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Sundance Video: Ed Helms and Miguel Arteta Talk Comedy on Cedar Rapids

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 26, 2011 at 8:06AM

Fox Searchlight brought two new movies to Sundance, and both played like gangbusters: Ed Helms and Miguel Arteta's midwestern comedy Cedar Rapids (February 11), which I've seen--it's hilarious-- and Tom McCarthy's Win Win, starring Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti as a high school wrestling coach (March 18).
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Fox Searchlight brought two new movies to Sundance, and both played like gangbusters: Ed Helms and Miguel Arteta's midwestern comedy Cedar Rapids (February 11), which I've seen--it's hilarious-- and Tom McCarthy's Win Win, starring Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti as a high school wrestling coach (March 18).

For the first time at Sundance, a distrib took over a storefront on Main Street in Park City and invited folks off the street to come in and play games. The marketing folks dressed it up like Cedar Rapids' Brown Insurance Company and handed out custom badges, T-shirts, mugs, chapstick, hand warmers and hot cider, which I sipped as I interviewed Arteta and Helms. My two-part interview and the film's trailer are below.

Part One:


Part Two

Trailer:


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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.