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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.

Daniel Radcliffe & Zoe Kazan Will Say 'The F Word'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2012 7:40 PM
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Good projects never really die, but sometimes it takes a bit of time for the right set of circumstances to come along to make them happen. Back in 2010, "The F Word" was gearing up with backing from Fox Searchlight, with "In Search Of A Midnight Kiss" director Alex Holdridge at the helm, Casey Affleck attached to star, and Rose Byrne, Rebecca Hall, Deborah Ann Woll and Mary Elizabeth Winstead all vying for the female lead. The project ultimately never came together, but it has found new life with two very able actors.

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.

Details On 'Ruby Sparks' Soundtrack By Devotchka's Nick Urata; Also Features Plastic Bertrand, Sylvie Vartan & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 2, 2012 4:44 PM
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The first time the indie-rockers Devotchka penned a score to a movie, they made a pretty big splash with the killer soundtrack to Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine" that they co-wrote with composer Mychael Danna ("Moneyball"). It's been often imitiated and certainly often-reused (just give a listen to "The Winner Is" below which has become a type of go-to score for indie-film trailers). Devotcka frontman Nick Urata composed most of 2009's "I Love You, Philip Morris" score by himself and he's done the same for his reteam with Dayton and Faris, "Ruby Sparks."

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."

"She's Out Of His Mind": Poster For 'Ruby Sparks' From The Directors Of 'Little Miss Sunshine'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 11, 2012 5:17 PM
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Improbable, fantastical and romantic, "Ruby Sparks" is the belated follow-up to Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' four-time Oscar-nominated debut, "Little Miss Sunshine." It's been six years since that film -- the duo has been stuck in multi-project development hell -- and they've returned with a story that's about a novelist struggling with writer's block who finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then actually, somehow, inexplicably willing her into existence.

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. 

Zoe Kazan & Jake Johnson Team For Black List Script 'The Pretty One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2012 1:10 PM
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As far as indie matchups go, pairing Zoe Kazan and Jake Johnson? Yeah, we don't even need to know what it's about, and we'll be there. But in case you need a few more details to go on, read below.

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