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Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads

12 April 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The 'stubbornly glum' Nebraska makes its chilly way to DVD. For warmth, look to France and Israel

Spring has finally sprung, though on the DVD front that means reliving the winter to some extent, as prestige releases from the colder months trickle down to the small screen. You certainly couldn't watch anything much less seasonal than Nebraska (Paramount, 15), Alexander Payne's stubbornly glum comedy of dreams, dementia and delusion in the midwest.

Shot in a kind of grey and white that doesn't even give its flat landscapes the distinction of severity, it's Payne's first visit to his home state since 2002's sardonic About Schmidt, and he hasn't got sweeter on it with time. As Bruce Dern's addled pensioner chases down the millions promised to him in a lottery scam, pestered by venal relatives and patronised by his immediate family, the film emerges as the director's bleakest satire yet of corrupted American communities. »

- Guy Lodge

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'Louder than Words' with David Duchovny Picked Up by Arc Entertainment

9 April 2014 7:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Arc Entertainment, the studio behind last year's thriller-western "Sweetwater" (with January Jones), has acquired the North American rights to "Louder than Words," based on the true story of a couple who creates a renowned children's hospital following the death of their child. Directed by Anthony Fabian ("Skin"), the film stars David Duchovny ("Californication") and Hope Davis ("About Schmidt") as the Fareri couple who, after losing their daughter to rabies, created the now-famous Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at the Westchester Medical Center.  “'Louder than Words' features an all-star cast and tells a powerful story of acceptance, love and deliverance,” Arc Entertainment’s Head of Acquisitions Scott Moesta said. “We’re thrilled to have this heartwarming film and look forward to exposing it to a wide audience.” "Louder than Words" played at the Hampton International Film Festival last October. A 2014 release date has not yet been announced.  »

- Eric Eidelstein

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‘Nebraska's’ June Squibb to Play Susan Lucci's Mom on Lifetime's ‘Devious Maids’

28 March 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

June Squibb is lending her sizable acting chops to the upcoming second season of Lifetime's “Devious Maids.” The Oscar-nominated actress will play Velma, the mother of Genevieve Delatour (Susan Lucci) in a two episode arc. In addition to her Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild Award-nominated turn as the crotchety Kate Grant, Squibb's film credits also include “About Schmidt,” “Scent of a Woman” and “Meet Joe Black.” Also read: Lifetime Renews ‘Kim of Queens’ for Second Season (Exclusive) Squibb has also appeared on TV shows “Girls,” “The Millers,” “Getting On” and “Mike & Molly.” From executive producers Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria, »

- Jethro Nededog

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – March 3rd 2014

3 March 2014 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.

At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.

Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part »

- Chris Holt

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Director - Cuarón is on a collision course with Oscar

28 February 2014 1:03 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! While uncertainty reigns in the Best Picture race, the Best Director conversation has been rather more concrete for a while now -- which is not to say that it isn't a deep field. It was certainly a competitive one at the nomination stage, with one three slots seemingly nailed down and a generous handful of names duking it out for the final two. The field we got arguably isn't as adventurous or surprise-laden as last year's, but nonetheless includes five distincte artists with passionate followings : three Americans who have been nominated before, one Mexican who has been on the Oscar radar »

- Guy Lodge

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June Squibb: 84 years an actor

27 February 2014 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The veteran performer never considered another profession, yet remained a background fixture in films for years. Now, in her ninth decade, the Nebraska star is up for her first Oscar

"I've met Idris Elba," says June Squibb, an edge of giddiness in her voice. "I've met Lupita [Nyong'o] and now we're friends. She's so sweet, a darling girl. I went up to her at a party and said: 'I'm June Squibb and we're in this together so I thought I should introduce myself.' Julia Roberts came and introduced herself to me – she's up for supporting this time around for Osage County." The day before we meet, Squibb went to the nominees' lunch. "All 270 of us got our picture taken together. I was right by Steve McQueen!"

Squibb, 84, but feeling like a first-timer, is nominated for best supporting actress this year for her diamond-sharp role in Alexander Payne's melancholy road movie Nebraska. »

- John Patterson

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Serious/Silly: Does Will Forte Have a Master Plan?

27 February 2014 11:52 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Does Will Forte have a master plan? The former Saturday Night Live star talks to ETonline about how he earned the attention of Nebraska director Alexander Payne, who he'll take as a date to The Oscars -- and whether or not there really is a master plan…

Does Will Forte have a master plan? Just when it looked like MacGruber could be his box office epitaph, the 43-year-old former Saturday Night Live star surprised many with his now-celebrated serious turn in the Oscar nominated Nebraska. With the Blu-ray & DVD out this week and the Academy Awards taking place Sunday night, Will talks to ETonline about how he earned the attention of Nebraska director Alexander Payne, who he'll take as a date to The Oscars and what he'll wear (he's a self-proclaimed "idiot" when it comes to dressing himself for events) -- and whether or not there really is a master plan…

ETonline: Congratulations »

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Alexander Payne’s Nebraska to release in India on Feb 28

27 February 2014 3:15 AM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, nominated in the Best Picture category at Academy Awards this year, will hit the theatres in India on February 28, 2014.

The film will release in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune under the PVR Director’s Rare banner.

The film revolves around a cantankerous father, who after receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune.

Shot in black and white across four states in the Us, and nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture; Nebraska was in competition at Cannes Film Festival 2013. The lead actor of the film Bruce Dern (The Championship Season) won the Best Actor at the festival. It also stars Will Forte (30 Rock) and June Squibb (About Schmidt).

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Why Nebraska Should Win the Best Picture Oscar

26 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Every day, from now until the weekend of the 2014 Academy Awards, HeyUGuys will be publishing an article championing one of the nine films in contention for the coveted Best Picture Oscar. We will be collecting them all here, where you can find the previous articles.

Alexander Payne renews his Oscar credentials with a sour take on an age-old problem. Setting his scene in the emotional oubliette of middle America Nebraska is a stark and brilliant portrait of a man, and his family, in quiet crisis. It is a powerful take on a modern, dilapidated Americana. Adam Lowes is our guide…

An elderly man, alone and confused, shuffles along the spiralling concrete road edging across the outskirts of a listless, dilapidated industrial Northern Us city. Looking increasingly befuddled and agitated, the gentleman is stopped by a passing police car, its driver offering a lift to this sad figure. Thus begins the »

- Adam Lowes

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Inside the Best Picture Nominees: A deep dive into 'Nebraska'

24 February 2014 10:38 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Name: Nebraska

Release date: Nov. 15, 2013

DVD release date: Feb. 25

Run time: 1 hour, 50 mins

Box office: Opening weekend: $140,401; Total domestic box office: $16.5 million; Worldwide gross to date: $17.7 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92 percent

Nebraska movie math: Sideways + About Schmidt – color

Tweetable description: A middle-aged everyguy takes his ailing father on a road trip. Co-starring one of the sassiest old ladies in the history of sassy old ladies.

Number of Oscar nods: 6 — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography

Movie’s Oscar history: Payne was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Election, and won »

- Darren Franich

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2014 Oscar Preview: Part 2

22 February 2014 12:19 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

 

Best Actor Nominees

 

Christian BaleAmerican Hustle

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

Bruce Wayne/Batman – Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy

Patrick Bateman – American Psycho

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Win - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2011 – as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter

Interesting Fact: If he plays an American character, he will use an American accent in all the interviews related to the film. He says he does this so the audience isn't confused

Bruce DernNebraska

Age: 77

Previously Best Known For:

Freeman Lowell – Silent Running

Asa Watts – The Cowboys

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 1979 – as Captain Bob Hyde in Coming Home

Interesting Fact: One of the few actors to play a character to have killed John Wayne on screen (The Cowboys »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Bitter Sweet Payne: Phedon Papamichael talks about Nebraska

22 February 2014 1:31 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Phedon Papamichael about working with Alexander Payne and the cinematography featured in Nebraska...

“I was a young striving cinematographer at the time,” recalls Phedon Papamichael (3:10 to Yuma) who first met filmmaker Alexander Payne (About Schmidt) at UCLA Film School.  “I had a job interview with him for his UCLA graduate film which I did not get.  I ended up shooting a different UCLA graduate film with Alexander being the boom operator.  We knew each other socially and lived in the same part of Los Angeles, the Silver Lake Area.  I’d be aware of what he was doing and he’d be aware of what I was doing.  I was happy when I saw Alexander made his first film Citizen Ruth [1996] and liked it.  We often talked about films.  It wasn’t until Sideways [2004] when he called out of the blue and asked me if »

- Trevor

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Bruce Dern Explains Alexander Payne's Genius in 'Nebraska' Clip

17 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In the acclaimed film Nebraska, Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) goes on an intense road odyssey after believing a magazine scam that announces he's won a million bucks and just has to get to Nebraska to claim the prize. Peter Travers proclaimed the picture Dern's "finest two hours onscreen," and in this exclusive clip from the Blu-ray and DVD releases of the film (out February 25th via Paramount Home Media Distribution), the actor explains what brought out his brilliant performance — or who, rather: director Alexander Payne.

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Alexander Payne Reveals What All the Best Actors Know

11 February 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” is up for Oscar in six categories, all of them big. The filmmaker, who splits his time between L.A. and his native state, spoke with Variety about his upbringing and influences — and about working with Bruce Dern and June Squibb, who’ve been acting since before he was born.

What did you learn about shooting in B&W?

I’ve been looking at black-and-white films my whole life, we all have. It felt comforting to look at the monitor; it felt almost like coming home. Everyone acts so nonplussed about it, but our great film heritage is in black-and-white. I think any filmmaker worth his or her salt aspires to make a black-and-white film at some point in their career.

What did you learn about acting from your stars?

The old pros are my favorite actors to work with, and I’ve been lucky enough »

- Tim Gray

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Newcomers Battle Veterans in Oscar Acting Races

4 February 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year, the Oscar actor races are shaping up into a battle that pits newcomers versus veterans in terms of grabbing voters’ attention. In one corner, there are Meryl Streep (64 years old and 18 Oscar noms), Judi Dench (79, seven noms) and Bruce Dern (77, two noms.) In the other, there are Lupita Nyong’o, June Squibb, Sally Hawkins, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Barkhad Abdi — all first-time nominees. And while “Nebraska’s” Squibb, 84, is a theater vet who also appeared in Alexander Payne’s “About Schmidt,” Nyong’o and Abdi are making their film debuts in, respectively, “12 Years a Slave” and “Captain Phillips.” Indeed, Abdi, 28, a Somali living in Minneapolis, was working as a limo driver when director Paul Greengrass cast him opposite Tom Hanks as the fearsome pirate leader.Notes one campaign insider, “That’s such a great ‘discovery’ story, and you know it’s an interesting year when (Tom) Hanks and (Robert) Redford — who gave wonderful, »

- Iain Blair

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June Squibb On '.Nebraska,' Bruce Dern & Oscar Nomination [Exclusive Video]

30 January 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

June Squibb received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod for playing Bruce Dern’s wife in Nebraska, which received a nomination for Best Picture. A first-time nominee at 84, Squibb couldn’t be more proud of being a part of the Alexander Payne-directed family drama.

June Squibb On 'Nebraska' Role

As Kate Grant, Squibb played a woman, whom she believed practiced a commitment to candor throughout her entire life, is unfailingly loyal and unbreakably strong. “I think that she’s a woman who… she has no filter. She probably never had a filter. I mean I can see her being like that at 15, and she just says what comes into her mind. It all comes right out her mouth,” Squibb told Uinterview exclusively.

“I think she’s very faithful, she’s loyal to that husband and I don’t think she would ever leave him and she will »

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June Squibb On '.Nebraska,' Bruce Dern & Oscar Nonimation [Exclusive Video]

30 January 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

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June Squibb received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod for playing Bruce Dern’s wife in Nebraska, which received a nomination for Best Picture. A first-time nominee at 84, Squibb couldn’t be more proud of being a part of the Alexander Payne-directed family drama.

June Squibb On 'Nebraska' Role

As Kate Grant, Squibb played a woman, whom she believed practiced a commitment to candor throughout her entire life, is unfailingly loyal and unbreakably strong. “I think that she’s a woman who… she has no filter. She probably never had a filter. I mean I can see her being like that at 15, and she just says what comes into her mind. It all comes right out her mouth,” Squibb told Uinterview exclusively.

“I think she’s very faithful, she’s loyal to that husband and I don’t think she would ever leave him and she will »

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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ 3.12 Review: Three Blind Mice

23 January 2014 6:10 PM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

With the showdown with the witch hunters behind them, the penultimate episode of American Horror Story: Coven, “Go to Hell” wisely put the focus on the search for the next Supreme. But before that could start, the series had to deal with Fiona (Jessica Lange), the current reigning leader of the coven and unresolved matters stemming from last week’s schizophrenic episode, “Protect the Coven.”

Saying this was a restoration to peak form for American Horror Story would be an understatement. This episode was full of the tight, seamless storytelling we’ve celebrated for much of the series, with plenty of in-your-face moments, gushing rivers of gore and intrigue into which one of the witches is powerful enough to pass the Seven Wonders or die trying and that’s exactly what Fiona wanted to happen. Plus Madison (Emma Roberts) got a royal thumping by Misty Day (Lily Rabe), fulfilling one »

- Ernie Estrella

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86th Academy Awards: Streep Shatters Nominations Record

16 January 2014 3:56 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John WellsAugust: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen FrearsPhilomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »

- Steve Montgomery

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Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor Board Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter as Executive Producers

15 January 2014 3:06 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Still riding high on the waves of his success following last year’s Nebraska, with early predictions set for at least a nod for Bruce Dern in tomorrow’s Oscar nominations, Alexander Payne has found his next project in Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.

Directed by David Zellner, the drama is led by the Oscar-nominated Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim), and will be making its debut at Sundance next week.

Deadline reports that Payne and his Oscar-winning frequent collaborator Jim Taylor (Sideways, About Schmidt) have boarded the film as executive producers ahead of its Sundance bow.

Kumiko lives in a cluttered, cramped apartment in Tokyo with her pet rabbit, Bunzo. She works as an office lady, robotically preparing tea and fetching dry cleaning for her nitpicky boss. But on her own time, she obsessively watches a well-known American film on a weathered VHS tape. Rewinding and fast-forwarding repeatedly, she meticulously maps »

- Kenji Lloyd

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