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Leading Lights, Worldly Issues Headline Mill Valley Film Festival

Dan Siegel | Posted 11.12.2013 | San Francisco
Dan Siegel

The annual Marin film fest, in its 36th year, will feature early peaks at Oscar contenders, award nights to rising and veteran stars and storytellers and compelling features and documentaries of social significance.

Patmos, Payne and Paradoxes

Ioannis Pappos | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
Ioannis Pappos

As a gay man and a scientist, I have issues with orthodox churches and spells, but I am also attracted to paradoxes. So when I was invited to the 3rd International Film Festival of Patmos last month, I welcomed the opportunity to understand the magnetism between creativity and canon.

Raising a Greek Cinema Paradiso

Dan Siegel | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Siegel

When Alexander Payne stepped off the boat in late July to arrive on the Greek isle of Patmos, few locals recognized a major Hollywood writer-director in their midst -- or had a chance to see his films on the silver screen.

Fatties Have Feelings, Too

Jenelle Riley | Posted 07.28.2013 | Media
Jenelle Riley

A few years ago, my nephew walked up to me and proclaimed, apropos of nothing: "You're fat!" It made me remarkably sad. Not because I was being teased, I can handle that.

HBO Films Shine in Cannes

Annette Insdorf | Posted 07.26.2013 | Entertainment
Annette Insdorf

Now that the Cannes Film Festival is drawing to a close, it's clear that HBO has grown into a major film-making force beyond the small screen.

Director Defends Controversial Choice

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 07.23.2013 | Entertainment

CANNES, France — Shooting the Midwest in monochrome came naturally for Alexander Payne in his father-son road trip "Nebraska." Payne premiered ...

New Clip From Alexander Payne Film

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.15.2013 | Entertainment

Hollywood officials associated with the Cannes Film Festival surely know how to market the weeklong event. A clip from the new Alexander Payne movie "...

Mike Ryan

Will 'MacGruber 2' Happen?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Ryan | Posted 04.22.2013 | Entertainment

It's difficult not to root for Will Forte, who may be one of the genuinely nicest actors working today. In 2010, Forte was at a career crossroads: ...

Cannes Responds To Last Year's Controversy

Posted 04.18.2013 | Entertainment

The 2013 Cannes Film Festival lineup was announced on Thursday morning, with new films from Joel and Ethan Coen, Roman Polanski, Steven Soderbergh, Al...

Reese Witherspoon and Alexander Payne: A Starry, Starry Night in Chicago (VIDEO)

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.10.2012 | Celebrity
Elysabeth Alfano

It was certainly a starry night in Chicago on June 23 when three major cinematic forces came together for a brilliant evening of food and film.

Will Forte: Future Oscar Nominee?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 05.15.2012 | Entertainment

Will Forte and Bruce Dern could head to "Nebraska." That's the word from Deadline.com, which reports that director Alexander Payne wants the two actor...

Dan Clowes Retrospective Lands At The Oakland Museum of California

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Massara | Posted 04.16.2012 | Arts

Dan Clowes is a comic book artist, a screenwriter, and a man with a lot of empathy for disgruntled Americans. He is the author of "Ghost World," "Mist...

Audrey Tautou, Etc. at the French Rendez-vous

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.14.2012 | Celebrity
Regina Weinreich

In a far corner of the elegant Fifth Avenue townhouse, Tautou, dark curls bobbing, spoke about why her character would enter into an inexplicable love affair with a dull-witted co-worker. "You don't know where love comes from. He touched her in a deep place," said Tautou, her hands gesticulating wildly.

Bad Break For Bryan Cranston

The Huffington Post | Michael Hogan | Posted 11.26.2012 | Entertainment

Bryan Cranston tried out for a role in Alexander Payne's next project, the road-trip movie "Nebraska," but probably won't get the role, the director t...

Win Your Oscar Pool With Moviefone's Awards Night Pool Picker

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 04.21.2012 | Entertainment

It's Oscar week here at Moviefone and than can mean only one thing: Awards Night Pool Picker! Here's your chance to let Huffington Post executive ente...

'Midnight In Paris,' 'The Descendants' Win WGA Awards

Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment

Meryl Streep isn't the only Hollywood star sitting on nearly three decades of Academy Awards losses. Woody Allen has been nominated nine times in the ...

The Sideways Publishing Saga -- Part III: Whiplash; Dismay!

Rex Pickett | Posted 04.09.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

The Academy Awards hold a special place in my heart. I'm somehow miraculously behind two Oscars: the Best Adapted Screenplay for Sideways (based on my novel of the same title) and the writer of the 2000 Oscar for Best Live Action Short.

The Sideways Publishing Saga -- Part II: Exultation

Rex Pickett | Posted 04.04.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

A year after Sideways had been pulled for submission, and the film industry had turned a deaf ear to two guys who go wine tasting in then little known Santa Ynez Valley, my life was in tatters.

The Sideways Publishing Saga -- Part I: Rejection

Rex Pickett | Posted 03.28.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

In this post I will be specifically addressing what happened Sideways in the publishing world. My story, especially for aspiring authors, is not for the faint of heart.

It's the End of the Word as We Know It

Rex Pickett | Posted 03.24.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

You would think with a publishing contract, a high-powered agent, a movie in the works, that I was the most grateful writer on the planet. I was... and then I wasn't.

The Descendants: A Paint-By-Number Masterpiece

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 03.18.2012 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

As one of the character puts it, "This is a unique and dramatic situation." But to the audience, The Descendants is simply about saying good-bye.

Awards Foreplay at the National Board of Review Gala

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.15.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

At the elegant National Board of Review's Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street this week, fine films were respectfully feted. But, those speeches! On this occasion coming up on the Golden Globes weekend, a subtext emerged.

What Do 'Breaking Dawn' And 'The Descendants' Have In Common?

Posted 12.07.2011 | Home

What do tween blockbuster "Breaking Dawn: Part 1" and Alexander Payne's infidelity dramedy "The Descendants" have in common? Well, according to Jam...

The Descendants Is Another Over Praised Clooney Film

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 02.06.2012 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

This movie is basically a study of the main character's ineptness as a husband and father. If this qualifies as entertainment for you, then you will be very pleased by the film.

Judy Greer Just Happy to Still Be in the Picture

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.01.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

She's generating major buzz -- perhaps even Oscar buzz - for her role in Alexander Payne's The Descendants. But actress Judy Greer is just happy to b...