Jason Moore

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Back when I was a humongous fan of Archie comics, there was an attempt to make the brand more hip, maybe even attract more male readers (I’m sure I was a real rarity in being a boy who preferred Riverdale to Gotham City). The publisher introduced a bunch of sci-fi-themed series like Jughead’s Time Police, Dilton’s Strange Science, Explorers of the Unknown and the future-set Archie 3000. They were more cheesy than cool and didn’t last very long. More than 20 years later, Archie has abandoned the Comics Code Authority (they were the last holdout) and are even doing stuff aimed at more mature readers, such as the popular, audience-expanding zombie-based book Afterlife of Archie. Now the New York Times reports that the princess of hipness, Lena Dunham, will be writing a four-issue Archie miniseries to release in 2015. Dunham is the latest in a not-so-new trend of comic book publishers bringing on movie and TV talent for creative assignments. It’s an interesting move in general, not that unlike the way TV has itself pilfered filmmakers to become a stronger, more talked-about medium (Dunham, having started Girls following the acclaim of her feature film Tiny Furniture, fits that drift, as well). But for the most part, with comic books it’s been superhero titles being written by people associated with superhero movies (or in the case of Bryan Singer’s announced but never produced work on X-Men comics, meant to be written) — even Kevin Smith, whose movies have involved more characters who read comics than derive from […]

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the archies

According to Deadline, there’s a live-action Archie movie on the way, based on the comic books involving the iconic redheaded high schooler and his pals. And unlike what you might be seeing at most movie sites, this is not going to be about a zombie apocalypse. It’s going to be a teen movie, maybe with some musical element and likely following a simple love triangle story. Maybe there’ll be one additional dramatic arc common to the long tradition of the world of Riverdale. But there is no way Warner Bros., which just closed the deal to develop this thing, would base the first major motion picture out of this 70-year-old property on a new horror-themed title that Archie Comics has out on the stands this year. The confusion stems from Deadline pointing out that the movie will be scripted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who wrote the upcoming remake of Carrie, co-produced TV’s Glee and also penned the recent cross-over comic series “Archie Meets Glee.” He’s also behind the new horror title “Afterlife With Archie,” and so there was a throwaway supposition that maybe the movie would be linked to that zombie-infested series. It’s a funny notion, yet Aguirre-Sacasa has more to him than that. Before officially working for Archie Comics he wrote and produced an unauthorized “Archie” play in which the main character came out as gay. He also previously worked at Marvel. Meanwhile, Pitch Perfect helmer Jason Moore is tapped to direct Archie. Does that mean the movie will be […]

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Tina Fey

Now that Tina Fey’s successful NBC comedy 30 Rock has wrapped up its final season, it makes sense that her attention would turn more fully to getting into film. And now that Jason Moore’s Pitch Perfect has made legions of film fans believe that a movie about a capella competitions could be good and that God is real, it would make sense that he would be looking for a huge star to work with so that he can make an even bigger comedy. Hey, you got your Tina Fey in my Jason Moore! No, you got your Jason Moore in my Tina Fey! The big news here is that Moore is in negotiations to direct The Nest, which has been looked at as a starring vehicle for Fey for a while now. Coming from a script by Paula Pell (SNL, 30 Rock), The Nest is a story about two thirty-something sisters who, upset that their parents have put their childhood home up for sale, decide to spend one last weekend together in the house, fussin’ and fightin’ and doing all of the things that sisters in their thirties do. Given Moore’s success directing actresses to laughs with Pitch Perfect and Fey’s ability to pretty much just be funny all the time no matter what’s going on, this has to be seen as something of a dream pairing.

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Pitch Perfect

The good news is that Glee has not ruined a cappella singing-centric entertainment. The better news is that first-time feature director Jason Moore‘s Pitch Perfect nearly resurrects the entire mini-genre, thanks to a game cast and a relentlessly fun energy. Yes, Pitch Perfect is about competitive collegiate a cappella groups that have group names like “The Treblemakers” and yes, there’s a truly unexpected amount of vomit present and yes, one character insists on prefacing nearly all of her sentences with an “a ca-” (“a ca-awesome!” “a ca-what?”), and yes, the whole thing should be just awful and ear-splitting. But it’s not. Pitch Perfect is instead not only a fresh and funny spin on the musical genre, it’s also just damn funny on its own, one of the true comedic gems to come out of the studio system this year (remember how we all doubted 21 Jump Street? It’s like that).

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You know how that show Glee came out, focused on a bunch of teenage melodrama and cheesy stage show covers of popular music, and then became ridiculously successful? Well, Universal caught wind of that too, and now they’re looking to distribute a new film called Pitch Perfect, which will focus on the world of college level a cappella groups. Just think of it as Glee, the college years. The film is based off a non-fiction book that was written by GQ’s Mickey Rapkin and will be directed by Jason Moore who, in addition to being a stage director, has directed episodes of TV shows like Dawson’s Creek, Everwood, and One Tree Hill. The story follows a goth girl who attends the same college where her father teaches (which is extremely embarrassing for a goth girl), and who has a hard time adjusting to college life, until she discovers she has a great voice and then becomes the secret weapon of the school’s female a cappella group. Being a red-blooded American male, everything I’ve just written about this movie pretty much makes my blood run cold. Forget monster movies, slashers, and what have you; this could possibly be the set-up for the most terrifying horror movie ever conceived of. Except for one little detail that keeps me from writing this whole project off as simple schlock being peddled to teenage girls: Anna Kendrick is in negotiations to play the goth girl (do goth girls even exist anymore? I’m out of the […]

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