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    Cannes Review Roundup: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' a Wistful but Slight Father-Son Road Trip Film

    Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father and son embarking on a roadtrip, screened today at Cannes. The response is thus far mixed to positive, with praise for the film's wistful tone and a "career-crowning" performance from Dern. Those less impressed site the fil...

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

    With this year's edition of the Cannes Film Festival in its winding down phase (it concludes on Sunday), it's easy to forget there are still some heavy hitters left to screen in the Competition, one of which, Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," screened this morning for press before its gala later on.

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    Cannes Review: Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ An Overfamiliar Tale Of Connections Broken & Remade

    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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    Watch: First Clip Arrives From Alexander Payne's Cannes Entry 'Nebraska'

    Many of those bringing films to the Croisette for the Cannes Film Festival, which let's not forget, kicks off tomorrow, are old hands there: Roman Polanski, James Gray, even Baz Luhrmann have all debuted at least one film there in the past. Alexander Payne isn't quite a first-time, but it's over a d...

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    'Only God Forgives,' 'Nebraska,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'The Past' & More Lead Official Selection For 2013 Cannes Film Festival

    As usual, sifting the actual fact from the speculation when it comes to the line-up of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival has been a little tricky. We know the opener -- Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," the closer -- "Zulu," with Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, and as of yesterday, the Un Certain Re...

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    Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Director Nominees

    In recent years, trying to predict the Oscar nominees in the Best Director category has been especially tricky. In the past, you could just translate over your Best Picture nominees, maybe swap one out for a better-known or showier filmmaker, and you were relatively likely to be correct. But ever si...

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    Read: Exclusive Excerpt From 'Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film,' A Book That Goes Behind-the-Scenes With the Oscar-Winning Auteur

    "Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film," a compilation of author-journalist Leo Adam Biga's decade-and-a-half of reporting on the director and his work, is a comprehensive look at one of cinema's most important figures. Biga's stories about Payne have appeared in various publications including The Re...

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    5 Great Election Movies To Get You Through Voting Day

    As you've probably noticed unless you just this minute slipped out of a coma (and if that's the case, stop reading this and go call your loved ones), it's election day. Four years on from the election of the first African-American commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama is squaring off at the bal...

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    Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor To Preview New Script 'The Lost Cause' At Nantucket Film Festival

    Well, this is certainly an unconventional way for a new project from Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor to be announced, but we guess it's as effective a way as any. The duo have re-teamed for a new script, which will be previewed at a headlining staged reading at next month's Nantucket Film Festival.

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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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