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Sundance 2015: ‘The End of the Tour’ a quiet, affecting primer on the life of David Foster Wallace

2 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The End of the Tour

Directed by James Ponsoldt

Written by David Lipsky and Donald Marguiles

The End of the Tour is the next offering from director James Ponsoldt, who brought us Smashed and The Spectacular Now. With The End of the Tour he takes us on another odyssey of a mind struggling to survive itself. The late author David Foster Wallace was revered during his time for the novel Infinite Jest and made a significant impact on literature before killing himself in 2008. This film dramatizes a few days in 1996 when Foster Wallace allowed a Rolling Stone reporter to visit and interview him at length. What emerges during the course of their casual and profound conversations is a cinematic think piece about loneliness, success, and American consumerism.

Foster Wallace was an intensely private man who retreated to write and live alone with his dogs in a small, isolated town far »

- Lane Scarberry

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Watch: Jason Segel on Playing David Foster Wallace in Sundance's 'End of the Tour' (Exclusive Interview)

16 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A24 picked up, sight-unseen, three-time Sundance director James Ponsoldt's two-hander "The End of the Tour," which world-premiered Friday night at a rousing screening at the Sundance Film Festival. Based on David Lipsky's 375-page memoir "Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace," the film tracks Rolling Stone writer Lipsky's five-day 1996 immersion with writer Wallace, who was uncomfortable with all the kudos he was getting for his postmodern novel "Infinite Jest." Jesse Eisenberg plays the alert and slightly envious novelist Lipsky opposite lanky Jason Segel as Wallace, who fought depression and resisted fame until he took his own life in 2008. Lipsky told me that he was relieved at the time that the interview was never published, as other things came up and pushed it aside. The movie opens as Lipsky hears of Wallace's death, unearths the tapes and puts fresh batteries into his. »

- Anne Thompson

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Chris Pratt-Chris Evans Super Bowl Feud, Part 2: Who Is Really Captain America? (Photos)

19 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Marvel actors whip out Photoshop and take their Twitter rivalry to the next level

Who out of this year’s Super Bowl combatants is really Captain America: Russell Wilson or Tom Brady? Using Photoshop to battle it out over the Patriots and Seahawks, Marvel superheroes Chris Pratt and Chris Evans renewed their Super Bowl Twitter feud on Monday.

Pratt, a Seattle fan, fired the first round this time, retweeting a retouched image of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as Captain America.

Also Read: Sundance Party Report in Pictures: Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Kellan Lutz, Jason Segel (Updating Photos)

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- Linda Ge

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Sundance: NBA Star Jason Collins Ranks His Favorite Four Fest Experiences

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Retired basketball star Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay player in the NBA in 2013, made a stop at Variety’s Sundance party on Sunday night. The event at Stella Artois Café was in honor of “I Am Michael,” the drama starring James Franco as a gay rights activist who denounces his homosexuality.

Variety asked Collins to walk through — and grade — his favorite Sundance moments.

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” Screening

“I saw that earlier today, and I loved it. I’m not a crier, but there’s absolutely a sad element. I don’t want to give too much away, but in the title, it says there’s a dying girl. They did a great job.”

Grade: “A.”

“The End of the Tour” Screening

Jason Segel and I went to high school together, and we were high school basketball teammates. This is the best acting he »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Is Jason Segel Dating Again?

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Jason Segel is single no more: The How I Met Your Mother actor is reportedly seeing photographer Alexis Mixter. Buzz began when the two were photographed walking through Los Angeles International Airport in late December. They've also been snapped stepping out together multiple times in recent weeks. Segel, 35, was last linked to Rake actress Bojana Novakovic. He and Michelle Williams dated for a year but split in February 2013. [Bold "Himym All The Women Who Aren't the Mother"] »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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Is Jason Segel Dating Again?

20 hours ago | | See recent news »

Jason Segel is single no more: The How I Met Your Mother actor is reportedly seeing photographer Alexis Mixter. Buzz began when the two were photographed walking through Los Angeles International Airport in late December. They've also been snapped stepping out together multiple times in recent weeks. Segel, 35, was last linked to Rake actress Bojana Novakovic. He and Michelle Williams dated for a year but split in February 2013. [Bold "Himym All The Women Who Aren't the Mother"] »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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All the Sundance 2015 Acquisitions As They Come In

26 January 2015 9:06 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now that the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is well underway, expect more and more acquisition news as distributors bid on the rights to all of the festival's hottest properties. Since sales can break at an unpredictable pace, Indiewire is aggregating all of the Sundance acquisitions so that festival goers and fans can stay up to the date with the latest deals in Park City. Check out all of the current deals per distributor below, and stick with Indiewire throughout the duration of the festival to stay updated on every new acquisition.  A24 "The End of the Tour" - The latest from director James Ponsoldt tells the true story of acclaimed author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) and his five-day interview with Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) following the 1996 success of "Infinite Jest."  "The Witch" - A24 has secured North American rights to this breakout horror period piece about a colonial family that. »

- Indiewire Staff

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Oscar-Winning Original Songs Split Between Part of Plot and End Credits

26 January 2015 8:07 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Of the five Oscar-nominated original songs for the 87th Academy Awards, Selma’s “Glory” and Beyond the Light’s “Grateful” are the only songs that solely play over the end credits of their respective film. The other three songs — “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Lost Stars” from Begin Again and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me — are all performed at some point during the film.

Now, that’s not to say that the end-credits songs aren’t relevant to the plot. Both “Grateful” and “Glory” stick with the themes of their respective films and summarize relevant events, even if they aren’t integral to each plot’s progression.

“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie is featured in the film as a popular song in the Lego universe, one the characters sing along to, but »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Sundance Setting Record-Breaking Sale For Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

26 January 2015 7:04 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Sundance film festival is in full swing and with it comes an abundance of films looking for distribution. already heard great things from critics about James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael, Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in End of the Tour, and the spooky film The Witch. But the biggest news to come out of this festival this year so far centers on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and based on the book of the same name by Jesse Andrews, the film has sent bidders into a frenzy. According to both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, practically everyone wants to distribute this film after it premiered at Sundance, and some are even willing to pay upwards of $12 million for the rights. On Sunday night, Fox Searchlight was said to be in the lead with a bid attached »

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Sundance 2015 Review: The End Of The Tour Beautifully Explores Our Creative Intellects

26 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Can you call it a bromance if there is no comedic intent? If not, then what's the best way to label a burgeoning platonic relationship between two men connecting over previously unexplored similarities and interests? Maybe it's just friendship, relationship, or connection. But none of those really define the dynamic at play quite as eloquently as just calling it a bromance. Call it what you like, the dynamic explored in James Ponsoldt's David Foster Wallace drama The End of the Tour is a brilliantly touching and informative trip inside the male intellect. With remarkable performances by Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, Ponsoldt delivers a film that is both a touching portrait of an enormous literary figure and an introspective journey into the creative process. Based...

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Review: 'Unexpected' is slight, but Cobie Smulders and Gail Bean shine

26 January 2015 2:25 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The "How I Met Your Mother" Redemption Tour is in full effect at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Jason Segel has received the best reviews of his career for his gimmick-free performance as David Foster Wallace in "The End of The Tour." Cobie Smulders is proving her mettle as a leading lady in "Unexpected." And Josh Radnor is nowhere to be seen with a follow-up to "Liberal Arts." [Sorry. Easy punchline. I actually thought "Happythankyoumoreplease" was a perfectly respectable sign of Radnor's potential as a writer-director.] Meanwhile, Neil Patrick Harris has been too busy winning Tonys and preparing to host the Oscars to be in anything Sundance-y this year, while Alyson Hannigan remains chronically underused. Smulders also stars in "Results," which premieres at Sundance on Tuesday, but at least her Festival got off to a solid start with "Unexpected." Directed by Kris Swanberg, who co-wrote with Megan Mercier, "Unexpected" is a very slight movie, almost absurdly short »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Jason Segel’s Big Dramatic Debut Is One Of Many Great Things In ‘The End of the Tour’ [Sundance 2015]

25 January 2015 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Tom Hanks had Philadelpha, Jim Carrey had The Truman Show and now Jason Segel has The End of the Tour. It’s a powerhouse movie announcing to the world that this comedic actor is a dramatic force too. But that’s just one of the many, many good things that can be said about director James Ponsoldt’s […]

The post Jason Segel’s Big Dramatic Debut Is One Of Many Great Things In ‘The End of the Tour’ [Sundance 2015] appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Sundance 2015: Jason Segel and Peter Travers Talk 'End of the Tour'

25 January 2015 1:28 PM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In this installment of Off the Cuff with Peter Travers from the Sundance Film Festival, Rolling Stone's movie critic catches up with actor Jason Segel, who makes his first visit to the Utah fest since 1997, when a 17-year-old Segel was promoting Slc Punk. "I remember [Sundance] being a little more quaint than this. It's turned into a real kerfuffle," Segel says. Travers adds, "There's something about Sundance. It's an audience like no other. They'll wait in the snow for two hours to see a movie they’ve never heard of because, »

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Sundance 2015 Scene and Heard: Iggy Azalea, Keanu Reeves, Hailee Steinfeld, Diplo, Adam Scott (Photos)

25 January 2015 12:47 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TheWrap Party Report catches Wu-Tang Clan, Nick Nolte and Kevin Bacon turning heads Saturday, while Michael Fassbender’s “job” keeps him away from Utah

“Is Ben Silverman somewhere in here?” Donovan Leitch shouted in to the microphone in the sweaty basement of Cisero’s just before midnight on Saturday night.

Leitch was on stage fronting a supergroup that included Mark McGrath, Dave Kushner, Jane’s Addiction’s Chris Chaney, and Matisyahu. If Ben Silverman was in the room, he was as quiet as his emails, even if a pocket of jacketed bros cheered the shout-out.

Also read: Sundance Party Report in Pictures: Nicole Kidman, »

- Mikey Glazer

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Sundance: Open Road, Sony Get Rick Famuyiwa’s ‘Dope’ For $7 Million

25 January 2015 12:01 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sundance is buzzing over the Nina Yang and Forest Whitaker-produced comedy with a breakout performance by Shameik Moore

Open Road Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions are teaming to acquire Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope.”

The $7 million deal calls for Open Road to handle domestic distribution and Spwa to handle international.

There’s also a minimum $15 million P&A commitment.

Wme negotiated the deal.


Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa’s urban comedy “Dope” is shaping up to be the dopest film at Sundance as bidding for the film has soared to $7 million and climbing, with studios such as Fox Searchlight and »

- Jeff Sneider

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The End of the Tour | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

25 January 2015 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Admiration Game: Ponsoldt’s Moving Homage to Artist and Artistry

Following the critical successes of 2012’s Smashed and 2013’s The Spectacular Now, director James Ponsoldt recreates a defining moment in time between acclaimed author David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stones’ journalist David Lipsky with The End of the Tour, based on the memoirs of the latter. Beginning with Lipsky learning of Wallace’s suicide in 2008, we backtrack twelve years to 1996, after the publication of the author’s famed novel, Infinite Jest, which inspired the journalist, a novelist himself, to vie for an interview with the enigmatic personality. Framed as an unforgettable memory, Ponsoldt captures what feels like a sincere elegy from Lipsky to Wallace, a road trip that lasted five days and ran a gamut of intellectual, emotional, and philosophical highs and lows pertaining to the meaning of fame, success, and what it means to be an artist. Carried magnificently by its two leads, »

- Nicholas Bell

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The End of the Tour

25 January 2015 10:18 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

I am at my second Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews.

Sundance Film Festival 2015 Reviews

The End of the Tour

Director: James Ponsoldt

Screenwriter: Donald Margulies

Principal Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner

U.S.A., 2014, 105 min., color

Plot (courtesy of Sundance): This story of the five-day 1996 interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace explores the tenuous yet intense relationship

that develops between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave, sharing laughs, and also concealing and revealing their hidden vulnerabilities.

Review: I have a history with Infinite Jest. I bought the giant, thousand-page book because I wanted to be the guy who loved that book. Sure, there are thousands out there who have enjoyed the novel by David Foster Wallace, but I wasn’t friends with them. So, I read it. That’s not true, »

- Jeff Bayer

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Sundance 2015: 'Mississippi Grind' and 'The End of the Tour' are two for the road

25 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

There’s a specific internal logic that governs road movies. Two characters—it is almost always just two—vibe off one another in the confined space of a car, revealing essential selves, embarking on what’s inevitably a journey of self-discovery, moving ever forward, together. The genre has become something of a Sundance trope over the years, thanks to movies such as Transamerica, Liar’s Dice and The Trip to Italy. And living up to that expectation, two of the buzzier entries in the fest’s early days happen to feature duos traveling for extended periods in cars on, yes, »

- Chris Lee

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Daily | Sundance 2015 | James Ponsoldt’s The End Of The Tour

25 January 2015 8:15 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"The most personally resonant film I’ve seen at Sundance so far this year is director James Ponsoldt and screenwriter Donald Margulies’s The End of the Tour, an adaptation of David Lipsky’s bestselling memoir Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace," announces Noel Murray at the Dissolve. At Vulture, Jada Yuan informs us that there's already awards chatter fluttering around Jason Segel's performance as Dfw (and she's got the tweets to prove it). Jesse Eisenberg's turn as Lipsky is earning strong notices as well. We're collecting reviews and video. » - David Hudson »

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Good Morning! "Teen Girl" & Sales Notes from Sundance

25 January 2015 7:58 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Sundance is keeping me mighty occupied though I promise that more reviews are coming. Yesterday I caught Glassland (reviewed), and two gay films, one of which I loved (Tangerine - not to be confused with the Estonian picture nominated for an Oscar right now) and the other that I'm trying to parse my feelings for still (I Am Michael) but both reviews are in the queue.


Inbetween every movie I keep hearing people enthusing about The End of the Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel (the latter winning dream reviews). If it wasn't that it was people bitching about being shut out of additional screenings added to keep up with demand for The Witch. The two of those seem to be the fest's buzziest title (thus far) so of course I didn't schedule either! It's always a crapshoot when you work out a schedule... or don't work one out »


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