A decade has passed since the world was introduced to Napoleon Dynamite. Co-written and directed by Jared Hess, the small indie took off after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. It ended up being one of the most profitable films of 2004. It starred a cast of mostly unknowns in a quirky and awkward but hilarious and quotable PG-rated tale of high school struggles. At the center was one of the most unique characters in recent cinematic history. Played by Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite was a persona no one had seen before and few would soon forget.
Now the film is celebrating its 10th anniversary. On June 9, a statue dedicated to the film was erected on the 20th Century Fox lot in Los Angeles, CA (seen above), and that day the cast and crew attended a special 10th anniversary screening of the film presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This was no normal screening though. Heder, Hess and host Will Forte were given microphones and did a live commentary during the film, offering up a ton of cool pieces of trivia about the production.
Below, read 20 things we learned about Napoleon Dynamite from the 10th anniversary screening. Read More »
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While it was first revealed last year, the director of Napoleon Dynamite is now firmly set to rob a bank, and Jim Carrey is along for the ride.
Beginning in April, Jared Hess will direct Loomis Fargo, an action-comedy based on real events. It’ll star Carrey as a disgruntled bank employee who steals nearly $20 million, but leaves an exorbitant amount of evidence behind. Lorne Michaels, Danny McBride and Jody Hill are among the film’s producers, Relativity Media will finance, and the screenplay is by Emily Spivey, Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Jim Carrey will be stealing more than just scenes in his next project. The actor has just entered talks for Loomis Fargo, based on the true story of a $17 million armored car heist that took place in Charlotte, N.C. But don’t let the Fast and the Furious-worthy premise mislead you — the situation’s being played for laughs, with some interesting comedy talent on board. Napoleon Dynamite helmer Jared Hess is directing, from a script that originated with Up All Night creator Emily Spivey. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Producer Scott Rudin is finally getting the ball rolling on his long-gestating family comedy The Pet, and he’s picked Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess to help out by taking over at the helm. Originally pitched by Matt Lieberman, the screenwriter behind Dimension Films’ remake of Short Circuit, The Pet revolves around a man who’s kidnapped by aliens. Once he arrives at the aliens’ home planet, he gets adopted by a family as a house pet. More after the jump.
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Gosh! Now it’ll be super easy for Napoleon Dynamite to get extra chap stick, tame a wild stallion or go off some sweet jumps because it’ll be drawn for him. Fox has picked up a six-episode animated TV version of the 2004 cult film which launched the careers of director Jared Hess and star Jon Heder. All the original cast members will be providing voices for the show which will be produced and written by Hess, his wife Jerusha Hess and Simpsons alum Mike Scully. Simultaneously, Fox also green lit another animated show called Allen Gregory which is created by Jonah Hill and Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, who wrote Yes Man. Hit the jump for more info on both shows and the uncropped hight res version of the Dynamite art. Read More »
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MediaBistro is reporting that 20th Century Fox is developing an animated television series based on the 2004 Fox Searchlight film Napoleon Dynamite.
According to the report, most of the original cast from the Sundance cult classic has signed on to reprise their roles from the film, including: Jon Heder as the title character Napoleon Dynamite, Efran Ramirez as Pedro, Aaron Ruell as Kip Dynamite and Jon Gries as Uncle Rico. Director Jared Hess and his co-screenwriter wife Jerusha are said to be closely involved with the project.
Jared Hess‘ new film Gentlemen Broncos was the opening night film at Fantastic Fest 2009 in Austin Texas. I attended the premiere at the downtown Paramount theatre. I was hoping to leave two hours later quoting lines and laughing with friends, like I did five years earlier with Hess’ debut film Napoleon Dynamite. I really wanted to love this film, but ended up only mildly liking it. Sure, my expectations were high, but the film was very uneven with a only a few minor moments of brilliance. I recorded a video blog with Scott from WeAreMovieGeeks and Alex from FirstShowing talking about the film. Watch the video review/discussion after the jump.
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Fox Searchlight has provided /Film with an exclusive first look at Edgar Oliver, who plays the bad guy(s), Duncan/Lord Daysius, in Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess‘ Gentlemen Broncos. He’s quite a character in real life, as you can see. Watch the clip embedded after the jump.
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I’ve been looking forward to seeing footage from Gentleman Broncos by Jared Hess, and a trailer is now online at Apple. The film follows a high school kid (Sky High‘s Michael Angarano) who goes to a fantasy / sci-fi writer’s camp, where the most famous sci-fi author in the world (Flight of the Conchords‘ Jemaine Clement) steals his book idea. We see each author’s version of the book acted out, with Sam Rockwell in the lead each time. Read More »