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'Bad Words' Q&A: In directing debut, Jason Bateman gets small picking on those who aren't his own size

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W-R-O-N-G.

That pretty much spells out Jason Bateman’s savagely sinister directorial debut, Bad Words, which features him as a man determined to destroy a national children’s spelling bee by exploiting a loophole that will allow him to compete against the little geniuses.

The film opens nationwide today, and Bateman talked to Entertainment Weekly about his decades-long desire to direct a movie, being very nasty to smarty-pants little kids, and the little boy who got it the worst. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Need for Speed' revs up for No. 1

It’s another testosterone-driven weekend at the multiplexes as the video game-turned-movie Need for Speed faces off against last week’s reigning box office conqueror 300: Rise of an Empire.

The question is whether or not Aaron Paul, beloved as the tragic Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, can carry a movie. The idea of a star-driven film is a bit of an outdated mentality, but choosing Paul to lead a fairly expensive action pic was at turns unconventional and bold. It’s also a lot of pressure, especially if DreamWorks and EA are eyeing a potential franchise in the vein of the insanely successful Fast & Furious films.

Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club also opens in under 2,000 locations for Lionsgate and the female-driven pic hopes to reach a very different audience, but it’s unlikely to beat the 3-D cars to the finish line.

Here’s how things might play out.

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'Bad Words': Watch a clip from Jason Bateman's dark comedy -- EXCLUSIVE

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Jason Bateman directs and stars in the upcoming comedy Bad Words, a movie about an acerbic 40-year-old who gets himself into a National Spelling Bee and proceeds to smash the dreams of countless eighth graders. But he does form an odd-couple friendship with one of his competitors, played by Rohan Chand (a.k.a. Issa on Homeland). In this exclusive clip, the two have their first meeting on an airplane. Warning: Some minor hilariously inappropriate language.

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Jason Bateman knows a lot of 'Bad Words' in red-band trailer for directorial debut -- NSFW VIDEO

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Can you spell potty mouth?

Jason Bateman definitely can and definitely has a one in the new red-band trailer for his directorial debut Bad Words.

Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of the National Quill Spelling Bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious eighth-graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame.

Alison Janney, Kathryn Hahn, and Phillip Baker Hall also star in the comedy, out in March 2014.

Check out the trailer below:
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