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We’re back! Did you survive the Oscars? Are you looking for something to watch on Blu-ray, DVD, or streaming service? We have a few options for you released right at the end of February or the beginning of March, including a couple great animated shows, a Best Picture nominee, an FX sitcom, and a mega-blockbuster. Pick your favorites. All five are worth a look.
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What do Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, and Martin Scorsese’s latest films all have in common? While being multiple category nominees, they all went home empty-handed at the Oscars Sunday night. While the inferior “Dallas Buyers Club” took three trophies, Payne’s beautiful character piece about a man clinging to false hope when he thinks he has won a sweepstakes was overlooked. No matter. “Nebraska” will find the audience it deserves, and then some. This is the kind of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The guild’s board of directors chose Payne, the two-time Academy Award winner of “The Descendants” and “Sideways,” to be honored with the Eva Monley Award. Payne’s latest film, “Nebraska,” was nominated for six Oscars.
Wexler, known for his Oscars wins for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” and “Bound for Glory” will be honored with the Humanitarian Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the well-respected commercial location scout Dewees.
The inaugural awards ceremony will take place March 29 at the Writers Guild Theater.
- Nikara Johns
The show follows follows three women: deputy district attorney Rachel Knight (Stiles), Lapd detective Bailey Keller (Elisabeth Rohm) and prosecutor Toni Lacollette (Rose Rollins) -- each of whom end up embroiled in the same cases. [Source: The Live Feed]
Virginia Madsen ("Sideways"), Ritchie Coster ("Luck") and Yul Vazquez ("Magic City") have joined NBC's drama pilot "Babylon Fields". The story centers on the dead rising again in Babylon, N.Y., where lives are regained, old wounds are reopened and families are restored -- for better or worse.
Madsen and Coster will play the parents of Cdc scientist Thomas (Kyle Schmid) who want him to stay in town. Vazquez will portray the town's chief of police. [Source: The Live Feed]
- Garth Franklin
Sideways Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen is booking a trip to Babylon Fields. The actress -- along with Luck's Ritchie Coster and Magic City's Yul Vazquez -- have joined NBC's Meagan Good drama pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 The drama, from Gerald Cuesta, centers on the dead rising again in Babylon, N.Y., where lives are regained, old wounds are reopened and families are restored -- for better or worse. The newly regenerated bodies are healing faster and growing stronger, prompting discussion that this might be the next step in human evolution. Deception's Good stars as Janine
- Lesley Goldberg
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
Come Oscar season and for a change there are indeed a handful of standout movies that are rightfully vying for the coveted Best Picture gold statuette. Gravity is a thrill ride in the best tradition of science fiction movies, American Hustle is an entertaining con-romp based on a true story; Wolf of Wall Street, while not Scorsese’s best, is a dynamic tale of greed and hedonism, Her, an intriguing and ironic love story and 12 Years a Slave is a compelling and poetic study of a black man’s harrowing experience as a slave.
However the one movie that beats them all as a pure cinematic experience is Nebraska, a stark, minimalistic, beautifully photographed look at fading small town America. Directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) with an eye for detail »
- Aniruddha Basu
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
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…
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With the Oscars just a few days away, fans can revisit Best Picture contender Nebraska, which was just released on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Alexander Payne directs this black-and-white dramatic comedy that centers on an elderly man (Bruce Dern) who is convinced he has won $1 million in a sweepstakes giveaway. Determined to collect his winnings, he sets off on a journey from Montana to Omaha, Nebraska with his son (Will Forte). To help celebrate this new release, we have a giveaway where our readers can not only win the Blu-ray, but also a $50 gift certificate for Omaha Steaks. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win.
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Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours! »
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
From now until the Friday before the Oscars we'll be running daily pieces about why a film does or does not deserve Best Picture. Today, Eric explains why Nebraska deserves the big win during the Academy Awards. Alexander Payne has had some success at the Academy Awards. His first nomination came in 2000 when he and Jim Taylor found their screenplay for Election competing in the Best Adapted Screenplay category, and while he found himself walking away empty handed that night, he has earned trophies in his two trips since, sharing Best Adapted Screenplay prizes with Taylor and Jim Rash & Nat Faxon, respectively, for Sideways and The Descendants. Well-deserved as both of those prizes were, however, it.s also hard not to ignore the categories in which those same films list: namely Best Picture. Despite being top-tier contenders that collected numerous awards on the road to the Oscars . including Best Motion »
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
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
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Bruce Wayne/Batman – Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy
Patrick Bateman – American Psycho
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
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
Previously Best Known For:
Freeman Lowell – Silent Running
Asa Watts – The Cowboys
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
“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  and liked it. We often talked about films. It wasn’t until Sideways  when he called out of the blue and asked me if »
One of the great things about this year's Oscars lineup is the fact that the Best Picture category is packed with excellent films crossing a diverse range of genres. Since the introduction of an expanded field there have been a few questionable inclusions (see: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Blind Side), but in 2014 it's fair to say there isn't a duffer in the bunch.
So competitive is the race for the coveted Best Picture Academy Award this year, it's even sparked some heated debate among Digital Spy staff as to which film is most deserving of the prize. With one person's ideal Best Picture winner totally different to another, we decided to throw them all together to make an argument for personal favourites...
Oscars 2014 poll: Who do you want to win?
I'm not usually a fan of Martin Scorsese movies. »
Every once in a while, a supporting performance comes along that overshadows the lead characters of a film. In the case of filmmaker Alexander Payne’s latest tale, and in once unforgettable scene, this would be the remarkable June Squibb.
Get to know the Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee in a funny video from Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Nebraska received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Bruce Dern), Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography (brilliantly shot in B&W by Phedon Papamicheal) and Best Original Screenplay (Bob Nelson).
“I don’t doubt myself when it comes to work,” said Squibb during her pre-Golden Globe interview on CBS Sunday Morning.
Nebraska makes its Blu-ray, DVD and VOD debut on February 25, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film is available now on Digital and Digital HD.
Hailed as “an American masterpiece” (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times), the film was also named »
- Michelle McCue
After the commendable detour that was 2011′s The Descendants, Nebraska finds Alexander Payne getting back to the bittersweet road movies he does best. It’s been almost a decade since Sideways, and it’s fascinating to see how he’s evolved as a director. Nebraska is certainly one of the director’s finest works to date, and that’s in large part because it feels like one of his most personal. Gone are the stylistic flourishes and nutty humorous interludes; instead, Nebraska expertly balances comedy and drama to tell a simple but incredibly potent story of fatherhood, life, death and time’s cruel passage. It’s sweet, sad and completely indelible.
Payne’s choice to shoot Nebraska in black-and-white can’t mask the film’s colorful cast of characters, nor its warm heart. Most impressive is Bruce Dern, finally in a role worthy of his considerable talents. Dern is all »
- Isaac Feldberg
Next week Nebraska, the latest film from director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants), hits Blu-ray and DVD. If you haven't seen one of 2013's most acclaimed films, you'll soon be able to catch up on it before this year's Academy Awards ceremony, where it could take home one of its six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. It's about an elderly father (Bruce Dern) who is convinced he's won a lot of money, and the lengths his son (Will Forte) goes to indulge his slightly senile old man on his foolish quest to collect his winnings. Ahead of the films home video release on February 25, it is our pleasure to premiere a clip from one of several making-of featurettes on the Blu-ray. It features Will Forte and...
- Peter Hall
Director Alexander Payne takes us through the lengthy process of bringing the Best Picture contender Nebraska to the silver screen with our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD release on February 25. The filmmaker reveals he was first approached with Bob Nelson's Oscar-nominated script by producers Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger while he was in post-production on his 2004 comedy Sideways, atlhough he didn't realize, at the time, it would take so long to get this movie made. Take a look at our exclusive featurette, which includes behind-the-scenes footage.
From Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne, the director of Sideways and The Descendants, comes the captivating story of a father (Bruce Dern) and his adult son (Will Forte) who embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize; what begins as a fool's errand becomes a search for the road to redemption. Screen legend Bruce Dern gives "a career crowning performance" (Scott Foundas, »
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment proudly announces the home entertainment release of the heartwarming drama Saving Mr. Banks, arriving on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD and On-Demand on March 18, 2014.
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers' (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won't budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, the set Mary Poppins free.
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