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

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 18, 2012 3:13 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, 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 in reality and fantasy.

New Photos From Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris' 'Ruby Sparks' Starring Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 22, 2012 9:40 AM
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One of our most anticipated indie films hitting this summer sees the long-awaited return of "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who haven't been seen since their Oscar-conquering 2006 Sundance hit. So what did it take to bring them back into the limelight? A teaming with indie-darling Zoe Kazan and her boyfriend Paul Dano on the whimisical-sounding, Charlie Kaufman-esque dramedy "Ruby Sparks."

Paul Dano Joins Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender & Brad Pitt In Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 8:00 PM
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If you're going to make a film about slavery, one of the last great taboos, it's going to help if you have an all-star cast behind you. It's what Steven Spielberg did with "Amistad," which starred Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman and Matthew McConaughey. It's what Quentin Tarantino has done with his upcoming "Django Unchained," which stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson. And it's pretty much what Steve McQueen is doing with his next film "Twelve Years A Slave."

Watch: Trailer For The True & Impossible Story Of 'Ruby Sparks' Starring Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 2:42 PM
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Love will turn you upside down, inside out and take you the dizzying heights of rapture and the depths of despair. And somewhere all of those collide in the woozy and charming trailer for "Ruby Sparks," the latest from "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (and their first film since their breakout hit).

First Look: Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan In Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris' 'Ruby Sparks'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 14, 2012 1:15 PM
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It's been six years since husband and wife filmmaking duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris directed their critical acclaimed indie dramedy "Little Miss Sunshine" which was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture that year. Their Academy plaudits got them juice, but several projects they attached themselves to just couldn't come together. 

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris' 'He Loves Me' Retitled 'Ruby Sparks,' Set For July 25th Release Date

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 27, 2012 11:15 AM
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Despite their debut feature "Little Miss Sunshine" being the toast of Sundance, becoming a sleeper box-office hit, and picking up a Best Picture Academy Award nomination (as well as winning the Oscars for Supporting Actor Alan Arkin and Michael Arndt's screenplay), directing couple Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have taken a while to follow it up. The filmmakers had various projects circulating, including the adaptation of Tom Perrotta's "The Abstinence Teacher," Demetri Martin's fantastical comedy "Will," which would have co-starred Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis, and the long-gestating comedy "Used Guys."

Paul Weitz Explains The Title Change From 'Another Bullshit Night In Suck City' To 'Being Flynn'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 4, 2012 8:24 AM
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"Kill your idols," said Paul Dano at the red carpet event for "Being Flynn." The Focus Features release, based on the autobiographical novel "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City" by Nick Flynn, focuses on Flynn's rocky relationship with his self-proclaimed tortured genius of a father. A homeless vagabond who insisted he was purposely seeking material for his unfinished manuscript, Jonathan was a stubborn old man who frustrated Nick in adulthood, but was never present in Nick's childhood, leading to Nick having no idea what to think about this walking myth. A fairly different definition of an idol, but in the directionless young Nick's eyes, the next best thing.

Review: 'Being Flynn' With Paul Dano & Robert De Niro Is A Checklist Of Narrative Shortcuts

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 1, 2012 5:58 PM
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What's in a title? There's something both extremely specific and entirely universal about the one for "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City," an autobiographical book from Nick Flynn, suggesting everyday life becoming a Moebius strip of inevitability in the futile search for truth. In its film form, however, 'Suck City' has instead become "Being Flynn," which, aside from commercial suicide, means next to nothing after watching the film either. Most of this has to do with the fact that Nick Flynn, the casual junkie and sometimes poet layabout who somewhat accidentally finds his voice as a writer, is a fairly unremarkable, uninteresting guy.

Paul Dano Explains His Process For 'Being Flynn,' Working With Robert De Niro & More

  • By John Lichman
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  • March 1, 2012 10:59 AM
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Paul Dano certainly has been lacking in talented on screen sparring partners, and over the years he's impressively shared screen time with Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood"), Steve Carell ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Tom Cruise ("Knight And Day") and Harrison Ford ("Cowboys And Aliens") but in "Being Flynn," he works with the most celebrated actor of them all: Robert De Niro. In the adaptation of the memoir "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City," Dano plays his son, long estranged from his father, who crosses paths with him at the homeless shelter where he works, forcing the pair to face their past.

Paul Dano Reveals The Music Playlists That Help Him Get Into Character Plus 5 Clips From Paul Weitz's 'Being Flynn'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 29, 2012 11:46 AM
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One of the brightest young talents rising right now in Hollywood is Paul Dano. Since breaking out with "Little Miss Sunshine" and "There Will Be Blood," the actor has kept a low profile, preferring supporting roles in bigger films ("Knight And Day," "Cowboys & Aliens") and much smaller indie fare ("For Ellen," "Meek's Cutoff").

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