The Judd Apatow Backlash Has Begun

Judd Apatow Backlash

The Judd Apatow backlash has begun, and it is being started by… Judd Apatow?

“It’s not viral marketing… It’s comedy!”

In this new FunnyorDie.com video, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Justin Long, and Craig Robinson talk about Walk Hard and their other projects, inciting a fight between Robinson and Apatow. Watch the video below.
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Our friends at RottenTomatoes have the first 10 minutes of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. I just saw the film last month, before seeing John C. Reilly in concert as Dewey Cox (which was incredible… seriously). I’m not allowed to review Walk Hard until the release, but I will say this – I hated the movie trailer, and thought the movie looked like shit – I was wrong. Watch the first 10 minutes to get a good preview of what is in store. It has one of those annoying Age verification systems that, frankly, doesn’t work (I know that my real information has never been able to get me through, and I’m more than the legal age). If you’re having trouble getting through, please check out our previous feature on How to Gain Access To Red Band Movie Trailers.

New Walk Hard Oscar Advertisment

Walk Hard For Your ConsiderationEarlier this month, Columbia Pictures released a full page advertisement in the Hollywood trade publications as a “For Your Consideration” for the Judd Apatow-produced musical comedy, Walk Hard. The mock advertisement featured John C. Reilly flipping the bird at Academy members.

The studio apparently got such a great response, that they’ve released a new “For You Consideration advertisement in today’s Variety. Reilly is screaming half naked while being restrained by two police officers. The caption reads “For Your Consideration: In Every Category You Got” I think it would be hilarious (but very unlikely) if this film somehow pulled a nomination for something. Click on the image to the right to enlarge.

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Walk Hard Movie Trailer

Walk Hard Trailer

I first saw the trailer for Walk Hard at Comic-Con 2007, and was not impressed. Now you can check out the same trailer and decide for yourself. The movie written by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) and director Jake Kasdan (Orange County) is a comic take on musical biographies as Ray, Walk the Line, and Selena. The trailer will be attached to SuperBad. But you can watch it now after the jump.

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Release Date Change: Judd Apatow’s Walk Hard

Walk Hard

Sony has moved the Judd Apatow music comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story back to December 21st 2007. The movie written by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) and director Jake Kasdan (Orange County) is a comic take on musical biographies as Ray, Walk the Line, and Selena.

Walk Hard follows the up-and-down-and-up-again struggle of legendary musician Dewey Cox (Academy Award® nominee JOHN C. REILLY) as he rises from the poverty of a hardscrabble Alabama farm to conquer the world of popular music through a rollercoaster career that spans seven decades.  Along the way to superstardom, Dewey acquires all the trappings of fame and fortune – multiple wives, eleven kids, several mansions, his own ’70s TV show, and a chimp – only to blindly trample them all on his relentless journey to the top.  During a life that includes losing his sense of smell after a tragic childhood accident, conquering the music industry and carousing with celebrities from Elvis to The Beatles, even the love of a good woman – longtime back-up singer Darlene Madison (JENNA FISCHER, “The Office”) – isn’t enough to stop the rock n’ roll spiral of drugs, prison, and rehab (lots of rehab) that marks Dewey’s pursuit of writing classic songs that will change a nation at least once.

I saw the movie trailer at Comic-Con, and was frankly not impressed. It should be noted that I’m a huge fan of both Reilly and Apatow. So for a movie trailer for a film written and produced by Apatow starring Reilly to not impress me is a task. May-be I just don’t like the musical biography concept. The trailer will be attached to SuperBad. The film was originally set to hit theaters on December 14th, up against the Will Smith sci-fi adaptation I Am Legend, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and the Christmas family romantic comedy Perfect Christmas. Walk Hard will now premiere against National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Be Kind Rewind will be in limited release.

Drillbit Taylor Movie Trailer

 Drillbit Taylor Logo

Judd Apatow is on a roll. 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and SuperBad (which I had a chance to see during Comic-Con. It’s possibly the best teen comedy since American Pie.) And Apartow isn’t wasting any time. He’s striking while the iron is hot and cranking out so many movies, a backlash is bound to happen sooner or later. I mean, he can’t make all hits, can he?

Also at Comic-Con I was able to see the trailers for two new Apatow produced projects. Walk Hard, a music comedy starring John C. Reilly, and Drillbit Taylor, an Owen Wilson comedy about two kids hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully. Apatow wrote the Walk The Line spoof, Seth Rogen wrote Drillbit. And I must sadly report that I was disappointed by both of the trailers.

Director Steven Brill who played Seth Rogen’s boss in Knocked Up hasn’t been hired in Hollywood since the horrendous 2004 “comedy” Without a Paddle. He was also the “genius” behind Little Nicky, so I guess that’s the level of film we should expect from Drillbit Taylor.

I’ve been a fan of all these guys since the beginning (Judd with Cable Guy/Ben Stiller Show, Rogen with Freaks and Geeks, Wilson with Bottle Rocket, and Reilly since Hard Eight). So I really want to like these flicks, but the trailers alone weren’t enough to sell me. The Walk Hard trailer will be attached to SuperBad which hits theaters in a couple weeks, but you can watch the Drillbit Taylor trailer now after the jump.

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