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Judd Apatow and Aziz Ansari Sell Universal On 'Funny People' Spin-Off

24 November 2009 10:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Last week, during a live Q&A on, Judd Apatow addressed the idea of a "Funny People" spin-off focused on Aziz Ansari's minor stand-up comedian character, Randy (or, Raaaaaaaandy), implying that it was all up to the actor if it would happen. "You should Twitter Aziz Ansari and tell him you want that movie," Apatow urged fans via webcam. "Aziz may be concerned that more people think he's Randy than Aziz. That may be his hesitation."

Well, the occasional IMAX protester and costar of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" has apparently gotten over that hesitation, whether due to fans Tweeting him or not. According to Variety, he and writer-director Jason Woliner, one of Ansari's collaborators on MTV's sketch comedy show "Human Giant," have sold Apatow and Universal Pictures on a pitch for the Randy movie, along with two other movie ideas.

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- Christopher Campbell

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Addams Family Theme Writer Vic Mizzy Dies

7 November 2009 7:41 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Composer Vic Mizzy wrote the classic theme songs for the 1960s television comedy series The Addams Family and Green Acres. His best known work commenced with a “buh-buh-buh-bump” – two finger snaps – another “buh-buh-buh-bump”, and the opening verse “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky – the Addams family.” Mizzy sang, overdubbing his voice three times, and played the harpsichord himself for the theme. He also directed the title sequence where the actors who played the Addams clan where instructed to snap their fingers in a bored fashion. He also retained the publishing rights to the theme, which remained profitable throughout his life.

Mizzy was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 9, 1916, and began playing musical instruments as a child. He began writing songs after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mizzy began working in television in the late 1950s, scoring »

- Harris Lentz

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Composer Vic Mizzy Dead At 93; Created Classic Themes For "The Addams Family" And "Green Acres"

20 October 2009 8:19 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Vic Mizzy, the talented composer who created the legendary theme songs for the TV series The Addams Family, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction and Mr. Ed has died at age 93. Mizzy also composed themes for feature films including most of Don Knotts' hits from the 1960s including The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and The Reluctant Astronaut. For more click here »

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Obituary: Composer Vic Mizzy Dies at 93

19 October 2009 4:32 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Variety

Vic Mizzy, who composed the indelible theme music for TV series "The Addams Family" and "Green Acres," died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 93.

His film scores included five Don Knotts films: "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken," "The Shakiest Gun in the West," "The Reluctant Astronaut," "The Love God?" and "How to Frame a Figg."

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- Lisa Horowitz

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