• Brad Pitt (12 Years a Slave) is in early talks to star in an untitled World War II romantic thriller from Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. No director or distributor is attached yet. Graham King’s GK Films will produce. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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'Bad Words' Q&A: In directing debut, Jason Bateman gets small picking on those who aren't his own size
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
It’s difficult to imagine Identity Thief, this year’s biggest comedy, without Melissa McCarthy. But when Jason Bateman and director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) were originally planning their buddy-road movie with its nods to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Midnight Run, the Oscar-nominated actress wasn’t part of the picture. In fact, her felonious character who steals people’s identities and maxes out their credit limits wasn’t even a she — it was a he. Then came Bridesmaids, which opened Hollywood’s eyes to a new brand of bawdy female comedy that was the perfect match for Gordon’s R-rated comedy. With McCarthy playing the outrageous, unpredictable crook and Bateman playing the perfect trusted, beleaguered neighbor who could live in your cul-de-sac, Identity Thief scored $133 million at the box office, making it the biggest February opening since Hitch.
Makes you wonder… what were the boys thinking in the first place? I think I speak for everyone, Melissa, when I say, “I visually enjoy you.”
Identity Thief can be downloaded digitally beginning tomorrow, and an Unrated Blu-ray is set for release on June 4. Check out an exclusive video clip that discusses how McCarthy changed everything. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Sudekis, Bateman, and Day reunite for 'Horrible Bosses 2'; Plus Adam Driver, James Gandolfini, more
• After a reported six months of negotiations, Jason Sudekis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day are set to reprise their roles as Kurt, Nick, and Dale for Horrible Bosses 2. The first film grossed over $200 million worldwide on a $35 million budget, so it’s no surprise that New Line was eager to try out a sequel. Business aside, this seems like great news. Not only is the cast remaining intact, we’re getting the same writing (John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein) and directing (Seth Gordon) team, and Jamie Foxx is still in talks to reprise his role as Motherf—– Jones too. Filming is scheduled to begin this summer. [THR]
• Adam Driver (Girls) is in talks to join the ensemble cast of Shawn Levy’s film adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You, about a group of siblings in the wake of their father’s death. If his Girls schedule allows, Driver would play Bateman’s character’s rebellious brother. Jonathan Tropper wrote the book and the screenplay. [THR]
'Disconnect' trailer: Jason Bateman stars in the movie that will delay every teen's first cell phone by 3 years -- VIDEO
Tomorrow is the National Day of Unplugging, but after you watch the new trailer for Disconnect, you might yank the cord before midnight. The feature debut from documentary director Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball), Disconnect feels like a cyber version of Crash, in which Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgard, Paula Patton, and several others are predator and prey in various internet scams that lead to real-world disaster. A high-school kid gets
catfished Manti Te’o’d on Facebook, a reporter gets too close to her online-sex-selling subject, and a couple loses all their savings when their online identity is stolen.
Watch the new trailer below (and then change all your online passwords immediately!) READ FULL STORY
Steel yourselves, comedy nerds: Liz Lemon might be playing Michael Bluth’s sister.
EW has confirmed that 30 Rock star Tina Fey is in early talks to star in This Is Where I Leave You opposite Jason Bateman. The film, based on Jonathan Tropper’s 2009 novel, follows a dysfunctional family that comes together to mourn the death of its gruff, withholding patriarch.
Bateman will play Judd, a middle child reeling over the recent implosion of his marriage; Fey would play his older sister Wendy, who is caught in an unhappy marriage of her own. Kathryn Hahn and Ari Graynor are rumored to be up for roles as well, though their involvement has not yet been confirmed. Shawn Levy, who previously directed Fey in Date Night, is attached to helm the film, which also features a script written by Tropper himself.
Fey’s next movie, Admission, hits theaters March 22. She will also appear in the Muppets sequel The Muppets… Again! that is currently filming in Europe.
Tina Fey seriously isn’t hosting the Oscars. Seriously — VIDEO
On the scene: An evening with the ’30 Rock’ writers
Casting Net: Emma Watson in talks to play Cinderella; Plus Gary Oldman, David Lynch, and more
Identity Thief persevered in spite of winter storm Nemo, with an $11.2 million Friday opening. The R-rated Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy vehicle from director Seth Gordon opened wide in 3,141 theaters, and may be on track for a $35 million weekend. Bateman and Gordon scored big with Horrible Bosses, which had a $9.9 million Friday opening in July and went on to gross $117.5 million domestically. This is McCarthy’s first starring role, and could bode well for The Heat, which was pushed back to a June release. McCarthy also recently started a production company with her husband Ben Falcone and already has three projects in the works.
Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects fared less well, opening Friday in 2,605 theaters at $2.8 million–almost exactly on track with Soderbergh’s Haywire, which opened in late January 2012 with a $2.9 million Friday and a $8.4 million weekend. Channing Tatum’s last three movies, 21 Jump Street (March), The Vow (February), and Magic Mike (June), all had Friday grosses exceeding $10 million. Rooney Mara’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opened decently the weekend before Christmas in 2011, but fizzled after that.
The area affected by Nemo represents about 12% of the country’s box office. AMC alone closed 43 theaters in the northeast corridor including in Boston, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. New York theaters will attempt to open Saturday night, but Boston theaters are planning to remain closed through Sunday.
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