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SXSW Film Review: ‘Raiders!’

14 March 2015 11:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s a good reason why TV and movies have adopted the disclaimer “Remember kids, don’t try this at home.” As inventive as they were impressionable, pint-sized super-fans Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb nearly killed themselves on multiple occasions attempting to remake the first Indiana Jones movie, breaking it down shot-for-shot and filming each scene as best as their limited resources would allow over the course of eight summers. The result has become the stuff of fan legend, inspiring magazine articles, movie deals and what feels like the perfect Hollywood ending, which the geek-bait documentary “Raiders!” reveals for the first time, as the original trio reunite a quarter-century later to finish the airplane scene they deemed too difficult to film as kids. Often poignant, occasionally pathetic, but never short of entertaining, “Raiders!” captures the obsessive hold movies have on young people’s imaginations, as exemplified by such pics as “Son of Rambow, »

- Peter Debruge

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Method Man Reveals His Wonderful Reasons for His Top Five Movies

12 March 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler hits theaters this weekend, though you wouldn't likely know it considering I haven't even received an email about it and that's no big surprise after the savaging it received at the Toronto Film Festival last year. However, something good has come out of its release, which is a sit down with Adam Sandler's co-star in the film, Method Man. Speaking with Rotten Tomatoes (via FilmDrunk), Method Man revealed his top five (six) favorite films and it's not necessarily the list that's so great (though trust me, you aren't likely to guess them), but more his explanations. First, the list: Frailty (dir. Bill Paxton) The Station Agent (dir. Thomas McCarthy) Napoleon Dynamite (dir. Jared Hess) Snow On Tha Bluff (dir. Damon Russell) The Raid / Dredd (dir. Gareth Evans / Pete Travis) Now the best explanation for why he liked any of these movies comes with his explanation for Napoleon Dynamite, »

- Brad Brevet

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Directors: Gael García Bernal & Jared Hess Set Up New Projects, Oliver Stone Sought For Russian Drama

11 March 2015 7:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With one directorial feature under his belt, 2007's "Déficit," Gael García Bernal is ready for a second. Screen Daily reports that he's eyeing to mount his next movie, "Chicuarotes," in early 2016. “The film will follow a group of kids — around 14, 15 years old — who live by the lake. They’re economically poor but not miserable or unhappy, basically living in paradise," Bernal told the trade. “The narrative of the film follows their dreams of moving up economically and socially. They want to stop working and make lots of money. I can’t tell you now how they attempt to do this but it’s a comedy — a very dark comedy.” Speaking of comedy, "Napoleon Dynamite" helmer Jared Hess has been assigned Disney's "Overnight at 42nd Street.” Penned by Oren Uziel ("22 Jump Street"), Variety reports that the movie, not unlike "Home Alone," follows a father and son who spend all night in a toy store. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Inside Haylie Duff's Star-Studded Baby Shower

9 March 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Can Hilary Duff plan our next event?!

The 27-year-old Younger actress and her mother Susan planned a gorgeous, star-studded baby shower for her older sister -- 30-year-old Napoleon Dynamite star Haylie Duff -- last Saturday, March 7, which was the stuff of Pinterest dreams. Held at Hilary's home, guests included Kaley Cuoco, Lauren Conrad, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Lacy Chabert, Marla Sokoloff, Beverley Mitchell and Ali Fedotowsky.

In December, Haylie announced she and fiancé Matt Rosenberg are expecting a baby girl.

Photos: The Most Adorable Celebrity Children

"Sissy @haylieduff you are the most beautiful sister/mom to be and I love you so much!" Hilary posted on Instagram on Sunday, alongside an adorable slideshow of photos from the happy event. "Happy baby shower day!"

Activities at the baby shower included guests making their own flower crowns with fresh flowers, assembling bouquets by The Bouqs and enjoying lots of sweets like mini cupcakes, cake pops and »

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Napoleon Dynamite Director Making 'Home Alone In A Toy Store' Family Comedy

6 March 2015 9:55 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Jared Hess, who wowed the world with Napoleon Dynamite back in 2004 . how old does that make you feel? . is going to blend his idiosyncratic cinematic sensibilities into Disney.s Overnight At 42nd Street. This has delightfully been described as Home Alone set inside a toy store. Erm, is anyone going to tell them about Home Alone 2: Lost In New York? According to Variety, Disney hired Jared Hess as Overnight At 42nd Street.s director, and he will now bring Oren Uziel.s script to the big-screen while working together with producers Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur. At the moment, not too much is known about Overnight At 42nd Street, other than the fact that it will revolve around a father and son who are granted the opportunity to spend a whole evening inside an extravagant toy store.  Which, to me, sounds a little bit too much like Home Alone 2 »

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Jared Hess To Direct "Overnight" Film

6 March 2015 6:05 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite," "Nacho Libre") has signed on to helm the freshly retitled "Overnight at 42nd Street". Oren Uziel ("22 Jump Street") wrote the screenplay while Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur are producing.

The story follows a recently-divorced father and son who win the opportunity to spend the night in a major toy store. While trying to patch up his relationship with his son, the father must also try to defuse a hostage situation that develops at the store.

Hess takes over from Steve Pink ("Hot Tub Time Machine 2") who became attached to direct in June last year but has since dropped out. Will Ferrell was also attached to star at one point, but he's also no longer involved.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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'Napoleon Dynamite' Director Set to Stay 'Overnight at 42nd Street'

5 March 2015 3:37 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink and Zombieland helmer Ruben Fleischer were linked to direct the Disney family comedy Overnight last year, it appears a new director will get behind the camera instead. The film, which is now called Overnight at 42nd Street, will be under the direction of Jared Hess the man who brought us Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre and Gentlemen Broncos. For those just joining us, the film is described as Home Alone in a toy store where a father and son win the chance to sleepover at an incredible toy store, but it just so happens to be on the night that some guys try to rob it. That's a fun premise for a comedy, maybe even inspired by Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, where the toy store Duncan's Toy Chest comes into play. Variety reports at one time, Will Ferrell was going to play the father, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Jared Hess Will Direct ‘Overnight at 42nd Street’ for Disney

5 March 2015 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Home Alone in a toy store” is how the Disney film Overnight at 42nd Street is described, and now the film has Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess set to helm. At one point the film was developed as a Will Ferrell film, but at this point there’s no lead actor attached.  Variety reports. The family […]

The post Jared Hess Will Direct ‘Overnight at 42nd Street’ for Disney appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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'Napoleon Dynamite' Director Takes on Disney's 'Overnight'

5 March 2015 3:10 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess has signed on to direct Overnight at 42nd Street, which was formerly known as Overnight. Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine 2) became attached to direct the project in June 2014, but it appears he is no longer involved at this time. Will Ferrell was also attached to star at one point, when his company Gary Sanchez Productions was set to produce, but he isn't involved at this time either.

The story centers on a recently-divorced father and son who win the opportunity to spend the night in a toy store, reminiscent of Fao Schwartz. While trying to patch up his relationship with his son, the father must also try to defuse a hostage situation that develops at the store. The plot is described as Home Alone set in a toy store. Disney is looking to cast both the father and son before moving forward with the production. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Director Jared Hess Boards Disney’s ‘Overnight’ (Exclusive)

5 March 2015 2:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Napoleon Dynamite” helmer Jared Hess is set to direct Disney’s family comedy “Overnight at 42nd Street.”

Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur will produce from a script by Oren Uziel.

Described as “Home Alone” in a toy store, the film follows a father and son who are given the opportunity to spend the night in a lavish toy store.

Originally eyed as a starring vehicle for Will Ferrell when Gary Sanchez Productions was involved as a producer, sources say the role of the parent is open as the studio sets its sights on finding its father-son combo before going into production.

Hess looks to be a good fit, given his ability to appeal to younger and older audiences with movies like “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Nacho Libre.”

His most recent pic, “Don Verdean,” starring Sam Rockwell and Amy Ryan, had its premiere at Sundance before being acquired by Lionsgate for distribution. »

- Justin Kroll

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Jared Hess Plans To Go Overnight For Disney

5 March 2015 11:01 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

He may forever be known as the man who directed Napoleon Dynamite, but Jared Hess has carved out a solid career for himself behind the camera. He’s now signed on to direct family comedy Overnight At 42nd Street – usually just known by that first word – for Disney.The film, which has a script from 22 Jump Street co-writer Oren Uziel, is described as “Home Alone in a toy store” with that quick pitch opening up to reveal the tale of a divorced father and his son winning a competition to spend the night in a brand new, chock-full megastore. Unfortunately for them, their visit coincides with the very night that thieves decide to break in. And even as he's trying to thwart the criminals, the dad has to salvage his fracturing relationship with his sprog. This is one that has had difficulty finding a home. Originally developed at Sony and briefly considered for Ruben Fleischer, »

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SXSW: Exclusive 'Raiders!' Poster Will Take You Back

3 March 2015 11:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The documentary film "Raiders!" is a curious exercise in meta-narrative; it's a film about a film that is a remake of another film. Co-directed by Jeremy Coon (producer and editor on "Napoleon Dynamite") and Tim Skousen, "Raiders!" tells the story of two Indiana Jones fanboys who embark on an adventure that rivals the legendary explorer's onscreen exploits. Here's the official synopsis: "In 1982, two 11 year-olds in Mississippi set out to remake their favorite film: Raiders of the Lost Ark. It took seven turbulent years that tested the limits of their friendship and nearly burned down their mother's house. By the end, they had completed every scene except one... the explosive airplane scene. Thirty years later, they attempt to finally realize their childhood dream by building a replica of the 75-foot "Flying Wing" plane from Raiders in a mud pit in the backwoods of Mississippi... and then blow it up! This is the story behind the. »

- Shipra Gupta

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Pregnant celebrities - Haylie Duff's 'fight' against maternity clothes

27 February 2015 10:03 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Haylie Duff has been ''fighting'' against wearing maternity clothes throughout her pregnancy. The 'Napoleon Dynamite' star - who is the older sister of singer and actress Hilary Duff - admitted she has tried to avoid unsightly styles for expectant mothers but has finally had to give up and don the stretchy garments as she has entered her third trimester and her baby bump is getting too big. She said: ''I was fighting the good fight on buying maternity clothes, but now I just have this massive belly and I can't deny that I'm pregnant any longer! ''I've tried to not go too maternity, but at a certain point you've got to have room, you know?'' The 30-year-old actress - who is expecting her first child with fiancé Matt Rosenburg - has tried to stay in shape throughout her pregnancy and has been kept busy looking after her sister's two-year-old son Luca. »

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Classroom Chaos: Top Ten High School Outsiders

23 February 2015 6:11 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

One of the hardest bouts of growing pains experienced by adolescents is that rite of passage known as the high school experience. In high school one is subject to discovering their own sense of self-identity and purpose. In fact, sometimes the social factor is crucial because the cost of belonging in social-related circles is vital in a four-year commitment to belonging among your peers.

The tension is high to belong and get along as your search for excellence in good grades, social interaction and the overall learning experience is important. However, not every youngster can cope with what they are faced as the obstacles to excel are demanding in high school. Hence, the potential to become “an outsider” is inevitable and the unlikeliest label that no one can overcome no matter how much they try.

The movies have been instrumental in capturing such heavy-handed angst and frustration of the tortured »

- Frank Ochieng

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Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies

21 February 2015 10:38 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Ah, the sweet sound of success! Even more relevant in this movie article is the sweet movement of success. Thus, Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies will highlight some of the top-notch dance steps where moving your feet to the music is essential. Now this does not have to necessary be exclusive to musical-oriented films or dance-related flicks but hey…it could not hurt either, right?

Nevertheless folks, how about we take a free-wheeling look at some of the selections that were memorable (some more than others) spotlighted here in Shake A Tail Feather: Top Ten Dance Moments in the Movies were your finger-snapping, feet-stomping urges overcome you. Perhaps you have your brand of acceptable dance moments not included in this group? Well, let your thoughts be known if you feel compelled to do so. In the meantime, sit back and check out some of »

- Frank Ochieng

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Sundance 2015: ‘Don Verdean’ a well-intentioned comedy that plays it too safe

4 February 2015 7:49 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sam Rockwell and Jermaine Clement in Don Verdean

Don Verdean

Directed by Jared Hess

Written by Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess

USA, 2015

The wife and husband duo behind Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, and Gentlemen Broncos gives us Don Verdean, a relatively tame exploration into the antics of biblical archaeology. The subject matter is rife with comedic possibilities but the film doesn’t go big enough with its shenanigans to see us through to being truly entertained. There are sporadic moments of inspiration, but they are too few and far in between to save it from itself. Not much is skewered about religion, instead broadly-drawn zealots populate the plot who desperately want to believe that discoveries abound which could validate biblical stories. The religious extremism doesn’t go far enough, as if it’s afraid of offending its audience. It seems satisfied to keep it mild and barely tongue-in-cheek. A rocking »

- Lane Scarberry

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Sundance 2015: Danny McBride Talks Life After ‘Eastbound and Down’

31 January 2015 4:55 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Eastbound and Down is one of the few comedic shows to actually stick its landing. That very, very loose autobiography Powers wrote? Spot on. That show has given us plenty of unforgettable lines and moments. The four seasons were consistent with the laughs and, best of all, never softened Kenny Powers. At the end of the final season, Powers is still the same oblivious foul-mouthed doofus, it’s just that he’s finally learned a terribly simple life lesson, which only took him four seasons to get to. Co-creators Jody Hill and Danny McBride need to keep working together, and thankfully, that’s the plan. After the premiere of McBride’s latest film, Jared Hess‘s (Napoleon Dynamite) Don Verdean, we caught up with the actor at the film’s after party. Time was short and we both had had a few drinks — or maybe just me and I presume he had as well — but we discussed »

- Jack Giroux

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Sundance 2015: Goofy Religious Antics in Jared Hess' 'Don Verdean'

30 January 2015 6:50 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

There are a growing number of recent films that have tried to make a fun joke out of religion, which can sometimes be a sensitive subject (at least in this country). Not many of them are that good, as sometimes they get too dumb with the humor (e.g. Year One), but sometimes they strike the right chord, touching upon both the importance of and hilarity of modern religion. Don Verdean is the latest film from Jared Hess & Jerusha Hess, the husband/wife filmmaker team that brought us Napoleon Dynamite and Gentlemen Broncos previously. Don Verdean is the name of religious artifacts collector who gets into some deep shit. In Don Verdean, Sam Rockwell dons a beard and plays Don, a religious collector who made a name for himself years ago but is well past his prime now. Working with his assistant Carol, played by Amy Ryan, he decides to »

- Alex Billington

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[Sundance Review] Don Verdean

30 January 2015 8:11 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In 2004, director Jared Hess was behind one of the most successful indies of the year: Napoleon Dynamite. The two films of his which followed that wild success were received less warmly. The director’s funniest film, Nacho Libre, didn’t come close to matching Dynamite‘s impact on pop culture or its success, while Gentlemen Broncos was mostly just a disaster. The one bright spot […] »

- Jack Giroux

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The Jetsons Movie Takes Off At Warner Bros.

29 January 2015 8:21 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With Peanuts looking better with every new trailer, Warner Bros. is plotting a feature-length return for another classic cartoon – Hanna-Barbera series The Jetsons.

Hoping to transform the beloved show, about a family living in a futuristic utopia filled with fantastical technology, into an animated theatrical feature, the studio has hired Matt Lieberman to pen a script. Word is that Warner Bros. was impressed with Lieberman’s work on an animated Scooby-Doo project that it is putting together, and that’s what landed him this gig.

Lieberman, who honed his skills in the Disney Writers Program, has been everywhere in Hollywood recently. He penned spec script 12/24, a found-footage Santa Claus movie that 1492 scooped up; another spec called The Pet, which Disney has set Napoleon Dynamite helmer Jared Hess to direct; Paramount Animation’s Giant Monsters Attack Japan; sci-fi Short Circuit, which Alvin and the Chipmunks director Tim Hill has signed on to helm; Mr. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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