Judd Apatow pandemic comedy

The United States is in the midst of a massive third wave of the coronavirus pandemic just as the holiday season begins to ramp up, and even with some promising recent developments about potential vaccines, one thing remains certain: COVID will be with us for a while longer yet. Not only in our day-to-day existence, but also in the movies we consume.

Case in point: a new report says that Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) has found his next directing project, and it will be a comedy film set during the pandemic. He’s making it at Netflix, which is the first time he’ll be directing a film for that streaming platform. Get some more details below.
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george carlin documentary

Back in June, Judd Apatow revealed he was working on a documentary about legendary comedian George Carlin. Now we have official word on what Apatow and company are cooking up: a two-part documentary headed to HBO reuniting the key creative team behind HBO’s The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, which Apatow also directed. The Carlin doc will be helmed by Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio.

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The King of Staten Island Blu-ray Release Date

The King of Staten Island was intended to be released in theaters this summer, but Universal Pictures and director Judd Apatow thought it was better to release the movie on Premium VOD rather than waiting for movie theaters to reopen. Unfortunately, that means what should have been Pete Davidson‘s big screen breakthrough only ended up on the small screen. Thankfully, a new featurette teasing the movie’s arrival on Blu-ray dives into how personal and important this story was to the Saturday Night Live star, and hopefully it will compel you to seek it out if you haven’t already. Read More »

Pineapple Express 2

Pineapple Express was one of Seth Rogen‘s biggest hits, raking in over $101 million worldwide on a budget of just $27 million. So you would think that Sony Pictures would have been chomping at the bit to get a sequel off the ground. Well, at one point the studio was very interested in making Pineapple Express 2, but in one of those reminders that the movie business is more about the business and less about the movie, Sony balked at the budget proposed by producer Judd Apatow. Read More »

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Music biopics get spoofed spectacularly in this parody that’s every bit as good as the likes of Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs, Airplane!, and The Naked Gun. Primarily taking aim at Walk the Line, the movie hilariously charts the origins, rise to fame, downfall, and redemption of singer Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) as he weaves his way through various decades of the music industry, doing all sorts of drugs, cheating on his wife, meeting plenty of famous faces, and trying desperately to win the approval of his father.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is responsible for removing the shine from music biopics. After Ray and Walk the Line tread extremely similar territory and earned plenty of Academy Awards acclaim, Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan decided it was time to send up all the cliches from various movies telling the life story of many famous musicians. We’re talking about musicians who faced tragic hardships in their young years, found fame in music, dealt with the crass commercial side of the business, got addicted to drugs, and lost their way in the spotlight. Read More »

Low Budget Alien Remake

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a low budget, high cardboard remake of some of the most famous sequences from Alien that some people created in quarantine. Plus, learn about Dan Harmon‘s “story circle” method of writing that is used for episodes of Rick and Morty, and listen to Judd Apatow break down his career, from working on The Larry Sanders Show through his latest directorial effort, The King of Staten Island. Read More »

Dads Trailer

Father’s Day is next week, and Apple TV+ will be shining a light on six different fathers around the world with a new documentary called Dads, marking the feature directorial debut of Bryce Dallas Howard. The first trailer for the film has arrived, and in addition to the stories of various fathers around the world, there’s a collection of talking heads from famous fathers such as Will Smith, Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon, Hasan Minaj, Kenan Thompson, Neil Patrick Harris, Ken Jeong, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, and more. Read More »

George Carlin Documentary

Judd Apatow is best known for directing R-rated comedies like The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Trainwreck. But his passion for comedy also extends into the world of stand-up. Not only has he taken the stage himself plenty of times throughout his career, but he shined a light on the late Garry Shandling with an extensive two-part HBO documentary called The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. Now, Apatow will return to the documentary world with a film looking at the life and career of George Carlin, the legendary comedian who recorded no less than 14 comedy specials for HBO.
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king of staten island review

“There’s something wrong with me…mentally.” So says Scott (Pete Davidson), a directionless 20-something whose greatest ambition in life is to open a tattoo restaurant and get high all day while still living with his mom. Prone to fits of anger, and seemingly incapable of reading a room, Scott has never gotten over the death of his firefighter father. So when his long-suffering mother (Marisa Tomei) starts dating another firefighter (Bill Burr), Scott’s entire fractured world spins even further out of his control.

Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island is meant to be Pete Davidson’s big moment. Sure, Davidson isn’t exactly an unknown at this point – he’s been on Saturday Night Live since 2014, had supporting parts in numerous films and TV shows, and his very public relationship with singer Ariana Grande was plastered everywhere for a period of time. But Davidson has never had a leading role like this before, and the marketing for King of Staten Island makes a big deal about how Apatow is about to do for Davidson what he did for performers like Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig, Amy Schumer, and Kumail Nanjiani.

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king of staten island featurette

Even if you don’t watch Saturday Night Live, you probably know who Pete Davidson is. Be it from tabloid headlines, appearances in other media, or just general osmosis. But on the off chance that you don’t know who Pete Davidson is, this new King of Staten Island featurette might help. This behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming movie explains why Davidson’s own life story served as inspiration for the Judd Apatow movie, which is headed to VOD next month.

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