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Best Of 2013 - Top Five Male & Female Performances

January 3rd, 2014 12:15pm EST
Top Five Performances
Jason Coleman's Top Five Male & Female Performances

I am very happy for this particular acting "best of" list this year, mostly because notable films that didn’t make it to my Top Ten still had some memorable performances.  So even though movies like "American Hustle," "12 Years A Slave" and "Frances Ha" didn’t make the final film cut, the acting work within is lovingly highlighted here.  From oddballs to slaves, sassy ice cream truck workers to sexy hustlers here are my..."Best of 2013 - Top Five Male & Female Performances."

Ladies first this year!  


1. Jess Weixler - "Free Samples...

Jim Rash moved The Way Way Back shoot to accomodate Carell

July 31st, 2013 3:21am EDT
Jim Rash
Actor-turned-director Jim Rash was so desperate to land Steve Carell as the lead in his new comedy drama The Way Way Back, he took the shoot to Massachusetts so the actor could work and still spend time with his family.

Rash, who won an Oscar as the screenwriter of George Clooney's The Descendants, admits he was willing to do whatever was necessary to secure the Despicable Me star's talents to portray Trent, the overbearing boyfriend of Toni Collette's character in the coming of age movie.

He says, "My writing partner, Nat Faxon, and I wrote a letter to Steve to chase him. He wrote back t...

Q&A: Jim Rash and Nat Faxon Chat About ‘The Way, Way Back,’ Adolescence, and Prep School

July 7th, 2013 11:35am EDT
The Way Way Back
Actors Jim Rash and Nat Faxon wowed us with their Academy Award-winning screenplay for “The Descendants” in 2012. Now they’re poised to enthrall us again with their follow up: the summer coming-of-age flick “The Way, Way Back,” a passion project that they’ve been developing for years. Not only do they make their co-directorial debut with this film, but they co-write, co-produce, and co-star in it as well.

“The Way, Way Back” focuses on Duncan (Liam James), a shy teenager forced on vacation with with his mom (Toni Collette), her mean boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell), and Trent’s daughter Step...

IFFBoston Review: 'The Way, Way Back'

April 27th, 2013 4:25pm EDT
Liam James and Sam Rockwell in The Way Way Back
If Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s directorial debut “The Way, Way Back” had a theme song, it would be Bonnie Tyler’s “I Need a Hero.” Why a tune from the ‘80s film “Footloose?” A couple of reasons.

First, when facing a ridiculous dilemma in the movie, the character Owen (Sam Rockwell) looks out into a crowd, and jokingly asks for assistance by quoting it. The amusing kicker is that no one gets the reference, even after he tries to mention the recent “Footloose” remake. The gag and the impending laughs from its failure are indicative of this picture’s delightful retro style.

Second, and more imp...

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