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Joe Dante's 'The 'Burbs' Turns 25, Watch The Alternate Ending, Interviews, Best Scenes & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 17, 2014 1:36 PM
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The 'Burbs
Tom Hanks is two time Oscar winning actor who has been nominated five times. He won for "Forrest Gump" and "Philadelphia" and was nom'd for "Cast Away," "Big" and "Saving Private Ryan.” Some will even say he was robbed of a six nomination this year for “Captain Phillips,” that last scene alone being rather Oscar-worthy on its own. But imagine that there’s a generation out there that might not realize how far he’s come and remember that way back when, he was a pretty silly (but still awesome) comedian. The TV show “Bosom Buddies” lead to great comedy roles in "Splash," the severely underrated "The Money Pit," "Volunteers" and "Bachelor Party." In fact, it was hard to throw a rock five feet in the 1980s and not hit a comedy that Hanks was involved in. In 1988, “Big” was the first serio-comic role that earned him respect and his first Oscar nomination, but a year later one of his best and now beloved comedies arrived in the form of Joe Dante’s cult comedy “The ‘Burbs.

Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances Of The 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2014 1:47 PM
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Underrated Performances, 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees
The trouble with awards season, especially when it comes to actors who often attract nominations, is that there's a risk that it delegitimizes their work if it doesn't get recognized. If Meryl Streep, say, has countless nominations, than there could be a temptation to think of her performances in less awards-friendly fare as "lesser" work, whereas in fact, the opposite can be true—even in films that are of otherwise questionable quality, the actors can still give remarkable performances.

Black Night, White Hell: A Look At Quentin Tarantino’s 'The Hateful Eight' Western

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 31, 2014 3:48 PM
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Quentin Tarantino,
“​I do like the fact that everyone eventually posts [my scripts], gets it and reviews it on the net. I like the fact that people like my shit, and that they go out of their way to find it and read it," Quentin Tarantino recently told Deadline. And while we're not going to defend Gawker's wanton leaking of the script, we are going to look at the director’s would-be Western “The Hateful Eight” in some broad strokes.

Quentin Tarantino's New Western Is Called 'The Hateful Eight'; Wants Christoph Waltz & Bruce Dern To Star

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 11, 2014 6:32 PM
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For the the months that followed "Django Unchained," filmmaker Quentin Tarantino had been hinting he was hoping to direct a Western next. And then at the end of the year on Jay Leno, he spelled it out in no uncertain terms; he was making a Western next, but it wasn't going to be a sequel to "Django Unchained," or "Killer Crow," the prequel to "Inglourious Basterds," he'd been discussing in several interviews after his slavery epic was done. Well, he kept his promise. And when QT puts his mind to it, he evidently spits out a script quick.

Spike Jonze's 'Her' Wins Best Film & Best Director From National Board Of Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 1:42 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
So how influential are the National Board Of Review winners? Well, last year "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress and went on to be shut out in all three categories when the Oscars rolled out. Basically, just remember that there is a gulf between critics and Academy voters (remember the year when "The Social Network" cleaned up in the all early awards?) so just take a breath. That said, it's nice to see the love.

Review: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte & Bob Odenkirk

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 15, 2013 11:00 AM
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Nebraska
There’ve been great masses of critical laurels laid at Alexander Payne’s door over the years, some, in our eyes, more earned than others. When it really hits home, the director’s quiet humanism and wry humor can yield perceptive insights, especially into certain trademark areas of expertise: family dynamics, the vanities and follies of aging men, the reluctance to let go of old dreams. But the downside to this kind of blanket approbation is that, because we know what to look for in an Alexander Payne movie, sometimes we might kid ourselves that we find things that aren’t really there. And so, we come trundling to "Nebraska," and certainly not a bad film in any way, but one that failed to engage us with anything like the kind of witty perceptiveness we found in, for example, “Sideways,” to reference the other two-man road trip-style film of Payne’s.

Interview: Will Forte Talks 'Nebraska,' What He Learned From Alexander Payne & Bruce Dern & Status Of 'MacGruber 2'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 14, 2013 2:53 PM
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Nebraska
There are a number of surprises nestled within Alexander Payne's warmly homespun "Nebraska." Like all of Payne's films, it dangles on the precipice between drama and comedy, this time following an elderly man (a revelatory Bruce Dern) as he travels to Nebraska to collect his winnings from a phony sweepstakes mailer he's received. Accompanying him on the journey is his son, played by Will Forte, who is both humoring him and looking for a way to connect with his emotionally distant father. And it's Forte's performance that might be the biggest, most delightful surprise in "Nebraska." This is, after all, an actor who, just a couple of years ago, waddled around on screen with a stalk of celery sticking out of his butthole. Talk about range.

Watch: New Clip From 'Nebraska' Plus AFI Fest Bruce Dern Tribute Reel Introduced By Quentin Tarantino

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2013 12:36 PM
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Nebraska
The journey that started this past spring at the Cannes Film Festival capped off with an appearance last night at AFI Film Festival as Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" gears up to start rolling out in theaters soon. And in both the south of France and in sunny California, it was Bruce Dern who was the center of attention. He took home Best Actor on the Croisette and before the screening of the film last night, AFI Fest showed a special tribute reel to the man, with one very special guest introducing it.

Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' Unloads A State Full Of New Photos, Plus Soundtrack Deets & A First Listen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 2:20 PM
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Nebraska
The long road, the vast underpopulated horizons of the Midwest and feelings of regret and pangs of remorse—these are familiar ingredients for filmmaker Alexander Payne, and he spins them into widescreen black-and-white for his latest, "Nebraska." Earning Bruce Dern a Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival and stopping by New York and Savannah on its way to theaters in a few weeks, the last push is being made for the low-key film with a batch of stills and more arriving, hoping to shine a little more attention on the small movie that packs a bigger emotional wallop.

Savannah Film Festival: Bruce Dern Talks 'Nebraska,' Says Alexander Payne Ranks With Hitchcock & Kazan And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 2:01 PM
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Nebraska
Though he's thousands of miles and months away from when he won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival this spring for his role in "Nebraska," there was no one else at the Savannah Film Festival that we spoke to with as much light, energy and enthusiasm as the 77 year-old Bruce Dern. In town last weekend to help open the festival with "Nebraska," and present director Alexander Payne with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award, Dern was some of a force in Savannah. The generous time he spent with students of Savannah College of Art & Design in a masterclass already caused a small amount of chatter, and when we sat down with him not long after, Dern was eager and happy to keep sharing his stories and experiences. But what came through most was how proud and genuinely grateful he was the opportunity to perform in "Nebraska."

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