With the recent mainstream indie success of Mumblecore pioneers Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies and Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess, it seems the poorly named but important movement has officially come of age. In the mid-2000s, the films and filmmakers broadly lumped into the sometimes pejorative term “Mumblecore”, were often low-budget, low-production value films with non-professional actors navigating the conflicts and relationships of middle-class white male Americans in their late 20s.
Mark and Jay Duplass’ first film, The Puffy Chair, is a quintessential Mumblecore entry. Low-concept, relationship drama-driven, and heavy on the zoom button, the film mixes the unpredictability and reality of a documentary with the character malleability of a narrative in [...]
Mark and Jay Duplass just sold a pilot for a single-camera comedy to HBO called Togetherness, Deadline reports. The Duplass brothers, who have been behind movies like Jeff Who Lives at Home, Cyrus, and The Puffy Chair, will write, direct, and produce the series, which follows two couples living under the roof and trying to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams. Mark Duplass, who's currently starring in the FX series The League, is not expect to act in Togetherness. This is just the latest show HBO is developing from high-profile comedy filmmakers, with series on the way from Christopher Guest and Stephen Merchant, [...]
The cast and creators of FX's The League took to Reddit today to answer fan questions in between filming an episode from the new season (which kicks off – no sports reference intended – October 11th). Here are some of the best moments from the gang's chat:
Has there been a scene that was so offensive that it actually ended up getting cut from the show?
FX is pretty cool but let's just say there is a version of the Naginta song from Season 2 Episode 3 that will only ever exist for our own personal amusement
Are there any jokes you guys could not air on [...]
This seems like one of those bittersweet, somewhat twee, somewhat mumblecore, romantic comedies that tend to be really polarizing (I imagine that sentence alone turned off at least 30% of you). It's written and directed by the exceedingly talented Lynn Shelton, whose last film, Humpday, was very much in this same vein (though it's about two straight best friends deciding to make a gay porno together, which is a whole other can of worms). It gets a limited release on June 15th and goes wide after that. Some experts are predicting it competing with The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises for biggest box office of the summer. Ok, [...]
Here's the trailer for Jeff, Who Lives at Home, written by the Duplass brothers and starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms and Judy Greer. Looks good! I'm gonna go with "sad in a funny way" but I reserve the right to change my mind if that Porsche scene ends with Judy Greer telling Ed Helms that he can "say goodbye to these!"
Back in January, HBO ordered a comedy pilot called Togetherness, created by sibling directing duo Mark and Jay Duplass, and now, the pilot is going to series. THR reports that HBO has ordered a first season of the show, set to start filming in 2014. Written, directed, and produced by the brothers, Togetherness stars Mark Duplass as a guy with a wife (Melanie Lynskey), two kids, and a good job who has problems beneath the surface. Amanda Peet plays Lynskey's character's sister, who is considering moving from Houston to LA to be closer to her sister. Steve Zissis is playing a struggling actor who has just become homeless, and [...]
The FX network just announced that it's picked up its long-running sitcom The League for a fifth season. Season 5 will kick off (get it? it's a sports show) next fall and run for 13 episodes. The League creators Jackie and Jeff Schaffer told fans they have big, mysterious plans for the first episode of Season 5 in a Reddit AMA in October, saying, "We pitched the Season 5 premiere episode to FX back in May when we presented all 13 of Season 4. They're crazy if they don't let you guys see that show. It will be insane." The League's double-episode Season 4 finale airs tonight [...]
Mark Duplass has a rising profile as a comedic actor through his turns in The League and the soon-to-be released Safety Not Guaranteed, but his auteur directing background with brother Jay is further off the comedy radar. As directors, Jay and Mark Duplass have become better known in the mainstream world with their studio films, Cyrus and the recent Jeff, Who Lives at Home, but they began their careers thoroughly entrenched in the micro-budget indie world with their first features, The Puffy Chair and Baghead. Last month’s SXSW world premiere of The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, originally shot in 2008, is a return to that form.
I don't know if it's the blend of comedy with a magical element, the combination of Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson, or the sweetness that's natural from the producers of Little Miss Sunshine, but I'm totally into this trailer for Safety Not Guaranteed, which comes out on June 8. Safety may not be guaranteed, but hilarity sure will be! (You're physically bent over and out of breath from laughter now, right? Because I think that was my best post ending ever.)
Jennifer Aniston, Mark Duplass, and Ben Kingsley have all just signed on to star in a new independent comedy called Convention. Set to film this summer, the movie will be directed by Justin Reardon. It's his second movie after the new comedy A Many Splintered Thing, which stars Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, and Aubrey Plaza and is awaiting release. The press release for Convention describes the movie as "a Kaufman-esque journey." Here's the full plot summary from the release:
Convention finds mild-mannered Paul (Duplass) and his feisty sister Abby (Aniston) setting out to change the box storage world with Paul’s invention of the 5-sided box. Breaking all the [...]
Mark Duplass, star of The League and Safety Not Guaranteed and one-half of the indie writing/directing powerhouse known as "The Duplass Brothers," spoke to the press yesterday about his role in Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden hunt movie Zero Dark Thirty and he teased a new top secret project he's working on with his brother Jay. Duplass told The Hollywood Reporter, "My brother and I are working on a secret project that will be announced probably in the next month or so." Could it be the new Star Wars movie? Definitely not, but go ahead and assume it is anyway, everyone! Take it from here, internet!
Here is a list of the movies the Duplass Brothers have written: The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, Jeff, Who Lives at Home.
Here is a list of movies Todd Phillips has directed: Road Trip, Old School, Starsky & Hutch, School for Scoundrels, The Hangover, Due Date, The Hangover Part II
Those are two very different lists of movies. The Dup-Bros pioneered the somewhat comedic, but in a VERY minor way, genre of Mumblecore and Phillips works in the area of Naked-Face-Tattoo-Dudes-Core. [...]
If you're not the type to shy away from advance clips of awesome-looking movies, check out these three clips from the Duplass brothers' Jeff, Who Lives at Home, featuring Ed Helms, Judy Greer and Jason Segel. In just under three minutes, the footage manages to be semi-sad and very funny and a little bit scary. If you are the type to shy away from advance clips of awesome-looking movies, don't watch this, but consider taking more risks in your life. What if you died tomorrow without having seen Jason Segel ride shotgun in a tiny Porsche?
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