Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher turned out to be a big smash hit for Sony, grossing over ten times its modest $20 million box office budget. Those are the kind of numbers that usually give rise to a sequel — and while there aren’t any plans right now to make one (or at least not yet), there is a reunion brewing for the trio at its center.

Cameron Diaz has entered early talks to re-team with her Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan and co-star Jason Segel for Sex Tape, which is also being distributed by Sony. Diaz, along with several other actresses, was rumored for the lead a while back but now she’s inching closer to an actual deal. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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I can hardly keep track of all the projects David O. Russell has been attached to or rumored for since his Oscar nomination for The Fighter, but here’s another one to add to the list. Recent reports claim that he’s signed on for Sony’s American Bullshit, a 2010 Black List script by Eric Warren Singer that Ben Affleck was eyeing earlier this year. The crime drama recounts the true tale of “Abscam,” a Congressional sting set up in 1980 by the FBI in an effort to eradicate corruption. The operation was masterminded by an individual described as “the world’s greatest con man.”

THR writes that Russell may or may not stick with the movie depending on who gets cast in the two lead roles; one rumor names Christian Bale as a potential star for the project. However, according to Deadline, Russell’s reps have flat-out denied that the filmmaker has anything to do with the picture at all. We’ll have to wait and see how this one pans out, but either way, it’s worth noting that Russell’s involvement is far from a sure thing at this point.

After the jump, Jake Kasdan gets sexy with Jason Segel.

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Briefly: Bad Teacher is out on DVD this week, and to celebrate, director Jake Kasdan and writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg have been announced as the creative team on a new untitled comedy for Sony. While we don’t have a title, Deadline does offer a plot synopsis: “After a Supercuts manager advises his best friend to break off his engagement, he unexpectedly falls in love with the jilted fiancee, testing both his new romance and his friendship.” Realism!

And, by the way, Stupnitsky and Eisenberg are the guys who wrote the main draft of Ghostbusters III, and Deadline repeats the oft-cited report that Sony won’t make the movie without Bill Murray and that he hasn’t read the script or made any effort to get a contract signed. In other words, GBIII is stalled as it ever was. Maybe they can get Murray for this Supercuts movie.

‘Bad Teacher’ Review – Diaz Deserves Better

There’s probably a good movie to be made from what Bad Teacher‘s working with, but sadly, this is not that movie. On paper, I love the idea of Cameron Diaz playing a hilariously, irredeemably selfish teacher who’s mean to her students, with a supporting cast of seasoned comedians to back her up. In practice, despite some genuinely funny gags performed by talented, funny people, Bad Teacher never manages to rise past mediocrity.

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‘Bad Teacher’ Trailer

Columbia Pictures have released a green band movie trailer for Bad Teacher. You might recall that a red band trailer was released a couple weeks back.

Jake Kasdan‘s sex comedy Bad Teacher,  is about the competition between a teacher ‘who just doesn’t give an F’ (played by Cameron Diaz) and her “overly energetic colleague” played by Lucy Punch, over the new guy in school: Justin Timberlake. Jason Segel is also in the mix as a gym teacher who has the hots for Diaz’s character. The comedy is written by the writing duo of Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg , who were responsible for the horrible Year One, and the possibly upcoming Ghostbusters III (oh yah, and The Office too).

Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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‘Bad Teacher’ Red-Band Trailer

Ah, spring. The time when young peoples’ fancy turns to what they’ve been thinking about all winter. It’s a time for red-band trailers promoting sex-themed comedies, and for those trailers to feature snippets of music by those sexy scalliwags, the Eagles of Death Metal.

In this case, the movie is Jake Kasdan‘s Bad Teacher, the song is ‘Solid Gold,’ and the content is all about Cameron Diaz proving that she’s not a comedic stick in the mud. Or, at least, that she can hang with the mean kids. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

Justin Timberlake is really making a play at a dedicated acting career, lack of award recognition for his work in The Social Network be damned. He was great in that film, carrying forward the good work he’d done in Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, and, yeah, Southland Tales. He’s currently shooting Now for director Andrew Niccol, but before that hits we’ll see Timberlake in two comedies that are already in the can: Friends With Benefits and Bad Teacher. Read More »

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Justin Timberlake, Molly Shannon and Eric Stonestreet have joined the cast of Jake Kasdan‘s Bad Teacher.

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Jason Segel and John Michael Higgins are in talks to co-star in Jake Kasdan‘s Bad Teacher. The comedy stars Cameron Diaz as Elizabeth Halsey, a foul-mouthed, conniving seventh-grade teacher who is dumped by her sugar daddy, and begins to woo the school’s model teacher, and starts a bitter rivalry with his girlfriend, her squeaky-clean colleague Amy Squirrel (played by Lucy Punch).

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Good news for Drive Angry 3D, the new film from Patrick Lussier that already starred Nicolas Cage and, one would presume, a lot of cars: William Fichtner and Amber Heard are both joining the cast. The appeal of both should go without saying; too bad All the Boys Love Mandy Lane hasn’t had a proper US release, so most of you will have to think of Heard’s zombie appearance in Zombieland and her largely un-clothed work in the utterly awful The Informers.

What’s Drive Angry 3D about? Cage is a man “driven by rage who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. The vendetta/rescue spins out of control as the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.” Sounds like a feature-length expansion of the amazingly well-staged highway sequence from Final Destination 2. In 3D. You make the call about whether that’s good or bad. [B-D]

After the break, Lucy Punch joins Bad Teacher and Shailene Woodley joins The Descendants. Read More »