March 22, 2014 |
In his new rapid-fire spelling-bee comedy, "Bad Words," Jason Bateman opens his mouth in more ways than one. When a young Indian boy is talking too much, his 40-year-old spelling-bee contestant, Guy Trilby, tells the boy to "point his curry hole" in another direction. When a chubby kids calls him a weirdo, he fires back, "Your chair called me for help. " Some of his vicious quips are funny; others less so. But the pleasures in "Bad Words" aren't the jokes themselves. It's the idea of the jokes - or, more specifically, the idea that someone can make jokes that others won't.
March 14, 2014 |
After first making his mark as a child actor on '80s sitcoms "Silver Spoons" and "The Hogan Family," Jason Bateman reinvented himself as an adult star via the comedy series "Arrested Development" and a string of big-screen roles, usually playing an embattled everyman. With his directorial debut, the foul-mouthed spelling bee comedy "Bad Words," opening in six theaters Friday, Bateman enters a new stage in his career (he also stars in the film). "Bad Words," which was made for less than $10 million, has earned generally positive reviews and had a "69% fresh" rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes . Time will tell how it performs at the box office.
March 13, 2014 |
Sarcastic, sanctimonious, salacious, sly, slight and surprisingly sweet, the black comedy of "Bad Words," starring and directed by Jason Bateman, is high-minded, foul-mouthed good nonsense. I had wondered where Bateman's angry itch would take him next. The script, by Andrew Dodge, his first to be produced after many years in the studio trenches, is a good match of man and material. As an actor - whether a victim trying to even the score with Melissa McCarthy in "Identity Thief" or the ruthless top firing dog in "Up in the Air" - Bateman always brings an edge to his work.
March 11, 2014 |
In directing child actor Rohan Chand on the set of his directorial debut, “ Bad Words ,” Jason Bateman drew on some useful background: his own experience. “I remembered what I needed to hear as a little kid to feel comfortable and safe on set,” Bateman told The Times at the film's Hollywood premiere. "I tried to call upon a lot of that stuff to make Rohan feel comfortable. " Bateman, 45, known for his role as Michael Bluth on the television sitcom "Arrested Development," started his career in 1981 on the television series "Little House on the Prairie" and also starred in such '80s sitcom staples as "Silver Spoons" and "The Hogan Family.
October 24, 2013 |
Bravo announced Thursday that it had reunited the cast and creator of the Emmy-winning cult hit "Arrested Development" for an episode of "Inside the Actors Studio," hosted by James Lipton. In the episode, which has already been taped and is scheduled to air on Bravo at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz talks about what inspired him to write in the Banana Stand as well as the personal meaning behind the oddball name "Maeby. " "Arrested Development" was a sleeper hit and critical favorite that slowly gained a devoted following during its three-season run on Fox from 2003 to 2006.
September 14, 2013 |
TORONTO - The entertainment world these days is filled with hyphenates: bubble-gum pop queens trying their hands at acting, film auteurs flocking to cable TV. At the Toronto International Film Festival this year, a different trend was on display, as a number of longtime movie actors used their connections and leverage accumulated in front of the camera to nab the big gig behind it: directing. Every generation sees a performer or two who toggles easily between acting and directing - Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles and Clint Eastwood, to name a few. But these days, it seems to be more common for actors to take a whirl in the director's chair.