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    Jason Bateman: First Time-director, Toronto Hit

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    Rebecca Stefansky

    by Rebecca Stefansky

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    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