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Casting Net: Ansel Elgort to play American piano prodigy; Plus, Ewan McGregor, more

 The Fault in Our Stars lead Ansel Elgort will play the title role in Van Cliburn. The film tells the story of the Texan piano prodigy who has been credited as bridging the Cold War gap between America and Russia when, at age 23, he won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958. Andrew Stern (Disconnect) is penning the script, and Elgort, a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, will perform the piano playing himself. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Anna Kendrick and Melanie Lynskey lead very different lives in Joe Swanberg's 'Happy Christmas'

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It may not be revolutionary to note that twentysomethings are different from thirtysomethings, but in director Joe Swanberg’s latest, Happy Christmas, he takes that idea to the next level when Anna Kendrick’s hard-partying Jenny moves in with her brother (Swanberg), his wife (Melanie Lynskey), and their young child.

Though Jenny might neglect responsibility at every turn, her presence actually helps Kelly (Lynskey) confront the state of her own artistic aspirations, allowing Swanberg to explore the very real tensions that emerge when one party in the relationship takes on the lion’s share of domestic responsibilities. “I’m excited about the feminist issues that the movie tackles. I hope especially women come to the movie and see something that they relate to and that it gets husbands and wives talking about what those family roles are and maybe how to make them work for both people,” Swanberg told EW in a conversation about the intensely personal film and his fascination with all different varieties of female characters.

Check out the Q&A after the jump. READ FULL STORY

ORIGIN STORY: Melanie Lynskey makes sexy splash in 'Hello I Must Be Going'

The girl of Hollywood’s dreams has been right in front of it for a long time.

But like the clichéd end to some silly rom-com, she’s just been overlooked as “the best friend” all this time.

Shy, sweet, and hilarious, Melanie Lynskey made her debut in 1994 as the scowling teenage murderess opposite Kate Winslet in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, and since then has become a familiar face in movies and TV as the step-sister (Ever After), wacky neighbor (TV’s Two and a Half Men), doe-eyed housewife (The Informant!) teary bride-to-be (Up in the Air), and messed up mom (Win-Win). She’s the type of character actor who makes you snap your fingers and say, “Oh yeah … that girl.”

In the new bittersweet and funny love story Hello I Must Be Going, her name is no longer on the tip of your tongue – it’s above the title.
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Melanie Lynskey skinny-dips in 'Hello I Must Be Going' poster -- EXCLUSIVE

Is there anything more wonderful than happy naked people?

The smile on Melanie Lynskey’s face should answer that question.

Anyway, it’s all she’s wearing in this new poster for the Sundance hit Hello I Must Be Going, about a down-on-her-luck 30-something divorcee who moves back in with her parents and basically turns into a teenager again — which includes falling in love with one.

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Sundance 2012: The 12 biggest stories of the indie film fest

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Sundance 2012 took place over 10 days, featured 117 movies, marked the debut of 45 first-time filmmakers, and for film lovers there was no better place to be than Park City, Utah — even if not all the news coming out of the festival was happy.

Studio sales were strong, which means many of the most buzzed-about titles will make it to theaters, and — as usual – a few previously unknown storytellers emerged as stars, while a handful of Hollywood veterans faceplanted in the snow.

One high-profile death cast a sense of mourning over the gathering, but a particularly upbeat lineup of movies managed to keep spirits high overall.

Here’s a wrap-up of what went down at Sundance 2012. READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2012: Melanie Lynskey does a farewell shot of whiskey with EW

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What’s it like to have a movie play at the Sundance Film Festival?

It’s an insight not a lot of people have, but now Melanie Lynskey has lived to tell the tale. The actress is known for playing the murderous teen in Heavenly Creatures, the nervous newlywed sister in Up in the Air, and the Charlie Sheen stalker (and eventual murderer) Rose on Two and a Half Men. But, last week, she was met with acclaim after opening the festival with the sexy comedy-drama Hello I Must Be Going, and has been riding the waves of the world’s biggest indie festival ever since.

The movie is about a 35-year-0ld woman who falls in love with a handsome 19-year-old. Oooh, scandal? “A thing I have liked hearing is that people think it’s really sexy,” she says, “which is really nice, because that’s what we were going for.”

How does she say goodbye to Sundance 2012? A tough hombre like her walks into Park City’s historic No Name Saloon and does a shot of Bushmills with us, of course. Watch after the jump! READ FULL STORY

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