Although the timing of the release makes it seem like the Duplass brothers’ The Do-Deca-Pentathlon is a follow-up to this spring’s Jeff Who Lives at Home, the filmmaking duo actually shot the film shortly after 2008′s Baghead and then shelved it while they moved onto Cyrus. Nevertheless, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon works as a smaller-scope continuation one major theme from Jeff – namely, the messy relationship between brothers.

Mark Kelly and Steve Zissis star as a pair of siblings who’ve been estranged for years, ever since they competed in their own homegrown, private, 25-event Olympics dubbed The Do-Deca-Pentathlon to see which of them was better. Now middle-aged, the guys reunite and find themselves compelled to give the game one more try. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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The plot of the Duplass Brothers‘ latest film, The Do-Deca Pentathlon, more or less sells itself. In 1990, two brothers competed in a series of 25 events to decide who was better and fractured their relationship in the process. The film picks up over twenty years later when circumstances have pushed them back together to finally settle the score. The hope is, somehow, there will be a clear winner this time, lifting the black cloud that’s hovered over both of their lives.

And while that premise could easily have been a huge, broad comedy with big set pieces, under the pen and eye of Jay and Mark Duplass, The Do-Deca Pentathlon is deeply personal tale that pushes the humor back in favor of humanity.  Read More »

If you thought you saw Woody Harrelson whaling on a man with a night stick while walking on the street recently, you weren’t hallucinating. The team behind Rampart, Oren Moverman‘s follow-up to The Messenger, has been papering several major cities with an image that is striking, figuratively and literally. It shows Los Angeles cop Dave Brown (Harrelson) pummeling a man with a night stick. In the film, Brown is a cop with a heroic attitude who frequently goes over the line of justice. When his exploits are caught on tape for the world to see, he has to reexamine who he really is.

Co-starring Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Ice Cube, Ben Foster, Ned Beatty, Steve Buscemi, Cynthia Nixon and Anne Heche, Rampart opens on February 10 and /Film is proud to exclusively reveal this viral poster for the film. Check it out after the jump along with some thoughts from Moverman himself. Read More »

The reason why a movie like The Muppets works so well is the characters and ideas are something many of us grew up with. From as far back as we can remember, humans interacting with puppets was no big thing. In fact, it was something many of us dreamed about. Characters like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzy were more than just puppets, they were living things and a part of our lives.

Since The Muppets is now in theaters (read the review here), it seems like a good time to post a similarly themed short film co-directed by one of /Film’s favorite artists, Daniel Danger (he of awesome art like this, this and this). Created for the Boston 2011 48 Hour Film Festival, How They Felt is seven minute movie about a man’s troubled marriage to a muppet and how certain things in life supersede those problems. Read More »

The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced the first fifty or so films from its 2011 line-up today, including new works by Alexander Payne, the Duplass Brothers, Sarah Polley, and Madonna, and many, many others. In the process, TIFF also released a crop of brand-new photos from several films from the schedule. Hit the jump for new photos from the following:

  • Derick Martini’s Hick, starring Blake Lively and Chloe Moretz
  • The Duplass Brothers’ Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms
  • Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston
  • Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, and Sarah Silverman

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Movie Trailer: Tiny Furniture

IFC Films has released a movie trailer for Lena Dunham‘s Tiny Furniture, a mumblecore comedy about “a recent college grad who returns home while she tries to figure out what to do with her life.” The film, written/directed and starring Dunham premiered at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival to mixed reviews, but she caught the eye of the right people — HBO have greenlit a coming-of-age pilot written by 24-year-old Dunham and produced by Judd Apatow. Watch the trailer for Tiny Furniture after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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The mumblecore movement got a big boost this year when Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly starred alongside each other in the arrested development comedy Cyrus, written and directed by the Duplass brothers, two of the pioneers of the genre. Prior to that, half that duo—Mark Duplass, who’s also in FX’s The League—had starred in Humpday, which was written, directed and produced by Lynn Shelton. That casting is more in line with what we’ve previously come to expect from the genre: mostly in-house, with a lot of friends and no-name actors filling out the cast.

Now Shelton looks to be one-upping Mark Duplass’ big name casting, snagging Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz and Emily Blunt as sisters for her latest entry in the mumblecore genre. Learn more after the break. Read More »

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Repeat the following name after me three times: Ti West. Ti West. Ti West. Pray that Hollywood doesn’t tuck him into its throbbing succubus and then wring his brilliance out into its rancid, gold spittoon gifted by Dubai. With The House of the Devil, one of the most gorgeous, sexy, and vital horror films in recent memory, the 29-year-old writer/director has bowled me over. I haven’t been this excited by an independent film from a new, uncompromising voice in modern cinema since Jody Hill‘s The Foot Fist Way. If you follow my work at /Film, oh shit, you know what that means: I might proceed to drive my unwieldy love-cart off a cliff that is this oncoming jump…so if you choose not to follow, I’ll leave you with an echo. “Take those greedy scumbags at Platinum Dunes hostage, tie them up at the bottom of a Lake and force them to watch THOTD a million times…Happy Halloween.” The pool will be good for Mr. Devin. This is the best horror film of 2009.

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