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Savannah Film Festival: James Ponsoldt Talks 'Spectacular Now,' Taking On Hilary 'Rodham' & The Power Of 'Pure'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 4:35 PM
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The Spectacular Now, James Ponsoldt.
Sitting down with James Ponsoldt backstage at the Lucas Theater in Savannah, Georgia, one thing becomes immediately clear: he loves movies. Already thrilled that his latest "The Spectacular Now" is screening at the Savannah Film Festival in a cinema first build in 1921, my conversation with the director is peppered with references to classic cinema and the answers to my questions are thoughtful and deeply infused by his admitted voracious movie watching habits, which have left him with a clear sense of what he enjoys in his film experiences and what he doesn't. And at the end of the day, no matter the genre, budget or any other factor, it's characters he's fascinated by, and the more complex they are, the more he's invested and involved.

Carey Mulligan Won't Be Hillary 'Rodham' Clinton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2013 9:03 AM
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It looks like one major brewing biopic will have to go back to the drawing board to find an actress to lead the movie, so let's dive right in...

Carey Mulligan Takes Frontrunner Position To Play Hillary 'Rodham' Clinton Rumors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 10:13 PM
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While names and beautiful talented faces like Scarlett Johansson, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain and Reese Witherspoon were rumored not so long ago to be in the running to take the lead in "Rodham," it looks like that list has been whittled down fast. Chastain herself took her name out of the running, but now a new name has emerged as the frontrunner to bag the part.

Jessica Chastain Counts Herself Out Of Hillary 'Rodham' Clinton Rumors

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • June 4, 2013 9:19 AM
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Jessica Chastain
“Rodham,” the Hillary Clinton biopic, continues to move forward with a number of different actresses being rumored to play the lead role. But, any word of Jessica Chastain’s involvement in the project is certainly news to her. While at the Sound of Change concert in Surrey, England the other day, Chastain shot down reports that she was starring in the film.

Scarlett Johansson, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain & Reese Witherspoon Eyed To Play Hillary 'Rodham' Clinton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2013 9:04 AM
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Even though her political career isn't over yet, with a 2016 Presidential race still a distinct possibility, it looks like the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton is being prepared for some cinematic reflections. Last month, "Smashed" and "The Spectacular Now" director James Ponsoldt signed to direct the Black List approved "Rodham," a biopic focusing on Hillary's student days and her rise into the world of politics. It's some strong material and a good story, and naturally, some big name actresses are already being bandied about to take the lead role.

'Smashed' & 'The Spectacular Now' Director James Ponsoldt To Helm Hillary Clinton Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2013 4:53 PM
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When you're hot, you're hot, and there are few filmmakers right now burning up with the kind of fire that "Smashed" and "The Spectacular Now" director James Ponsoldt is currently getting. Thanks to successive Sundance hits, he's been busy lining up a whole host of gigs including the YA adaptation "Pure," a big screen version of author Matthew Quick's (“Silver Linings Playbook”) next effort “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock,” as well as a job penning the musical "Pippin." But this new project on his slate might well be the buzziest of them all.

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