When Judd Apatow announced his upcoming film, once tentatively titled This is Forty, we immediately wondered about the cast. That’s not just a result of Apatow’s fondness for a stable of comic actors that goes back to the Freaks & Geeks days, but a natural question given that the film is a spin-off from Apatow’s previous movie Knocked Up.

The story centers around Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann‘s characters from Knocked Up, so one obvious question concerned the participation of Seth Rogen. Would he show up? Now the actor says no. As a consolation prize, he announces that he and Evan Goldberg (left, above) will shoot Jay and Seth Vs the Apocalypse, a film they’ve talked about for a couple years, next February. Read More »

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Having previously starred on Gilmore Girls and her own show Mike and Molly, Melissa McCarthy was well-known to TV audiences before her breakout performance in this summer’s surprise smash Bridesmaids. Since then she’s been mentioned as the possible star of several projects and now she’s finally committed to one. She’ll appear in Judd Apatow‘s Untitled 2012 film (rumored to be called This is Forty) that’s currently in production. It stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprising their roles from Knocked Up and, in the film, McCarthy will play a mother at the school where their kids attend. Plus, McCarthy’s son will be played by Ryan Lee, who just starred in Super 8 as the pyromaniac Cary. Read more after the jump. Read More »

‘Super 8′ Clip #3

This week, Paramount Pictures has been premiering mini-clips from the Steven Spielberg-produced JJ Abrams-directed 1980′s Amblin film homage Super 8. Each 30-second clip has premiered on Fox at 8pm, with the last one scheduled to air Wednesday.

We’ve posted the first two clips, the first of which showed the kids preparing to shoot their Super 8 zombie movie before the big train crash, and the second of which showed what happens to the kids during the train crash.

The third clip is a continuation, another 30 seconds of footage, showing what happens after the train crash. While the first two clips pretty much showed what happened in the teaser trailer but from the kid’s perspective, this is the first clip in the series that I would warn against watching if you’re worried about learning plot points or spoilers no yet shown in the previous advertising. Watch the new clip embedded after the jump.

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‘Super 8′ TV Spot Features New Footage

Super 8, the J. J. Abrams film produced in conjunction with Steven Spielberg that very deliberately seeks to recapture the spirit of ’80s Amblin films, is looking like one of the best bets of the summer. Footage wowed audiences at CinemaCon last week, and at a media preview not long before that. A new TV spot for the film ran last night in the States, and it features a few very small bits of new footage. For those who can’t get enough, the clip is after the break. Read More »

New Poster: ‘Super 8′

The trailer for J.J. AbramsSuper 8 went up last night, and no matter what you think of the film’s evident and very overt aspirations to Amblin, you’ve got to admire the way that clip is cut. It gives a great idea of what the movie is without actually seeming to give anything away. Quite an achievement, especially in this current climate of trailers that give the impression that you’ve just seen the whole film, even if that’s not the case.

Anyway, there is also a new poster for the film, and we’ve got a high-res version after the break. Read More »

More Cast Announced For J.J. Abrams’ ‘Super 8′

With cameras beginning to roll on Super 8, the new film from J.J. Abrams, expect the trickle of news about the secretive production to widen at least to a free-flowing stream.

We’ve just seen some spy pics of prepped exterior locations, and learned that Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning were among the more famous cast members. Now we’ve got a raft of additional names to add to the Steven Spielberg-produced film that seeks to emulate the tone (to some extent) of classic Amblin films. Read More »

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