Funny People

Judd Apatow‘s new movie Funny People hits theaters on July 31st, and Universal Pictures has begun airing television spots for the film. There is a lot of new footage to be seen, giving us a good taste of the comedy/drama tightrope act Apatow is attempting to walk with this film. I like how they even made a joke about Rogen’s recent weight loss, and it’s also worth noting some of the clever t-shirts worn throughout.

I’m very excited to see this film. I’ve heard very good things from people who have seen test screenings. The only minor quibble some people have had is the film’s run time, which in some screenings stretched over 2 and a half hours. I’ve heard that the final cut is tighter, more closer to the 2 hour and 15 minute mark. Watch the new television spot after the jump.

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Star Trek London Press Conference: Part Three


Here’s the third and final part of /Film’s Star Trek press conference coverage from Smoky Old Londinium. As I sat listening to JJ Abrams and his lead cast chew over just how to hype the film to the assembled Brits, outside stalked Jack the Ripper through a real pea souper off in search of jellied eels. Or maybe not. Maybe London’s not like that at all and its all mods and miniskirts. I forget now.

Why not read part one or part two, or both parts, of my conference transcript in preparation for this epic finale? Reading is good for you.

After the break, the last marathon run of questions and answers. This is where you’ll get to read the inevitable discussions of the next Trek film and plenty more besides.

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Star Trek London Press Conference: Part Two


On the afternoon of the UK Star Trek premiere, Paramount laid on a press conference in the Mirror room of Claridges to pit JJ Abrams and lead cast against (as conference referee Mark Dolan had it) “the members of Her Majesty’s Press.” We have already started coverage of the event (read part one here), but here is the next juicy installment. Particularly fun: this is the bit where /Film’s question is put forward (and, for the record, it received the two most animated responses of the afternoon).

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Star Trek London Press Conference: Part One

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The London press conference for JJ AbramsStar Trek took place today, and I was there to take part. I did manage to get a question in, to which Abrams, and Pegg gave their answers. Everybody at the table gave their responses not only to the inquiries of the assembled press, but also questions submitted by viewers of Sky Movies.

Present were John Cho, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, JJ Abrams, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban. This is the first section of our coverage – touching on Simon Pegg’s childhood, Pine’s studies of Shatner, Quinto’s career plan and more… with extra installments to come soon. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

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Star Trek Kirk and Spock

I’m trying to catch up on some of the news I missed while I was running around the Las Vegas casinos at ShoWest. While I was in Vegas, Paramount Pictures has announced that JJ AbramsStar Trek has been rated PG-13 for “sci-fi action and violence and brief sexual content”. The rating isn’t much of a shock. I don’t think anyone was expecting an R-Rated movie. The studio has also released three new production photos, two of which can be seen after the jump.

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Robert Schwentke‘s big screen adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife has been sitting on the shelf for over a year. To give you an idea of how long that has been, The Time Traveler’s Wife went into post production before the non-canceled television series Journeyman even premiered. I mention Journeyman because many people accused the show of borrowing conceptual elements from the Audrey Niffenegger novel. The film is a romantic drama about a Chicago librarian (Eric Bana) with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage. Rachel McAdams and Ron Livingston co-star.

Tonight we have a bit of good news, Warner Bros has finally announced that they will release the movie on August 14th 2009, up against Final Destination: Death Trip 3D and Neil Blomkamp’s Cloverfield-like sci-fi film District 9. Now does anyone have any idea when The Weinstein Brothers intend on releasing The Road?

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The latest issue of Total Film Magazine is being released in four collectible Star Trek covers. The new photo above of Kirk and Spock coming face to face with Nero on the Bridge’s video screen. Check out the photo and covers in higher resolution on

Also, SciFi Wire confirmed today that a contract has been signed with Paramount to reopen the Star Trek The Experience exhibit in Las Vegas on May 8th (to coincide with the release of J.J. Abram’s new movie) with a new restaurant and retail shop.

Judd Apatow’s Funny People Movie Trailer

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Universal has released the first trailer for Judd Apatow‘s upcoming dramedy Funny People on Moviefone. The movie stars Adam Sandler as a famous comedian who has a near-death experience and hires/befriends and an unknown comedian/joke-writer played by Seth Rogen. You can read our previous review of the script here. The trailer gives away a lot more of the story than I thought it would, and looks very glossy for a Apatow flick. Watch the trailer (and check out new photos) after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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First Look: Judd Apatow’s Funny People

Universal has the first official production photo from Judd Apatow‘s upcoming dramedy Funny People. The film stars Adam Sandler as a 42-year old comic named George Simmons, who one day he learns that he has a rare untreatable blood disorder, and only has six months to a year left to live. Seth Rogen plays Ira, a 25-year-old deli counter worker and aspiring stand-up comedian who George takes under his wing.

Also in the photo is Apatow’s real-life wife Leslie Mann, who plays the one time love of George’s life, now married mother of two. And Eric Bana plays Laura’s successful husband Clarke. The scene shown above takes place late into the story when George and Ira stop over at Laura’s house after an area comedy show.

If you want to know more about the film, please read our previous report. Funny People hits theaters on July 31st 2009.

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