pee-wee's big holiday paul rust interview

For any comedy writer of a certain age, working on a new Pee-wee Herman movie is a dream come true. And you can clearly see just how giddy Paul Rust is to have written Pee-wee’s Big Holiday alongside Paul Reubens. Rust, an actor and writer whose credits include everything from Arrested Development and Comedy Bang! Bang!, didn’t even try to mask his enthusiasm when I sat down with him the day after the film’s world premiere at SXSW. He was a kid in a candy shop.

During the course of our interview, we discussed old school Pee-wee fandom, his new Netflix series Love, and how writing a Pee-wee adventure is so very different than writing for most comedies.

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Pee-wee's Big Holiday teaser

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday finally has an official, confirmed, release date, and we have the first teaser to prove it. Netflix has announced the comedy will hit the service on March 18. Perhaps they know you’ll need something a little lighter to break up the grim and gritty second season of Daredevil, which debuts on the same date. Anyway, watch the first Pee-wee’s Big Holiday teaser after the jump. Read More »

LOVE

Now that we’ve met Mickey and Gus, the first full-length Love trailer has arrived to show us what they’re like together. The upcoming Netflix series from Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!) centers on two very different young adults trying, with very mixed results, to navigate the complexities of modern love. Rust himself plays nice guy Gus, and Gillian Jacobs is wild-child Mickey. Watch the new Love trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Judd Apatow's Love

Netflix must be happy with its upcoming series Love, because they’ve already given the show a two-season order. Judd Apatow is one of the creators and executive producers of the show, which is about two youngish people named Gus and Mickey struggling to find love. The Netflix original program stars Gillian Jacobs (Community) and Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper).

Watch the Love trailers after the jump.

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Pee Wee Herman

Pee-wee Herman is finally ready to make his big return. Netflix has announced that Pee-wee’s Big Holiday will shoot in March for release on the streaming service later this year. Paul Reubens reprises the character and serves as producer with Judd Apatow. John Lee (Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City) will direct.

Get all the latest on the Pee-wee Netflix movie director, plot details, and more after the jump.  Read More »

netflix Judd Apatow

Before films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him the new king of big-screen comedy, Judd Apatow was best known for small-screen cult faves like Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. He took a step back into TV a couple of years ago with Lena Dunham’s Girls, and now he’s taking another with Love.

The new comedy already has a two-season commitment from Netflix, and some great pedigree on its side. Apatow created the show with Girls writer Lesley Arfin, and Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust are set to play the leads. Hit the jump for all the details on the Netflix Judd Apatow show.

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Breaking Bad Pilot Bryan Cranston

“If you’re a writer tonight, you might want to hide your knives,” said Jason Reitman at Tuesday night’s special summer live read. “This script is so good you’ll never want to write again. You f***er, Vince.”

The script Reitman was referring to, the script that could get the writer/director to come back and do a live read in July when he’s not scheduled to come back until October, was the pilot of AMC’s Breaking Bad. The “Vince” is creator Vince Gilligan. And as fantastic the first episode of Breaking Bad is to watch, to hear it read reveals another level of brilliance. If you were to travel back in time, sit down with Gilligan in 2007 and ask him to describe what happens in the show over a few beers, that’s what his writing sounds like. It’s perfectly, brilliantly descriptive with a language that’s filled with vulgarity and humor. It has a conversational, culturally current tone that pops off the page.

The latest live read at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, presented by Film Independent, revealed not only this fantastic writing, but some fun interpretations by great actors, appearances by the original actors, deleted scenes and more. Read about it below. Read More »

In a piece of fan casting worthy of years and years of Ghostbusters 3 speculation, director Jason Reitman has revealed that for his next live reading, Ghostbusters, he’s cast Seth Rogen, Jack Black and Rainn Wilson as Venkman, Stanz and Spengler respectively. The event, part of an ongoing series presented by Film Independent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, takes places Thursday December 12. It’s sold out.

Of course, Jason Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman, directed the hit 1984 film and revealed to his son that much of the famous dialogue was improvised by Bill Murray. So this isn’t just a script reading, it’s a combination of the original shooting script with Murray’s iconic one-liners. Read the rest of the cast, and how you can possibly see this once-in-a-lifetime event, after the jump. Read More »

Judd Apatow Developing Pee-wee Herman Film

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Since Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman started to work his way back to the spotlight, he’s been talking about making two movies. One would be for adults, and one for kids. And now there’s word that one of these two films is being developed for Universal by Judd Apatow, with Reubens and Paul Rust writing. The question is: which film is it? (I’m assuming this won’t be called The 50-Year Old Virgin.) Read More »

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