Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
It felt like the end of an era when Bill Hader left Saturday Night Live last year, after eight seasons on the show. But there’s no need to worry that he’ll fade into obscurity. He’s kept himself plenty busy since then, and has now booked his juiciest post-SNL gig yet. Hader is in talks to join Amy Schumer in Trainwreck, the next comedy being directed by Judd Apatow.
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Batman, Superman, the Avengers, the Terminator, T-Rex…and Judd Apatow? Yup, the popular writer-director has just joined the crowded summer of 2015 with his latest comedy, Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer. It’ll open July 24, 2015. Read More »
Though many were mixed on Judd Apatow‘s latest film, This Is 40, it didn’t diminish our interest in what the filmmaker has going on next. It seems the director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up has now decided to direct a film he previously was only attached to produce. Apatow will direct Train Wreck, the writing and starring debut of Comedy Central star Amy Schumer. Read More »
Back in May, a group of journalists hopped in a van and were driven to Sea World in San Diego, CA to visit the final day of shooting Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. It was a day for the ages, filled with some of the biggest laughs I’ve ever had, and you can read about it here. During the quieter moments, we spoke with co-writer and director Adam McKay as well as star and co-writer Will Ferrell.
Below, you can read the full transcript of the on-set discussion with McKay, which reads like a master class in staying cool under pressure when directing one of the biggest comedies of the year. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are experts at riffing on other people’s movies for their Comedy Central show Key & Peele, whether they’re playing valets obsessed with “Liam Neesons,” satirizing Django Unchained‘s fight scenes, or singing over each other in homage to Les Mis. But soon, they’ll get the chance to make a film of their own.
The comic pair are teaming up with comedy king Judd Apatow for a new comedy at Universal. Surprisingly, it’ll mark only their second movie together. Hit the jump for more details on the new project.
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Even by Comedy Central’s R-rated standards, comedian Amy Schumer‘s show, Inside Amy Schumer, is dirty. It’s also hilarious, provocative and more than a little offensive to potentially every group out there. It’s not what you’d expect from the sweet-looking comedian, which is exactly why Universal Pictures has optioned an untitled script by Schumer. Judd Apatow, king of the R-rated comedies, is along to produce the project. Read More »
“Free screening of Anchorman 2 this Tuesday!” As a film fan, hearing someone scream that outside a movie theater is like being invited to the ultimate event. As a film journalist, it’s the opposite, because you can’t attend. (Test screenings are typically closed to press.) Last week, I was in Burbank, CA attending a press screening of the awesome horror film You’re Next when I heard someone say those beautiful words. I didn’t follow up because I’d be stopped at the door. But lots of other people went to the show, and today we have our first reactions to Adam McKay‘s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Those reactions are decidedly mixed but, with a film from this team, that’s nothing to be worried about just yet. Test screenings are literally used as part of the filmmaking process. McKay and producer Judd Apatow use audience reactions to early versions of the film to fine tune jokes, insert alternate line readings and change the pacing of the film. So things that didn’t work in Burbank, CA could very well be changed. Read some reactions below. Read More »
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We’ve heard Paul Ruebens talk about a new Pee-Wee Herman movie for years. There’s long been a script that he’s been writing and rewriting (with Paul Rust) under the watchful eye of producer Judd Apatow. But it’s been quite a while since we’ve heard anything real — years, in fact. With Ruebens doing press for The Smurfs 2, however, the actor is saying that Pee-Wee should be back in force in 2014. Read More »