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Jonah Hill evidently really digs the movies by Mumblecore auteurs Jay and Mark Duplass. Their film The Puffy Chair, about two brothers on a road trip to pick up a replica of an odd family heirloom, is one of his favorites. So the three did a movie together, and according to MTV the project just finished a six-week LA shoot. In the untitled film (formerly called Safety Men) Hill is the son of Marisa Tomei, who has just begun a relationship with John C. Reilly. Read More »

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Scott’s Pilgrims In Action

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Unofficial paparazzi pictures from the shoot of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World have been turning up and then vanishing again on any number of Candian blogs and news sites. Most of them had been removed within just a couple of hours of posting, and those that did remain were definitely of the “candid” variety – ie; everybody’s stood around sucking cancer out of little burning sticks, everybody’s trying to drown themselves in coffee, nobody’s actually in hipster martial arts garage band action.

Thank you then, Edgar Wright, for your continued dedication to photoblogging. Over at Wright’s recently founded official site – which has now totally superceded his all but dead MySpace blog – he’s quietly carrying on, sharing at least one high quality image a day. Now that principal photography is in full swing, we’re even getting snaps of actors in costume, on set and possibly even in character. My favorites from his last two bulletins come after the break.

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Mumblecore Parody: The Dirty Garage

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I’m sure most people probably haven’t seen a film in the Mumblecore genre, nevermind even know that the term exists. According to Wikipedia, Mumblecore is an American independent film movement that arose in the early 2000s,” primarily characterized by ultra-low budget production (often employing digital video cameras), focus on personal relationships between twenty-somethings, improvised scripts, and non-professional actors. Filmmakers in this genre include Lynn Shelton, Andrew Bujalski, Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Aaron Katz, Joe Swanberg, Todd Rohal and Ry Russo-Young.”

The most popular films that fall into this genre include Funny Ha Ha, The Puffy Chair, Mutual Appreciation, LL, Medicine for Melancholy, and Humpday. I highly recommend The Puffy Chair for anyone who wants to jump in. While most mainstream audiences still have no idea it exists, The Duplass Brothers have already produced a quasi-satire of the genre with Baghead, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Jake Szymanski has produced a parody trailer for FunnyOr Die called The Dirty Garage. And this has been a long way of me suggesting that you might not get or appreciate the humor of this parody unless you’ve seen some of these films. But if you have partaken in some mumblecore, than you’ll agree that Szymanski nailed the feel of the genre. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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