Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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.

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frozen_river_posterIn this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss their interpretations of the ending of Contact, lament the length of the Funny People trailer, ponder the greatness of Chris Klein’s career, and discuss their Oscar reflections. Special guest Laremy Legel joins us from Film.com, and Myles McNutt drops by from Cultural Learnings to share his thoughts on the Oscars.

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Academy Award’s 2009 Movie Preview

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During the credits of the 81st Academy Awards, video clips were shown for many of the films that will hit theaters in 2009. You might have turned off the television after Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture and missed everything. Or maybe you just want to see the awesome Terminator Salvation footage or the first look at Public Enemiess again. If so, don’t worry, we have the whole 3-minute clip embedded after the jump.

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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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Warner Bros, Fox, Universal, Disney and Sony have released a bunch of new photos to the Los Angeles Times for their 2009 movie preview. I’ve included a few of the photos after the jump.

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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.

Stand-Up Comedian Cameos in Judd Apatow’s Funny People

It’s beginning to look like Judd Apatow is trying to fill his new Adam Sandler dramedy Funny People with an all-star list of stand-up comedian cameos playing themselves. Dave Attell appeared on the Howard Stern Show today, and revealed that he filmed a scene for Funny People with Sarah Silverman and Norm MacDonald. Andy Dick has also filmed a cameo as himself

He said that the scene was filmed pretty quickly and was highly improvised, which makes me believe that its one of the scenes where dying comedy legend George Simmons (Adam Sandler) and his assistant and budding young comedian Ira (Seth Rogen) are hanging out with some of Simmon’s “friends” (more of acquaintances, as Simmons doesn’t really have any friends).

You can read more about the plot of the film in our previous script review. What other comedians make appearances in Funny People?

Judd Apatow’s Funny People Teaser Poster

Universal Pictures has released the first teaser poster for Judd Apatow‘s upcoming dramedy Funny People (read all the juicy details about the film’s plot here). The film is still shooting, and yes, it is unusual for a teaser poster to be released this early during production.

The reason is that Apatow and Universal are holding a contest for one person to win a walk-on role in the film. Full press release and information below.


One Lucky Fan Will Win Walk-On Role in the Upcoming Film Starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman

Fans of Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and Superbad take note –

MySpace, the world’s premier social network, and Universal Pictures are pleased to announce an exclusive contest for Judd Apatow’s highly anticipated film Funny People. Beginning today, the MySpace community can enter to win a walk-on role!

To enter, contestants must log into MySpace and friend the Funny People official MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/funnypeople. Then in 100 words or less, users must leave a comment explaining why he or she should win the role. The deadline for submissions is December 8, 2008. Winners will be judged on quality of expression, originality, and enthusiasm.

Funny People is slated for a summer 2009 release and features an all-star comedy ensemble including Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Leslie Mann and Jason Schwartzman.

Not much is known about Judd Apatow‘s next film Funny People, that is until now. /Film brings you an exclusive look at the cast and characters of Apatow’s new film. Some photos courtesy of liezl was here.

Adam Sandler plays a 42-year old comic named George Simmons. He’s had a good run, and even had a nice movie career. He has everything you could want: an expensive car, a big house, and a great sense of humor. The women want him and the guys want to be his friend. He knows a lot of people but has no close friends, probably because he’s a very miserable and self-involved person. One day he learns that he has a rare untreatable blood disorder, and only has six months to a year left to live. This is the the beginning of the film. Pretty good hook, eh?

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Saturday night in L.A., Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill rehearsed their stand-up acts for Judd Apatow‘s Funny People in front of a live audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Apatow was on hand to MC the event. Friend of Slashfilm, Andrew, emailed us the following report…

“For the past month, Apatow has hosted this event to test out material for his upcoming film. Apatow addressed the crowd—about 100 people—that this was the last rehearsal before the film started shooting this Monday. The lineup for the show was: Jonah Hill, Aubrey Plaza, Kevin James, Adam Sandler (he announced to the crowd that he would be playing in character for his 20-minute set), and Seth Rogen.

Throughout the show Apatow took movie pitches from the audience members.  One member of the audience pitched a road trip movie based on Sartre. The guy then said he traveled all the way from Salt Lake City to see the cast perform. Apatow quipped, ‘They’re going to find me dead after the show.’ Hill seemed the least experienced doing stand up, but still kept the crowd entertained. One of the highlights was a joke Rogen made about farting on airplanes. Apatow also suggested Sandler do a bit that he’d already done, leaving Adam to jab, ‘Some director you’re going to be.’ I would have liked to see Eric Bana do stand up. Otherwise, great night.”

Cool. If any of you guys were in the audience, let us know below. I’m looking forward to seeing Apatow head in a more adult direction with this feature, and I wonder if it will be thematically similar to the 2002 doc Comedian, a memorable study in showbiz neuroticism.

Discuss: What’s the worst stand-up comedy performance you’ve ever witnessed? My pick? Neil Hamburger, duh.