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Paul Dano To Play Brian Wilson In Oren Moverman Penned, Atticus Ross Soundscaped 'Love & Mercy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2013 5:15 PM
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At this point, Paul Dano has accomplished a lot in his still-young career. He's logged time with auteurs like Paul Thomas Anderson and Ang Lee, starred in strong indie comedies like "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Ruby Sparks," gone the blockbuster route with "Cowboys & Aliens" and "Knight And Day," and last year, he dipped his toe into heady sci-fi with Rian Johnson's "Looper." From to drama to romance to comedy, he's done it all (except maybe horror), but now he's tasked with the tremendous responsibility of playing one of music history's most beloved and influential writers and performers.

Warner Bros Puts Jon Favreau's Musical 'Jersey Boys' Into Turnaround; Dominic Cooper, Paul Dano & More Were Eyed For Leads

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 8:22 PM
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How are studios making their decisions these days? Very, very carefully. That's certainly true over at Warner Bros. who this year alone have iced "Akira," are moving very tentatively on "Arthur & Lancelot" (which seems to be on hold), passed on the sprawling "The Dark Tower" and let go of "The Imitation Game." And now they are sending a hit musical packing as well. Jon Favreau's "Jersey Boys" has been put into turnaround.

Paul Dano Joins 'Prisoners' With Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2012 4:07 PM
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While David O. Russell's upcoming movie with Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams is in the early lead for cast of the year for 2013, "Prisoners" ain't looking too shabby either. With Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo already on board, the long brewing movie has added another very talented name to the ensemble.

A Rockstar Out Of His Element: So Yong Kim And Paul Dano Discuss ‘For Ellen’

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 6, 2012 1:25 PM
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In “For Ellen,” which opens this week in New York City, Paul Dano plays Joby Taylor, a frustrated rock star who heads to a snowy upstate town to figure out the settlement of a custody battle for his daughter. It’s an atypical role for Dano, usually seen as quieter, less sexualized characters. Even though the actor has tried to transcend genres through a diverse, young career, few could have predicted they would see the former Eli Sunday as a potential rock 'n' roller.

Paul Dano Confirms He Tested For ‘Akira,’ Says Someone Like Rian Johnson Should Direct

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 20, 2012 4:24 PM
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One of the busier actors in show business has to be twenty-eight year-old Paul Dano. Having turned heads in the moody indie “L.I.E.” when he was only sixteen years old, it was only years later before he was able to stand toe-to-toe with Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood,” cementing his status as a fresh face that wasn’t going anywhere. His latest role is in “For Ellen,” where he plays a rock musician struggling to regain custody of his daughter. However, one look at what’s happened to the others films he’s been linked to in recent months casts a clearer picture of just how in demand he has been, and how opportunities can sometimes fall by the wayside for a variety of reasons.

Watch: Moody & Bleak Trailer 'For Ellen' Starring Paul Dano

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 14, 2012 6:37 PM
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From the director of "Treeless Mountain" and "In Between Days," comes "For Ellen," a bleak and moody-looking picture about a fuck-up rocker also trying to negotiate being a father. However, is it far too late? Directed by So Yong Kim and starring Paul Dano, Shaylena Mandigo with appearances by Jon Heder, Jena Malone, Dakota Johnson, and Margarita Levieva, "For Ellen" doesn't exactly look like a great time at the movies, but it does seem to feature a commanding performance by Dano. And perhaps one we've never seen from this young actor.

Review: 'Ruby Sparks' A Delightful Romantic Comedy That Tugs At The Heartstrings & Rings Of An Instant Classic

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 26, 2012 5:11 PM
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It’s been six long years since Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ narrative feature debut, the much beloved “Little Miss Sunshine.” But the directing duo is back with a new film, “Ruby Sparks,” and with it, they prove that some things are worth the wait. With a script by its 28-year-old star, Zoe Kazan, and co-starring her real-life boyfriend Paul Dano, “Ruby Sparks” is a winning, charming yet bittersweet exploration of love and relationships, those that exist in both reality and fantasy.

Watch: Why Naming Your Dog After F. Scott Fitzgerald Is Aggressive In New Clip From 'Ruby Sparks'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 1:33 PM
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Both whimsical and light on its feet, but also imbued with a mature sense of how relationships are very much sometimes about the power (or concession) of control, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Ruby Sparks" is a wonderful concotion, and a highlight of the summer movie season.

New Pics Of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels & Piper Perabo In Rian Johnson's 'Looper'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2012 12:57 PM
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The big push has begun for Rian Johnson's "Looper" in anticipation of its fall release, with the director and cast hitting Comic-Con this weekend to talk up the high concept, sci-fi, time travel assassin film (phew). But lest you think this will be some of kind brainy headscratching, in our interview the director he promised you'll be able to follow along and enjoy the fun. "One of my big priorities in writing the script," the director said, "was to make sure that it didn't feel dense, it didn't feel like homework. I put a lot of shoe leather into going over the script, and making sure the story worked, and ticked, without the sci-fi elements complicating it too much. Making sure the time travel did its job and got out of the way. So hopefully at the end of it, it makes sense, you don't have to think about it too deeply."

6 New Photos From The 'Little Miss Sunshine' Filmmakers' 'Ruby Sparks' Starring Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2012 2:41 PM
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Alright, you've hopefully read our rave review -- we called it a "delightful romantic comedy that tugs at the heartstrings and rings of an instant classic" -- and another quick, very positive micro-tweet. So here's the thing that's becoming apparent to most of us: had our Best Films Of 2012 (So Far) feature ran just a few weeks later, "Ruby Sparks" would have almost certainly made the list.

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