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Sundance Review: 'The Way, Way Back' A Familiar But Crowd Pleasing Coming-Of-Age Tale From Co-Writers Of 'The Descendants'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 22, 2013 11:03 AM
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Back in 2012, “The Descendants” took home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and most people were probably surprised to see Alexander Payne (a previous winner for “Sideways” and nominee for “Election”) flanked by Dean Pelton from “Community” and that dude from “Club Dredd.” For the first time in Payne’s career he had not collaborated with his usual co-writer Jim Taylor, but instead rewritten a previously existing screenplay by the aforementioned Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (which was in itself an adaptation of a novel).

Sundance: Fox Searchlight Lands 'The Way, Way Back' In Big Deal, 'Austenland' Winds Up At Sony

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 22, 2013 9:29 AM
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The economy might be in rough shape, but major spending is taking place at the Sundance Film Festival. Relativity has already promised big bucks to promote Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut "Don Jon's Addiction" with a $25 million P&A commitment on top of a $4 million price tag. But Fox Searchlight may best them as they're reportedly set to pay $10 million for "The Descendants" writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's directorial debut, "The Way, Way Back."

New Pics Of Sam Rockwell In 'The Way, Way Back,' Juno Temple & Kathryn Hahn 'Afternoon Delight' & Lake Bell In 'In A World...'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 4:46 PM
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Even though they have an Oscar under their belt for Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash will be at Park City next month as newbie directors, with their feature debut "The Way, Way Back" ready to unpsool. We got our first look at the movie in August, but now another new snap has arrived of Sam Rockwell, who stars in the flick alongside a pretty solid cast including Steve Carell, Maya Rudolph, AnnaSophia Robb, Allison Janney, Rob Corddry and more. Here's the synopsis: Duncan, an introverted 14-year-old, comes into his own over the course of a comedic summer when he forms unlikely friendships with the gregarious manager of a rundown water park and the misfits who work there.

Sundance '13: 'Before Midnight,' 'Stoker,' 'The East,' 'Lovelace,' 'jOBS' & More Premiere In Park City

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2012 4:20 PM
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Pack your bags, forget the sunscreen, bring an extra big coat. The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled their Premieres slate and it's a fantastic line up this year. New films from Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green, Michael Winterbottom, Drake Doremus, Zal Batmanglij, Jane Campion and more are headed to Park City in one helluva auteur driven selection this year. So let's take a quick peek.

New Images: 'The Way, Way Back' With Steve Carell & Sam Rockwell; 'Not Fade Away,' 'Flight' & 'Fun Size'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 5:17 PM
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So what happens when you win an Oscar? Your long-developing project gets the kick in the pants it needs to get made. And that's just what happened for "The Descendants" writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Originally set for director Shawn Levy ("Real Steel") in 2007, "The Way, Way Back" was first delayed by the WGA strike of that year, and was stuck in limbo before finally coming back to life last fall. After the pair took home an Oscar for the screenplay for "The Descendants," everything started moving fast, and with a pretty great cast on board.

Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry & Amanda Peet Go 'The Way, Way Back'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 22, 2012 11:16 AM
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Things are certainly looking up for “The Descendants” screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash following their Oscar wins for adapting Kaui Kurt Hemmings’ novel into the excellent Alexander Payne film. They’ve got a few big projects brewing in an action-comedy with Kristen Wiig, another collaboration with Payne, and their directorial debut in the dramedy “The Way, Way Back” – which continues to build an impressive ensemble cast.

Actors Get Work: Jane Fonda Finds 'Better Living Through Chemistry'; Kate Beckinsale and Nick Nolte Selected For 'The Trials of Kate McCall'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 17, 2012 2:10 PM
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And 'The Killing' Actor Liam James Takes Lead in 'The Way, Way Back'

Steve Carell & Toni Collette Join 'The Way, Way Back,' The Directorial Debut for 'The Descendants' Writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 18, 2012 8:19 AM
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It's funny what a gold statue can do. "The Descendants" screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon have had their screenplay "The Way, Way Back" stuck in development for years, finally surfacing late last year. After winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, "The Way, Way Back" is moving forward quickly with Steve Carell and Toni Collette cast as the leads.

Kristen Wiig To Star In Action/Comedy From 'Descendants' Writers Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; 'The Way, Way Back' To Star Sam Rockwell & Allison Janney

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 29, 2012 9:40 AM
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Winning an Oscar Sunday night for Best Adapted Screenplay, for an acclaimed film directed by Alexander Payne and starring ultimate modern movie star George Clooney, probably sounds a lot better in meetings than being the two guys who play outrageous character parts on shows like “Community” and “Party Down.” As much as we appreciate Jim Rash’s role as Dean Pelton, along with his frequently hilarious writing partner Nat Faxon’s appearance in Broken Lizard comedies, something about being fresh off an Oscar win for adapting “The Descendants” for the big screen has done wonders for both gentlemen’s careers.

Jake Gyllenhaal In Talks To Star In 'The Way, Way Back' Directed By 'The Descendants' Team Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2011 9:14 PM
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So here's an example of how a project, through a variety of circumstances, can take years to get off the ground. All the way back in 2007, producer Paul Young brought a script by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash ("The Descendants") to Shawn Levy entitled "The Way Back" (though it now seems to be called "The Way, Way Back"). Anyway, he immediately took a shine to it, commited to direct and Fox Searchlight gave it a greenlight. But this was just before the WGA strike of 2007 and with no guarantee they could finish it before the work stoppage, the project stalled.

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