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'Submarine' Director Richard Ayoade Beats Chris Tucker To Role In Comedy 'Neighborhood Watch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2011 1:16 AM
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Nicholas Braun Also Joins Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill In Impressive Comic EnsembleMany directors start off as actors, and even once they've broken through behind the camera, can find it hard to shake the immediate rush you get from pretending in front of a camera. Look at Rob Reiner, who came up through TV sitcoms, put himself in first film "This is Spinal Tap," and still cameos from time to time in the likes of "30 Rock." Or Ron Howard, who for all the middlebrow dramas he's made, made a greater impact as the narrator of "Arrested Development" than with anything else in the last decade.

Geek Dream-Team: Jesse Eisenberg To Star In Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine' Follow-Up 'The Double'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2011 1:04 AM
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Considering we'd worried about his potential range earlier in his career, and the fact that he doesn't always seem that enamored of the idea of being a movie star in interviews, we continue to be impressed by the choices that Jesse Eisenberg has been making. Playing Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network" was always going to be a tricky role to escape from the shadow of, but he's already had a big animated hit since with "Rio," he's in theaters next week in the R-rated comedy "30 Minutes or Less," and he's got some impressive and diverse projects lined up, including Woody Allen's "Bop Decameron," the Louis Leterrier heist comedy "Now You See Me" with Melanie Laurent, Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried, and a possible reteam with 'Social Network' producer Scott Rudin on a biopic of youthful anti-terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann.

Interview: Richard Ayoade Talks Influences Of 'Submarine' And His Take On 'The Double'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 2, 2011 10:01 AM
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Arguably best known as the man responsible for the Channel 4 faux-'80s sci-fi parody "Garth Marenghi's Dark Place" and as the shouting nerd Moss in "The IT Crowd," you've likely seen British comedian Richard Ayoade's work behind the camera, yet been completely unaware. The Arctic Monkeys have recruited his talent for a triple-threat of songs ("Fluorescent Adolescent," "Crying Lightning," "Cornerstone"), not to mention they commissioned him to direct their live show "At The Apollo"; indie-pop staples Super Furry Animals put him to work for "Run Away" which starred BFF Matt Berry; and hipster approved group "Vampire Weekend" hired Ayoade to helm videos for debut album singles "Oxford Comma" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa." So yeah, not exactly any obscure, Plan-It-X Records musicians on his CV.

'Submarine' Was Influenced By 'Taxi Driver' And 5 Other Things We Learned About The Film

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 1, 2011 5:37 AM
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Tackling the coming-of-age topic with dark humor and thoughtful style, Richard Ayoade's feature debut "Submarine" is more than an impressive first movie. From the incredible number of accomplished performers (Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, plus the astonishing teen actors Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige) and the impeccable British/French New Wave-inspired looks, the British writer/director looks to be poising himself for a very promising filmmaking career.

Watch: A Dinner Date Gets Awkward In Clip From Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2011 11:58 AM
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After earning accolades at TIFF, NYFF and Sundance, anticipation is building for Richard Ayoade's "Submarine." The film stars Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige and tells the story of a fifteen year old boy with two goals he wishes to accomplish: lose his virginity and prevent his parents from divorcing.

Watch: First Trailer For Richard Ayoade's Much-Buzzed About 'Submarine'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 7, 2011 1:56 AM
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Plus Alex Turner's Soundtrack Gets A Release Date As you may have noticed, we can't move for trailers today, what with the Super Bowl clips for many of the big movies of the year hitting overnight. But it's taken footage from a land where football is actually played with your feet, to raise the bar, with the debut of the first trailer for Richard Ayoade's "Submarine" over on the film's official Facebook page, courtesy of Optimum Releasing. It's been gathering steady buzz ever since its debut at the Toronto Film Festival last September, and was picked up for U.S. distribution by The Weinstein Company.

Sundance ‘11 Review: 'Submarine’ Is A Smart Coming-Of-Age Comedy & A Promising Debut

  • By Cory Everett
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  • February 1, 2011 3:08 AM
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One of the best films at this year's Sundance Film Festival was one that actually had its debut at last year’s TIFF. Richard Ayoade’s “Submarine” is a remarkably assured debut filled with dry humor, visual wit and great performances. Adapted by Ayoade from a 2008 novel by Joe Dunthorne, the film follows 15 year old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), a somewhat delusional teenager who believes himself to be a literary genius, (he reads Nietzsche and searches the dictionary for new words), but in actuality is a social outcast who gets bullied at school and doesn’t know how to talk to girls. Oliver develops a crush on classmate Jordana (Yasmin Paige), an emotionally guarded pyromaniac, who initially agrees to go out with him only to make her ex-boyfriend jealous.

Sundance '11: 'Submarine' Director Richard Ayoade Responds To Wes Anderson Comparisons

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 25, 2011 6:52 AM
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Cites 'The Ice Storm,' 'Flirting' & 'Show Me Love' As InfluencesWe promised you’d be seeing a lot more about Richard Ayoade’s debut “Submarine” on the site. Over the weekend the poster for the film was released and while we’re still waiting on that trailer, the director has been busy at the Sundance Film Festival doing press for the film where it screens all week. The film, a coming-of-age tale of an awkward Welsh teenager trying to save his parents’ marriage while falling for his pyromaniac girlfriend, has been picking up pretty stellar reviews. Despite our excitement for the project, one of the things that has us a slight bit worried are the comparisons to Wes Anderson. We love Wes but generally only when he’s the one making the films. In an interview with Gordon and The Whale (full video below), Ayoade addresses some of these comparisons.

Poster For Richard Ayoade's Buzzed-About Indie, 'Submarine'

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 22, 2011 2:27 AM
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The Sundance Film Festival is now underway as industry veterans and cinephiles alike in Park City right now are shuffle from screening to screening looking for the next big thing. One of the films that made a splash there yesterday is the coming of age dark comedy “Submarine” which made its debut last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. At TIFF the film picked up some extremely positive reviews, comparing it to the work of Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach and Alexander Payne and The Weinstein Company quickly snatched the film up for distribution.

Richard Ayoade Working On Adaptation Of Dostoevsky's 'The Double'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 17, 2011 2:56 AM
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Co-Writing With Harmony Korine's Brother Avi We still haven't seen "Submarine," the feature debut from British comic-actor-turned-helmer Richard Ayoade, but all the signs are that he's the kind of director that we'll be taking to our hearts. The film, an adaptation of the coming-of-age novel by Joe Dunthorne, has a top-flight cast led by Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine, a score by the ludicrously talented Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, and earned almost unanimously good reviews coming out of Toronto.

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