Briefly: When a pissed off adult decides to exploit a loophole and compete in a children’s spelling bee, he’s got to have some antagonists. Who better than Allison Janney and Phillip Baker Hall? That’s who Jason Bateman just cast in his directorial debut, Bad Words, which starts filming in Los Angeles this week. Bateman play the lead in the film and will also be joined by Kathryn Hahn, Ben Falcone and Rohan Chandz. The script was written by Andrew Dodge. Expect this comedy sometime in 2013. [Deadline]

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Yes, that is James Bond rocking a horrible wig. Makes Silva’s odd blond mop look positively attractive, doesn’t it? After the jump:

  • M. Night Shyamalan sets up Moby Dick-ish series at NBC
  • Jason Bateman sells Wonder Years-esque show to NBC
  • Arrested Development announces walk-on role contest
  • Bryan Fuller adds a Pushing Daisies star to Hannibal
  • Lena Dunham promises more racial diversity in Girls
  • Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV get renewals
  • Daniel Craig gets silly for Saturday Night Live promos
  • The Walking Dead Season 3 teaser makes the case for jail

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When Bridesmaids hit last summer, Melissa McCarthy was the hottest comedic actress in town. She had her pick of funny leading lady roles and when the smoke cleared, she picked Identify Thief. In the film, directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong), McCarthy play as a criminal who ends up in a battle of wills, and wallets, with the white collar man whose identity she steals, played by Jason Bateman.

Featuring supporting performances by Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick and Eric Stonestreet, the February 8, 2013 film just debuted its trailer. Check it out below.

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As the Bluths and the Munsters prepare to come back to TV, it looks like SAMCRO and the MacLaren’s gang may be on their way out. After the jump:

  • Here’s Michael Cera on the Arrested Development set
  • More details on the Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane
  • Modern Family‘s adults get their raises, kids want the same
  • FX renews Louie and probably Wilfred and Justified
  • Anger Management gets Martin Sheen, many more episodes
  • FX’s Sons of Anarchy will likely end after Season 7
  • How I Met Your Mother will treat Season 8 like it’s the last
  • … which means releasing a new original soundtrack, apparently
  • CBS unveils posters for Elementary, Vegas, and more

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There’s a ton of TV tidbits to plow through today, some of it Con-related and some of it not. After the jump:

  • Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan suggests a Saul Goodman spinoff
  • Nickelodeon orders a second season of The Legend of Korra
  • TNT picks up Falling Skies for a third season
  • Science Channel will shoot a Firefly reunion special at Comic-Con
  • Homeland‘s second season will head to the Middle East
  • Watch the first two minutes of Dexter‘s seventh season
  • Ron Howard tweets from the writers room of Arrested Development

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Jason Bateman is about to make his feature directorial debut and by God, he’s earned it. The long time comedic actor had some up and downs early in his career but has been at the top of Hollywood comedy casting calls for the past several years, starting with Arrested Development and up to last year’s Paul, Horrible Bosses and The Change-Up. He’s directed a bunch of TV episodes but Variety reports he’ll now be both star in and direct the indie comedy Bad Words, a Black List script by Andrew Dodge. Bad Words tells the story of bitter adult who uses a loophole to enter a spelling bee for children. Read more after the jump. Read More »

With his latest film, Rock of Ages, two weeks away from release, director Adam Shankman has locked in his follow-up project. It’s a comedy called This Is Where I Leave You and will star Jason Bateman, Zac Efron, Goldie Hawn and Leslie Mann as family members who return home to sit shiva for their father. Locked in a house for seven days, they air a lot of dirty laundry. (Figuratively, of course. Though with a big family, over seven days, there’s probably some literal laundry too.) The script is written by Jonathan Tropper based on his own novel of the same name. There’s more after the jump. Read More »

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