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 »

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First episode of Togetherness

One of the new offerings on HBO is a show called Togetherness, which is written and directed by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass. The first episode of Togetherness introduce four troubled adults, and watches as they all begin to slide toward 40 and/or oblivion together. Mark Duplass and Melanie Lynskey play a married couple who have been together for a decade; Steve Zissis is his best friend and Amanda Peet is her sister. The four end up living under the same roof, and their proximity to one another makes their individual and collective shortcomings impossible to ignore.

The series premiered last night, but HBO has made the first episode available in full online. Along with that, you can check out a video of the Duplass brothers playing their own rendition of the old HBO theme song. Read More »

Togetherness

Brothers Jay and Mark Duplass have been apart more than not lately, with Jay killing it on Amazon’s Transparent and Mark doing the same on FXX’s The League. But come January, they’ll be re-teaming for a brand-new show on HBO called Togetherness.

The half-hour series centers around four people in their late 30s who all live under one roof. Mark Duplass and Melanie Lynskey play Brett and Michelle, a married couple struggling with parenthood, Steve Zissis is Brett’s underemployed best friend Alex, and Amanda Peet is Michelle’s free-spirited sister Tina. Watch the first Togetherness trailer after the jump.

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Transparent trailer

Amazon has made no secret of the fact that it wants to compete with Netflix, but so far it hasn’t offered much of a challenge on the original programming front. Though the web retailer has debuted several new shows already, none have attracted nearly the attention of a House of Cards or an Orange Is the New Black.

But that could change with Transparent. The “psychosexual comedy” stars Jeffrey Tambor as a father who comes out as a trans woman late in his life, rocking the lives of his family including his ex-wife (Judith Light) and their three adult children (Amy LandeckerJay Duplass, and Gaby Hoffmann).

The dramedy pilot earned some very strong buzz when Amazon debuted it later this year. And if the first Transparent trailer is any indication, it’s likely to get even more once the full first season debuts next fall. Check out the Transparent trailer after the jump.

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It’s been a few days since our last TV Bits (sorry!), so we have a ton of stuff to catch up on. After the jump:

  • Alexis Bledel, Kyle McLachlan, Hope Davis, and more get pilots
  • Downton Abbey loses one character but gains six more
  • Jeffrey Wright will be a series regular on Boardwalk Empire
  • A bunch of Fox shows including The Following get early renewals
  • The Zero Hour has gets cancelled by ABC after just three episodes
  • Will Jimmy Fallon take over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show?
  • The X-Files finally gets a tenth season… as a comic book
  • Steven Soderbergh‘s Behind the Candelabra gets EW cover
  • Hannibal and Mad Men offer up not very revealing teasers
  • See character posters and an extended trailer for Game of Thrones
  • Peek behind the scenes of Breaking Bad‘s final season

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I’d never really thought of it before, but the same low-key, naturalistic approach that distinguishes the Jay and Mark Duplass in their indie dramedies also makes them well suited for the found-footage trend in horror. And indeed, that’s exactly where they’re headed next.

Jason Blum, the powerhouse producer behind the Paranormal Activity series, has picked up the distribution rights to the Duplass-produced Peachfuzz. Newcomer Patrick Brice directs, with a cast that includes Mark Duplass. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Although the timing of the release makes it seem like the Duplass brothers’ The Do-Deca-Pentathlon is a follow-up to this spring’s Jeff Who Lives at Home, the filmmaking duo actually shot the film shortly after 2008’s Baghead and then shelved it while they moved onto Cyrus. Nevertheless, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon works as a smaller-scope continuation one major theme from Jeff — namely, the messy relationship between brothers.

Mark Kelly and Steve Zissis star as a pair of siblings who’ve been estranged for years, ever since they competed in their own homegrown, private, 25-event Olympics dubbed The Do-Deca-Pentathlon to see which of them was better. Now middle-aged, the guys reunite and find themselves compelled to give the game one more try. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Earlier this year there was a rundown of films that Todd Phillips (the two Hangover movies, Old School, Due Date) might direct next. Phillips is already set to do a third Hangover movie for Warner Bros., and his production company has a first-look deal with the studio. One of the possible films was described as: Mule, adapted from Tony D’Souza‘s novel “about a young couple that turns to drug trafficking to scratch a living during the recession.” At the time, WB and Phillips were looking to hire a writer.

Now two writers have been hired, and they’re somewhat surprising. Mark and Jay Duplass, who wrote and directed films like The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, and Jeff Who Lives at Home, will script for Phillips to direct. Read More »

The plot of the Duplass Brothers‘ latest film, The Do-Deca Pentathlon, more or less sells itself. In 1990, two brothers competed in a series of 25 events to decide who was better and fractured their relationship in the process. The film picks up over twenty years later when circumstances have pushed them back together to finally settle the score. The hope is, somehow, there will be a clear winner this time, lifting the black cloud that’s hovered over both of their lives.

And while that premise could easily have been a huge, broad comedy with big set pieces, under the pen and eye of Jay and Mark Duplass, The Do-Deca Pentathlon is deeply personal tale that pushes the humor back in favor of humanity.  Read More »

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