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Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has landed safely in theaters, it’s time to look ahead toward Phase Three. One of the biggest developments coming our way is the introduction of a new Spider-Man, who already has a solo film set for 2017. And it seems Marvel and Sony are just about ready to step forward with a new director.

According to a new report, names on the Spider-Man director short list include Jonathan Levine (50/50), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), and John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (the Vacation rebootquel). Get all the latest on the Spider-Man director after the jump.

UPDATE 6/2/15: From the above list, which originally ran on May 5, Moore and Hess are now out. Levine and Melfi are the favorites, Francis-Daley and Goldstein are still in the mix and Cop Car helmer Jon Watts is now in contention. Read More »


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One of the few directors on the Spider-Man short list has picked a new project. It’s Jared Hess, the director behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. Hess’s quirky filmmaking style seemed like an odd a match for the big budget superhero film; now he’s going to do a film that seems much more in his comfort zone. He’s even bringing along an old friend.

Hess has cast Jack Black in a film called Micronations, a comedy about a man who rises to a position of prominence among the odd world of do-it-yourself countries, small areas which exist and operate independently of the United States. This is a real thing. The script was written by the team behind New Girl, and you can read more about the Micronations movie below. Read More »


Zach Galifianakis seems like a smart guy. Most of the characters he plays in the movies do not. So when he stars in a movie called Masterminds, you can probably guess that the title is being a bit sarcastic.

Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Masterminds is an action-comedy based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo heist. Galifianakis’ David Ghantt makes off with $17 million, making this the largest cash robbery in the U.S. at the time.

Now his challenge is trying to get away with it — and that task seems easier said than done once you see his motley crew of associates including Kristen WiigOwen Wilson, and Jason Sudeikis. Check out the first Masterminds trailer after the jump.

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“Home Alone in a toy store” is how the Disney film Overnight at 42nd Street is described, and now the film has Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess set to helm. At one point the film was developed as a Will Ferrell film, but at this point there’s no lead actor attached.  Read More »

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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 »

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 »

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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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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 »