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 »
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Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
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 »
Morgan Spurlock Explores Back Shaving and Competitive Beard Growing in in ‘Mansome’ [Tribeca Review]
Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Having tackled the fast-food industry, the war on terror, and product placement with his last several works, Morgan Spurlock takes on the less overtly political topic of male grooming in Mansome. Featuring interviews with experts, ordinary joes, oddities, and celebrities (Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow, John Waters, etc.), the lighthearted film tackles the full spectrum of masculine appearance maintenance in contemporary society. It’s a very broad topic and Spurlock only manages to skim the surface, but what Mansome lacks in real insight, it makes up for in sheer entertainment.
Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Those new episodes of Arrested Development won’t be hitting Netflix til sometime next year, but in the meantime you can content yourself with watching Will Arnett and Jason Bateman enjoy an epic spa day that’d be worthy of Lucille Bluth.
Titled Mansome, the new documentary by Morgan Spurlock sees Arnett, Bateman, and other paragons of masculinity exploring the eternal question of what makes a man a man, through the prism of modern-day male grooming rituals from beard maintenance to back waxing to posh mani-pedis. Several of Arnett and Bateman’s other comedy pals show up, including Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow, and the Old Spice Guy (a.k.a. Isaiah Mustafa). Check out the trailer after the jump.
Posted on Friday, April 6th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
As fans patiently wait for new episodes of Arrested Development, maybe watching Michael and Gob Bluth talk about body hair will help fill the void. Jason Bateman and Will Arnett not only star in, but are the executive producers of a new documentary called Mansome, directed by Morgan Spurlock. The humorous documentary delves deep into the crevices of male grooming and plucks at how the practice has changed what it means to be a man. Scheduled for release on May 18, the film will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this month and some clips from the film have sprouted online. Hopefully not in a hard to reach area. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Peter Sciretta
Jimmy Kimmel has produced an epic 9-minute movie trailer parody featuring nearly every actor and actress in Hollywood. Movie: the Movie tackles every blockbuster and crowd pleaser movie and movie marketing cliches, and packs them all into one film trailer. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.
Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Two of comedy’s most marketable faces, teaming up for a little Internet humor, have now found a host. Director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong) has signed on to direct a Universal comedy called Identity Theft starring Arrested Development‘s Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids breakout actress Melissa McCarthy. The casting was announced a few months back but the title has now changed, along with the addition of a director.
In the film, written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness), Bateman will play a normal guy whose identity is stolen by McCarthy. Originally, McCarthy’s part was written for a man but after Bateman, who is also a producer, saw Bridesmaids, he asked for a rewrite by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II). Read more after the jump.
‘Horrible Bosses’ Screenwriters Sign On for ‘Horrible Bosses 2?; Cast and Director Likely to Return as Well
Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
The best-laid plans of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis went horribly awry the last time they tried to get revenge on their superiors, but the trio could be gearing up to try again. Horrible Bosses 2 is now officially in the works as screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein sign on to pen the sequel. Helmer Seth Gordon in early talks to return as well, and the three stars are expected to reprise their roles.
Although Horrible Bosses didn’t get as much attention, positive or negative, as comedy blockbusters Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II did last summer, it was a surprise hit that grossed $209 million worldwide on a budget of just $35 million. No wonder Warner Bros. is looking to recreate that magic. More after the jump.
Casting Bits: Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy in ‘Broken’, Hope Davis in ‘Disconnect’, Rutger Hauer in ‘Flight of the Storks’
Posted on Saturday, October 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy have boarded Rufus Norris‘ Broken, along with Rory Kinnear, Robert Emms, Zana Marjanovic, Bill Milner, and newcomer Eloise Laurence. The story, which was adapted by Mark O’Rowe (Boy A) from Daniel Clay‘s novel of the same title, follows a young girl whose life changes after she witnesses a brutal attack. Broken will be the first feature film by helmer Norris, an accomplished theater director.
Roth recently came off of three seasons as the lead of Fox’s Lie to Me, and will star in next year’s Arbitrage. Murphy will appear in this month’s sci-fi thriller In Time, and has several projects lined up for 2012 including the thriller Red Lights with Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, Hope Davis joins Murderball director Henry Alex Rubin’s ensemble drama, and Rutger Hauer boards a miniseries.