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Ponsoldt's Sundance Hit 'Smashed' Heads to SPC, Stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 6, 2012 at 1:20PM

Sony Pictures Classics has grabbed James Ponsoldt's "Smashed," which had its premiere at Sundance. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("The Thing," "Scott Pilgrim") and Aaron Paul ("Break Bad") as an alcoholic married couple, Kate and Charlie...
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Sony Pictures Classics is reportedly in final talks to acquire James Ponsoldt's sophomore feature "Smashed," which premiered at Sundance. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("The Thing," "Scott Pilgrim") and Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") as an alcoholic married couple, Kate and Charlie. When school teacher Kate decides to get sober (with help from a recovering alcoholic played by Oscar nominee Octavia Spencer), it forces her to confront the reality of her relationship with Charlie and the lies she's been telling at work.

"Smashed" has earned stellar reviews so far. Variety calls it "effective and immersive," and JoBlo says Winstead's performance is a "tour-de-force."

Produced by Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling, who produced "Like Crazy" and were honored at Sundance this year for their work on "Smashed" as well as "Nobody Walks" (Magnolia), the film was also produced by Jennifer Cochis.

This article is related to: Sundance 2012, Indies, Directors, Genres, Drama


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.