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    Watch: Alexander Payne Talks Dino Risi's 'Il Sorpasso' For The Criterion Collection

    Dino Risi’s 1962 Italian comedy “Il Sorpasso” is finally making its way to The Criterion Collection after years of being unavailable in a high-quality print. This is the late Dino Risi’s first entry into the Collection, much to the excitement of director Alexander Payne, who cites “Il Sorpasso” as b...

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    Watch: Alexander Payne's 15-Minute 1985 UCLA Film School Short 'Carmen'

    It’s always fun to see the evolution of a filmmaker’s voice and thanks to the power of the internet we can peer even further back through a director’s body of work. Case in point, an odd short film from Alexander Payne has been unearthed, an effort that was completed over a decade before the “Nebras...

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    WATCH: Director Alexander Payne's Bizarre 1985 Silent Short 'Carmen'

    From "Citizen Ruth" and "Election" to "About Schmidt," "The Descendents" and "Nebraska," two-time Oscar winner and auteur Alexander Payne has gone from indie to mainstream and back again. Get a sense of his indie roots by watching his 1985 student short "Carmen," a silent film he made at the UCLA Fi...

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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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