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Career Watch: Jason Bateman Gets Down with his 'Bad' Self

Signature line: “Your average American male is in a perpetual state of adolescence -- you know, arrested development.” That utterance from Jason Bateman’s cult series "Arrested Development," which made a comeback on Netflix last year, could be applied to his own career as he continues to distance himself from his child-star past. He takes a step in the right direction by starring in his feature directing debut as a disagreeable foul-mouthed lout who crashes a kids’ spelling bee in the just-opened R-rated comedy "Bad Words."
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 17, 2014 11:14 AM
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This Weekend, Drive Past 'Need for Speed' and Head for the Indies

This weekend, your best bet is to steer clear of "Need for Speed" and seek out a few indies instead. The critics have spoken, and "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul's first mainstream theatrical vehicle, based on the wildly popular video game racing franchise, has no wheels. So instead, why not catch not one, but two hunky Jake Gyllenhaals in Denis Villeneuve's moody "Enemy," director Jason Bateman's "Bad Words," the long-awaited "Veronica Mars" movie, or even some sweet old folks in "Le Week-End"? Trailers below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 12, 2014 7:55 PM
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WATCH: Two New Clips from Jason Bateman's SXSW-Bound Spelling Bee Comedy 'Bad Words'

As Jason Bateman's feature directorial debut "Bad Words" prepares to land at SXSW on March 7, two new clips have arrived from the comedy about a 40-year-old who hijacks the pre-teen Golden Quill national spelling bee. Check it all out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 24, 2014 2:35 PM
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WATCH: Jason Bateman Waxes Filthy in Directorial Debut 'Bad Words,' Headed for SXSW

Among the feature film lineup at this year's SXSW is "Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman's directorial debut "Bad Words." The movie stars Bateman, Rohan Chand, Alison Janney, Kathryn Hahn and Phillip Baker Hall. In the first clip (below), Bateman's character defines the word "autofellatio" for a ten-year-old spelling bee champ hopeful.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 30, 2014 4:12 PM
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Casting Watch: Connie Britton Is Adam Driver's Older Girlfriend in 'This Is Where I Leave You,' Also Starring Fey and Fonda

Connie Britton of hit ABC series "Nashville" has been added to the sprawling cast of Shawn Levy's "This Is Where I Leave You," a dark family comedy starring Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Timothy Olyphant ("Justified"), Corey Stoll ("House of Cards"), Ben Schwartz ("Parks and Recreation") and Adam Driver ("Girls"). Britton will play a therapist and the much older girlfriend of Driver's troubled character.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 11, 2013 2:17 PM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'Identity Thief' First Breakout of 2013 Amid Weak Field

A weekend standout amid weather closings, "Identity Thief" outdid expectations for a terrific opening. While a number of recent releases and older Oscar contenders held up well (following the depleted Super Bowl weekend), most or all of the Top 10 films are successes. So what's the worry?
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 10, 2013 1:04 PM
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