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 Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone, and Philip Baker Hall, Bad 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.
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 Hall. Bad Words opens in theaters on March 21st.
On Chozen, FX’s new animated series, the title character’s sister describes him as, “a boy, trapped inside a man, trapped inside a wifebeater.” “You forgot violent and sensitive!” he sputters back. Chozen is indeed all of these things, and more: a gay white rapper who has just emerged from prison, he has a new outlook and a huge chip on his shoulder that are fueling his desire to become the most famous rapper in the world. But an old foe stands in his way.
Chozen is the brainchild of several Eastbound and Down writers and producers, and is animated by Floyd County Productions, which also handles Archer. The connections are obvious, not only visually, but in the show’s overall style. Chozen (Bobby Moynihan) channels Kenny Powers’ self-absorption, love of excessive innuendo (or no innuendo at all), speaking style, and single-mindedness when it comes to fame. Hit the jump for more.
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 Hall. Bad Words opens March 21st.
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 Hall. Bad Words opens March 21, 2014.
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer and poster for Ben Stiller’s upcoming drama The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Stiller both directs and stars in the film as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn). This new trailer gets some help from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to showcase the titular Mitty’s fantasy sequences, and the visuals in the film remain extremely strong. The pic had a bit of a polarizing effect on critics (read Matt’s take here and Steve’s take here), but it feels more like a commercial crowd-pleaser than a critical darling.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and poster, which is a tad heavy on the photoshop. The film also stars Adam Scott, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, Patton Oswalt, and Sean Penn. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens on Christmas Day.
An international trailer has gone online for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller (who also directed the film) stars as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn). The international trailer features a little more new footage than the recent new trailer, but it’s still pushing the “uplifting film you’ll see on Christmas” angle.
Hit the jump to check out the international trailer, click here for Steve’s thoughts on the movie, and click here for my review. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Adam Scott. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller (who also directed the film) stars as a daydreaming Life Magazine employee who has to start going on real adventures in order to track down an elusive photographer (Sean Penn). Steve and I saw the movie this weekend. He liked it; I didn’t. The trailer is a fair representation of the film, and even though it goes through a lot of the plot, the trailer doesn’t really give anything away since everything is so spaced out and mixed up.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the New York Film Festival press conference. The film also stars Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Patton Oswalt. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens December 25th.
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly:
- Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez have joined the voice cast for DreamWorks Animation’s new film Home, which is an adaptation of the children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday.
- Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers) is making a late addition to the cast of Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, which is lead by George Clooney and is now in production in Vancouver.
- Chronicle star Alex Russell has been added to the cast of Angelina Jolie’s next directorial effort, Unbroken.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting stories.
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.
One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is 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 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 Chand.
The day after the premiere I got to sit down with Hahn for an extended video interview. She talked about what the last few years have been like, premiering at TIFF, making Bad Words, working with Nick Offerman in We’re the Millers, her experience on Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, working with Peter Bogdanovich on Squirrels to the Nuts and its great cameos, her Showtime pilot Trending Down with Philip Seymour Hoffman, and so much more. Hit the jump to watch.
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Afternoon Delight opens today in limited release.]
Kathryn Hahn is an amazing comic actress who has yet to receive the widespread recognition she deserves. She’s mostly been stuck in supporting parts, but she’s a scene stealer, and she deserves to be in lead roles. She finally gets that opportunity in Jill Soloway‘s Afternoon Delight. Hahn proves that not only can she carry the picture, but she has the dramatic range to play a woman who is looking for a change of pace in order to fix her life. Soloway puts a fascinating relationship at the center of the movie, and for two-thirds of the film it looks like she has made a confident feature debut. But then a sequence comes along that drowns the movie in sorrow, and grinds it to a halt to where not even Hahn’s performance can save it.
The indie dramedy Afternoon Delight tells the story of Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), an affluent, stay-at-home, thirty-something mom who’s feeling disconnected from her husband (Josh Radnor). When she visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and gets a private lap dance from McKenna (Juno Temple), she soon becomes obsessed with saving her, even going so far as to make her a live-in nanny, which can’t possibly turn out well for anyone involved.
At the film’s press day, actress Kathryn Hahn spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what drew her to this role, how grateful she is to play such a once-in-a-lifetime character, that the script initially felt a little broader than the finished product turned out to be, and how hilarious it was to do the sex scenes with Josh Radnor since they know each other socially. She also talked about what drew her to the new Showtime series Trending Down, also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rhys Ifans, and what it was like to revisit the audition she did, 10 years ago, for Pam on The Office, which is being included in the DVD/Blu-ray release of the show’s final season. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Last night I had the chance to check out We’re the Millers with a group of friends and while I wouldn’t classify it as a “Must See!”, it’s a plenty serviceable R-rated comedy. As you can probably tell from the trailers, English actor Will Poulter delivers some of the biggest laughs and, for my money, it’s hard to go wrong with Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn in most anything. Aside from its tendency to settle for just being “OK”, my only real gripe would be that the film’s premise exceeds its execution. On paper, it has the potential to be a hilarious, yet incisive, play on the nuclear family. On screen, it turns the convention on its head before ultimately forcing its characters to conform to many of its tenets.
Although I’m sure you can never get enough of my one paragraph film reactions, we must move on to this week’s Top 5. Included this week is the new trailer for Thor: The Dark World, Elysium interviews with Neill Blomkamp and more, the new Doctor Who, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters interviews, and a slew of We’re the Millers interviews with the cast and director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Per routine, a brief recap and link to each of the above kindly requests your attention after the jump.
Opening this week is director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) R-rated comedy We’re the Millers. The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms). In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family comprised of his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts). The supporting cast also includes the hilarious Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn. For more on the film, watch seven clips or read Matt’s review.
Last week, I attended a fun press conference with Sudeikis, Aniston, Roberts, Poulter, Hahn, and Marshall Thurber in New York City. They talked about making the film, how Aniston got in shape for the role, improv, their favorite scenes, the hardest scene to film without laughing and who broke the most on set, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what they had to say.