First look at Alexander Payne’s Nebraska

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After the Hawaii-set The Descendants, Omaha resident Alexander Payne returns to his home state with Nebraska. Shot in black-and-white, Nebraska follows a cranky recovering alcoholic (Bruce Dern) who coerces his son (Will Forte, yep, MacGruber himself) info driving him to collect an imaginary $1,000,000 sweepstakes prize.

Here’s the first trailer. Follow the jump for more stills, a poster and Payne’s explanation of his decision to forego color.

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“It seems that our politicians see the world in black and white, so why not our artists? Did Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’ have to be in black and white? No. But is it fantastic that it was? To see New York like that? Yes! I watch ‘Paper Moon’ about once a year. Black and white is a good thing.” – Alexander Payne, in an LA Times interview

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“…It took some discussions with the studio — Paramount, in this case — to get them to agree to let me make it in black and white at a budget with which I could make a decent film. Filmmaking in America is quite expensive, at times much more expensive than I think it should be. And yes, we did settle on a budget less than it would have been if it had been in color, but it was still at a rate with which I could feel comfortable.” – Alexander Payne, in an interview with Vulture.

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Payne BTS (indiewire)
(Above) Payne (left) and Dern (right) on the set of Nebraska. (Photo courtesy of indiewire).
Nebraska poster

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