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'Nebraska' behind the scenes: How June Squibb landed the role of Kate Grant -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Nebraska tells the story of a father (Bruce Dern) who, after receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, believes he’s struck it rich and convinces his son (Will Forte) to join him on a road trip to accept his new fortune. Directed by Alexander Payne, the film received multiple Oscar nominations, including a Best Director nod for Payne, another for Best Picture, and acting nominations for star Bruce Dern and supporting actress June Squibb, who plays Dern’s wife in the film.

But don’t panic if you missed it in theaters. We have the exclusive release date for Nebraska on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how June Squibb landed her role as Kate Grant. Let’s just say she wasn’t Payne’s first choice, but he quickly changed his mind.

Learn more about Squibb’s journey to the film with the exclusive clip below:
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Oscars 2014: 'Nebraska' screenwriter says his nomination is like an 'Onion' headline

Screenwriter Bob Nelson is having a good day. “I got an email from Sears saying I got $5 in points,” he explains. “So that was pretty good.” Anything else happen? “Oh yeah, the Academy Award thing,” he deadpans.

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Oscars 2014: 'Nebraska' actress June Squibb talks nomination -- 'We hugged and kissed and cried'

If there is a more touching Oscar nominations day story than that of veteran thespian June Squibb — who has been given the nod in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance in Nebraska — we’re not sure our hearts, or our tear ducts, can take it.

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Oscars 2014: 'Nebraska' star Bruce Dern on his Best Actor nomination

The way Bruce Dern tells it, the moment he learned he had been nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance in Nebraska sounds remarkably like a scene from the film itself, which stars Dern as a befuddled alcoholic named Woody who mistakenly believes he has won a fortune. “I have to sleep with a mask on sometimes,” says the actor, who was previously nominated 35 years ago in the Best Supporting Actor category for the drama Coming Home. “So, the Lone Ranger mask was still on. I was stumbling down the hall to go to the latrine. And when I got there, somebody said, ‘No, don’t go in there! Come out here, come out here!’ And there was Laura (Dern, his daughter), and my wife, and my business partner Wendy and I was absolutely thrilled. And a little bit stunned to tell you the truth.”

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Meryl Streep 'wins' National Board of Review Awards, takes swipes at Disney

The National Board of Review announced its 2013 honorees on Dec. 4, with Her, Nebraska, and Fruitvale Station claiming some of the top prizes. That meant the only real suspense last night at the organization’s New York City gala was who would win the crowd and earn the best howls. Rob Reiner nearly stole the show, but it was Meryl Streep who brought down the house at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street. Streep, presenting the Best Actress award to Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks, left her friend “nauseous with gratitude” with a heart-felt introduction that also took swipes at Walt Disney and the Disney brand. READ FULL STORY

AFI movies of the year: 'Her' and '12 Years a Slave' in; 'August: Osage County' out

The American Film Institute announced its 10 “most outstanding” movies of the year Monday, including Her, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

AFI has a strong history of selecting films that end up competing for an Academy Award. Last year alone, all but Moonrise Kingdom and The Dark Knight Rises picked up Best Picture nominations. The only nominee AFI missed was Amour, and that’s just because AFI only selects from American films. Not too shabby.

The list is mostly consistent with the landscape of serious contenders that we’ve been anticipating. The recently announced critics awards largely skewed toward 12 Years a Slave, with a few nods for American Hustle, Gravity, and Her – all of which are represented on AFI’s list. Notably, Sundance winner Fruitvale Station (largely absent from critics lists) made the top 10, perhaps signifying that it’s not out of the race just yet. Missing from AFI’s list are a few notable Best Picture hopefuls including Philomena, August: Osage County, and Blue Jasmine.

Check out the full list below, including AFI’s television programs of the year.
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'Nebraska' embraces awkward moments -- VIDEO

With our apologies to Tolstoy, every family is awkward in its own way too, and the Grants of Hawthorne, Nebraska, are no exception.

In Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, an unexpected accident on Woody Grant’s (Bruce Dern) trip to Omaha finds him thrust back into his hometown for an unwanted stay with his extended family. Needless to say, his visit is full of extended silences and clumsy sincerity as a group of near strangers connected by blood and marriage and a general idea of a social contract attempt to uphold some sense of kinship amidst the mundane realities of their lives.

And boy does it get awkward.

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Independent Spirit Awards: '12 Years a Slave' and 'Nebraska' lead nominations

12 Years a Slave may have the most nominations, but Nebraska will probably benefit the most from its Independent Spirit Awards recognition — which give a much needed boost to low-budget movies competing for Oscar attention.

The epic slavery drama collected a leading seven nominations, while Nebraska was right behind it with six. Both films are in the running for Best  Feature, alongside All Is Lost, Frances Ha, and Inside Llewyn Davis. READ FULL STORY

'Nebraska's Bruce Dern to receive career award from Palm Springs Film Festival

Bruce Dern, the Oscar-nominated actor who’s generating awards buzz for his starring role in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, will receive the Career Achievement Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 4.

“Bruce Dern is truly a one of a kind performer,” said Festival chairman Harold Matzner, in a statement. “His skill at capturing the essence of a character, no matter how complex or unorthodox, is unique and unparalleled. In over 80 feature films, this talent is vividly reflected in such classic roles as the deranged pilot plotting a mass attack in Bloody Sunday, or the scarred Vietnam vet who returns home to find his wife embroiled in an affair with another man in Coming Home. In his latest cinematic endeavor Nebraska, certainly deserving of award recognition, Dern brings his consummate acting gifts to the role of an inscrutable elderly father who, with his son, journeys to claim a million dollar prize, while ultimately coming face to face with his past.”

Dern was nominated for an Oscar in 1979 for his supporting role in Coming Home. He also starred in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, The King of Marvin Gardens, The Great Gatsby, The ‘Burbs, and Django Unchained, among others. His current role in Nebraska has already been honored by the Cannes Film Festival and he’s in the conversation for an Oscar nomination.

Nebraska opened in a few theaters on Nov. 15. The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs Jan. 3-13.

Box office report: 'Thor' stays on top with $38.5 million, but 'Best Man Holiday' brings the thunder

For the second weekend in a row, Marvel’s $170 million sequel Thor: The Dark World topped the domestic box office chart. The Chris Hemsworth vehicle fell 55 percent to $38.5 million, giving the comic book adaptation $147 million total so far. The Dark World is still on track to easily surpass the original Thor‘s $181 million domestic total in 2011, and it should finish above $200 million.

Internationally, the sequel has already earned more than its predecessor. The Dark World has grossed $332.8 million internationally and $479.8 million worldwide, far more than Thor’s $268 million and $449 million respective finishes. At this point, The Dark World seems headed for a finish above $700 million worldwide.

Thor wasn’t the only success story this weekend. The Best Man Holiday unwrapped an outstanding $30.5 million on opening weekend from 2,024 theaters, yielding an excellent $15,115 venue average — the best in the top-10. The film, which stars Terrence Howard, Taye Diggs, and Regina Hall (among others), opened with $10.7 million on Friday, and then ticked up 15 percent on Saturday to $12 million — a rare boost on a film’s opening weekend that signifies great word-of-mouth. Audiences, which Universal reports were 75 percent female and 87 percent African-American, issued the film a rare “A+” CinemaScore grade. READ FULL STORY

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