Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2011 by Angie Han
Three more have signed on for What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Kirk Jones‘ adaptation of the classic pregnancy manual. The comedy follows several different couples, Love Actually-style, as each experiences pregnancy and the miracle of childbirth. Bridesmaids actress Wendi McLendon-Covey will play a colleague and friend of Jennifer Lopez‘ character; True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello will be a single guy whose carefree, glamorous lifestyle is the envy of all the local dads; and Glee star Matthew Morrison has won the part of Evan, who teams up with Cameron Diaz‘ character on a celebrity dance show (really) and eventually gets her pregnant.
In addition to the actors named above, What to Expect will also feature Elizabeth Banks, Chris Rock, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Rodrigo Santoro, Chace Crawford, Rob Huebel, and McLendon-Covey‘s Bridesmaids co-star Rebel Wilson. The film will begin shooting this summer for a Mother’s Day 2012 release. [The Playlist, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline]
More ensemble comedy news after the jump: Robert Smigel and Annie Mumolo board Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spin-off, while Christina Hendricks, Sarah Hyland, and Dermot Mulroney sign up for Struck by Lightning.
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Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2011 by Angie Han
That new Judd Apatow project that’s neither a prequel nor a sequel to Knocked Up now has a name — maybe. As you probably recall, Apatow announced some time ago that he was planning a spin-off film centering around Pete and Debbie, the bickering married couple played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in the 2007 comedy. Read more about the project after the jump.
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You have to give Judd Apatow credit for still not having a single sequel, especially a Knocked Up with Twins, on his vast production buffet. MTV recently spoke to him about the sequelitis that all big producers feel at one point or another, and Apatow admitted there is one film, Anchorman starring Will Ferrell as ‘stachioed newscaster dumbass Ron Burgundy, that is due for a follow-up. Fortunately, or unfortunately, if this sounds like a good idea to ya, Apatow wants Ferrell to do it when he’s wearing diapers for old-timer, as opposed to comic, relief.
“The movie that probably has a best shot at a sequel is Anchorman. Ron Burgundy would be hilarious at 70-years-old, being the anchor,” Apatow said. “We all think it would be fun to see him up on his feet again doing what only he can do. That would be awesome â€“ but it could only happen in 30 years.”
Ferrell recently updated the Net on several unlikely sequels (Old School 2, Elf 2), but omitted Anchorman. I’m not saying Ferrell was implying that an Anchorman 2 will happen before three decades have passed; but I do think the image of a liver-spotted septuagenarian Burgundy taking multiple shots of liquor as he gets out of bed in the nerve-addling era of blogs, Twitter and YouPorn leaves an ocean of possibilities. How about you?
Discuss: Anchorman Deux? Would you like to see Apatow do a sequel to any of his flicks?