Jared Hess

Leslie Jones does not like the look of Zach Galifianakis in exclusive Masterminds clip

In Masterminds (out Sept. 30), Zach Galifianakis plays a real-life security guard named David Ghantt who, in 1995, stole $17 million of the money he was being paid to protect from the vault of the Loomis, Fargo & Co. cash-handling company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Most films based on true events — particularly true criminal events — tend to treat their subjects very seriously.

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Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess to helm Shanghai Noon threequel

Jared Hess is set to direct the yet-to-be-titled Shanghai Noon threequel, EW has confirmed.

Hess is best known for his turns as writer-director for mid-2000s comedies Nacho Libre and Napoleon Dynamite, the latter of which he later transformed into a short-lived animated series for Fox. He’s also helmed episodes of The Last Man on Earth, Son of Zorn, and Making History.

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NickToons movie in the works with Napoleon Dynamite director

NickToons … assemble?

The characters of such Nickelodeon animated series as Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, and Rocko’s Modern Life are headed to the big-screen in a crossover movie to be directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre), EW has confirmed.

Hess is also on board to co-write Nicktoons, which will follow the spirit of the 1998 toon comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit, with wife and frequent collaborator Jerusha Hess (Austenland).

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Sam Rockwell hunts for the Holy Grail in Don Verdean trailer

Indiana Jones, he is not.

Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), who co-wrote the script with his wife, Jerusha Hess, Don Verdean stars Sam Rockwell as the titular biblical archaeologist, who’s recruited to bring back religious artifacts from Israel to bolster morale in American churches. But when his search for the skull of Goliath comes up empty, he turns to less-than-scrupulous means.

Amy Ryan and Jermaine Clement also star, with Will Forte and Danny McBride playing feuding church leaders. 

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See the exclusive poster for next movie from Napoleon Dynamite director

One look at the exclusive poster for Don Verdean, the latest film from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess, and you might begin to wonder how this cast hasn’t been paired together before.

The film, which premiered at Sundance in January, brings together Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Danny McBride, and Will Forte to tell the story of an archeologist who specializeds in religious artifacts and the slippery slope a deal with a local minister causes. 

Don Verdean will hit theaters on Dec. 11. 

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Casting Net: Jack Black to star in Nacho Libre director's Micronations

  • Jack Black is reteaming with his Nacho Libre director Jared Hess to play the lovable oddball in the comedy Micronations. The film is set in the world of do-it-yourself countries, which are inhabited by eccentrics and visionaries who declare their own backyards to be sovereign nations.
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