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20 items from 2008


Reilly, Tomei, and Hill Join the Duplass Brothers Next Comedy

10 December 2008 10:26 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The Duplass Brothers, more commonly known as Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass (seen above), have announced the cast for their next feature film. Tentatively titled Safety Man, the story centers on a recently divorced man, played by John C. Reilly, who meets the woman of his dreams, played by Marisa Tomei. However, she has a teenage son, played by Jonah Hill, who has no interesting in sharing his mother with a new man. The Duplass Brothers have a very unique brand of comedy, part of which involves shooting all the scenes in the film in sequence, as opposed to out-of-order like most other films. Not too much more is known about the project, but it is set up at Fox Searchlight, which already means good things. Most readers probably don't know who the Duplass Brothers are, and that's a shame. I was only introduced to them earlier this year when »

- Alex Billington

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Marisa Tomei And John C. Reilly Are In Love

10 December 2008 7:57 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Marisa Tomei, I cry foul! At the junket for The Wrestler you told us you had nothing coming up, no projects you were about to start work on. False! You, John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill are all apparently teaming up for an indie dramedy that takes the two guys out of the Apatow world for the first time in what feels like forever. Ok, I guess I forgive you. This project seems exciting enough that I can't blame you for not wanting to jinx it. The Hollywood Reporter says that brothers Jay and Mark Duplass will write and the direct the story, having made indie favorites like The Puffy Chair and Baghead in the past. Hill will play Tomei's son who tries to break things off when she starts a relationship with Reilly. Attracting star caliber like this could finally mean crossover success for the Duplass brothers, plus a »

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Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly, and Jonah Hill Become a Dysfunctional Family

10 December 2008 7:32 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

I don't know about you, but when I play the "actors who could be related game," like Jeffrey M. Anderson did back in July, I always start with Marisa Tomei being the perfect person to play Jonah Hill's mom. Really. Don't they look alike? The long, lean ... okay, forget it. I never dreamed of pairing the two up, but Fox Searchlight has.

The Hollywood Reporter posts that Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, and John C. Reilly are in talks to star in a new intergenerational comedy. (Note: I originally misread "intergenerational" as "intergalactic." Those three in space would have been so much cooler, but I digress.) Right now, the Jay and Mark Duplass (who are making their studio debut after several successful indie mumblecore-ish movies) film is without a name, but it was once called Safety Man. Tomei will play a woman starting a new relationship with Reilly, only to »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Duplass brothers set Searchlight project

10 December 2008 4:27 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fox Searchlight is greenlighting a comedy written and directed by indie darlings Jay and Mark Duplass ("The Puffy Chair"). The studio is currently in negotiations with Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill to star. The story tells of a budding romance between the characters playced by Reilly and Tomei and the attempts made by the woman's son (Jonah Hill) to foil the relationship. Was at one point called "Safety Man" and follows comedies like the recent "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. »

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Duplass brothers set Searchlight project

10 December 2008 4:27 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fox Searchlight is greenlighting a comedy written and directed by indie darlings Jay and Mark Duplass ("The Puffy Chair"). The studio is currently in negotiations with Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill to star. The story tells of a budding romance between the characters playced by Reilly and Tomei and the attempts made by the woman's son (Jonah Hill) to foil the relationship. Was at one point called "Safety Man" and follows comedies like the recent "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. »

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Duplass brothers set Searchlight project

10 December 2008 4:27 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fox Searchlight is greenlighting a comedy written and directed by indie darlings Jay and Mark Duplass ("The Puffy Chair").The studio is currently in negotiations with Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill to star. The story tells of a budding romance between the characters playced by Reilly and Tomei and the attempts made by the woman's son (Jonah Hill) to foil the relationship. Was at one point called "Safety Man" and follows comedies like the recent "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. Hill's career has sky rocketed after the winning "Superbad;" the actor was last seen in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Tomei turned in an acclaimed performance in Fox Searchlight's award-winning "The Wrester" starring Mickey Rourke and Riley stars in the upcoming "Cirque du Freak" with Ray Stevenson, Samla Hayek and Josh Hutcherson. »

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Duplass brothers set Searchlight project

10 December 2008 4:27 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Fox Searchlight is greenlighting a comedy written and directed by indie darlings Jay and Mark Duplass ("The Puffy Chair"). The studio is currently in negotiations with Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill to star. The story tells of a budding romance between the characters playced by Reilly and Tomei and the attempts made by the woman's son (Jonah Hill) to foil the relationship. Was at one point called "Safety Man" and follows comedies like the recent "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. »

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Duplass brothers set Searchlight project

9 December 2008 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fox Searchlight is greenlighting an intergenerational comedy written and directed by indie darlings Jay and Mark Duplass.

The studio is in talks with Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill to star in the film, which will center on a budding romance between a man (Reilly) and woman (Tomei) that the woman's son (Hill) attempts to foil. The project, which was at one point was called "Safety Man," follows in the steps of such dramatic romantic comedies as "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" and Searchlight's own "500 Days of Summer."

The project is expected to begin production in the first half of 2009.

The Duplass brothers landed on the map four years ago with "The Puffy Chair," which became a Sundance sensation and cemented them as part of the mumblecore movement. They subsequently landed deals with Universal and Searchlight.

Tomei is drawing awards attention for her role as a sympathetic exotic dancer in "The Wrestler, »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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2009 Sundance Film Festival Line-up Revealed

3 December 2008 2:39 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I am heading out the door and have no time to really dig into this, but here is the line-up for next year's 2009 Sundance Film Festival as reported by Variety. Dramatic Competition Adam, directed and written by Max Mayer ("Better Living"), about a slightly dysfunctional man's attempt at a relationship with an alluring new neighbor. Stars Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison. Amreeka, directed and written by Cherien Dabis, a drama examining the challenges faced by a divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son upon moving to rural Illinois. With Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem. Arlen Faber, directed and written by John Hindman, about the intrusion of two strangers into the life of a famous reclusive author. With Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Lou Pucci, Olivia Thirlby, Kat Dennings. Big Fan, directed and written by Robert Siegel (writer of "The Wrestler"), which hinges on the reaction of a »

- Brad Brevet

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Sundance 2009 competition lineup

3 December 2008 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

U.S. Dramatic Competition

This year's 16 films were selected from 1,026 submissions. Each film is a world premiere.

Adam (Director-screenwriter: Max Mayer)

A strange and lyrical love story between a somewhat socially dysfunctional young man and the woman of his dreams. Cast: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison.

Amreeka (Director-screenwriter: Cherien Dabis)

When a divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son move to rural Illinois at the outset of the Iraq war, they find their new lives replete with challenges. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Alia Shawkat.

Big Fan (Director-screenwriter: Robert Siegel)

The world of a parking garage attendant who happens to be the New York Giants' biggest fan is turned upside down after an altercation with his favorite player. Cast: Patton Oswalt, Michael Rapaport, Kevin Corrigan, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Matt Servitto.

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (Director-screenwriter: John Krasinski)

When her boyfriend leaves with little explanation, »

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Boogeyman 3 DVD art, Baghead specs

10 November 2008 7:16 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment just released cover art for its DVD of Boogeyman 3, due January 20. We previously reported the details of the latest in the Ghost House Pictures-spawned killer-phantom saga here.

In addition, Sony sent over info on its disc release of Baghead, Jay and Mark Duplass’ satire on relationships, indie moviemakers and slasher movies that played the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals and limited theaters earlier this year. This one streets December 30 and includes the following special features:

• Audio commentary by the Duplass brothers

• Mark and Jay Duplass Answer Questions They’ve Already Answered featurette

Baghead Scares featurette

Cover art is coming soon; retail price is $28.96. »

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Filmmaker Forum participants named

18 September 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Directors Arthur Dong, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Chris Eska, Clark Gregg, Davis Guggenheim and Freida Lee Mock are among the participants in Film Independent's fourth annual Filmmaker Forum, which will be held Sept. 26-28 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.

Producer Ted Hope will deliver this year's keynote address at the three-day event, which focusses on the latest developments in independent filmmaking.

The forum will kick off on Sept. 26 with a screening of Rian Anderson's "The Brothers Bloom," followed by a Q&A with producer Ram Bergman and other members of the creative team and a reception in the DGA atrium.

On Sept. 27 and 28, panel discussions will be held on such topics as "Finding the Financial Sweet Spot"; "What's Up Doc?"; "The Micro Budget Film as a Calling Card; New Tools for Audience Building; The Cost of Cutting Corners: Production Dos and Don'ts"; "Keeping Your Documentary on »

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In the Bag

3 September 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

At the Sundance Film Festival in January, a funny little movie called Baghead joined American Teen, Frozen River, and The Wackness as a festival darling. The clever low-budget film skips deftly between comedy and suspense, following four struggling actors who are trying to write a script while battling numerous distractions: a beer and vodka haze, copious amounts of sexual frustrations and rejections, and a man wearing a paper bag over his head. One of the film's stars is Ross Partridge, an acting veteran of 20 years with a smattering of solid credits (CSI, As the World Turns, The Lost World: Jurassic Park) but no breakthrough. Now he has realized his dream of playing a lead in a film bought for theatrical distribution, by Sony Pictures Classics, at Sundance. But this success means more for where — and what — it started than where it ended up, in Utah. The way Partridge came to »

- Anna Bengel

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Interview: Jay and Mark Duplass on "Baghead"

22 July 2008 7:29 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Aaron Hillis

A quick refresher for the six of you who need it: "Mumblecore" (c. 2005 - 2007?) is the hastily designated catch-all for a loosely allied circle of young American filmmakers utilizing a low-budget, documentary-esque shooting style for their talky Diy indies. Regardless of whether you like any of the individual films, odds are you're either (a) tired of hearing that overhyped word, (b) have never heard it before now, or (c) one of the Duplass brothers. Actor/filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass . whose witty road-trip dramedy "The Puffy Chair" became one of the first m-word successes . are quite comfortable with their association to that so-called movement/genre/clique, and why shouldn't they be, considering Sony Pictures Classics has released their follow-up feature? (Talk about mumble-score, har har!)

"Baghead" stars Steve Zissis, Ross Partridge, Greta Gerwig and Elise Muller as four friends and wannabe thespians who hole up in a »

- Aaron Hillis

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Opening This Week: Docs on teens, tightropes and tradition

21 July 2008 7:21 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

With blockbusters taking a week off after "The Dark Knight" so thoroughly conquered the box office and its core audience descends upon Comic-Con in San Diego, an outstanding array from the indie scene offers plenty of alternative viewing.

"American Teen"

Her longtime collaborator Brett Morgen may be out of the picture, but "The Kid Stays in the Picture" co-director Nanette Burstein infiltrated the cliques, classrooms and hallways of an Indiana high school for her first solo doc, which netted her a directing award at Sundance earlier this year. Burstein follows a cross section of Warsaw High's senior class for 10 months in pursuit of their respective ambitions and priorities, and discovers that bonding at the library during Saturday detention is no way to communicate when text messaging and Im can be just as intimate.

Opens in limited release.

"Baghead"

Mumblecore alumni Jay and Mark Duplass celebrate their favorite »

- Neil Pedley

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New Role For The Ziegfeld

20 July 2008 12:32 AM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

The New York Film Festival has a new, temporary home. Most of the prestigious event usually un reels at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, but it is shut for renovations. So movies that would nor mally run there will be at the Ziegfeld, on West 54th Street.

One of the city's few remaining single-screen movie houses, it is named for Florenz Ziegfeld, the flamboyant Broadway impresario portrayed by William Powell in the 1936 Hollywood musical "The Great Ziegfeld."

The theater has 1,100 seats, about the same number as Alice Tully. (Last year, the smaller Rose Hall, »

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Dgg's Pineapple Express headed to the 12th Just For Laughs Film Fest

17 June 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Born from a festival that had everything to do with laughs and nothing to do with cinema, now in their 12th edition, the Just For Laughs Film Fest have pretty much developed their identity, attracted name films and talent. This year's fest will begin with a Bang! or I should say a Bong! with David Gordon Green and the Apatow team (Seth Rogen, co-writer Evan Goldberg, co-star Danny McBride) coming down with one of the rare advance premieres of Pineapple Express and a Q&A. Other special guests and accompanying films include:  Father and son team of the Reitmans (Ivan and Jason for those coming out of a coma) presenting a Master Class on filmmaking on July 18. Sundance hit Baghead from Jay & Mark Duplass gets a screening on July 14th and the 20th studio fair with Rainn Wilson (The Office) starring in The Rocker. The Deal – a film adapted »

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L.A. Film Fest announces lineup

6 May 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Two of Universal's big summer releases, "Wanted" and "Hellboy II: The Golden Army", will bookend Film Independent's 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Although the movies' respective directors, Timur Bekmambetov and Guillermo Del Toro, have roots in the indie world that the festival champions, their two latest films are designed as mainstream entertainment.

"Wanted", an adaptation of Mark Miller's graphic novel starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie, will kick off the fest June 19 at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood.

"Hellboy II", starring Ron Perlman, will serve as the closing-night film June 28 at the Mann Village Theatre. The fest, which takes place primarily throughout the Westwood area, concludes June 29.

Sacha Gervasi's documentary "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" has been chosen to screen June 26 as the centerpiece premiere at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood.

Among the 230 features it will present, the fest also will offer previews of such upcoming indie films as Mark Duplass' "Baghead", Werner Herzog's "Encounters at the End of the World," Claude Chabrol's "A Girl Cut in Two", James Marsh's "Man on Wire" and Jonathan Levin's "The Wackness". »

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Tribeca fills Spotlight section with offerings from the Weinsteins, Magnolia and IFC

17 March 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Stemming as far back as Cannes and Toronto of last year and fresh from journeys at Sundance and Berlin, most of the titles selected for Tribeca's Spotlight section have toured the festival circuit but have yet to open theatrically. The slew of films (with major support from Weinsteins, Magnolia and IFC Films) will provide the fest with the glamor quotient - (look for José Padilha's Elite Squad as a solid offering) while the Showcase section offers the prestige of critically acclaimed films that don't necessarily have a domestic distribution deal set in place. Finally, the Restored/Rediscovered sections along with its Special Events are perhaps the best of what this NYC film festival has to offer with cream of the crop events like a cleaned up little known Fellini film, a panel discussion with some nerds in attendance to talk about Kubrick's sci-fi masterwork 2001 and Errol Morris will »

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Baghead

26 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARK CITY -- Veteran Sundance participants, filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass have kept their eyes open to the inherent humor in film-festival rituals. They've also paid attention to the festival "success" stories, and have served up not only a sly satire of the fest circuit but also a gripping horror tale.

With its sly in-jokes, "Baghead" should stir laughter on the fest circuit, but it really percolates once it slides into its low-budget horror mode. "Baghead" is a nifty mixed bag, likely to appeal to indie cable cineastes, as well as teenaged fright freaks.

In Sundance-ese, it's basically "The Making of ... And God Spoke" topped off with "The Blair Witch Project". Part satire of independent filmmaking and part knockout of generic horror, "Baghead" stirs solid movie reactions: bursts of laughter, gasps of horror.

In this crafty scenario, , four film-star wannabes alight out to Big Bear to write a film script over a weekend. Their idea is to crank out an opus that gives them all juicy parts. Not surprisingly, they're short on ideas, other than their hidden-agenda romantic designs.

Once ensconced in the cabin deep in the woods, romance and sexual desire sprout. And in the best dramatic tradition of everyone falling for the wrong person, brothers-filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass stir up the steam.

In this smart case, the cast members are all superb. Their individual, embracing performances pull us in. As the conventionally pretty pair, Ross Partridge and Elise Muller touch the tender edges of their outwardly confident characters. Similarly empathetic, Steve Zissis and Greta Gerwig burst out with the quirks and insecurities of their romantically frustrated characters.

Choppy cuts and all-over-the-place camera movement are the wonderfully apt technical contributions, while the home-movie level production values are also splendidly in sync for this witty ditty.

BAGHEAD

Submarine

Directors/Screenwriters: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

Producers: John Bryant, Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

Director of photography: Jay Duplass

Editor: Jay Deuby

Music: J. Scott Howard

Cast:

Chad: Steve Zissis

Matt: Ross Partridge

Michelle: Greta Gerwig

Catherine: Elise Muller

Running time -- 84 minutes

No MPAA rating

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