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Ranking the films of Alexander Payne

3 December 2013 5:46 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Alexander Payne directed and co-wrote only six films, including Election, About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants, but he’s regarded as one of the best American filmmakers working today. He’s directed some of the best performances from Hollywood’s top actors, including Paul Giamatti, Jack Nicholson, and George Clooney in starring roles, and he and his writing partner Jim Taylor have picked up two Oscars for best adapted screenplay. His new film, Nebraska, stars Bruce Dern, who won the best actor award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Nebraska adds another strong resonant chapter to Payne’s remarkable filmography, so we thought we should take a look back at his career. Here is our list of his movies in order of least favourite to favourite. Enjoy!

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The Descendants

Written by Jim Rash & Nat Faxon and Alexander Payne

Directed by Alexander Payne

USA , 2011

In tone, approach, and general structure, »

- Ricky

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Alexander Payne Talks 'Nebraska,' Bruce Dern, and That 'Jurassic Park III' Rewrite

20 November 2013 1:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Alexander Payne is one of those filmmakers, like Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino, whose name alone conjures forth the kind of movie you're about to see. In the case of Payne, it's usually a slice-of-life film that combines elements of comedy and drama, in a winning concoction that can only be described as Payne-esque.

Payne's newest movie is "Nebraska," the beautifully shot (in black-and-white, no less!) tale of an elderly man (Bruce Dern) who travels to Nebraska to collect his phony sweepstakes winnings, along with his more-than-tolerant son, played by Will Forte. Featuring typically excellent performances (some from non-actors) and a kind of bittersweet, ramshackle charm, it's a movie that chokes you up and makes you giggle, often at the same time.

Speaking with Payne is a similar experience: he isn't buttressed by the usual Hollywood ego and self-aggrandizing. The closest he comes to boasting is when, during our conversation, »

- Drew Taylor

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Watch ‘Nebraska’ Director Alexander Payne’s Softcore Anthology Entry ‘The Houseguest’

15 November 2013 10:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. First of all, let me disappoint everyone by clarifying that The Houseguest is not technically softcore pornography. It doesn’t even include nudity except for a man’s backside. But it is part of one of the anthologies put out by Playboy in the early 1990s called Inside Out, which are comprised of shorts that are predominantly of a a softcore nature. Alexander Payne, whose latest feature Nebraska is out in limited release today, directed three erotica shorts for the label. The earlier two were co-written by himself and regular collaborator Jim Taylor and one of them appears in the first video in the series while the other is lost or buried. The Houseguest, meanwhile, was scripted by Ken Rudman and appears on Inside Out III. But »

- Christopher Campbell

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Alexander Payne Teams Up with Fox Searchlight for The Judge's Will

8 October 2013 4:11 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Alexander Payne, whose upcoming drama Nebraska hits theaters on November 15, is in talks with Fox Searchlight to direct The Judge's Will.

The story is based on Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's final article for The New Yorker, which was published in March before she died in early April. The plot centers on the complicated relationship between an Indian judge in New Dehli and his much younger wife. While they both share a home together, the husband and wife lead very separate lives. With the judge on his death bed, he makes sure she will be cared for and not shunned by society after he passes.

Conde Nast Entertainment is producing with Ad Hominem Enterprises, the company that Alexander Payne runs with Jim Burke and his frequent writing partner Jim Taylor. No production schedule was given.

Alexander Payne has previously teamed with Fox Searchlight on Election, Sideways and last year's Best Picture nominee The Descendants. »

- MovieWeb

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Alexander Payne Teams With Searchlight, Conde Nast On ‘The Judge’s Will’

8 October 2013 1:20 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: An intriguing package coming together quickly: Fox Searchlight and Alexander Payne are in talks to  next team on The Judge’s Will. Conde Nast Entertainment will produce the film, which is based on Ruth Prawer Jhabvala‘s final published work for The New Yorker before she died. Cne will produce with Ad Hominem Enterprises, the company that Payne runs with Jim Burke and Jim Taylor. Jhabvala, who teamed with Ismael Merchant and James Ivory on so many great films, wrote this story about the final moments in the chess game relationship between an ailing Delhi judge and his beautiful younger Bombay wife. Each has separate lives even though they live under the same roof and as he nears death, the judge wants to be sure that his even younger, barely educated mistress is cared for and not cast out. The story was published in March. As usually happens when he makes a film, »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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William H. Macy on 'A Single Shot,' 'Fargo,' and the 'Baffling' Rewrite of 'Jurassic Park III'

17 September 2013 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

William H. Macy is one of those actors who you can't help but be in awe of. In everything from "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia" to his career-defining performance in "Fargo" and his current role as the hapless drunkard in the beloved Showtime series "Shameless," he exudes a steely professionalism, along with a sense of fatherly warmth that is more than just an impressive combination of skills; it's a talent that seems downright magical.

This week, Macy has a small role in a small movie called "A Single Shot." The film, about a man (Sam Rockwell) who accidentally murders a woman while out hunting, features Macy as a shady small town lawyer, who wears a floppy wig that hangs limply over his forehead, and has an off putting demeanor that makes you want to take a shower immediately after watching him.

We got a chance to talk to the actor about »

- Drew Taylor

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20th Austin Film Festival Announces First Wave of Films & Retrospectives; Jonathan Demme and Vince Gilligan To Make Appearances

20 August 2013 1:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2013 Austin Film Festival had announced its first slate of titles, in addition to retrospectives hosted by the likes of Jonathan Demme, Vince Gilligan and others. On the film front, Alexander Payne's latest feature, "Nebraska," will screen, as will several world premieres, including the dark comedy "Coffee, Kill Boss," the horror "Innocence," and "Speak Now," a romantic dramedy that was shot in just three days. Retrospective highlights include "Out of the Vault: Jonathan Demme," which will include a screening of his latest work in progress "Fear of Falling." "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan will present the classic crime thriller "The French Connection," "Iron Man 3" director will be on hand to show Morrie Ryskind's screwball comedy "My Man Godfrey," while Payne's long-time collaborator Jim Taylor will host a screening of Payne's 1999's satire "Election." Aff’s executive director, Barbara Morgan said, "As the Festival that honors the writer, »

- Nigel M Smith

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Review: 'The Way, Way Back' Starring Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette & More

3 July 2013 4:03 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

At the 2012 Academy Awards, “The Descendants” took home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and most viewers were probably surprised to see writer/director Alexander Payne (a previous winner for “Sideways” and nominee for “Election”) flanked by Dean Pelton from “Community” and that dude from “Club Dread.” It was the first time in Payne’s career not collaborating with his usual co-writer Jim Taylor and the first time he had taken to rewriting someone else's screenplay (in this case an adaptation of the novel by Jim Rash ("Community") and Nat Faxon ("Club Dread"). Most people watching Payne's acceptance speech probably assumed that it was his award to take home and the other two were just lucky to be standing up there. For their second screenplay and duo decided to step behind the camera with “The Way, Way Back” and prove that it was no fluke. Inspired by the Rash and »

- Cory Everett

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Could a U.S. Senator Really Filibuster for 24 Hours Like ‘Mr. Smith’?

3 July 2013 8:30 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

One of the most famous films that Jimmy Stewart ever had to stand to the point of exhaustion in was Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Made almost a decade before his even more famous yet less senatorial It’s a Wonderful Life, the film tells the story of a small-town man who is appointed as a U.S. Senator to replace one that has suddenly died. Stewart stars as Jefferson Smith, an idealistic man who takes his new job almost too seriously. However, Smith’s wide-eyed wonder at the seat of government is soon rocked by political corruption and dirty dealings. Smith tries to arrange the use of public land for boy rangers in his home state, causing a problem for the building of a dam in the same area — a dam that’s a critical part of a bill being pursued by local tycoon and political heavy Jim Taylor (Edward Arnold) who has »

- Kevin Carr

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Jurassic Park III: Making Of Spinosaurus (Videos)

26 June 2013 7:39 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Jurassic Park III (2001) - continues the adventure that began with Jurassic Park (1993) and Lost World: Jurassic Park, The (1997). Directed by Joe Johnston, from a screenplay written by Peter Buckman and Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor. The film starred Sam Neill, William H Macy , Téa Leoni, Alessandro Nivola, Trevor Morgan, Michael Jeter, John Diehl, Bruce A. Young and Mark Harelik, with Laura Dern making a special appearance as Dr. Ellie Sattler. »

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Why Are We Obsessed With Reality Show Villains?

4 June 2013 4:32 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Phoenix -- Arizona restaurateur Amy Bouzaglo became an instant Internet celebrity last month after demonstrating an impressively short temper on a reality TV show that helps reform struggling businesses.

The episode of "Kitchen Nightmares" drew more than a million viewers on YouTube, and Bouzaglo's vitriolic rants became popular fodder on Twitter and Facebook.

So it should surprise no one that her next step was to announce she was shopping around her own reality TV show.

These days, head butting, table flipping, belly slapping, hair pulling, smack talking and other behavior generally considered impolite have become a tested strategy for reality TV fame, as seen in the proliferation of such shows as "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," `'Basketball Wives" and the "Real Housewives" franchise.

Some reality "stars" have become brands of their own after churning out self-help books, hair products, cocktail lines and flavored water. And the next generation of more shocking, »

- AP

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‘Fargo’ Headlines Five Limited Series in Development at FX Network

28 March 2013 12:01 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

We’ve got more news from the FX Upfronts today, including the exciting announcement of five limited series with some big names attached to them. The first one up is a 10-episode run of Fargo, that will premiere in the Spring of 2014. Production will begin this fall and Joel & Ethan Coen will be executive producers along with Warren LittlefieldNoah Hawley (Bones, The Unusuals) is going to write series.

Editor’S Pick: Justified and Sons of Anarchy in Spring Madness Tourney

President and General Manager, FX Networks, John Landgraf announced that it will be a true crime series with a new case and new set of characters with the trademark Fargo style, sense of humor and charm that made the 1996 murder mystery a cult favorite and Academy Award-winning film.

“For years, people have tried to adapt this Academy Award-winning gem into a TV series with no success,” said Landgraf in a statement. »

- Ernie Estrella

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Why the Safety Not Guaranteed Filmmaker as the Director of the Fourth Jurassic Flick?

14 March 2013 7:33 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The fourth Jp movie gets a new director: indie filmmaker Trevorrow Colin Trevorrow, whose well-received, (very) low-budget, independently made feature Safety Not Guaranteed won the Screenwriting Award at last year's Sundance Festival, has been named the director of the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel Jurassic Park 4. (Pictured above: Nope, that's not Trevorrow, but the 1993 Jurassic Park's imposing star, Mr. Tyrannosaurus Rex.) Now, why would Universal and executive producer Steven Spielberg bring this particular indie filmmaker aboard the billionaire Jp frachise? Well, why specifically Trevorrow is impossible to say. Yet, it seems clear that his handling of a science-fiction narrative about time travel played an important role in his selection. Another plus: He was surely cheaper than bigger names associated with action films. And let's not forget another crucial aspect of his selection: The director, whose innovative Safety Not Guaranteed was warmly greeted by critics, may bring to the increasingly paleozoic (i. »

- Zac Gille

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10 great Sundance movies you might not have seen

7 March 2013 6:31 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature James Peaty 8 Mar 2013 - 06:24

With Sundance London fast approaching, we've highlighted ten Sundance films you really should watch...

For nearly 30 years the Sundance Film Festival has been the pre-eminent North American independent film showcase. Helping to make the names and careers of filmmakers as diverse as Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino Bryan Singer and Christopher Nolan the festival's reach has now spread even further thanks to the inaugural Sundance London show in 2012.

But despite Sundance’s enviable influence at the top of the film tree not every movie – or even award winner – shown at the festival ends up becoming as ubiquitous as Sex, Lies and Videotape or Clerks.

Fast approaching is the Sundance London 2013 festival (full details on that are here), whose line-up is set to be announced on March 11th. The event runs from 25-28 April, and tickets go on sale at the end of next week. »

- simonbrew

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WGA Lists Greatest Screenplays, From 'Casablanca' and 'Godfather' to 'Memento' and 'Notorious'

27 February 2013 11:33 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Writers Guild lists the 101 Greatest Screenplays. Among them are many familliar classics, like "Casablanca," "The Godfather," "Chinatown," "Citizen Kane" and "All About Eve," which comprise the top five. Check out the top twenty below and the full list here. The youngest scripts on the list are Charlie Kaufman's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) at #24, Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman's "Adaptation" (2002) at #77, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor's "Sideways" (2004) at #90 and Christopher Nolan's "Memento" (2000) at #100. The '90s also fared well with "Shakespeare in Love," "American Beauty," "Pulp Fiction," "The Sixth Sense," Being John Malkovich," "Forrest Gump," "L.A. Confidential," "Fargo," "The Usual Suspects," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Jerry »

- Sophia Savage

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Sundance Review: 'The Way, Way Back' A Familiar But Crowd Pleasing Coming-Of-Age Tale From Co-Writers Of 'The Descendants'

22 January 2013 8:03 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Back in 2012, “The Descendants” took home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and most people were probably surprised to see Alexander Payne (a previous winner for “Sideways” and nominee for “Election”) flanked by Dean Pelton from “Community” and that dude from “Club Dread.” For the first time in Payne’s career he had not collaborated with his usual co-writer Jim Taylor, but instead rewritten a previously existing screenplay by the aforementioned Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (which was in itself an adaptation of a novel). Many assumed that it was Payne’s award to take home and the other two were just lucky to be standing up there. But with their directorial debut (and second screenplay) for “The Way, Way Back,” Rash and Naxon prove that it was no fluke. Inspired by the duo's summers spent at the beach, going to waterparks and avoiding their parents, the film is a coming-of-age comedy that. »

- Cory Everett

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