me and earl and the dying girl trailer

Our favorite film of the Sundance Film Festival is coming out in June and the first trailer has been revealed. The film is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and it follows a high school slacker (Thomas Mann) who befriends a classmate (Olivia Cooke) who is dying. But that’s only part of the magic in this movie. Check out the first Me and Earl and the Dying Girl trailer below. Read More »

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Originally The Duplass Brothers were set to direct their script for Fox Searchlight and producer Jason Reitman, but director Jeffrey Blitz will be helming the movie instead, and he is now reuniting with his Rocket Science star Anna Kendrick. There is so much awesome in that last sentence, and I’m very excited to see this movie finally come to fruition.  The film, which begins shooting next week in Atlanta, also stars Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda Crew.

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me and earl and the dying girl release date

UPDATE: The release date has changed from the initial news. The updated text is below.

The biggest breakout of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, has just been given a release date. Fox Searchlight will release the Alfonso Gomez-Rejon-directed film on a limited basis June 12 (moved from July 1).

Starring Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton and Nick Offerman, Me and Earl won the two top narrative prizes, Grand Jury and Audience, in January. (Whiplash did the same thing the year before.)

You can read our full review here.

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In the film, Michael Keaton plays an actor whose most popular role, Birdman, haunts him as he attempts to mount a stage play. The parallels between Birdman and Batman are impossible to miss. But the original script ended with a scene that took the film’s structure forward to another actor/character pair: Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean alter-ego Jack Sparrow.  Read More »

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