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Jason Bateman is set to make his feature film directorial debut with the spelling bee comedy Bad Words in which he’ll also star as a high school dropout who enters a spelling bee for children. The script, written by Andrew Dodge, made The Black List in 2011. Deadline reports that some big names have been added to the cast, including Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney and Phillip Baker Hall. The latter two will play heads of the spelling bee group. Production is expected to begin this week in L.A. »
With a new season of “Arrested Development” just around the corner, Jason Bateman has figured that now would be the best time to mount his feature-length directorial debut with “Bad Words.” He’s already proving to have an eye for talent now that he’s cast excellent character actors Allison Janney and Philip Baker Hall. The film, a 2011 Black List winner, will find Bateman leading the picture as well, playing a bitter thirtysomething who exploits a loophole to enter the children's National Quill Spelling Bee championships.. Janney and Hall will play Dr. Bernice Deagan, the outraged director of the spelling bee organization and Dr. Bowman, the head of the spelling bee group, respectively. Kathryn Hahn, Ben Falcone and Rohan Chandz have also joined the cast. Bateman looks to be shooting the film fairly quickly, with production starting in L.A. this week. We really like the talent being assembled here, »
- Cain Rodriguez
1.) Saorise Ronan and Jeff Goldblum have checked into The Grand Budapest Hotel, joining the previously announced Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman in Wes Anderson's next film. Though we still don't have an official logline, Anderson has said the story is set 85 years ago in a Hungarian hotel and is inspired by Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch. The film will shoot early next year. Variety, The Playlist 2.) While we've already heard comparisons to Inception and 2001: A Space Odyssey for Transcendence, the directorial debut from cinematographer Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight, Inception) with Johnny Depp in the lead role and Christopher Nolan attached as one of the executive producers, the weekend brought our first semblance of a plot summary. The story will reportedly follow three scientists working on stem cell and advanced computer technology that will change the fundamentals of human life, only to be met by resistance and protest. »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Jason Bateman's Bad Words has announced its full cast. Allison Janney and Kathryn Hahn will join the actor in his directorial debut. Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chandz will also feature in the comedy. Bateman will star as a 41-year-old high school dropout named Guy Trilby, who discovers a loophole that allows him to compete in The National Quill Spelling Bee. He befriends (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
Update: How to you spell success? Jason Bateman is casting reliably funny actors in his directorial debut Bad Words about a grown man who finds a loophole to compete in the National Quill Spelling bee. Bateman's Juno castmate Allison Janney (she played Juno's stepmom) to play the outraged director of the spelling bee and Phillip Baker Hall (Mr. Popper's Penguins; he also played next door neighbor Walt on "Modern Family") will play the head of the spelling bee group. Rohan Chand, who played Adam Sandler's son in Jack and Jill, will play the socially awkward spelling bee contestant who befriends Bateman's character. Ben Falcone, who drew a lot of attention for being hilarious at playing the straight man to (real life wife) Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids, and Kathryn Hahn ("Parks and Recreation") are also in the cast. Filming begins this week in Los Angeles.
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Bateman plays a 41-year-old high school drop out who discovers a loophole that allows him to enter The National Quill Spelling Bee.
His entry draws vehement protest and outrage of parents and the organization’s director, and he quickly advances to the nationals where he meets an awkward young boy who is unfazed by the man's brash and ill-mannered ways.
As the competition progresses, the pair begin to form an unlikely friendship. With a long list of detractors threaten to derail his change of winning, Guy must find a way to stay focused on his true mission.
Darko Entertainment, Aggregate Films and Mxn Entertainment are producing and shooting kicks off this week. »
- Garth Franklin
Jason Bateman's been working in front of the camera since 1982 and now he's ready to step behind the camera for his first feature film as director. Bateman's signed up a cast that includes Allison Janney, Kathryn Hahn, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall, and Rohan Chandz for his rookie directing effort, Bad Words. Bateman's also set to star in the dark comedy which is set up with Darko Entertainment and Aggregate Films.
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A universal constant states that if you add Allison Janney to your cast, you automatically class things up 732%. Jason Bateman has taken advantage of that for his directorial debut, Bad Words, but hasn’t stopped there. He’s also recruited Phillip Baker Hall, Kathryn Hahn, Ben Falcone and Rohan Chand.Words finds Bateman starring as Guy Trilby, a bitter, 41-year-old high school dropout. Looking for ways to make other people as unhappy as he is, he discovers a loophole that lets him enter the National Quill Spelling Bee.Competing against young kids, he manages to make it to nationals, while befriending Chaitanya (Chandz) a winning, charming speller who isn’t fazed by Trilby’s hi-jinks.Hall is set as Dr Bowman, who runs the Bee, while Janney will give good bluster as Dr Bernice Deagan, the director of the organization, outraged at what Trilby is trying to do. There’s »
A joint announcement was released by Darko Entertainment, Aggregate Films and Mxn Entertainment that Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words, will begin production with the week in Los Angeles. In addition to directing, Bateman will also headline the film and his co-stars include; Allison Janney (Juno), Kathryn Hahn (Our Idiot Brother), Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids), Philip Baker Hall (50/50), and Rohan Chand (Jack and Jill). Bad Words was an original screenplay by Andrew Dodge that had generated a great deal of industry buzz when it made the 2011 coveted Black List. »
- Kerry Fleming
• Jude Law (Anna Karenina) has joined the cast of Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, co-starring Naomi Watts and Rob Pattinson, announced Sierra/Affinity, which will handle international sales of the film, on Friday. The period biopic written and directed by Herzog revolves around writer, archaeologist and British Empire attaché Gertrude Bell (Watts), and T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia (Pattinson). Principal photography is set to start in Morocco in March 2013.
- Solvej Schou
Back in July, we reported that Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) was lining up the 2011 Black List comedy Bad Words as his directorial debut. We're happy to say that the production has officially begun and the supporting cast has been significantly rounded out. In addition to Bateman in the lead, the indie comedy will feature Allison Janney (The Help), Kathryn Hahn (Our Idiot Brother), Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids), Philip Baker Hall (Argo), and Rohan Chandz (Jack and Jill). Andrew Dodge's comedic 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. Hit the jump for much more on Bad Words. Here's the full press release for Bateman's directorial debut, Bad Words: Los Angeles (November 2, 2012) – Darko Entertainment, Aggregate Films and Mxn Entertainment announced today production commences this week on the dark comedy, »
- Dave Trumbore
The story centers on a 41-year-old high school drop out (Jason Bateman), who enters the National Quill Spelling Bee. Allison Janney plays Dr. Bernice Deagan, the director of the spelling bee group, while Philip Baker Hall portrays the head of the organization. Rohan Chandz plays a fellow contestant who becomes friends with Jason Bateman's character.
The comedy will begin production in Los Angeles this week.
Jason Bateman has a supporting group of actors now set to join him in the upcoming comedy Bad Words, which will also be the star's directorial debut. Allison Janney, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chand have all signed on parts in the movie, which follows a 41-year old high school dropout (Bateman) as he exploits a loophole so that he can compete in a spelling bee intended for children who are still in grade school. The Wrap, which has the news of the casting, says that Janney will be playing Dr. Bernice Deagan, the director of the spelling bee organization; Baker Hall will take the role of Dr. Bowman, the "head of the spelling bee group," and Chand will be Chaitanya, one of Bateman's fellow contestants. The site adds that Ben Falcone and Kathryn Hahn have also joined the cast, but doesn't say what roles they will be playing. Filming »
Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall and Rohan Chandz have joined the cast of "Bad Words," Jason Bateman's directorial debut. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, an embittered 41-year old high school dropout who enters the National Quill Spelling Bee thanks to a loophole. Even though the competition is meant for kids in eighth grade or younger, he makes it to nationals. Janney will play the organization's director, Dr. Bernice Deagan, who is outraged by the whole situation. Chandz will play Chaitanya, a socially awkward fellow contestant unfazed by Trilby's antics. The two ultimately »
- Lucas Shaw
Darko Entertainment, Aggregate Films and Mxn Entertainment announced today production commences this week on the dark comedy, Bad Words , which marks the directorial debut of Jason Bateman. Bateman will also headline the film, starring opposite Allison Janney ( The Help , Juno ), Kathryn Hahn ( Our Idiot Brother , How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days ), Ben Falcone ( Bridesmaids , What to Expect When You're Expecting ), Philip Baker Hall ( Argo , Magnolia ), and Rohan Chandz ( Jack and Jill ). In the film, the old adage, .Where there.s a will, there.s a way,. is taken to new heights when 41-year-old high school drop out Guy Trilby (Bateman) discovers a loophole that allows him to enter The National Quill Spelling Bee. Designed for 8th Grade children or below, Guy.s entry draws »
Exclusive: Jason Bateman and his Aggregate Films production banner have teamed with Up All Night executive producer DJ Nash for Then Came Elvis, a single-camera comedy that has sold to NBC. This marks the first TV project for Aggregate Films, which was launched in January with two-year first-look deals at Universal Pictures and Universal TV. Set in the 1980s and loosely based on Nash’s life, Then Came Elvis is about a family that finally comes together when the parents divorce. Told through voice-over from the adult son’s perspective, the series examines how, at 13, the son would have changed just about everything that was happening, but as an adult looking back, he wouldn’t change a thing. Nash will executive produce with Bateman and Aggregate president, Jim Garavente. Universal TV, where both Aggregate and Nash are under deals, will produce. This is the second high-profile 1980s-set autobiographical comedy in »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Actor Jason Bateman is preparing to get behind the camera with his feature film directorial debut – the recently announced comedy Bad Words. Based on an Andrew Dodge script that appeared on the 2011 Black List of best unproduced screenplays circulating in Hollywood, Bad Words is about a “bitter thirtysomething who uses a loophole in the system to enter a national kids' spelling bee.” Bateman appears likely to pull double duty on the feature – both directing and starring. While this project marks the performer’s first feature film directing gig, it’s not his first time behind the camera. Bateman’s previous credits include episodes of Valerie’s Family, Arrested Development, and Family Matters. The actor’s Aggregate Films...
- Mike Bracken
“Arrested Development” is finally making its way back before cameras thanks to Netflix, so that means that the cast will be too busy for other projects in the near future, right? Wrong. Jason Bateman is planning on taking the lead role in the Andrew Dodge’s 2011 Black Listed indie comedy “Bad Words.” He’ll play a bitter thirtysomething (despite being 43) who exploits a loophole to enter a kids' spelling bee. Not content with simply starring in the film though, Bateman has lined this up to be his debut feature as a director. Bateman first tried his hand at directing way back in 1989 on his sitcom “Valerie.” He’s since directed episodes of six other shows including the excellent “Afternoon Delight” episode of "Arrested Development." As well as acting and directing, Bateman will also serve as a producer through his fledgling company Aggregate Films (who are also bringing Seth Gordon’s. »
- Joe Cunningham
Bateman will likely play a bitter thirtysomething who uses a loophole in the system to enter a national kids' spelling bee.
- Garth Franklin
Jason Bateman is to make his directorial debut in upcoming comedy Bad Words. The actor's DumbDumb comedy enterprise with Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett is in negotiations to produce the independent project with Darko Entertainment. Tyro's Andrew Dodge has written a screenplay for the film, reports Variety. Bateman will likely also star in the film as the main character. The movie follows an aggrieved 30-something who finds a loophole to enter a children's (more) »
- By Tom Eames
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