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Jason Bateman’s directorial debut gains Allison Janey and Phillip Baker Hall


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Jason Bateman is putting together a cast featuring some familiar faces for his directorial debut.

The “Arrested Development” actor has been developing a new dark comedy called “Bad Words.” It tells the story of a middle-aged high school drop out, played by Bateman, who decides to join the National Quill Spelling Bee. To flesh out the film, Bateman has called upon the likes of Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall, Kathryn Hahn, Ben Falcone and Rohan Chandz.

Deadine has the news about the casting, along with the characters each actor will play. Janney is portraying Dr. Bernice Deagan, “the outraged director of the spelling bee organization.” Hall, on the other hand, will be playing Dr. Bowman, the head of the spelling bee group. Chandz will play “a socially awkward spelling bee contestant who Bateman’s character befriends.”

“Bad Words” is an original story from new screenwriter Andrew Dodge. The script made The Black List in 2011. We personally are glad that Bateman opted to have his directorial debut not be an adaptation, sequel or spinoff (though if he decides to follow this up with a gig directing the “Arrested Development” movie, we wouldn’t complain). Hopefully that is a role that challenges him as an actor, as Bateman has more than once been pigeonholed into Michael Bluth-type roles.

Filming is slated to start filming this week. No word yet on when “Bad Words” will hit theaters.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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