Jake Kasdan

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Now that Rob Lowe has broken the world’s hearts by announcing that he’s going to soon be stepping away from his regular role on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, he’s going to have to work awful hard to make up for the disappointment he’s made us all feel. In particular, he’s going to have to make up for it by taking lots of movie roles, and preferably in comedies, so he can continue to exercise that bulging laugh-making muscle he proved to us he had with his sitcom work. The good news on that front is that Lowe has already signed up for a post-Parks comedy. According to Deadline, art is going to imitate an unfortunate incident from the early part of Lowe’s life in the spotlight, as he’s agreed to appear in the new comedy from director Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard, Bad Teacher), Sex Tape.

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Two more actors have been announced for Jake Kasdan’s upcoming comedy Sex Tape, and with them come an unholy onslaught of cheap puns. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rob Corddry is in talks to join the cast, while The Wrap reports that Jack Black will be appearing in a cameo role. The film is, to the surprise of absolutely no one, about a sex tape. Specifically, it’s about a couple (Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz) who attempt to spice up their love life by filming one. Naturally, the tape goes missing, and so begins a frantic search to find it before it could fall into potentially embarrassing (or worse) hands. Corddry will play a friend of the couple’s who joins them on their quest, while Jack Black will play “the CEO of a major porn company.” The story doesn’t give us a whole lot to go on, but thankfully the cast does. Segel and Diaz with Kasdan directing — it’s the exact same lineup as Bad Teacher from two years ago. If you adored that, than chances are you’ll probably love Sex Tape. And if not, at least you’ll know exactly what you’re in for. The title states it pretty plainly. Sex Tape is expected to start production this fall.

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When the script for Sex Tape was first acquired by Sony in a deal that reportedly reached seven figures, there was talk that it already had three names attached. The story of a bored, suburban couple who make and then misplace a sex tape was said to be starring Jason Segel and Reese Witherspoon, and it was going to be directed by Nick Stoller. Well, various aspects of that report either didn’t work out or were never true in the first place, because people are talking about Sex Tape again, and only one of those names is still attached. THR reports that while Jason Segel is still on board to play the male lead, a deal with Stoller was never reached, and now Jake Kasdan has signed on to be the director. Witherspoon isn’t mentioned at all in this new report, and, as a matter of fact, they go as far as to say that the female lead hasn’t yet been cast, and Cameron Diaz is thought to be a front-runner for the role.

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Earlier this summer, the Cameron Diaz- and Justin Timberlake-starring R-rated comedy Bad Teacher cost $20m to make and brought in nearly $215m in worldwide ticket sales. If you imagined that there was going to be a sequel made to that film, well then you’re probably right, I’m sure that’s inevitable. But there isn’t yet word on any progress on that front, there is, however, some news to hold us over. Deadline Santee is reporting that Sony is re-teaming the Bad Teacher team of director Jake Kasdan and screenwriters Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky for a new relationship comedy. The new film doesn’t yet have a title, but it tells the story of a Supercuts manager who advises his best friend to break off his engagement, and then promptly falls in love with the fiancée. Loyalties are questioned, a lot is learned about love, and apparently people get haircuts. I mean, honestly…this project doesn’t have a title yet, but they already know that the main character is definitely going to work at a Supercuts? How hilariously random. I’d have to guess that either Eisenberg or Stupnitsky is going to be tapping into the horrors of a past day job for inspiration on this one. They can count me in, though, Bad Teacher wasn’t anything special, but it made me laugh enough to be a good time. I think it would have been even bigger if it didn’t come out the same summer that Bridesmaids ruled the world.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we talk with director Jake Kasdan about the horror of getting Cameron Diaz all wet for Bad Teacher. Plus, The Innkeepers and House of the Devil director Ti West offers up his favorite scary movie, and we chat with a man who got a movie deal by posting on Reddit. Download This Episode

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Cameron Diaz works hard in Bad Teacher. She strains, mugs and generally does all that she can to let everyone know that she can do broad comedy, damn it. It’s a gambit that almost works, with the star in her element as corrupt, bitchy middle school teacher Elizabeth Halsey. Yet she’s let down by the script from once-hot writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, which forgets to make her likable, and the milquetoast approach of director Jake Kasdan. Their film asks us to identify with a woman who behaves rather heinously, while it relies on her mean-spiritedly outrageous behavior to sustain all 92 minutes.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr is inspired by Larry the Cable Guy and his character of Mater in the Cars movies. After all, if a buck-toothed rusty redneck pick-up truck can travel the world, why can’t a bald-yet-hairy fat guy from Ohio can do so as well. Kevin lurked in the streets of Tokyo, hoping to stumble onto some classy British spies and uncover a plot to undermine green energy sources. Then he brushed off his teaching degree and got a job at a middle school where he drank profusely, slept through the day and threw dodge balls at the kids. When he tried to explain to the cops that he was just following in the way of Cameron Diaz’s character from Bad Teacher, they just laughed at him and hauled him away.

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Remember when you used to like Cameron Diaz? I know, it’s probably been a while, but there was actually a time when she enhanced a film rather than turned it into something you dreaded. The last time she was actually appealing in a film was in the still fantastic My Best Friend’s Wedding. Which came out in 1997. But she is awesome in this new red-band trailer for Jake Kasdan’s upcoming comedy Bad Teacher. Check out the trailer after the jump and tell me if I’m wrong.

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After several failed attempts at drama (The Box comes to mind), Cameron Diaz is going back to the well. Back to the raunchy roots that helped launch her acting career with Columbia Pictures’ Bad Teacher.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script for Bad Teacher focuses on a “foul-mouthed” teacher who romantically pursues one of her colleagues. As well, it looks like Jake Kasdan will be directing.

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FSR caught up with rocker Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) as he kicked off his “Cox Across America” Tour at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. He went on the record to say “Motherf*cker.”

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