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

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 22, 2013 at 4:20PM

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.
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This article is related to: Interviews, The Way, Way Back, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Amanda Peet, Rob Corddry, Fox Searchlight, Steve Carell, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash


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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.