The hilariously murderous ''Horrible Bosses'' is shaping up to be one of the summer's biggest comedies, so you'll be hearing a lot more about its director. Starting right now

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Why He’s Hot
Horrible Bosses — which stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis as pals who plot to murder their hellish employers — earned strong reviews and outperformed box office expectations. ”We just wanted to make a fun movie that people who are frustrated with their jobs could connect to,” says Gordon, 35. Much of the buzz is about his bold casting of Jennifer Aniston as a super-raunchy sex-crazed dentist. ”She’s the first person I pictured,” says the director. ”I’m just glad that she signed on. Even in the first table read, she completely went for it.”

His Must-See Doc
Gordon directed the 2008 hit Four Christmases and episodes of The Office, Modern Family, and Parks and Recreation, but he’s best known for The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007), an astonishing documentary about competitive ’80s-arcade-game players. ”I feel like for the rest of my life Kong is going to be around,” he says. ”It struck a nerve, really improbably. We thought we had wasted two years of our lives making that thing. We didn’t think anybody would care. Boy, were we wrong.”

Up Next
Gordon’s developing Kong as a feature film, which will be shot in a faux-doc style. He’s also helming a reboot of the 1983 Matthew Broderick thriller WarGames. ”So much has changed in the world of hacking and technology and geopolitics,” he says. ”A story about a computer that leads to war is a hell of a lot more plausible now. We’re just going to update it.”

Horrible Bosses

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  • 97 minutes
  • Seth Gordon