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'Safety Not Guaranteed' Writing/Directing Duo Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow Team For 'The Ambassador'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2012 5:23 PM
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On paper, an indie comedy about someone who puts an ad in the classifieds, searching for a partner to go time traveling with seems pretty obvious and predictable. But writing and directing team Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow delivered something sharp, smart and surprising with "Safety Not Guaranteed." A low-key charmer that worms its way into your heart, the pair used the set up to explore (with a lot of laughs) the realities we construct for ourselves to make it through life, and what happens when they're broken. Anyway, it was a great feature debut for the filmmakers, and we're glad we don't have to wait long to hear what they're up to next.

On The Rise 2012: 10 Directors Who Look To Be Bright Sparks Of The Future

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2012 2:33 PM
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Like it or not, filmmaking is undeniably a director's medium. It wasn't always like that, of course: it was only the coming of the auteur theory in the 1950s and 1960s that popularized the idea of the director as the person responsible for all that was great and terrible about a picture. And while anyone who's worked in film knows that it's a collaborative medium, there's still no better way of seeing where the form might be going in the next few years than by looking at the directors who've been making splashes of late.

Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass & Jake Johnson To Star In 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2011 2:36 AM
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We probably don't need to tell you about our admiration for Aubrey Plaza, and we're glad to see the actress rightfully getting her due with the lead role in the upcoming "The Hand Job" featuring a wealth of comedic talent. But another project, also featuring Plaza, will mount first and she's joined once again with some strong players at her side.

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