THE LEAGUE to Return for Seventh and Final Season in 2015

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FX announced today that one of its long-running comedy series will be coming to an end.  The League Season 7 has officially been ordered by the cable network (well, technically by FXX), but it will be acting as the final season for the show.  A 13-episode run of The League is set to debut in Fall 2015, giving the gang one last opportunity to vie for the Shiva Bowl.  Starring Mark Duplass, Katie Asleton, Stephen Rannazzisi, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, and Jon Lajoie, the show’s had a delightful run, but it does feel like it’s probably time for it to come to an end.  I’ll be forever grateful for Andre’s terrible outfits and Jason Mantzoukas’ Raffi—one of the greatest television characters of all time—and I look forward to seeing how these characters’ stories come to an end.  One request: can we please get one more “The Adventures of Raffi & Dirty Randy” episode written by Mantzoukas and Seth Rogen?  Because those are amazing.

Check out an announcement video for the final season of The League after the jump.

Full-Length TOGETHERNESS Trailer Offers a Look at the Perils of Adult Relationships in The Duplass Brothers’ New HBO Comedy

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Last month we got a brief teaser of the new HBO comedy Togetherness, and today HBO has released the first full length trailer for the upcoming series from the filmmaking brothers Mark and Jay Duplass (Baghead, Jeff Who Lives at Home).  The series follows two couples living under the same roof as they try to pursue their individual dreams while coping with the difficulties in their relationships.  The trailer looks promising, displaying the Duplass Brothers’ knack for delivering emotional honesty without getting too heavy.  The show also has an excellent cast going for it with Mark Duplass starring alongside Amanda Peet, Melanie Lynskey, and Steve Zissis.

Watch the full length Togetherness trailer after the jump.  The eight-episode first season premieres January 11th on HBO after Girls.

TOGETHERNESS Trailer Offers a First Look at the Duplass Brothers’ New HBO Comedy Series

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HBO has released the first Togetherness trailer for the upcoming comedy series from filmmaking brothers Mark and Jay Duplass (Cyrus, Jeff Who Lives at Home).  The show follows two couples living under the same roof, going through relationship difficulties as each individual pursues his or her own dream.  This trailer is a strong introduction to the show, as it looks to be a relationship comedy with a bit of a cynical edge.  Mark Duplass also stars in the show alongside Melanie Lynskey, Steve Zissis, and Amanda Peet.

Watch the first Togetherness trailer after the jump.  The eight-episode first season premieres January 11th on HBO after Girls.

HBO Sets January Premiere Dates for New Seasons of GIRLS and LOOKING, Plus New Duplass Brothers Comedy TOGETHERNESS

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HBO has announced return dates for two comedies series along with a debut date for a new offering.  The fourth season of Girls, the second season of Looking, and the first season of Togetherness will all premiere on Sunday, January 11th.  While Girls and Looking are both classified as “comedies”, they’re a far cry from the traditional definition of the word.  The San Francisco-centric Looking premiered last year to so-so ratings, but HBO stuck with the series and renewed it nevertheless.  While I wasn’t crazy about the show overall, it’s very different from the rest of HBO’s lineup and adds some nice diversity to the pay cable channel’s original series offerings.

Togetherness, meanwhile, comes from the filmmaking duo of Mark and Jay Duplass and stars Mark, Melanie Lynskey, Steve Zissis, and Amanda Peet as two couples that live under one roof.  Girls will kick the night off at 9pm, followed by Togetherness at 9:30 and Looking at 10.  Check out the first Togetherness image after the jump.

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.

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