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Watch: Richard Ayoade Talks His Unsettling (And Awesome) TIFF Drama 'The Double' Starring Jesse Eisenberg

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • September 10, 2013 5:15 PM
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The Double, Richard Ayoade
At the world premiere of “The Double,” British director Richard Ayoade’s second film, Toronto International Film Festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey called Ayoade “one of the sharpest wits” in filmmaking, and the audience reacted with unbridled glee. New directors are rarely so well known, but Ayoade is also a comedic actor—most notably as “Moss” in the TV series “The IT Crowd”—who made his directorial debut three years ago at Toronto with the cult favorite (and critically admired) “Submarine,” a coming-of-age tale about an eccentric outsider.

TIFF Review: Richard Ayoade's Daring 'The Double' Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2013 3:38 PM
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When Richard Ayoade arrived in 2010 with his charming tale of adolescence and young romance with the stylish "Submarine," the picture was immediately greeted with rather reductive comparisons to Wes Anderson. It was an unfair assessment levelled at the movie and filmmaker—even from those who championed the film—that diminished what an accomplished piece of cinema Ayoade had put together. And one can't help but wonder if "The Double" is a sly response to those criticisms of borrowing from others. Certainly, his latest will invoke names like Terry Gilliam and Michel Gondry to be tossed around, but make no mistake: not only does "The Double" confirm Ayoade as one of the brightest rising talents behind the camera, it's completely his own and unlike anything you've seen in cinemas in quite some time.

New Images From Richard Ayoade's TIFF Bound 'The Double' Starring Jesse Eisenberg & Mia Wasikowska

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2013 12:39 PM
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The Double, Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikoswka
While many threw rather glib Wes Anderson comparisons at Richard Ayoade's sweet directorial debut "Submarine," it looks like for this next film, he's making it clear that he's got his own vision. "The Double," which we've been waiting for every since the atmospheric first images landed last fall, is now bound for TIFF and an array of new pictures have come with the news.

Laika & Focus Features Announce New Animated Feature 'The Boxtrolls' For 2014 Release

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 8, 2013 12:22 PM
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This has been a crazy week for animation news – Henry Selick's seemingly doomed “The Shadow King” got resurrected; DreamWorks Animation’s financial troubles became very public (leading to schedule shifts and the cancellation of one film); and now here’s another bit of animation world news to get the blood going: Seattle-based stop motion studio Laika and Focus Features will reteam once again for “The Boxtrolls,” which has officially started production, for release on October 17th, 2014. This is the painstaking world of stop motion animation – get cracking boys!

Review: ‘The Watch’ Is A Lifeless Sci-Fi Comedy With Moments Of Spirited Improv

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 26, 2012 5:43 PM
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From the outside, 20th Century Fox's comedy "The Watch" seems to have its cup runneth over with the talent at its disposal. The film stars the quartet of Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and celebrated British director/writer/comedian Richard Ayoade (director of “Submarine”). It's directed by Akiva Schaffer, the talented young filmmaker behind SNL's Digital Shorts -- arguably the only thing keeping the show relevant for the last five years -- and the screenwriters are "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express" scribes Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. And with appearances by Will Forte, Billy Crudup, a quick Lonely Island group cameo and more, everything seems to be stacked in this comedy’s favor. But try as they might, this collective wattage of talented funny people are lost within a lifeless, tepid and uninspired comedy.

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet: New Trailer For 'The Watch' With Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn & Jonah Hill

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2012 10:21 AM
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It was just yesterday that we were wondering when 20th Century Fox was going to get the marketing ball rolling on "The Watch," the comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade. The tragic killing of Trayvon Martin made selling a movie about a rogue neighborhood watch crew a bit difficult for the studio, but this healthy, lengthy international trailer for the movie shows they could have a comic hit on their hands.

Ezra Miller To Star Opposite Mia Wasikowska In 'Madame Bovary,' Richard Ayoade's 'The Double' Rounds Out Cast

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 14, 2012 12:17 PM
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After breaking out with his acting debut in "After School," Ezra Miller reaffirmed his talent to the film world last year with Lynne Ramsey's "We Need To Talk About Kevin" where he went toe-to-toe with Tilda Swinton. While he was briefly linked to the failed blockbuster "Akira" project, Miller continues to make interesting choices, now lining up a starring role in an adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" opposite Mia Wasikowska, with Paul Giamatti also confirmed.

There Goes The 'Neighborhood Watch' In New Red Band Trailer With Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2012 2:46 PM
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Partly due to the Trayvon Martin case and also because their hands are already full with "Prometheus," which comes out a month before, Fox has been kind of quiet on "Neighborhood Watch." Until now. They've dropped a foul-mouthed and pretty fucking hilarious red band trailer for the movie that suddenly has put this one on our radar. And oh, by the way, it's now called "The Watch."

Richard Ayoade's 'Garth Marenghi' Partner Matthew Holness To Direct And Star In Warp Films Feature 'The Reprisalizer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2011 10:37 AM
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1996's "The Dana Carvey Show" lasted only seven episodes, but it's fondly remembered by comedy fans, not least because it proved something of a Ground Zero for talent for years to come. The Fox sketch-show vehicle helped give big breaks to cast members Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert, as well as featuring Louis CK, Charlie Kaufman, Robert Smigel and "Moral Orel" creator Dino Stamatopolous among its writing staff, a list of names that perhaps only the similarly short-lived "Freaks and Geeks" can compete with, in terms of watching big names early in their careers.

First Look At 'Wrath Of The Titans' & 'Neighborhood Watch' With Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn & Richard Ayoade

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 2, 2011 2:38 PM
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We have to admit, we're still excited whenever we get our hands on an issue of Entertainment Weekly and get a first peek at an upcoming movie, even if its something we aren't all that interested in seeing. Since the rise of the internet however, we are pretty glad to not suffer through pages about "The Last Survivor Bachelorette" or whatever mind-numbing reality show is getting a three page spread just to see Ben Stiller in some sweatpants. Shhh. You're welcome. Just take it.

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