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AFI's Movies Of 2013 Include 'Gravity,' 'Her' & 'American Hustle'; TV Shows Of 2013 Include 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game Of Thrones' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 3:15 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
The holidays are fast approaching which means after the presents are unwrapped and the allocated family time is complete you're going to have some free time and grandma's Christmas money to spend. Thus, it's the perfect opportunity to catch up with all the acclaimed movies and TV you've been missing out on in 2013.

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.

'12 Years A Slave' & 'Nebraska' Come Out Ahead In 2014 Spirit Award Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2013 1:34 PM
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2013 Spirit Nominations
Ready for awards season to really get underway? No? Well, it's too late, because ahead of the start of the critics' awards next week, Film Independent's Spirit Awards have just unveiled their nominations for their annual awards, the biggest in the indie world.

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.

10 Films To See In November

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • November 1, 2013 12:46 PM
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Films to see in November
As you prepare to gather around the Thanksgiving table with your friends, there’s one thing to be thankful for: Oscar season is upon us! Movies are getting better and the awards are going to start trickling in. So load up on the tryptophan-laced turkey, get those holiday Fandango passes out, and let’s go to the movies!

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."

Savannah Film Fest: Alexander Payne Talks 'Nebraska,' Visual Effects & Asks Where Adult Dramas Have Gone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2013 1:02 PM
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“I believe in movies,” Alexander Payne emphatically states during our interview at the Savannah Film Festival over the weekend. The director was not only on hand to present “Nebraska,” which served as the opening film of the festival, but also to receive the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award, presented by the movie’s star, Bruce Dern. And Payne’s passion for film is clearly present in his approach for his latest effort. The road trip story about a stubborn, determined father (Dern) and his put-upon son (played by Will Forte) journeying to claim a sweepstakes prize, is presented in black and white, and shot in widescreen—certainly not the usual elements one expects these days in a movie that blends drama, comedy and Payne’s always focused eye on the textures of the Midwest.

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