Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
So far, the scariest thing about Paranormal Activity 5 may be how little anyone involved with it claims to know about it. We are talking about a movie that’s due out in just under nine months. After the jump:
- Katie Featherston and Oren Peli talk Paranormal Activity 5
- No, Linday Lohan will not be reprising her role for Machete Kills
- Steven Spielberg says George Lucas still plans to do Indiana Jones 5
- Sylvester Stallone is joking about wanting Bill Clinton for Expendables 3, right?
- Judd Apatow considers another Knocked Up spinoff, this time about the kids
- Andy Muschietti does not think there should be a Mama 2
- Check out a sunny set photo from Insidious Chapter 2
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Groping, fake erections, improv, huge laughs, the latest video Judd Apatow‘s This is 40 makes Apatow’s set look like a playhouse. It’s a blooper reel from the film, a sort of sequel to Knocked Up, which features Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd as a married couple dealing with turning 40. In the reel you get more Megan Fox, more Jason Segel, more Melissa McCarthy, more Robert Smigel, more Billy Joe Armstrong, it’s really funny. Check it out below. Read More »
Heading into 2012, two films many of us were looking forward to were the new movies from Rian Johnson and Judd Apatow: Looper and This is 40. Now that we’ve seen them, why not see a bit more? After all, whether or not you loved or loathed either film (read my review of each at these links) it’s difficult to dispute that everything Johnson or Apatow does is worth watching.
Two deleted scenes from This is 40 have been posted, including a really funny one with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, and another with indie songwriter Mark Oliver Everett of Eels. Then there’s a tense scene from Looper featuring Emily Blunt, Garret Dillahunt and a hamper. Check them out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
With the likes of Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, and Melissa McCarthy in supporting roles, Judd Apatow‘s This is 40 is positively overflowing with hot comedic talents. But the film features some more established comic players as well, including Robert Smigel.
During what must’ve been a slow day on set, Smigel decided to bring along his old pal Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to mingle with the cast and crew, specifically Apatow, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, John Lithgow, and Megan Fox. The results are predictably entertaining and just a little bit painful. Watch the video after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, December 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
One can only guess how the horribly mismatched Ben and Alison from Knocked Up are faring these days, but in just a few weeks we’ll get to see how their pals Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are dealing with being on the cusp of middle age. Universal has just dropped a new red-band trailer for Judd Apatow‘s This is 40, which picks back up with the bickering marrieds five years after we last saw them.
A few things have changed: Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl are nowhere to be seen, Maude Apatow has grown from cute kid to angsty teen, and Albert Brooks, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, and Lena Dunham are joining in on the fun this time around. The winning blend of cozy sentiment and inappropriate humor, however, remains much the same. Watch the somewhat NSFW trailer after the jump. (And yes, smartasses, the “favorite movie blog” I’m referencing in the headline is /Film.)
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Let’s just cut to the chase: there’s a bit in this red-band featurette explaining Judd Apatow‘s new film This is 40 where Leslie Mann fondles Megan Fox. That happens at about the 2:45 mark. So just go watch that, and then get back to me. I’ll wait.
OK, so this is a good attempt by Apatow, Mann, and Paul Rudd to ground the film and both put it in the context of Knocked Up (Mann and Rudd reprise their roles from that film) and position the story as a coming of middle-age tale that has something for all of us. In that respect, it does a better job for me than either of the trailers have in the past. The trailers played up a “this is the story of everyone” angle while depicting something that doesn’t look like the lives of many people at all. This plays more like a means to explain specifically who these characters are rather than making them out to be representations of everyone. And in doing so, the actual broad appeal of the material comes across with more clarity.
Check out the footage below, and note that while there’s some relatively adult sex talk and bad language, it really isn’t all that serious, as red-band materials go. Read More »
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 »
Judd Apatow‘s movies all have a common thread. A person who acts younger than they should is forced to leave their youthful ways and become a grown up. Exhibits A, B, C and D are Steve Carell in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Seth Rogen in Knocked Up, Adam Sandler in Funny People and both Pete and Debbie (to a slightly lesser extent) in the upcoming This is 40. Apatow is well aware this is his thematic bread and butter.
At a recent screening of This is 40 hosted by Film Independent, the writer/director/producer whose work has had such a profound effect on comedy traced that conceit back to the first thing he ever wrote: a spec script for The Simpsons. What was it about? Read his quote 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 »