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“Nebraska” and the return of Mr. Dern

I’m ba-aack. More on what I’ve been doing for the last week or so, over the next few days. It was partially film/stage oriented, so I’m trying to figure a way to properly present it. In the meantime, I’ve been meaning to talk about my excitement over the comeback of 1970’s staple, Bruce Dern. The now 77-year old actor hadn’t actually gone anywhere. In fact, he’s been working pretty steadily, with roles in recent releases like “Django Unchained” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt”. However, it’s been quite some time since Bruce has received major award buzz. And he’s getting just that for Alexander Payne’s(the brilliant “Election” and critics-darling, “Sideways”)latest offering, “Nebraska”. He’s already won the Best Actor Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Yes, Laura Dern’s daddy is thought to be in the running for the top actor prize at next year’s Oscar ceremony. And with his only nomination being for Hal Ashby’s 1978 “Coming Home”, it would be a welcome end to a thirty-five year drought. I’ll be rooting for Dern in a big way—consideration would be a fine tribute to his over 50-year film career. I’ve already covered some of Dern’s past work in Flashback features of “Drive, He Said” and “Silent Running”. And the advance widespread praise Bruce is garnering for his latest cinematic contribution has me chomping at the bit. Take a look at the trailer above, and maybe you’ll feel the same way. “Nebraska” arrives in theaters on Friday the 15th.      


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