Tina Fey built her career on the fast-paced comedy of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, but with the latter almost at an end it’s time for her to move on to the next phase. If the trailer for Paul Weitz‘s Admission for any indication, that may just end up being movie stardom. Perhaps even as something of a dramatic actor.

Although Admission is billed as a dramatic comedy, it represents a more serious turn than anything we’ve seen from Fey before. Fey plays Portia, a Princeton admissions officer who’s forced to confront a painful secret during what initially appears to be a routine recruiting trip. Paul Rudd also stars, as a former classmate of Portia’s who harbors a crush on her, and Nat Wolff plays a teenager who may have ties to her past. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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When Judd Apatow announced that his fourth feature film, eventually called This Is 40, would star Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in the same roles they played in Knocked Up, it created more questions than it answered. If this film is set in that universe, would Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl return? What about the rest of Apatow’s players, actors like Jason Segel, Martin Starr and Jay Baruchel? And if they didn’t, would those characters be referenced in the movie?

The answer to most of those questions is “no.” In This is 40, while Segel returns (along with Charlyne Yi), neither character acknowledges their previous relationships to Pete, Debbie and their daughters in Knocked Up. No one else from Knocked Up cameos and outside of one throwaway line of dialogue, the existance of that movie is largely ignored.

In a new interview, Apatow admitted he filmed more references to his previous film, but eventually cut them out. Read his quotes and more after the jump. Read More »

Note: This Is 40 opens everywhere December 21. We saw an early screening made possible by Film Independent at LACMA. 

For 132 minutes, This Is 40 is non-stop Judd Apatow. The jokes; the emotions; his wife; his kids; and maybe a bit too much of the writer/director’s personality. It’s a jackhammer of propulsive character action that shoves everything you need to know in your face every second. Which is both a blessing and a curse.

Almost instantly, the film demands we relate to Pete and Debbie (played by Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann, married to Apatow in real life), an upper middle-class married couple. They’re each celebrating their 40th birthday in the same week. Apatow doesn’t care about setting these people up; we’re just dropped into their lives as they struggle with the issues that arise when you hit the big four-oh.

Thankfully, Apatow knows how to make us laugh and This Is 40 does that on an almost too-constant basis. There are so many laughs you’ll miss other laughs. Without a strong story to hold to outside of the loose concept of “turning forty,” however, the movie tends to lose its way, then find it, then lose it, then find it again. This happens right up to – and during – the final credits. It’s a mixed bag with lots to like but lots of problems too. Read More »

There are some huge, huge laughs in the new trailer for Judd Apatow‘s “sort of” sequel to Knocked Up, This Is 40. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann return as Pete and Debbie, supporting characters in the 2007 hit, who are struggling with the reality of turning forty. The kids are now older, the relationships more complicated, the drug reactions more serious and the classic blend of heart and humor that made Apatow a comedy brand name seems to be back.

The film is scheduled for release December 21 and with this extended look you’ll finally meet Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy and several others. It looks really funny. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Sneaky, sneaky. While we’ve been wondering when David Gordon Green might return to the indie fare that earned him so much acclaim in his early days, it turns out Green himself has already done so in secret. Green, along with stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, has just wrapped the low-budget road trip comedy Prince Avalanche, an Austin, TX-set remake of the Icelandic film Either Way (A annan veg). More details after the jump.

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Having established himself as an in-demand actor, writer, and producer, Seth Rogen is now moving into directing. Or co-directing, to be more exact, with frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg. The pair recently began shooting their first directorial effort together, the apocalyptic comedy The End of the World. And while it remains to be seen just how they’ll do in their newfound role as co-helmers, it appears that their past work has allowed them to call in some favors and collect quite a cast.

Among the various stars set to populate the upcoming movie are Rogen himself, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, and many, many more.

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The first teaser trailer for a sequel to Adam McKay‘s Anchorman hit last week, and bootlegs have been floating around for a few days. Now there’s an official release of an all-new teaser trailer for Anchorman: The Legend Continues, aka Anchorman 2, as well as a good online version of the theatrical cut.

Both teasers are pretty simple stuff, but some of the essential goofiness that made Anchorman a favorite is there: namely, Steve Carell gets right back into character as Brick Tamland as the rest of the Action News Team (Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and Dave Joechner) spew their own brands of nonsensical idiom.

Check out the new teaser below, along with the one that has been in theaters for a few days. Read More »

Until that Wet Hot American Summer sequel gets going — if indeed it ever does get going — we can comfort ourselves with the mini-reunion that will be They Came Together. The romcom parody, which is set up at Lionsgate’s microbudget division, re-teams WHAS director David Wain and writer Michael Showalter with stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Hell, pull in a few more of the guys from The State and we can just turn this project into a secret WHAS sequel. More details after the jump.

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