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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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Judd Apatow will produce Pee-wee’s latest adventure which comes 27 years after the character’s last big screen outing.
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.
Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman
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.”
Congrats, Lonely Island fans, you're getting a movie.
It was bound to happen eventually – The Lonely Island are getting their own movie. The comedians, who got their start making funny and mildly offensive youtube videos are now collaborating with Judd Apatow on a full-length feature. The trio have come a long way since their first videos – so far they have three excellent comedy albums and have done some memorable work for shows like Saturday Night Live and Brooklyn 9-9.
Soon, longtime fans – who are not all frat boys, we’re sure – will be able to see the trio on the big screen, in their own production. The trio have already done some film work in the past, starting with 2007’s cult comedy Hot Rod.
Continue reading: The Lonely Island Are Finally Making A Movie With Judd Apatow Producing
Fans of the Oscar-winning 2006 Irish film Once (and its more recent stage-musical adaptation) may find this American drama a little derivative, but it's a strong story in its own right. This time writer-director John Carney has assembled a starry cast to nicely capture the rhythms of New York's streets. And the songs, while not quite as integral to the story, are gorgeous.
The opening sequence sets up the story from two perspectives, as music producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo) hears songwriter Greta (Keira Knightley) reluctantly perform at a bar's open-mic night. Both of these people are at their rope's end: always seeking offbeat talent, Dan is on the outs with his record label partner (Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def), and wants to reconnect with his estranged wife and teen daughter (Catherine Keener and Hailee Steinfeld). Meanwhile, Greta has just been dumped by her rising pop-star boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine), who got his big break from a song she wrote. To stop her moping, her pal Steve (James Corden) encourages her to start singing her own songs. In Greta, Dan sees the kind of artist he longs to make records with, so with nothing to lose the two set out to record her songs at locations around the city for a new album.
Like Once, this is a love story that doesn't actually involve romance: these two people need each other to discover their life's passions. So Ruffalo and Knightley get the chance to create some terrific chemistry without much of a threat that they'll fall for each other. Indeed, each has other fish to fry, as they try to sort out their emotional connections elsewhere. Their flirty friendship plays out in a fresh, effortless way that generates some complex emotions and ideas. Ruffalo is always great at creating these kinds of loose, slightly hapless characters, while Knightley delivers an even more earthy performance, letting her own sparky personality emerge on-screen for the first time along with some serious skill as a singer. And the supporting cast add texture in just the right places.
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'Girls' Season 3 left us on a cliffhanger - will Hannah go to Iowa, what's going to happen to her and Adam? We look at what to expect from 'Girls' Season 4.
Girls Season 4 won’t premiere until 2015 but a few little snippets of information have already begun to trickle in. So, what do we know about Season 4 from how Season 3 ended? Well, Hannah was accepted to join a prestigious writers’ course at the University of Iowa, so firsts things first, it looks like the action will be taking place outside of New York City. A bit of a shocking move for a show that initially set out to look at life for the twenty-something in New York City.
Hannah will be living in Iowa at the beginning of Girls Season 4
Hannah’s relationship with Adam had been rocky leading up to the finale of Season 3. His career as a Broadway star had begun to take off, while she’d made the decision to study in Iowa. Where will we find them in Season 4? Will the distance have bought them closer together or will they be edging further apart? We’re prophesying some FaceTime phone sex…
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Ann Hornaday suggested Seth Rogen's "frat boy" comedies inspired Elliot Rodger's killing spree.
A Washington Post critic drew such a backlash with her suggestion that Seth Rogen's "frat boy" genre of comedy movies inspired Elliot Rodger's recent Californian mass shooting that she has felt compelled to upload a video attempting to explain the comments she made in her article.
"In singling out Neighbors and Judd Apatow, I by no means meant to cast blame on those movies or Judd Apatow's work for this heinous action - obviously not," she says. "The whole reason that I weighed in on this issue was that [Rodger] had created this video on YouTube that seemed to be such a product of the entertainment industry that he did grow up in, literally and also just as a member of the culture."
The actor and filmmaker defended himself against the accusation that his "frat boy" movies inspired recent California murders.
Seth Rogen has hit back at a series of implications and accusations made in a recent Washington Post article drawing a link between the recent shooting in California and the "frat boy" movies of the genre made by the comedian and filmmaker.
Seth Rogen Has Hit Back At Claims His Movies Encouraged Elliot Rodger's Killings.
On Sunday, Ann Hornaday wrote that "mass entertainment has been overwhelmingly controlled by white men, whose escapist fantasies so often revolve around vigilantism and sexual wish-fulfilment (often, if not always, featuring a steady through-line of casual misogyny)."
Continue reading: Seth Rogen Reels At Suggestion His Films Inspired Mass Shooting
Should Judd Apatow still be taking revenge for the 'Freaks and Geeks' cancellation? Of course
‘Freaks and Geeks’ may have only lasted for one season, but the show has had an enduring legacy, not least of all for producer Judd Apatow who has just called his whole career 'revenge' for its cancellation. With just 18 episodes (only 12 of which NBC aired), how can such a little show have made such a big impact? Well you only have to look at the list of people who came together on the ‘Freaks and Geeks’ set to understand while we’re still talking about it 14 years later. James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel are just a few of the names who started their careers in the McKinley high cafeteria.
Judd Apatow is still taking revenge for the cancellation of 'Freaks and Geeks'
Firstly if you’ve never seen or heard of ‘Freaks and Geeks’, you need to go and find a way to watch it, now. The short lived series, which originally aired on NBC between 1999 and 2000, has become a cult classic thanks to its fantastic script and timeless cast of characters, many of whom were played by now well known faces.
Continue reading: As Judd Apatow Continues His Revenge, We Remember 'Freaks And Geeks'
The 'Girls' star chewed up a reporter at a press conference.
Lena Dunham took offence when a reporter at a press conference for the new series of comedy Girls asked why there was so much nudity in the show. In a knee-jerk reaction, Dunham, who both writes for and performs on the show, laid into the journalist at the Television Critics Press tour in Pasadena during which Girls was renewed for a fourth season.
Lena Dunham Scorches A Reporter For Mentioning Nudity In The TV Show, 'Girls.'
"I don't get the purpose of all the nudity on the show - by [Dunham] in particularly. I feel like I'm walking into a trap where you go, 'Nobody complains about all the nudity on Game of Thrones,' but I get why they do it. They do it to be salacious and titillate people. And your character is often nude at random times for no reason," the reporter remarked.
When a critic from The Wrap dared to question the show's nudity, he was soon the subject some serious grief
‘Girls’ is a good show. It’s a good, funny show with interesting ideas and a well-cast, talented crew on board. And you don’t even need to trust this humble staff writer’s opinion on that: it’s won tonnes of awards and shifted loads of DVDs.
Lena Dunham is happy and willing to do nude scenes
But there are two things that split opinions regarding the show: its lack of cultural diversity and the heavy slant on nudity. And both of those things came to the fore when critics posed questions to the Girls gang at a TCA session. It was the latter that has made the news.
Lena Dunham and producer for 'Girls' were answering reporters' questions on Thursday (January 9), when a reporter asked something they deemed inappropriate. But how they reacted was pretty unexpected.
If there is one thing you don't do, it's ask those involved with Girls about the show's nudity. Apparently.
Lena Dunham at HBO's after-Emmy party
Producers from the show were taking questions on Thursday (January 9) at the Television Critics Association, when a reporter asked a question they found offensive.
Continue reading: 'Girls' Producers Freak Out When Asked Why They Need So Much Nudity
The hit HBO comedy will return on 12 January
Girls is coming back to HBO in the new year and to celebrate that fact an all-new trailer for the upcoming third season has been released. The new season will pick up where we last left Hannah (Lena Dunham) and her circle of friends - played by Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky - when it returns on 12 January, 2014.
The Girls girls have already found success with the series
It actually looks as though things are looking up for Hannah in the third season, having meetings with publishers and potentially making strides in her career at last. In the trailer, Hannah, Marnie (Williams), Shoshana (Mamet) and Jessa (Kirke) are each contemplating just how far they've come -or rather how far they haven't come- in the years since they graduated college. Nevertheless, it does seem as though things are finally starting to look up for the group, Hannah in particular.
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It's been nearly 10 years since we first met Ron Burgundy, and this sequel is just as random and silly as expected. It's also more like a series of referential gags than an actual movie comedy, and as with the original film the best bits are knowing jabs at absurdities of the news media. This time we're in the 1980s, so there's plenty to make fun of here.
Over the past decade, Ron (Ferrell) has married Veronica (Applegate), and they've taken a joint anchor job in New York, where they live with their son (Nelson). But when Veronica lands a coveted network news job, Ron has a meltdown. Drunk and unemployed, he's approached to work on a new station: a 24-hour cable news channel. Even though he's sure this crazy idea will never catch on, Ron re-assembles his old team (swaggering reporter Rudd, dazed weatherman Carell and goofy sports guy Koechner) to beat handsome anchor Jack Lime (Marsden) in the ratings. And Ron's offbeat, populist approach changes the news forever.
This comical exploration of how TV news has shifted from hard reporting to shameless audience pandering gives the film a whiff of depth, which helps make the comical moments a lot funnier. The screenplay is a series of sketch-comedy episodes that don't quite hang together. For example, you could delete an extended sequence in which Ron goes blind, nurses a shark to health and sings a big musical number, and the movie wouldn't change at all. But all of these sequences have an absurd genius behind them that often gets us laughing, sometimes in disbelief.
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The stars of 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' are seen arriving at the New York premiere held at Beacon Theatre; among them are Kristen Wiig, who plays new addition to the cast Chani, and Christina Applegate, who returns as Veronica and arrives with husband Martyn LeNoble.
The cast and crew of 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' are seen arriving at the long-awaited New York premiere held at the Beacon Theatre. Among them are main star and writer Will Ferrell, who stars as leading anchor Ron Burgundy, and producer Judd Apatow who makes his return after working on the previous movie 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy'.
The comic actor also took home the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award For Excellence In Comedy award
Sacha Baron Cohen not only left the Beverly Hilton with the highest honour awarded for comedy by the BAFTA-LA ‘s annual Britannia Awards, but also left with the audience either still in shock or holding on to their sides with laughter following an inspired practical joke. Los Angeles' British alliance was out in force for the Saturday (9 Nov.) night ceremony, and there were even a few non-Brit Hollywood heavyweights doing their best to pretent to be from the other side of the Atlantic for the awards show.
Sacha Baron Cohen flanked by his wife Isla Fisher [R] and Salma Hayek [L]
Airing on BBC America on Sunday (10 Nov.) night, host Rob Brydon had the job of handling the more raucous than usual crowd, which had plenty to do with Cohen's stunt. It began when Salma Hayek came on stage with an elderly woman to present the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award For Excellence In Comedy award. Confined to a wheelchair, she was identified as Grace Collington, an actress she said appeared with Charlie Chaplin in 1931′s City Lights when she was just 5-years-old. She very believably told the audience, “At 87, she’s the oldest surviving actor to have worked with Chaplin in a silent movie,” at which point Cohen climbed to the stage to accept the honour. The elderly woman presented Cohen with one of Chaplin's trademark canes, at which point Cohen pushed her from the stage and began his acceptance speech as 'Collington' lied motionless on the ground.
Jay-Z followed indie-rockers The National in performing a track for six hours.
The multi-million selling rapper Jay-Z aimed to combine and rap and modern art this week, performing his new track 'Picasso Baby' for six consecutive hours at Chelsea's Pace Gallery in New York. Confused? Well, the lengthy 'secret' performance was used both to shoot Hova's new video and to promote his new album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail.'
Though the performance was kept hush-hush, it didn't take invited guests long to post videos and pictures to Vine, Instagram and Twitter. According to the New York Post's report, Jay-Z was entertaining the likes of, "Judd Apatow, Adam Driver, Cynthia Rowley, George Condo and others" reportedly "serenading Alan Cumming, and dancing around Marina Abramovic, Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg and even a woman on a scooter with her leg in a cast."
The marathon performance, shot by film director Mark Romanek, centred on the rapper's arty track 'Picasso Baby,' which includes the lyrics, "I just want a Picasso, in my casa . . . I wanna Rothko, no I wanna brothel," as well as referencing "Jeff Koons balloons" and "[George] Condos in my condos."
Watch Jay-Z performing 'Picasso Baby':
The Twitter comedy festival will see comedians embracing new video sharing app Vine.
Twitter is spreading its wings into the world of comedy and launching its own comedy festival played out in just 140 characters and six-second videos. Twitter is teaming up with Comedy Central for the 'ComedyFest' event, set to debut on April 29, 2013. Comedians will tweet jokes and post videos with the recently launched video app Vine over five days.
The launch of the festival is expected to be officially announced later on Monday (April 22, 2013), with big names such as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Amy Schumer and director Paul Feig all thought to be taking part. Twitter introduced Vine in January - a video sharing service that lets users post six-second clips that matches the brevity of the social network's word limit.
On the Tuesday of the festival, comedian Steve Agee will host a 'Vine Dining' party, telling stories in six-second videos, while the cast of satirical political comedy 'Veep' will share 'Vines' from the set, as will the cast of ABC's hit show 'Scandal'.
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Being Valentine's Day week, cinemas are flooded with romantic movies like the new teen franchise-launcher Beautiful Creatures. US audiences can also weep their way through the new Nicholas Sparks drama Safe Haven, while in the UK couples instead can laugh at Judd Apatow's epic rom-com This Is 40 and the clunky British farce Run For Your Wife. And for alternative viewing, there's the ultimate date movie A Good Day to Die Hard, Bruce Willis' fifth instalment in the crashing, exploding franchise.
And this kind of action dominates the week's new selection of trailers, starting with the very explosive-looking Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler as a Secret Service agent trying to retake the White House after a terrorist invasion. The muscly cast includes Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo. It opens in March.
This overlong comedy is so episodic that watching it is exactly like sitting through five episodes of a sitcom back-to-back. It's funny and enjoyable, with characters we enjoy watching, but they continually spiral back to where they started, and in the end we feel like there's been a lot of fuss about nothing. Even so, the script offers plenty of hilarious observational humour, and the cast is thoroughly entertaining.
Reprising their roles from Knocked Up, Rudd and Mann play Debbie and Pete, who turn 40 within a week of each other. But Debbie isn't coping very well with it, and her emotions swing wildly from steamy lust to fiery rage while Pete just tries to hang on. Their daughters (played by Apatow and Mann's real daughters Maude and Iris) each have their own issues to stir into the mix. And then Pete's needy father (Brooks) turns up with problems of his own, forcing Debbie to think about her own distant father (Lithgow). Meanwhile, the economic crunch is causing problems for both of their businesses.
Yes, both of them own businesses. This is not the typical struggling 40-something couple, so it's not easy to sympathise with many of their issues. Fortunately, Apatow's dialog is packed with brazen honesty and an appreciation for rude gags that keep us laughing even in the absence of an actual storyline we can get involved in (although there's one major plot point along the way). Rudd and Mann were arguably the best thing in Knocked Up, so it's great to let them take the spotlight here, making the most of their sparky interaction. And aside from experts like Brooks and Lithgow, there is a continual stream of superb side roles, including Fox as Debbie's oversexed and possibly embezzling employee and McCarthy as a furious school parent (her big scene is expanded into a brilliantly improvised outtake riff in the closing credits).
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