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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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    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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    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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    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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    Interview: Will Forte Talks 'Nebraska,' What He Learned From Alexander Payne & Bruce Dern & Status Of 'MacGruber 2'

    There are a number of surprises nestled within Alexander Payne's warmly homespun "Nebraska." Like all of Payne's films, it dangles on the precipice between drama and comedy, this time following an elderly man (a revelatory Bruce Dern) as he travels to Nebraska to collect his winnings from a phony sw...

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    Bruce Dern On Why Working on Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' Was the Event of a Lifetime

    Several months after winning Best Actor honors at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, 77-year-old acting veteran Bruce Dern is still basking in the glow of a career best turn in Alexander Payne's wry and sad character study "Nebraska," which opens this Friday in select theaters after touring the festival...

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    Alexander Payne Explains Why He Shot 'Nebraska' in Black and White and Cast Will Forte as His Dramatic Lead

    For Payne this marks the first time he's helmed a feature he didn't have a hand in writing. As he revealed at the film's press conference immediately following the first screening, Payne, a Nebraska native (he grew up in Omaha), had come across Bob Nelson's script nine years ago. "I had read the scr...

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    Watch: Bruce Dern Impersonates Jack Nicholson at Montclair 'Nebraska' Panel

    At the Montclair Film Festival, producers of Alexander Payne's new film "Nebraska," Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, sat down alongside its star Bruce Dern for a few minutes to discuss the black-and-white drama. The video clip below of the discussion reveals a variety of interesting tidbits about the te...

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