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Judd Apatow (born 6.12.1967)

Judd Apatow is an American film director, producer and screenwriter.

Judd Apatow: Childhood

Judd Apatow was born in Syosset, New York. He was raised in a Jewish family and has an older brother, Robert and a younger sister, Mia. His mother worked at a comedy club, whilst his father was a property developer.

When Judd was 12 years old, his parents divorced each other and Judd lived with his father, visiting his mother on weekends.

At school, Judd indulged his passion for comedy when he hosted a radio show called 'Club Comedy' on his high school radio station, at Syosset High School. Using his mother's comedy club contacts, he interviewed Howard Stern, John Candy, Jerry Seinfeld and Garry Shandling, for the show.

Judd Apatow: Comedy Career

Judd Apatow's stand up career started at the age of 17, when he was in his final year of high school. When he graduated, he moved to Los Angeles, where he enrolled on the screenwriting course at the University of Southern California. Whilst at university, he organised the campus comedy night, featuring the likes of Kevin Nealon.

After two years at university, Apatow dropped out and moved into a flat with fellow comedian Adam Sandler, who he had met at a comedy club called The Improv.

Apatow's stand-up career failed to take off so he started writing jokes for established comedians such as Roseanne Barr, as well as appearing on 1992's 15th Annual Young Comedians Special on HBO. After meeting Ben Stiller outside an Elvis Costello gig, Apatow worked as a producer on The Ben Stiller Show for the FOX network. The show won an Emmy award but nonetheless, Fox cancelled the show after a year.

Jimmy Miler, Judd's manager, landed him a gig writing for the Larry Sanders Show, where he worked for five years and earned himself six Emmy nominations.

The producers of the Jim Carrey-vehicle, Cable Guy, hired Apatow to re-write Lou Holtz's original script, though the film was not as successful as he had hoped that it would be. Additionally, in 1998, Apatow rewrote a section of Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer, though it remains un-credited.

Between 1999 and 2002, Apatow produced the TV series Freaks and Geeks, which starred Seth Rogen and Undeclared, which also featured Rogen, as well as Loudon Wainwright.

2004 proved to be Judd Apatow's breakthrough year when he produced the highly successful and critically acclaimed comedy Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy. The film starred Will Ferrell and Steve Carell, who went on to star in Apatow's next movie, The 40-Year Old Virgin.

In 2007, Knocked Up, again starring Seth Rogen, was well received by critics and fans alike. He had written the script whilst he was working on the set of Talladega Nights (which also starred Will Ferrell).

Later on in 2007, Superbad was released. Produced by Judd Apatow, the film had been written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The film was originally intended as a vehicle for Rogen but in the end, they cast Michael Cera (who starred in Juno) and Jonah Hill as the lead characters. It wasn't until the success of Talladega Nights that Apatow was able to convince a studio to take on Superbad, or his other Rogen/Goldberg-penned movie, Pineapple Express.

In 2007, Judd Apatow worked as director on the spoof musician biopic Walk hard: The Dewey Cox Story, which starred John C. Reilly and Jenna Fischer. The film sent up previous biopics on artists such as Johnny Cash and Jim Morrison.

He then went on to produce the Owen Wilson vehicle Drillbit Taylor, which also starred his wife, Leslie Mann, though the reviews for the film were not as positive as his more recent ventures and financially, the film failed to rake back its investment.

Apatow finished 2008 by producing Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the film that starred Russell Brand as well as Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis. He also co-wrote You Don't Mess with the Zohan with Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel.

In 2009, Apatow worked as the producer on Year One a comedy starring Jack Black and Michael Cera, as well as Funny People, his third directorial outing.

Judd Apatow: Personal Life

Judd Apatow lived in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Leslie Mann and their two daughters, Maude and Iris.



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Judd Apatow: 'Haters Of Ghostbusters Reboot Are Probably Trump Supporters'


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Director Judd Apatow, who helmed Trainwreck and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, has hit out at those who’ve criticised the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. Speaking to Uproxx, the director say that those who bash the female-led reboot are probably the same people who are ‘excited about the Donald Trump candidacy.’

GhostbustersJudd Apatow says Ghostbusters haters are probably Trump supporters.

“I would assume there’s a very large crossover of people who are doubtful Ghostbusters will be great and people excited about the Donald Trump candidacy,” Apatow said. “I would assume they are the exact same people. That movie is made by the great Paul Feig and stars the funniest people on Earth, so I couldn’t be more excited.”

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Leslie Mann , Judd Apatow - New York premiere of 'How To Be Single' at NYU Skirball Center - Arrivals at NYU Skirball Center - New York City, United States - Wednesday 3rd February 2016

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Leslie Mann , Judd Apatow - The 22nd Annual Elle Women in Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 20th October 2015

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'Trainwreck' Star Amy Schumer Turns Wedding Crasher During Ireland Visit


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Comedian Amy Schumer and her Trainwreck director Judd Apatow became the unexpected guests at one couple’s Dublin wedding party on Friday. The pair stumbled upon the celebrations of bride Eithne McAdams and her groom J.P. Swine while out and about in the Irish capital and decided to join the party, even indulging in a traditional sing-song.

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Trainwreck Review

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Amy Schumer makes her big screen debut with a script that feels like a much-extended sketch from her TV series. It's hilariously observant and refreshingly grown-up about sex, but the plot falls back on the usual cliches. Even with some clever twists and turns, the structure is oddly predictable. But the biggest surprise is that Schumer and director Judd Apatow ultimately cave in and take a traditional approach to romance.

As she does on her show, Schumer plays a sexually frank woman called Amy. Taught by her father (Colin Quinn) to distrust monogamy, she has indulged in a commitment-free life, rarely seeing a man more than once. And her one repeat male partner (John Cena) is a rather too self-obsessed bodybuilder. Then her boss, blithely demanding magazine editor Diana (Tilda Swinton), assigns her to interview Aaron (Bill Hader), a doctor who specialises in sports injuries. Amy can't help but seduce him; it's what she does! But in the process she realises that she actually quite likes him. This idea so rattles her that she sabotages her close relationship with her sister Kim (Brie Larson), who is expecting a child with husband Tom (Mike Birbiglia).

Schumer has impeccable comic timing, and she's hilarious all the way through this film, playing on her character's riotous way of being shockingly honest at all the wrong times. In other words, the character is entertaining but never very likeable because of the thoughtless things she does and says. So our sympathies lie with Hader, who gives an unusually layered turn as a smart, sensitive and very funny guy who just might be too good for Amy. Other characters are either here to provide emotion (Larson and Quinn) or to shamelessly steal scenes (Swinton). And Apatow brings in a usual stream of big-name cameos, including Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei in a clever pastiche of a New York indie movie.

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Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of National Lampoon Trailer


In the 1970s came the most controversial and accessible comedy ever seen. The National Lampoon was a magazine featuring some of the most socially terrifying taboos and became a groundbreaking publication in the world of American humour. Unafraid were the editors to approach subjects regarding politics, war, sex, drugs and culture, and nothing was allowed to stay censored; it was, indeed, best known for the highly outrageous cover art that ranged from parodic images of Van Gogh and Hitler to a gun threat against a dog. From pages full of laughs came a multimedia comedic world with radio shows, music and television all spawning from that one paper. The most memorable incarnations of the Lampoon were the 'Animal House', 'Class Reunion' and 'Vacation' movies which took the whole franchise to a new level of fame.

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Anne Hathaway Thinks Amy Schumer Deserves An Oscar Despite Being Butt Of 'Trainwreck' Joke


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Oscar winner Anne Hathaway has shown she’s not afraid to laugh at herself especially if Amy Schumer is making the jokes. The Princess Diaries actress took a trip to the cinema on Monday, to see Schumer’s new comedy Trainwreck and ended up enjoying the film so much she decided to tell the comedienne,  even though she was used as the butt of one of the movie’s jokes.

Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway had no problem with Amy Schumer's Trainwreck joke.

Posting a picture of her ticket stub to Instagram Hathaway wrote, "Dear @AmySchumer. Don't pretend like when you win your Oscar – which you could for your brilliant and refreshing writing and/or acting in @TrainwreckMovie – you won't tote it around to every Oscar party you go to."

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'Ant-Man' Has Medium-Sized Opening In US


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It was never going to achieve an Avengers-style opening, but there are undoubtedly a few bigwigs out there who expected more from Paul Rudd's Ant-Man, which has opened to an estimated $58million in the US.

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Marking Marvel's 12th consecutive first-place opening, Variety reports the superhero film opened comfortably in the top spot, ahead of Minions ($50.2m) in its second week. 

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Trainwreck Lets Amy Schumer Get Serious About Comedy


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The third series of her anarchic sketch show has just finished its run, and now Amy Schumer is ready for the big screen. Her first movie is Trainwreck, in which she plays a woman whose father taught her that monogamy isn't realistic. Then having lived a commitment-free life she meets a genuinely nice guy and has to re-evaluate herself.

Bill Hader and Amy Schumer in 'Trainwreck'Amy Schumer stars alongside Bill Hader in her first comedy film 'Trainwreck'

Fans of her comedy won't find that premise so much of a stretch, as it plays on themes the 34-year-old uses in her stand-up. But she was still nervous about making her big-screen writing and acting debut. "I don't think I would have even had the confidence to try to do it," she admits. "But [director-producer] Judd Apatow really encouraged me and made me feel like it was possible."

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Netflix To Release Judd Apatow Produced 'Pee-Wee Herman's Big Holiday' Worldwide


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Pee-Wee Herman will soon be back and on a Netflix near you, as the streaming service has officially announced it's picked up Pee-Wee's Big Holiday, the latest movie starring Paul Reubens' bow tie wearing character. The film will be produced by Judd Apatow and marks the third feature length outing for the character.

Paul ReubensGuess who's back...

“Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago. The world was much different back then — Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I’ve changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bow tie is the new black,” Paul Reubens said in a statement after the announcement was made.

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Trainwreck Trailer


Amy enjoys her life in the big city with her comfortable apartment, wacky friends and driven job as a reporter for a men's magazine. As a young girl, her parents sadly divorced, and her father wasted no time in drumming into her that a lifelong partnership with just one person left much to be desired. So she's certainly taking her father's words literally and seems to enjoy the company of a different man every night (though never the full night); it's a life that she has no plans to change any time soon. However, something shifts in her consciousness when she meets sports doctor Aaron Connors on whom she's been commissioned to write an article. The pair hit it off right away, but after their first night together, Amy's left wondering if ending it there is really the best thing to do. It feels weird to carry on seeing someone after she's slept with them, but at the same time, she can't remember the last time she had so much fun.

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Pee-Wee Herman's New Playhouse Is Netflix With Upcoming Movie Headed To Streaming Service


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The currently in the works Pee-wee Herman movie may have just found itself a home, with The Wrap reporting the film is about to be picked up by streaming service Netflix. Starring Paul Reubens (of course) as the childlike Pee-wee, details of the film including the plot and director have been kept under wraps so far, although Judd Apatow has been confirmed as producing.

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The Wrap reports multiple individuals familiar with the project as saying the two sides are nearing a deal to distribute the film. They also report that although a Netflix spokesperson cautioned that there’s no deal in place yet, an individual close to the project told the website that the movie “moved to Netflix a gazillion months ago.”

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Judd Apatow

Date of birth

6th December, 1967

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

Male

Height

1.74




Judd Apatow Movies

Trainwreck Movie Review

Trainwreck Movie Review

Amy Schumer makes her big screen debut with a script that feels like a much-extended...

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of National Lampoon Trailer

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of National Lampoon Trailer

In the 1970s came the most controversial and accessible comedy ever seen. The National Lampoon...

Trainwreck Trailer

Trainwreck Trailer

Amy enjoys her life in the big city with her comfortable apartment, wacky friends and...

Begin Again Movie Review

Begin Again Movie Review

Fans of the Oscar-winning 2006 Irish film Once (and its more recent stage-musical adaptation) may...

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Movie Review

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Movie Review

It's been nearly 10 years since we first met Ron Burgundy, and this sequel is...

Salinger Trailer

Salinger Trailer

J.D. Salinger - known to his friends as Jerry - is the mysterious author of...

This Is 40 Movie Review

This Is 40 Movie Review

This overlong comedy is so episodic that watching it is exactly like sitting through five...

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This Is 40 Trailer

This Is 40 Trailer

'This Is 40' is a spin-off of 2007 film 'Knocked Up' and surrounds the lives...

The Five-Year Engagement Movie Review

The Five-Year Engagement Movie Review

Segel and Stoller repeat their duties from 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall and come up with...

Wanderlust Movie Review

Wanderlust Movie Review

An unusually sharp script makes this silly comedy thoroughly enjoyable, even when it tips over...

Bridesmaids Movie Review

Bridesmaids Movie Review

Kristen Wiig finally gets her chance to shine in a lead role with this hilarious...

Zookeeper Trailer

Zookeeper Trailer

Griffin Keyes is the caretaker at Franklin Park Zoo, he loves his job and adores...

Get Him to the Greek Movie Review

Get Him to the Greek Movie Review

With all the hallmarks of an Apatow production (vulgarity, racy humour, adults acting like children),...

Funny People Movie Review

Funny People Movie Review

Apatow is a superb writer-director, but his increasing running times are evidence of an irritating...

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