Netflix has given the Duplass brothers a home for their next four films. Not long after reaching a similar deal with Adam Sandler, the streaming network signed a deal today with Mark and Jay Duplass to finance and release their next four movies. "This is just the latest step in our very long relationship with the Duplass Brothers," Netflix exec Ted Sarandos told Deadline. "We've been working with them almost since the very beginning, when we were red envelope delivery. Independent film has always been a big part of Netflix, and the reason we do things like the Adam Sandler deal is so we can do things [...]
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, [...]