Alexander Payne

Kristen Wiig Replaces Reese Witherspoon in Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’

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by Charles Bramesco March 30, 2016 @ 8:53 AM
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Alexander Payne has traded muses, with his one-time Election star Reese Witherspoon stepping out of his developing project titled Downsizing to go pursue work elsewhere. (There’s no bad blood between the former collaborators, according to Deadline, the break was purely a matter of scheduling complications.) For her replacement, Payne went in a bit of a different direction. Though she does not share Witherspoon’s good-ol’-southern-gal charm or the combination of slight-statured cuteness and raw determination that made Election such a treat, SNL-alum-turned-movie-star Kristen Wiig will make for a perfect addition to the Payneverse. Payne’s last film, the tone-perfect small-town satire Nebraska, tapped Will Forte — another SNL vet — for a rare dramatic role and reaped massive dividends. Hopefully, he’ll be able to pull off the same feat with Wiig.

The 25 Best Comedy Movies of the Last 25 Years

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by ScreenCrush Staff April 1, 2015 @ 9:19 AM
April Fools’ Day is an occasion marked by silliness. Many websites choose to celebrate by tricking their readers with goofy pranks. But for every one of these hoaxes that’s funny, there are ten more that are terrible (plus our budget would not allow us to turn the site into ScreenFlush, the #1 place on the Internet dedicated to movie toilets, for a single day). So instead, let’s honor some humor professionals; the men and women who’ve made the best comedies of the last 25 years.

Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach Will Journey to 'Nebraska'

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by Jacob Hall September 3, 2012 @ 8:48 AM
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After a seven year absence, director Alexander Payne returned last year with the exceptional 'The Descendants.' Thankfully, we won't be waiting nearly as long for his next film. 'Nebraska' is going to start shooting in October and Payne has added Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach to an already strong ensemble.

Will Forte, Oscar Contender? Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' to Shoot Shortly

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by Damon Houx August 6, 2012 @ 7:45 PM
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Ever since 1999's 'Election,' Alexander Payne's films have been like catnip to the Academy. 2002's 'About Schimdt' got two nominations, 2004's 'Sideways' got five nominations and last year's 'The Descendants' also got five. Payne himself has been nominated five times and has won twice. His next film, 'Nebraska' stars Will Forte and Bruce Dern. Mathematically, this means Forte could be an Oscar contender.