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Watch: Trailer For Sundance, Cannes And Future TIFF Sensation 'Whiplash' Starring Miles Teller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 1:42 PM
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Whiplash
A movie about jazz drumming doesn't immediately sell itself as the most dazzlingly engaging prospect. However, writer/director Damien Chazelle has put together something truly exciting with "Whiplash," which created a buzz at Sundance, continued the noise at Cannes Directors' Fortnight, and is now heading to the Toronto International Film Festival where it will likely continue the beat of strong praise from critics.

Watch: Miles Teller Gets A Chair Thrown At His Head In First Clip From 'Whiplash'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2014 4:22 PM
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Whiplash
While drummers are often the butt of the joke, the truth is they are lynchpins to any musical group. They are crucial for keeping everybody in time, establishing the feel of the song and ensuring no one goes off course. And those responsibilities are taken to dramatic heights in the upcoming drama "Whiplash."

Guy Pearce Joins Johnny Depp's 'Black Mass,' Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle' Adds Aubrey Plaza & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2014 12:25 PM
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We're only three actors in, and "Black Mass" is already serving up an abundance of dudes we really like. When he's not falling over backwards into Helena Bonham Carter's closet for costumes, Johnny Depp does some of his most fascinating work, while Joel Edgerton usually owns whatever he's in. And with the pair already signed up for the gangster pic "Black Mass," they're letting one more major talent into their midst.

Sundance Review: ‘Whiplash’ Starring Miles Teller Leads With The Different Beat Of A Very Different Drum

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 17, 2014 10:02 AM
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Whiplash
Opening the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” may not seem to tread any new ground at first, with Andrew (Miles Teller) trying to thrive and survive in the hyper-competitive, hyper-stressed world of a Musical Conservatory in New York City. Andrew is talented and determined, and he will need both as hard-driving Dr. Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) asks Andrew to sit in as an alternate on the school’s showcase competitive band; events transpire that give Andrew the chance to succeed or fail, with Fletcher cajoling, threatening, flattering and inspiring Andrew in a brutal set of tests and tasks that comprise the kind of crucible that either makes one stronger or utterly destroys them…

Sundance First Look: Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss In 'Listen Up Philip' & Miles Teller In 'Whiplash'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 4:32 PM
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More stars, more directors and lots of exciting stuff hitting Sundance. Our look at the movies hitting Utah continues with two indie filmmakers tackling some bigger movies....

Casting: Miles Teller Gets 'Whiplash'; Sam Rockwell Scares Up 'Poltergeist' & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 7, 2013 1:45 PM
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As always, the wheelers and dealers in Hollywood are inking contracts and getting movies made, and quite a bit of movement has happened over the last week and a bit, so let's just dive right in...

'Olympus Has Fallen' For Melissa Leo; J.K. Simmons Joins 'Jobs'; Adam Brody Does It For 'All The Wrong Reasons' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 11, 2012 2:43 PM
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In today’s casting round-up we have more news regarding the villain in one of the two competing White House-siege films, a whole host names joining the indie Steve Jobs biopic, a New York-set ensemble indie pic, and a coming-of-age dramedy set along the Red River border between Oklahoma and Texas.

Watch: Roman Coppola-Directed Farmers Insurance Tie-In Ad For 'The Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2012 10:25 AM
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While the decade-long drought between feature films will soon end as Roman Coppola continues his work in post on "A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charlie Swan III" -- his sophomore effort following 2001's "CQ" -- he certainly hasn't been lacking in things to do. He's been writing, producing and helming second unit on films for Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola, and as part of The Directors Bureau has been making music videos and commercials. But this is easily the oddest entry of the bunch.

Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes, J.K. Simmons & John Hannah Join Bradley Cooper In 'The Words'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 3, 2011 1:18 AM
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If there was any doubt before that Bradley Cooper is a fully-fledged movie star, the first few months of 2011 have wiped that away: he took an underdog genre picture "Limitless," sold almost entirely on his name, to an impressive gross of nearly $150 million worldwide, while "The Hangover Part II" overcame its poisonous reviews to make nearly that much in only a week of release in the U.S. alone. And, while we're not convinced of his charms just yet (he comes across as a little smug), Cooper's certainly made some interesting choices with his stardom.

J.K. Simmons Joins Mark Wahlberg In 'Contraband'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2011 2:54 AM
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With filming already underway, Mark Wahlberg's "Contraband" has added one more to the dirty dealing picture.

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