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Matthew Weiner's 'Are You Here' is 'as twisted as real life' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

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Matthew Weiner has been working on Are You Here, an ode to and examination of what he calls the “myth of male friendship,” for over a decade. He started writing the film between his first two years at The Sopranos, just around the point in his life when he started looking around and wondering where all his friends had gone.

It took Weiner nearly eight years to get the script to Owen Wilson, two breaks from Mad Men to shoot it, and two more seasons to edit and finish the film. But after showcasing an in-progress cut at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and making few more edits, a slight title change, and some finishing touches, Weiner is finally ready to take it to the public. Almost.

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Diego Luna on directing 'Cesar Chavez' -- POSTER PREMIERE

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Diego Luna is Mexican, but his first English-language film as a director is a truly American story — a biopic about the migrant farmworker leader Cesar Chavez and the grape boycott of the late 1960s.

“The whole thing that we have to remind everyone is that this is an American story,” Luna, who got his first break stateside in the Sundance film Y Tu Mama Tambien back in 2001 and is now behind the lens directing Cesar Chavez, tells EW. “In fact it’s an amazing story for Mexicans to hear because there are a lot of connections, but we’re telling the story of a man who was born in Arizona. We’re telling the story of a community that works and feeds America.”

It’s surprising that there hasn’t yet been a big film about the influential labor leader, but with the immigration debate in full swing, the time seems ripe for more of a focus on Chavez. This week at Sundance the documentary Cesar’s Last Fast debuted; Luna’s film will be released this March.

Luna explains it was challenging to get U.S. financing — the first funders were Mexican — but as buzz has built Participant and others have come on board and the film now has distribution deals in both the U.S. and Mexico.

“There’s a reality that the market is changing and the stories of the Latino community need to be out because there’s a huge audience in need of films that would represent them,” he says.

The film focuses on just ten years in Chavez’s life and Luna says he chose to focus on the boycott and Chavez’s personal relationships to give a better sense of who he was as a person.

“To me, even though it’s the story of a hero who changed the life of many, in the end he was a simple man. I remember being on one of the interviews I had with the family and union members, and someone said Cesar could be in the same room you were in for three hours listening to everyone speaking and then at the end he will talk and you would realize you were in front of Cesar Chavez for three hours without even noticing him,” Luna recalls. “And I think that’s what makes the film very powerful, because when you see it you don’t see a man with a cape and a mask … you see a man doing something completely achievable by us – by you, by me, by anyone.”

Cesar Chavez stars Michael Pena as Chavez, alongside Rosario Dawson, Jacob Vargas, America Ferrera, and John Malkovich. It will be released on March 28, 2014.

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'A Case of You' poster premiere: Justin Long talks Joni Mitchell, rom-com cliches -- EXCLUSIVE

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Romance is difficult. Capturing the uniqueness of your generation’s experiences in a movie is even harder, especially given all the easy clichés of modern romantic comedies.

Actor Justin Long has become, intentionally or not, somewhat of an expert in the genre with roles in Going the Distance and He’s Just Not That Into You. For his latest film, A Case of You, he decided to take the pains of a recent breakup and write one of his own, alongside his brother Christian and friend Kier O’Donnell (who plays his roommate Eliot in the film). The movie, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, follows a lonely writer (Long) who falls for a beautiful barista (Evan Rachel Wood). Instead of just asking her out and getting to know her, he memorizes her Facebook likes and tries to become her perfect match. If it sounds like we’re already venturing into cliché territory, that’s the point. The gimmick that a lesser, lazier movie might have relied on to fill 90 minutes of screen time is merely A Case of You‘s first act and functions to set up what happens after she says yes.

EW spoke to Long about A Case of You, which hits theaters Nov. 6, why there’s no actual Joni Mitchell music in the movie, the cringe-worthy trappings of many romantic comedy titles and posters, and subverting the idea of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
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