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In Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Ed Helms plays a smalltown guy in the middle of a crisis, the employee of a tiny local company whose entire identity is threatened by the potential exit of a crucial person in his life. As any fan of his TV show, The Office, will tell you, that sounds like a pretty familiar premise, except that the potential exit could threaten Helms' real life, not some fictional existence. But at the New York City premiere of his new film, Helms seemed unworried by the fact that NBC looks to be moving forward with a
- Jordan Zakarin
March is here, which means a whole new boatload of movies are coming your way in the coming weeks, so here's a peek at a few of them.
First up is "Friends With Kids" the latest from writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt, that features a pretty great cast including Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd. This clip from the film is a nice set-up to what audiences will get. It's from an early scene in the movie in which the go-getter, casual sex, endless dating lifestyle of our leads is introduced only for a quick twist to be revealed right as the scene closes. Don't worry, it's not a spoiler at all, but merely a set-up of what's to come in the story of two friends who decide to have a kid but forgo the messiness of getting into an actual relationship. "Friends With Kids" arrives on March 9th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Should you have any reaction to this news, it can only depend on how much Jason Segel affected your enjoyment of The Muppets. If he was a burden, here you go; if he was a benefit, well, sorry. Said news comes from Vulture, who report that the inevitable sequel to last fall’s family hit will bring back director James Bobin and co-writer Nicholas Stoller — but Segel, who co-wrote, starred, and helped will the project to life through years of enthusiasm, will not be lending his name to the screenplay once more.
And it’s for the most basic of reasons: he’s too busy. Just right now, Segel‘s schedule consists of shooting on How I Met Your Mother, promotion for three movies hitting throughout 2012 (The Five-Year Engagement, Jeff Who Lives at Home, and This is Forty), other writing opportunities, and whatever else may come to fruition in the little free time still available. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Lucky for us, March is full of some of highly anticipated movies we can't wait to check out. If you love a good laugh, Friends With Kids or 21 Jump Street may be your pick. Are classic kids stories more your speed? Then I'm sure you're pumped for The Lorax and Mirror, Mirror. And of course, we can't talk about March movies without highlighting The Hunger Games! With so many exciting titles, I know it will be hard, but it's time to cast your vote. Which March Movie Are You Most Excited to See? The Lorax John Carter Friends With Kids 21 Jump Street Jeff Who Lives at Home Casa de mi Padre The Hunger Games Wrath of the Titans Mirror, Mirror Goon »
- Lizzie Fuhr
Jason Segel (I Love You, Man) and Ed Helms (The Hangover) are both masters of comedy, but everything shown so far from Jeff Who Lives At Home hints to me that we'll be getting a lot more from them this time 'round. There's a certain desperation coupled with a kind of fearful hope that seems to permeate both of their characters, and I'd argue that glimpses of this can definitely be seen in the new clip below entitled "Porsche Crash." Written and directed »
- Alejandro Stepenberg
Oh, what a difference an Oscar makes. Screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who co-wrote "The Descendants" with Alexander Payne (and nabbed the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), have sold an action-comedy with Kristen Wiig attached to star.
Though details remain scant, word around Tinseltown is that the sale was competitive with the writers fielding offers from muliple studios (which just so happens to be every writer's dream come true). According to Show Blitz, Indian Paintbrush — which has "Jeff Who Lives at Home" and "Seeking a Friend at the End of the World" out soon — won the bidding war for this Wiig starrer.
So how did this magical deal all come together? Besides Faxon and Rash being two of the hottest scribes in Hollywood right now, both writers also happen to be buddy buddy with Wiig from their days waiting tables working as members of the Groundlings comedy team. »
- Elizabeth Durand
Indian Paintbrush, which has Jeff Who Lives at Home starring Jason Segel and Seeking a Friend at the End of the World with Steve Carell out soon, purchased the pitch. Both writers know Wiig well from their days working together as members of the Groundlings comedy team.
Oscars on the Scene: Jason Segel has a wardrobe malfunction
Academy Awards show »
- Jeff Labrecque
Check out this new TV spot, courtesy of Coming Soon, for Jeff Who Lives at Home – the latest film from the Duplass Brothers, Jay and Mark, who were previously responsible for the Jonah Hill starring Cyrus. This time round the pair team with actor Jason Segel for a tale of a man looking for that most simplest of things, the meaning of his life…
Penned by the writer/director team of brothers Jay and Mark Duplass (Cyrus), this is the story of one man searching for the meaning of life while running to the store to buy wood glue. Using the universe as his guide, Jeff looks for signs to help determine his path. However, a series of comedic and unexpected events leads him to cross paths with his family in the strangest of locations and circumstances. Jeff just may find the meaning of his life… and if he’s lucky, »
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (opening in theaters on March 2nd), is the beloved children’s story that’s also its author’s favorite work. The 3D-cg animated adaptation is an adventure that follows the journey of idealistic 12-year-old Ted (voiced by Zac Efron) while he searches for a real Truffula Tree for Audrey (voiced by Taylor Swift), in order to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find one, he must learn the story of the Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito) from the enigmatic and bitter old hermit, known as the Once-ler (voiced by Ed Helms), who let the temptation of greed and success get the better of him. At the film’s press day, actor Ed Helms spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he pursued being a part of the film, that he was stunned when he was offered the role of the Once-ler, »
- Christina Radish
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, the beloved children’s story that’s also its author’s favorite work, opens in theaters on March 2nd. To promote the film’s release, Collider got to participate in the press junket and sit down with actor Ed Helms, who lends his voice to the iconic role of the Once-ler, the old and bitter hermit whose greed got the better of him. While we will run what he had to say about the film closer to its release date, we did want to share what he had to say about his next feature film, Jeff Who Lives at Home (due out in theaters on March 16th), which he is clearly very proud of, the current status of The Hangover 3, and how much fun he’s been having as the office manager on the NBC comedy series The Office. Check out what he had to say »
- Christina Radish
He has written and starred in a line of successful comedies, yet little prepared him for meeting Kermit and Miss Piggy
When I meet him, in the cavernous La warehouse that houses the sets for the enormously popular Fox sitcom How I Met Your Mother, Jason Segel is tired. It's understandable: he spent most of last night reshooting scenes from one of his three forthcoming films. Now he must get into the character of Marshall Eriksen, whom he's played throughout seven series of the Emmy Award-winning sitcom and invested with the trademark sweetness that can make even the creepiest and neediest characters seem lovable. We take advantage of a break in filming that has left Studio 22 deserted to settle down in a beat-up couch.
He is a huge man, at least 6ft 4in, and exudes a strange mixture of self-consciousness and calm. He doesn't seem to take himself seriously at all, »
- Chrissy Iley
One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Colin Trevorrow‘s Safety Not Guaranteed. Written by Derek Connolly, the film’s about a trio of magazine employees investigate a classified ad that seeks a partner for time travel. One employee develops feelings for the paranoid but compelling loner and tries to discover what he’s really up to. It’s based on a real ad that was passed around the internet in 2005 and the movie stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni. Shortly after premiering, FilmDistrict bought the film, so you can look forward to seeing it at some point in the future. For more on the film, you can read Matt’s review. After seeing the movie, I got to sit down with Mark Duplass for an extended interview. We talked about being at Sundance, how he got »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Directed by: Jay and Mark Duplass
Release Date: March 16, 2012
Trailer Score: 8/10
Thoughts by Tsr: I have an interesting relationship with the films of Jay and Mark Duplass. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan, but I really enjoy Baghead and Cyrus. What I realized is that it took multiple viewings for me to get to that point. Keeping with tradition, I had to watch this trailer a couple times before fully getting on board with what it is doing. Now that I am I can confidently say Jeff Who Lives at Home is one of the March releases I’m most interested in checking out.
Even if the trailer hadn’t won me over with its infectious mixture of heart and comedy, I’d still want to get a chance to see »
- Shane T. Nier
ABC's Judy has Greer as cosmopolitan woman who marries and becomes a fish out of water in suburbs. Variety reports that the Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont scripted the pilot which is being executive-produced by Judy Greer and Dave Gardner. Greer's character juggles the demands of stepchildren, as well as her mother-in-law and her husband's ex, who just happens to be the sheriff of the town. Greer's FX's Archer as Cheryl Tunt and Two and a Half Men. Film-wise, the actress can be seen in Academy Award-nominated The Descendants with George Clooney as well as Jay and Mark Duplass' upcoming comedy Jeff Who Lives at Home »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Taped Trailer I, like many other boys, went through a Patrick Dempsey phase when I was younger. It all started with Can't Buy Me Love »
- Christopher Stipp
[Click Here For The Full-sized Graphic.] Writer-director-producer-actor Mark Duplass has been making movies since 2002; his first feature, "The Puffy Chair," debuted at Sundance in 2005. Like many of Mark's films, that one was directed, written and produced with his brother, Jay Duplass. (The latest Duplass Bros. project, "Jeff Who Lives at Home," will be released by Paramount in March.) However, Mark is not a filmmaking monagamist. In the last 10 years, Mark's collaborated on nearly two dozen films. In addition to Jay, Mark has worked with his wife, Katie Aselton, as well as Joe Swanberg, Noah Baumbach and Lynn Shelton. And at any large festival in which Mark Duplass has a film, there’s a better than even chance that he’s got his hands in many other projects by first, second or third degrees of separation. So we thought we’d play a little “Six Degrees of Mark Duplass” here at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. See »
Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest drama group, has bestowed its Man of the Year honor on a pretty esteemed bunch of entertainers, from directors like Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese to actors including Tom Cruise and Bruce Willis, but it really prizes Renaissance men. It's most recent honorees have included multi-hyphenate showmen like James Franco, Justin Timberlake, Tim Robbins and Robert Downey Jr.
Segel is certainly a move in that same direction, as the star is currently everywhere you look wearing a variety of caps, acting on TV's "How I Met Your Mother" and in hit films like "Bad Teacher" and the well-reviewed "Jeff Who Lives At Home" and writing flicks like "Forgetting Sarah Marshal. »
- John Mitchell
I finally got around to seeing my first Duplass Brothers movie last year with Cyrus starring Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly. While I enjoyed the film and it made me interested to see more of their movies, I understand that it's probably not an entirely accurate representation of their work since it is also their most accessible film to date. It does, however, seem like it could be a good indicator of what to expect from their next indie comedy Jeff Who Lives At Home, which also happens to star a handful of fairly well-known actors: specifically, Jason Segel and Ed Helms. The story revolves around two brothers, Jeff and Pat, one of which (Segel) is a slacker still living in their mother's basement, while the other (Helms) is employed and happily married. After spotting Pat's wife (Judy Greer) with another man, they start to suspect that she might be cheating on him, »
After noodling in the deeper realms of the indie world for years with the likes of The Puffy Chair and Baghead, writing/directing sibling team Jay and Mark Duplass soundly cracked the surface of a bigger awareness level with 2010’s achingly sharp comedy-drama Cyrus. And now they’re back with another great cast and a new comedy that wades along the line between the bitter and the sweet, Jeff Who Lives At Home. The trailer’s up at Apple.Jeff (Jason Segel) is by all accounts a directionless loser, content to lounge about in the basement of his mother Sharon (Susan Sarandon) and while away his days on meaningless errands. His brother Pat (Ed Helms), on the other hand, appears to have made a life for himself, with a job and a wife (Judy Greer). But a chance meeting between the siblings leads to revelations, confrontations and something of an »
The first trailer was recently unleashed upon the Internet, and in it we find out that Segel's titular Jeff is a slacker still living in his mom's basement -- mom, incidentally, is played by Susan Sarandon -- while Helms' Pat is a seemingly put-together grown-up with a real job and a wife. Jeff seems like a more pathetic, less clever version of Segel's character from "I Love You Man," but we can't really get past Helms' terrible goatee to really assess his character.
When the brothers meet up (unplanned -- fate intervenes, which seems to be a big theme of the film), they grow closer as they discover Helms' wife is cheating on him. (As Vulture notes, it's like an opposite "Decendants" for Judy Greer. »
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