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The perfect couple for Ruby Sparks

27 September 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

How to follow the success of Little Miss Sunshine? Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton finally settled on a film that elides life and art: just the thing for a husband-and-wife team

As directing partners who happen also to be married, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are doubly anomalous. Their comedy-dramas – Little Miss Sunshine, which inspired a Sundance bidding war and won two Oscars, and the new Ruby Sparks, a bizarre psychological love story – are searching, compassionate and zesty. Judging by the hour I spend with them, their relationship is no less stimulating. They welcome me into their hotel room with a merry babble of overlapping greetings. They don't so much finish each other's sentences as nip in and out of them, supplying any just-out-of-reach words or asides as though passing the condiments across the dinner table.

In his straw Panama hat, striped shirt and navy tank-top, Dayton, who is 55, looks like a bearded, »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Interview: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan Channel Real-Life Romance in ‘Ruby Sparks’

23 July 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – He’s the accomplished actor best known for locking horns with Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece, “There Will Be Blood.” She’s the acclaimed playwright who’s earned raves for her acting both onstage (“Angels in America”) and onscreen (“The Exploding Girl”). Together, they are a match made in movie heaven.

The new romantic comedy, “Ruby Sparks,” marks the latest collaboration of real-life couple Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan, who first met after being cast in Jonathan Marc Sherman’s 2007 Off-Broadway play, “Things We Want.” Last year, Dano and Kazan played an anguished married couple in Kelly Reichardt’s existential western “Meek’s Cutoff.” Yet “Sparks” features the couple’s most intimate and complex collaboration to date. Kazan performs double duty as leading lady and first-time screenwriter, while Dano tackles the tricky role of a lonely writer whose lovable neurosis harbors a potentially repellant dark side. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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TV highlights 23/07/2012

22 July 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Care Home Kids: Looking For Love | Horizon: The Truth About Looking Younger | Absolutely Fabulous | Ruby Wax's Mad Confessions | Arena: Amy Winehouse – The Day She Came To Dingle | The Daily Show

Care Home Kids: Looking For Love

9pm, BBC3

Ashley John-Baptiste is widely known as the guy who quit The X Factor (he left boy band The Risk last year while they were still in the running). Here, though, he wants to talk about something else: from the age of two until he was an adult he was in care and moved between foster and child care homes. Though he admits he's done remarkably well in life, he still carries the emotional scars of his upbringing. In this documentary he revisits the care system, meeting children who are currently in care, to try to find out what really went on. Martin Skegg

Horizon: The Truth About Looking Younger

9pm, BBC »

- Martin Skegg, Julia Raeside, Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall, Gwilym Mumford

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"True Blood" Recap: "Too Cute to Be Goo"

25 June 2012 8:30 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Following last week's relative snoozer, this week's True Blood once again had chicken-fried batsh*t on the menu, with all sorts of minor revelations and developments adding up to one complicated humdinger of an episode.

Strap on your bib and let's dig in!

We start off with a shot from the Channel 5 Vampcam - new vamp (and newly-exfoliated) Tara (Rutina Wesley) is wandering around in the woods gazing at the sky and looking at squirrels. Ah - I get it - becoming a vampire is just like that time I ate mushrooms and went to the planetarium. Now it all makes sense! She runs from Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and ends up almost eating a girl with a flat tire - but she sees her own vampy reflection in the windshield, apologizes, and scoots off. She's pretty fast for someone who's so hungry, isn't she? She must have grabbed a Snickers. »

- brian

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