A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.
Those who only pay attention to tentpole fare during the summer months can really miss out on a lot. This year, for instance, nestled between a rising Dark Knight and a neighborhood watch group was the charming Ruby Sparks. Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan (a real-life couple themselves) starred in this indie that takes the writer-character relationship to a whole new level. Paul Dano plays Calvin Weir-Fields, a novelist who had a breakthrough success at a very young age, although he has yet to complete his follow-up novel. As an exercise, he creates a character named Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan), who inexplicably comes to life before his very eyes. I recently had the chance to speak with Zoe Kazan, who wrote the screenplay as well, about this original comedy, currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. Here's what she had to say.
Can you start off by talking a bit about the writing process and where the idea came from? Were you throwing ideas off of Paul while you were in the process of writing?Read More
Fox Home Entertainment has provided us with an exclusive featurette for Ruby Sparks, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD October 30. Paul Dano stars as a Los Angeles writer who wakes up one day to find that the character he has been writing, Ruby Sparks, (Zoe Kazan) has come to life. Take a look at this video where the stars, along with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, discuss the importance of shooting in L.A.
From the directors of Little Miss Sunshine comes a "charming and delightful" (Marshall Fine, Huffingtonpost.com) romantic comedy starring Paul Dano and writer-actress Zoe Kazan. Struggling with writer's block and a lackluster love life, once-famous novelist Calvin (Dano) creates a beautiful fictitious character named Ruby (Kazan) who inspires him. But not only does this bring his work to life- it also brings Ruby to life- literally! Face-to-face with an actual relationship with his once virtual girlfriend, Calvin must now decide whether to pen this love story or let it write itself. Also starring Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas and Elliott Gould, Ruby Sparks is a smart coming-of-age story that proves true love can be remarkably magical.Read More
Fox Searchlight Pictures has released two featurettes and five clips from the indie comedy Ruby Sparks, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine). Paul Dano stars as a young writer, struggling with his next book, who breaks his writer's block by creating a character named Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan). A week later, he discovers that this character has actually been brought to life. Watch as Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, actress/screenwriter Zoe Kazan, and Paul Dano take us behind-the scenes in the featurettes, along with these new clips.
Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing - as well as his romantic life.Read More
Bona Fide Productions and Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that principal photography for the romantic comedy He Loves Me has begun in Los Angeles.
The film stars Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, three-time Golden Globe® nominee Antonio Banderas, four-time Oscar® nominee Annette Bening, three-time BAFTA® winner Steve Coogan, Oscar® nominee Elliott Gould, Chris Messina and Deborah Ann Woll. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, whose first big screen feature Little Miss Sunshine was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture as well as winning the Independent Spirit Award for best feature, direct from an original screenplay by Zoe Kazan. Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa (Little Miss Sunshine, Cold Mountain, Election) are producing with Robert Graf (No Country for Old Men) executive producing. He Loves Me will be released worldwide by Fox Searchlight Pictures.Read More