Sweet! Napoleon Dynamite is flippin' EVERYWHERE!

14152__heder_lGosh! A year after his breakthrough role in Napoleon Dynamite, Jon Heder has, like, six movies in the pipeline. (Not to mention those cool action figures.) First up is Just Like Heaven (Sept. 16), in which Heder’s shaggy-haired medium steals scenes from spectral Reese Witherspoon and earthly beau Mark Ruffalo. (”He’s our Whoopi,” Witherspoon tells EW.) He just signed on to star in School for Scoundrels (Heder vies with his self-help guru, Billy Bob Thornton, for the affections of his dream girl). He’s voiced characters in two animated movies, Monster House and Surf’s Up (about wave-riding penguins). Already in the can are Benchwarmers (Heder, David Spade, and Rob Schneider play non-jock adults who compete against Little Leaguers) and Mila Kunis’ romantic comedy Moving McAllister, where he has a supporting role as a hitchhiker. Heder tells MTV News he doesn’t mind being typecast. ”It’s fun playing a dorky guy,” he says. ”Or someone ugly.” Dang!

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  • EP Sato

    Wait, what? Napoleon Dynamite kicked so much booty! So why is Heder making a movie with wash outs like David “my last movie about grown up child actors really sucked and was hella creepy” Spade and Rob “you can do it was the funniest thing I have said in ten years” Schneider?
    Evidently, Heder is following in Jamie Foxx’s footsteps. Less than a year after a cage rattling performance, he is starring in the comedy equivalent of “Stealth”.
    On the other hand, Witherspoon has a decent track record and Billy Bob Thornton will work well with Heder (both of them have a great sense of timing). Maybe those movies will allow him to demonstrate some “skills”
    By the way, has anyone seen the t-shirts that read “Pedro lacks Political Experience” on them? Napoleon Backlack, here we go!

  • steven

    Check your facts EP Sato, i think that Stealth was filmed before Ray, or shortly thereafter. And Jamie Foxx had crap roles before he made it big, and personally, he still sucks. One award and one great movie doesn’t make you awesome.
    Also, you write on every blog! There’s a comment for EVERYTHING, and usually they are very insightful. Do you work during the day? I mean kudos for you if you have a great job where you can play all day, but my god, take a break!

  • EP Sato

    I do work in 9-5, but in DC. August is our city’s slow month (no, my boss is not a Member of Congress).
    As for my Sheila Jackson-Lee impersonation? Some people like to be heard, so why suffer in silence?
    IMHO, every EW reader should make comments in Popwatch, and it would be even cooler if the writers of these articles replied to our comments. Imagine getting into a public discourse with Steven King over the minutae of Pop culture. The more comments on this board, the more EW’s staff will know people are reading it, and the more resources they will dedicate to it.
    Also, EW’s readership is so big that Popwatch could become something cooler and more democratic than any bulletin board, with actual daily updates, and a chance for us “civilians” to interact with some of the scribes of popular culture. Imagine if Lisa Schwarzbaum or Owen Glieberman actually had to face those of us who think their reviews are snobby.
    Anyway, if you are still irked by my frequent (and verbose) posts, don’t worry, I’ll be gone and long forgotten before you know it, like Urkel!

  • Violet

    I actually like the comments. Regardless of who they’re from. Considering the lack of comments I’ve seen on the popwatch blog, having a lot of comments from one user is better than no comments at all. Maybe it will encourage more people to comment… like me! Comment away!

  • jenni

    That Steven guy is an idiot. Keep on posting! It’s the only thing that gets me through my day.

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