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Katie Aselton Likens 'The Freebie' To A Horror Movie, Gives Relationship Insight

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 11, 2011 11:45 AM
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Creeping quietly out of the wake of Sundance 2010 is Katie Aselton's "The Freebie," finally available on DVD for all of us regular peons to watch. The wait was worth it: taking a cue from the Duplass brothers' work ethic (Mark is her husband, fyi), Aselton has woven an ugly, disheartening, and (most importantly) real relationship story, complete with grounded performances and a fractured structure that mirrors the breakdown of their bond. It's one that deserves a watch despite the negative connotations it might evoke due to its association with the mumblecore movement and the usually... not our favorite... Dax Shepard. The filmmaker was kind enough to talk a little bit about her debut, explaining her reasoning for casting Shepard and her take on the subject matter.

New Katie Aselton ('The Freebie') Will Be A Thriller, 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' Still Being Edited

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 8, 2011 6:52 AM
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We chatted with actor/director Katie Aselton (wife of filmmaker Mark Duplass) recently; the filmmaker doing the rounds of promotion for the DVD release of "The Freebie," her directorial debut also starring Dax Shepard. The disc arrives on January 11th, so pre-order and add to queues appropriately: this one's a solid, nerve-wracking relationship piece, one that would fit appropriately in a double-feature with "Blue Valentine" -- that is, should any cold-hearted theater curator ever have the gall to do such a thing.

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