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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. 

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris' 'He Loves Me' Retitled 'Ruby Sparks,' Set For July 25th Release Date

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 27, 2012 11:15 AM
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Despite their debut feature "Little Miss Sunshine" being the toast of Sundance, becoming a sleeper box-office hit, and picking up a Best Picture Academy Award nomination (as well as winning the Oscars for Supporting Actor Alan Arkin and Michael Arndt's screenplay), directing couple Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have taken a while to follow it up. The filmmakers had various projects circulating, including the adaptation of Tom Perrotta's "The Abstinence Teacher," Demetri Martin's fantastical comedy "Will," which would have co-starred Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis, and the long-gestating comedy "Used Guys."

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Directorial Debut Now Known As 'Don Jon's Addiction'; 'The Wettest County' & 'He Loves Me' To Be Retitled

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 29, 2012 9:21 AM
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There are certainly some pretty horrible film titles that get churned out on a regular basis, and while they probably mean little in the grand scheme of things, naming a movie is still something Hollywood takes very seriously. On that note, it looks like a trio of highly anticipated films have had their titles put under the microscope recently, with two now set for changes and one gaining its first name.

Alia Shawkat Books Dayton/Faris' 'He Loves Me' & 'Brass Teapot' Starring Juno Temple

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 28, 2011 2:10 AM
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With rumors of an "Arrested Development" film refusing to die, stars of the defunct Fox show continue to ride the wave of the cult classic. Jason Bateman and Michael Cera have obviously made the most of their time on the Ron Howard-narrated show, but another star is beginning to spread her wings as well.

'Twilight' Actress Toni Trucks Joins Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris' 'He Loves Me'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 21, 2011 3:33 AM
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With five years elapsed since their last directorial effort, "Little Miss Sunshine," Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are certainly coming back in a big way. The duo have teamed with real-life couple Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan to bring a script by Kazan to the screen, assembling a terrific ensemble to tell the Charlie Kaufman-esque story of a writer (Dano) who achieves success early in his career but begins to face struggles. As the young protagonist follows the advice of writing the woman he thinks will love him in a bid to overcome his writer’s block, he ends up willing her into existence.

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris Resurfacing Makes Us Ask: What Happened To These Five Directors?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 25, 2011 7:35 AM
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So after a five year absence, "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are returning with "He Loves Me Not," a whimsical-sounding project -- described as a mix of “Adaptation” and “Weird Science" -- written by actress Zoe Kazan that will star herself, her boyfriend Paul Dano and possibly Jeff Bridges if all goes well. This morning, Fox Searchlight announced it had picked up the picture and it would shoot later this summer. Finally!

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris To Team With Paul Dano For Road Trip Film 'He Loves Me'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 8, 2011 10:40 AM
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'Little Miss Sunshine' Directors Finally Return, Script Is Written By Zoe Kazan, Dano's GirlfriendIt's been five years since 2006's "Little Miss Sunshine" and while directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have had several projects in development, none of them have panned out and actually hit the screen.

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