We’ve already started posting our own retrospective lists of the Top 10 Movies of 2016, each one different from the next (Jacob Hall and David Chen have posted their lists so far), and next week will bring our cumulative list of /Film’s Top 15 Movies of 2016. In the meantime, why not find out which movies some of the most buzzed about directors loved this year?
A batch of filmmakers like Paul Feig (Ghostbusters), Chris Kelly (Other People), David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon), Mike Birbiglia (Don’t Think Twice), The Daniels (Swiss Army Man), Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Jay Duplass (Cyrus), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) and many more each compiled a list of their favorite films from this year, and we’ve highlighted some of them to check out. Read More »
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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Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 Duplass, Table 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 Kudrow, Craig Robinson, June Squibb, Stephen 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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Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 Turturro, Edie Falco, Jay 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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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 »
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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We shouldn’t expect to see a superhero movie from Jay and Mark Duplass. The writers and directors of Cyrus, The 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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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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