundance-Bound Hal Ashby Documentary

The Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary competition is the launch pad for <i>Hal</i>, Amy Scott’s feature-length docu about iconoclast director Hal …

Filmmaking

Storming the Beach at Normandy: Andrew Cunanan’s Miami Murder Tour

When most people think of Miami Beach, particularly in the current climate, white sandy beaches and coconuts with straws out the top spring to mind. But for the true-crime trekker, the going can be a bit more perilous. A pedestrian ledge skinnier than a South Beach model and six traffic lanes – …

Andrew Cunanan

Christoph Waltz: Comedy is not as hard as being an actor-director

Christoph Waltz has said he finds comedy a challenge — but not as much as directing and acting on the same film.<p>The actor, 61, was behind the camera …

Christoph Waltz

Movie Review: "Downsizing" (2017)

Image Source<p><b>Movie</b>: "Downsizing"<p><b>Director</b>: Alexander Payne <b><br>Year</b>: 2017 <b><br>Rating</b>: R <b><br>Running Time</b>: 2 hours, 15 minutes<p><i>Not happy with their current situation,</i> …

Movies

Downsizing review: The long and short of it

As the spectre of global warming and an eventual apocalypse looms over humanity, some are scrambling to find solutions. In Alexander Payne’s latest …

Hong Chau

Downsizing movie review: A wan exposition of life

Downsizing movie review: Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig star in this Alexander Payne film.<p>Downsizing movie director: Alexander Payne<br>Downsizing movie …

Movies

Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz, Steven Spielberg’s The Post to watch out for this week

‘Mukkabaaz’ is a bracing start to the movie year—overstuffed, enjoyable and urgent.<p><b>New Delhi:</b> After a relatively dull couple of weeks, there is much …

India

Lebanon's Oscar contender 'The Insult' wages an absorbing but overblown war of words

The spat that kicks off “The Insult” (“L’insulte”) an engrossingly blunt instrument of a movie from Lebanese writer-director Ziad Doueiri, concerns an illegal drainpipe on an apartment balcony. Some gutter language, so to speak, ensues.<p>Yasser Salameh (Kamel El Basha), a foreman tasked with building …

Middle East

‘Downsizing’: Alexander Payne on shrinking Matt Damon and his views on Weinstein

“My plan is the following,” announces Alexander Payne, who at 56 recently became first-time father to a baby girl. “From zero to eight, only silent …

2018 Directors Guild of America Awards winner will become Oscar frontrunner

On Thursday (Jan. 11), the Directors Guild of America announced the nominees for the 70th annual edition of its awards with the winner revealed on …

The Oscars

The Shape of Water issue

It’s easy to complain about Hollywood’s general lack of diversity and a hard-bitten unwillingness to divert resources towards original storytelling. …

Filmmaking

Downsizing: Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig become millionaires in this exclusive clip

Alexander Payne comedy about the little people in cinemas on 28 January.<p>Paul and Audrey Safranek are millionaires. At least, they can be, if they …

Kristen Wiig

Oscars Best Director interviews: 19 exclusive chats with Guillermo del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Luca Gudagnino, Martin McDonagh, Dee Rees, Denis Villeneuve, and more [WATCH]

Who will be the five Best Director nominees at this year’s Oscars? Over the past three months, Gold Derby has hosted webchats and other interviews …

Entertainment

New movies and TV streaming on Netflix, Amazon, HBO and Hulu

<b>“Before I Wake” (Netflix):</b> Mike Flanagan’s long-delayed horror film about a boy whose dreams (and nightmares) manifest for real while he sleeps.<p><b>“The</b> …

Netflix

Under the Radar News – Jack White Album, Sigur Rós Songs, Julien Baker, Alexander Payne and Grooms Interviews, Charlotte Gainsbourg, SXSW, Cults

Jack White Announces New Album, Shares “Connected By Love” Video and “Respect Commander”<p>Jack White has announced a new solo album, Boarding House …

Music

Oscars Best Supporting Actress interviews: 11 exclusive chats with Mary J. Blige, Hong Chau, Holly Hunter, Allison Janney, Octavia Spencer and more [WATCH]

Who will be the five Best Supporting Actress nominees at this years Oscars? Over the past three months, Gold Derby has hosted webchats and other …

Entertainment

Roman Polanski Supporters Shouldn’t Be Wearing #TimesUp Pins

Roman Polanski is a director whose talent behind the camera has been made to seem more important than the fact that he was convicted of drugging and …

Roman Polanski

The Morning Watch: Aliens Virtual Roller Coaster, Superman: Mustache Edition & More

<i>The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade</i> …

DC Extended Universe

Sight & Sound: the February 2018 issue

Features<p>Paul Thomas Anderson’s <b>Phantom Thread</b>, his first movie outside the US, is a gothic romance set in 1950s London. Here he talks about the rigid …

Film (UK)

Alexander Payne on Downsizing: ‘The film isn’t a major statement – it’s a metaphor’

The director best known for character comedies such as Sideways on why he’s made a dystopia about tiny humans – and the tiny new human in his own life<p>‘Do you have any tiny humans in your life?” Alexander Payne asks me. The American director and screenwriter has many in his. The one he specifically …

Hong Chau

Shrinking humans to solve overcrowding: Japanese sci-fi show ‘Ultra Q’ got there before ‘Downsizing’

A 25-minute episode of the series shows a young reporter accidentally become a part of a minimising experiment.<p>In the Matt Damon-starrer <i>Downsizing,</i> a …

Kristen Wiig

Alison Brie, Taylor Hill Work the Room at W’s Annual It Girl Lunch

The event also drew Alicia Silverstone, Olivia Holt, Hong Chau, Tracee Ellis Ross, Alexandra Shipp, Mena Suvari, Sanaa Lathan & Constance Wu.<p>“How fun …

Alison Brie