Creep

The found footage horror film is, for the most part, dead. The cause of death was overexposure – after producers realized how quick and easy (and cheap!) it would be to create such films, the multiplexes became choked with them. You couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a found footage/faux documentary chiller (note: please don’t swing cats, alive or dead; it’s mean).

Yet every now and then, someone will resurrect the idea, for better or worse. Usually worse. Then there’s the Creep series. With Creep and Creep 2 (with the potential for a Creep 3), Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass have found clever new ways to reinvigorate the found footage subgenre. Better than that, they’ve found ways to actually make such a medium seem practical in terms of the story.

Spoilers follow.

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Creep 2 trailer

Patrick Brice’s funny, unnerving Creep, starring Mark Duplass in a tour de force of weirdness, found clever ways to breathe new life into the “found footage” genre. Now Brice is trying to recreate the very uncomfortable magic again with Creep 2, a sequel that will attempt to go to even greater lengths to make its audience feel uneasy. The Creep 2 trailer below gives us our first look at the film.

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Room 104 trailer

After HBO sadly canceled Togetherness, they ordered another series from filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass. Their upcoming anthology series, Room 104, is set entirely in one hotel room. Each episode follows a new guest. Some of these guests are played Amy Landecker, James Van Der Beek, Orlando Jones, Mae Whitman, and Philip Baker Hall. Starting next month, you can watch them check into Room 104.

Below, watch the Room 104 trailer.

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blue-jay-trailer

The Duplass Brothers have a four-picture deal with Netflix. Last summer, the streaming service announced they’d finance four movies produced by Jay and Mark Duplass through their production company Duplass Brothers Productions. Unlike Netflix’s Adam Sandler movies, however, the brothers’ films will first go to theaters. The first film the Duplass brothers have produced for Netflix is Alex Lehmann’s feature directorial debut Blue Jay, which stars Duplass and recent Emmy winner Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story).

Below, watch the Blue Jay trailer.

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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 »

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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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