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Watch: Anarchic, Hilarious Red-Band Trailer For Sundance Hit 'The Kings Of Summer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2013 9:50 AM
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Kings of Summer
It's not yet one for the ages, but 2013 has had a fairly decent start to the year, cinematically speaking; there's been a lot of crap, but also a lot to recommend, in the shape of films like "Side Effects," "No," "Beyond The Hills," "Ginger & Rosa," "Spring Breakers," "The Place Beyond The Pines," "Upstream Color," "To The Wonder," "Sightseers," "In The House," "Mud," "What Richard Did" and "Frances Ha," among others. And next week, one of our very favorite films of the early part of 2013 arrives in theaters, in the shape of "The Kings Of Summer."

New Image Arrives Of The Cast Of Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac,' Part One Opens In Denmark On Christmas Day

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2013 9:19 AM
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Cannes is underway, and it's a quieter place without Lars Von Trier there. Despite guesses from some, the Danish auteur isn't on the Croisette with his latest, "Nymphomaniac," but it's not because of the outrage he caused in 2010 with his comments about Hitler, but instead because the sex-laced two-part epic simply isn't ready. Still, there is a presence of some kind, as the films' backers have used the festival to unveil an image that shows the film's starry cast in various suggestive positions.

Watch: 'The Kings Of Summer' Camping Out In New Trailer & Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 3:22 PM
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'The Kings Of Summer'
It's no secret that we're fans of Jordon Vogt-Roberts so it's no surprise that his latest film "The Kings Of Summer" (which premiered at Sundance under its original title "Toy's House") is shaping up well for a successful run, garning a good amount of pre-release buzz with some strong promo clips. It's gratifying confirmation of the talent we first saw in his short "Successful Alcoholics." and with a bit of luck the movie will do well this summer, it'll certainly be one of the more original offerings you catch at the cinema, as the brand new trailer demonstrates.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Sundance Hit 'The Kings Of Summer'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 21, 2013 7:07 PM
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We had our eye on director Jordan Vogt-Roberts early. Admittedly, by chance. One of us was watching some SXSW shorts randomly with little idea of what was on the docket and up came Vogt-Roberts' very excellent short, "Successful Alcoholics" starring TJ. Miller, Lizzy Caplan, and Nick Kroll and we were instantly smitten and word spread quickly through our ranks. When the short finally hit online, the rest of us were quickly on board. So when it was announced that the filmmaker was debuting his feature length debut, "The Kings Of Summer" (then known as "Toy's House") at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, we were stoked.

Release Dates Arrive For 'The Bling Ring,' 'The Spectacular Now,' 'Annie' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 1:23 PM
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Get out your day planner and start making some adjustments. A couple of Sundance movies, a highly anticipated entry from an auteur, and some blockbusters are getting release dates.

Sundance Wrap: The 5 Best Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 28, 2013 2:09 PM
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First festival of the year? Done and dusted. Every year, the movie industry heads en masse to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford's celebration of independent cinema, which has become increasingly important over the years, in the hope of uncovering the next big thing. Last year's festival brought "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which went on to be one of the best-reviewed films of the year, and a Best Picture nominee at the Academy Awards, and while there wasn't a singular breakout in the same way, the festival was certainly in good form.

Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Book 'Kill Your Darlings,' The Weinstein Company Bed 'Lovelace' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 23, 2013 9:44 AM
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With the Sundance Film Festival heading into its last stretch, buyers are beginning to get deals made before Park City once again becomes a quaint little village in Utah, and a number of contracts have been signed over the past twenty-four hours....

Sundance Review: Idiosyncratic & Hilarious ‘Toy’s House’ Heralds The Arrival Of A Fresh New Comic Voice

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 21, 2013 10:56 AM
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After the premiere screening of his wonderful debut feature “Toy’s House,” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts – responsible for the short “Successful Alcoholics” and a veteran of “Funny Or Die Presents…” – told the audience his influences for his first feature included early Amblin films like “The Goonies” with “elements of [Terrence] Malick,” and most surprisingly, “Bad Boys II.” The filmmaker had to clarify that he was not, in fact, joking about Michael Bay’s destruction opus, and his Twitter bio proves it (“Really into Michael Bay”). And so, from these wonderfully disparate influences we have “Toy’s House,” a crockpot of comedy and coming-of-age film without a trace of irony.

'Toy's House' Fills Up With Alison Brie, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Megan Mullally, Erin Moriarty & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 28, 2012 9:21 AM
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After first landing on The Black List way back in 2009, Chris Galletta’s debut screenplay "Toy's House" is finally moving in front of cameras this month under the direction of Jordan Vogt-Roberts (the man behind the “Successful Alcoholics” short film) in his feature film debut. Despite shooting being set to begin next month in Cleveland, we only first heard of the project a couple of weeks ago thanks to Ron Swanson himself, Nick Offerman. And now we have a better idea of the cast that’s been rounded up for the movie.

'Parks & Recreation' Star Nick Offerman Joins Jordan Vogt-Roberts' 'Toy's House' & 'We're The Millers'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 7, 2012 10:18 AM
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We’ve made it no secret that we at The Playlist are big fans of the Amy Poehler-led NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” but as the show has become more of an ensemble piece over its four season run, actor Nick Offerman’s character Ron Swanson has become a particular fan favorite. Offerman has proven he can make the potentially one-dimensional Swanson – a manly libertarian who just so happens to be the director of the Parks Department – a fully fleshed-out character capable of having audiences laugh at his way with a socket wrench – and occasionally he’ll warm your heart (especially if it involves Andy). We’ve been hoping he’d find more work on the back of the popularity of his 'Parks' role, and things have certainly been going that way, with parts in this year's Sundance hit "Smashed" and Diablo Cody's forthcoming directorial debut.

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