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Bruce Dern Tells Hollywood Tales on the 'Nebraska' Promo Trail

With the release of Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” imminent, along with what will undoubtedly be a full-frontal campaign to get Bruce Dern an Oscar nomination, Dern has been trudging – more gracefully than his character, Woody Grant, perhaps – down Memory Lane. The result has been gold for connoisseurs of film lore. Like his recollection that “The Wild Angels” – the original outlaw biker movie and ancestor of “Easy Rider” -- was created by the student body of the University of Corman.
  • By John Anderson
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  • November 4, 2013 2:37 PM
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NYFF: Acting with Non-Actors is the Key to 'Nebraska,' Says Bruce Dern

It was the League of Extraordinarily Mature Gentlemen Day at the New York Film Festival, with two 77-year-old Oscar rivals holding forth in turn, first at the Tuesday morning press conference (Robert Redford for “All is Lost”) and later in the afternoon, with Bruce Dern –whose performance in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” already won him a best actor prize at Cannes – taking the stage, and immediately trying to divert attention away from himself and onto his director.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 8, 2013 6:49 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska,' Starring Bruce Dern

The first trailer has arrived for Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father and son who make a trek out to the eponymous state to claim a supposed sweepstakes prize of $1 million. The film, which debuted at Cannes (where Dern won the Best Actor award), generated good buzz at both Telluride and Toronto, with Oscar talk swirling for Dern's performance.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 17, 2013 1:02 PM
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Telluride XL Day Five: 'Nebraska,' 'Gravity,' 'Prisoners' and a Toast to the 40th Anniversary Fest

I try not to beat myself up during a film festival. I try to adopt the Zen-like mantra of "wherever you are is the place you're supposed to be." Choosing one movie over another is not a life-or-death situation, and eventually one can usually see anything one wants.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 6, 2013 12:54 PM
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Cannes Review and Roundup: James Gray's 'The Immigrant' vs. 'Nebraska'

A pair of films addressing very different aspects of the American experience, and set 92 years apart, have screened in Competition over the last couple of days: Alexander Payne’s "Nebraska" and James Gray’s "The Immigrant." Sad to say, I had expectations for both but didn’t engage with either, although admittedly my perceptions may be tainted by the cumulative effects of a nine-day onslaught of early morning screenings and inevitable late nights.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • May 24, 2013 1:14 PM
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Cannes Review Roundup: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' a Wistful but Slight Father-Son Road Trip Film

Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father and son embarking on a roadtrip, screened today at Cannes. The response is thus far mixed to positive, with praise for the film's wistful tone and a "career-crowning" performance from Dern. Those less impressed site the film's slightness, calling it "affably unexceptional" and that it provides "not much to talk about." Roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2013 12:33 PM
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Cannes Preview: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska,' in Black-and-White (and Color?)

The first official image from "Nebraska," Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" follow-up starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte. The film will compete for the Palme d'Or at Cannes later this month.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2013 3:18 PM
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