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Chicago – Why should Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham have to apologize for making films about white upper-class people, considering they are indeed members of the white upper-class? Does their whiteness make their voices any less worthy of being heard? Is it the painstakingly intimate nature of their comedy that rubs some viewers the wrong way? Would these viewers prefer impersonal formulaic retreads populated by token representatives of every race on earth? I can’t imagine anything more dull.
“This is 40” may not be Apatow’s finest hour on film (that remains his game-changing debut effort, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”), but it is still a splendidly insightful comedy chockfull of deliriously amusing vignettes. It also shows the director attempting to mine deeper emotional territory in the scenes between middle-aged couple Pete and Debbie (played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, reprising their roles from “Knocked Up”). Apatow has gotten flack for »
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“This is 40,” which came to Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on March 22, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Melissa McCarthy, John Lithgow, Albert Brooks, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, Charlyne Yi, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Annie Mumolo, Robert Smigel, Hugh Fink and Graham Parker from writer and director Judd Apatow.
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In This Is 40 Graham Parker plays a rock star who is signed by Paul Rudd’s character’s (Pete) record label and ultimately isn’t able to make anywhere near the amount of money that Pete had hoped. What some younger fans may not know is that Parker isn’t simply an actor, but rather he’s the lead man of Graham Parker and the Rumour, a popular British band of the late ’70s and early ’80s.
The band has recently reunited for a new album and a tour in addition to their appearance in Judd Apatow’s film. In honor of the film’s upcoming home entertainment release, I had a chance to sit down with Parker and discuss the film. We talked about how he originally got involved, what it was like working with Apatow, his process of learning how to act on set, and more.
Check out the full interview below. »
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Premiering in the Documentary Competition at this year's festival, Elise Salomon's "Los Wild Ones" aims to present a picture of artists giving everything to their work, in this case the performance of 50s Rock classic by Hispanic musicians at La's Wild Records. It's quite the change from the director who premiered "Paper Heart" 4 years ago at Sundance, giving early signs of a director to watch. What it's about: Wild Records is an indie label reminiscent of the early days of Sun Records. The label is based in La and run by Reb Kennedy aka Mr. Wild Records and is comprised of young Hispanic musicians who write and perform 50s Rock n Roll. Tell Us About Yourself: Her first feature film, "Paper Heart", which stars Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera and Jake M. Johnson, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition and won the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. »
Fox’s Touch softened further in its second Season 2 outing, dropping 30 and 22 percent on Friday night to 2.53 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating (matching the series low set by that random Sept. 2012 leftover).
For those who want to go there, Fringe‘s series low, registered shortly before its grand finale, was 2.44 mil/0.8. But that’s just me being me; Fringe absolutely ended when it should have.
Of note: Friday TV usage as a whole, leading into the long holiday weekend, was down 7 percent.
Related | TVLine’s 2013 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?
Also dropping sharply was CBS’ The Job, »
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Stars: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Chris O’Dowd, Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy, Graham Parker, Lena Dunham, Annie Mumolo, Robert Smigel, Charlyne Yi, Lisa Darr, Albert Brooks | Written and Directed by Judd Apatow
After years of marriage, Pete lives in a house of all females: wife Debbie and their two daughters, eight-year-old Charlotte (Iris Apatow) and 13-year-old Sadie (Maude Apatow). As he struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and Debbie must figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy the rest of their lives…before they kill each other.
Ok, so Knocked Up was a hilarious pot-comedy about a couple coming to terms with becoming parents, »
A midlife milestone sends a long-married couple into an uproarious tailspin in This Is 40, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on March 22, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Audiences fell in love with contentiously loving couple Pete and Debbie in Judd Apatow's comedy sensation Knocked Up. Five years later Apatow reunites with his hilarious creations as Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their roles as husband and wife balancing the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood with the milestone of turning 40. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a hilarious unrated edition along with more than an hour of extended and additional scenes, backstage documentaries and commentary by the cast and of the raucous and raunchy comedy that Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman says is "laugh-out-loud funny."
The Blu-ray Combo Pack allows consumers to view This Is 40 anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. It includes a Blu-ray disc, »
Marvel Knights Animation has dropped some details on their latest Marvel comics animated adaptation, Inhumans, while Universal has released the details on the upcoming blu-ray release of This is 40. All the details you could possibly want are inside!
Let's start with Inhumans, from Marvel Knights Animation and Shout! Factory. Marvel has a lot of different comic book properties and not all of them can be made into full on feature films, thus, they have the animated features. I'm kind of cheating by including this in Blu Crew, because it's only coming to DVD, but hey, I think it'll be okay. It comes to store shelves on April 23, 2013. Here's the full press release for all the details:
This spring, Marvel fans will have the chance to journey into the intriguing, millennia-old city of Attilan where the extraordinary Super-powered race of Inhumans reside. Developed by the acclaimed Eisner Award-winning team of Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee, »
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A blooper reel is always a welcomed addition to any Blu-ray or DVD, because it gives us a glimpse inside the production, watching actors goofing around on the set and reacting to flubbed lines. Today, a gag reel has debuted for Judd Apatow's comedy This Is 40, even though it is still playing in theaters. This hilarious behind-the-scenes look shows Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, Charlyne Yi, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, and even Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong screwing up their lines. Be warned, though, there is R-rated language peppered throughout this reel that will surely tickle your funny bone.
This is 40 Blooper Reel
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Congratulations to Wisconsin's Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay member to serve in the United States Senate! Baldwin has been named The Advocate's Person of the Year.
Yesterday the one and only Helen Mirren received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I love me some Helen!
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In an interview with Elle magazine, Kristen Stewart reveals that she's always been a tomboy ("I wanted to look like my older brother when I was younger. I lived in hand-me-downs and was always borrowing his clothes. My earliest fashion memory is cutting up an old pair of Levi's and going to »
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10 items from 2013
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