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SXSW Review: Scary Good Mark Duplass Midnight Movie 'Creep'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 14, 2014 10:01 AM
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Creep
Producer Jason Blum has made a name for himself (and built a very successful company) from the success of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, a series of films largely built around grainy, home video footage of doors slowly opening and closing. A number of his films that followed "Paranormal Activity" also followed this formula, to varying degrees of success. The found footage genre has a ceiling, one that Blum and his confederates would constantly bump up against. But with his newest found footage concoction "Creep," he seems to be going for something altogether different and way stranger – a funny/sad horror comedy that feels like the unholy union of "What About Bob" and "Fatal Attraction." Blum has broken through that ceiling and has found something very weird on the other side.

Sundance Review: 'The One I Love' Starring Elizabeth Moss & Mark Duplass

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 26, 2014 10:02 AM
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The One I Love
At first blush, "The One I Love" appears to be just the latest standard operating relationship dramedy to pass through Sundance. But while the relationship at the center of the film is the engine that drives the narrative, there are much more mysterious things going on under the hood. The film centers on Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), a couple currently experiencing a rough patch in their marriage.

Kristen Stewart Takes 'Anesthesia,' Christopher Walken & Lenny Kravitz Team Are Father & Son In ‘Little Rootie Tootie’ & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 12:27 PM
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Kristen Stewart continues to line up her post-"Twilight" schedule with interesting gigs. Having already wrapped the Guantanamo Bay drama "Camp X-Ray" and Olivier Assayas' "Sils Maria," she'll next tackle the indie "Anesthesia." The actress has booked a small role in Tim Blake Nelson's film "about a group of New Yorkers whose lives are touched by the same philosophy professor." Production is now underway in New York City.

First Clip & New Photos From 'Parkland' Starring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 11:32 AM
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Parkland, Efron
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, undoubtedly one of the central flashpoints of the modern American experience and a singular event that has inspired as much theorizing, speculation, and conjecture as any in history. Perhaps it is a result of its insolubility that it retains such an ability to capture our imagination endlessly, whatever the reason, the books and films keep on coming. The latest in JFK-assassination-related ephemera is "Parkland," a drama that looks at the events immediately following the president's murder, through a prism of characters who were on the ground in Dallas. The large ensemble includes Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti (as Zapruder!), Billy Bob Thornton, James Badge Dale, Jacki Weaver, Colin Hanks and Marcia Gay Harden. Now the first clip and a bunch of stills have been unveiled, so start your theorizing.

HBO Gives Series Order To Duplass Brothers Comedy 'Togetherness'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • July 17, 2013 7:25 PM
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Back in January, it was reported that indie directing duo, Jay and Mark Duplass (“Jeff, Who Lives At Home”) were working on a half-hour comedy for HBO entitled “Togetherness.” The series details the trials and tribulations of two couples forced to live under the same roof; its humor deriving from the real-life problems within a relationship. News on the series cooled down after that with snippets of casting announcements being the norm. Back in March it was confirmed that Amanda Peet would be playing a lead role next to confirmed stars Melanie Lynskey, and Duplass regular Steve Zissis.

Olivia Wilde & Mark Duplass Have A 'Reawakening,' Hailee Steinfeld Joins Sam Worthington In 'For The Dogs'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • May 14, 2013 3:33 PM
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With the summer tentpoles already beginning to reach theaters, many actors are now nabbing jobs to secure themselves through the end of the year and into the next. Here's a rundown of the upcoming roles that have been inked in the last couple of days.

Mark Duplass & Susan Sarandon Say Hi To Melissa McCarthy's 'Tammy'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 21, 2013 7:28 PM
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Melissa McCarthy certainly seems to be building her career the right way. She first impressed in a big way on the small screen for many years in a supporting role on “Gilmore Girls,” and that eventually paid off with a lead role on a network sitcom with “Mike & Molly.” She’s paid her dues on the big screen too, with a slew of supporting roles eventually leading to “Bridesmaids” and after scoring a hit as a co-lead alongside Jason Bateman in “Identity Thief” she’s ready to go it alone.

Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass & Ted Danson Are 'The One I Love'

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • March 7, 2013 5:31 PM
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An unexpected mix of thespians -- Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, and Ted Danson have signed on to star in a new indie entitled “The One I Love,” from first-time feature director Charlie McDowell and first-time feature scribe Justin Lader. Moss and Duplass will play a married couple with relationship issues, while Danson will play their therapist. Duplass will also be executive producing, once again flexing his multi-hyphenate muscles. 

'Safety Not Guaranteed' Soundtrack Features Guster's Ryan Miller, Mark Duplass & Summer Fiction

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 4, 2012 6:36 PM
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Tomorrow, June 5, ABKCO Records will digitally release the original soundtrack to the FilmDistrict feature "Safety Not Guaranteed." Directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Derek Connolly, the film stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni, and features an original score written and performed by Ryan Miller, the singer, guitarist and founder of the alternative rock group Guster.

Watch: Aubrey Plaza Questions Mark Duplass' Calibrations In Clip From 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 6:53 PM
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One of the handful of films to come out of Sundance this year with glowing buzz has been "Safety Not Guaranteed" starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson. The film from director Colin Trevorrow is based on a true story/internet meme, and follows a trio of journalists who investigate a personal ad placed by a man seeking a partner in a time-travel experiment. Though they hope to capture a light, fluff piece, what results is something a bit more unlikely than everyone expected.

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