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    First Image from Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ Released

    The first look at Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” is finally here, and it’s fairly accurate to its odd storyline. The film stars Matt Damon (“The Martian”), Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids”), and Laura Dern (“Wild”), and presents a strange, satirical solution to the growing threats of immigration and the environment. Check the photo out below, which accompanied an EW […] More

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    Toronto International Film Festival Announces 2017 Schedule

    Officials for the Toronto International Film Festival held a press conference to announce their 2017 festival line up. Offering a slate of 14 gala presentations and 33 special screenings, this year’s TIFF promises to be one of the most diverse. Highly anticipated offerings include Darren Aronofsky‘s “Mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence; “Downsizing” from Alexander Payne; and […] More

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    OSCARS: Charlize Theron’s Multiple Producing Projects and the “Double Troubles”

    Over the past few days, the WAY TOO EARLY Oscar Predictions for 2018 have been updated category by category. In case you missed it, the first guesses for PICTURE, DIRECTOR, LEAD ACTOR, LEAD ACTRESS, SUPPORTING ACTOR, and SUPPORTING ACTRESS have been unveiled. Commentary is included at the top of each category page. Speaking as a […] More

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    Good Reads: “Midnight In Paris” & “The Descendants”

    Hey y’all, welcome to Good Reads where we look into what makes the screenplay winners Oscar worthy. 2014, 2013 and 2012 are already covered, now it’s time to look back on two winners that added their statues to a mini collection – Woody Allen’s fourth and Alexander Payne’s second. Next week, The King’s Speech and […] More

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    Good Reads: “Sideways” & “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

    Introducing a new series, Good Read examines Oscar-winning screenplays and analyzes what it is that makes them awards worthy, unique, and culturally significant. Kicking us off, I’ll start with one of the strongest pairs the Academy has ever selected with 2004’s Sideways, written by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor (based on the 2004 novel of […] More

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    Matt Damon will star in Alexander Payne’s next film ‘Downsizing’

    It seems that Alexander Payne has pretty good luck when it comes to passion projects of sorts. It took him a few years to actually mount Nebraska, but once all was said and done there, he’d seen his film receive a half dozen Oscar nominations, with another Best Director citation from the Academy on his […] More

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    Six Spot #5: Best Director 2011

    Welcome back to The Six Spot!  In case you missed last week’s 2003 Best Actress Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, we discuss one of the more interesting pre-nomination races of the last decade, the 2011 Best Director race.  Unlike the four previous Six Spots, where we had a ton of non-nominees […] More

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    Bruce Dern to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award

    Academy Award nominee Bruce Dern has been turning heads for his performance in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, and his path to Oscar seems more and more clear as the awards season process unfolds. Today it was announced that Dern would receive the Career Achievement Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs Film Festival. The festival runs Jan. […] More

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    Will Forte Talks about Working with Bruce Dern and Alexander Payne

    Last week, I was given the opportunity to sit down with many of the folks involved in Alexander Payne‘s new film Nebraska. I spoke to a number of cast members as well as scribe Bob Nelson, and I’ll be bringing you those later this week, but I wanted to start with my really enjoyable chat […] More

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    AFI Fest: Nebraska (★★★★)

    Occasionally, a film will come along that, as soon as the credits roll, I immediately want to watch it again. That was the case with Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska. Set in the red states of the Big Sky Midwest is the story of Woody (Bruce Dern), an aging and grumpy alcoholic determined to get from Billings, […] More

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