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SCREEN TALK: Soderbergh's 'The Knick,' Why Filmmakers Are Heading for TV, Locarno Film Fest & More

Today on the latest episode of Screen Talk, Indiewire's Eric Kohn and I discuss Steven Soderbergh's Cinemax series "The Knick," what to see and skip this weekend in theaters, the Locarno Film Festival and more.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2014 11:17 AM
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'The One I Love' Multi-Tasker Mark Duplass Explains His New Indie Paradigm

I’ll be perfectly honest with you: the way I work on a micro-budget makes me more money and makes me more creatively satisfied than if I was doing movies at a 4-to-$7-million level. It sounds crazy, but I now have the connections in the industry so that I can borrow cameras and I can borrow locations. Everybody works for [a small flat fee per} day — whether you’re a PA or a director, whoever you are. It’s all Communism. But you get points, and everybody’s an owner in the movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2014 3:21 PM
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Why You Must Watch 'Calvary,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'The One I Love' & 'Moebius' This Weekend (TRAILERS)

This weekend, you have no excuse not to get out to the movies, as one of the most satisfying popcorn films of the summer, and a gobsmacking Irish drama, hit theaters.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 1, 2014 10:30 AM
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RaDiUS-TWC Partners with Blum and Duplass on 'Creep' Trilogy, "Utterly Insane New Franchise" (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Following the SXSW premiere of low-budget psychological thriller "Creep," RADiUS-TWC is partnering with Mark and Jay Duplass and Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions on a "Creep" trilogy which Duplass calls an "utterly insane new franchise." (My SXSW interview with Blum and Duplass is below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 7, 2014 2:27 PM
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Jason Blum Acquires Duplass Brothers' Found Footage Horror Title 'Peachfuzz'

Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions has nabbed distribution rights to found-footage horror film "Peachfuzz," produced by Mark and Jay Duplass. Blum and his company are the producers of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 2:54 PM
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Fox Searchlight and Red Flag Debut Busy Duplass Bros' 'The Do-Deca-Pentathlon' On VOD

Writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass headed into SXSW with an unusual distribution deal for their long-in-the-works micro-budget brother comedy "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon." They set it up at both Fox Searchlight, which released "Cyrus," and indie Red Flag Releasing. The VOD release date is June 26, and a theatrical release follows July 6.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 14, 2012 7:21 PM
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In the Works: Duplass Bros. to Remake 1978's 'Same Time, Next Year' with Universal, Rudin Set to Produce

The ever-busy Duplass brothers have signed with Universal to remake the 1978 film "Same Time, Next Year," with Scott Rudin set to produce, along with original producer, nonagenarian Walter Mirisch.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2012 1:09 PM
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Duplass Brothers Kidnap Hollywood and The New York Times Magazine

They call each other Dupes and keep their brotherly spirit at the fore. In a New York Times Magazine profile of the Mark and Jay Duplass, Gavin Edwards details the pair's evolution from a budget of $3 (2002's "This is John") to $40 million comedies. Their partnership is thrilling to watch (our video interview with Jay and Mark here). As Edwards writes, "While rock ’n’ roll brothers (the Davies, the Gallaghers) seem to thrive on fistfights, filmmaking brothers (the Coens, the Farrellys) often achieve a state of mind-meld."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 18, 2012 7:21 PM
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SXSW Interview: Duplass Brothers Talk 'Jeff,' 'The Do-Deca-Pentathlon' and Career Plan (Video)

Writer-directors Jay and Mark Duplass headed into SXSW with an unusual distribution deal for their long-in-the-works micro-budget brother comedy "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon." They set it up at both Fox Searchlight, which released "Cyrus," and Red Flag Releasing, a small indie run by ex-Warner Independent execs Laura Kim and Paul Federbush, who are able to do day-and-date VOD in a way that the studio cannot without straining relationships with exhibitors. The Duplasses figure they are getting the best of both possible worlds.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2012 10:56 AM
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