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While we had to wait seven years for Alexander Payne to return to theaters with a new drama, The Descendants made us realize just how much we missed the director. Thankfully the wait won’t be nearly as long for his next, as production is gearing up for a fall shoot. For Nebraska, we know Bruce Dern and MacGruber himself Will Forte will lead the black-and-white film as father and son, but now the rest of the cast is starting to fill out.
Although over 20 speaking parts are still left to fill, two major additions have come aboard as Breaking Bad star and funnyman Bob Odenkirk has joined the ensemble as Dern’s son and Forte’s older brother, while Stacy Keach, who last showed up in The Bourne Legacy, has been cast as old colleague. Payne is also reportedly circling his About Schmidt actress June Squibb for another role, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (Tft) Film Festival has added filmmaker Alexander Payne and power producer Harvey Weinstein to the list of this year's top honorees. Both Payne (pictured below right) and Weinstein (left) will receive their awards at the Directors Showcase on June 14, the last night of the six-day fest. Payne, who went on to achieve that rare mix of critical success and audience appreciation from his films -- "Citizen Ruth," "Election," "Sideways" and "The Descendants" among them -- will return to campus as an alumnus of UCLA's »
- Kasia Anderson
Which film is the odds-on favorite to grab the Palme d’Or this year. It depends not on who you ask, but who is assigned a jury seat. We’ve decided to offer our readers a breakdown on the jury of nine.
Known For: His political edge, as well as an omnipresence in Cannes, where he’s appeared 14 times, winning awards twice.
Best Work: He won the Palme d’Or in 2001 for The Son’s Room, though many regard 1994′s Dear Diary, which won an directing prize at Cannes, to be his best.
Little known fact: Organized an estimated 200,000 protesters in 2002 to a gathering in the square in front of Rome’s San Giovanni basilica to oppose legal reforms planned by the right-wing government of Silvio Berlusconi. He was quote during the protest as saying “The Italians who voted for Berlusconi were following a dream — and they woke up in a nightmare. »
- Blake Williams
Fresh off the Oscar-nominated success of "The Descendants," Alexander Payne is currently en route to Cannes, where he'll serve on the competition jury alongside the likes of Andrea Arnold, Diane Kruger, Ewan McGregor, Jean-Paul Gaultier and chairman Nanni Moretti. But it looks like our favorite David Strathairn impersonator made a big decision before he got on the plane to the South of France: as he's apparently decided on who he'd like to star in his next film.
The director's been working on "Nebraska," a comedy-drama, planned to be shot in black-and-white, about a father and son who hit the road together when the dad thinks he's won a sweepstake, for a while now, and names like Robert Forster, Jack Nicholson, Robert Duvall and Bryan Cranston have all come up in connection with the father's role, although it was widely reported that the director's Plan A was to try and lure »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Toby Jones/Sienna Miller = Alfred Hitchcock/Tippi Hedren? [Photo: Tippi Hedren / The Birds publicity shot.] Tippi Hedren once told The Times of London that Alfred Hitchcock — for whom she starred in The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964), and with whom she had an exclusive contract — "kept me under contract, kept paying me every week for almost two years to do nothing" after she refused his sexual advances. "I admired Hitch tremendously for his great talent and still do," Hedren told London's Daily Mail. "Yet, at the same time, I loathed him for his off-set behavior and the way he came on to me sexually. He was a great director – and he destroyed it all by his behavior when he got me alone." Hedren had no luck after she rid herself of her Hitchcock ties. She had a small supporting role in Charles Chaplin's box-office and critical flop A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), starring Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren, »
- Andre Soares
This weekend isn't just about the Oscars, for the record. Saturday night, as is traditional, sees the warm-up for the big show with the 2012 Spirit Awards, Film Independent's antidote to the Academy Awards, intended to honor the best of independent cinema. With recent winners of the top prize including "Juno," "The Wrestler," "Precious" and "Black Swan," they've provided the opportunity for films that are perhaps a little too dark, small or offbeat to win Best Picture from the Academy the chance to grab some gold.
This year, things may be a little different, with oscar front-runner "The Artist" nominated in multiple categories, so we could end up seeing the two ceremonies mirroring each other more closely than ever. But will that actually be the case? True to their name, the Independent Spirits have been known to go their own way. We've run down our predictions below, and stay tuned for »
- Oliver Lyttelton
When it comes to today’s cinema, how do box office figures affect the genre label ‘art-house’ and when are films allowed to run with the description, asks Pete Castaldi.
I keep reading that the George Clooney film The Descendants is an art-house picture. Fantastic. A coup for art cinema; released in Australia mid-January on 189 screens with an opening week gross of almost $2.5 million. A spectacular result, for so-called art-house. With The Ides of March charting at number 20, eight weeks in, with a box-office gross of $4.4 million, Mr Clooney must now be affirmed as the poster boy of art-house.
The Descendants seems to have been classified as art-house by sheer force of its co-writer and director Alexander Payne. His pedigree slots him out of the mainstream, in the English language market at least. As writer-director of Citizen Ruth, Election, and Sideways he certainly was in the darling club of independent vision and story; quirky, »
- Colin Delaney
Alexander Payne will receive American Cinema Editors' Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award during the 62nd Annual Ace Eddie Awards. The event, which honors film and TV editors, will be held Feb. 18 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Payne’s The Descendants recently won the Golden Globe for best dramatic feature and was nominated for five Academy Awards including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best actor and best film editing for Payne's longtime editor Kevin Tent. Payne's credits include Sideways, About Schmidt, Election and Citizen Ruth. He won an Oscar
- Carolyn Giardina
Award winning filmmaker Alexander Payne has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (Ace) to be honored with the organization.s prestigious Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 62nd Annual Ace Eddie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, it was announced today by the Ace Board of Directors. Payne.s most recent film The Descendants recently won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and was nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Director and Best Film Editing for Payne.s long-time editor Kevin Tent, A.C.E.
“Alexander Payne is a consistently fresh, exciting voice in film,. stated the Ace Board of Directors. .From the socially conscious and satirical Citizen Ruth to the rich and poignant comedies of Sideways, About Schmidt and most recently The Descendants, »
- Michelle McCue
Academy Award nominated "The Descendants" director Alexander Payne will be awarded this year's American Cinema Editors Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. Payne was selected by the Ace Board of Directors, who said, "Alexander Payne is a consistently fresh, exciting voice in film. From the socially conscious and satirical 'Citizen Ruth' to the rich and poignant comedies of 'Sideways,' 'About Schmidt' and most recently 'The Descendants,' he is a filmmaker with unique vision and the ability to illuminate the humanity in every story he tells." The award will be presented at the 62nd Annual Ace Eddie Awards on February 18. Full press release below: Alexander Payne To Receive Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker Of The Year Honor From American Cinema Editors (Ace) Award To Be Presented At The 62Nd Annual Ace Eddie Awards On Saturday, February 18th At The Beverly Hilton Hotel Universal City, »
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Now that the Super Bowl is over, the next Big game on our nation’s horizon is the Oscar telecast, better known as the Super Bowl for movie fans.
We’ll have plenty of news items crossing the wire from now until Feb. 26, when the Academy gets together to hand out their annual Best Of trophies, starting with today’s headlines:
- Alexander Payne (“The Descendants”) has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (Ace) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 62nd Annual Ace Eddie Awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 18, in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “Alexander Payne is a consistently fresh, exciting voice in film,” stated the Ace Board of Directors. “From the socially conscious and satirical “Citizen Ruth »
- Sean O'Connell
The Descendants is the Oscar-winners first film in seven years. Why's that? It's because Hollywood won't do adult drama
An almost Kubrickian seven-year interval has passed since Alexander Payne unleashed Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church on central California's vineyards in Sideways, remaking both their careers and sealing his own reputation as one of the most mordant and beady-eyed, yet sympathetic and humane observers of that poor benighted subspecies, the Middle-Aged American Male.
It turns out that time just ages Payne's wine more subtly in the cask, even if it may not help his pre-disastered protagonists grow up any quicker. The Descendants, set in Hawaii – a long way from Payne's native Omaha, Nebraska, where he set and filmed his first two comedies, Citizen Ruth and Election – finally offers a perfect showcase for the fiftysomething George Clooney. He plays Matt King, a self-admitted "back-up parent," who has to step up for »
- John Patterson
He bagged an Oscar for Sideways (after refusing George Clooney a lead role). Now he's back with The Descendants (and this time Clooney made the cut). Alexander Payne talks to Simon Hattenstone about the importance of casting – and why his own films make him wince
Alexander Payne is the champion of male middle-class losers. Films such as Election, About Schmidt and Sideways star men who have the rug pulled from underneath them. So Matthew Broderick's teacher in the wonderful high school satire Election is bullied by Reese Witherspoon's monomaniac student Tracy Flick, almost has an affair, gets so badly bee-stung that his face is reduced to a raw burger, and loses pretty much everything. In About Schmidt, Jack Nicholson is left with nothing but repressed anger and an existential crisis when he's forced to take retirement. Sideways features Paul Giamatti as a depressed schlump of a teacher who »
- Simon Hattenstone
Another year has come and gone and with it passes another year of movies, good and bad, but today we focus on the best films to have hit theaters in 2011. Of course, the very phrase “best of…” is subject to widely varying opinions, which is why we choose to do things a little differently. While we do consider these the best films, that’s merely how they’re seen in our eyes. You may, heck… we even encourage you to disagree. For what it’s worth, here’s our Top Ten list of the Best Films of 2011.
How it works: We five Movie Geeks each have compiled our own lists of the top ten films of 2011. From these lists, we’ve tabulated votes based on a point system, resulting in our Movie Geeks Top Ten Films of 2011. Each of the individual geeks’ lists can be found at the end of our compiled list. »
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14 items from 2012
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