Animals

Animals might be the weirdest, craziest, most interesting television show in a long time. The new HBO show feels like someone took a funny clever animated short film from the Sundance Film Festival and adapted it into a television series. The result feels like nothing else on television.

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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 »

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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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Creep trailer

Mark Duplass can play sensitive and affable, but he’s also able to tap into an undercurrent of weird and off-kilter sensibility. Both sets of skills seem to be on display in Creep, from writer/director Patrick Brice, who also co-stars. Brice plays a cash-stapped guy who answers an ad offering to pay $1000 for a day’s worth of filming. His temp employer, played by Duplass, seems to have a legit project in mind, but at the end of the day things start to get weird. Really weird. Check out the Creep trailer below. Read More »

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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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Lazarus Effect trailer

The Lazarus Effect starts out looking like a riff on Flatliners, that early ‘90s film that put dressed a bunch of budding superstars in lab coats and watched as they brought dead people back to life. Here, it’s a crew including Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover, Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger who are med students that take a big leap across the line between life and death. When Wilde’s character dies, she’s brought back to life through an experimental procedure. But what she has afterward isn’t exactly life, and things start to go very wrong for her, and everyone around her. Check out The Lazarus Effect trailer below.  Read More »

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 »

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 »