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'Teenage' executive producer Jason Schwartzman on zoot suits and youth culture's pre-history

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Today’s teenagers may be their own industry, but the idea that there’s a distinctive time between childhood and adulthood is still relatively new.

Filmmaker Matt Wolf explores this concept, and the genesis of western youth culture, in Teenage, an intoxicating, genre-bending portrait of teenage life inspired by Jon Savage’s eponymous book. With never-before-seen archival footage, recreations, an original score from Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, and voiceovers from the likes of Ben Whishaw and Jena Malone, Wolf creates an experimental, creative non-fiction collage that covers the turn of the century through 1945.

In retelling the stories of boxcar children, victory girls, Bright Young Things, zoot suits, and other youth movements of the past century, Teenage finds a universal story of discontent, alienation, feverish energy, and rebellion.

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The Criterion Collection's Wes Anderson-approved 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' -- VIDEO

The folks at The Criterion Collection are sorcerers.

Sure, we rely on them to restore and pen beautiful essays about rare or long forgotten triumphs of cinema, but even their work with new releases can leave us awestruck. They have a way of making the already transcendent that much more special, and their upcoming release of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion charmer Fantastic Mr. Fox looks no different.

The three-disc release (out Feb. 18) features a gallery of Roald Dahl’s original manuscripts, an audio recording of him reading his book, puppet animation tests, and the somewhat standard, but no less fascinating, behind the scenes footage of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and the rest of the cast who helped bring the story to life.

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Sundance 2014: Elisabeth Moss tells Jason Schwartzman he's impossible to live with in 'Listen Up Philip' trailer

Philip is not for everyone.

An accomplished novelist, and world-class narcissist, the lead character (portrayed by Jason Schwartzman) of director Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip at least leaves quite an impression on the people he encounters, whether they’re his literary idols, his ex-girlfriends, random photo assistants, or the girl who happens to be living at the country house he retreats to.

In the first teaser for Perry’s third feature, premiering at Sundance on Jan. 20, we’re treated to bits from the supporting characters in his life. Some are reaching out to help, some are having heartfelt conversations, and some are just telling him to back off, but all are looking straight into the camera — putting the viewer in Philip’s place. Take a look after the jump.

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Sundance 2014: Jason Schwartzman channels a jerk in 'Listen Up Philip' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Philip is not the most likable guy. In the first few seconds of director Alex Ross Perry’s film, Listen Up Philip (premiering at Sundance on Jan. 20), we see Philip (Jason Schwartzman) rushing down a New York street as a narrator (Eric Bogosian) explains that he’s “characteristically not in a hurry, but perpetually enraged by slow foot traffic before him.”

It’s the perfect intro to the character that you’re about to spend the next 108 minutes with as the embittered, narcissistic writer navigates his life, the stresses behind the release of his second novel, and his crumbling relationship. But you can’t seem to look away.

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Casting Net: Meet your new Lance Armstrong; Plus, Vin Diesel is the 'World's Most Wanted,' more

• Biopics can be challenging to cast. Not only do you need a great actor, there has to be at least a passable physical resemblance. For someone as infamous as Lance Armstrong, the task is all the more difficult. Ben Foster, a former Disney star who transformed into a serious, respected actor as an adult, is in final talks to take on the role of the disgraced super athlete for Working Title. With a script from John Hodge (Trainspotting) and Oscar-nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen) helming the movie, the untitled project is aiming for a fall shoot and will focus on the doping scandal.  There are two other Lance Armstrong movies in development at Warner Bros. and Paramount/Bad Robot (the project where the Bradley Cooper casting rumors started) as well.  Foster can be seen next in the Sundance hits Kill Your Darlings, and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Cillian Murphy to go 'In the Heart of the Sea' with Ron Howard; Plus, Sandra Bullock will not join 'Annie', more

• Cillian Murphy, best known for his work with Christopher Nolan in Inception and the Dark Knight movies, has joined the cast of Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea. Based on the Nathaniel Philbrick novel about the whale ship Essex, Murphy will play the role of Matthew Joy, the second mate aboard the doomed ship. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) also stars. Murphy is currently filming Transcendence, and recently wrapped Cry/Fly with Jennifer Connelly and Mélanie Laurent. [Deadline]

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'Scott Pilgrim' reunion and 'Iron Man 3' added to EW CapeTown Festival

If you’re a fan, friend, or Evil Ex of Ramona Flowers, it’s a good time to make a Pilgrimage to Hollywood.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will get a next-level celebration on May 1 when the Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival in Los Angeles reunites filmmaker Edgar Wright with two of the film’s stars — Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jason Schwartzman — and Bryan Lee O’Malley, the Canadian cartoonist who has followed Pilgrim’s progress (or lack thereof) over six bestselling graphic novels.

Maybe the inventive 2010 film didn’t light it up at the box-office like studios execs hoped, but with its 8-bit spirit and subversive wit (not to mention all of the superhero cameos) it’s a natural fit at the CapeTown Festival. The EW event with a quirky name — no, the home office is not in South Africa — has a truly stacked first-year schedule with on-stage guests such as Terry Gilliam, Kurt Russell, Richard Donner, and Neil Gaiman. The festival, sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies, kicks off April 30 with a free screening of Iron Man 3 for EW subscribers and wraps up May 6 with Star Trek (2009) and Leonard Nimoy’s return from retirement for a one-night visit to Federation space. All tickets are $11 or less but most screenings are sold out.

The EW festival is staged at the Egyptian Theatre in partnership with the American Cinematheque, the non-profit arts center that owns and operates the 91-year-old movie palace that was shuttered for years until a $12 million renovation returned to its Old Hollywood glory. The festival is also the site of a special May the Fourth be with You celebration of Star Wars Day (May 4) with four screenings of The Return of the Jedi (which made its world premiere at the Egyptian in May 1983) and a free fan-fest at the Egyptian Courtyard, with activities, cosplay photo ops, giveaways, and merchants.

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Fox Searchlight checks in to Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Fox Searchlight has acquired Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and is eyeing a late 2013/early 2014 release date, EW has confirmed. If you need 11 incentives to see the movie: Ralph Fiennes, Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson are all in it.

Screen Daily first reported the news with this plot summary ”The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.”

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Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Lake Bell, more show short film series in LA

It was a Coppola family affair at the Los Angeles premiere of Four Stories, a short film series sponsored by and featuring W Hotels and Intel Ultrabooks. Roman Coppola curated. Jason Schwartzman and Robert Schwartzman starred in two of the films. And Talia Shire turned out to support her sons and nephew.

Die Again, Undead One is Roman Coppola’s bonus contribution to the slate. It’s part Coppola just having fun with the idea of Hollywood, B-movies, and his cousin (Schwartzman), and part plug for A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swann III (in theaters February 8).

But the main event was to show the four films that were selected from over 1,000 screenplays by a panel of indie film cool kids like Chloë Sevigny and Michael Pitt, and quickly turned into sleek shorts set in W Hotels around the world on budgets of around $75K each.

After the jump, take a look at the Four Stories, directed by Lake Bell (In a World…), Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste and Jesse Forever), Spencer Susser (Hesher), and Kahlil Joseph (Until the Quiet Comes).

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Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman attempt to get 'A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III' -- TRAILER

Although writer-director Roman Coppola (CQ, screenwriter on Moonrise KingdomThe Darjeeling Limited) recently told EW that he’s wary of drawing overt connections between the title hero in his film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III and the well-documented lifestyle of his film’s star, Charlie Sheen, it’s difficult not to draw them watching the film’s first trailer. Over the course of 11 short seconds, Sheen’s character is called “a big fake liar,” “incredibly irresponsible,” and “crazy [and] selfish.” His playboy past gets in the way of his relationship with the girl of his dreams. And he’s plagued by fanciful fantasies involving scantily clad women, some of whom belong to an organization called the Secret Society of Ball Busters.

On the other hand, the word “winning” is never uttered, there aren’t any tigers to been seen, and Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman are around to make Swan’s personal crisis look much, much cooler.

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