42, at its core, is the story of Jackie Robinson—how he broke the color barrier and how dominated the National League during his first season, but in many ways, it’s also the story of the Dodgers and how men of different backgrounds came together to create something beautiful that still means so much to so many people.
There are few actors in the world who thrill me as much as Allison Janney. Of course, like many young women I idolized her as C.J. Gregg on West Wing, but I became a fanatic once I saw the 1999 comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous where she played a trailer park flirt with a big mouth named Loretta. Since then, I've eagerly devoured her comedic endeavors, be it Stanley Tucci's The Impostors, Jason Reitman's Juno...
I recently had a chance to sit down with Rockwell. And after offering me my pick of candies (Skittles, M&Ms, mini candy bars, and gummy bears), he shared with me his thoughts on what made this screenplay a standout, how the production was a bit of a jolt to his improvisational methods, and how he regards the legacy of his life's work.
A lot of films sold for some pretty good money at this year's Sundance Film Festival, but none for quite so much-- and quite so much attention-- as The Way Way Back, a comedy from the Oscar-winning co-writers of The Descendants, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. The duo also make their directorial debut on the film, a nostalgia-filled story about a teenage boy's summer
The Way, Way Back will hit theaters on July 5th, 2013. There it will face off against the sprawling and massively budgeted adventure epic The Lone Ranger as well as another Steve Carell effort, Despicable Me 2. There's some buzz that this indie could be the sleeper hit of the summer, but...
The action at Sundance is starting to slow down, with most of the big films already premiered and the town clearing out, most journalists eager to get home (or stuck in an iced-over Salt Lake City airport on their way there). But Matt Patches and I remain ever stalwart, ever true, sticking around at this high altitude to bring you the latest
This year, apparently, there's a movie so similar to Little Miss Sunshine that the same studio, Fox Searchlight, was inspired to pull out their biggest checkbook. Jaws dropped here in Park City when the news broke that Searchlight had paid $10 million to acquire The Way Way Back, the light comedy that shares so much DNA with Little Miss Sunshine it's even got Steve Carell and Toni Colette in the cast.
The fun of moviegoing is often in the surprises, in thinking you've got the lay of the land only to walk into a theater completely thrown off. At the same time, you can at least do your best to be prepared, and to keep a mental note for those movies that could sneak up on you in the end. Yes, everyone on the Internet is already anticipating Man of Steel and Pacific Rim and Saving Mr. Banks and the year's other heavyweights, but what about the smaller movies you might not see coming?
If you're looking to get excited for an upcoming indie, The Way, Way Back is likely a very good choice. A coming-of-age tale written and directed by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (who won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay earlier this year), the film has a brilliant cast that includes Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, and Rob Corddry...
The Way, Way Back, the upcoming directorial debut of Oscar-winning The Descendants writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, already has an absolutely stacked cast. In addition to having rising actor Liam James as the main character, the film is already loaded with supporting talent, including Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Allison Janney, Toni Collette and AnnaSophia Robb.
Since AMC began broadcasting The Killing last year, the show's big breakout star has been Joel Kinnaman. While the Swedish actor earned much acclaim for his work in films like Snabba Cash, he successfully used his notoriety to land the coveted title role in José Padilha's RoboCop remake. But he's not the only one who is using The Killing to launch a film career, as now one of his co-stars has landed the lead role in what sounds like a great upcoming comedy.
It worked extremely well when Steve Carell and Toni Collette were paired up as part of the ensemble cast that made Little Miss Sunshine, so it's not hard to see why Oscar winners Jim Rash and Nat Faxon would want the actors for their directorial debut.