Tina Fey and Jason Bateman Talk THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Working with Director Shawn Levy, THE NEST, THE FAMILY FANG, and More

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Opening this weekend after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose Byrne,Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave Youread Adam’s review or watch the trailer.

A few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman.  They talked about why they wanted to be involved in the project, what it was like collaborating with Shawn Levy, how Hollywood has moved away from making talking dramas, future projects like The Nest and The Family Fang, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Enter Our THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Giveaway

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Currently making a splash at TIFF is This Is Where I Leave You, director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel featuring an impressive roster of talent.  In anticipation of the film’s release we’ve been provided with some items for a  This Is Where I Leave You giveaway that you can win.  They include a copy of Tropper’s novel, a Cashmere scarf and a wine chiller.

The film stars Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam DriverCorey StollJane FondaRose ByrneKathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard.  This Is Where I Leave You opens on September 12th.  Hit the jump to see the rest of the items in the giveaway and learn how you can win them!

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Review | TIFF 2014

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Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans, or so the saying goes.  There are some trite phrases that, while clichéd, kind of ring true, and in the case of This Is Where I Leave You, director Shawn Levy’s adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel of the same name, the Altman family has certainly seen better days.  The patriarch’s dying wish was to have his entire family sit shiva for seven days to mourn his death, and when the Altman clan reunites to fulfill his request, old wounds are opened, past relationships are rekindled, and all are reminded that this isn’t exactly how they envisioned their lives turning out.  Buoyed by a stellar ensemble and a standout performance from Adam Driver, Levy mostly succeeds in bringing Tropper’s novel to the screen with plenty of humor, heart, and sentiment.  While Levy goes overboard with the schmaltz here and there and a couple of the storylines are undercooked, the film’s mix of sincerity and biting humor is ultimately a swell combination.

New HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Trailer Features Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis Finding Their Criminal Groove, Plus a New Poster

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A new full trailer for writer-director Sean Anders’ R-rated comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 is now online.  This cut sees stars Jason BatemanCharlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis finding their groove as criminals who opt to take part in the more lucrative business of kidnapping and ransom rather than murderous revenge.  The change in plot points this time around seems like it frees up the trio to flex their comedy muscles even more than in the original film.  While Horrible Bosses 2 could easily suffer from the usual sequel pitfalls, it’s worth the price of admission just to have these three on screen together.  Be sure to check out the previously released trailer for even more hilarity.

Also starring Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, and Kevin SpaceyHorrible Bosses 2 opens November 26th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and take a look at the new poster.

Over 45 High-Resolution THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Images Featuring Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Corey Stoll, Adam Driver and Many, Many More

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You know what happens when you’ve got a movie starring Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam Driver, Corey StollJane FondaRose ByrneKathryn HahnConnie BrittonTimothy OlyphantDebra Monk and Abigail Spencer?  You’re going to need a lot of images to promote it and, sure enough, we just over 45 new ones for Shawn Levy’s adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s novel, This Is Where I Leave You. 

This one made Adam’s Most Anticipated Movies: July to September list and it’s no wonder; not only is the film’s trailer oozing with famous faces and cast chemistry, but it’s also just a total feel-good, crowd-pleaser.  We’ll have to wait until it hits theaters on September 19th to see the film in full, but in the meantime, enjoy 45 This Is Where I Leave You images after the jump.

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 Posters for BIRDMAN, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, ALEXANDER, and ABCS OF DEATH 2

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We’ve got a few new posters to share this evening.  Briefly:

  • Birdman – A new Birdman poster for director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s ambitious drama shows a flying Michael Keaton amidst a stark black-and-white pattern.  The film opens in theaters on October 17th.
  • This Is Where I Leave You – A series of rather unfortunate character posters for Shawn Levy’s otherwise promising drama highlight the dynamic ensemble cast, which includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver.  The film opens in theaters on September 12th.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Two posters for Disney’s children’s book adaptation show the before and after of the film’s titular day.  Starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, the pic opens on October 10th.
  • ABCs of Death 2 – The official poster for Magnet’s second anthology collection of horror shorts portrays a rather menacing-looking Death.  The film will be available VOD on October 2nd and hits theaters on October 31st.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses for the aforementioned films.

THE LONGEST WEEK Trailer Has Jason Bateman and Billy Crudup Fighting for Olivia Wilde’s Affections

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Gravity Ventures has released The Longest Week trailer online.  The movie stars Jason Bateman as an affluent 40-year-old whose allowance is cut off by his parents, and is forced to move in with his friend (Billy Crudup).  However, their friendship becomes strained as they compete to win the heart of a beautiful woman (Olivia Wilde).  This comedy looks so light that it might actually float away, and although I really like the cast (which also includes Jenny Slate), I’m surprised they’re in something that seems so forgettable.

Hit the jump to watch The Longest Week trailer.  The film opens in theaters and will be available on VOD on September 5th.

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Images Showcase New Villains

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Just a couple of days after New Line released the trailer, we’re getting a couple of Horrible Bosses 2 images from the sequel directed by Sean Anders (That’s My Boy). This time we’re treated to a more detailed view of the film’s new villains Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine. I actually like the original film, so I could go for another round of Jason BatemanCharlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis trying to channel their inner sociopaths.

When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) takes over, “the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son (Chris Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company.”  Jennifer AnistonJamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey also return in for more on November 26th.  Hit the jump to check out the new Horrible Bosses 2 images! 

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Trailer Gives a First Look at Stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis

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New Line has released the first trailer for Horrible Bosses 2, directed by Sean Anders (That’s My Boy).  Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis return to start a new business in the sequel.  When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) takes over, “the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son (Chris Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company.”  I somehow missed the first installment from Seth Gordon back in 2011, but this new trailer makes me want to remedy that ASAP.  It’s also got the best use of “Turn Down for What” since, well, DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s video.

Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey also return in Horrible Bosses 2, scheduled for release on November 26th.  Hit the jump to watch the first Horrible Bosses 2 trailer.

Jason Bateman to Direct and Star in FBI Wedding Comedy for Universal

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Jason Bateman is lining up another project, but this time as a director.  The actor recently made his directorial debut with the very funny comedy Bad Words, and now he has been set to direct and star in an untitled FBI wedding comedy for Universal.  The film revolves around two undercover FBI agents who pretend to fall in love in order to use their wedding as a law enforcement trap against the mob.  The project has actually been in development for years, initially coming together at Warner Bros. as a star vehicle for Steve Carell, though he’s no longer involved with the film.

Hit the jump for more, including the status of Bateman’s next directorial effort.

First THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Trailer Features a Grieving Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver

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Warner Bros. has released the first This Is Where I Leave You trailer for director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel.  The story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  This movie throws a lot of talented actors together, and it looks like they’re playing off each other wonderfully.  I was smiling throughout this trailer, and I’m glad that there appears to be so much chemistry among this amazing cast.

Hit the jump to watch the This Is Where I Leave You trailer.  The film stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jane FondaRose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax ShepardThis Is Where I Leave You opens on September 12th.

First Look at Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Many More in THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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The first This Is Where I Leave You image has landed online for director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel.  The story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  The fantastic ensemble cast of the comedic drama is led by Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Cory Stoll, and Adam Driver as the Foxman siblings, with Jane Fonda playing their psychologist mother.  I’ve read the book and it’s a sharply comedic and rather emotional chronicle of this relatable, dysfunctional family, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how Levy and his cast bring the story to life—especially with Tropper penning the script himself.

Hit the jump to check out the full cast in the debut This Is Where I Leave You image.  The film also stars Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Corey Stoll, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra Monk, and the not-pictured Abigail Spencer and Dax ShepardThis Is Where I Leave You opens on September 12th.

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.

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