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James Mangold To Direct Joe Namath Biopic, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Farris No Longer Have 'Good Luck'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 29, 2014 9:39 AM
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“The Wolverine” director James Mangold may be all sewn up to helm the spin-off’s sequel for a pending release date sometime after 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” but that doesn’t mean he’s not lining up work in the meantime.

25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival
As you might have noticed from the wall-to-wall level of coverage over the last week or so, the Sundance Film Festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings back in 1978, when it was inaugurated as the Utah/US Film Festival and had a remit to showcase exclusively American-made independent films, and to promote filmmaking in the region. Robert Redford's involvement as a guiding patron led to its name change in 1981, from which point on it expanded gradually, until a kind of Cambrian explosion occurred with the arrival of "sex lies & videotape " 25 years ago this, a film that, with only a touch of hyperbole, could be said to have remade the festival into the modern titan it is today.

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris To Direct Adaptation Of 'Silver Linings Playbook' Author's 'The Good Luck Of Right Now'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • December 12, 2013 11:48 AM
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It took six years after the indie smash hit “Little Miss Sunshine” for Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to make their follow-up “Ruby Sparks,” but it looks like they are wasting no time trying to find their next project. They are currently in talks to direct “The Good Luck of Right Now,” a film based on the Matthew Quick novel, which Mike White (“Enlightened”) adapted. Matthew Quick, as most of you may know, wrote “The Silver Linings Playbook” which was turned into a movie last year and nominated for a whole slew of awards.

Review: 'Ruby Sparks' A Delightful Romantic Comedy That Tugs At The Heartstrings & Rings Of An Instant Classic

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 26, 2012 5:11 PM
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It’s been six long years since Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ narrative feature debut, the much beloved “Little Miss Sunshine.” But the directing duo is back with a new film, “Ruby Sparks,” and with it, they prove that some things are worth the wait. With a script by its 28-year-old star, Zoe Kazan, and co-starring her real-life boyfriend Paul Dano, “Ruby Sparks” is a winning, charming yet bittersweet exploration of love and relationships, those that exist in both reality and fantasy.

'Ruby Sparks' Directors Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris Talk Lighting A Scene With An iPad, Digital Vs. Film & A Brewing HBO Pilot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2012 10:56 AM
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Six years in a long time. Back in 2006 when Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine" got huge buzz out of Sundance before hitting theaters, Steve Carell was just entering the third season of "The Office." Paul Dano was probably still best known as that guy from "The Girl Next Door." And when the little indie movie that could made its way into the Best Picture race, it was facing off against "The Departed," "The Queen," "Babel" and "Letters From Iwo Jima." It seems a lifetime ago. And while the directors had various projects brewing that never quite came together since then, their sophomore effort "Ruby Sparks" has been worth the wait. Penned by Zoe Kazan, and starring the actress alongside her boyfriend Paul Dano, it's a film that finds the directors once again flexing their comedic muscles, while also finding new notes and textures we haven't seen from them before, all in a hugely enjoyable and entertaining film.

Danny McBride Attached To Long-Gestating Comedy 'Used Guys'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 15, 2010 2:11 AM
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'Little Miss Sunshine' Helmers Still On Board Way, way back in 2006, Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller were all set to star in a sci-fi comedy called "Used Guys," to be directed by "Meet the Parents" director Jay Roach. The project was set in a future run by women, where cloned male slaves are traded like cars. The film was only a month away from shooting when Fox canned the project, citing a rising budget of over $100 million (thanks to the futuristic sets), so Carrey and Roach jumped ship, and a few years passed with no apparent movement.

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