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Review: 'Sex Tape' Starring Cameron Diaz And Jason Segel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 16, 2014 2:56 PM
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Sex Tape
As far as weird on-screen sexual scenarios go, Cameron Diaz has had her fair share. After all, she is the only actress in the history of the medium to have styled her hair with male ejaculate ("There's Something About Mary"), been involved in some kind of weird old timey abortion ("Gangs of New York") and, well, f*cked a car ("The Counselor"). So it's not much of a surprise that she'd be involved in a movie like "Sex Tape," a ribald comedy about a suburban couple (Jason Segel as her husband) who make a homemade porno and then promptly lose it -- leading to a madcap scramble to retrieve the video, maintain their privacy, and continue a life of relative upper middle class normalcy. What is surprising, however, is how bland "Sex Tape" is. On the scale of on-screen Cameron Diaz sexual outrageousness, it's pretty tepid.

Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning & Kodi Smit-McPhee Are 'Young Ones' For Jake Paltrow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2013 6:33 PM
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Certainly less well-known that his much more famous sister and parents, Jake Paltrow has nonetheless been quietly making his own mark. In 2007 he delivered his feature debut "The Good Night," which admittedly didn't make much of a splash. But for his sophomore effort, he's certainly raising his game.

Universal Wants Jake Kasdan's 'My Spy'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 10, 2012 6:01 PM
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“Bad Teacher” director Jake Kasdan is obviously doing something right because he’s a man who’s seemingly in high demand at the moment. He’s currently attached to direct the Shawn Levy-produced adaptation of “Man Made,” “Sex Tape” with Jason Segel, a Warner Bros action-comedy called “Family Getaway,” and an untitled project with his "Bad Teacher" writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. That’s what happens, we suppose, when your R-rated comedy rakes in over $200 million.

Shawn Levy Produces Peek Into The American Male Psyche With Jake Kasdan-Directed 'Man Made'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 17, 2012 10:38 AM
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The concept of masculinity has been called into question repeatedly over the past decade, and now with men turning to old-fashioned ideals and “Mad Men” re-runs for any sort of guidance, a new book-to-film adaptation, “Man Made,” aims to achieve some answers.

Jake Kasdan To Reteam With 'Bad Teacher' Star Jason Segel To Make A 'Sex Tape'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2012 5:52 PM
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While Hollywood executives are always trying to formulate what combination of talent will lead to a big screen hit, sometimes it's as simple as taking a proven success and hoping it will repeat itself. And no, we're not talking about a sequel.

'Bad Teacher' Trio Director Jake Kasdan & Writers Gene Stupnitsky & Lee Eisenberg Team For New Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 4:09 AM
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While it wasn't the funniest R-rated comedy of the summer, "Bad Teacher" was certainly one of the most successful. Made on a slim budget of around $20 million, the film went on take in over $200 million worldwide, so no surprise that Sony are eager to get the creative team behind that film back together. And it looks like it's going to be another tale of jilted love.

Interview: 'Bad Teacher' Director Jake Kasdan Says People Want To See Cameron Diaz Be Bad

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 24, 2011 3:00 AM
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Jake Kasdan -- the son of filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan -- has stepped into his own right as a director, and is a perennially underrated Hollywood player, easily drifting between big budget Hollywood fare like the underrated teen comedy "Orange County," smaller, darker stuff like the satirical "The TV Set" and his debut feature, the whip-smart detective film "Zero Effect." He has also worked frequently with comedy giant Judd Apatow, most notably on the beloved cult shows "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared," and of course, he directed the outrageous musical comedy "Walk Hard."

Review: 'Bad Teacher' Only Deserves A Mildly Passable Grade

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 23, 2011 2:56 AM
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After the critical and commercial success of "Bridesmaids," and an escalation in the discussion of women's place in comedy both in the more niche-y blogosphere and in mainstream popular culture (illuminated most wonderfully earlier this year in a gonzo episode of "30 Rock"), "Bad Teacher," about a foul-mouthed, irresponsible, self-centered, drug-addled teacher (who also happens to be a woman) seems particularly well-timed. And while the comedy is periodically laugh-out-loud, shoot-soda-out-of-your-nose funny, it also ultimately feels like a missed opportunity; like a substitute that breezes out of your life a semester too soon without ever making much of an impact.

The Small Screen: Zooey Deschanel Sitcom 'The New Girl' Gets Series Order From Fox

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 1:45 AM
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J.J. Abrams' Series 'Alcatraz' Also Picked Up, But Mark Romanek's 'Locke & Key' Is DeadWith so much big-screen talent migrating to television, we're starting to cover more TV news here at The Playlist: while our heart will always be with the cinema, its upstart little cousin has wiped away any stigma that once remained, and in general, there's more good scripted comedy and drama around, both on network TV and on cable, than ever before. The current season is coming to a close over the next few weeks, which means that the networks will start unveiling their line-up for the coming 2011-12 season, and word's already started to leak with regards to the top-rated network, Fox.

'Bad Teacher' Director Jake Kasdan Circling Action-Comedy 'Family Getaway'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 5, 2011 2:22 AM
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You probably didn't see "Zero Effect" when it was released way back in 1998. But you should have -- it's one of the most terminally underrated pictures of the last couple of decades, a fearsomely smart, funny, touching rejig of the Sherlock Holmes archetype, with a career best performance from Bill Pullman, and tremendous support from Ben Stiller, Kim Dickens and Ryan O'Neal. And writer-director Jake Kasdan made it when he was only 23.

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