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‘The Spectacular Now’ Sundance Portrait Sessions

I’ve uploaded some newly released photos of Shailene with The Spectacular Now co-stars Miles Teller, Brie Larson and director James Ponsoldt in portrait sessions to promote the film ahead of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

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New Images from ‘The Spectacular Now’

I’ve uploaded some new images from The Spectacular Now to the gallery. Two brand new stills from the film were released earlier today and I will hopefully be able to update them with larger versions very soon. Additional on set images have also been added. Be sure to take a look!

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Kirsten Dunst Approves of Shailene as New Mary Jane Watson

MTV – Gwen Stacy is going to have some competition for Peter Parker’s heart in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” when Shailene Woodley enters the scene as the new Mary Jane Watson.

But first, let’s check in with the old Mary Jane, shall we?

During the recent press junket for “On the Road,” Kirsten Dunst spoke to MTV News about Woodley’s casting as Peter’s fiery-haired love interest. In short: she very much approves of the choice.

“I really like her too, a lot,” Dunst said about Woodley getting the role, going on to detail the encounters they’ve had in the past. “I’ve met her a few times and we’ve talked about health foods, we know some of the same people, she’s really into finding springs and natural water and she’ll go get her water and things like that. I’ve done that before, and we’ve talked about that. I think she’s a sweetheart and such a good actress.”

“I’m happy,” is Dunst’s ultimate position on the casting. “If I had to pick someone, I’m happy she’s following in my shoes.”

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First Still from ‘The Spectacular Now’

I’ve added a large version of the first production still from The Spectacular Now to the gallery. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of the movie in the lead up to its premiere at Sundance Film Festival in January. I can’t wait!

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‘The Spectacular Now’ Gets Sundance Premiere

HUFFINGTON POST – Proving it’s never too early to think about 2013, the Sundance Institute announced films in competition for dramatic and documentary prizes at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.Topping the list in the U.S. Dramatic competition are films starring Rooney Mara (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” with Casey Affleck), Daniel Radcliffe (“Kill Your Darlings” with Elizabeth Olsen), Jessica Biel (“Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes”), Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (“Fruitvale”), Shailene Woodley (“The Spectacular Now” with Kyle Chandler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and more), Ellen Page (“Touchy Feely” with Rosemarie DeWitt) and Alison Brie (“Toy’s House” with Craig Robinson and Nick Offerman).

In the U.S. Documentary Competition category, films about the Occupy Wall Street movement (“99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film”), late-term abortions (“After Tiller”), the dangers of keeping killer whales in captivity (“Blackfish”), drug cartels (“Narco Cultura”) and backup singers (“Twenty Feet From Stardom”).

“Every great film starts with an idea, and it is a testament to artists that they continually find new ideas, new stories, new points of view and new ways of sharing them, year after year. We look forward to hearing from these artists not just through their words and images onscreen but also through the larger dialogue they create with audiences at our Festival and beyond.” Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford said in a statement.

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Shailene on Mary Elizabeth Winstead in ‘Smashed’

VARIETY – I became so lost in the raw vulnerability of Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s acute and accurate portrayal of an alcoholic woman, my mind seemed to forget that I was watching a movie starring an actress instead of observing a dear friend who was fighting personal inner battles.

Mary paved her road of empowerment with penetrating strength and unabridged vulnerability. She sucked me into Kate’s world, a world of messy, difficult, unclear paths that are filled with obstacles and tribulations beyond reason. She did not glamorize AA meetings. She did not victoriously display the perks of abstaining from substances. She did not give me the impression that life gets easier once an individual becomes sober. Rather, she navigated her way through waves of confusion, self-doubt, dependence, separation, honesty, responsibility and courage without ever demanding empathy or compassion from her audience.

I was naturally drawn to root for this woman, to cheer for her triumphs and to cry for her blunders. Mary’s performance left me humbled as she carved her way out of a blinding inebriation with forceful perseverance and pure, stripped-down human bravery.

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