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.

Fox Searchlight has released a tentative release schedule so that you can find out when the movie is opening in your neck of the woods, and we really want to support this movie. Hit the jump to find out when you can see Cyrus!

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The Duplass Brothers

Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man) and Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover) have signed on to star in The Duplass Brothers’ stoner comedy Jeff Who Lives at Home. The Duplass brothers, Jay and Mark Duplass are writing and directing for producers Jason Reitman via his Right of Way Films and John Malkovich via his Mr. Mudd shingle.

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Sundance Video Review: Cyrus

The Duplass Brothers' Cyrus

Last night I attended the premiere of what I’m calling The Duplass Brothers‘ experiment, better known as Cyrus. The film is 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.

The Duplass Brothers helped spark an indie film movement called mumblecore, which wikipedia defines as “primarily characterized by ultra-low budget production (often employing digital video cameras), focus on personal relationships between twenty-somethings, improvised scripts, and non-professional actors.” The Duplass Brothers have impressed Hollywood with their low-budget efforts, and this is their first studio film, with big mainstream actors. Hence why I termed it The Duplass Brothers’ experiment.

But does it work?  Cyrus is one of my favorite films of the festival thus far, and I’d venture to say John C Reilly’s funniest performance since Boogie Nights. It’s probably the most laughs I’ve heard in a Sundance movie in a couple years. We sat a few rows in front of Danny McBride and Jody Hill (director of Observe & Report), and I could hear both of them laughing throughout.  After the jump you can watch a video blog review which includes me (Peter Sciretta), David Chen and FirstShowing‘s Brandon Tenney.

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The Duplass Brothers

A while back, we took a look at some of the projects that Jason Reitman might direct following Up in The Air. One of the projects was a screenplay written by The Duplass Brothers — Jay and Mark Duplass, who broke onto the scene as part of the indie mumblecore movement (The Puffy Chair, Baghead…etc).  It turns out that the Duplass brothers were not working on a screenplay for Reitman to direct, but instead produce.

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Sundance Photo Preview: The Duplass Brothers’ Cyrus

The Duplass Brothers' Cyrus

After watching The Duplass BrothersThe Puffy Chair at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival I remember telling a friend “this is what real independent filmmaking is all about.” The film helped spark an indie film movement called mumblecore, and the brothers have since gone a bit more mainstream, working within the Hollywood system (kinda, sorta… this film for instance features an “upgraded” cast). They return to Sundance with their latest film Cyrus, which will screen in the Premieres category. The film is a comedy about a recently divorced guy meets the woman of his dreams. But then he meets her son who is, well… interesting.

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Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman‘s new film Up in the Air premieres next month at the Toronto Film Festival, the same fest that launched Juno a couple years ago. The movie will hit theaters nationwide likely later this yes, possibly in December. So what is Jason cooking up next?

Variety has an article tonight about how Reitman has set up a new production shingle in West Hollywood called Right Away Films, where he will develop projects inhouse to direct, or possibly produce. Hidden far into the article is a list of projects that Right of Way Films is currently developing. We’ve done some research, and put together some of the details. Let’s take a look at some of the projects that might be Reitman’s next:

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Production Weekly have tweeted that Table 19, the third feature from Mark and Jay Duplass, has been set up at Fox Searchlight. If you’re asking “Mark and Jay who?” then I’d strongly encourage you to play catch up with a DVD session or two.

The slim sliver of premise that Production Weekly could fit into their Tweet read like this:

The Duplass Bros. ensemble comedy Table 19, has been setup @foxsearchlight – about the wedding guests who get stuck at the singles table.

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If you still haven’t seen The Duplass BrothersThe Puffy Chair, you should netflix it now because it’s everything that is right with real independent filmmaking. And no, I’m not talking about multi-million dollay mini major movie studio funded independent filmmaking. I’m talking about a bunch of talented people who just go out and are able to make something out of nothing.

Jay and Mark Duplass returned to Sudnance this year with Baghead, a film about four actor friends who go off on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods with plans of shooting a super low-budget independent film. But then a freaky guy with a bag on his head shows up…  It’s part horror, part comedy, part lampoon of the mumblecore sub-genre which the Duplass Brothers helped bring into popularity. Check out the trailer below, and tell me what you think in the comments.

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Baghead is scheduled to hit theaters starting on July 25th 2008.

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