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How Alexander Payne And Jim Taylor Contributed To 'Cedar Rapids' And Nine Other Things We Learned

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 16, 2011 2:15 AM
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Director Miguel Arteta Really Loves Michael Cera, Compares Him To Peter Sellers & MoreFilmmaker Miguel Arteta’s comedy “Cedar Rapids” is on the big screen in limited release this week and will expand into approximately 90-some screens this weekend. It’s the story of a low level insurance agent sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a major convention where he’s expected to compete for the top prize in the industry: the beloved Two Diamond Award. Ed Helms, who also produced the film, plays Tim Lippe the naive, boob of a salesman who gets in way over his head when he meets a group of colleagues that may or may not be in line to become his best friends.

Exclusive: Alexander Payne's Next Film Will Be 'Nebraska'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 18, 2011 5:32 AM
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It's been almost seven years since Alexander Payne released his critically acclaimed road trip drama "Sideways" in 2004. The film earned four Academy Award nominations (including one win for Best Adapted Screenplay) and that helped put Fox Searchlight on the map, paving the way for future success with films like "Little Miss Sunshine," "Juno" and "Slumdog Millionaire."

Miguel Arteta's 'Cedar Rapids' Starring Ed Helms Set For February 11th Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 28, 2010 3:41 AM
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James Gunn's "Super" Starring Rainn Wilson & Ellen Page Slotted For April 1, 2011After the underwhelming Michael Cera-led adaptation of "Youth In Revolt" early last year, director Miguel Arteta's next directorial effort, the road-trip comedy "Cedar Rapids" starring Ed Helms of "The Office" and "The Hangover" fame, has somewhat fallen off the radar. However, the film has now been handed a February 11th release date which may mean a premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival. It also appears the film will start out in limited release.

Alexander Payne Attached To Direct Adaptation Of Daniel Clowes Comic 'Wilson'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2010 9:04 AM
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With Alexander Payne busy finishing up his latest effort "The Descendants" possibly for a Cannes debut, the director is keeping an eye on this potential next gig. Sure, he's got the high concept comedy "Downsizing" -- about a financially struggling man who decides he can have a much nicer life if he undergoes a process to shrink himself to the size of a little person -- potentially lined up, but now he's eyeing an adaptation of an acclaimed graphic novel.

Alexander Payne's 'The Descendants' Starring George Clooney Bound For Cannes?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 16, 2010 2:20 AM
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Is Alexander Payne's fifth feature film, an adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings' 2008 novel "The Descendants" starring George Clooney, bound for the Cannes Film Festival next May?

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