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Old 04-09-19, 01:46 PM
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The Menu (D: Alexander Payne) S: Emma Stone, Ralph Fiennes

EXCLUSIVE: The hot project du jour: The Menu, a dark satirical comedy that Alexander Payne will direct. So far, Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star, and itís anticipated that other swell names will enlist.

Scripted by Will Tracy & Beth Reiss, the pic focuses on an eccentric culinary event that is planned for an exclusive island and becomes the hot ticket to die for. Iíve heard it referred to as a Tarantino-esque take on The One-Percent. Fiennes plays the world-class chef who sets it all up and adds some unexpected ingredients to the menu planned. The action follows one particular A-list couple that takes part. Iíve heard Stone will play half of that couple.

The picture is produced by Gary Sanchez, who have a first look at Paramount. I reported Saturday that Gary Sanchez principals Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are splitting, but that script is into Paramount now, and that studio has a week or so to furnish a proposal. After that, Gary Sanchez can shop the project wide. Like Payneís great films The Descendants and Nebraska, the budget here is smallish but there will be profit participation as part of the package. First step is to see if Paramount steps up, after which it will be a free for all, based on the buzz I am hearing.

Stone is WME and Anonymous Content, Fiennes and Payne are CAA.
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Sounds interesting.

Iím not a huge fan of Payneís work but I did enjoy Election and The Descendants. Iíll probably give this a shot if the reviews are good.
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Re: The Menu (D: Alexander Payne) S: Emma Stone, Ralph Fiennes

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ View Post
Sounds interesting.

I’m not a huge fan of Payne’s work but I did enjoy Election and The Descendants. I’ll probably give this a shot if the reviews are good.
What did you think of Sideways? I loved both those films and can't imagine anyone who enjoyed them not enjoying Sideways as well.
I think Payne is a genius filmmaker.
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Hit or miss for me, but I'll eventually check it out

Liked: Citizen Ruth and Election.
Disliked: About Schmidt, The Descendants & Nebraska
Haven't seen: Sideways & Downsizing
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Haven't seen: Sideways & Downsizing
Yeah, don't see Downsizing.
It's the film that got him kicked out of the "Directors Who Haven't Made a Bad Movie" club.
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I second that. Don’t see it.
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What did you think of Sideways? I loved both those films and can't imagine anyone who enjoyed them not enjoying Sideways as well.
I think Payne is a genius filmmaker.
I donít hate Sideways but after all the hype, top critics lists, awards, etc. it felt really overrated by the time I finally saw it. Critics were basically fellating themselves while watching it. The story felt bland to me but Iím a fan of Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church so they saved it for me.
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Re: The Menu (D: Alexander Payne) S: Emma Stone, Ralph Fiennes

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I second that. Donít see it.
Third, and I am a huge Payne fan--I love everything else he has done to varying degrees. I hated Downsizing with a passion.

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