Eminem revealed last month that he filmed a cameo in Judd Apatow‘s Funny People. Now MTV has confirmed the appearance, publishing the first photo of Marshall Mathers in the movie, chatting with Adam Sandler at a Hollywood restaurant.
Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Universal has been launching a bunch of cool viral websites for Judd Apatow‘s Funny People. First we had some clips from Jason Schwartman‘s character’s pilot television show Yo Teach. A couple weeks ago they launched the official website for comedian/acotr George Simmons (the main character of the film played by Adam Sandler) complete with video clips from some of his filmography. Today they have launched (NSFW) LaughYourDickOff.com, the official website of Randy (played by Aziz Ansari in the film).
Randy is a superstar comic living in Los Angeles. In addition to being a show-stopping comic performer, he’s socially conscious, too. Check out the “Randy in Darfur” section of his website and find out where you can send your cashier checks to help support Randy…er, the cause.
The website includes a bio, tour dates, a soundboard, and more. The best part is a bunch of video clips from Randy’s stand-up comedy shows, which you can watch embedded after the jump. Warning: NSFW, and I apologize for the autoplay, but Universal doesn’t allow any way to disable it.
In Judd Aptow‘s Funny People, Adam Sandler‘s character George Simmons is a successful stand-up comic turned comedy star who has appeared in many shitty but successful movies. Apatow was forced to create some of the character’s earlier big screen hits. Some of the films appear as posters or whatnot in the background, while others actually feature prominently on screen. One of the movies is titled Re-Do, which has been described as a cross between Little Man and 17 Again, except Sandler becomes a six month old baby. Did I mention that Justin Long co-stars?
Craig, a workaholic lawyer, never made time for his relationships. Alone and depressed on his 40th birthday, he wonders about the life he could have lead. But be careful what you wish for…you might just find yourself in diapers! When a wizard gives Craig a second chance at his youth, he discovers that sometimes it takes becoming a baby to learn how to be a man.
Check out a clip from the fake movie after the jump.
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What I expect will be a sprawling viral marketing campaign for Judd Apatow‘s Funny People has kicked off with a fake website for the just as fake sitcom Yo Teach. Starring Jason Schwartzman as Mark Taylor Jackson as Mr. Bradford (if you know what I mean) the show is very much in the vein of Head of the Class, Hanging With Mr. Cooper or Saved By the Bell and almost precisely as funny. The site contains a scene from the sitcom, a similarly fake EPK video, photos and all manner of other bunkum. Perhaps the best detail is that NBC are hosting the pages in such a way that they look entirely genuine. I’m not sure how funny any of this is, but it’s certainly got me a little creeped out with its authenticity.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Yesterday we ran the first television spot from Judd Apatow‘s new movie Funny People. As it turns out, television spots usually come in threes (much like everything else in the world). So we’ve returned with two more. The great thing about these advertisements is that they aren’t just “same thing, different edit” but instead feature a bunch of new footage not shown in the trailer.
Also, both of the spots are 1 minute in length and feature footage from Adam Sandler‘s character George Simmons’ crappy movie within the movie Redux, which has been described as a “cross between Little Man and 17 Again, except Sandler becomes a six month old baby.” The first spot also features Seth Rogen‘s character Ira Wright telling video game jokes to RZA. Watch the new tv spots after the jump.
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.
In Funny People, Adam Sandler‘s character George Simmons is a successful stand-up comic turned comedy star who has appeared in many shitty but successful movies. Judd Apatow was forced to create some of the character’s earlier big screen hits. Some of the films are just mentioned or hinted at, others appear as posters or whatnot in the background of Sandler’s house. And you might even see some footage from some of these faux movies.
Lets face it, Judd Apatow likes to keep it in the family. His films feature many of the same familiar faces — a comedy troupe he has collected, whom often star in the films that he directs and produces. But not only that, his wife Leslie Mann has appeared in every one of the films he’s directed thus far. In fact, the couple met on the set of The Cable Guy, which Apatow produced. Apatow and Mann have two daughters named Iris and Maude. The kids made their big screen debut in Knocked Up, playing the kids of Mann’s character in the film.
Apatow’s next film, Funny People, gets even more personal.
Movie Score News: Transformers 2, Sherlock Holmes, Funny People, New Moon, Centurion and How To Train Your Dragon
Posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
If you’re a regular reader of /Film, then you know that we’re big fans of movie soundtracks and film scores (if you haven’t yet, listen to the bonus /Filmcast movie score episode). So I thought I’d fill you in on some of the latest cinematic music developments.
After the jump we’ll tell you about how Linkin Park is working on the score for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with Hans Zimmer (who isn’t even the composer on the film!?), how the Twilight sequel New Moon scored the composer from Fincher’s Benjamin Button, how Jon Brion appears on screen but not behind the music in Apatow’s Funny People, and the just announced composers for Sherlock Holmes, Centurion and How To Train Your Dragon.
Posted on Saturday, March 28th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Steve from Collider is a good friend of mine. At least a few times a week we talk about upcoming movies, TV shows, what gossip each of us have heard, and anything else we might find exciting. Since a number of our conversations cover things you also might find interesting, we’ve decided to start recording certain conversations as video blogs. Past video blogs have included The Future of the Batman Film Franchise, The Box Office Prospects of Watchmen and thoughts on the first 46 Minutes of Pixar’s Up.
We were recently talking about some of the movies coming out this summer and realized we should do some video blogs about the 2009 Summer Movie season. We were a little too ambitious, and thought we could squeeze two months worth of films into one blog, but as usually happens, we ran out of time. So the first two parts of our Summer movie preview were posted last week (you can watch part one here and part two here). In part 3, we take a look at the movies of July 2009: Public Enemies, Bruno, I Love You Beth Cooper, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Funny People, 500 Days of Summer. Please leave your thoughts on the movies of July 2009 in the comments below.