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Alexander Payne

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    Alexander Payne, Silent Film Aficionado

    Alexander Payne is once again an Oscar-nominated director, for his wonderful film 'The Descendants' (still my favorite picture of 2011), but you may not be aware that his love of cinema runs deep. When he agreed to introduce Lon Chaney in 'He Who Gets Slapped' at last year’s San Francisco Silent Fil...

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    Alexander Payne Says He Has An Actor In Mind For 'Nebraska,' But He Still Needs To Read The Script

    It's been known for a little while now that Alexander Payne will follow up "The Descendants" with a black-and-white road-trip film tentatively titled "Nebraska." At one stage, it was reported that a number of veterans, including the retired Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, his &q...

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    DGA Nomination For David Fincher Continues 'Dragon Tattoo' Awards Season Run

    While it may not have seemed like it right away, it turns out the sleeper Oscar contender this year might just be "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." Initially regarded as a pulp thriller and a bit of holiday season counterprogramming, the film has quietly been building steam, with some str...

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    DGA Nominees Include Surprise Fincher Nomination

    The Directors Guild has announced the nominees for its 64th Annual DGA Awards, to be held on January 28. The DGA is a much larger and more populist voting group --14,000 strong--than the elite Oscar directors branch, which numbers around 400.

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    George Clooney's 10 Best Bits of Insight, Palm Springs Panel Edition

    George Clooney talks to Palm Springs about his next project, being a jerk to his co-stars and why he delayed production on "The Ides of March."

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    Steve Zaillian Earns 2 WGA Nominations; Woody Allen, Diablo Cody & Alexander Payne Also In The Race

    Scorecards will be adjusted and awards prognosticator types will have to adjust their bets, as the WGA have revealed their nominees for their annual awards. Why do we care? The guilds have traditionally been the best augurs for how the Oscar nominees will take shape, mostly because these are the sam...

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    Best Films of 2011

    If there were ever a year to be wimpy and declare a tie, this would have been it: choosing between my Number 1 and Number 2 films was just silly. One is big, the other smaller; both are ambitious and perfectly made, but in wildly different ways. I adore them both.

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    Honor Roll 2011 | Alexander Payne On 'The Descendants' and Why it's a Minor Work

    Alexander Payne is in a good mood, or at least a little more chipper than usual. If the consensus means anything, the man behind such noted black comedies as "Election" and "About Schmidt" has yet to break his winning streak. Seven years have passed since his last feature, "...

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    David Cronenberg Opts Out Of Adaptation Of Dennis Lehane's 'Animal Rescue'; Alexander Payne & George Clooney Sought To Direct

    As far as book-to-movie adaptations go, Dennis Lehane has had an enviable track record. While he's only had three novels brought to the big screen, they've resulted in both critical acclaim and box office success, with "Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone" and "Shutter Is...

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    2011's Potential Oscar Nominees For Acting, Directing & Writing Get Together To Talk At THR's Awards Roundtable

    One of the necessities for any Oscar candidate is to do a lot of smiling, gladhanding interviews where they answer the same questions over and over again. An antidote to this madness is the annual Hollywood Reporter Roundtable Interviews. They’re awesome. You take six leading Oscar potentials ...

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