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Judd Apatow on Returning to Stand-Up Comedy After 25 Years

Judd Apatow on Returning to Stand-Up Comedy After 25 Years
The first thing Judd Apatow does in his new stand-up special is tell the crowd that he has wanted to do this kind of show since he was a kid.

The second thing he does is joke about how famous he is.

“There’s a little bit of a freak show element to me doing it,” Apatow says of his act and the need to lead it off by addressing his Judd Apatow-ness. “If I ignored that it was weird that I was up there, the audience wouldn’t [listen to my act]. They would just want to know about me and my life.”

Apatow, who is nearing his 50th birthday, sits in a conference room at his production company’s L.A. office. Behind him are photos of the casts of “Freaks and Geeks” and “Girls,” two of his best-loved TV shows. To his left is a whiteboard bearing story notes for season three of one of the current
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TVLine Items: Supernatural Adds Oth Alum, WWE Legend on Flash and More

TVLine Items: Supernatural Adds Oth Alum, WWE Legend on Flash and More
Supernatural is becoming a real family affair.

One Tree Hill alumna Danneel Ackles — the wife of star Jensen Ackles — will recur during Season 13 of the CW drama as Sister Jo, a faith healer who attracts the attention of Lucifer, our sister site Variety reports.

RelatedSupernatural Star Talks Guilty Jack’s ‘Darkness’ and the ‘Danger All Around’

The actress will make her debut in Episode 13, titled “Devil’s Bargain,” which is slated to air early next year.

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* WWE legend Bill Goldberg will guest-star in two episodes of The Flash, in an undisclosed role,
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Judd Apatow returns to the stage in trailer for Netflix special

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Judd Apatow has spent the last decade or so becoming a god of comedy movies, directing hits like The 40-year-old Virgin and Knocked Up and producing countless films like Superbad, Bridesmaids and Pineapple Express. Before that he worked in TV, creating Undeclared and Freaks And Geeks, and before that worked on The Larry Sanders Show with Garry Shandling. But before all the TV gigs he was trying to make it in the world of stand-up comedy and rubbed elbows with all the major players in the... Read More...
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‘Young Sheldon’ Isn’t Just Better Than ‘The Big Bang Theory’ — It’s Funnier, Too

‘Young Sheldon’ Isn’t Just Better Than ‘The Big Bang Theory’ — It’s Funnier, Too
Comedy is a more subjective art form than most. If someone says, “It’s just not funny,” you can’t convince them to laugh. Sure, you can explain why the joke, bit, or moment is funny, but how often does explaining a joke lead to more laughs than the joke itself? That’s why people often turn to success as evidence for comedic validation: If “Animal House,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “M.A.S.H.,” “Friends,” and Eddie Murphy’s stand-up are bringing in more and more fans over years and years of time, they’re probably pretty funny, right?

In the immortal words of “The Departed’s” Sergeant Dignam, “Maybe.” One could always argue against the wisdom of the crowd, and “Young Sheldon” is inviting such rebellion. The CBS spinoff is not only better than “The Big Bang Theory,” but despite fewer jokes and a more grounded tone, it’s funnier,
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‘Young Sheldon’ Isn’t Just Better Than ‘The Big Bang Theory’ — It’s Funnier, Too

‘Young Sheldon’ Isn’t Just Better Than ‘The Big Bang Theory’ — It’s Funnier, Too
Comedy is a more subjective art form than most. If someone says, “It’s just not funny,” you can’t convince them to laugh. Sure, you can explain why the joke, bit, or moment is funny, but how often does explaining a joke lead to more laughs than the joke itself? That’s why people often turn to success as evidence for comedic validation: If “Animal House,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “M.A.S.H.,” “Friends,” and Eddie Murphy’s stand-up are bringing in more and more fans over years and years of time, they’re probably pretty funny, right?

In the immortal words of “The Departed’s” Sergeant Dignam, “Maybe.” One could always argue against the wisdom of the crowd, and “Young Sheldon” is inviting such rebellion. The CBS spinoff is not only better than “The Big Bang Theory,” but despite fewer jokes and a more grounded tone, it’s funnier,
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Mayhem 2017: Festival Highlights

October is of course the month of the horror genre festival. Last week we brought you reviews for the films screening at Grimmfest, this week we’ll be bringing you all the best from Mayhem Film Festival. Held at the Broadway cinema in Nottingham, Mayhem will run from Thursday 12th October to Sunday 15th October. The festival is in its thirteenth rotation and will see a heap of films screen over three and a half days, as well as a quiz, several Q&A’s with filmmakers, a short film showcase, and a live reading of a lost Hammer film – Zeppelin V Pterodactyls. With so much going on we’re here to highlight the films that you should catch at all costs.

Double Date Mayhem Festival Highlights

Mayhem opens with a bang on Thursday with the stunning Double Date. Starring Nottingham native Georgia Groome, and Michael Socha whom is from
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Judd Apatow on Donald Trump: ‘I Think It’s Going to Get Worse and Worse’

Judd Apatow on Donald Trump: ‘I Think It’s Going to Get Worse and Worse’
Hollywood comedy heavyweight Judd Apatow did not mince words Wednesday at an industry gathering when asked about President Donald Trump and whether there’s a silver lining to his presidency.

“I think we’ve revealed how horrible people can be,” Apatow, who has consistently criticized Trump, said at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in Beverly Hills. “And I think through social media, we’ve energized the worst of a lot of people’s instincts. So I think it’s more of a Pandora’s Box that’s going to get worse and worse.”

The comments were delivered during a panel titled “The 1990s: America’s Groundhog Decade” with Apatow and Dee Dee Myers, executive vice president at Warner Bros. and the White House press secretary during President Bill Clinton’s administration. The panel was moderated by Vanity Fair’s David Friend, editor of creative development.

Apatow has directed “Trainwreck,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,
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Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Fires Off $1.7 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Fires Off $1.7 Million on Thursday Night
Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has opened with a respectable $1.7 million at 2,600 North American sites on Thursday night.

Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” pulled in $525,000 at previews from Thursday previews.

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” an R-rated action-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, expands to 3,377 locations on Friday. Its preview showings started at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Recent tracking indicates that “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” will open in the $15 million to $20 million range during the Friday-Sunday period — which could be enough to top the second weekend of New Line’s “Annabelle: Creation” in what’s expected to be one of the slowest moviegoing frames of the disappointing summer of 2017.

Logan Lucky” is the only other major opening this weekend, with Bleecker Street and Fingerprint Releasing launching the heist comedy at 3,031 domestic locations. Forecasts for “Logan Lucky,” starring Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, and Adam Driver as siblings trying to pull off a massive robbery at the
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Why Studios Aren’t Making Great Comedy Films Anymore, According to Judd Apatow

Why Studios Aren’t Making Great Comedy Films Anymore, According to Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow is largely credited with giving new life to the R-rated comedy genre in the 21st century thanks to critical and commercial hits “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.” But even though Apatow has found mainstream success with his films, he’s still very aware of just how far the comedy genre has fallen in Hollywood. There’s a reason one of the summer’s big comedy hits is the indie “The Big Sick,” while studio efforts like “Snatched,” “Baywatch,” “Rough Night,” and “The House” have all bombed.

Read More‘Funny People’ Is An Underrated Masterpiece, And Adam Sandler’s Latest Misfires Make It Even Better

Apatow recently sat down with Vulture for a wide-ranging discussion about his career, and the conversation touched on the director’s thoughts about the current state of the studio comedy. He believes the major studios are no longer “smart enough and funny enough
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Kathryn Bigelow, Judd Apatow, Ted Sarandos to receive SAG-aftra Foundation honour

Kathryn Bigelow, Judd Apatow, Ted Sarandos to receive SAG-aftra Foundation honour
Trio announced as recipients of Patron of the Artists Awards.

The SAG-aftra Foundation has announced Judd Apatow, Kathryn Bigelow, and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos as recipients of its Patron of the Artists Awards.

The award honours industry leaders who are champions of the arts and whose history of fostering creativity and creating opportunities for actors has made a positive impact on the acting profession and the performing arts.

The SAG-aftra Foundation’s celebration takes place on November 9 in Beverly Hills.

Apatow’s credits as director, producer or writer include hit comedies The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Bridesmaids, Knocked Up and Superbad. Apatow recently received an Emmy nomination for the Espn Films: 30 for 30: Doc & Darryl, which he co-directed and produced.

Kathryn Bigelow won the best director Oscar and shared the best picture award for The Hurt Locker and directed current release Detroit, which expands wide this week after a limited maiden launch through Annapurna. Her credits
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SAG-aftra Foundation to Honor Judd Apatow, Kathryn Bigelow, Ted Sarandos

SAG-aftra Foundation to Honor Judd Apatow, Kathryn Bigelow, Ted Sarandos
The SAG-aftra Foundation will bestow its Patron of the Artists Awards to Judd Apatow and Kathryn Bigelow, as well as Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

The award honors industry leaders who are “champions of the arts and whose history of fostering creativity and creating opportunities for actors has made a positive impact on the acting profession and the performing arts.”

The SAG-aftra Foundation will present the awards Nov. 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

SAG-aftra Foundation President JoBeth Williams said, “As a director, writer and producer, Judd Apatow is known for discovering and nurturing some of the most beloved comedic actors and actresses on television and in film. Kathryn Bigelow is a trailblazing director and producer whose risk-taking gambles on unknown talent have expanded the careers of many artists both in front of and behind the camera. Ted Sarandos is an innovator whose executive leadership has created and supported tens
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Judd Apatow On Jim Carrey’s Standup Act: ‘The Funniest Thing I’ve Ever Seen In My Life’

Judd Apatow is among the many hilarious attendees at this year’s Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, where the man behind such projects as beloved TV comedy “Freaks and Geeks” and big-screen hits including “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” was on hand to present Jim Carrey with the Generation Award. According […]
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Judd Apatow interview: The Big Sick

Matt Edwards Jul 28, 2017

Judd Apatow chats to us about The Big Sick, directing, stand-up comics and bad interviews...

Heading into UK cinemas this week, The Big Sick is a reinvigorating romantic comedy. It has a brilliant cast of characters, a unique pitch (boy meets girl, boy loses girl, awkward situations and a medically induced coma ensue) and a balance of drama and comedy that means you never know whether to brace yourself for a broken heart or split sides. A breath of fresh air, it’s the sort of film regular cinema goers need. It’s also the sort of film that needs regular cinema goers; it needs those that see it and enjoy it to shout about it, to tell people that it’s worth paying attention to.

Directed by Michael Showalter, the film stars Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote the script with his real life spouse Emily V. Gordon
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‘Funny People’ Is An Underrated Masterpiece, And Adam Sandler’s Latest Misfires Make It Even Better

‘Funny People’ Is An Underrated Masterpiece, And Adam Sandler’s Latest Misfires Make It Even Better
I’ve watched “Funny People” more times than I care to count (fun fact: Judd Apatow movies comprise roughly 40% of all cable television programming), but it never occurred to me that Apatow’s raw, shaggy, desperate masterpiece of a third feature was inspired by “The Great Gatsby.” For some reason, I didn’t automatically make the connection between The Great American Novel and a studio comedy in which Adam Sandler has sex with a stranger while pretending to be a Merman. But someone recently pointed out the parallel, and — like a Magic Eye stereogram or that bump on Jean-Claude Van Damme’s forehead — it’s the kind of thing that you can’t un-see.

Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) is our new Nick Carraway, an aspiring L.A. comedian who forms an unlikely relationship with a lonely, enigmatic, semi-reclusive titan of his industry. George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is our Gatsby, a
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‘Life is messy’: Judd Apatow on Freaks and Geeks, Lena Dunham and his return to standup

The writer-director-producer’s influence on comedy has been huge. So, why is he still drawn to themes of disappointment and embarrassment?

Judd Apatow’s office looks a lot like a workspace that might be inhabited by a slovenly, immature character from one of his movies or TV shows. It’s cluttered with boxes, toys, records, scripts, magazines, sports memorabilia and various items of pop-culture detritus.

“I’m in the middle of moving stuff,” mutters the 49-year-old, somewhat defensively. However, the rest of the four-storey West Los Angeles building that houses Apatow’s production company is testament to a decade of sustained success that changed the face of American movie comedy. At the start of this century, Us moviegoing audiences were offered the choices of romantic comedies, raucous, gross-out comedies, intimate, improvisational indie comedies and heartwarming family comedies. In 2005, Judd Apatow co-wrote and directed The 40-Year-Old Virgin, a film that managed
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‘Life is messy’: Judd Apatow on Freaks and Geeks, Lena Dunham and his return to standup

The writer-director-producer’s influence on comedy has been huge. So, why is he still drawn to themes of disappointment and embarrassment?

Judd Apatow’s office looks a lot like a workspace that might be inhabited by a slovenly, immature character from one of his movies or TV shows. It’s cluttered with boxes, toys, records, scripts, magazines, sports memorabilia and various items of pop-culture detritus.

“I’m in the middle of moving stuff,” mutters the 49-year-old, somewhat defensively. However, the rest of the four-storey West Los Angeles building that houses Apatow’s production company is testament to a decade of sustained success that changed the face of American movie comedy. At the start of this century, Us moviegoing audiences were offered the choices of romantic comedies, raucous, gross-out comedies, intimate, improvisational indie comedies and heartwarming family comedies. In 2005, Judd Apatow co-wrote and directed The 40-Year-Old Virgin, a film that managed
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‘The Big Sick’ Producer Judd Apatow: Inside His Unlikely Comedy Empire

‘The Big Sick’ Producer Judd Apatow: Inside His Unlikely Comedy Empire
Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with Amazon and Lionsgate’s release of The Big Sick – opening in theaters June 23rd in New York & Los Angeles and everywhere July 14. Find out more here.

Kumail Nanjiani is about to become a movie star. His film “The Big Sick” was the hit of this year’s Sundance Film Festival and quickly became the best reviewed comedy in recent memory.

Nanjiani is an unlikely star. A Pakistani-American stand up comedian – best known for playing the straight man in supporting roles, most notably as Dinesh in HBO’s “Silicon Valley”. Instead, the way he got his breakout role in “The Big Sick” was writing it himself. Under the mentorship of producer of Judd Apatow, Nanjiani and his wife, co-writer Emily V. Gordon, spent three years developing the story of their unusual real life courtship and Nanjiani’s conflict of keeping his
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Win A Family Four Pack Of Passes To The Advance Screening Of Despicable Me 3 In St. Louis

Illumination and Universal PicturesDespicable Me 3 opens in theaters nationwide on June 30, 2017.

Illumination, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Steve Carell (The Big Short, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) not only reprises his role as Gru, but also takes on a second part—that of Dru,
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Judd Apatow Calls Wife Leslie Mann ‘The Greatest Thing That Has Ever Happened to Me’ as They Celebrate 20 Years of Marriage

Judd Apatow Calls Wife Leslie Mann ‘The Greatest Thing That Has Ever Happened to Me’ as They Celebrate 20 Years of Marriage
Congratulations to Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann!

The couple celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary Friday, and the mastermind behind hits like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up posted a loving tribute on Instagram to commemorate it.

“Today is the 20th anniversary of my marriage to the brilliant, hilarious, amazing Leslie Mann,” he wrote in the caption of a photo from their wedding day. “The greatest thing that has ever happened to me.”

The photo, a black and white snapshot, looks to have been taken on a beach. The pair — who met in 1995 and married in 1997 — have been hilariously adorable together.
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Sofia Coppola & Denis Villeneuve Pick The Best Films Of The 21st Century So Far

If you’re looking for a good cinephile read this weekend, you may want to check The New York Times, where critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis have revealed their 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far. It’s not everyday you’ll see both Edward Yang‘s “Yi Yi” and Judd Apatow‘s “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” sharing the same space, which is kind of amazing.

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