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Quiver Distribution Acquires Dramedy ‘Small Town Wisconsin’ From Executive Producer Alexander Payne – Watch The Trailer

Click here to read the full article. EXCLUSIVE: Quiver Distribution has acquired North American rights to the dramedy Small Town Wisconsin, starring David Sullivan (Sharp Objects), Bill Heck (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Kristen Johnson (3rd Rock from the Sun), Tanya Fischer (Life on Mars) and Cooper J. Friedman (9-1-1: Lone Star), slating it for wide release in theaters and on digital platforms on June 10th. The film exec produced by Academy Award winner Alexander Payne (Sideways) watches as perpetual teenager Wayne Stobierski (Sullivan) loses a custody battle, stealing his son away for one last father-son weekend in the city of...
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Alexander Payne Reveals 5 Things He Wishes He Knew Before Becoming a Filmmaker

Alexander Payne’s hard work and dedication to the art of moviemaking have paid off both at the box office and at awards shows. He is a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker. To date, Payne’s films — Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, Nebraska, and Downsizing — have been nominated for 19 Oscars and eight Golden Globes. Despite that, Payne manages to remain humble about his professional process.
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Da’Vine Joy Randolph Joins Paul Giamatti In Alexander Payne and Miramax’s ‘The Holdovers’

EXCLUSIVE: Da’Vine Joy Randolph is set to join Paul Giamatti in Alexander Payne’s next feature film, The Holdovers. Miramax landed worldwide rights to the film last summer with Payne on board to direct. David Hemingson is writing and producing with Mark Johnson and Bill Block also producing. Production is set to start today in New England. The film follows Deerfield Academy teacher Paul Hunham (Giamatti) who nobody likes — not his students, not his fellow faculty, not the headmaster, who all find his pomposity and rigidity exasperating. With no family and nowhere to go over Christmas holiday in 1970, Paul remains...
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Alexander Payne shares his most valuable screenwriting lessons

Submitting a clean screenplay is key to getting it on the big screen. According to Alexander Payne, “Screenwriting is the hardest part of filmmaking.” So, when the Academy Award–winning filmmaker gets a new screenplay, what makes him want to keep reading? “It’s nice when a screenplay is written clearly and succinctly,” shares the 60-year-old director. “It’s arduous to read an overwritten screenplay. This might sound superficial, but the screenplay is the catnip that attracts money and talent, and it must be easy and entertaining to read.”
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Photos: Alexander Payne and his movies

"I haven't spent much time in small-town Nebraska at all, other than driving through. One reason I enjoyed making 'About Schmidt' was that it gave me an overview. And this one made me fall in love even more with Nebraska." 'Downsizing'
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Divorce of Omaha filmmaker Alexander Payne an international affair; records sealed in court

The sealing of an Omaha divorce case involving Hollywood filmmaker Alexander Payne has some court observers and the attorney for Payne’s estranged wife looking sideways. Douglas County District Judge Thomas Otepka sealed the divorce case, at the request of Payne’s attorney, July 13 without providing an explanation — and apparently without hearing from the attorney representing Payne’s wife, Maria K. Payne. Otepka sealed the case the same day it was filed, and there is no indication of a hearing over the motion to seal.
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Divorce of Omaha filmmaker Alexander Payne an international affair; records sealed in court

The sealing of an Omaha divorce case involving Hollywood filmmaker Alexander Payne has some court observers and the attorney for Payne’s estranged wife looking sideways. Douglas County District Judge Thomas Otepka sealed the divorce case, at the request of Payne’s attorney, July 13 without providing an explanation — and apparently without hearing from the attorney representing Payne’s wife, Maria K. Payne. Otepka sealed the case the same day it was filed, and there is no indication of a hearing over the motion to seal.
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Alexander Payne Discusses the Actors He Hopes to Direct in Future Films

Filmmaker Alexander Payne has a knack for coaxing award-winning performances from some of the biggest names in Hollywood. He confirms that George Clooney was his "first and only choice" to portray Matt King, the grieving father navigating the uncharted waters of letting his unfaithful wife die with dignity in "The Descendants," the 2011 comedic drama which Payne directed and co-wrote. Clooney won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for the riveting role.
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Alexander Payne Not Canceled After All?

So I guess Alexander Payne isn’t canceled after all?. Accuser Rose McGowan‘s credibility was already not very good before she accused Payne of being sexually inappropriate with her more than 30 years ago, so it would makes sense that Payne managed to escape that wrath. I’m saying all this because...
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Alexander Payne: Filmmaker and Dreamer

“One of cinema’s greatest uses or values lies not just in its ability to capture reality, but to capture or suggest a dream. Other narrative arts could be related to dream as well, but only the cinema is able to do it with actual images corresponding mysteriously to reality and without a single spoken word – the language of dream.” – Alexander Payne.
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Paul Giamatti is Reteaming With Director Alexander Payne For THE HOLDOVERS

Paul Giamatti is set to star in director Alexander Payne’s next film project The Holdovers. This will reunite the two talents who previously worked together on the 2004 comedic drama Sideways, which follows two middle-aged men who take a week-long road trip to Santa Barbara wine country. Giamatti will portray...
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‘The Holdovers’: Alexander Payne Recruits ‘Sideways’ Star Paul Giamatti For New Comedy

Following several canceled features across 2019 and 2020, Deadline reports that Alexander Payne has set Paul Giamatti to star in “The Holdovers,” a David Hemingson-scripted film produced by Mark Johnson. Production on the film will begin early next year in New England. At the same time, FilmNation will rep international rights, and CAA Media Finance will handle domestic as the film is shopped next week in the Cannes Virtual Market.
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Alexander Payne and Paul Giamatti Reteam for The Holdovers

It’s been quite a struggle for Alexander Payne to get his next film off the ground. Following up his biggest project yet, scope-wise, with Downsizing, he’s been attached to The Burial, The Menu (now in the hands of another director), a Babette’s Feast reimagining, and even a Mads Mikkelsen-led film that got shut down mere days before production was set to take place. Now, it looks like he’s finally found a film that will move forward.
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