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Trailer Watch: 'Ruby Sparks' is Hipster Pygmalion with Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan

Photo of Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood May 11, 2012 at 10:58AM

Fox Searchlight reveals the poster, promo photos, and a trailer (posted below) for their latest quirky number - "Ruby Sparks" - with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, "Ruby Sparks" tells what amounts to a hipster pygmalion: a young novelist (Dano) suffers from writer's block and love life woes, until he starts to write a character so adorable that she manifests.
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Ruby Sparks

Advance buzz is building on the long-awaited return of "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, "Ruby Sparks" (July 25), written by and starring young duo Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan.  Fox Searchlight has let loose the poster, promo photos, and a trailer (posted below).

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Cal it a Kaufmanesque hipster Pygmalion: a latter day JD Salinger (Dano) suffers from writer's block and love life woes, until he starts to write a character so adorable that she manifests herself in real life.  When Dano finds the girl sitting in the flesh on his couch, he's confronted with his desire to love her and the knowledge that she's his own creation. He can rewrite her. And everyone can see her. He has complete control over her. What will he do with this power?

Kazan plays Ruby, the MPDG (Manic Pixie Dream Girl) du jour.  Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, and Steve Coogan round out the "Ruby Sparks" ensemble.

This article is related to: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Fox Searchlight, Fox Searchlight, Trailers


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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.