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  • Tye-Grr
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    James Ponsoldt’s ‘The Spectacular Now’ starring Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) is now out in limited release and has a Metacritic score of 81 so far out of 28 reviews (one of which is a perfect 100 score from the late Roger Ebert who says it’s characters, relationships, and performances are so natural that it’s shocking to see a film get teen romance, including sex, so right). Teller and Woodley took home the Special Jury Prize for their performances at Sundance, and both are getting universal raves for their work. The cast also includes supporting performances from Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyle Chandler, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. This one has been on my radar since Sundance, and I think both Teller and Woodley are young stars to watch out for. I’m hoping this comes to a theater near me soon. Could this be an underdog awards player (seems at least to be destined for Indie Spirit Award glory)?

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    Scottferguson
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    I’m surprised at the level of the reviews – this is a better than normal Sundance drama, but for me had some glitches along the way, although it is a worthy effort.

    I’m hearing the first day grosses were very strong. The marketing for this has been terrific (is the book well known?) and the two leads give career enhancing performances (I expect Shailene Woodley to receive chatter as being the new Jennifer Lawrence). As for awards, let’s see how much of a breakout success this is.

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    moviefan61794
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    This one comes to my town on the 16th, and I will be there that day. I loved Shailene in The Descendants and the story is pretty much right up my alley. Watched the trailer and was immediately hooked. Can’t wait for this one.

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    Tye-Grr
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    I’m surprised at the level of the reviews – this is a better than normal Sundance drama, but for me had some glitches along the way, although it is a worthy effort.

    I’m hearing the first day grosses were very strong. The marketing for this has been terrific (is the book well known?) and the two leads give career enhancing performances (I expect Shailene Woodley to receive chatter as being the new Jennifer Lawrence). As for awards, let’s see how much of a breakout success this is.

    Funny thing that, as it has indeed begun.

    I was in the camp that felt that Woodley totally deserved a nomination for ‘The Descendants’ (she was my personal runner-up actually). I’m very happy with where her career looks to be headed based on her upcoming projects. The girl clearly has talent, she just happened to be chained to an awful show for a long time. 

    As for Teller, he was great in ‘Rabbit Hole’. I thought he was award worthy actually, and should’ve gotten more notices for his underrated but pitch-perfect work beside Kidman.

    Ponsoldt is an interesting director; I’m curious to see where this may take him. And the screenplay is by the duo who wrote ‘(500) Days of Summer’, which I really liked. This film is right up my alley. I hope it comes to a theater within reasonable driving range soon.  

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    Logan
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    I think screenplay might be possible.

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    Atypical
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    Looking forward to seeing this. Shailene Woodley should have been nominated for “The Descendants.”

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    Raylan
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    Looking forward to seeing this. Shailene Woodley should have been nominated for “The Descendants.”

    i agree. Shailene was outstanding in The Descendants. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^I concur. She was my runner-up that year. Definitely should’ve been nominated.

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    Im hopeful for Woodley here as well, shes a Talented lady. But she was only good in The Descendants for about 20 – 30 minutes. Then Alexander Payne and his 2 other writers decided to push her into the background and she became this yes man, well whether a yes woman for George Clooney.

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    Tye-Grr
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    ^But even then I thought she was great. The confrontation scene with Matthew Lillard and Judy Greer, the hospital scenes near the end while comforting her dad and younger sister, the final goodbye as they threw the mom’s ashes out to sea, and last moments with the ice cream while watching ‘March of the Penguins’… She never rang a false note to me. I loved how she went from rebellious teen to Clooney’s partner in crime.

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    Malick
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    ^ Looks like will have to agree to disagree again . But with this venture atleast will be on the same page, both rooting for Woodley.

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    Scottferguson
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    I liked Woodley in Descendants (as directed by Payne) a lot. In Spec Now, she is impressive and charismatic despite playing an implausible, somewhat thankless character who could only exist from a tunnel-vision male point of view. Her character is the weakest element in the film. I thought considering that she did an impressive job – not trying to start any fights here, but I think she is a more natural film actress with more potential than the most recent (and somewhat talent) best actress winner, at least based on what I have seen so far. Spec Now is going to be a big boost for her career.

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    Stardust
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    So The Spectacular Now may just be her Winter’s Bone?

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    Scottferguson
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    I thought Lawrence’s best performance was WB. She is the clear lead there; Woodley is supporting here (Miles Teller has the sole lead role). But in terms of breakout, this could do it for Woodley, so that might be similar. My guess is TSN will be a bigger hit. It’s possible Woodley might be a possible supporting nomination contender.

    On a more basic level, for me most reaction to actors and acting has to do with things other than the quality of the performances. Both Lawrence and Woodley are attractive, intelligent-vibe presenting young women who guys are attracted to while many young females would like to have as friends, at least based on what they convey on the screen. That’s basically what attracts most people to actors across the board. I do sense something of the same vibe from both of them (something I don’t get as much from the equally or  ore talented, somewhat older Rooney Mara). This sort of has to do with being the “it” girl of the moment as well as the roles they get that reinforce their appeal. I think Woodley is in a very good place at the moment.

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    nkb325
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    I think the fact that she’s going to be starring in the new movie Divergent just adds to the similarities. Both start off getting critical attention in indie movies and then become breakout stars in blockbuster hits. Of course Divergent could go more the way of of other YA adaptations like I Am Number Four rather than the huge success of Hunger Games, but if its more of the latter she could be the next it girl, or in this case the next Jennifer Lawrence. No all we need to do is find the next Shailene Woodley and we’re set for a couple of years haha

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