Duplass brothers

Although HBO canceled Togetherness after only two delightful and often painful seasons, they’re not out of business with the Duplass brothers just yet. The cable network has ordered a new anthology series from writers and directors Mark and Jay Duplass. Next year is when we’ll Room 104, which is about “finding the magic in the mundane.”

Below, learn more about The Duplass brothers new HBO show.

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Table 19 trailer

In theory, weddings are joyful celebrations of love and community. You’re thrilled to see two people you care about commit to one another, while surrounded by the warm embrace of their friends and family. In practice, though, they’re very often recipes for awkwardness. You find yourself stuck at a table of people you barely know, making stilted small talk while trying to avoid humiliating run-ins with exes and frenemies. That’s the situation Anna Kendrick finds herself in in Table 19, the new comedy from Spellbound and Rocket Scientist director Jeffrey Blitz.

Written by Mark and Jay DuplassTable 19 follows a woman who was supposed to be the maid of honor at a wedding, with her boyfriend serving as the best man. When the couple breaks up, she’s relieved of her duties, but decides to come to the wedding anyway. She’s stuck at table 19: the one furthest from the bride and groom, filled with random people who don’t really fit in at any of the other tables. Lisa KudrowCraig RobinsonJune SquibbStephen Merchant, and Tony Revolori play the other members table 19, while Wyatt Russell is Kendrick’s ex. Watch the first Table 19 trailer below.

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Obvious Child

The delightful Obvious Child came seemingly out of nowhere in 2014 to win us over. In our defense, it was the first-ever feature by director Gillian Robespierre, and the first screenwriting credit for Elisabeth Holm, and star Jenny Slate hadn’t yet established herself as a movie star. But now that we’ve all seen and loved Obvious Child, there’s no chance of the gang’s next team-up flying so far under the radar.

Slate is set to star in Robespierre’s next directorial effort, Landline, to be written by Robespierre and Holm. As the title suggests, Landline is a period piece — specifically, an ensemble comedy set in 1995. John TurturroEdie FalcoJay Duplass, and newcomer Abby Quinn are also among the cast.  Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we let the Duplass brothers take us into the world of animals and insects, unbox the world of people who can taste color, head to Uganda for shirtless dudes kicking ass, catch up with Tommy from Snatch and find he’s ready to throw down, and get to know a Nobel-laureate who has a fascinating tale to tell.

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Togetherness Season 2

In addition to the return of Girls early next year in February, HBO’s comedy series Togetherness is coming back for a second season. The show written, directed and executive produced by brothers Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus, Jeff Who Lives at Home) has been a critical darling for the cable network, and it also helps that the show is a hilarious and authentic portrayal of the struggles of both middle-age parents and single thirtysomethings.

Now the first Togetherness season 2 teaser has arrived with just a taste of what’s in store for stars Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Amanda Peet, and Steve Zissis. Read More »

Transparent Season 2 trailer

Amazon’s original television series Transparent became one of the biggest critically acclaimed shows of last year, earning two Golden Globes and five Emmy wins. Jill Soloway’s series proved that Netflix had real competition in the streaming subscription television game, and also showed what kind of entertainment was still possible outside of the traditional ad-supported content sources.

The acclaimed Amazon Studios original series will return with a second season on December 11th 2015 (a week before Star Wars: The Force Awakens is unleashed upon the world, give g you a few days to marathon through it). Amazon has premiered a new two-minute Transparent season 2 trailer, which you watch now embedded after the jump.

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Duplass brothers

We shouldn’t expect to see a superhero movie from Jay and Mark Duplass. The writers and directors of CyrusThe Puffy Chair, and Jeff, Who Lives at Home have no interest in making “products,” as they put it.

After the jump, learn why we won’t see a Jay and Mark Duplass superhero movie.

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Manson Family Vacation

In Manson Family Vacation, Jay Duplass plays a Los Angeles family man whose life is upended when his burnout brother Conrad, played by Linas Phillips, shows up on his doorstep. Conrad doesn’t just want to chill on the couch, however. He’s fascinated with the story of Charles Manson, and wants to do a tour through the LA landmarks that play a part in the horrible story of Manson and the murders committed in his name.

Road tripping through the history of the Family is a weird way to bring a small family together, but maybe it will work? Check out the Manson Family Vacation trailer below. Read More »


Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Table 19 is a project I’ve been tracking since 2009.

Originally The Duplass Brothers were set to direct their script for Fox Searchlight and producer Jason Reitman, but director Jeffrey Blitz will be helming the movie instead, and he is now reuniting with his Rocket Science star Anna Kendrick. There is so much awesome in that last sentence, and I’m very excited to see this movie finally come to fruition.  The film, which begins shooting next week in Atlanta, also stars Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Tony Revolori, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell and Amanda Crew.

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Duplass brothers

The Duplass brothers seem to be everywhere these days, from cable TV to the big screen, and now they’re going to be on Netflix, too. The streaming service has just struck a four-picture deal with the filmmaking duo.

Hilariously, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says deals like this are “the reason we do things like the Adam Sandler deal.” Unlike the Sandler films, however, the Duplass projects will hit theaters first. More on the Netflix Duplass brothers deal after the jump.  Read More »