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Duplass Bros. Developing Teacher/Student Relationship Drama 'A Teacher' For HBO

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 12, 2014 5:24 PM
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A Teacher
One of the more striking little flicks of last year was “A Teacher,” Hannah Fidell's debut film about a teacher having a liaison with one of her male pupils. It wasn't perfect (read our review), but it was a good piece of work about a difficult subject (see also: “Notes on a Scandal”). And now we're going to see that story unfold on a bigger scale.

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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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.

HBO Orders Jay & Mark Duplass Comedy Pilot ‘Togetherness’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 25, 2013 1:29 PM
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HBO has ordered a half-hour comedy pilot entitled “Togetherness,” to be written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass. The concept is two couples living together under one roof and struggling to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams. Sounds like the Duplass brothers are sticking to what works with more reality-based relationship humor.

'Community' Star Gillian Jacobs & Ken Marino Star In Duplass-Produced Horror/Comedy 'Milo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2012 5:57 PM
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Well, here's a nice little Friday surprise. A new movie featuring two of our favorite people: "Community" star Gillian Jacobs (who also featured in our recent TV Stars Who Should Break Through To The Big Screen Soon list) and the always funny and excellent Ken Marino.

Duplass Brothers To Write & Direct Remake Of 'Same Time, Next Year'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2012 2:32 PM
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While making a name with their indie films, Jay and Mark Duplass have slowly been dipping their toes in studio waters. "Cyrus" was produced and released through studio shingle Fox Searchlight, and this spring's (unfairly and unjustly slept on) "Jeff, Who Lives At Home" hit theaters via Paramount Vantage. But now, they're going the whole studio hog, not only signing up with a major, but also being tasked with a remake. The brothers have truly arrived.

Mark Duplass Joins Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Bobby Cannavale Joins Woody Allen's Latest

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2012 12:06 PM
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Even aside from his superb films, co-directed with his brother Jay, like "Baghead," "Cyrus" and "Jeff Who Lives At Home," we've been seeing more and more of Mark Duplass as an actor recently. The writer/director/star appears in cult comedy series "The League," and has recently cropped up in indie festival favorites like "Your Sister's Sister" and "Safety Not Guaranteed," as well as a role in Lawrence Kasdan's "Darling Companion." But it looks like the actor's just taken his first major studio role, in a film that's one of our most anticipated of the year.

Mark Duplass, Jennifer Aniston & Ben Kingsley Head To 'Convention,' Patrick Wilson & Christina Hendricks Lead Darren Aronofsky-Produced 'Zipper'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 21, 2012 10:40 AM
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Mark Duplass has had busy couple of years, directing and writing three films with his brother, and starring in a number of projects including the raunchy FX comedy, “The League,” and in the upcoming sci-fi tinged indie dramedy “Safety Not Guaranteed” with Aubrey Plaza. He’s following up that role with one in another indie film with a sci-fi element, “Convention,” and he’s going to be acting opposite some pretty big names.

Tribeca Review: Haphazard 'Your Sister's Sister' Ambles Towards Drama With Little Consequence

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 7:00 PM
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Independent filmmaking has become somewhat hyper-obsessed in the last few years with "realism." Lighting rigs have been put away, available light filling in where it will, and scripts tossed out for sketches, shaped by improvisation in an attempt to capture as close to an approximation of real human interaction as possible. It's an admirable approach, and not just limited to "mumblecore" movies -- Terrence Malick has followed this path pretty closely throughout this career. However, the risk in this style is that if it's too loose, it can structurally crumble the emotional and narrative focus. And for "Humpday" director Lynn Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister," that's the unfortunate result of the ten day shoot on the film that gathered together a game cast -- Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass -- and sets them loose on a good dramatic premise, unfortunately ill-served by a far too casual approach.

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