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    Sundance Review: J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller Impress With a Ferocious Student-Teacher Dynamic in 'Whiplash'

    A feature-length reprise of Damien Chazelle's award-winning short of the same name, "Whiplash" stars Miles Teller ("The Spectacular Now") as Andrew, a budding young drummer at the country's top music school who thinks he's the next Buddy Rich, and who's instructed by the brutal Fletcher (J.K. Simmon...

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    Sundance Review: 'Whiplash' Evokes High Anxiety

    The first buzz title unveiled at Sundance, Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash," is an intense anxiety dream about a young college jazz musician ("The Spectacular Now"'s Miles Teller) who aspires to be a memorable drummer like Buddy Rich.

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    Sundance Review: ‘Whiplash’ Starring Miles Teller Leads With The Different Beat Of A Very Different Drum

    Opening the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” may not seem to tread any new ground at first, with Andrew (Miles Teller) trying to thrive and survive in the hyper-competitive, hyper-stressed world of a Musical Conservatory in New York City. Andrew is talented a...

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    Sundance First Look: Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss In 'Listen Up Philip' & Miles Teller In 'Whiplash'

    More stars, more directors and lots of exciting stuff hitting Sundance. Our look at the movies hitting Utah continues with two indie filmmakers tackling some bigger movies....

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    Casting: Miles Teller Gets 'Whiplash'; Sam Rockwell Scares Up 'Poltergeist' & More

    As always, the wheelers and dealers in Hollywood are inking contracts and getting movies made, and quite a bit of movement has happened over the last week and a bit, so let's just dive right in...

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    Watch: Ashton Kutcher Starts a Small Tech Company Called Apple in the 'Jobs' Trailer

    After premiering to mixed reviews back at Sundance in January and having its initial April release date delayed, Steve Jobs biopic "Jobs" has finally premiered a trailer online ahead of its theatrical release near the end of the summer. "Jobs" is not to be confused with the Aaron Sorkin-scripted mov...

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    Hugh Grant's Return to Rom-Com, Untitled Marc Lawrence Film, Goes Into Production UPDATE

    Principal photography has begun in New York on Marc Lawrence's yet untitled romantic comedy, starring Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei, Bella Heathcote, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott.

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    'Olympus Has Fallen' For Melissa Leo; J.K. Simmons Joins 'Jobs'; Adam Brody Does It For 'All The Wrong Reasons' & More

    In today’s casting round-up we have more news regarding the villain in one of the two competing White House-siege films, a whole host names joining the indie Steve Jobs biopic, a New York-set ensemble indie pic, and a coming-of-age dramedy set along the Red River border between Oklahoma and Te...

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    Watch: Roman Coppola-Directed Farmers Insurance Tie-In Ad For 'The Avengers'

    While the decade-long drought between feature films will soon end as Roman Coppola continues his work in post on "A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charlie Swan III" -- his sophomore effort following 2001's "CQ" -- he certainly hasn't been lacking in things to do. He's bee...

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    Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes, J.K. Simmons & John Hannah Join Bradley Cooper In 'The Words'

    If there was any doubt before that Bradley Cooper is a fully-fledged movie star, the first few months of 2011 have wiped that away: he took an underdog genre picture "Limitless," sold almost entirely on his name, to an impressive gross of nearly $150 million worldwide, while "The Hangover Part II" o...

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