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Jay Baruchel to Star in Canadian Streaming Comedy 'Letterkenny' (Exclusive)

Jay Baruchel has nabbed a starring role in the Canadian streaming comedy Letterkenny.

The This is the End star is to play a tiki torch-wielding rabble rouser from out of town, Hard Right Jay, in the CraveTV sitcom about Wayne, played by Jared Keeso, and his hick small-town friends and rivals. The casting marks a return to series television for Baruchel, after Fxx cancelled Man Seeking Woman, the Simon Rich-created series starring Baruchel, after three seasons that shot in Toronto. The star's movie roles include Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder and the How to Train Your Dragon series.

Alias Grace star Sarah Gadon is also returning...
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From ‘The Big Sick’ to ‘The Disaster Artist,’ 2017’s Best Performances Find Actors Playing Themselves

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From ‘The Big Sick’ to ‘The Disaster Artist,’ 2017’s Best Performances Find Actors Playing Themselves
Historically, the Oscars have a very particular definition of what makes for great acting. As far as the Academy Awards are concerned, a worthy performance typically has less to do with expression than it does exhumation — sometimes the little gold man goes to someone for bringing an original character to life, but more often it’s given to someone for bringing a real person back from the dead. At least, that’s been the case in the 21st century.

Truth be told, that’s perfectly understandable: Quantifying art is a fool’s errand, and biopics provide voters with a way of measuring how close someone has come to hitting their target. It isn’t necessarily a good way, but it’s a way all the same.

Whatever their opinion on the role itself, it would be hard to watch Gary Oldman reanimate Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” and argue that
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Afm: Film Mode Boards Ron Perlman’s ‘Prisoner 614’ Terence Stamp’s ‘Viking Destiny’

Afm: Film Mode Boards Ron Perlman’s ‘Prisoner 614’ Terence Stamp’s ‘Viking Destiny’
Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment has picked up international sales rights to Ron Perlman-starring “The Escape of Prisoner 614.” North American rights are handled by CAA.

The comedy-drama, directed by Zach Golden, involves two former sheriff’s deputies chasing after an escaped prisoner in the hopes of getting their jobs back. Now in post-production, it co-stars “Martin Starr, from “Knocked Up.” Production is by Jordan Beckerman, Jordan Yale Levine, and Shaun Sanghani.

Film Mode will present first footage of the movie at the American Film Market this week, alongwith promotional reel for Terence Stamp-starring “Viking Destiny.”

Adventure film “Viking destiny” centers on a young Norse girl, the rightful heir to the Viking kingdom, who is banished after she’s framed for the murder of her father, the king. It was written and directed by David L.G. Hughes, the film explores the legendary crusades of Scandinavian explorers.

Film Mode’s recent titles include “Sugar Mountain” starring
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Charlyne Yi

Charlyne Yi is a talented actress, musician, writer, and comedian. She was born in Los Angeles on January 4, 1986. She first appeared on television playing the role of Charlyne in ‘Help Me Help You’ in 2006 and made her film debut in ‘Knocked Up’ in the following year as the character Jodi. Her screenwriting debut was ‘Paper Heart’ which was released in 2009. She has now established a career in many different aspects of the music, television, and film industry. Yi is particularly well-known for playing Dr. Chi Park in ‘House’. She also had a recurring role on the

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Charlyne Yi
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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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Giveaway – Win a Goon: Last of the Enforcers T-shirt

To celebrate the release of Goon: Last Of The Enforcers, in UK cinemas 8th September, we have an official t-shirt available to giveaway courtesy of Vertigo Releasing.

This star-studded, pumped up sequel to the smash hit comedy Goon is a foul-mouthed, action-packed and hilarious excursion into the wild, knock-em-out world of ice hockey that sees the original cast returning for more bone- cracking and rib-tickling mayhem.

American Pie’s legendary Stifler, Seann William Scott, is simply sensational – putting as much humour as he does pathos – as the don’t give a puck hockey star Doug Glatt (based on the life of American maverick Doug Smith) – a role he was born to play, at least twice. He’s supported here with a top drawer cast including Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan, Spotlight) and Alison Pill (Midnight In Paris, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), reprising their roles from the first film, Elisha Cuthbert
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‘Superbad’ 10th Anniversary: Seth Rogen Reveals 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Comedy Classic

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‘Superbad’ 10th Anniversary: Seth Rogen Reveals 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Comedy Classic
Superbad” turned 10 years old this week, and co-writer Seth Rogen celebrated by revealing some secrets about the making of the beloved comedy classic. Directed by Greg Mottola and co-written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the film turned Jonah Hill and Michael Cera into household comedy names and introduced the world to Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s McLovin.

Read More:Seth Rogen Regrets That Some ‘Superbad’ Jokes Were ‘Blatantly Homophobic’

It’s hard to believe the film is celebrating its 10th anniversary. “Superbad” premiered in August 2007 and was a late summer sleeper hit, grossing $121 million in the U.S. opposite a $20 million budget. The film had Judd Apatow as an executive producer, and his directorial effort “Knocked Up” had already become an R-rated comedy success a few months earlier.

In a serious of 10 hilarious tweets, Rogen provided some colorful facts about the movie’s creation. Apparently, “Superbad” is the first movie to use a very perverse curse word,
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Judd Apatow’s 14-Year-Old Daughter Iris Looks Just Like Her Mom Leslie Mann at Teen Choice Awards: Pics!

Mama Mann’s mini-me! Iris Apatow was her father Judd Apatow’s date to the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, and had fans doing a double take.

Watch: Chris Pratt Makes First Appearance Since Anna Faris Split at 2017 Teen Choice Awards

The 14-year-old beauty looked all grown up in a blush summer dress with a jean jacket and matching heels. She was also the spitting image of her 45-year-old mom, Leslie Mann, with her lengthy blonde locks and stunning features.

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Iris may look familiar as she’s performed alongside parents and her older sister, Maude, in the comedies Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40.

In those films, Iris was the cute, curly-haired younger sister, but in the years since, she has blossomed. Iris now has a recurring role on Netflix’s show, Love, and is set to co-star in the short film Sonora with Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard.

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Dave Made A Maze – Next Week!

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“A stone-cold cult classic” – The Young Folks Dave Made A Maze In Theaters And on VOD August 18, 2017 Dave Made A Maze features Nick Thune (Knocked Up), Meera Rohit Kumbhani (“The Mindy Project”), James Urbaniak (“Difficult People”), Stephanie Allynne (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), Kirsten Vangsness (“Criminal Minds”), Scott Krinsky (Jobs), Frank Caeti (Stranger Than Fiction), …

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Why Studios Aren’t Making Great Comedy Films Anymore, According to Judd Apatow

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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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Judd Apatow Explains The Problem With Current Studio Comedies

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It says something about the state of contemporary studio comedies that the summer’s big rom-com hit, “The Big Sick,” is an independent film. That fact isn’t lost on Judd Apatow, a producer on the film, who has also had his own string of mainstream comedy hits with “The 40-Year Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” and “Trainwreck.” And while studios are still making comedies, more and more often, they fit comfortably into an easily sellable format (think of the countless, interchangeable raunchy comedies that have been released over the past few years).

Continue reading Judd Apatow Explains The Problem With Current Studio Comedies at The Playlist.
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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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‘Goon’ sequel finally pucks it into UK cinemas!

Seann William Scott returns in Goon: Last of the Enforcers the cartilage crunching sequel to the 2011 hockey comedy Goon, a follow-up that’s even “faster, funnier and more foul-mouthed than the original.”

Back as hockey star Doug Glatt, Scott is supported here with cast that includes Liev Schreiber (Spotlight) and Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), reprising their roles from the first film, Elisha Cuthbert (24) and Callum Keith Rennie (Californication), with 22 Jump Street’s Wyatt Russell as Glatt’s nemesis, and Deadpool’s T. J. Miller on scene-stealing form as inappropriate sports commentator Chad Bailey.

From the press release:

An assured feature directing debut from comedy star Jay Baruchel (This Is The End, Knocked Up, How To Train Your Dragon), this is a film you can’t help but love – crass but charming, packed with eccentric and loveable characters, and just the right balance of sports carnage and comedy
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Judd Apatow Calls Jim Carrey’s Stand-Up ‘The Funniest Thing I’ve Ever Seen in My Life’

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Judd Apatow Calls Jim Carrey’s Stand-Up ‘The Funniest Thing I’ve Ever Seen in My Life’
Here are two funny people you might not have known were such big fans of one another: Judd Apatow and Jim Carrey. The two (apparently longtime friends) spoke fondly of their early days in the Hollywood club scene together during an appearance at Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival, with Apatow calling Carrey’s stand-up sets at the Improv “the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Read More‘May It Last’ Trailer: Judd Apatow Gets Up Close and Personal With the Avett Brothers

“”He would go on stage every night and improvise his entire set,” explained the “Knocked Up” and “This Is 40” director. “His goal was not to repeat one line from any other night.” Apatow was even present when Carrey came up with Fire Marshall Bill, a character he went on to portray many times on “In Living Color.” The two eventually started co-writing sketches together,
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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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Jay Baruchel interview: Chapterhouse Comics, Goon 2, Statham

Duncan Bowles Jul 17, 2017

Jay Baruchel chats to us about comics, X-Men movies, Goon 2 and Jason Statham...

Jay Baruchel is a very happy man indeed. Over the last decade, I’ve been fortunate enough to interview a lot of people for Den of Geek, but Mr Baruchel might just be the most enthusiastic one to date – almost every sentence ended with the kind of joyous laugh that would come from having, quite possibly, the best job ever, twice. Known to most as an actor with a gift for the comedic, having starred in the likes of Tropic Thunder, Knocked Up, Goon, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and The Art Of The Steal (to name a few personal favourites) as well as voicing accidental hero Hiccup in the fantastic How To Train Your Dragon movies, it was about his recent involvement with Canadian comic book publisher, Chapterhouse, that we had a chat with him about.
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‘Funny People’ Is An Underrated Masterpiece, And Adam Sandler’s Latest Misfires Make It Even Better

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‘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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Peak TV Treasure: Netflix's Love

Peak TV Treasure: Netflix's Love
Are you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Is life getting in the way of keeping up with the shows you wanna try out? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems in this era of Peak TV.

Love

Network | Netflix

Created By | Paul Rust, Lesley Arfin and Judd Apatow

RelatedPeak TV Treasure: IFC’s Brockmire

Number Of Episodes | 22 episodes (10 in Season 1; 12 in Season 2)

Episode Length | 30 mins.

Premise | This dark comedy charts the relationship between chronic self-saboteurs Gus (Rust) and Mickey (Community‘s Gillian Jacobs), who are
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NYC Weekend Watch: Cool Movies, Southern Gothic, ’70s New York & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Quad Cinema

Blood and ice are the flavors at the Quad right now, while No Maps on My Taps and About Tap has been restored.

BAMcinematek

Edgar Wright’s crime-movie retrospective and the southern gothic series are still running.

Museum of the Moving Image

The Spielberg retrospective continues.

Film Forum

“New York in the ’70s
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