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Ten Best: Phone Scenes in Movies

22 September 2017 4:06 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate today’s release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus – available in stores from today – here’s a list of the Ten Best phone scenes in movies, showcasing some of the most famous telephone calls ever made.

Pillow Talk (1959)

A man and woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but when he sees the woman for the first time and immediately falls for her, he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised. Pillow Talk was the first of three movies in which Doris Day and Rock Hudson starred together and was named by the National Film Registry for being ‘culturally, historically and aesthetically’ significant.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

The 1989 American romantic comedy starring Billy Crystal (Harry) and Meg Ryan (Sally) raised the question: ‘Can men and women ever just be friends’? Grossing a total of $92.2 million at the box office, the film’s plot focuses »

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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far

19 September 2017 2:25 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.

Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.

But as It reminded audiences, »

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17 Movies Set in the Fall to Watch With a Warm and Spicy Latte

13 September 2017 1:12 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Fall is basically upon us, which means we can finally ditch our flip-flops and sunscreen for cozy scarfs and spicy lattes. And when it comes to entertainment, we have to put away our old copy of The Sandlot for another year, because there's nothing quite like watching movies set in the Fall during Fall. From classics like When Harry Met Sally to less traditional favorites likes Road Trip, there are few things we love more than burying ourselves under blankets, letting the crisp breeze fly through the open windows, and hunkering down to press play. RelatedFall Movie Preview: 44 Movies You Need to Know About This Fall »

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Harry Connick Jr. Fell in Love With Music at a Very Young Age

1 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Harry Connick Jr. begins the second season for his syndicated talk show “Harry” in September. The jazzman released his first album when he was 10 years old, and broke into the mainstream after recording the soundtrack to “When Harry Met Sally…” at 22. The album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s jazz chart, won Connick his first Grammy (for jazz male vocal performance), and was certified double platinum. The New Orleans native has also acted in numerous roles; wrote the Broadway musical “Thou Shalt Not,” was Tony-nominated as an actor for “The Pajama Game,” and mentored on “American Idol.” Variety first mentioned him on April 8, 1981, as part of the announced lineup for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, where at 14, he joined such legends as Cab Calloway and James Brown.

Do you remember the 1981 jazz festival performance?

The only thing I remember from that performance was there was a guy named James Booker, who »

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Larry Sherman, New York Actor and Onetime Donald Trump Publicist, Dies at 94

30 August 2017 9:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Character actor Larry Sherman, who also served as publicist for Donald Trump in the 1980s, died Aug. 26 in New York of natural causes. He was 94.

Sherman received degrees in theater and journalism from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, kicking around Manhattan with some stage roles and bit parts before segueing into a successful career as a sports journalist. He covered the 1962 Rome Olympics, and wrote for The Herald Tribune and Newsday before landing at the Long Island Press, where he worked for 25 years.

When the newspaper folded in 1977, Sherman moved to Los Angeles to take a job as head writer for the game show “The Joker’s Wild.” When that program went dark, he moved back to New York looking for work. “He began calling on his friends, and it was a guy at the New York Times, I think, who said ‘I hear this guy Trump is looking for a guy to do »

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Larry Sherman, New York Actor and Onetime Donald Trump Publicist, Dies at 94

30 August 2017 9:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Character actor Larry Sherman, who also served as publicist for Donald Trump in the 1980s, died Aug. 26 in New York of natural causes. He was 94.

Sherman received degrees in theater and journalism from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, kicking around Manhattan with some stage roles and bit parts before segueing into a successful career as a sports journalist. He covered the 1962 Rome Olympics, and wrote for The Herald Tribune and Newsday before landing at the Long Island Press, where he worked for 25 years.

When the newspaper folded in 1977, Sherman moved to Los Angeles to take a job as head writer for the game show “The Joker’s Wild.” When that program went dark, he moved back to New York looking for work. “He began calling on his friends, and it was a guy at the New York Times, I think, who said ‘I hear this guy Trump is looking for a guy to do »

- Paula Parisi

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The Joker Spinoffs — Everything You Need to Know About the Many Dceu Projects in Development

24 August 2017 11:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With Hollywood’s love affair with franchises seems to grow exponentially every day, the recent flurry of headlines about a Joker origin story, “Suicide Squad” sequels and spinoffs, and major “Batman” casting news is enough to make your head spin. Of course, the mere mention of Martin Scorsese as a producer clearly puts one of these projects on a different level, but there is plenty of excitement to go around with a character this iconic.

Read More:The Joker Origin Story Movie: Martin Scorsese Producing, Todd Phillips to Direct

While details are fuzzy as everything is in early stages, Warner Bros. is laying the foundation for multiple standalone projects that do not exist within the DC Extended Universe, as reported by Deadline. At the same time, the studio is moving forward with “Suicide Squad” sequel. The idea is to capitalize on the popularity of the characters while luring bigger name directors »

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The Guys Behind This Is Us Are Writing the Joker and Harley Quinn Stand-Alone Movie

24 August 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Hot on the heels of Warner Bros.'s announcement that a stand-alone film centered around the origin story of the Joker is currently in the works (much to DC fans' chagrin), the studio revealed the classic green-haired supervillain will also appear in another spin-off, of sorts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa - executive producers and directors of NBC's extremely weepy drama This Is Us and also the directors behind the 2011 romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love - are "in final negotiations to pen and helm an untitled movie project centering on Batman villains Joker and Harley Quinn." Well, start stocking up on tissues now, I guess? The film, which is on track to hit theaters sometime after the Suicide Squad sequel, will see Margot Robbie and Jared Leto reprising their roles as Gotham City's resident psycho and his puddin'. Given Ficarra and Requa's background, it shouldn't »

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Joker & Harley Quinn Movie In The Works From Crazy, Stupid, Love Directors

24 August 2017 7:10 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It’s been a hell of a 48 hours for DC fans. First we got the news that Warner Bros. was working on a gritty Joker origin film outside the Dceu, and that they were working on a banner that would allow them to tell “elseworld” stories with DC characters that aren’t restricted by the current universe. Then The Batman director Matt Reeves said (via a month-old interview) that his Batman film would not be in the extended universe. Now, we can debate what he means by this (some think he means the film will just be standalone in nature), but the reality is that he says it’s not part of the extended universe.

All of a sudden, over the course of a short period of time, we go from one cohesive universe with many films to one big universe with many films, and two films that fall outside of it. »

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‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ Directors Tapped For ‘Joker And Harley Quinn’ Movie

24 August 2017 4:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Hot off the heels of yesterdays bombshell that Warner Bros are developing a ‘Joker’ origin movie, more plans for the clown prince of crime have been revealed. The upcoming origin story is planned as the start of a new series of standalone DC adaptations. Now, it appears that plans are also in motion for the current iteration of the character played by Jared Leto.

Leto and Margot Robbie are reportedly both on board for Suicide Squad 2 and Joker and Harley Quinn, the former is which is said to be a top priority for the studio. Now, Warner’s have moved forward with the spin-off, as Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love) have entered final negotiations to write and direct the film.

Joker and Harley Quinn is said to be ‘an insane and twisted love story’, also described as ‘When Harry Met Sally on benzedrine’. Hopefully the film will »

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Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to write and direct Dceu Joker and Harley Quinn film

24 August 2017 12:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A day after it was revealed that a Joker origin movie is in the works at Warner Bros. Pictures, unrelated to the DC Extended Universe, The Hollywood Reporter has just dropped another bombshell relating to DC Films’ upcoming slate. The site reports that Warner Bros. regulars Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, best known for Crazy, Stupid, Love and This Is Us, will be the latest directors to tackle a DC project.

The duo is in final negotiations to write and direct a currently untitled Dceu film that will focus around Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, who shared the screen in 2016’s critically maligned Suicide Squad. Deadline provided some additional information on the news, claiming that this project and Gotham City Sirens, a Harley Quinn spin-off movie that will feature several female Gotham City criminals who embark on a dangerous mission, are two different movies. Suicide Squad »

- Justin Cook

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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

22 August 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, »

- Jordan Raup

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Vampire Comedy ‘Bite Me’: A Love Song to the Weirdos

12 August 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On August 16, 2013, I finished the first draft of my second feature film, “Bite Me.” Today, on August 12, 2017, four years and 48 drafts later, I am riding the subway to our first day of production. But the story I am telling begins far earlier and, with any luck, will last far longer.

I have this memory that still guts me when I think about it today. I’m sitting in a movie theater as a middle-schooler and watching “The Princess Diaries.” I’m not sure if you remember that film, but at the beginning the central character played by a young Anne Hathaway is supposed to be a mega-nerd. To indicate the depths of her social pariah-hood, they made Anne wear glasses and frizzed her hair out a bit. But, if you’ve ever seen Anne Hathaway, you can probably imagine that, even in this state, she still, you know, looked like Anne Hathaway. »

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Jab Harry Met Sejal, The Battleship Island and more International Cinema titles opening this weekend!

4 August 2017 7:37 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Jab Harry Met Sejal, The Battleship Island and more International Cinema titles opening this weekend!Jab Harry Met Sejal, The Battleship Island and more International Cinema titles opening this weekend!Adriana Floridia8/4/2017 9:37:00 Am

Every week, select Cineplex theatres feature some of the most popular and exciting films from all around the world, from countries like China, India, Korea, The Philippines and more. If you want to try something different at the movies, or simply celebrate your own or a new culture on the big screen, we’re highlighting the International Cinema titles out this weekend that you’ll surely enjoy!

Jab Harry Met Sejal (Hindi w/English subtitles)

One of Bollywood's biggest stars Shah Rukh Khan is back in this romantic comedy, which is obviously playing on the American classic When Harry Met Sally. The film follows Harry around Europe, where he meets Sejal, a woman who lost her engagement ring. »

- Adriana Floridia

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City Slickers: the behind the scenes challenges of a comedy hit

27 July 2017 8:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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1991's City Slickers was an Oscar-winning comedy success. It was not without behind the scenes challenges...

Spoilers for City Slickers lie ahead.

Sandwiched between the two big tentpole blockbuster hits of summer 1991 was a genuine sleeper surprise. Whilst it had long been pre-ordained that the Arnold Schwarzenegger-headlined Terminator 2: Judgment Day would rule the summer season with the Kevin Costner-starring Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, what few saw coming was a film called City Slickers.

It came from the pen of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, the comedy-writing team who scripted 1989’s brilliant Parenthood. They co-write the film with Billy Crystal (who didn’t receive credit), who also conceived the idea for the film. And as with most unlikely successes, it had a bit of a history to it.

Crystal came to the idea in the aftermath of his success in When Harry Met Sally, »

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Billy Crystal Reveals How He Tore A Rib Muscle In ‘The Weirdest Injury Ever’

18 July 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Billy Crystal is opening up about cancelling his talk show appearance last month after getting “the weirdest injury ever.” During a rescheduled appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday night, the 69-year-old “When Harry Met Sally…” star reveals that he dealt with an extremely painful injury after succumbing to an uncontrollable sneeze. Related: Billy Crystal Opens […] »

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From Dystopia to Utopia - How Elisabeth Moss Finds Her Happy

17 July 2017 12:55 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

I wasn't really sure what to expect when meeting Elisabeth Moss for the first time in Cannes. We were about to spend the next three days together doing interviews, events, and dinners. Of course, I'd known of her since she starred as First Daughter Zoey Bartlet on The West Wing in the late '90s and early 2000s and wowed us all in Girl, Interrupted, holding her own with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. And I had just binge-watched The Handmaid's Tale and started Top of the Lake. Neither of her characters on those two TV shows were people I thought I would want to hang with, but luckily for me, Irl Lizzie is much more carefree, relaxed, and hilarious. In fact, she was a pleasure from the first minute we met. Literally - within one minute of meeting, she and my awesome, fun husband, Brian, bonded over baseball stats, »

- Lisa Sugar

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Blue Sunshine (1978)

15 July 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Weird is a very comfortable word in Jeff Lieberman’s lexicon. From the night crawler nastiness of Squirm (1976) to his mountaintop massacre Just Before Dawn (1981), his films are always a little left of the norm and all the better for it. And in between those two, he decided to take a run at a paranoia thriller nursing a major ‘60s hangover, pulsating with psychotic, Kojakian ex hippies. Welcome to Blue Sunshine (1978), a film more potent than the brown acid your great uncle said he took at Woodstock. (Although he probably wasn’t even there.)

Released Stateside in May (after a stop across the pond at the BFI the previous November) by Cinema Shares International (the fine folks behind Soul Brothers of Kung Fu), Blue Sunshine’s limited run and puzzled looks from critics saw it quickly fade away into cultdom, where it resided for decades with Lieberman’s other films »

- Scott Drebit

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Why When Harry Met Sally is the Best Romantic Comedy of All-Time

30 June 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

A lot of people like romantic comedies, or rom-coms as they’re affectionately known. There have been so many made in the past few decades though that the market has been saturated with the type of formulaic dialogue and story that has a lot of people eschewing the theater experience and waiting for Netflix or Hulu to bring their favorite films aboard. You can almost pinpoint within a movie just when the drama will begin, when the real conflict begins to brew, and when it will come to a head. Be it on the heads of the writers or the actors

Why When Harry Met Sally is the Best Romantic Comedy of All-Time »

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‘The Big Sick’: How Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon Brought Their Real-Life Love Story to Screen

21 June 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

July 14 marks a special occasion for Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Not only is it their 10-year wedding anniversary —  it’s the day the film about their courtship, “The Big Sick,” opens nationwide.

The movie, directed by Michael Showalter and starring Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan as Emily and Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as her parents, premiered to rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Written by Nanjiani and Gordon, the film also sparked a bidding war, with Amazon Studios acquiring the rights for $12 million. “The Big Sick” manages to be both broad in its comedy (Judd Apatow is one of the producers) and intensely personal, tackling topics not usually seen in summer comedies, like illness, religion and race relations. And, of course, it’s a passion project for the couple, whose real-life story lent itself to good cinematic material.

In many ways, their anniversary shouldn’t be happening. For starters, Nanjiani had promised his parents he would enter into an arranged marriage with a Pakistani woman. Then, three months before what would prove to be Nanjiani and Gordon’s wedding date, Gordon was placed in a medically induced coma after abruptly falling gravely ill.

Prior to the coma, Nanjiani and Gordon were casually dating, both thinking the relationship could ultimately go nowhere. Everything changed when she became sick and Nanjiani found himself thrust into the role of caretaker, along with her visiting parents, whom he had only briefly met once before. Time by her bedside changed the nature of the relationship between Gordon and Nanjiani, who proposed shortly after she recovered. Or, as Gordon jokes, “I went to sleep with a casual boyfriend and woke up with a guy ready to be married.”

When the pair wed a decade ago, it was an informal event.

“We walked into a courthouse in Chicago and got matching tattoos because we didn’t have money for wedding rings,” Nanjiani reveals. Today, they share a home in the Hollywood area with their cat, Bagel. Nanjiani is best known for his role as computer programmer Dinesh on HBO’s heralded series “Silicon Valley.” Gordon, who was a therapist when they met, has been published in The New York Times and The Atlantic and has written for “Another Period” and “The Carmichael Show.”

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The process of scripting “The Big Sick” began in 2012, after Nanjiani appeared on a live taping of the podcast “You Made It Weird” alongside Apatow.

He pitched Apatow several ideas for a script, and the producer homed in on the true story of the unusual relationship between the then struggling stand-up comic and his wife. “It was one of those stories you can’t believe happened,” Apatow recalls.

Though Gordon had executive produced Nanjiani’s show “The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail” and they’d shared a podcast, the pair had never worked together as writers. “We would split up scenes and write our own version of the scene and then swap it and rewrite and rewrite,” Gordon says. Nanjiani adds that his wife’s work ethic helped spur him on. “I’d be playing video games and would get an email from her with completed scenes and go, ‘Oh man, she’s showing me up. I have to get on this.’”

They knew from the start that since the project wasn’t a documentary, certain elements would be invented or changed. “It’s not really exciting when you hang out at the hospital all day,” Nanjiani notes. “You show up in the morning, get coffee, then plan to meet the hematologist at 2 p.m., then the pulmonologist — it’s a lot of waiting and sitting around.” Echoes Gordon, “Nobody wants to see that movie.”

Another significant alteration: In the film, the pair break up before Emily goes into her coma. Notes Gordon, “It’s interesting to be at your casual girlfriend’s side when she gets sick. But it’s even more interesting to be at your recent ex-girlfriend’s side.”

They also took creative license with both sets of parents in the film. Gordon says her mother and father are quite different from the characters played by Hunter and Romano, though they’re thrilled with their doppelgangers. “My family’s favorite movie is ‘Raising Arizona,’ so they could not believe it,” Gordon says with a laugh. “They love the movie — they watched it five times in one day.” And while Nanjiani’s parents did expect him to enter into an arranged marriage, they were living in a different city when he gave them the (still difficult) news.

The pair took pains to present such cultural practices in a fair light. “For a lot of people, arranged marriage here is taken as a joke,” notes Nanjiani. “But it’s a very real thing. All my aunts, uncles, cousins, my parents are in arranged marriages. So we tried to show how it really does work for people.” Gordon adds that before she met Nanjiani, she had a friend in grad school who was entering into an arranged marriage. “I was glad I had a framework of someone who was super happy, not coerced into it,” she says. “And they’ve been together 12 years now.”

For three years, Gordon says, she and Nanjiani kept at the script. “We would work on drafts, take them to Judd every few months, and Judd would rip them to shreds. And then we would go back and rewrite. He is brutal in the best way.” Nanjiani adds that Apatow never pressured them to turn in drafts. “I think he develops a few things, and the ball is in your court to keep it going,” he says. “Though right before we started shooting, he did say, ‘You guys really stuck in there. Most people would have quit!’”

“We aren’t exactly alike, but we really are so similar. She instantly felt like someone I knew and would be friends with.” Zoe Kazan, on meeting Emily V. Gordon

To hear Apatow tell it, the script needed time to develop, much like his films “Bridesmaids” and “Trainwreck,” which also had long gestation periods. “If written badly, it would have been a rough movie to get through,” Apatow admits. “But they found the sense of humor and the warmth to bring it to life. And a lot of that came from bringing on Michael as director and casting Zoe, Ray and Holly.”

Showalter had known Nanjiani for 10 years from the New York comedy scene, and had even cast him in a small role in his feature “Hello, My Name Is Doris.” When he signed on to direct “The Big Sick,” he was also active in helping with the screenplay, which he notes was not traditionally structured. “There aren’t a lot of examples that I could look to where one of the main characters goes missing for the second act,” Showalter points out. “It would be like if in ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ Sally just disappears for an hour.”

Kazan seems to have been a natural choice for Gordon. The playwright-actress had been in films similar to the genre like “What If” and “Ruby Sparks,” the latter of which she also wrote. “I really wasn’t looking to do another romantic comedy, but when I read the script it was so smart and so good,” Kazan admits. “It’s not unlike falling in love; I had a chemical feeling where it just felt like the right fit. Very rarely do I walk out of an audition thinking, ‘Yeah, I fucking nailed that!’ But I was going to be sad if I didn’t get it.”

To hear everyone tell it, Kazan did indeed nail it. “She just blew everybody out of the water,” says Gordon, who concedes that casting was the only time things felt slightly surreal seeing her story play out. “It basically consisted of him flirting with women — literally so many hot actresses,” Gordon recalls. “It was the only time I had to get myself together and remember to be cool with this.”

As it turns out, Gordon and Kazan have much in common. Both are in their 30s, are writers and are in long-term relationships with artists (Kazan has been dating actor Paul Dano since 2007.) They instantly hit it off, with Kazan noting, “I felt a chemistry with her as much as I did with Kumail.” But Kazan didn’t feel the need to do an imitation of Gordon. “We aren’t exactly alike, but we really are so similar. She instantly felt like someone I knew and would be friends with,” Kazan says.

Once Kazan was cast, the hunt began for the parents, and Romano and Hunter had long been on the writers’ minds. When they said yes, there was extra pressure on Nanjiani as an actor; he had been attached to star even before “Silicon Valley” hit TV screens. Yet there was never any question he would play the role. “This is by far the biggest part I’ve ever had in a movie, and Emily and I had never written a movie, and from the start Judd was like, ‘Yeah, you’ll write the movie and you’ll be the guy,’” Nanjiani recalls. Admits Gordon, “You were a gamble.”

Gordon adds that Nanjiani did the most prep she had ever seen him do. He worked with an acting coach, Myra Turley, for the first time ever. “I was starting from scratch,” he says, adding that he practiced with monologues from movies where characters were in a coma, such as “The Fisher King” and “Awakenings.”

Apatow says he was never concerned. “This might be delusional, but when someone is fun to watch in broader comedy or stand-up, I always think they’ll be able to give a great performance in a movie they care deeply about,” he explains. “And he loves his wife so much, and they’re just the best couple, and I knew that that would shine through.”

Concurs Kazan, “Kumail worked really hard, and I think he’s going to surprise people. He prepared as if he was Daniel Day-Lewis prepping for ‘My Left Foot.’ I even said, ‘I don’t know that you need to prepare this much; you’ve lived it.’ It was really beautiful to watch him on set stretch his wings and feel his own power as an actor.”

Now it remains to be seen if a smaller romantic comedy can find an audience in the land of “Transformers” and superheroes. Nanjiani and Gordon had input on the trailer, which leans heavily on the comedy. “If you describe it as ‘Muslim guy falls in love with a white woman, then she falls into a coma,’ it sounds so serious,” Nanjiani says. Adds Gordon, “It sounds pretentious. As a movie lover, I would not want to watch a movie described to me the way that our movie is. So I wanted to make sure the trailer communicated it’s a comedy.”

Apatow, who has shepherded his share of hits, says that at the end of the day, it’s impossible to predict if the film, which Lionsgate will distribute for Amazon, will connect. “I don’t know if any of us understand why people leave their houses and go to the movie theater anymore,” he says. “We have one thing going for us: The movie is wonderful. It just completely works. Is that enough to get people to put down their remote control? We’ll find out.”

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