Revisiting NAPOLEON DYNAMITE 10 Years Later

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There’s something strangely anachronistic about Napoleon Dynamite that helps it avoid the usual pratfalls of nostalgia.  Recently there have been a string of articles across the web celebrating the anniversary of an assortment of questionable films – Speed, The Mighty Ducks – all hinging on the writer’s relationship and/or fondness to the film-in-question as it was released.  These write-ups work (if they do at all) not only because they celebrate a particular film, but more so because they remind the reader of a specific period in time and by proxy a point in their own lives.  Hit the jump, to continue reading.

Kristen Wiig Joins Zach Galifianakis Comedy; Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren Join EYE; Dave Franco Leads INTERN’S HANDBOOK, and More

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We’ve got a number of casting stories to attend to.  Briefly:

  • Kristen Wiig has joined Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson in an untitled Relativity comedy from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess.
  • Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren are joining Colin Firth in the military drone drama Eye in the Sky.
  • Sony is developing an adaptation of The Intern’s Handbook as a star vehicle for Dave Franco.
  • Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) will play Bonnie and Clyde in Go Down Together.

Hit the jump for more on the casting.

Oscar Isaac Replaces Javier Bardem in A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, Zach Galifianakis Joins Heist Comedy, and FIFTY SHADES Adds Two

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We’ve got a few casting announcements to attend to.  Briefly:

  • Oscar Isaac will replace Javier Bardem in director J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost) new film A Most Violent Year opposite Jessica Chastain.
  • Zach Galifianakis is in negotiations to star opposite Owen Wilson in the heist comedy formerly titled Loomis Fargo.
  • Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden and recording artist Rita Ora have been added to the cast of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Jim Carrey Confirmed to Star in NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Director Jared Hess’ Action-Comedy LOOMIS FARGO

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Jim Carrey will indeed be heading into heist territory with his next film.  We reported back in October that Carrey was in negotiations to star in director Jared Hess’ (Napoleon Dynamite) action-comedy Loomis Fargo, and Relativity Media announced today that the deal has closed and the actor will be fronting the film.  The pic is inspired by true events and tells the story of a disgruntled bank employee who teams up with his work crush to conspire to rob Loomis Fargo.  Though the plot sounds a tad similar to Carrey’s Fun with Dick and Jane, hopefully it’ll provide another opportunity to mix timely subject matter with some well-crafted humor.

Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn (Baby Mama) will produce, while Danny McBride and Jody Hill are onboard as executive producers.  A female lead has yet to be announced, but production is hoping to get underway this April in North Carolina.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

Jim Carrey in Negotiations to Rob Armored Cars in Action-Comedy LOOMIS FARGO

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Funnyman Jim Carrey is in talks to star in Loomis Fargo, an action-comedy flick based on real-life events centering on an armored car heist.  The pic revolves around four dull-witted Southerners who managed to rob a Loomis Fargo armored car to the tune of $17 million.  Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) will direct from a script in turns by Emily Spivey, then Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and finally Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer. Hit the jump for more on this project, including details on Carrey’s potential character. 

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Director Jared Hess to Helm Disney’s Alien Comedy THE PET

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The world was Jared Hess‘ oyster after Napoleon Dynamite became a surprise hit and minor pop culture phenomenon in 2004.  Unfortunately he used his points to make Nacho Libre and followed that up with the lackluster Gentleman Broncos, before circling back to a Napoleon Dynamite animated series on Fox.  The shine has surely worn off, but the oyster shell has not snapped shut just yet.  Producer Scott Rudin (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close) hired Hess to direct The Pet, a family comedy that Disney has been developing since 2007.  Based on an original idea from Matt Lieberman—who recently signed on to the Short Circuit rebootThe Pet follows “a man who’s abducted by aliens, taken to their planet and turned into a family pet.”

The latest draft is by Tim Dowling (This Means War), but Variety makes it sound like Hess will take over the script from here on out.  If so, Hess will likely turn to wife and longtime collaborator Jerusha Hess for help on the script.  To my knowledge, this will be Hess’ first time directing material from an outside source.  I don’t know that this fact will freshen up his idiosyncratic style, but it can’t hurt to try.

Creators Jared and Jerusha Hess Talk NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Animated Series and AUSTENLAND

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From creators/executive producers Jared and Jerusha Hess, Napoleon Dynamite is an animated series on Fox, based on the hit film and following the comic adventures of America’s most awesomely awkward teenager and his offbeat family and friends, as they navigate small-town life in rural Idaho. With the original cast of the film (including Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Sandy Martin and Diedrich Bader) back to voice their roles, the first set of episodes also features an impressive guest cast with Amy Poehler, Jennifer Coolidge, Sam Rockwell and Jemaine Clement.

While at the TCA Winter Press Tour, Jared and Jerusha Hess sat down with Collider for this exclusive interview and talked about how the animated series came about, how excited the cast was to reprise their roles, how freeing it was to be able to do anything with the story in an animated version, and that Jared is doing about half a dozen different voices himself. They also talked about what their next projects might be, and Jerusha talked about her directorial debut, Austenland (based on the novel about a woman obsessed with the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, who travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman), starring Keri Russell and produced by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. Check out what they had to say after the jump:

Fox Orders NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Animated Series and Cartoon Comedy ALLEN GREGORY from Jonah Hill

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Despite the buzz from last night’s Banksy-directed opening to The Simpsons, animation on Fox is pretty much dominated by Seth MacFarlene. However, Fox has just ordered two animated series outside of their go-to animation creators MacFarlene and Matt Groening as Vulture reports the network has ordered an animated series based on the surprise hit film Napoleon Dynamite and another animated comedy series called Allen Gregory featuring Jonah Hill.

Details on both of these new series can be found after the jump.

Mike White Interview GENTLEMEN BRONCOS

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Along with being the producer of Jared and Jerusha Hess’ latest film, “Gentlemen Broncos”, Mike White also plays the role of Dusty. In the film’s unusual world, in which 17-year-old Benjamin Purvis (Michael Angarano) has his prized science-fiction story stolen by his idol, Dr. Ronald Chevalier (Jemaine Clement), at a writers camp, Dusty is an odd, scraggly-haired member of the Purvis’ church who takes his giant albino snake with him everywhere.

At the press day for the film, Mike White talked about working with his friends, the Hesses, and bonding with the snake, known as Peaches.

Jared & Jerusha Hess Interview GENTLEMEN BRONCOS

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Writing and producing partners Jared and Jerusha Hess, who are also husband and wife, have made a career out of championing the underdog. With their quirky sense of humor and their inspiration from the unlikeliest of places, the duo’s success with “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Nacho Libre” have carved them a niche in Hollywood that they are quite happy with.

At the press day for “Gentlemen Broncos”, the Hesses talked about working with special effects for the first time and assembling the cast for this film about an outsider with big dreams trying to achieve what he wants to do in life. Continued after the jump:

2 Movie Clips from Director Jared Hess’ GENTLEMEN BRONCOS

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Opening on October 30th is director Jared Hess’ (“Napoleon Dynamite”) new movie “Gentlemen Broncos”. While the reviews out of Fantastic Fest were not pretty, this is one of those movies I still want to see due to the cast. After all, who isn’t a fan of Sam Rockwell and Jemaine Clement. Anyway, Fox Searchlight has released two clips from the movie and you can watch them after the jump. I’ve also posted the synopsis if you’re not familiar with the film.

Trailer for Jared Hess’ GENTLEMAN BRONCOS Starring Jemaine Clement and Sam Rockwell

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Today the trailer for Jared Hess’ “Gentleman Broncos” came out and it looks pretty damn funny. Hess kind of dropped out of favor after “Napoleon Dynamite” became mainstream and there was the inevitable backlash even though I should have been cheered for being a truly independent film and not just a low-budget Hollywood flick from a studio’s indie wing.  “Nacho Libre” was certainly a misfire but it looks like Hess has struck the right balance with his new film.  Hit the jump to find out why.

Director Jared Hess’s GENTLEMEN BRONCOS Gets Released October 30th

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When Jared Hess’s (“Napoleon Dynamite”, “Nacho Libre”) new film “Gentlemen Broncos” was announced as the opening film at next month’s Fantastic Fest, I figured a theatrical release date wasn’t too far behind. It seems my assumption was correct as Fox Searchlight has just announced an October 30th release.

Unfortunately, their announcement didn’t say if it’s a limited opening or a wide release. But any release date is great news as Jared’s new film stars Michael Angarano, Jennifer Coolidge, Jemaine Clement, Mike White and Sam Rockwell. If you don’t know about the film, the synopsis is after the jump:

Fantastic Fest 2009 Kicks Off with Jared Hess’ GENTLEMAN BRONCOS Starring Jemaine Clement

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I’m currently trying to find a way to attend this year’s Fantastic Fest (step 1: Mapquest directions from Altanta to Austin) as everyone who attends does nothing but rave about it and makes the rest of us feel like losers.  The way they’ll do this is through Twitter.  We’ll be reading their tweets and the first one will be “Everyone awesome and cool is here at Fantastic Fest! #fantasticfest09″ and then it will be “OMG, just finished watching GENTLEMAN BRONCOS and it was amazing!  Anyone who isn’t here is a loser #ff09″.

While I currently try to find hotel and airfare to Austin for less than thirty bucks, hit the jump to get a brief synopsis of “Gentleman Broncos” and click here to purchase badges and tickets while you still can.

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