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Prepare for the battle of the Battle of the Sexes. Fox Searchlight has just set Steve Carell and Emma Stone for a film about the 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are directing and Danny Boyle is producing. This Battle of the Sexes is one of not two, but three developing projects about the titular event.  Read More »

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2015 Super Bowl Commercials Directors

Big-screen filmmakers are regularly hired to film 30 and 60 second television commercials, and many of the bigger spots premiere during the NFL’s annual mega event, the Super Bowl. So which of the commercials shown during the big game were directed by movie directors? Which commercials were helmed by the directors of such films as The Bourne Identity, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Thing, Little Miss Sunshine, Maleficent, and Nightmare on Elm Street? Which TV spots were directed by the cinematographers behind The Dark Knight trilogy and Lost in Translation, and the two-time Academy Award winning production designer responsible for creating the worlds of James Cameron’s Avatar and Tim Burton’s Alice In WonderlandAs with previous years, we’ve compiled a list for you to enjoy. Find out the 2015 Super Bowl Commercials directors after the jump.

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Brie Larson

The Good Luck of Right Now hasn’t even begun production yet, and it’s already shaping up to be the most endearingly quirky movie of the year. Little Miss Sunshine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris were set to direct a few weeks back, with a script by Mike White (Enlightened) based on the novel by Matthew Quick (Silver Linings Playbook).

And now, casting is off to a great start as well. According to a new report, Short Term 12 star Brie Larson has just entered talks to star. Hit the jump for more details on the role.

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The Good Luck of Right Now is the forthcoming novel from Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick, set for publication in 2014. But like so many soon-to-be-published books from authors whose work has been successfully adapted to film, Quick’s novel already has filmmakers ready to bring it to the screen.

In this case, it is Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris who are in talks to direct the film for DreamWorks. Mike White scripted. The story sounds like it would be a natural fit for Dayton and Faris, as it explores a strange family situation, and features the “spirit of Richard Gere.” Wait, what?

Details on the book are below. Read More »

Mister Rogers

Kids of all ages felt like Mister Rogers was their neighbor and best friend. Author Tim Madigan actually got to live it. Madigan was assigned a newspaper profile on the TV icon in 1995 and became incredibly close friends with him up through Rogers’ death in 2003. Madigan then chronicled their friendship as a way to pay tribute to his friend and let the world know Fred Rodgers was, possibly, even nicer in person than he was on TV.

That tale of camaraderie juxtaposed with the life of a TV icon is the story of Madigan’s book I’m Proud of You which is now being turned into a movie. It’ll be helmed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris who directed the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine as well as last year’s underrated Ruby Sparks. Read More »

A young, struggling author begins to fall in love with the woman he’s writing about and then, one day, she manifests herself in his apartment. Is she real? Where did she come from? Is their love something that can endure? These are the questions central to Ruby Sparks, a new film by the directors of Little Miss SunshineJonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. It’s written by and stars Zoe Kazan as the title character along with her real-life boyfriend, Paul Dano, as the author. The supporting cast isn’t too shabby either: Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan, Elliott Gould and Chris Messina.

Fox Searchlight will open the film July 25 and you can check out the first trailer below. Read More »

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Alia Shawkat may not be quite as ubiquitous as Arrested Development co-star Jason Bateman, but she’s been quietly beefing up her film resume over the past few years. Recently, Shawkat added two more projects to her slate: He Loves Me, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris‘ follow-up to Little Miss Sunshine; and The Brass Teapot, starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano.

He Loves Me revolves around a lonely young novelist (Paul Dano) who writes a fictional dream girl for himself — and manages to will her into existence. (She’ll be played by Dano’s real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan, who also wrote the script). Shawkat will play a hipster who’s obsessed with one of Dano’s literary creations, and who has a crush on the novelist himself. Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, and Chris Messina are also set to star.

The Brass Teapot marks the feature film debut of director Ramaa Mosley, known for her work in commercials and music videos. The dark comedy follows “a broke young couple who steal a brass teapot that produces cash whenever someone feels pain.” Shawkat will play the best friend of Temple’s character; I’m assuming Temple and Angarano will play the main couple. [Variety]

After the jump, Animal Kingdom star Jacki Weaver picks up a new gig, and David Oyelowo signs up for Lee Daniels’ new project.

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Last month, Nicole Kidman came in as a replacement for Sofia Vergara on The Paperboy, after Vergara and Tobey Maguire dropped out of the project due to scheduling issues. Now, a new actor has stepped up to fill Maguire’s role: John Cusack. Based on a 1955 novel by Pete Doctor, The Paperboy follows a reporter and his brother as they investigate a murder that put the suspect on death row. Cusack will play the part of the prisoner. Kidman, as previously reported, will be a woman who writes letters to inmates on death row.

The Paperboy marks Lee Daniels‘ follow-up to 2009’s Precious, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. The film will also star Zac Efron; Matthew McConaughey is currently in advanced negotiations. [Variety]

After the jump, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, Chris Messina, and Deborah Ann Woll sign up for the Little Miss Sunshine team’s new project.

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Little Miss Sunshine became a rare indie to mainstream crossover hit, and directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris haven’t made another feature film since. Now they’re set to finally move forward on another picture, called He Loves Me. And the movie is shaping up to be a full-fledged LMS reunion. Read More »