Cryer Macy join Rodriguezs Shorts May 30, 2008 Cast line up for Robert Rodrigue next film. Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann and James Spader are set to star in family comedy adventure ‘Shorts,’ directed by Robert Rodriguez from his own screenplay. Rodriguez (“Spy Kids” trilogy) is also producing the film with Elizabeth Avellan. The film starts production in Austin, Texas. ‘Shorts’ is set in a suburb where all the houses look the same and everyone works for Black Box, manufacturer of the ultimate communication and do-it-all gadget. Chaos follows when an 11-year-old boy is hit in the head with a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it. Rodriguez is serving as his own director of photography, editor and visual effects supervisor.