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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
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
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.
- Justin Kroll
Directed by Jared Hess
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
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
In the above clip, Danny McBride, who plays Tony Lazarus attempts to proposition biblical archaeologist Don Verdean (Sam Rockwell) to come work for his church the Lazarus fellowship. After offering to bankroll his endeavors, Leslie Bibb who plays Joylinda Lazarus, helps drive the nail in the coffin, so to speak. After very little actual convincing, Verdean willingly obliges. “I think it’s fair to say this might be a match made in heaven,” says Verdean with an obviously bad religious pun.
Don Verdean follows the title character (Sam Rockwell), a Biblical archaeologist hired by the local church pastor to find faith-promoting relics in the Holy Land. After proving unsuccessful in his attempts to find anything of substance, »
- William Fanelli
It's a good thing that Netflix is always adding more things to streaming, because come February, the service will be removing some movies and TV shows. Luckily, we know exactly what will be expiring, so you can check out the list and plan your viewing schedule accordingly! Movies A View to a Kill Airheads Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now Redux Babes in Toyland Batman & Robin Batman Forever Batman Returns Cocoon: The Return Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Down Periscope For Your Eyes Only From Russia With Love Goldfinger Jane Eyre Live and Let Die Mad Max M*A*S*H Nacho Libre Never Say Never Again Revenge School Daze Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie The Juror Wishmaster Zodiac Arbitrage (Feb. 5) Dredd (Feb. 23) Ali (Feb. 28) Monkey Trouble (Feb. 28) Panic Room (Feb. 28) TV Series Blackadder Fawlty Towers Hotel Babylon Mi-5 Red Dwarf Jem and the Holograms My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic »
As Park City shimmers with star sightings, one director arrives at a film-fest party with a +23.
Director Eli Roth rolled into Sundance Film Festival hotspot Tao with about +23 (we lost count), while real “Entourage” guy Adrian Grenier talked about a sequel to the film while staying true to his “Aquaman” roots and promoting his “Lonely Whale” documentary project.
Also read: Sundance Party Report in Pictures: The Snowy Scene in Park City (Updating Photos)
Here is what is happening outside the screenings and behind the ropes in Park City, Utah.
- Mikey Glazer
I know that most of you have seen Napoleon Dynamite. I am equally certain that most of you can quote one, if not more, lines from that aforementioned film of awkward hilarity. But you might not be aware of what Jared and Jerusha Hess have done since they unleashed Napoleon and his weird clique on an unsuspecting world. Lionsgate is hoping that you will still have some passion left for their work, though, as they picked up the Hess’ new film Don Verdean very quickly at Sundance.
Lionsgate acquired the film for U.S. distribution several days in advance of its premiere at Sundance – which either says that the studio is hard up for new releases, or that they have great faith in what the Hesses have produced.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
There has been a lot of heat going into Sundance that this year's festival could be another buyer's market for mini-majors and indie distributors looking to fill out their 2015 slates. Fox Searchlight already picked up Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's "Mistress America" and now Lionsgate has surprised by acquiring another premiere title, Jared Hess' "Don Verdean." A potential comeback for the man behind "Napoleon Dynamite," "Verdean" finds Sam Rockwell playing the title character, a biblical archeologist brought on by a small town church pastor to find "faith-promoting" historical items in the Holy Land. He has to get creative when his expedition comes up short. The rest of the cast is rounded out by Jemaine Clment, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Leslie Bibb and Will Forte. Hess' first break was when "Napoleon Dynamite" exploded out of Sundance in 2004. A decade later he returns after one major hit, 2006's "Nacho Libre, »
- Gregory Ellwood
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival won't even begin until tomorrow, but Lionsgate has already picked up a film debuting in Park City this month. It's been 11 years since director Jared Hess made a huge splash at Sundance with Napoleon Dynamite, and now he's back with Don Verdean, a new comedy starring Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Will Forte and more. And now Deadline reports Lionsgate has already picked up the distribution rights to the film before it premieres next week. Does this mean that Hess might finally have another good film to follow his breakthrough indie sensation? We certainly hope so, especially since it's one of our 10 most anticipated films of the festival. More below! Here's our first look at Jared Hess' Don Verdean from the Sundance film guide: Don Verdean is directed by Jared Jess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre), who co-wrote the script with his brother Jerusha Hess. »
- Ethan Anderton
Netflix has just released their lists of what films and TV shows we will see added in February…and what films and TV shows will vanish.
First, the good news: quite a few classic and popular TV shows are making the grade on the streaming service, including the first five seasons of Mash, Hawaii 5-0, and the new season of House of Cards. New additions to the film list include RoboCop, The Brothers Bloom, and Gimme Shelter. While there’s not a lot of quality stuff on offer, there are at least a few new films and TV shows that we can enjoy on the Netflix streaming service.
Now for the bad news: quite a number of favorites are going to vanish from Netflix come February 1. Among these are several James Bond films, Zodiac, Jane Eyre, and Dredd. The TV shows fare even worse, with tons of BBC shows expiring, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
12 items from 2015
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