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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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 »

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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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 »