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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.

The Small Screen: Aaron Sorkin's HBO Drama 'More As The Story Develops' Gets Pilot Pick Up

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 31, 2011 3:56 AM
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Jake Kasdan Teaming With Liz Meriwether For 'Chicks & Dicks,' Mark Wahlberg Sells Sports Pilot 'Home Game'After acclaimed but short-lived runs for two behind-the-scenes shows with "Sports Night" and "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip," who would have thought Aaron Sorkin would have a third chance at a show with a similar concept? Well, thanks to David Fincher and "The Social Network" the writer gets his shot with HBO now ordering a pilot for his cable news show drama, tentatively titled "More As The Story Develops."

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