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LAFF Interview: Actor-Writer-Directors Rash & Faxon Talk Water Park Summer Comedy 'The Way, Way Back' (CLIPS)

It was no surprise last January when Fox Searchlight scooped up Sundance coming-of-age comedy "The Way, Way Back" (July 5) from actor-writer-directors Jim Rash ("Community") and Nat Faxon ("Ben and Kate"). The duo memorably accepted the adapted screenplay Oscar with Alexander Payne for Searchlight's "The Descendants," when Rash adopted the Angelina Jolie leg pose. It was the "Way, Way Back" script, written eight years ago, that paved the way to writing "The Descendants." Finally, after their Oscar win, they landed backers for their $5 million summer comedy, which closes the Los Angeles Film Festival Sunday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 22, 2013 4:20 PM
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Trailer Watch: Sundance Hit 'The Way, Way Back' Stars Carell, Janney, Rudolph, Collette and Rockwell in Coming-of-Age Comedy

The trailer for Sundance smash "The Way, Way Back" has arrived. Written and directed by comedian Nat Faxon and Oscar winner Jim Rash (best adapted screenplay in 2012 for "The Descendants"), the wincingly funny comedy stars Steve Carell, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, Toni Collette and Sam Rockwell and centers on teenage Duncan (Lian James), who takes a summer job at a water park and forms a few unlikely bonds.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 12, 2013 12:01 PM
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