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 LithgowMegan 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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We’ve been curious about Judd Apatow‘s This is Forty since the moment it was announced, and as of today we still have two long months to go until the film hits theaters. But if you’re really dying to get all the details right this moment, there’s a way. Universal has just uploaded Apatow’s full screenplay online, in PDF format. Sure, it won’t be the same without his top-notch comedic cast (Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, and others) to deliver those lines, but you’ll get a very good idea of what’s in store.

And if the script seems a little long, it’s not just you. In typical Apatow fashion, This is Forty will clock in at over two hours. And who wants to bet the eventual DVD / Blu-ray edition will run even longer? Read more and get the link to the screenplay after the jump.

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As we head toward the Oscars and therefore the end of awards season, it’s time to take a better look at some of the films we’re anticipating from 2012. We have for you today an eclectic mix of photos from some of the entertainments we’re most looking forward to, from Gary Ross‘ deadly serious YA adaptation The Hunger Games to Judd Apatow‘s almost-middle-age comedy This is Forty and everything in between. Check out photos for those films plus The Gangster Squad, Men in Black III, and Frankenweenie after the jump.

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Jason Segel is probably most recognizable to moviegoers as the star of such R-rated comedies as Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (in which he did full-frontal male nudity before Michael Fassbender made it cool). But his next big screen appearance will be in Thanksgiving’s all-ages movie The Muppets, which he wrote with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller, and it seems he plans to stick with the family-friendly fare for the time being.

In a recent interview, the actor and screenwriter revealed that he’s considering a children’s adventure movie in the vein of Goonies for his next big project, which will also involve puppets. More details on that, plus info on his other upcoming films, after the jump.

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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 »

I’d like to make this the ‘leading lady’ edition of Casting Bits, but I don’t think Caleb Landry Jones would like that very much. (Jason Segel would probably be OK with it.) Still, after the break you’ll find that two films have chosen their lead actresses, while Jones joins Jordan. Ahem. To wit:

  • Alexandra Maria Lara (above) takes the (female) lead in Ron Howard’s racing movie Rush,
  • Cody Horn will be the leading lady in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
  • Caleb Landry Jones, aka the First Class version of Banshee, joins Neil Jordan’s Byzantium,
  • and, as a final note, Jason Segel appears to be confirmed for Judd Apatow’s This is Forty.

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Three more have signed on for What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Kirk Jones‘ adaptation of the classic pregnancy manual. The comedy follows several different couples, Love Actually-style, as each experiences pregnancy and the miracle of childbirth. Bridesmaids actress Wendi McLendon-Covey will play a colleague and friend of Jennifer Lopez‘ character; True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello will be a single guy whose carefree, glamorous lifestyle is the envy of all the local dads; and Glee star Matthew Morrison has won the part of Evan, who teams up with Cameron Diaz‘ character on a celebrity dance show (really) and eventually gets her pregnant.

In addition to the actors named above, What to Expect will also feature Elizabeth Banks, Chris Rock, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Rodrigo Santoro, Chace Crawford, Rob Huebel, and McLendon-Covey‘s Bridesmaids co-star Rebel Wilson. The film will begin shooting this summer for a Mother’s Day 2012 release. [The Playlist, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline]

More ensemble comedy news after the jump: Robert Smigel and Annie Mumolo board Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spin-off, while Christina Hendricks, Sarah Hyland, and Dermot Mulroney sign up for Struck by Lightning.

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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 »

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