When Judd Apatow‘s R-rated comedies started making hundreds of millions of dollars, Hollywood took notice and emulated them left and right. But fans knew that the director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up had been making us laugh long before that. He helmed two of the most underrated network series of all time, Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared; produced films like The Cable Guy and Anchorman; and worked on TV shows such as The Critic and The Larry Sanders Show. This was a comedic genius that deserved all the praise heaped upon him.

In celebration of his latest film, This is 40, Gallery 1988 Melrose in Los Angeles is hosting a Judd Apatow tribute show featuring art based on films he had a hand in. So, in addition to everything mentioned above, there’s also art inspired by Superbad, Pineapple Express, Talladega Nights, Walk Hard, and Step Brothers. The show opens Tuesday December 4 and remains on display through December 30.

After the jump, check out a ton of art from the show from artists such as Glen Brogan, Todd Slater, Joshua Budich, Jason Liwag, Jason Edminston, Dave Perillo, Anthony Petrie, Jeff Boyes, Joey Spiotto and others, including some exclusives, and find out how you can attend. Read More »

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Anchorman fans know two things for certain. Ron Burgundy is coming back and he and his news team have lovely voices. Who could forget Ron, Brian, Champ and Brick’s rousing rendition of Afternoon Delight in the 2004 hit? Well, according to co-writer and director Adam McKay, there will be more of that in the sequel.

In a new interview, McKay confirmed that they’ve already written full musical numbers for Anchorman 2, which starts shooting in the Spring, and that they’re bringing in “a murderers’ row of day players” to rival the cameos in the first film.

He also discussed Step Brothers, which was rumored to have a sequel of its own, as well as related a rap album. McKay said the sequel was in the works and is still possible, but was put on hold due to Anchorman 2. The rap album, however, fell apart. Read details on all of this after the jump. Read More »

Some might find it hard to believe that five years ago, the phrase “Boats and Hoes” was not part of the popular vernacular. The 2008 comedy Step Brothers changed all that. Directed by Adam McKay and starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, Step Brothers became the definitive comedy of a generation. Okay, not really. For most of us, Step Brothers is simply a funny, enjoyable comedy. But for others, it has, in fact, become a wildly popular film that’s relentlessly quoted, turned into memes, gifs, soundboards, t-shirts and more.

To celebrate the 4th anniversary of the film, because why not, Gallery 1988 in Venice, CA is opening a massive exhibit of Step Brothers themed art August 31. It’ll be on dispaly thorugh September 22 but, after the jump, you can see a bunch of the work right now. Read More »

This edition of Sequel Bits is brought to you by the letters “L,” “O,” and “L.” Which is just my not terribly clever way of saying it’s all about the comedies. After the jump:

  • Will Ferrell confirms that Anchorman 2 is still dead, but Step Brothers 2 could get going soon
  • Jay Baruchel briefly talks Cartoon Network’s Dragons and How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Ed Helms offers a very minor status update on The Hangover Part III

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When Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly‘s characters in the 2008 Adam McKay comedy Step Brothers took the stage to perform the rap song “Boats and Hoes,” no one could have predicted where it would take them. In the movie, it helps spawn a business for their group Prestige Worldwide and now, in real life, it might do the same. McKay revealed on his Twitter page that the duo were working on a real life rap album.

Are we currently working on a Step Bros rap album? Yup.

Then, in case anyone thought the Anchorman and Other Guys director was joking, he tweeted again with an open invitation to rapper/actor Mos Def.

I wasn’t kidding about Step Bros rap album. And we just found out we have a crazy big time producer. Mos Def, you up for a guest flow?

See the song that inspired this album, Ferrell and Reilly’s latest musical opus and read more after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: The 100 Greatest Movie Insults

Pajiba has edited another wonderful montage of movie clips, this time compiling the 100 greatest movie insults of all time in under 10 minutes. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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In recent times, Adam Scott has sparkled in pop-culture for two masterful performances as manicured, modern cornholios in the Will Ferrell-endorsed comedies Step Brothers and Eastbound & Down. In the former, his character coached an obnoxious wife and kids in a caravan acapella of “Sweet Child of Mine,” while faithfully rocking a Bluetooth headset. In the latter, Scott was a delusional assistant to an assistant of a Major League Baseball team who brags to Kenny Powers that his black AmEx can purchase fellatio from the Jonas Brothers. Ironically, Scott’s character proceeds to offer sex—even with “the kids”—to recruit Powers, a karma-deal that snorts the iconic wind from Powers’s mulleted sails.

On Party Down, one of the strongest and most left-field cable series to debut last year, Scott has managed to be just as funny and biting as the lead amongst a stellar ensemble cast. His character, Henry Pollard, is an out-of-work actor riding out his prime and the recession as an L.A. caterer, a role fleshed out with drama, depression and romance. But I was still surprised to see Scott’s performance in the upcoming indie, The Vicious Kind, which recently earned him an Independent Spirit Awards nom for Best Male Lead. He’s in serious company with Jeff Bridges and Colin Firth for playing a construction worked named Caleb Sinclaire. A self-righteous, aimless man with an estranged father (J.K. Simmons) and a misogynistic albeit amusingly bleak worldview, Caleb sinks to new lows in making a hate-play on his innocent brother’s weary girlfriend (Brittany Snow).

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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

Buy It

STEP BROTHERS
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Unrated Edition)
Not a movie to be looked at as anything other than random hilarity, Step Brothers proves that Will Ferrell isn’t out of the game just yet. It also provides John C. Reilly another opportunity to show off what a terrific talent he is, despite repeatedly being rejected by audiences when it comes to box office earnings. If you’re in the mood to laugh and don’t feel like paying attention to pesky annoyances like “plot” and “character development,” then check this one out. Unlike most comedies, it only gets funnier on repeat viewings.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc includes extended scenes, a gag reel, a Line-O-Rama, a making of featurette, and a Boats ‘N Hoes music video. The 2-disc additionally includes Job Interviews, a Music of Step Brothers featurette, and more deleted and extended scenes.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $15.99 $19.99
Amazon – $16.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

Rent It

WANTED
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
Wanted is great fun, but it’s not a film that needs to be watched more than once. It’s held together solely by the badass action sequences; once the thrill of those are lost, all you’re left with is an incredibly stupid screenplay and one goofy sequence after another. Rent it, enjoy it, forget it.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The 2-disc will include 8 featurettes (‘Cast and Characters’, ‘Stunts on the L Train’, ‘Special Effects: The Art of the Impossible’, ‘Groundbreaking Visual Effects: From Imagination to Execution’, ‘The Origins of Wanted: Bringing the Graphic Novel to Life’, ‘Through the Eyes of Visionary Director Timur Bekmambetov’), a feature on the making of the video game, Wanted: Motion Comics, a “killer” extended scene, and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$15.99 $19.99
Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive production notes with 2-Disc set ($22.99).
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Lithograph.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free Wanted chrome keychain with 2-Disc set ($22.99).
Where? Circuit City.

Also available is this Limited Edition Collector’s Gift Set, which can be bought off Amazon for $39.99. You can read more about it HERE.

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN
(Available as single-disc and 3-Disc Collector’s Edition)
Is it just me, or has the amount of interest in this latest entry of the Narnia series been shockingly minimal, at least in the US? Other than the occasional comment about how surprisingly violent the film is for a PG family adventure, I can’t recall any real discussion regarding it from fellow film geeks since its release. I was one of the few that was severely disappointed by The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, which made me feel a little left out when everyone kept discussing how great it was. But maybe people have gotten their fill of Narnia, since the sequel grossed less than half the amount of the first one (while costing $20 million more). Regardless, I’m willing to give the series a second chance now that Caspian has hit DVD.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc includes a commentary with director Andrew Adamson and actors. The 3-disc includes that, along with deleted scenes, 7 featurettes, a blooper reel, deleted scenes, interactive games and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$15.99 $14.99 $15.99 $19.99
Amazon – $14.99

*Does not include 3-Disc Edition, which costs $27.99 at Best Buy and Circuit City, $29.99 at Target, $34.99 at Fry’s, and $22.99 at Amazon.

Skip It

THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE
(Available as single-disc and 3-Disc Ultimate X-Phile Edition)
What a stunningly godawful movie. With straight-to-cable production values, a surprisingly lackluster storyline and confusing character developments (Wait, why are Mulder and Scully sleeping in the same bed all of a sudden? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?), there is literally nothing worth praising here. I’m not an X-Files fan by any means, but I actually quite enjoyed the first film. Rest assured, I Want to Believe is a purely pedestrian affair in comparison. Not even recommended for diehard fans, unless they’re truly desperate for another helping of Mulder and Scully and don’t mind the film amounting to nothing more than a really weak episode of the show.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single-disc includes both the theatrical and Unrated Extended Cut of the film, an audio commentary by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, featurettes (‘Body Parts: Special Make-up Effects’, ‘Chris Carter: Statements on Green Production’), deleted scenes and a gag reel. The 3-disc includes that, plus a feature-length documentary entitled ‘Trust No One: Can The X-Files Remain A Secret?’ and a digital copy of the film.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $19.99 $17.99 $19.99
Amazon – $17.99

*Does not include 3-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at Target and Circuit City, $24.99 at Best Buy and Fry’s, and $23.99 at Amazon.

THE LONGSHOTS
This family-friendly sports comedy/drama is directed by Fred Durst, the lead singer of everyone’s favorite nu metal band Limp Bizkit. How anyone can hear that and think to themselves, “I should see that,” I have no idea. Even ignoring that aspect of the production though, the film looks terribly uninteresting, unoriginal and not the least bit funny. Pass.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes, featurettes (‘Jamine Plummer: The Real Longshot’, ‘Making The Longshots’) and interviews with Ice Cube and director Fred Durst.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$19.99
Amazon – $19.99

FLY ME TO THE MOON 3-D
When a CGI family film looks worse than Space Chimps, you know you’re in trouble. The 3-D is obviously the selling point here, but when you’re forced to contend with cheap and ugly animation, cringe-worthy jokes involving burps and farts, and painfully lame characters, something as gimmicky as 3-D is hardly enough to warrant a viewing.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A Planetarium Game.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$15.99 $19.99 $17.99 $19.99
Amazon – $19.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Exclusive Nightlight.
Where? Best Buy.

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Casablanca (Ultimate Collector’s Edition)The Day the Earth Stood Still (Two-Disc Special Edition)Metalocalypse (Season 2)Law and Order (Season 6)Saturday Night Live (Season 4)White Dog (Criterion Collection)

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.


Exclusive: DC Universe Collector’s Set ($49.99). Includes Special Editions of: Superman Doomsday, The Justice League: New Frontier, Batman: Gotham Knight and spots for 2009 releases of Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.

$13.99 – Kung Fu Panda, Futurama: Bender’s Game, Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Speed Racer, Jumper, The Happening, and more…


$6.99 – The Brave One, Unleashed, The Transporter (Collector’s Edition), The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (Extreme Unrated Remastered), Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, Troy (Director’s Cut), King Kong, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Dawn of the Dead, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Rundown, Children of Men, Smokin’ Aces, and more…

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