Screen Junkies » Jason Bateman http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:40:21 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ Trailer Poops On Comedy Tropes And Jennifer Aniston http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/horrible-bosses-2-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/horrible-bosses-2-trailer/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:24:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262654 Jennifer Aniston seems cool.

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Horrible Bosses 2 reunites Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day for more hatred directed toward their employers. This time around, the guys are giving murder a break and simply seeking to commit a kidnapping. Also, Jennifer Aniston likes to be pooped on so much that you don’t even have to ask permission. David Schwimmer, however, requires three letters of reference and an NDA.

They’ve also brought back Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx, however, we’re not certain if Gregory from OnStar will be returning.

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Soundtrack Studies: ‘Juno’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-juno/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-juno/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:50:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262317 This film may have served as quirk's (temporary) death rattle.

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Restraint is a concept that Diablo Cody has yet to master. She may practice it these days, but she certainly hasn’t mastered it in Juno follow-ups Jennifer’s Body, Young Adult, and Paradise. And not practicing restraint isn’t necessarily some death sentence or fatal flaw. Oliver Stone doesn’t practice restraint. Quentin Tarantino probably doesn’t. But the reason those guys can get away with it while Diablo Cody catches heat is that they have much more to say in their films than Diablo Cody.

Stone often exercises a painfully political agenda. Tarantino creates a world and an engaging story within it. And Cody talks about a girl in Juno. And there’s nothing wrong about making the story of a girl the alpha and omega of your film.

But when that girl is one of the most annoying and unrealistic characters put on film, it’s a problem. And fortunately for this recurring piece, much of her flaws and shortcomings are closely tied to the soundtrack of the film.

Before going down this path, I would like to briefly address the things I like about the film. I like the songs on the soundtrack. I think it’s very ambitious to introduce an audience to Mott the Hoople or even Sonic Youth. Cody does it in a very heavy-handed fashion, which I will discuss. But the effort is admirable, if misguided.

The story succeeds where the writing lacks. It’s not easy to make teen pregnancy a breezy, charming issue, and again, Cody comes up a little short, but it’s easy to see why people saw promise in her after this film premiered. Much in the same way that people saw promise in Kevin Smith after Clerks.

The performances are pretty great. From Ellen Page, from Michael Cera, from Allison Janney, from J.K Simmons. These were performances that more than forgave the sins of the screenwriter, especially in the case of Page.

So with those four or five backhanded compliments, let’s get to really talking about Juno and its soundtrack.

My major issue with Juno, as it was with Dawson’s Creek, is that it paints its child characters as adorable little adults, except when its convenient to revert them back to children for the purpose of conveying a point or manufacturing sentiment. It’s unfortunate because people don’t really go back and forth like that in reality, and also, children who act like adults are the worst type of people in the world.

This all come to a head when Juno posts up with Jason Bateman, the future adoptive father, to talk about music. This is something very relatable and a completely practical manner in which to bridge the glaring generation gap between the two. Bateman, in an effort to connect with Juno, sees that music resonates with her, then pounces on that topic to endear himself to her. Much like if you see a kid playing a video game, you talk to that kid about video games as best you can.

Here’s how it starts:

In this scene, it’s clear that Jason Bateman knows his shit when it comes to music, because he’s an aging hipster who is realizing he’s waving goodbye to his old life with the birth of his new baby. That half of the conversation works. He talks wistfully about old bands no one has ever heard of, and tries to get someone else to like them. It’s very true to the archetype that he represents.

But the other half – the Juno half, falls woefully short on several fronts. She’s shown as a firebrand, so it’s fine that she gives as good as she gets in the “You don’t know good music, I know good music” convo. Unfortunately, no clips are available of this scene, but it serves as the most obvious demonstration that Juno is a manifestation of an adult’s notion of “cool,” which sells the character woefully short.

Perhaps it can be chalked up to Diablo Cody’s inexperience as a screenwriter at this point (but given her subsequent outings, probably not), but much as a Police Academy movie serves as a collection of scenes that can be played in any order without really affecting the outcome, the scenes with Juno don’t seem to build on each other to get us very familiar with her character.

In the above scene, she sees Jason Bateman’s guitar and suddenly she’s an expert on guitars. When she speaks of music and film, she’s an expert on things that only a 45 year-old at a comic book store would a) know and b) discuss. They could have spent 12 minutes of screen time just listing songs from the Guided by Voices catalog, and it would have been a lateral move.

She speaks knowingly of Dario Argento, Velvet Underground, Moldy Peaches, and Mott the Hoople. She’s 15 years old.

What’s interesting here is that the tastes of Juno’s character, and ultimately the soundtrack were suggested by Ellen Page after director Jason Reitman asked her what he thinks Juno would listen to. Reitman had originally thought she would be a fan of glam rock. While that choice is a terrible one as well, the fault of the writers and soundtrack consultancy here isn’t that they asked the kid what the character would listen to, but that they accepted it.

It’s makes Juno a archetype of cool to uncool audiences, miring her in hamburger phones, dated TV references, and bands people listen to, but really don’t like. The result is an effect that makes the character seem mildly disconnected from the world and into a world of hers. Another, more incidental result is, conveyed contempt from the filmmaker to the audience via affectations that they expect viewers to blindly accept and nod, all slack-jawed. Which is actually a perfectly apt scenario for a teenager. However, the world she withdraws into is one that was formed by a creative committee that apparently had just seen the film Garden State before making these decisions.

As I mentioned, the soundtrack is inspired, catchy, and certainly an education for many people who won’t know these bands or songs. But the line is crossed when these esoteric songs and artists become diegetic and aspects of the Juno’s world. They become as trivial and contrived as that fucking hamburger phone she talks on, which ends up selling everything a little short and serves as a non-major flaw that compromises the rest of the film.

But listen to the soundtrack. It’s not bad, and that recurring song through the film, “All I Want Is You,” WILL get stuck in your head.

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SJ EXCLUSIVE: ‘Bad Words’ Clip and Storyboards! http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/sj-exclusive-bad-words-clip-and-storyboards/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/sj-exclusive-bad-words-clip-and-storyboards/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:22:10 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=260873 Jason Bateman's new flick 'Bad Words' goes wide this weekend, and Focus Features has give us an exclusive peek at one of the scenes!

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Jason Bateman’s new comedy Bad Words goes wide this weekend, and Focus Features has given Screen Junkies an exclusive peek at one of the scenes! Not only do we get to check out the storyboards, we also get to see how it all came together in the film. Some words of warning: you might just find yourself checking the toilet before you sit down next time you’re in a public restroom!

 

And…here’s the exclusive clip!

 

 

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Jason Bateman Masters The Art Of Swearing At Children In ‘Bad Words’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jason-bateman-masters-the-art-of-swearing-at-children-in-bad-words-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jason-bateman-masters-the-art-of-swearing-at-children-in-bad-words-trailer/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:37:00 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258299 We finally see the nasty underbelly of the Spelling Bee circuit.

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When a character in a movie swears profusely and creatively at children is a tried and true shortcut to a laugh. Sometimes the results are uproarious or a mildly satisfying chuckle. In the red-band trailer for Bad Words, Jason Bateman transcends the art of swearing at and around children. Go ahead, Bateman. Drop the mic. You’ve earned that right.

Who would have known that Jason Bateman would be so great for this role? Jason Bateman, that’s who. Bad Words is also his directorial debut, meaning he was a shoe-in for the role. Much to the chagrin of Paul Rudd, who really loves being a dick to kids too.

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Mumford And Sons Have A New Video With Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis, Will Forte, And Ed Helms http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mumford-and-sons-have-a-new-video-with-jason-bateman-jason-sudekis-will-forte-and-ed-helms/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mumford-and-sons-have-a-new-video-with-jason-bateman-jason-sudekis-will-forte-and-ed-helms/#comments Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:20:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=256294 Can these guys be a band now?

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It would appear that now even Mumford and Sons is in on the whole “Mumford and Sons is ridiculous” joke. However, rather than change their ways and putting on a genuine persona, they apparently will continue to dress like Victorian barbers, but will just be winking at everyone the entire time.

Ugh. The video is funny, but the fact that the band produced it sort of creeps me out.

It’s nice to see the comedians in a natural state of slackerdom, rather than all clean shaven and proper, but that’s as much praise as I’ll give.

Ok, fine. Ed Helms‘ face is hilarious when he’s singing real close to Jason Bateman’s.

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Lo And Behold, The Official ‘Arrested Development’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/lo-and-behold-the-official-arrested-development-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/lo-and-behold-the-official-arrested-development-trailer/#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 16:08:39 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254832

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After years and years of promises and denials and rumors and Jason Bateman movies, Arrested Development is finally back. And this trailer is proof of that. Unless this has all been an elaborate hoax.

In which case, not cool Netflix and Ron Howard. We’ll find out for sure on May 26th.

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Weird-Looking Guy From ‘Girls’ Joins Jason Bateman & Tina Fey In ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weird-looking-guy-from-girls-joins-jason-bateman-tina-fey-in-this-is-where-i-leave-you/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weird-looking-guy-from-girls-joins-jason-bateman-tina-fey-in-this-is-where-i-leave-you/#comments Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:33:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253943 Seriously, dude's got that Andre the Giant syndrome or something. Right?

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In addition to a fruitful career doing weird things with his penis on HBO, Girls star Adam Driver is keeping busy with his film career. With roles in Lincoln and the next Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, under his belt, the strangely-shaped actor will join Tina Fey and Jason Bateman in This Is Where I Leave You. He’ll play the “rebel of the family” sibling in the Shawn Levy film, which also stars Jane Fonda, Kathryn Hahn, and Corey Stoll.

He may seem like he’s enjoying overnight success but Driver has actually been working on his craft for quite some time. In fact, I think he was brilliant opposite Billy Crystal in My Giant.

An undervalued performance. (THR)

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‘Disconnect’ Warns The Internet Will Destroy Us All http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/disconnect-warns-the-internet-will-destroy-us-all/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/disconnect-warns-the-internet-will-destroy-us-all/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:27:58 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=253826 If you can see its loading screen, it's already too late.

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Since we  rolled our eyes and made rude gestures when Fear Dot Com tried to impart its message on us, Hollywood is once again warning that the Internet will murder us all. This time with a decidedly non-supernatural approach. Jason Bateman, who learned nothing from his experience with identity theft, is at it again. Playing with his phone like a dumb jerk while those around him get identity thefted, stalked, and Catfished. It’s like Crash but trades the n-word for “nOOb,” the other n-word.

Though I can’t imagine the pain associated with losing a loved one or my livelihood to the cruelty of the internet, Disconnect seems a bit overdramatic and forced. Or fake and gay, if you will.

 

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‘Identity Thief’ Trailer Has Jason Bateman Crusading To Get His Life Back http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/identity-thief-trailer-has-jason-bateman-crusading-to-get-his-life-back/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/identity-thief-trailer-has-jason-bateman-crusading-to-get-his-life-back/#comments Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:30:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=252510 I JUST WANT MY LIFE BACK!

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Like I told my probation officer, identity theft is more funny than anything, so it’s pretty hard to stay mad at Melissa McCarthy or sympathize with Jason Bateman here. I mean, with the same routine day in and day out, who wouldn’t like to go on a good-natured madcap adventure with one of the stars of Bridesmaids, provided that it’s not Maya Rudolph. She knows what she did.

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It’s the Taking Care Of Business for a new generation!

When Jason Bateman learns that his identity has been stolen by a husky woman in Florida, he does what any sensible person would do. Travels to Florida to hit the woman with his car. That’s the best way to handle those situations, right? One time, a waiter accidentally gave my credit card to the wrong customer and he charged up $300 on it. I hit both he and the waiter with a car. Which really was a priceless experience if you know how to live in the moment.

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‘Arrested Development’ Has Started Filming New Episodes http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/arrested-development-has-started-filming-new-episodes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/arrested-development-has-started-filming-new-episodes/#comments Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:43:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250208 Here's where I would put an apt quote, but instead I'm gonna use Zuckercorn's "Those? Those are balls!"

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Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz knows, after hurting us so many times before with talk of movies, new channels, and new episodes, that our guard is up, so during the development of the additional episodes, Hurwitz has taken pains to document the process so we know it’s real.

Let’s add this photo to the list of relevant documents. Here we see everyone looking exactly as they should about five years after we last joined our heroes. The only real developments of note are that Portia di Rossi is still looking insanely “huggable” and Michael Cera has reached new levels of Michael Cera-ness with his jack 0′ lantern haircut.

Production stars now and will go into fall allowing for a simultaneous release of all 10 episodes on NetFlix which will probably go down as the most important four-and-a-half hours of my stupid life.

I’m excited. Get to work, you wonderful people.

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‘Horrible Bosses’: The 6 Worst Workplaces In Movie History http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/horrible-bosses-the-6-worst-workplaces-in-movie-history/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/horrible-bosses-the-6-worst-workplaces-in-movie-history/#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:06:54 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231125 Be glad you don't work at any of these places.

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In Horrible Bosses, coming to DVD on October 11th, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day have bosses that are so, uh, horrible, that the group hatches a scheme to murder them. Unbeknownst to the characters, they’re actually operating within a common cinematic setting: the horrible workplace. Don’t believe me? Here are six of the worst workplaces in movie history.

Metropolis

Next time you want to complain about work, just remember how bad the “employees” in Fritz Lang’s science fiction classic Metropolis have it. They work like slaves in an underground civilization at the will of their wealthy overlords. The only entertainment they get is the occasional herky-jerky robot girl dance.

The Apartment

This movie will probably seem a bit truer to the real workplace experience than Metropolis. No robot girls here, just an environment in which getting ahead is more important than being a decent human being. In the case of CC Baxter, this means giving over the keys to his apartment to his bosses so they can use it to have sex with women who aren’t their wives. As if that wasn’t enough, Baxter’s in love with the elevator girl who’s in a toxic relationship with his horrible, sleazy (and married) boss. Bad work environment!

2001: A Space Odyssey

Traveling from Earth to the moon to various other points in space may be easy in 2001, but it’s still a pain in the ass. The toilet has a set of instructions with like 12 steps, and the “food” can all be drunk through a straw. Oh, and your boss is a homicidal computer with a creepy glowing red eye. Murdering your boss would be justified, in this case.

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Don’t Get Too Excited For The Return Of Arrested Development http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dont-get-too-excited-for-the-return-of-arrested-development/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dont-get-too-excited-for-the-return-of-arrested-development/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 16:07:04 +0000 Nicholas Pell http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231096 Be careful what you wish for...

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Somebody called me on the phone. He said “Hey, did you hear about the Arrested Development reunion?” I was pretty stoked, because after Fishbone, they were my favorite band at Lollapalooza in 1993. Then he told me it wasn’t the hip-hop group, it was that TV show with all the rich white folks on it.

Click here for the cast’s most embarrassing roles since leaving the show.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Arrested Development. I’ve watched the entire series repeatedly. I choked up a little when Fox finally gave it the axe. It was easily the best sitcom in television history until Party Down came along and provided some stiff competition. Talking about The Seaward, hot cops, and Mr. Bananagrabber brings an instant smile to my face, if not a minor titter and yet… I’m a little underwhelmed by the return of the show.

Trying to recreate Arrested Development is like trying to capture lightning in a bottle. I’m sure people were pretty amped when Aerosmith got back together, and then they dropped Permanent Vacation and the Armageddon soundtrack, a couple of stiff kicks to the balls. I mean, take a minute to step back from your irrational exuberance and ask yourself: How many band break up, get back together and make good records?

See?

I’m not saying the new shows and movie won’t be funny. They probably would be if I had never heard of Arrested Development. But expectations kill and momentum means something in comedy. Michael Cera isn’t cute little awkward George Michael anymore, he’s Michael Fucking Cera, the douche who’s made a career out of playing irritating, twee “male” versions of the manic pixie dream girl, minus the mania and god dammit, he wouldn’t even take his picture with me and my friends at a bowling alley in Koreatown even though I’m pretty sure he didn’t even know we were just trying to clown on him.

It’s not just prancing Michael Cera and his red wool cap, either. Has anyone noticed how lame Will Arnett has gotten? The sex tape was great. I even liked Let’s Go To Prison. But now he’s on some TV show about trying to stay cool while raising a fucking baby? Isn’t he about fifteen years too old to star on a show like that? More to the point, isn’t that show for the type of people who post pictures of themselves holding up diapers soiled in unnatural colors while smiling and making “oopsie” faces, AKA the type of people who make you want to kill all parents instead of becoming one?

I saw Alia Shawkat on some Lifetime movie and apparently she appears in Best Coast videos. I don’t think I really need to go on with this one.

Point is: The show was great in its time, but there’s a pretty good chance that time has passed away, along with the blissful innocence of the Bush years. America has new anxieties, irritants and pathologies to explore and exploit for comic potential now. Today, Arrested Development is about as relevant as M*A*S*H.

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The Most Embarrassing Post-’Arrested Development’ Roles http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/the-most-embarrassing-post-arrested-development-roles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/the-most-embarrassing-post-arrested-development-roles/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 19:22:48 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=230931 A paycheck is a paycheck.

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Arrested Development helped propel many of its cast members to stardom and paved the way for exciting new work opportunities. But every project can’t be as original and hilarious as the groundbreaking comedy series. And whether it be for art or commerce, cast members have had to take on a few roles in lesser projects since the sitcom’s demise.

Here’s a rundown of the cast’s most embarrassing post-Arrested Development projects.

Jason Bateman – The Ex

Jason Bateman kicked off his career of appearing in every comedy known to man with a co-starring role in The Ex. Here he plays the wheelchair-bound tormentor to Zack Braff, who believes Bateman has designs on his wife. This also kicks off the beginning of Bateman’s raunchy, gross out comedy. I like the part where he falls down.

Michael Cera- Paper Heart

The pseudo-documentary/hipster fart smell-a-thon Paper Heart helped transform Michael Cera from the awkward teen on Arrested Development to awkward teen in everything. Now a household name, Cera has taken roles in some pretty interesting projects… interesting in the aspect that people somehow enjoy them.

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New ‘Arrested Development’ TV Series And Movie Are Coming http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-arrested-development-tv-series-and-movie-are-on-the-way/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-arrested-development-tv-series-and-movie-are-on-the-way/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 13:30:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=230887 Holy balls! It's really happening!

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Could it be true? Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz announced yesterday that the comedy will return to television for a nine or ten episode run as a lead-in for the maybe-finally-happening Arrested Development movie. Hurwitz made the announcement at The New Yorker Festival, where the entire cast was reunited for the first time since the show’s 2005 cancellation.

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“[I] found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story. In fact, where everyone’s been for five years became a big part of the story,” said Hurwitz. “So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together.”

The plan is to focus each of the new episodes on a different member of the Bluth family, which Jason Bateman confirmed via his Twitter page. “It’s true,” Bateman wrote. “We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early ’13. VERY excited!”

There’s no word yet on where the new series will air, though Showtime and Netflix have both shown strong interest. Sounds good, just as long as they don’t air on Fox. The network would only show three episodes back-to-back on a Friday night opposite the Olympics before cancellation. (NY Times)

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Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy are teaming up for what sounds like a modern-day retelling of the James Belushi/Charles Grodin romp, Taking Care of Business. They will star in ID Theft, a comedy starring Bateman as a man who has his identity stolen.

The project originally called for Bateman to have his identity stolen by another guy, but McCarthy won the role when America saw Bridesmaids and realized that girls can be funny too. It’s too bad for Danny McBride. I’m sure he could have practically tasted that role. (Deadline)

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In the deadly world of Hollywood, you either have to adapt or die. And looking at the weekend performance of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it would be reasonable to expect movies with all-ape casts by the end of the year. It managed to surprise analysts with a very healthy $54 million opening. For you stat-hounds, that places it as the 5th best August opening weekend of all time (if you don’t adjust for inflation). The fact that it’s actually a pretty good movie means that humans might be completely irrelevant soon. I can’t wait for Rise of the Planet of the Humans in a few years.

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The other big movie opening this weekend also managed to surprise, but not in a good way. It’s The Change-Up, which somehow managed to not wow moviegoers with its sparkling-new premise of two people (Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds) with different lives changing bodies. For its trouble, it has a $13.5 million opening weekend. Maybe the body-switching movie next year will do better. (Box Office Mojo)

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Review: ‘The Change-Up’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-change-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-change-up/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2011 22:29:28 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223406 A body swapping comedy that’s more focused on poop and butt hole jokes.

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The Change-Up is a watchable generic comedy. It’s okay for a night out or a DVD, but it’s hard to call it good. We’re not talking embarrassing or offensive, but you still want more.

Dave (Jason Bateman) and Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) switch bodies thanks to a magic fountain. At least the film has the decency to acknowledge that it doesn’t really matter what caused the body swapping. They pee in a fountain, the lights black out, they wake up as each other. Boom.

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It turns out they weren’t really jealous of each other’s lives. They were each just being polite. So it’s not a wish fulfillment. Mitch is now saddled with a job and a family and Dave is forced to be an actor on a lorno set (light porno, a totally contrived sequence that goes for the easiest laughs). The poster is a lie. Dave never has three ways with hot girls. All his sexual encounters are played for laughs.

It’s funnier to see Bateman and Reynolds play each other’s personas than their own. Maybe they should really switch. The script is not what I’d call inspired though. Dave and Mitch do a lot of babbling. Their dialogue is not clever, but they say it so fast the audience thinks they’ve heard jokes. To their credit, that’s probably the actors’ improv and it’s probably an improvement over what was actually written.

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Mitch being inappropriate to Dave’s kids is a really thin joke. He teaches Dave’s daughter to fight back against a ballet school bully, but pointing out the insincerity of stroking a child’s ego doesn’t really seem like a joke. After the first few F bombs, we get it. He’s swearing in front of children.

Dave’s wife Jamie (Leslie Mann) is legitimately upset by these shenanigans. She’s trying to keep her family together, making her the perfect straight woman. If only she had some good comedy to which she could react.

Mitch and Dave learn about themselves by taking each other’s perspectives. Mitch gets to hear his dad (Alan Arkin) say something nice about him, because dad can only say it to Dave. Dave sees what a bad husband he’s been because Jamie can only confide in Mitch. Mitch experiences a child’s love. Awww.

Oh, Dave is also working on a major deal for his promotion, which is the generic job Mitch has to learn how to do when they switch bodies. I mean, it’s not as horrifying as 17 Again, also starring Mann and another recent take on the ‘80s high concept. That was all about a guy wishing he hadn’t abandoned the teenage girl he knocked up, and it had Thomas Lennon peacocking. So go see The Change-Up for a body swapping comedy that’s more focused on poop and butt hole jokes.

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The new Change-Up trailer is here exclusive to Screen Junkies, and it’s got a more ribald tint to it than what you’ve seen on TV and in the theaters. Beyond the usual dose of red-band talk of boners, f-bombs, and “masterating,” we also get a little more Olivia Wilde in this one, which is never a bad thing.

This trailer also sheds a little more light on how the Jason Bateman/Ryan Reynolds body/mind transfer unfolds, and I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by revealing that wacky mishaps abound. Reynolds has difficulty immediately adjusting to married life! Jason Bateman must revert to bachelorhood! Only with this red-band trailer, the producers are able to get a little more…detailed.

Also, we learn that Bateman’s wife (Leslie Mann’s character) has a bald spot on her vagina. I have no reason to believe that was drawn from reality, but it’s fun to pretend it is, if only for a minute.

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‘The Change-Up’ Trailer: A Bateman/Reynolds Body Switch

Universal Pictures is giving Screen Junkies readers the opportunity to see a free advanced screening of The Change-Up. The hilariously raunchy body-switching comedy from the director of Wedding Crashers and the writer of The Hangover stars Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. The screenings are happening in several cities across the country, each allowing ten attendees with a guest. Get your butts over to THIS SITE right now to sign up and secure your spot. Then snap a pool cue in half, drop it in the center of a circle of your friends, and tell them whomever is left standing gets to be your plus one.

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Review: Horrible Bosses http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-horrible-bosses/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-horrible-bosses/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 15:47:33 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219037 Exactly the safe kind of mainstream comedy you’d expect it to be.

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Horrible Bosses is exactly the safe kind of mainstream comedy you’d expect it to be. It’s amusing and likeable because the three guys are funny. So no point lamenting the missed opportunity for a really dark satire, because they were never going to make that movie. At least this trio kept it entertaining.

Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) all have lousy bosses. Harken (Kevin Spacey) demeans and overworks Nick. Julia (Jennifer Aniston) sexually harasses Dale (it’s funny because it’s not a man intimidating a woman). Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell) is just coked-up and crazy.

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You know Hollywood’s not going to make a movie about really killing your boss. Horrible Bosses at least has fun with three dorks exploring the underworld. Kurt especially makes continuous asides like he’s really reacting to the process of finding a hired killer. They’ve seen Strangers on a Train and Throw Mamma from a Train but apparently not 9 to 5, and you get some slapstick as they bumble through reconnaissance missions.

You know exactly where the story is going and it’s all to keep the heroes innocent and likeable. It’s pretty funny when Kurt plays petty pranks with Pellit’s toiletries. Dale has some good Charlie Day freak-outs. Bateman gets some good lines too so he’s not relegated to straight man. These three work together, and it’s kind of nice to see this generation’s reliable studio comedians emerge.

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The bosses get to be extreme too. Spacey is basically doing Swimming with Sharks light, but Aniston really relishes saying the P word and talking about touching herself. If you have trouble imagining a man disliking Aniston’s advances, consider that Dale actually has a loving fiancée he wants to be faithful to. Or, remember that in real life, oversexed aggressive women don’t look like Jennifer Aniston.

I was going to compliment one twist on a standard cliché, but then they followed it up with the usual cliché so it would be a spoiler. I thought Horrible Bosses was a little funnier than Bad Teacher. If you’re hating on The Hangover Part II, at least they’re going somewhere with their formula. You’d rather have an “original” plotline that plays it safe? Well, at least I’ve gotten to see Rubber and Detention, so I can let these summer comedies coast.

 

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Horrible Bosses http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/horrible-bosses/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/horrible-bosses/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2011 18:53:40 +0000 Screen Junkies Director: Seth GordonCast: Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Donald SutherlandSynopsis: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.Release Date: July 29, 2011

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Director: Seth Gordon

Cast: Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Donald Sutherland

Synopsis: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

Release Date: July 29, 2011

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3 photosEver Wish There Were Three New 'Horrible Bosses' Posters?

The original trailer for Horrible Bosses didn’t really grab my attention. Typically, I need to be strongly cursed at or shown boobies to react. Suffice it to say that this new red band trailer for Horrible Bosses had my full attention.

Here we see that this movie really has some bite and raunchy set-ups. It looks pretty funny, though we’re worried that it gives away too many of the film’s jokes and not enough of Jennifer Aniston walking around naked. More of that please.

Poor Charlie Day. Always having to have sex with and be fondled by his hot, rich boss. Don’t get any ideas, Longshanks.

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Bateman And Vaughn Partner For Cryptically-Titled ‘Insane Laws’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jason-bateman-and-vince-vaughn-partner-for-cryptically-titled-insane-laws/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jason-bateman-and-vince-vaughn-partner-for-cryptically-titled-insane-laws/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 22:30:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215621 Vince Vaughn to play an entirely new type of schlubby dude in this film. Hold on to your seats!

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Jason Bateman loves the buddy system. Never one to star in a film alone, this time he’s gotten Vince Vaughn to saddle up (metaphorically) with him for Insane Laws, a buddy comedy that examines the changing dynamic of a male relationship as two men age, have kids, and the grandkids. So Vince Vaughn will be playing a grandfather. That’s kind of depressing, even though Vince Vaughn does kind of look like a grandfather.

The film will be helmed by writer-turned-director Jeremy Garelick, who wrote The Break-Up and did some work on The Hangover. The movie could go into production as early as this fall, Deadline reports.

Every aspect of this project seems to make sense to me except for the title. My gut instinct is that it’s a play on “in-laws.” I hope that’s not the case, only because the wordplay is really, really, really awful. Or maybe they’re just gonna poke fun at some wacky laws. In Texas there’s a law that you can’t take more than three sips of beer while standing. That legislation is ripe for satire.

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I am like the genie of internet posters, but only for specific movies at specific times.

4 photos‘Horrible Bosses’ Posters Showcase Just How Horrible These Bosses Are

Behold, three new posters for Horrible Bosses, a new comedy directed by Seth Gordon (King of Kong). The posters feature the tortured trio – Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day – against brightly colored backgrounds, wishing that their awful bosses were “no longer among the living.” That’s tip-toe language for “dead and not necessarily loving it.” These are kinda just remixes of the first set, which also feature such sinister supervisors as Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston, but overall the previews have gotten me psyched for this one. I like my comedy the way I like my coffee: with a lot of attempted murdering.

Bossocide will commence in theaters July 8th, 2011. (Collider)

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The promising trailer (see inset) for Horrible Bosses has expectations raised for this movie, but those out there who haven’t seen the trailer still need to be sold, so why not play to the strengths of the cast? Kevin Spacey is downright scary as a boss, as Swimming with Sharks showed, Jennifer Aniston’s character is silly enough to be funny, and Colin Farrell…just look at him. Gold.

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These posters highlight the employee/boss couplings introduce us to the bosses using a few choice words like “psycho,” “tool,” and “maneater.” Watch out boy, she’ll chew ya up.

Not relating to the posters, but interesting nonetheless is the fact that Horrible Bosses is directed by Seth Gordon, the man behind King of Kong, the funniest documentary in the solar system. Of course, he’s also got Four Christmases to his name, but we’ll let his work on”Modern Family,”"Parks and Recreation,” and”The Office” offset that travesty.

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There’s one thing that separates great comedies from merely good ones: Murder. And the latest murder-comedy is Horrible Bosses, about three guys (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis) who plot to murder their respective terrible bosses (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell) with the help of a murder expert (Jamie Foxx). Then, things go exactly as planned, with the wacky trio murdering their bosses and not getting caught. Just kidding, things go hilariously awry.

My favorite part of the trailer is the appearance at the end from Wendell “William ‘Bunk’ Moreland” Pierce. I’m pretty excited to see this when it comes out on July 8th. I might even…kill to see it. Probably not, though.

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It’s a little less tawdry than the original red-band trailer we showed you, but don’t worry, there’s still liquid poop flying in Jason Bateman‘s eyes and talk of the lovemaking positions “The Arsenio Hall” and “Arabian Goggles.” The Change-Up will cause you to forget everything you ever knew about mind-transfer comedies, which, if you’re born after 1985, shouldn’t be too difficult.

Beyond that, this trailer is pretty similar to the one from before. But don’t dismiss it entirely. Let it serve as another reminder that you should never make wishes in front of unfamiliar statues. Because they might grant them. And then you might inherit your friend’s body and life, neither of which are as good as Ryan Reynolds‘. I promise you.

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The Jason Bateman/Ryan Reynolds comedy The Change-Up has a trailer. Which is good, because we were getting a little sick of staring at this one image for the past few months. The film features one of my favorite plot devices – the ‘ole mind/body switch-a-roo. In this instance, Reynolds is the carefree bachelor while Bateman is a Michael Bluth-type family man. They envy each other, get struck by lightning, switch bodies, and hilarity ensues.

How do I know hilarity ensues? I don’t, but it’s an educated guess. The film is directed by the helmer of Wedding Crashers and written by The Hangover guys. Call it a hunch.

We’ve also got a poster for you. It would appear that both men are having threesomes, only Jason Bateman‘s is with babies. Pretty edgy stuff.

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Whether it’s (in order of not douchey to very douchey) Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn or John Mayer, nobody seems to want to get with Jennifer Aniston. Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny”) gets inducted into that club in the new movie Horrible Bosses. The first preview pic above shows Day not getting friendly with Aniston’s nympho dentist character.

Horrible Bosses sounds pretty fun. Directed by Seth Gordon (King of Kong), the film stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Day as three pals downtrodden by their terrible employers – Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Aniston – who they decide to kill. If you haven’t at least considered the possibility of beating your boss within an inch of his or her life, you are not an American.

The employers will attempt to downsize their supervisors in theaters July 8th. These images first appeared in Entertainment Weekly. (The Playlist)

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