Mark Duplass Talks THE ONE I LOVE, Marketing the Movie While Keeping Its Twist Secret, How He Gets His Movies Off the Ground and More

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Think you need connections to make it in the film industry?  Not so says Mark Duplass, and he’s got the resume to prove it.  He made a short film for next to nothing and it got into Sundance, he followed that up with a $15,000 first feature, then he hit a point where he could get money to make his movies and now he’s able to finance them himself.  He’s a guy who started with nothing, worked his way up and truly earned the privilege to do whatever he wants.  And, best of all, even with that added freedom, he’s still churning out low budget, high quality productions that don’t lean on funds, but rather excel via clever concepts, strong storytelling and powerful performances, just like his latest, The One I Love.

Duplass executive produced and also stars in the film as Ethan, a guy who’s struggling with his marriage and opts to spend time at a secluded vacation home with his wife, Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), to try to rekindle what they’ve lost.  There’s so much more to it than that, but this is one that you’re better off going into knowing little to nothing about.  Hit the jump to read our spoiler free interview with Duplass and click here to check out what he told us about his upcoming Creep trilogy as well.

Mark Duplass Says CREEP 2 Will Shoot at the End of the Year; Aiming to Release the Entire CREEP Trilogy Next Year

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Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice’s SXSW 2014 entry, Creep, hasn’t even gotten a release date yet, but RADiUS-TWC already announced its plans to team up with the Duplass Brothers and Blumhouse Productions to make a Creep trilogy.  Brice both directs and stars in the first film as Aaron, a guy looking for work who comes across an ad for “film services,” takes the gig and finds himself shooting a date of Josef’s (Duplass) life documentary-style.  All is well enough at first, but as the day goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that something isn’t quite right with Josef.

While talking to Duplass about his upcoming film, The One I Love, we also got the opportunity to get a brief update on the three Creep movies.  Hit the jump to find out when Duplass plans to shoot the next one and when you can expect to see all three of them.

THE ONE I LOVE Trailer Avoids Spoiling the Unconventional Comedy Starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass

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RADiUS-TWC has released the first The One I Love trailer for director Charlie McDowell’s offbeat debut.  The film stars Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass as a couple on the brink of separation who escape to a vacation house for a weekend getaway.  Soon after arriving, however, they encounter an unexpected discovery that forces them to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.  This is one of the films I was disappointed to miss at the Sundance Film Festival, as I heard only great things from those that caught it.  Moreover, I was told it’s best to go in without knowing the “twist” to the premise that occurs earlier in the film.  Thankfully, this trailer teases the intriguing story without giving anything away.  I’m definitely looking forward to catching this one next month.

Hit the jump to watch the The One I Love trailer.  The film also stars Ted Danson and will be released on VOD on August 1st and in select theaters on August 22nd.

Mark Duplass and Blumhouse Teaming with RADiUS for CREEP Franchise; Will Begin Production on Second and Third Installments

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Mark Duplass got his start in very low-budget independent cinema with dramatic films like The Puffy Chair, Cyrus, and Jeff, Who Lives At Home, which he co-wrote and co-directed with his brother Jay Duplass.  Recently, Mark teamed up with producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions—the studio behind the low-budget horror movement that has spawned Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and Sinister franchises—for a different kind of low-budget feature: a psychological horror film called Creep.  The film revolves around a man (Patrick Brice) who answers a cryptic online ad asking for a filming service.  He arrives at a remote location and begins filming his subject, Josef (Duplass), but as the day goes on, he begins to suspect Josef isn’t really who he says he is.

The pic recently debuted at the SXSW Film Festival to a positive response, and not only has RADiUS-TWC now picked the film up for distribution, but it has also signed on to carry out a trilogy of Creep films.  Hit the jump for more on the latest horror franchise.

First Trailer for TAMMY Starring Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Ben Falcone’s upcoming road trip comedy Tammy.  The film stars Melissa McCarthy as a woman who takes a road trip with her diabetic/alcoholic/foul-mouthed grandmother (Susan Sarandon) after she’s laid off from a fast food restaurant and discovers that her husband is having an affair.  This first teaser focuses squarely on McCarthy, who appears to be doing her best Shia LaBeouf impression right off the bat.  It’s a great example of a teaser, since only the barest bones of a plot are on display.  If you like the humor in this minute-plus, there’s a good chance you’ll want to check out the full movie.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Dan Aykroyd, and Kathy BatesTammy opens July 2nd.

Sundance 2014 First Images from LOVE IS STRANGE, A MOST WANTED MAN, NICK OFFERMAN: AMERICAN HAM, and THE ONE I LOVE

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Continuing our coverage in anticipation of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we’ve got some more first look images and synopses for films that will be screening as part of the Premieres category.  Briefly:

  • Love Is Strange – Directed by Ira Sachs; starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, and Cheyenne Jacksons.
  • A Most Wanted Man – Directed by Anton Corbijn; starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright.
  • Nick Offerman: American Ham – Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts; starring Nick Offerman.
  • The One I Love – Directed by Charlie McDowell; starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ted Danson.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

First Clip for PARKLAND Features Zac Efron, Mark Duplass and Marcia Gay Harden

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The first clip from writer-director Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination drama Parkland is now available.  It features Zac Efron as doctor Jim Carrico, who is shocked to see the President wheeled in on a stretcher as a Secret Service agent (Mark Duplass) and attending nurse Doris Nelson (Marcia Gay Harden) look to Carrico to save him.  While parts of the recently-released trailer looked promising, I was a bit concerned with some of the forced dialogue and hammy performances.  Unfortunately, this clip seems to highlight those weaknesses so perhaps it wasn’t the strongest choice as an introduction for potential audiences.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob ThorntonJacki WeaverJames Badge DaleJackie Earle HaleyRon LivingstonColin HanksTom WellingJeremy Strong, and David Harbour.  Parkland opens October 4th.

HBO Orders Duplass Brothers Comedy TOGETHERNESS to Series

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Girls, Veep, Family Tree, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Eastbound & Down—that is a solid, eclectic comedy roster on HBO.  Still, with Eastbound & Down and down entering its final season and Curb Your Enthusiasm waiting on Larry David‘s desire to a ninth season, HBO is looking to bring more comedies to the network.  They ordered Mike Judge‘s Silicon Valley; a dramedy about a group of San Francisco gay men starring Jonathan Groff; Stephen Merchant‘s Hello Ladies, and British import Getting On to series.

Togetherness is the latest to receive a series order from HBO.  The half-hour comedy developed by the Duplass Brothers follows two couples living under the same roof going through relationship difficulties as each individual pursues their own dreams.  Mark Duplass, Melanie LynskeyAmanda Peet, and Steve Zissis star. Hit the jump for more.

Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass to Star in Medical Thriller REAWAKENING

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Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass are set to team up for a new thriller set within the world of medicine.  Variety reports that Wilde and Duplass will lead Lionsgate’s Reawakening, which “follows a team of research students that discovers the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead—however, their actions result in a series of sinister consequences.”  So it’s kind of like a horror film version of Flatliners with more dead people.  Jiro Dreams of Sushi director David Gelb will be taking the helm, with Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater handling scripting duties.

Horror guru Jason Blum—who is behind the Paranormal Activity series, Sinister, and a number of other spooktacular films from the past few years—will produce the pic through his Blumhouse banner.  The incredibly busy Duplass recently committed to starring in an HBO comedy pilot that he and his brother Jay Duplass created, and Wilde will be seen later this year in Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush.

Kiefer Sutherland to Play Villain in POMPEII, Mark Duplass Joins Melissa McCarthy in TAMMY, and Michael Angarano Set for HEAT

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Kiefer Sutherland is in talks to play the villain opposite Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) in Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic Pompeii.
  • Mark Duplass is joining Melissa McCarthy and Shirley MacLaine in the roadtrip comedy Tammy, which McCarthy will co-direct.
  • Michael Angarano (Red State) is set to costar in the remake of Heat with Jason Statham.

Hit the jump for more details.

Christina Hendricks Set for A BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER; Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, and Ted Danson to Star in Indie THE ONE I LOVE

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Two of Mad Men’s brassiest ladies have just landed new projects:

  • Christina Hendricks will play the lead role in Campbell Scott’s (Company Retreat) adaptation of the Joan Didion novel A Book of Common Prayer.
  • Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed), and Ted Danson will star in The One I Love from first time director Charlie McDowell (Fighting Jacob).

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Official Synopses for Stephen King Adaptation MERCY and RIDE ALONG Starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube

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The official synopses for a couple of upcoming Universal Pictures films have been released.  Director Peter Cornwell’s (The Haunting in Connecticut) supernatural thriller Mercy is based on the short story of the same name by Stephen King and stars Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead) and Joel Courtney (Super 8) as two young boys who, after moving with their mother to take care of their dying grandmother at a decrepit farmhouse, encounter a dark spirit.  Shirley Knight, Frances O’Connor, Mark Duplass, and Dylan McDermott also star in this Jason Blum-produced (Paranormal Activity) thriller.

Additionally, we’ve got an official synopsis for the action-comedy Ride Along.  Directed by Tim Story (Fantastic Four), the film stars Kevin Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-tempered cop (Ice Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband.  The film also stars John Leguizamo, Jay Pharoah, and Laurence Fishbourne and opens on January 17, 2014.  Hit the jump to read the full synopses.

First Synopsis for Sci-Fi Comedy CONVENTION, Starring Ben Kingsley, Jennifer Aniston, and Mark Duplass

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The sci-fi comedy genre is one that’s incredibly tricky to pull off, but director Justin Reardon will certainly give it his best shot with the upcoming Convention.  We already knew that Ben Kingsley, Jennifer Aniston, and Mark Duplass were set to star in the film, but K5 International made it official today with a press release that also includes an intriguing full synopsis for the pic.  The story centers around a box convention, at which an intrepid inventor (Duplass) premieres his creation: a five-sided box.  His revolutionary design seems destined to turn the world of folded boxes on its end until he learns that his production process alters the space-time continuum.

Kingsley is set to play a “maniacal box magnate” appropriately named Bobby Schroedinger (I see what you did there), and Reardon just recently wrapped his debut feature, A Many Splintered Thing starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan.  Hit the jump to read the full synopsis for Convention.  Production will get underway this summer.

HBO Renews GIRLS For a Third Season, Also Orders Pilot From Duplass Brothers

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In a move that surprises no one, HBO has renewed its highly discussed, popular and divisive series Girls for a third season with an expanded episode count, totaling twelve.  The series was already brought back early this year (returning in January after premiering last spring in April with the sharp political comedy Veep), and HBO seems eager to ride the zeitgeist wave and bring even more of the series as fast as it can.

Elsewhere, the premium cable channel has ordered a half-hour pilot from Jay and Mark Duplass who are set to write, direct and produce (though not star or appear in) the series called Togetherness.  Togetherness will focus on two couples living under one roof, working through their relationships and pursuing their dreams.  Hit the jump for more.

Blumhouse Picks Up Duplass Brothers Found Footage Movie PEACHFUZZ; A24 Acquires Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING for June Release

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A couple of interesting acquisitions have been announced.  First up, Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions—known for its small budget, big profit model with the Paranormal Activity films and Insidious—has acquired a found footage movie called Peachfuzz, produced by the incredibly hard working brothers Mark and Jay Duplass.  Plot details on the project are being kept under lock and key, but Mark stars in the film that centers on a young man who answers a Craigslist ad “and gets much more than he bargained for.”  Production on the Patrick Brice film has already wrapped.

Hit the jump for news regarding writer/director Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson.

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