Writer-Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash Talk THE WAY, WAY BACK, Filming in Massachusetts, What They Collect, Future Projects, and Much More

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At the recent press day for The Way, Way Back, we landed an exclusive video interview with writer-directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.  The film marks their directorial debutand centers on a 14-year-old boy (Liam James) who spends his summer vacation bonding with the manager of a water park (Sam Rockwell) while staying with his mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell).  For more on the film, watch the trailer.  The film also stars Maya RudolphRob CorddryZoe Levin, AnnaSophia Robb, and Amanda Peet.

During the interview they talked about transitioning from acting to writing/directing, how this project came together, filming in Massachusetts, Dunkin’ Donuts, if they made any changes since premiering at Sundance, the editing process, what they collect, cartoons, future projects, and more.  In addition, they reveal they’re working on a few scripts where they hope to take the same character-driven, ensemble approach but apply it to a different genre.  Hit the jump to watch.

TOP 5: THE LONE RANGER, 15 Movies You May Have Missed in 2013 So Far, Christian Bale Not Involved with JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE WAY, WAY BACK, Our Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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With a production budget in the neighborhood of $150 million and a worldwide pull of just under $50 million entering its second weekend, it’s probably fair to say that White House Down will ultimately be seen by the powers that be as a bust. Blame its proximity to the similarly themed Olympus Has Fallen (which, on the whole, received similar critical reaction but comparatively more box office success) if you will, but having watched and enjoyed the heck out of the film last night I believe at least some of the blame lies at the feet of Sony’s marketing. Whereas Fallen was packaged, and ultimately delivered, as a dead serious action/thriller, I don’t think White House Down marketing did enough to prep its potential audience members for the over-the-top, often times ridiculous, self-aware genre piece they would encounter. The best examples I can give to support this theory are the multiple scenes that left me laughing out loud while the majority of my fellow moviegoers sat quietly, unsure whether the movie was actually asking them to laugh with it or was just that silly and contrived. It’s possible that I’m going Roland Emmerich and co. too much credit, but I went with the former every single time and ended up having a great time with the film as a result.

All White House drama aside, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of interviews from The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and more, a list of 15 movies from the first half of 2013 that you may have missed but definitely deserve a look, Christian Bale insisting that he is not involved with the Justice League movie in any way, The Way, Way Back interviews with Steve Carell and more, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September.

THE WAY, WAY BACK Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  The Way, Way Back opens today in limited release.]

In their directorial debut, The Way, Way Back, writer-directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash show they’re incredibly adept at humor. They know how to tell a good joke, push the envelope without being mean-spirited, and find the right actors to deliver the comedy. Unfortunately, a film has to put story and characters above all else, and the film fails where it matters most. Faxon and Rash put a painfully tedious character at the center of their movie, and then try to convince us that anyone would help their uninteresting protagonist. Filled with one-dimensional characters moving through a predictable plot, The Way, Way Back can tell a joke, but has difficulty doing anything else.

Steve Carell and Allison Janney Talks THE WAY, WAY BACK, Working for Two Directors, the Quality of the Script, and Upcoming Projects MOM and FOXCATCHER

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The coming of age comedy/drama The Way, Way Back opens this weekend in limited release.  The film marks the directorial debut of The Descendants co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and centers on a 14-year-old boy (Liam James) who spends his summer vacation bonding with the manager of a water park (Sam Rockwell) while staying with his mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell).  For more on the film, watch the trailer.  The film also starsMaya RudolphRob CorddryZoe Levin, AnnaSophia Robb, and Amanda Peet.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an interview with Carell and Janney.  They talked about being able to play a different type of character, the quality of the script, how they got cast, what it was like working for two directors, and more.  In addition, Janney talked about her upcoming CBS comedy Mom, and Carell talked about director Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher.  Hit the jump to watch.

AnnaSophia Robb and Liam James Talks THE WAY, WAY BACK, What They Collect, GAME OF THRONES, and More

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The coming of age comedy/drama The Way, Way Back opens this weekend in limited release.  The film marks the directorial debut of The Descendants co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and centers on a 14-year-old boy (Liam James) who spends his summer vacation bonding with the manager of a water park (Sam Rockwell) while staying with his mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell).  For more on the film, watch the trailer.  The film also starsMaya RudolphRob CorddryZoe Levin, AnnaSophia Robb, and Amanda Peet.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an interview with Robb and James.  They talked about how they got cast, the way they prepared for their roles, what they collect, Game of Thrones, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Sam Rockwell and Maya Rudolph Talk THE WAY, WAY BACK, On-Screen Chemistry, Dunkin Donuts, Filming in Massachusetts, Christopher Walken, and More

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The coming of age comedy/drama The Way, Way Back opens this weekend in limited release.  The film marks the directorial debut of The Descendants co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and centers on a 14-year-old boy (Liam James) who spends his summer vacation bonding with the manager of a water park (Sam Rockwell) while staying with his mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell).  For more on the film, watch the trailer.  The film also starsMaya RudolphRob CorddryZoe Levin, AnnaSophia Robb, and Amanda Peet.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an interview with Rockwell and Rudolph.  They talked about their great on-screen chemistry, Christopher Walken, who broke the most during filming, Dunkin Donuts, and filming in Massachusetts.  I also tried to get Rudolph to talk about Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Poster for DON JON; Quad Posters for ONLY GOD FORGIVES and THE WAY, WAY BACK

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A few new posters, just for you:

  • Don JonJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne MooreTony DanzaJeremy LukeRob Brown, and Brie Larson star in Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut about a New Jersey porn addict whose life is complicated by a beautiful girl who prefers romantic comedies.
  • Only God ForgivesRyan Gosling reunites with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn to play a drug smuggler out for revenge when his brother is killed.  Vithaya Pansringarm and Kristin Scott Thomas co-star.
  • The Way, Way BackLiam James plays a teenager who spends his summer working at a water park in the coming-of-age drama, the feature directorial debut of The Descendants writers Jim Rash and Nat FaxonSam Rockwell, Toni Collette, and Steve Carell co-star.

See the posters after the jump.

Steve Carell Talks DESPICABLE ME 2, the Evolution of the Character, Being Gru on ELLEN, Lying About His Appearance on THE OFFICE Finale, and More

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Steve Carell is back in the game as Gru, the curmudgeonly super-villain with a crazy accent whose life has been completely transformed by his daughters.  In the comedy adventure sequel, Despicable Me 2, he’s left behind his life of crime to raise Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) and become the perfect dad.  But just as he starts to adjust to his new role, he’s recruited by an ultra-secret organization and finds himself unexpectedly working for the good guys.  Opening July 3rd, the sequel also features Benjamin Bratt, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand and Ken Jeong.

At the film’s recent press day, Carell talked about reprising the role, how he first found the voice for Gru, and why he’s happy with the evolution of the story and characters and the way the film celebrates a family’s love and commitment.  He also revealed what he’d have Minions do for him in real life, why edible guacamole sombreros are bound to be a big hit this summer, the interview he did in character on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the backstory behind The Office finale, and his upcoming role in The Way Way Back.  Hit the jump to read the full interview.

Watch the Cast of COMMUNITY (and Will Forte) “Audition” for THE WAY, WAY BACK

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The upcoming drama/comedy The Way, Way Back marks the directorial debut of screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who won the Oscar for writing The Descendants.  However, you might also recognize Faxon and Rash for their acting work, especially the latter as he plays Dean Pelton on Community.  In anticipation of the release of The Way, Way Back, which stars Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, and Steve Carell and centers on the goings-on at a waterpark, Rash has enlisted a few of his Community cohorts and Will Forte to participate in a humorous “featurette” for the film.  In the featurette, we see the actors auditioning for roles in The Way, Way Back.  While they’re all pretty funny, Forte flat-out steals the show here.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The Way, Way Back opens on July 5th.

2013 Los Angeles Film Festival Lineup Includes THE WAY, WAY BACK, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, FRUITVALE STATION, and More

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The lineup for the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival has been announced.  Fox Searchlight’s The Way, Way Back—which marks the directorial debut of Oscar-winning The Descendants screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon—has been selected as the closing night film, while Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives and the Sundance hits Fruitvale Station and The Spectacular Now will also fill out the festival.  Additionally, the fest will host the US premiere of the sci-fi thriller Europa Report starring Sharlto Copley and there will be community screenings of Badlands, Dazed and Confused and John WatersHairsprayHit the jump for the full press release.

New Posters for RUSH, THE WAY, WAY BACK, RED 2, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, CARRIE and V/H/S/2

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We’ve got quite a few new posters to share this evening.  Briefly:

  • Rush – The new poster for director Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde.  The film opens on September 20, 2013.
  • The Way, Way Back – A new poster for the Sundance hit takes the film’s water park theme to heart.  The pic stars Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette and opens on July 5th.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Red 2 – A couple of new character posters for the sequel showcase stars Helen Mirren and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  The film opens on July 19th.
  • Before Midnight – A photoshop heavy debut poster for the third film in Richard Linklater’s Before series.  The film stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and opens on May 24th.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Carrie – A new UK poster for director Kimberly Peirce’s remake shows the intensity of star Chloe Grace Moretz.  The film also stars Julianne Moore and opens on October 18th.
  • V/H/S/2 – The poster for the horror anthology sequel is rather teasing, but nonetheless straightforward.  The film opens on July 12th.  Read Matt’s review here.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

First Trailer for THE WAY, WAY BACK Starring Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette

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Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for the coming of age comedy/drama The Way, Way Back.  The film marks the directorial debut of The Descendants co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash and centers on a 14-year-old boy (Liam James) who spends his summer vacation bonding with the manager of a water park (Sam Rockwell) while staying with his mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell).  The Adventureland-esque pic looks to be a nice little summer film with a healthy mix of comedy and drama, and there’s a refreshing lack of cynicism in this trailer.  Rockwell and Allison Janney are always swell, and the two are most definitely the comedic highlights here.  Matt caught the film at Sundance and was rather mixed in his review, but I find this debut trailer to be promising.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Maya Rudolph, Rob CorddryZoe Levin, AnnaSophia Robb, and Amanda PeetThe Way, Way Back opens on July 5th in limited release.

Release Dates for THE WAY, WAY BACK, TURKEYS, WE STEAL SECRETS, and Nicholas Sparks Adaptation THE LONGEST RIDE

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A few release date shifts/announcements have been made.  Briefly:

  • The Way, Way Back – This comedy/drama from the writers of The Descendants was one of the largest acquisitions from Sundance, and the Steve Carell-starrer is set to open in limited release on July 5th of this year.  Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, and Allison Janney.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Turkeys – Relativity Media and Reel FX’s animated comedy has been moved up a full year from November 2014 to this coming November 1st.  The pic features the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Amy Poehler and will open opposite the comedy Last Vegas and the sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game.
  • We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks – Director Alex Gibney’s documentary about the WikiLeaks scandal premiered at this year’s Sundance film festival and will open in limited release on May 24th.
  • The Longest Ride – Yes, another Nicholas Sparks feature film adaptation is on the way.  This book isn’t even out yet, but the film now has a release date of February 13, 2015.

Sundance 2013 Acquisitions: THE WAY WAY BACK, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, TOY’S HOUSE, and CONCUSSION

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A few more high-profile acquisitions at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival have taken place.

  • The Way, Way Back – Fresh off a standing ovation at the film’s premiere, Fox Searchlight has picked up writers/directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s (The Descendants) comedy starring Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell for a summer 2013 release.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Kill Your Darlings – Director John Krokidas’ debut feature about the formative years of the Beat generation is one of my favorites from the festival so far, and Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Classics is closing a deal.  The film features brilliant performances from Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Toy’s House – CBS Films has acquired domestic rights to this offbeat coming-of-age comedy from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, starring Nick Robinson, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, and Megan Mullally.  It’s a decidedly unique film, but definitely worth checking out.
  • Concussion – Radius-TWC has acquired domestic rights to this decidedly sexual drama from writer/director Stacie Passon.  The film stars Robin Weigert.

Hit the jump to read the press releases.

Sundance 2013: THE WAY, WAY BACK Review

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In their directorial debut, The Way, Way Back, writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash show they’re incredibly adept at humor.  They know how to tell a good joke, push the envelope without being mean-spirited, and find the right actors to deliver the comedy.  Unfortunately, a film has to put story and characters before comedy, and the film fails where it matters most.  Faxon and Rash put a painfully bland character at the center of their movie, and then try to convince us that anyone would help the uninteresting protagonist.  Surrounded by one-dimensional characters and a predictable plot, The Way, Way Back can tell a joke, but has difficulty doing anything else.

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