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Scorsese, Allen up for DGA Award

Scorsese, Allen up for DGA Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Woody Allen, David Fincher, Michel Hazanavicius, Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese are up for the Directors Guild of America's top film prize.
'Hugo,' 'Artist' earn 11 Critics' Choice nods apiece

'Hugo,' 'Artist' earn 11 Critics' Choice nods apiece

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- "Hugo" and "The Artist" each earned 11 nominations for the 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, organizers announced in Los Angeles Tuesday morning.
New York Web critics honor 'Artist'

New York Web critics honor 'Artist'

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- New York Film Critics Online has voted "The Artist" the Best Picture of 2011 and Michael Hazanavicius Best Director for helming it.
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National Board of Review names 'Hugo' Best Film of 2011

National Board of Review names 'Hugo' Best Film of 2011

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- America's National Board of Review Thursday declared the family movie "Hugo" the Best Film of 2011.
'Artist,' 'Shelter' earn 5 Spirit nods each

'Artist,' 'Shelter' earn 5 Spirit nods each

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- "The Artist" and "Take Shelter" were each nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles Tuesday.
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Clooney set for Hollywood Film honor

Clooney set for Hollywood Film honor

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- George Clooney is to be presented with the Hollywood Actor Award at an upcoming gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., organizers said.
Weaver, Reilly head to 'Cedar Rapids'

Weaver, Reilly head to 'Cedar Rapids'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Sigourney Weaver, John C. Reilly and Alia Shawkat have signed up for roles in director Miguel Arteta's upcoming big-screen comedy "Cedar Rapids."
Ed Helms cast in comedy 'Rapids'

Ed Helms cast in comedy 'Rapids'

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (UPI) -- Ed Helms, a supporting player in the TV series "The Office," has signed on to star in the big-screen, road-trip comedy "Cedar Rapids."
Payne to direct 1st film since 'Sideways'

Payne to direct 1st film since 'Sideways'

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker Alexander Payne is set to direct "Downsizing," his first movie since his 2004 wine country comedy, "Sideways," Variety.com said.
Anne Heche joins cast of HBO's 'Hung'

Anne Heche joins cast of HBO's 'Hung'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Former "Men in Trees" actress Anne Heche has signed on to co-star with Thomas Jane in HBO's new dark comedy series "Hung," The Hollywood Reporter said.
Thomas Jane cast in HBO pilot

Thomas Jane cast in HBO pilot

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. film actor Thomas Jane has been cast in an hourlong pilot for "Hung," a dark comedy directed by "Sideways" writer-director Alexander Payne.

'Grey's' Sandra Oh officially a divorcee

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Actress Sandra Oh is officially part of the Los Angeles' singles scene again although the details of her divorce are still being ironed out.

Sandler and James to take on comedy roles

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Adam Sandler and Kevin James are in talks to play fake gay firefighters in a big screen comedy for Universal Pictures.
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Executive Producer Alexander Payne arrives for the premiere of the film "The Savages" at the Eccles Theatre during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 19, 2007. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)
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Constantine Alexander Payne (born February 10, 1961) is an American Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter. His films are noted for their dark humour and satirical depictions of contemporary American society. His films also revolve around adultery in marriage and relationships. He also tends to set his films in Omaha. He has scenes of historical landmarks and museums in his films, and tends to use actual people for minor roles (real cops play cops, real teachers play teachers, etc.). He frequently incorporates telephone monologues as a dramatic device. He also tends to cast actor Phil Reeves in his films. He is on the short list of directors who have final cut rights for their films. In 2005 he became a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Directors Branch). His writing partner is Jim Taylor.

Payne, a Greek American (his grandfather's family name was Anglicized from Papadopoulos), was born in Omaha, Nebraska to parents who were restaurant owners. He grew up in the same neighborhood as billionaire Warren Buffett, attended Creighton Preparatory School high school and later Stanford University where he double majored in Spanish and History. As a part of his Spanish degree, he studied at the University of Salamanca (Spain). Payne got his MFA in 1990 from the UCLA Film School.

Payne worked in various capacities on films and television before he wrote and directed his first full-length film Citizen Ruth in 1995. His film Election, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, which takes aim at politics and education in America, attracted attention when New Yorker film critic David Denby named it the best film of 1999. Payne was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Election. In 2000 he did an uncredited polish-up of the screenplay for the comedy hit Meet The Parents. In 2001 Payne wrote a draft of Jurassic Park III. In 2003 he received a Golden Globe for his screenplay for About Schmidt, which also won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. To the surprise of many who kept track of Hollywood news, Payne and his writing partner Jim Taylor were not nominated for an Oscar for the About Schmidt screenplay. He won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2005 for Best Screenplay for Sideways while the film also won the Golden Globe for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy. In total, Sideways received five Academy Award Nominations. Payne served as an executive producer on the films King of California and The Savages. He also teamed up once again with writing partner Jim Taylor to write a draft of the screenplay for the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, a comedy directed by Dennis Dugan starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Payne disliked the final product, stating that Adam Sandler rewrote so much of the story that almost all of what Payne and Taylor wrote was gone.

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