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'Whiplash' stars Miles Teller and Paul Reiser talk about their buzzy Sundance movie


Fresh off their festival-opening premiere, 28-year-old director Damien Chazelle, and actors Miles Teller, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, and Auston Stowell dropped by EW’s Sundance Lounge to chat about their buzzy new film Whiplash.

Teller and Chazelle described the prep work the 26-year-old actor (who also has a role in the upcoming Divergent movie) had to put in on the drums to play his character Andrew Neiman, a brilliant, driven young jazz drummer under the tutelage of an abusive maestro played by J.K. Simmons. (EW’s Owen Gleiberman describes the film as “a jazz version of the very good inside-classical-music drama Mr. Holland’s Opus crossed with a drill-sergeant-from-hell classic like An Officer and a Gentleman, with Simmons in the Lou Gossett Jr. role.”) READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Paul Reiser cast as Miles Teller's father; Plus, Ed Westwick as a vampire?, Kaley Cuoco, more

• After being subjected to an absentee father in the form of Kyle Chandler in The Spectacular Now, there’s a new dad in Miles Teller‘s life.  Paul Reiser has signed on to writer-director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, the feature version of his Sundance-winning short, which is expected to begin shooting in the next few weeks. The Aliens actor recently appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra and is currently filming the comedy Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, and Dane DeHaan. [THR]


Casting Net: Ben Affleck in the hunt for 'Gone Girl'; Plus, Sharlto Copley plays a good guy again, more

• Ben Affleck (Argo) has reportedly been eyeing the role of Nick Dunne in the book-to-film adaptation of Gone Girl, the psychological thriller with more twists and turns than Lombard Street. The self-absorbed man-child is the counterpart to the passive-aggressive Amy Elliot Dunne — the titular “girl” of the novel. The film, being developed by producer Reese Witherspoon (and she could claim the role of Amy), is being directed by David Fincher. Although this casting has not been confirmed, the buzz surrounding it suggests it would be welcome for fans of the novel. [Deadline]

• Sharlto Copley (Elysium) will return to the role of hero, after playing villains in Elysium and the upcoming remake of Oldboy, in the starring role of Ilya Naishuller‘s Hardcore. The film will be a first-person action movie, with Copley in the lead as a man who beats up bad guys and saves damsels in distress. Naishuller has garnered popularity through his short film “Bad Motherf—er,” which has earned praise and created high anticipation for his first feature film. [The Wrap]

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