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Watch: First Trailer For Zach Braff's Kickstarter Funded 'Wish I Was Here' Features The Shins, Obviously

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2014 1:27 PM
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Wish I Was Here
"You gotta hear this one song, it'll change your life I swear," Natalie Portman says in "Garden State." With that, The Shins shot to massive fame off the back of "New Slang," while everyone swooned to Zach Braff's directorial debut, until they decided it was apparently one of the worst movies ever. (Guys, it's not that bad—there, we said it.) A decade later and Braff is back and causing more controversy with the Kickstarter-funded "Wish I Was Here," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Credit to Braff, he's not shying away from what worked before.

25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival
As you might have noticed from the wall-to-wall level of coverage over the last week or so, the Sundance Film Festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings back in 1978, when it was inaugurated as the Utah/US Film Festival and had a remit to showcase exclusively American-made independent films, and to promote filmmaking in the region. Robert Redford's involvement as a guiding patron led to its name change in 1981, from which point on it expanded gradually, until a kind of Cambrian explosion occurred with the arrival of "sex lies & videotape " 25 years ago this, a film that, with only a touch of hyperbole, could be said to have remade the festival into the modern titan it is today.

Sundance Review: Zach Braff's Kickstarter-Funded 'Wish I Was Here'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 19, 2014 2:21 PM
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Wish I Was Here
In the ten years since its release, Zach Braff’s debut “Garden State” has gone from Sundance darling to sleeper hit to pop culture pariah. The film still has its fans but the opposition seems to have grown louder, as every stylistic tic and soundtrack-cue has become a subject of easy derision. Between that film’s cooling reputation and the outcry when Braff turned to Kickstarter to help with funding for his latest, the actor-turned-filmmaker has faced the kind of backlash normally reserved for actor-directors who steal their source material and apologize with skywriting. Which is a shame, because Braff seems like a good dude and, like him or not, you can’t argue that his sensibility hasn’t connected with a lot of people.

The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 7, 2014 1:33 PM
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The Biggest News Stories Of 2013
2013 is now behind us, which means we can take stock on what the biggest news stories of the year were, and how they'll affect the industry in the coming year and beyond

First Images From Zach Braff's Kickstarted, Sundance Bound 'Wish I Was Here'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2013 5:38 PM
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Wish I Was Here
Just under a year and $3 million and change later, Zach Braff is getting ready to show off his (somewhat controversially) Kickstarted "Wish I Was Here," with the movie recently landing a slot at next month's Sundance Film Festival. And the first few images from the movie are here to show contributors what they paid for.

Watch: First Trailer For CK Williams Inspired 'Tar' Starring Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Mila Kunis & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2013 8:25 AM
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Almost a year since it premiered at the Rome Film Festival, the dramatic omnibus "Tar," which features a star-studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell and Henry Hopper, is still without a U.S. distributor or release date. But we guess it's coming out somewhere in the world as the first trailer for the movie has finally arrived.

Zach Braff Discusses His Role on Kickstarter, Addresses “Deliciously Yummy Vitriol” Surrounding ‘Wish I Was Here’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 7, 2013 9:25 AM
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For anyone mourning Zach Braff’s absence from the spotlight post-“Garden State,” prepare to be inundated. The actor/director’s controversial Kickstarter campaign for his latest film, “Wish I Was Here,” may have surpassed its $2 million goal already, but the debate over his intentions is by no means over, even after Braff stepped up to the mic to deliver some clarifications.

Zach Braff's Kickstarter Campaign For 'Wish I Was Here' Gets Fully Funded In Less Than A Week

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 29, 2013 11:40 AM
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Well, this should not come as much of a surprise, but Zach Braff’s Kickstarter project has been a resounding success thus far. The actor managed to meet his goal on Saturday, raising over $2 million for his film “Wish I Was Here” with over 30,000 backers listed on the website. When the project was first announced last week, it seemed everyone in the social media universe had something to say about it. Ironically, the divisive reaction towards Braff’s Kickstarter project probably helped raise funds much faster than normal.

Zach Braff Launches Kickstarter Campaign For New Directorial Effort 'Wish I Was Here'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2013 9:39 AM
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Whether or not you approve of the millions raised by the Kickstarter campaign for "Veronica Mars," it's really all a matter of perspective. Some folks are just fine essentially giving Warner Bros. what is essentially a free movie, while others were a bit more hesitant to fund a picture whose budget is mere pocket change for the studio. The lines of ethics and charitable contribution are grey and shifting and certainly this latest celebrity endeavor will continue the conversation.

New Films By James Franco, Paul Verhoeven, Peter Greenaway & Mike Figgis Added To The Rome Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2012 11:54 AM
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Even though Rome Film Festival head Marco Mueller had been promising two surprise additions to his line-up -- strongly hinting toward Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" being one of them -- we're not sure any of these latest additions qualify as left field shockers. But for cinema buffs, they do promise an interesting time as they gear up for a week long run or so of movies.

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