Amanda Seyfried in The Big Wedding

While some actors seem to be forever pigeonholed into one genre or another, Amanda Seyfried has proven over the course of her decade-plus career that she can do them all: soap opera, teen comedy, modern noir, supernatural horror, sci-fi, thriller, romantic drama, musical, animated children’s feature, even a Western. So she seems as well equipped as anyone to try and breathe life into a genre that doesn’t get much love in Hollywood these days.

Seyfried has just boarded He’s Fuckin’ Perfect, a romcom being produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and directed by Funny or Die alum Jake Szymanski. If the title rings a bell, that may be because we first reported on it two years ago when Emma Stone was linked to the role. Plot details and more after the jump.

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Whether or not the name Jake Szymanski rings a bell, odds are you’re familiar with some of his work. The rising director’s built up a reputation over the past few years helming some of the most popular shorts on Adam McKay and Will Ferrell‘s Funny or Die website, including “Forehead Tittaes w/ Marion Cotillard,” “Betwixt the Music: Rebecca Black,” and “Rachel Bilson’s Deleted Sex Scene.” Now Szymanski is in talks to direct the Fox 2000 comedy He’s Fuckin’ Perfect, from McKay and Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions. The script, which landed on the 2011 Black List, comes from McKay’s former assistant Lauryn Kahn.

The news isn’t all happy, though. Emma Stone, who entered talks to star several weeks ago, is now said to be “unlikely” to board the project. More details after the jump.

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VOTD: Naked Dawn

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You’ve seen Red Dawn, but you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen Naked Dawn, Jake Szymanski‘s new Funny or Die’s parody which stars Rob Schneider, Mena Suvari and Vinnie Jones. Can you imagine an 80′s action movie at a nudist’s camp? What if the Russians attacked the U.S.? What if Rob Schneider was our last hope? What if he was naked? NSFW! Watch it after the jump.
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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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VOTD: The Uncler

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The Uncler is Funny or Die’s parody of Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, starring Seth Morris as Uncle Sam, the down and out American mascot who needs to make a comeback and fix the economy. Alyssa Milano co-stars as his partiotic stripper friend. Written and Directed by Jake Szymanski, the same guy who filmed previously featured VOTD videos: Ron Howard’s Call To Action and Denis Leary Remembers Denis Leary Movies. Check it out after the jump.

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