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.

Christopher Walken Joins THE FAMILY FANG; Adam DeVine Returns for PITCH PERFECT 2; Oona Chaplin and Britt Robertson Take THE LONGEST RIDE

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Christopher Walken is set to join director Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang, which stars Bateman and Nicole Kidman.
  • Adam DeVine will return to reprise his role in Elizabeth Banks’ directorial debut Pitch Perfect 2, alongside returning cast members Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow.
  • Oona Chaplin and Britt Robertson have joined The Longest Ride, the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation that will be directed by George Tillman and stars Scott Eastwood.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

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.

Jason Bateman to Direct THE FAMILY FANG Starring Nicole Kidman

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Jason Bateman recently made his directorial debut with Bad Words earlier this year, and has wasted no time in returning to the helm.  He’s now set to direct The Family Fang, an adaptation of the 2011 Kevin Wilson novel scripted by David Lindsay-Abaire that stars Nicole Kidman.  The story centers on the children of performance artist parents who rope their kids into participating in all manner of bizarre activities.  When the grown children return home to deal with a family crisis, they’re once again forced to take part in their parents’ final performance.  Hit the jump for more.

Screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire Talks RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, POLTERGEIST Remake, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, THE FAMILY FANG, and More

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With Rise of the Guardians opening this week, I recently got to see the finished film at DreamWorks Animation and it’s really well done.  Not only is the animation great to look at, it’s got a strong story that’s character driven and it doesn’t rely on stupid jokes.  In addition, unlike most superhero films that spend half the time introducing characters by explaining their origin and showing off their powers, what’s fantastic about Rise of the Guardians is we join almost everyone in the middle of the story.  If you’re not familiar with the story, it  revolves around the rebellious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up with other mythical figures North aka Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), E. Aster Bunnyman aka Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth aka The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to battle the evil Pitch (Jude Law).  Here’s my video blog review and all our previous coverage.

To help promote the film, last week I got on the phone with Rise of the Guardians screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire.  We talked about how the film didn’t tell a typical origin story, the tone, whether there were any dramatic changes along the way, and more.  In addition, with Lindsay-Abaire writing the Poltergeist remake, he talked about the status of the script, whether he wrote it for a PG-13 or an R rating, and when it might shoot.  Finally, since he’s also working on Sam Raimi‘s Oz The Great and Powerful and adapting The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman and Good People, he gave me updates on both projects.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

David Lindsay-Abaire to Pen Adaptation of THE FAMILY FANG for Star Nicole Kidman

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In 2010, David Lindsay-Abaire scripted the screen adaptation of his award-winning play Rabbit Hole and, in the process, helped earn Nicole Kidman an Academy Award nom. Today comes news that the two will seek to replicate that success, as Lindsay-Abaire has signed on to write the script for The Family Fang, which Kidman will star in. Based on the 2011 Kevin Wilson novel, Fang tells the story of two performance artists who forced their two children to take part in their “madcap pieces;” filled with bitterness and royally messed up, the kids reluctantly return home as adults to find their parents have designs on one last great performance and still intend for their offspring to play an integral role, whether they want to or not. Kidman will play the clan’s matriarch. Hit the jump for more, including a full synopsis of the book.

Nicole Kidman to Produce and Star in Adaptation of THE FAMILY FANG

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Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films partner Per Saari have acquired the screen rights to Kevin Wilson’s bestselling novel The Family Fang. Deadline reports that the two will develop the pic as a starring vehicle for Kidman. The book centers on two grown children of a performance artist family. When the adult children return home in a state of crisis, they’re roped into helping their parents in the execution of a mysterious final performance that promises to be the act of a lifetime. Kidman will produce alongside Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech. The actress recently wrapped Oldboy director Park Chan-wook’s English language debut Stoker, as well as Lee DanielsThe Paperboy. I’ve yet to read Wilson’s novel, but have heard nothing but good things about the peculiar book. Hit the jump to read the synopsis for the novel.

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