Trainwreck - Amy Schumer and Bill Hader

In the past couple of years, Amy Schumer has emerged as one of TV’s brightest comic talents. Now she’s poised to light up the big screen as well, with this summer’s Trainwreck. The new comedy by Judd Apatow centers on a career woman / commitmentphobe who rethinks her no-strings credo when she meets a charming doctor played by Bill Hader. Watch the Trainwreck international trailer after the jump. Read More »

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The Lonely Island

For a musical group that exists as a parody of other musical groups, The Lonely Island has achieved some legitimate success. Their next accomplishment will be Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie, a feature produced by Judd Apatow.

All three Lonely Island members (that’s Jorma TacconeAkiva Schaffer, and Andy Samberg) are starring. Two-thirds of them (Taccone and Schaffer) are directing. As production gets underway, some new details and a funny teaser poster have emerged. Get the latest updates on the Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie after the jump.

Update: Sarah Silverman is joining the Lonely Island gang for their movie. More details on her casting after the jump. Read More »

Leslie Mann comedy

Writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, 21 & Over) are preparing to direct a comedy starring Leslie Mann, with Judd Apatow acting as producer. The film is currently untitled but having that duo locked as participants is good enough to mark its space in the comedy landscape. Now Paramount has picked up the project, and will release it next year. Read More »

Judd Apatow

After chronicling the love lives of romantically ambivalent men from every conceivable angle, Judd Apatow is branching out this year by chronicling the love life of a romantically ambivalent woman in Trainwreck. Now his latest new project will take him much further afield, all the way to the front lines of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

Apatow is currently working on an adaptation of Redeployment*, Phil Klay‘s National Book Award-winning short story collection about American soldiers at war and at home. More on the Judd Apatow Redeployment movie after the jump.

* Update: To clarify, Apatow calls his new movie with Klay “an original screenplay.” However, it’s clear the project has very similar themes as Redeployment even if it isn’t a direct adaptation. Original story follows.

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Trainwreck - LeBron James and Bill Hader

Knowing the comedy of Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow, you get the feeling there aren’t many clips from the upcoming Trainwreck that are safe for work. They did manage to find one, though. It features Bill Hader‘s character calling Schumer’s character the day after they sleep together. Notoriously promiscuous, Schumer’s character and her friend (Vanessa Bayer) are very confused at the seemingly normal, kind gesture. Hader’s friend, on the other hand, is loving it. Oh, and his friend is NBA MVP Lebron James.

Trainwreck opens July 17. Watch the first Trainwreck clip below. Read More »

Superbad

Comedy, animation, action, fantasy, pretty much every genre is in this edition of Sequel Bits. Below, read about the following:

  • Shannen Doherty will be back for Mallrats 2.
  • New photos from Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday.
  • Genndy Tartakovsky won’t do Hotel Transylvania 3.
  • Alex Winter thinks if Bill & Ted 3 doesn’t happen soon, it won’t happen at all.
  • A fourth Girl With Dragon Tattoo book could reignite the franchise.
  • See a intriguing set photo from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
  • Pirates 5 puts out an interesting casting call.
  • Dredd screenwriter Alex Garland talks Dredd 2.
  • Sam Jones says the wheels are in motion for a Flash Gordon sequel.
  • Judd Apatow – and no one else – wanted to make Superbad 2.
  • BD Wong, the only returning cast member for Jurassic Park, shows up in new Jurassic World still.
  • Spectre is filming its opening in Mexico City.
  • Ninja Turtles 2 starts shooting soon.

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Trainwreck - Amy Schumer and Bill Hader

Ten years have passed since Judd Apatow made his feature directing debut with The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but none of his films since have quite been able to surpass that first one. None, that is, until Trainwreck. If the early buzz out of SXSW is to be believed, his latest romantic comedy represents a new high mark for the comedy director.

Apatow’s not-so-secret weapon this time is Amy Schumer, who stars and wrote the script. In some ways, it’s familiar territory for Apatow — Schumer plays a woman who doesn’t quite have her life together, until she meets the one person who might finally inspire her to move forward — but Schumer’s unique sensibility puts a fresh spin on his perspective. Get the Trainwreck early buzz after the jump.  Read More »

Misery Loves Comedy trailer

Misery Loves Comedy is one of the films I wish I could have seen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It was presented as a special screening, slotted at a very inconvenient time all the way on the top of Main Street at the Egyptian. Thankfully, actor/comedian Kevin Pollak‘s documentary film was sold at Sundance to Tribeca Film, which will allow all of us to see it when it is released on iTunes on April 14th and in limited theaters on April 24th 2015. The documentary features over 60 famous funny people “featured in this hilarious twist on the age-old truth: misery loves company.” Hit the jump to watch the Misery Loves Comedy trailer, and leave your thoughts int he comments below.
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Neil Patrick Harris Oscars 2015

Hosting the Oscars is no easy task. You have to be entertaining, funny, and upbeat, but not too offensive. Pop culture savvy, smart, engaging, but not off-putting. Plus you have to do it in front of literally the most famous audience of people ever assembled, every single year. Many have tried and succeeded. Others have crashed and burned. Some do fine, and then quietly go off into the sunset.

Most people feel that’s what’ll happen to Neil Patrick Harris after hosting the 87th annual Academy Awards this year. His hosting duties received reviews that were all over the map, all but guaranteeing producers don’t ask him back. If they don’t go with one of their tried and true standbys like Billy Crystal, Steve Martin or Ellen DeGeneres, who could be next? Below, we pick 15 people who would make a great 2016 Oscar host. Read More »