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WATCH: First Trailer for Dazzling Festival Smash 'Whiplash,' Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons

It made a splash opening Sundance, wowed Cannes and will likely get an awards push later this year -- so, if all goes well, "Whiplash" will leave a mark. Watch the first trailer ahead of its Toronto Film Festival play this Fall.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 3:09 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics' Secrets: 'Mr. Turner' Opens Competition, First of Five Cannes Entries (TRAILERS)

Sony Pictures Classics is always one of the big North American buyers at Cannes. This year they're taking five movies to the Riviera festival--and plan to buy a few more. We find out some of their secrets for survival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 15, 2014 8:12 AM
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Miles Teller Talks Getting Bloody in Sundance Hit 'Whiplash,' Turning Nasty in 'Divergent' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

I thought Miles Teller had a future when I saw his 2010 drama "Rabbit Hole." I figured he had a career when I saw him opposite Shailene Woodley in Sundance romance "The Spectacular Now." I knew he was star when I saw him hold his own opposite the mighty J.K. Simmons in Sundance opening night hit "Whiplash," which will be released by Sony worldwide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 8:25 PM
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'Whiplash' Lands at Sony Pictures Classics: Sundance Breaking News

The first buzz title unveiled at Sundance on opening night, rookie director Damien Chazelle's adrenaline-pumped performance anxiety nightmare "Whiplash," starring an incendiary J.K. Simmons as an abusive college music professor and Miles Teller as a young jazz drummer, has landed at Sony Pictures Classics after rave reviews and fierce bidding from other buyers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 12:55 PM
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Sundance Review: 'Whiplash' Evokes High Anxiety

The first buzz title unveiled at Sundance, Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash," is an intense anxiety dream about a young college jazz musician ("The Spectacular Now"'s Miles Teller) who aspires to be a memorable drummer like Buddy Rich.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2014 1:43 PM
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Oscars and Sundance Collide, from Redford's Diss to 'Whiplash' Oscar Buzz (PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO)

The Eccles Theatre opening night was packed with press and distributors for the unveiling of hot buzz title "Whiplash." Roadside Attractions was not responding to Sundance founder and Oscar-snubbed Robert Redford's criticism of their "All is Lost" marketing efforts. They're moving on to the business at hand. Buying movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2014 12:09 PM
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