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    Ovation and Film Independent Present 'Directors Close-Up' Panel Series Featuring Alfonso Cuarón, Alexander Payne, Jill Soloway

    The arts-centric television network Ovation has just announced two film-related programs for this year: the Film Independent Directors Close-Up Series and the "Dinner and a Movie" salon series.

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    Why Can't America's Heartland See Itself on the Big Screen?

    Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" neatly summarizes the relationship that contemporary Hollywood films commonly have to the vast, diverse American landscape. The city is where things happen: where news is made and disseminated, where heroes and villains can stage their big coming out, and where people an...

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    Alexander Payne, Julie Delpy and More Set for Film Independent Awards Season Panels

    Film Independent has scheduled a special conversation with Oscar and Spirit Award nominated director Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”) on February 27 at the Directors Close-Up Series. Also recently added to the February 19 panel "Writing and Directing" are writer-actress and Spirit nominated Julie Delpy ...

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    'Her' In, Redford Out: Best and Worst of the Oscar Nominations

    Let's start by stipulating that the Oscars have little or nothing to do with art or even how good a film is. Like any political contest, movie awards are about money and campaigning and popularity and image -- so if a good idea or vision sneaks in, what luck!

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    Awards Spotlight: At 77-Years-Old, Bruce Dern Finally Receives His Due

    "It was the event of a lifetime in my career,” Bruce Dern told Indiewire late last year, shortly before Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” opened in select theaters.

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    Screenwriter Bob Nelson Talks About What’s Personal and What’s Payne in NEBRASKA

    Any screenwriter starting out should watch "The Apartment" for structure.

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    BEST FILMS OF 2013

    I am absolutely certain about the top three films on this list. But the further down we go, the more absurd it seems to rank films as different as the Coen Brothers' wonderfully layered look at a struggling folk singer in the 60's and Martin Scorsese's bacchanalia of 80's excess.

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    Watch: Bruce Dern Forces Will Forte to Have a Beer in This Exclusive Clip From Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

    Alexander Payne's wry and sad character study "Nebraska" opened last Friday in select theaters to great numbers after garnering solid word of mouth at Cannes (where lead star Bruce Dern won Best Actor) and the New York Film Festival.

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    Thessaloniki International Film Festival Asks: Do Filmmakers Like Being Classified?

    An artistic inquiry threaded its way throughout the 10-day event: Are film movements and classifications a good thing or are they limiting?

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    Review: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte & Bob Odenkirk

    There’ve been great masses of critical laurels laid at Alexander Payne’s door over the years, some, in our eyes, more earned than others. When it really hits home, the director’s quiet humanism and wry humor can yield perceptive insights, especially into certain trademark areas of expertise: family ...

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