‘The Change-Up’ Red-Band Trailer

The Change-Up, directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) asks a very important question: what if two drunk friends pissing in the same fountain accidentally changed bodies and got to live each others lives? Yep, The Change-Up is a body-switching comedy, and it gives about as much weight to the reason for the switch as Hot Tub Time Machine did time travel. The point is really to watch Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds freak out as they try to navigate the life they momentarily envied. Watch the freakout begin in the new red-band trailer, after the break. Read More »

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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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Last week it was revealed that Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann would be reprising roles as husband and wife from Apatow’s 2007 hit Knocked Up in Judd Apatow‘s currently untitled comedy set for release June 1, 2012. There was some confusion about if the movie was a prequel or sequel, and Apatow was quick to clarify that the film would be a stand-alone spin-off (much like the Apatow-produced Get Him To The Greek was a spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall). But will Seth Rogen or Katherine Heigl appear, reprising their roles as Ben Stone and Allison Scott? I mean, they are best friends with Pete and Debbie, right?

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Last night it was revealed that Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann would reunite with Judd Apatow in the comedy director’s currently untitled comedy set for release June 1, 2012. Not a huge surprise considering that Mann has appeared in every single one of her husband’s films, and Rudd had only missed one (Funny People). But we weren’t expecting Mann and Rudd to be reprising roles as husband and wife from Apatow’s 2007 hit Knocked Up.

When the news hit the wires, some movie news websites speculated that the film would be a sequel or prequel to the 2007 film. We called it a spin-off, but it seems like Universal doesn’t even want to call it that — which is kind of confusing considering Rudd and Mann are playing the same characters. Now we have official clarification from Judd Apatow…

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It seemed like a pretty good bet that Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann would appear in Judd Apatow‘s currently untitled comedy set for release June 1, 2012. After all Mann, his wife, has been in every single movie Apatow has directed and Rudd has only missed one, Funny People. What no one could have seen coming, though, is that they’ll be reprising their roles as husband and wife from Apatow’s 2007 hit Knocked Up and according to Variety, that’s exactly what they’ll be doing. But no, it is not officially a spin-off, says Universal. It’s reportedly a new story featuring the same characters. Think Get Him To The Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Read more after the jump. Read More »

17 Again

The body-switching comedy is a minor sub-genre that will never die. Every five years or so we’re bound to get a new story in which two people switch bodies so that hilarity may ensue. They may be a pair that are young and old, male and female, or hot and… not hot. In the case of The Change-Up, the situation is more or less the latter. And now the film boasts Leslie Mann (who was just in an age-regression movie, close cousin to the body swap setup) among the other cast members as it prepares to roll cameras. Read More »

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The ‘special forces soldier versus Mexican gangs’ action film Protection has gone through a lot of changes. Originally to be directed by Simon West, the film got a new director in District 13: Ultimatum helmer Patrick Alessandrin. Paul Walker was originally the lead, then he was replaced by Clive Owen. Now the film has a new lead and needs a new director.

Dwayne Johnson is now attached to star in Protection, and Allessandrin has left the project, with no one yet replacing him. Brandon Noonan‘s script is still in play; it follows ” a disgraced former Special Forces soldier who takes on a Mexican cartel in an attempt to rescue and protect a judge’s 21 year-old daughter, who has been targeted by the cartel for agreeing to testify against one of its members after she witnesses her father’s murder.” Given all the movement on this one, it’s hard to believe we’ll see it any time soon, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Johnson do an actual action movie for a change. [The Wrap]

After the break, a host of actors for Goodnight Moon (not based on the kids’ bedtime book) and Emma Roberts does Homework. Read More »

Funny People

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.

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Judd Apatow's Funny People

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.

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