Advertising Console

    Jason Bateman: First Time-director, Toronto Hit

    Rebecca Stefansky

    by Rebecca Stefansky

    Actors making their first stab at directing are mainstays at festivals, often never heard from again. That is not the case for Jason Bateman. At the Toronto International Film Festival, Bateman premiered his spelling bee comedy "Bad Words," a foul-mouthed R-rated riot. Just hours after it had festival goers roaring with laughter, it was picked up for distribution by Focus Features, with Universal Pictures distributing internationall