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James Mangold To Direct Joe Namath Biopic, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Farris No Longer Have 'Good Luck'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 29, 2014 9:39 AM
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“The Wolverine” director James Mangold may be all sewn up to helm the spin-off’s sequel for a pending release date sometime after 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” but that doesn’t mean he’s not lining up work in the meantime.

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris To Direct Adaptation Of 'Silver Linings Playbook' Author's 'The Good Luck Of Right Now'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • December 12, 2013 11:48 AM
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It took six years after the indie smash hit “Little Miss Sunshine” for Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to make their follow-up “Ruby Sparks,” but it looks like they are wasting no time trying to find their next project. They are currently in talks to direct “The Good Luck of Right Now,” a film based on the Matthew Quick novel, which Mike White (“Enlightened”) adapted. Matthew Quick, as most of you may know, wrote “The Silver Linings Playbook” which was turned into a movie last year and nominated for a whole slew of awards.

Mister Rogers Heads To The Big Screen In 'I'm Proud of You' From ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Directors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 4:47 PM
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If the beloved Fred Rogers has to come to the big screen, even if just tangentially, then we're glad that "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are the ones to make it happen. The duo have shown ability to deliver widely appealing movies (such as the underrated "Ruby Sparks") that are also sensitively drawn, and this material certainly seems like a good fit.

'Little Miss Sunshine' Helmers Dayton & Faris To Helm Huey Newton/Bert Schneider Movie 'The Big Cigar'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2012 8:15 PM
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As we lamented more than once over the years, it took a long time for Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, the music video veterans who made their feature debut with the multi-Oscar-nominated "Little Miss Sunshine," to make a second film. Various projects came and went including the Demetri Martin-penned "Will," and adaptations of Thomas Perrolta's "The Abstinence Teacher," which would have starred Steve Carell and Sandra Bullock.

Review: 'Ruby Sparks' A Delightful Romantic Comedy That Tugs At The Heartstrings & Rings Of An Instant Classic

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 26, 2012 5:11 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, they 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 reality and fantasy.

'Ruby Sparks' Directors Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris Talk Lighting A Scene With An iPad, Digital Vs. Film & A Brewing HBO Pilot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2012 10:56 AM
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Six years in a long time. Back in 2006 when Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine" got huge buzz out of Sundance before hitting theaters, Steve Carell was just entering the third season of "The Office." Paul Dano was probably still best known as that guy from "The Girl Next Door." And when the little indie movie that could made its way into the Best Picture race, it was facing off against "The Departed," "The Queen," "Babel" and "Letters From Iwo Jima." It seems a lifetime ago. And while the directors had various projects brewing that never quite came together since then, their sophomore effort "Ruby Sparks" has been worth the wait. Penned by Zoe Kazan, and starring the actress alongside her boyfriend Paul Dano, it's a film that finds the directors once again flexing their comedic muscles, while also finding new notes and textures we haven't seen from them before, all in a hugely enjoyable and entertaining film.

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.

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."

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).

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