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Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne was nominated for Oscars for Best Achievement in Directing for in "Nebraska".

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Alexander Payne was nominated for Oscars for Best Achievement in Directing for in "Nebraska".

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  • TV Picks: Mule deer, 'Mad Men,' 'The Address,' 'Ali,' 'Clarence'

    TV Picks: Mule deer, 'Mad Men,' 'The Address,' 'Ali,' 'Clarence'
    "Touching the Wild" (PBS, Wednesday). "That deer was willing to see me as an individual, and he very clearly saw that I granted him his individuality," says naturalist Joe Hutto of the meeting that led to years spent becoming one with the mule deer of Wyoming. "I was not seeing something, I was seeing someone." If any part of that sentence or this one -- "I don't mind going beyond science, and I try to walk a fine line between the science and the sentiment; this is about making contact with the wild" -- seems wrong to you, you will want to stay far from this lovely film, presented as an episode of "Nature," a companion to Hutto's book "Touching the Wild: Living With the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch." Also the author of “Illumination in the Flatwoods,” which became the Emmy-winning "Nature" film "My Life as a Turkey," Hutto has a talent for blending in -- wild chipmunks eat from his hands, birds settle upon his shoulders, deer give him a lick. Seasons change, at special-effect speed; the mule deer go here and there, individuals in a group their personalities define. There are helicopter shots. The usual circle-of-life caveats apply -- I looked away or sped through at times -- with the added challenge of neighboring humans, whom Hutto attempts to see through a deer's eyes: "We must have always represented a conundrum of schizophrenic proportions: We're that strange creature who'll pull you as a helpless faun from the frozen water or cut you free from a tangled mass of barbed wire and then tomorrow kill your mother standing at your side and leave her gut piled in the sagebrush for you to ponder."
  • Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman: Who'll sit on the couch?

    Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman: Who'll sit on the couch?
    With the news that Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as host of “The Late Show,” the inevitable question from moviedom is: What does this mean for us? Studios and personal publicists have long figured out how to handle Letterman,...

    Kurtwood Smith brings added life to his father role in 'Resurrection'

    Kurtwood Smith brings added life to his father role in 'Resurrection'
    Kurtwood Smith turned the image of the sitcom dad on its ear in the raucous Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" as Red Forman, the tough-nosed war vet father of Eric (Topher Grace). Red was the antithesis of such sweater-clad warm-and-fuzzy TV dads as Ozzie...

    'Divergent' likely to pass box-office test; 'Muppets' looks solid

    'Divergent' likely to pass box-office test; 'Muppets' looks solid
    Teen sci-fi should rule the box office this weekend, with the highly anticipated "Divergent" poised for a strong launch of a new franchise.    "Divergent," from Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment, could generate $55 million or more in ticket sales from...

    Academy Awards 2014: Lessons of campaign season

    Academy Awards 2014: Lessons of campaign season
    The Oscars are over, Twitter has recovered, the pizza has been devoured and the delivery guy is probably still waiting for the money to make its way from Pharrell Williams' hat to his pocket. But everyone else, host Ellen DeGeneres tells us, is a winner...