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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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 »

There comes a time in every person’s life when they finally have to pick up and move away from home. Some do it as soon as possible. Others, like the title character in the Duplass Brothers’ comedy Jeff, Who Lives At Home, take a little longer. Or, make that a lot longer. Paramount has provided /Film with and exclusive clip from the film, starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer, that shows just that moment in Jeff’s life. The moment that changes everything. The film opens March 16. Check out the clip below. Read More »

‘Jeff Who Lives At Home’ Opens March 2, 2012

If you don’t catch Jeff Who Lives At Home, the next comedy by the Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus, Baghead), at the Toronto Film Festival in September, you’re going to have to wait until next year to see it. The film, which stars Jason Segel as a man who unravels the mysteries of the universe while running an errand for his mother, has been given a March 2, 2012 release date by distributor Paramount Vantage. Produced by Jason Reitman among others, Jeff Who Lives At Home also stars Judy Greer, Ed Helms, Susan Sarnadon and Rae Dawn Chong. You can see more photos from the film here. Thanks to THR.

The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced the first fifty or so films from its 2011 line-up today, including new works by Alexander Payne, the Duplass Brothers, Sarah Polley, and Madonna, and many, many others. In the process, TIFF also released a crop of brand-new photos from several films from the schedule. Hit the jump for new photos from the following:

  • Derick Martini’s Hick, starring Blake Lively and Chloe Moretz
  • The Duplass Brothers’ Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms
  • Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston
  • Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, and Sarah Silverman

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International Movie Trailer: Cyrus

Cyrus

One of the films I really loved at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The Duplass Brothers Cyrus, a comedy about “a recently divorced depressed guy who meets the woman of his dreams, who he learns lives with her 21 year old son.” The film stars John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and Catherine Keener. You can watch our Park City Video Blog Review of the film by clicking here. The movie is finally set to hit theaters this Summer, opening in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, June 18th and will expand to additional cities across the country and Canada in the weeks following. Click here to see a full list of cities and dates.

In January, Searchlight released a trailer for the movie (which you can see here). They have now released an international trailer for the film, which forgoes the voiceover heard in the original and features a few unseen segments. Watch it now, embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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