"We're doing it right now," barked Mark Duplass when I suggested that he should teach a class on how to get a film made in today's fractured system. Duplass has been writing, directing and producing a steady stream of movies since 2005 that includes 'Cyrus,' 'Jeff Who Lives at Home,' and this week's new release, 'The One I Love.' What's remarkable about this run is that his movies have never put up <i>huge</i> numbers at the box office -- the indie hit 'Safety Not Guaranteed' grossed just over $4 million in theaters -- yet his movies are profitable enough that he gets to keep making movies. What are Duplass' secrets? Here, Duplass breaks down, step by step, how to stay sustainable in today's Hollywood.
Mark Duplass is an interesting fellow. It's not really accurate to describe him as "famous" -- even he admits that he can walk around unbothered pretty much everywhere, and that's exactly the way he likes it. It was only in 'Tammy' -- a movie that he has a lot of opinions on why it didn't work -- did he start to feel the pangs of fame. And he didn't like that feeling one bit and wants no part of your 'Guardians of the Galaxy' or Marvel or 'Star Wars' type movies. Well ... that is unless, of course, someone actually asked him to do one of those types of movies.
Melissa McCarthy (‘White Oleander’) stars in this holiday weekend’s new release, ‘Tammy,’ opening on Wednesday. Who is this Tammy we speak of? Is ‘Tammy’ more of a drama than it is a comedy? As a service to all of humankind, we answer every question that you could possibly have about Tammy (the character) and ‘Tammy’ (the movie).
Filmmaker Jay Duplass works as one half of a writing and directing team with his brother Mark. The pair became known over the last decade for their smaller films that were low on budget but packed with heart.
In recent years they've hit the mainstream with films like 'Cyrus' and 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home.' We spoke to Jay about their last micro-budget film, 'The Do-Deca Pentathlon,' a story of two brothers who revive their childhood Olympic-style games to determine who is the best brother once and for all.
Mark Duplass is best known for writing and directing indie movies with his brother Jay -- films like 'The Puffy Chair' and this year's 'Jeff, Who Lives At Home,' starring Jason Segel. This time out, Mr. Duplass has stepped in front of the camera to co-star with Aubrey Plaza in the new film 'Safety Not Guaranteed.'
Duplass plays Kenneth, a man who believes he can time travel, and places a classified ad looking for someone to accompany him on his journey. Plaza plays Darius, a member of a journalist team who forms a special bond with Kenneth while investigating him.
We spoke with Duplass about the upcoming film, if Plaza was able to break from her April Ludgate persona, and his future projects, including a small update on the FX series 'The League.'
Todd Phillips keeps busy. He's currently working on 'The Hangover Part III,' recently teamed with Danny McBride for a project, and has just hired Mark and Jay Duplass to adapt the novel 'Mule.' The latter would be about a young couple who go into the drug running business because the recession.
Often independent films can look like a simple one-note premise that feature a name (often from TV) or two there to make it something that might get a theatrical release. Lynn Shelton's 'Your Sister's Sister' is not that kind of movie. Done in her improv style, the film casts Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass and Rosmarie Dewitt in a love triangle of sorts. Check out the trailer...