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    Unstoppable 'Spectacular Now' Director James Ponsoldt to Adapt 'Pippin' for TWC

    Adding to an already overstuffed plate, James Ponsoldt, director of Sundance hits "The Spectacular Now" and "Smashed," has signed on to write the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Pippin" for The Weinstein Company.

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    'Smashed' & 'The Spectacular Now' Director James Ponsoldt To Helm Hillary Clinton Biopic

    When you're hot, you're hot, and there are few filmmakers right now burning up with the kind of fire that "Smashed" and "The Spectacular Now" director James Ponsoldt is currently getting. Thanks to successive Sundance hits, he's been busy lining up a whole host of gigs including the YA adaptation "P...

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    James Ponsoldt To Direct Adaptation Of New Book By 'Silver Linings Playbook' Author, Write Musical 'Pippin'

    Five years passed between his first and second film, but now James Ponsoldt appears to be working at a prolific pace. His third film, “The Spectacular Now,” premiered at Sundance this January, which is exactly one year after his sophomore film “Smashed” made its debut in Park City. In January, he si...

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    'The Spectacular Now' Star Shailene Woodley On First Sex, Teen Drinking and Why 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Feels Like an Indie Film

    It's been a year since Shailene Woodley netted an Indpendent Spirit Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her feisty breakthrough turn opposite George Clooney in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants." Since then, the 21-year-old has been finishing up her run on the ABC teen show "The Secret Life of ...

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    Sundance 2013: A24 Acquires Competition Drama 'The Spectacular Now'

    One of the most active new distribution companies on the independent film scene, A24 nailed down a deal to take North American rights to “The Spectacular Now” in the early morning hours Monday. The company plans a summer release for the film, which had its premiere Friday in the U.S. dra...

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    Sundance Review: Wise & Mature 'The Spectacular Now' Marked By Strong Performances From Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley

    Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is the charming, good time guy who lives in the moment. Self-assured, he’s the life of the party, popular and he and his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) breeze through their high school experience. Sutter and Cassidy are like a teenage power couple that rule parties than...

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    'Smashed' Director James Ponsoldt Goes Franchise, To Write & Direct YA Adaptation 'Pure'

    James Ponsoldt is on a tear right now. A year ago, he was high on the Sundance buzz meter with the alcoholism drama "Smashed," which brought him acclaim and showed audiences a whole new side to lead Mary Elizabeth Winstead. He wasted (ha) no time in getting a follow up going, and he's ...

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    Exclusive: New Images From 'The Spectacular Now' Starring Shailene Woodley Of 'The Descendants'

    If you're not a film blogger, PR person or industry insider, you may not have heard of the upcoming indie drama "The Spectacular Now." But a week from now when the Sundance Film Festival is winding down, the title could be on everyone's lips.

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #27: James Ponsoldt Aims to Dignify the Teen Genre With 'The Spectacular Now'

    Last year was James Ponsoldt's first year with a feature at Sundance. "Smashed" opened to generously positive reviews, landing it an October release and even some votes for star Mary Elizabeth Winstead on a few critics' end-of-year Best Performance ballots. A Columbia grad ("May in the Summer" write...

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    'The Descendants' Star Shailene Woodley & 'Smashed' Director James Ponsoldt Team For 'The Spectacular Now'

    After her breakout turn in "The Descendants," Shailene Woodley has been understandably inundated with offers for movies, reportedly turning down the seemingly-unnecessary remake of "Carrie," but has finally decided to keep doing what she does best: playing a teenager who's got trouble in front of he...

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