Ruby Sparks Inspiration: Indie Film's Top Pin-Up Girls

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Zoe Kazan wrote and stars in Ruby Sparks -- her feature film screenwriting debut -- as the title character that is created out of Calvin’s (Paul Dano) mind as he is writing his latest novel.

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From the directors of Little Miss Sunshine comes a fantastic romantic comedy starring Dano as a writer who has a wicked case of writer’s block… not to mention a terrible love life. In a moment of inspiration, the once-famous novelist creates a beautiful fictitious character named Ruby (Kazan) who inspires him. Not only does this bring his work to life, it also brings Ruby to life. Now, Calvin must now decide whether to write this love story or let it compose itself. The film also stars Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas and Elliott Gould.

In honor of the film’s arrival on Blu-Ray this week and our Ruby Sparks contest where we’re giving away two copies of the film, we present to you our current inspirations of indie film, circa 2012.

Brit Marling
This blonde-haired beauty has written and starred in two sci-fi-esque Fox Searchlight films: Sound of My Voice and Another Earth. In the latter, she stars as Rhoda Williams, a young girl whose entire life is thrown for a loop when she crosses paths with a composer in a tragic accident. In Sound of My Voice, she portrays the mysterious Maggie, a cult leader who claims to be from the future. Now, she’s working on her latest outing with Voice director Zal Batmanglij, The East, which stars Marling alongside Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard and Patricia Clarkson.

“Every life is death, and most deaths are suicides. Some are just more gradual than others,” Marling in Another Earth.

Zooey Deschanel
Zooey turned heads when she starred in the hit romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer alongside Joseph Gordon–Levitt as Summer, a girl not sold on true love. The bright-eyed comic talent is now starring in the popular sitcom New Girl on Fox as another quirky and offbeat chick with a sense of humor trying to figure out life in her early thirties.

“You weren't wrong, Tom. You were just wrong about me,” Deschanel in (500) Days of Summer.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in 500 Days of Summer

Elizabeth Olsen
The other Olsen sister has been busy making a name for herself with smaller, critically acclaimed films, like the tense and dramatic Martha Marcy May Marlene. In the film, Olsen plays Martha, a traumatized ex-member of an abusive cult trying to separate her past’s memories from her current day-to-day. Olsen has several films in the works including Theresa Raquin and Very Good Girls.

“I am a teacher and a leader,” Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene.

Jessica Chastain
2011 was the year of Jessica Chastain as she starred in seven films, including The Help, The Debt and The Tree of Life. In The Tree of Life, Chastain stars opposite Brad Pitt as Mrs. O’Brien the matriarch of a family in Texas in 1956. Told through the eyes of her eldest son, Jack, the story revolves around the family’s struggles and hardships that leave lasting impressions on their children. Chastain has not slowed down since last year and can be seen in next year’s Mama and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

Jessica Chastain in The Debt

“Grace doesn't try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries,” Chastain in The Tree of Life.

Zoe Kazan
The granddaughter of famed filmmaker Elia Kazan, Zoe Kazan had movie making in her blood at a young age. After acting in several movies like It’s Complicated and Happythankyoumoreplease, Kazan wrote her first feature film this year with Ruby Sparks.

Kazan also stars as the title character in the movie that tells the story of famed writer Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) as he creates the love of his life on paper, and she miraculously comes appears in his apartment. Kazan has several films in the works that she stars in, including the newest from Joss Whedon -- In Your Eyes.
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“Just don't tell me how it ends, okay?” Kazan in Ruby Sparks.

Amen to that!

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Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey Deschanel has a goofy name. She also has a bright career ahead of her on the big screen, as this Los Angeles-native has appeared on Elf and The Happening. The actress is also a singer, having released a critically acclaimed debut album.

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