Jason Bateman Talks HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, THE FAMILY FANG, What He Learned Directing BAD WORDS, IPO MAN, and More

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Sean AndersHorrible Bosses 2 opens tomorrow with Jason BatemanCharlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis reprising their roles from the first film.  This time around they decide to be their own bosses by setting out on their own entrepreneurial venture.  When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) steals their idea, they decide to kidnap his son (Chris Pine) and hold him for ransom.  Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx all return for the sequel.  While Horrible Bosses 2 isn’t going to win any awards, I’ll admit that I laughed a lot mostly from the great chemistry between Bateman, Day and Sudeikis.  For more on the film, watch some clips, the trailer, or here’s all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive interview with Jason Bateman.  He talked about not wanting to make a “stinky sequel,” what it was like on set working with Sudeikis and Day, if he likes to check out the movie while it’s in the editing room, how it’s going on his second feature, The Family Fang, his hope it will premiere at Telluride, working with Shawn Levy on This is Where I Leave You, the status of IPO Man, what he learned directing Bad Words that he wants to apply on future projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

BAD WORDS Blu-ray Review

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Movies like Bad Words tend to fiercely divide critics, with one half accusing them of empty shock tactics and the other half praising their edginess and daring. I fall into the latter camp with this one, though I can certainly understand the former. Not everyone wants to watch Jason Bateman’s misanthropic protagonist laying into small children with a viciousness that would make Terrell Owens blanch. The question becomes why his character would do such a thing, and in its journey towards the answer, Bad Words actually goes to some very interesting places. Hit the jump for my Bad Words Bluray review.

New to Blu-ray: THE RAID 2, BAD WORDS, NYMPHOMANIAC and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a rather epic martial arts/action sequel (featuring a cover quote by Collider’s own Matt Goldberg), director Lars von Trier’s epic of a different sort, a documentary about a film that doesn’t exist, Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, and more.  Briefly:

Allison Janney Talks Working with Jason Bateman, Pranks, Her Desire to Be on HOMELAND, THE WEST WING, and More on the Set of BAD WORDS

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One of my favorite films at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut Bad Words.  Andrew Dodge’s fantastic 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.  While the film could easily be a family friendly, PG movie that plays it safe, I’m happy to report Bateman has crafted a wholly R-rated movie that’s loaded with inappropriate dialogue and hysterical situations.  It also explains why Focus Features snapped it up during an all night bidding war following the world premiere.  Bad Words also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chandz and is now in theaters.

Last year, when the production was filming in Los Angeles, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  During a break in filming, we landed a great interview with Allison Janney.  She talked about working for Bateman and with Philip Baker Hall, her character, the way she likes to work, her love of Homeland, her career, The West Wing and reuniting with the cast for a PSA, and so much more.  Hit the jump for our Allison Janney interview.

Jason Bateman Talks BAD WORDS, Directing His First Feature, Finding the Tone, His Next Project THE FAMILY FANG, and More

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Bad Words, the feature directorial debut of Jason Bateman, is the subversively funny story of Guy Trilby (played by Bateman), a 40-year-old man who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to hijack the competition.  The overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, who is determined to crush their dreams of winning. The film also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chand.

At the film’s press day, actor/director Jason Bateman spoke at a roundtable interview about why he wanted to take on the responsibility of directing a film, finding the tone of the story, bringing the flaws and vulnerabilities out of the character, having so many swear words, the process of directing himself, making the best use of pre-production, working with his young co-stars, and coming from a funny family.  He also talked about going into production on his next directorial effort, The Family Fang, in May, why directing is the greatest job in the world, and that he prefers contributing to an already existing script over writing something himself.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

BAD WORDS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Bad Words opens today in limited release.]

As I’ve said in previous reviews, I’m a Jason Bateman fan. I think his critics are wrong when they say he only plays the straight man role. That’s the role he’s best known for, and even then “straight man” is a bit of a misnomer. Instead, Bateman’s adept at playing an outwardly nice guy with a not-very-nice guy deep down. Sometimes the inner guy is moderately deceptive like Arrested Development, sometimes he’s aggressive like Horrible Bosses, and in the case of Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words, he’s one of the meanest motherfuckers around. Bateman’s secret weapon is that he still looks and talks like a nice guy, and because he pushes this new character to a level of remarkable despicability, Bad Words is a damn funny flick that plays it safe by the script, but hits hard with the jokes.

New Posters for BAD WORDS, DIVERGENT, TRANSCENDENCE, and THE DOUBLE

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We’ve got some new posters to share with you from the following films:

  • Bad WordsJason Bateman’s feature directorial debut, starring Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chand. Bad Words opens in select theaters March 14th and expands across the country on March 21st and March 28th.  Be sure to check out Steve’s recent interview with Bateman here.
  • Divergent – The IMAX poster for Neil Burger’s adaptation of the Veronica Roth novel, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, and Mekhi PhiferDivergent opens March 21st.
  • TranscendenceWally Pfister’s directorial debut starring Johnny Depp, Paul BettanyRebecca HallKate MaraCillian MurphyClifton Collins Jr., and Morgan Freeman.  Transcendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17th.
  • The Double - Richard Ayoade‘s dark comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Robertsand Paddy Considine opens May 9th in limited release in the U.S.

Hit the jump to check them out.

Jason Bateman Talks Making His Feature Directorial Debut, Why He Chose This Script, Shooting Digitally, and More on the Set of BAD WORDS

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One of my favorite films at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut Bad Words.  Andrew Dodge’s awesome 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.  And while the film could easily be a family friendly, PG movie that plays it safe, I’m happy to report Bateman has crafted a wholly R-rated movie that’s loaded with inappropriate dialogue and hysterical situations.  It also explains why Focus Features snapped it up during an all night bidding war following the world premiere.  Bad Words also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chandz and opens in select theaters March 14th and expands across the country on March 21st and March 28th

Last year, when the production was filming in Los Angeles, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  During a break in filming, we landed a great interview with Jason Bateman.  He talked about why it took so long to direct his first feature, why he wanted to make Bad Words, his character, how it was always going to be rated R, why he shot with digital cameras, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Win Tickets to BAD WORDS Los Angeles Premiere

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One of my favorite films at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut Bad WordsAndrew Dodge’s awesome 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.  And while the film could easily be a family friendly, PG movie that plays it safe, I’m happy to report Bateman has crafted a wholly R-rated movie that’s loaded with inappropriate dialogue and hysterical situations.  It also explains why Focus Features quickly snapped it up during an all night bidding war following the world premiere.  Bad Words also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chandz. 

With the film opening in limited release March 14 and expanding across the country March 21 and March 28, Focus is holding a Los Angeles premiere on March 5th and we’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away to some of our readers!  Hit the jump for details on how to win.

15 New Images from BAD WORDS Starring Jason Bateman, Rohan Chand, and Kathryn Hahn

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We’ve got 15 new images from Jason Bateman’s feature directorial debut Bad Words to share with you today.  Bateman also stars in the comedy as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole to compete in a national spelling bee competition.  The crux of the film is the relationship between Trilby and a naïve, 10-year-old contestant named Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), as the two strike up a rapport despite Trilby’s mean-spirited nature.  Watch the red-band trailer here, and check out Matt’s review from TIFF 2013.

Also starring Kathryn HahnAllison JanneyBen Falcone, and Philip Baker HallBad Words opens in theaters in limited release on March 14th, expanding March 21st, and eventually going wide on March 28th.  Hit the jump to check out the images.

New Clip and Images from Jason Bateman’s Directorial Debut BAD WORDS

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Focus Features has released a new clip from Jason Bateman’s feature directorial debut Bad Words.  Bateman stars in the comedy as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole to compete in a national spelling bee competition.  The crux of the film is the relationship between Trilby and a naïve, 10-year-old contestant named Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), as the two strike up a rapport despite Trilby’s mean-spirited nature.  This clip is a scene towards the beginning of their friendship, as Chaitanya explains to Trilby that when he finds a girlfriend, she’s definitely going to have nipples.  I caught the film at TIFF last fall and while it’s very funny, it’s not for the easily offended; much of the comedy comes from just how terribly Trilby treats the other spelling bee contestants, all of whom are children.

Hit the jump to watch the clip and to check out some new images, click here to read Matt’s review, and click here to watch Steve’s interview with Bateman about the film.  The pic also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, and Philip Baker HallBad Words opens in theaters on March 21st.

New Clip and Images from BAD WORDS Starring Jason Bateman and Rohan Chand

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Focus Features has released new images and a clip from Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut, Bad Words.  Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole to compete in a national spelling bee competition.  Guy has a larger motive than just winning, but his mean-spirited nature allows him to berate and humiliate kids along the way.  In the clip, Guy meets 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand), an innocent, naïve competitor, and their odd relationship provides the heart of the picture, or at least what little heart it has.  As I said in my review from TIFF, Bad Words is delightfully mean-spirited, and this clip is fairly tame compared to other moments in the picture.

Hit the jump to check out the clip and new images, and click here for Steve’s interview with Bateman.  The film also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, and Philip Baker HallBad Words will play at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, and open in theaters on March 21st.

New Posters for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, BAD WORDS, and CUBAN FURY

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A few new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – A character new poster for the highly anticipated DreamWorks Animation sequel gives us a look at Fishlegs (voiced by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) five years after the events of the first film.  The follow-up opens in 3D June 13th.
  • 300: Rise of an Empire – A couple of new banners for the stylish action sequel highlight Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton).  The sequel opens March 7th.
  • Bad Words – An appropriately foul premiere poster for Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, a comedy about an adult who enters a spelling bee tournament.  The film opens March 21st.
  • Cuban Fury – A cheeky new poster for the Nick Frost salsa dancing comedy plays off comparisons to a certain other dance-themed film.  The pic opens in the U.K. on February 14th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

New Trailer for BAD WORDS Starring Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, and Rohan Chand

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Last month, Focus Features released a red-band trailer for Jason Bateman‘s funny and foul-mouthed comedy Bad Words.  The film stars Bateman as the Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole to compete in a national spelling bee competition.  Guy has a larger motive than just winning, but his mean-spirited nature allows him to berate and humiliate kids along the way.  The studio has now released a green-band trailer, and here’s what’s interesting:  Curse words?  Not okay.  Racist jokes?  Totally fine.  I’m a horrible human being, so those get a laugh out of me (I thought they worked in the context of the movie; Adam thought they took it too far), but I’m surprised that the MPAA thinks they’re A-OK for all audiences.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, click here for Steve’s interview with Bateman, and click here to read my review from TIFF.  The film also stars Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, and Philip Baker HallBad Words opens March 21st.

Red-Band Trailer for Jason Bateman’s BAD WORDS

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Focus Features has released the red-band trailer for Jason Bateman‘s directorial debut, Bad Words.  The film stars Bateman as the Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who exploits a loophole to compete in a national spelling bee competition.  Guy has a larger motive than just winning, but his mean-spirited nature allows him to berate and humiliate kids along the way.  It’s really funny.  When I saw the film at TIFF, I was worried the trailer would give away too many of the jokes, and this red-band trailer does drop a few of the good ones (especially an insult near the end), but it manages to keep most of them a secret by focusing on Guy’s relationship with his competitor Chaitanya (Rohan Chand).

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, and click here for Steve’s interview with Bateman at TIFF.  The film also stars Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, and Philip Baker HallBad Words opens March 21, 2014.

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