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Scatological Prowess: Bateman’s Directorial Debut an Amusing Vulgarity
Fans of fare like Bad Santa and Bad Teacher should rejoice in Bad Words, foul-mouthed fodder involving funny but typically inappropriate exchanges with schoolchildren, which also serves as actor Jason Bateman’s directorial debut. Those with a puritanical mindset will most likely find the film off-putting, though most of the film’s hysterical moments originate from its more audacious and unhinged twitches. While closer examination of its narrative only results in unraveling it to be a thinly veiled showcase for the type of witheringly putrid character Bateman is so good at playing, that’s not to say there isn’t a lot of fun to be had.
Guy Trilby (Bateman), a persnickety and disgruntled 40 year old, expert speller and embittered citizen, has found a loophole in the rules of the Golden Quill national spelling bee and thus decides to hijack the »
- Nicholas Bell
Personally, I don’t see how ‘Cat’, ‘Donkey’ and ‘Rooster’ could be considered Bad Words, but then again my mind is pure and innocent. Perhaps there’s a synonym game to be played here. No matter, as Bad Words, starring Jason Bateman, still looks to be one of the funniest films of the year. The film focuses on a middle-aged man who still takes part in spelling tests meant for young children and since he never passed elementary school, there’s nothing in the rules to stop him.
Although the plot sounds like the typical person-finding-a-loophole-in-a-contest/sport film, the trailers have had me giggling uncontrollably. Hopefully they didn’t give away all of the jokes. But still, cat and rooster…wait…I think I just got it…Oh! That’s nasty!
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Beatty will star as Howard Hughes, as well as produce the project. There is no word on who Sheen will portray.
Back in December, Sheen was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai International Film Festival. »
Title: Bad Words Directed by: Jason Bateman Starring: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Philip Baker Hall, Allison Janney and Rohan Chand People often times contend with learning how to cope with new experiences in an unfamiliar environment, and can learn a tremendous deal about their true personalities and feelings when they’re put under pressure. Not only did acclaimed actor Jason Bateman, who has been performing since he was a teen actor in the 1980s, face a sense of uncertainty when he signed on to star in, and make his feature film directorial debut with, the new comedy ‘Bad Words,’ so did his character, Guy Trilby. The filmmaker entertainingly and realistically balanced [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Movies of substance are often overlooked by those full of stylish action or vapid rom-coms. High on the endangered species list are remarkable family films that can both entertain and educate. But I’d gladly be proven wrong if audiences went to go see Mr. Peabody & Sherman in theaters.
Those familiar with the classic Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon will remember this dog and boy duo traveling through world history enlightening us on people of great significance and events that turned the world. They didn’t last too long, most only four or five minutes, but they were a trippy, educational break from watching Bullwinkle try to pull a rabbit out of his hat. Throughout the entire run, Peabody and Sherman stepped into their Wabac (or Wayback) time machine just shy of a 100 times and stood beside figures including Genghis Khan, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson as well as witnessing the construction of the Great Wall of China. »
- Ernie Estrella
Directed by Jason Bateman
Written by Andrew Dodge
In his directorial debut, Bateman pulls little punches. In a script that strings along profanity like letters in a spelling bee challenge word, most will cringe, others will laugh, and a few will cringe while laughing. It’s raucous, offensive, and niche. Bad Words fires off jokes rapid fire, holding little back to deliver a comedy that also attempts at delivering a deeper agenda.
The film follows abrasive Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) in his goal to subvert the Golden Quill Spelling Bee for children, to the outrage and chagrin of the founder Dr. Bowman (Philip Baker Hall), the director Dr. Deagan (Allison Janney), and the bee’s various overbearing, helicopter parents. By exposing a loophole and gaining sponsorship from neurotic journalist, Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn), Guy proceeds his path of verbose destruction. He tears at everyone around him with »
- David Tran
"300: Rise of an Empire" rose to the top of the box office on Friday, debuting to a strong $17.7 million, and leaving fellow newcomer "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" in its wake. The "sidequel" to 2007's hit "300" will earn around $42 million this weekend, which is significantly less than its predecessor, which debuted to $70.9 million on its way to a domestic total of $210.6 million. However, "Rise" is outpacing the original "300" overseas. "Rise of an Empire" stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation's "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" came in at No. 2 with a decent $8 million, and will likely pick up around $31 million in its debut weekend. The leggy holdover "The Lego Movie" (more on that in a bit) is likely taking some away family audiences from "Peabody." "Peabody" features the voices of Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Tobolowsky, Mel Brooks, and others. Universal's action thriller "Non-Stop, »
- Dave Lewis
Cock. Puss. Ass.
“Bad Words” premiered at the SXSW (South-by-Southwest) event in Austin this week and these limited posters are being handed out at the festival.
Jason Bateman stars and makes his directorial debut in this film. It also stars Allison Janney (“The West Wing”), Philip Baker Hall (“Magnolia”), Ben Falcone (“Bridesmaids”) and Rohan Chand (“Homefront”).
The film is about Guy Trilby, a grown adult using a loophole in the rules to win the Golden Quill National Spelling Bee from young children.
So what’s about the posters? Well, these characters aren’t in the movie and didn’t make the final cut. But, the animals perfectly describe the main character as cock, puss and ass.
Check out the posters below.
Source: Focus Features
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- Gig Patta
The film follows 40-year-old Guy Trilby, who one day decides that it’s time to stick it to the national spelling bee. He leaves his job as a product warranty proofreader and puts the fact that he never passed the eighth grade to use by vying for the title at The Golden Quill, an event for pre-teens. Not only does Guy threaten to take the title from a hardworking, overachieving student, but he also opts to do so in a toxic manner, demolishing his opponents by nailing his words in competition and also insulting, berating or embarrassing them every chance he gets.
Guy Trilby is a jerk and you’re a jerk if you find his antics amusing. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Chicago – Talking dogs have been around for decades in animated movies and television shows, especially the anthropomorphized kind. From the superhero antics of Underdog to the biting sarcasm from the likes of Brian from “Family Guy” - take your pick and you can find a dog to your liking. I always took a shine to Mr. Peabody, the intelligent and resourceful beagle with a penchant for puns.
..who had appeared in misadventurous time-traveling shorts on “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” with his pal Sherman. But that doesn’t mean I was looking forward to DreamWorks Animation’s updated take on these characters for a new 3D computer-animated feature-length film.
From the trailers, it seemed like the quirky wry comic timing of Jay Ward and Ted Key (respectively, the producer and creator of “Peabody’s Improbable History”) was getting swallowed by big action/adventure sequences and dumbed-down humor. Sure enough, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
We've got some new posters to share with you from the following films: Bad Words - Jason Bateman's feature directorial debut, starring Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chand. Bad Words opens in select theaters March 14th and expands across the country on March 21st and March 28th. Be sure to check out Steve's recent interview with Bateman here. Divergent - The IMAX poster for Neil Burger's adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, and Mekhi Phifer. Divergent opens March 21st. Transcendence - Wally Pfister's directorial debut starring Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., and Morgan Freeman. Transcendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17th. The Double - Richard Ayoade‘s dark comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, »
- Dave Trumbore
One of my favorite films at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut Bad Words. Andrew Dodge’s awesome script centers on a high-school drop-out (Bateman) who uses a loophole to compete in an 8th grade spelling bee, enraging teachers and parents alike, but befriending an awkward young contestant along the way. And while the film could easily be a family friendly, PG movie that plays it safe, I’m happy to report Bateman has crafted a wholly R-rated movie that’s loaded with inappropriate dialogue and hysterical situations. It also explains why Focus Features snapped it up during an all night bidding war following the world premiere. Bad Words also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chandz and opens in select theaters March 14th and expands across the country on March 21st and March 28th Last year, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
When I was a kid and Saturday morning was still appointment viewing for me with hours and hours of cartoons on all three networks, I would frequently get up before the sun was even up. I'd get myself a giant bowl of whatever sugary cereal was my poison of choice at the time and plant myself in front of the set so that I had control over whatever was going to be watched well before my sister woke up. There were many weeks where I was up and ready to go before the networks even began their programming, and by default, I would put on the only cartoons playing at that hour, a giant re-run block of "Rocky & Bullwinkle." At the time, I didn't fully appreciate the lunacy of the Jay Ward productions, and it was only as I got older that I began to understand the silly word play »
- Drew McWeeny
There’s one name that almost always gets a smile from nostalgic fans of TV cartoons: Jay Ward. After all, he helped to produce one of the earliest cartoon shows during television’s infancy, “Crusader Rabbit”. But it wasn’t until 1959 that Ward unleashed his masterpiece, “Rocky and His Friends”. Each half hours usually contained two short chapters of an ongoing adventure serial starring Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his dimwitted pal Bullwinkle the moose. And in between these installments were classic features often funnier than the show’s title stars. There was the satiric “Fractured Fairy Tales”, the campy “Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties”, the fables of “Aesop & Son”, and “Peabody’s Improbable History” in which the super-genius talking dog Mr. Peabody and his boy, the excitable seven year-old human named Sherman journeyed back through the years via Mr. P’s time travel invention the Wabac machine. After meeting some historical figure, »
- Jim Batts
DreamWorks Animation has established a brand, and it’s a mediocre one. Their goal is to turn out as much product as possible, and turn the hits into franchises. With the exception of How to Train Your Dragon, their movies feature lukewarm emotions, serviceable animation, a dearth of style, and humor that’s clearly delineated between jokes for kids and jokes for adults. Kids tend to eat these movies up, and they’re tolerable enough for parents. The studio’s latest, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, is yet another movie adults will have to tolerate as a smattering of weird, fun, and inspired moments occasionally break into a rote, forgettable family film. Based off the animated shorts from The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon, Mr. Peabody & Sherman is about a brilliant, talking dog (Ty Burrell) who adopts a boy, Sherman (Max Charles), and the two travel through time on the Wabac (pronounced “way back”) machine. »
- Matt Goldberg
Bad Words is a subversive comedy (not for the politically correct demographic), about a ruthless, dysfunctional 40 year-old man, Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) who finds a loophole in the rules of the Golden Quill National Spelling Bee and goes up against overly ambitious 8th graders in a bid to hijack the competition. His emotionally-challenged brain validates his reasons for such unruly behavior.
The original screenplay, which is R Rated for it’s constant profanity, is penned by Andrew Dodge and made the coveted The Black List in 2011. We visited the set of Bad Words to speak with co-star Allison Janney (The West Wing, Masters of Sex) about working with Jason Bateman on his directorial debut.
Sr: Who do you play?
Allison Janney: I play Dr. Bernice ...
- Tiffany Rose
NBC’s Constantine pilot has completed casting. Harold Perrinau will play an angel who watches over John Constantine and True Blood alum Lucy Griffiths (she played Eric‘s sister) is an “offbeat young lady” who joins forces with Constantine.
Aubrey Peeple, who plays Layla on Nashville talked with TV Guide about her character’s relationship with closeted singer Will, ” I think that him being good for her career was a huge factor in why they got together. But at this point … she’s totally head over heels for him, because she’s 19. There will always be that aspect of her career that drives her, and that’s what comes first. But she’s a hormonal teenager. She’s in love with him now.” Peeple also hints that Will and Layla’s storyline should get some major developments soon.
I just want Trent back on the show.
The magnificent Lee Pace »
- Lyle Masaki
As the winter wasteland of cinematic releases begins to clean up, audiences can expect a gradual turnaround in the quality of films being released. The animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman, while uneven, serves as an indicator that decent movies can be found even this early in the year.
Based on the cartoon that first appeared as part of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the film follows the brilliant dog Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) and his adopted human son Sherman (Max Charles). This is, of course, a thinly veiled commentary on the validity of unconventional families. Something that is commendable and works to an extent, but at times feels heavy-handed.
Aside from the canine/human dynamic, what makes these two unique is the fact that they use a Way-Back machine to venture into different historical time periods. The geeky Sherman has been urged by his father not to speak of their time traveling capabilities to anyone. »
- Justine Browning
First there was the "Full House of Cards" mash-up you never knew you wanted, then the brilliant (and on-the-nose) "Walking Dead" version of the "House of Cards" opening credits.
Now a creative YouTuber named Wayne Wolfe has made a "West Wing" version of the "House of Cards" opener (above), which is not only delightful because there could not be two politically themed shows that are more different, but also because Wolfe takes care to make some funny matchups based on where he puts the "HoC" actors in the credits.
Derek Cecil is Rob Lowe, which is totally appropriate because Seth Grayson is like the evil Sam Seaborn. Robin Wright is Stockard Channing (natch), and Mahershala Ali is Dule Hill, which is a little ... obvious since their characters actually occupy very different roles on their respective shows.
Monday's (March 3) episode of "Mom" pulled a swerve on the audience, taking viewers once again into the emotional territory the show has become increasingly adept at mining.
The episode, "Sonograms and Tube Tops," dealt mostly with Christy (Anna Faris) planning a baby shower for her daughter, Violet (Sadie Calvano), as she fears Violet isn't as excited about becoming a mom as she should be. Turns out there's a good reason for that: Violet has decided to give the baby up for adoption.
"Violet's getting really close to ... the end of her pregnancy, and she makes an extremely brave choice to give the baby up for adoption and breaks the cycle that has been with her family of having a baby young," Calvano tells Zap2it. "Violet at the end of the day is a really smart girl. She gets good grades and tries in school, and it's arguable that she »
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