Paul Dano's Directorial Debut

Actor Paul Dano is gearing up to make his directorial debut. It was announced over the summer the Swiss Army Man star would direct Wildlife, based on Richard Ford‘s coming-of-age novel. Dano co-wrote the adaptation with actress, partner, and screenwriter Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), but neither of them will star in the film. The stars of Wildlife are Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis).

Below, learn more about Paul Dano’s directorial debut.

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My Blind Brother trailer

NBC’s Parks and Recreation ended at the exact right time, but that doesn’t mean we don’t miss it now that it’s gone. So if you’re still in mourning, you may find some comfort in the new trailer for My Blind Brother. Sophie Goodhart‘s indie drama stars not one, not two, but three former Pawneeans caught in a love triangle. Nick Kroll, the former Douche, gets to play the nice guy this time, while Adam Scott steps up as the douchey one. The two guys play brothers after the same woman, played by Jenny Slate. Watch the My Blind Brother trailer after the jump.
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Our Brand Is Crisis trailer

Director David Gordon Green sure likes to keep us guessing. After a string of studio comedies, followed by a microbudget indie and a couple of dramas, he’s back on screens this fall with the political satire Our Brand Is CrisisSandra Bullock leads the cast as Jane, an American political strategist hired to work with a lagging Bolivian presidential candidate (Joachim de Almeida).

Billy Bob Thornton plays Jane’s professional rival. Anthony MackieZoe KazanAnn Dowd, and the ubiquitous Scoot McNairy also star. Watch the first Our Brand Is Crisis trailer after the jump.

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What If trailer

We’ve seen Daniel Radcliffe as a hero, we’ve seen him in period pieces, some have even seen him naked on stage. But now the Harry Potter star takes on his most “normal” role to date, as a simple guy trying to win the affections of a girl.

Radcliffe is the star of What If, a romantic comedy directed by Michael Dowse. He plays Wallace, a medical school drop-out who meets a cool girl named Chantry (Zoe Kazan). She lives with her boyfriend (Rafe Spall), which becomes a bit of an issue for Wallace when he realizes he’s in love with her.

What If has a pretty typical set-up to be sure but the cast (which also includes Adam Driver) definitely piques my interest. The film hits U.S. theaters August 1 and you can check out the trailer below. Read More »

In Your Eyes trailer

You’ve seen the first three minutes and read our review. But if you’re still struggling to make up your mind about whether or not In Your Eyes is worth your $5, the first official trailer should help you make up your mind.

Scripted by Joss Whedon and directed by Brin Hill, the indie romance follows two very attractive strangers on opposite sides of the country. Michael Stahl-David is Dylan, an ex-con trying to make ends meet in New Mexico; Zoe Kazan plays Rebecca, a bored housewife in New England. When they realize they share a psychic link, they strike up a friendship that develops into something more.

Watch the In Your Eyes trailer after the jump.

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In Your Eyes review

Despite hitting it big with the billion-dollar smash The Avengers in 2012, Joss Whedon hasn’t lost his taste for smaller indies. One of his latest in that vein is In Your Eyes, a supernatural romance that Whedon wrote and then handed off to Brin Hill to direct.

The film boasts a juicy premise that seems straight out of Buffy. Michael Stahl-David and Zoe Kazan play two strangers who share an unexplained psychic link. Since childhood, they’ve occasionally been able to experience each other’s senses. When she gets into a sledding accident as a kid, for example, he passes out in a classroom thousands of miles away.

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New Joss Whedon Film

Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently in production but there’s another new Joss Whedon film now available online. In Your Eyes, a new film written and produced by Whedon, premiered Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Following the screening, Whedon announced the film would immediately be available online to download for $5. It’s a “metaphysical romance” starring Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David and directed by Brin Hill.

Below, watch a video message from the writer/producer and find out how to download the new Joss Whedon film. Read More »

The Pretty One

At first, Jenée LaMarque‘s The Pretty One appears to be built around a Parent Trap-esque gimmick. Zoe Kazan plays identical twins Laurel and Audrey. Audrey is “the pretty one” — a chic, outgoing go-getter — while Laurel is the mousy wallflower.

But then a horrible accident leaves one of them dead, and it’s here that the story really kicks in. Everyone assumes it’s Laurel who perished, but only Laurel knows the truth. Rather than correct them, though, she gives in to the temptation to live it up as Audrey.

Jake Johnson stars as Laurel’s love interest and Ron Livingston co-stars as an ex of Audrey’s, which makes this the second time he and Johnson have had eyes for the same woman (well, sorta) in an indie dramedy. One more, and we could call it a trend. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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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 »