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For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at a clear comedic A-lister, though for some the heights of his success might come as a bit of a surprise. It’s comedy leading man Jason Segel, a writer as well as an actor who has managed to consistently do amusing work both on the big and small screens. He’s appealed to the CBS crowd on How I Met Your Mother, the raunchy movie crowd with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, and more, along with also showing he can be kid friendly with The Muppets. He’s had hits everywhere, so he’s certainly an A-lister in my book. Segel is one of the more successful alumni from the Judd Apatow group of actors/writers/directors that took over Hollywood after getting their starts on television with Freaks and Geeks as well as Undeclared. He became »
- Joey Magidson
Undeclared‘s Jay Baruchel will see him returning to the small screen next year. Fxx just confirmed a new series called Man Seeking Woman is his new project. It will be a half-hour show that follows Jay’s character as he seeks to find his special someone in this crazy world. The show is another attempt by Fxx to win over younger audiences with fun and quirky shows. Britt Lower, Maya Erskine and Eric Andre will be joining Jay on his 10 episode first season next year.
This type of show is clearly not new. Fxx could be hoping to win over fans of How I Met Your Mother, but with a more unstructured story. While we are sure fans may not be jumping for joy, it does hold a lot of promise. Jay has made a name for himself on comedies and we can expect his fans will enjoy it. »
- Sarah Peel
Another day, another comedy pickup for the FX/Fxx family. Just two days after Denis Leary's "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" earned a 10-episode series pickup, Fxx has done the same for the Jay Baruchel vehicle "Man Seeking Woman." The 10-episode run of "Man Seeking Woman" will premiere on Fxx in 2015. ["Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" will premiere on FX in 2015.] Based on Simon Rich's short story collection "The Last Girlfriend On Earth," the comedy features "Undeclared" star Baruchel as Josh Greenberg, a "naive romantic on a desperate quest for love." The series also stars Eric Andre, Britt Lower and Maya Erskine. "I’m incredibly grateful to Jon Krisel, Jay Baruchel and Broadway Video for bringing my book to life," Rich blurbs. "Most of all, I’m thankful to John Landgraf and his team at Fxx, who believed in us from the start and gave us great advice at every turn." Adds Nick Grad, one of the Presidents of Original Programming, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Jay Baruchel‘s quest for love begins in 2015.
Fxx on Wednesday announced a 10-episode order for Man Seeking Woman, a comedy based on The Last Girlfriend on Earth, a book of short stories by former Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich. Man follows Josh Greenberg (Undeclared‘s Baruchel) as he navigates the agonizing — and occasionally dangerous — world of dating.
Fxx is bulking up on comedy offerings. FX's younger-skewing cable network sibling has ordered to series Man Seeking Woman, its Lorne Michaels-exec produced adaptation of Simon Rich's book The Last Girlfriend on Earth, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Fxx has ordered 10 episodes for a 2015 premiere. The half-hour comedy is described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating. Undeclared alum Jay Baruchel returns to the small screen as Josh Greenberg, a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. When his girlfriend dumps him, Josh enters the dating scene
- Lesley Goldberg
Jay Baruchel has a date with Fxx. The network has given a 10-episode order to the half-hour comedy “Man Seeking Woman,” which will star the “Undeclared” and “Knocked Up” alum. Also read: Tracy Morgan's Fxx Comedy Will Proceed After His Recovery Billed as a sweet and absurd look at the surreal life-and-death stakes of dating, the series, from former “Saturday Night Live” writer Simon Rich, will star Baruchel as Josh Greenberg, a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. Eric André (“The Eric André Show,” “Don't Trust the B– in Apartment 23”), Britt Lower (“Unforgettable”) and Maya Erskine (“Betas”) round out the. »
- Tim Kenneally
Hulu has apparently passed on the opportunity to resurrect Community, but it looks as if the online platform has a different big-name comedy series on its mind. It is reportedly in advanced talks with Judd Apatow about Love, a romantic comedy that could star Community's Gillian Jacobs. Hulu has not offered any comments on the rumored project, but reports claim a pilot script for Love has already been written. Apatow would run the show alongside Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!) and Lesley Arfin. Arfin, formerly a writer on Girls, was previously linked to a half-hour Yahoo sitcom titled 34 and Pregnant, though that project doesn't seem to be related to Love. Love, like many other "Apatowian" comedies, would be a show about relationships, with a "messed-up" couple residing at its center. Rust would likely serve as one of the co-stars, and if Jacobs joins the show, she could play alongside him. »
- Sam Gutelle
They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?
In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.
This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).
Should an early cancellation put you off watching a TV show in the first place?
Floating in on the yearly tide of TV renewals is the yearly disappointment of cancellation. However many fingers are crossed or hashtagged prayers are sent, network television’s quest to conquer ever more viewers and awards inevitably has its casualties. Too expensive to make? Not enough viewers? Lukewarm reception from critics? Then sayonara, promising new sci-fi. We hardly knew you.
Almost Human is one such show. A future-set sci-fi take on the buddy cop genre, it received a thirteen-episode season one order from Fox in 2013 and a shed load of pricy promotion for its November the 4th premiere. And then? At the eleventh hour, the premiere was pushed back a fortnight, co-showrunner Naren Shankar left citing “creative differences”, and only four of its thirteen episodes were aired in the intended running order.
Despite some great world-building, »
Director Nicholas Stoller has steadily been rising in the ranks, having worked for many years under Judd Apatow on everything from “Undeclared” to a string of successful studio comedies, including “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and 2012’s “The Five-Year Engagement.” (He was also involved with both of Disney’s recent Muppets movies.) But Stoller is about to break into the big leagues with this weekend’s gut-busting “Neighbors” (review here), a film that pits Seth Rogen’s new dad against Zac Efron’s rowdy frat leader in a war for suburban supremacy. We recently sat down with Stoller and chatted about the five biggest influences on his new film, most of which will be very surprising (especially for those that have already seen the film).When “Neighbors” premiered at South by Southwest, Stoller openly admitted that one of the biggest influences for the movie was “Enter the Void,” Gaspar Noe’s neon-lit »
- Drew Taylor
Seth Rogen has had his fingerprints all over comedy ever since emerging on the scene as a teenager.
Taken under Judd Apatow's wing early in his career following "Freaks and Geeks," Rogen has had memorable supporting turns in "Undeclared" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" -- in addition to success as a writer -- before breaking out in 2007's smash hit "Knocked Up." Since then, the only way you could've missed him is if you've been living under a rock.
1. Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1982 to Sandy Belogus, a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who works for non-profit organizations.
2. His parents met in Israel, and he has described them as "radical Jewish socialists" at least "in American terms."
3. It's not surprising, then, »
- Jonny Black
Seth Rogen’s This Is The End was arguably the funniest film of 2013, while Nicholas Stoller’s The Five-Year Engagement was arguably the funniest film of 2012. It seems a certainty, if there can be such a thing, that their first feature film together, Bad Neighbours, will hold that title for 2014. At least it’s hard to imagine how anything could surpass it.
Taking into account their shared sensibilities, it’s a wonder that they’ve taken this long to join forces, Stoller’s writing credits on the short-lived Us series Undeclared their only previous collaboration. Their best work has offset a fratboy crudeness with a touching sweetness and Bad Neighbours amplifies both by adding actual fratboys and the world’s cutest baby. Rogen and Rose Byrne play Mac and Kelly, young parents whose partying and sex life has taken a hit with the arrival of their baby. This is further »
- Mark MacCallion
Seth Rogen (This Is the End, 50/50), Zac Efron (The Lucky One, That Awkward Moment) and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, Insidious series) join forces with director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) for Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby.
By all appearances, new parents Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) are living the American Dream, one complete with an adorable little girl and a beautiful new starter home in the suburbs. Still, the early-thirtysomethings want to believe that they have a modicum of coolness left within them. This next phase of life is proving to be a challenge, as the reformed (sometime?) partyers struggle with the realities of entering an inevitable new stage: unapologetic adulthood.
When Mac and Kelly discover that their new next-door neighbors are »
- Movie Geeks
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Way back in the dark ages of 2012, Paramount snatched up a little untitled comedy pitch from a guy named Rodney Rothman. A little comedy pitch … with Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart attached to star and Rogen and Evan Goldberg attached to produced. So, more like a really, really huge pitch, I guess. Oh, also Rothman did a bunch of work on Undeclared and executive produced Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which is probably worth something. Well »
- Adam Bellotto
Kevin Hart is one of the biggest comedic actors going right now, but he has never lost touch with his roots with the actors and filmmakers inside the Judd Apatow circle. Some of Hart's earliest TV work was starring in three episodes of Undeclared, and he has followed that with small parts in movies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Drillbit Taylor, The Five Year Engagement, and, most recently, This is The End. Now that he has big has huge hits like Ride Along and Think Like A Man under his belt, he's apparently ready to leave the supporting parts behind and become a leading man with those same frequent collaborators. Nicholas Stoller - who worked with Hart on The Five-Year Engagement - has revealed to SlashFilm that he is currently developing a script that he hopes will have Hart and Seth Rogen playing co-lead roles. While the film doesn't seem to »
A couple of years ago, it was announced that Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart were teaming up for a buddy comedy at Paramount. There was nothing particularly Earth shattering about the announcement, and it seems like a logical pairing of two big comedy stars and not much was heard of it since. But "Neighbors" director Nicholas Stoller has just put this one back on our radar in a big way, with a logline that truly sounds fantastically bonkers. Chatting with Slashfilm, Stoller made it clear what movie he wants to direct next, and it sounds kinda amazing. "The next thing I want to direct is this thing for Seth [Rogen] and Kevin Hart. It’s basically about the first white cop/black cop pairing in history," he explained, "that takes place in the late ’40s and they have to bust jazz musicians for weed. It’s kind of a Baz Luhrmann world mixed with Tarantino shit. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With 4/20 coming around this Sunday, we could have easily given you a list of all the reasons that Super Troopers has become one of the greatest "stoner comedies" of all time. Instead, we decided to chat with all five of the Broken Lizard guys to let them tell you all about this little film they made nearly 15 years ago and how it turned into the cult classic it is today. Spark it up, cinephiles! It's oral-history time.
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He's appeared in two top TV comedies and had the Apatow seal of approval but Hart has still to top his mega-successful stand-up movie
Judging by About Last Night, we are still waiting for pint-sized stand-up sensation Kevin Hart to make his movie breakthrough. He's been at it for a while now, having appeared as long ago as 2002, aged only 23 and still fresh from a traumatic childhood in Philadelphia. In parallel with his successful stand-up career, Hart has been courting Hollywood for a decade, appearing in Scary Movie 3 and Judd Apatow's college sitcom Undeclared, and building up lots of goodwill, not to mention some influential friends. He was Jason Segal's roommate for a while, which gave him juice with the Axis of Apatow, and netted him cameos in The 40 Year Old Virgin and This Is The End, plus tasty TV appearances on Party Down, the best »
- John Patterson
The comedy gods are smiling down on Hollywood, as an almost surefire success is in the quickly moving developmental stages. Fox 2000 is teaming up with the super-producer couple Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald for the suburban comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses, and they.ve landed two whopper male leads in Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm, two guys who should become an official comedic duo at some point in the future. Both actors are still negotiating their deals, but the deal has already been completed with director Greg Mottola to helm this feature. Having most recently handled Larry David.s awkwardly enjoyable HBO movie Clear History, which also starred Hamm, Mottola is more recognizable for such riotous gems as Superbad and Adventureland, and his work on series like Arrested Development and Undeclared. This trio is just oozing with potential, although the only plotline THR has is generic enough to go »
All those who have spent the past few years complaining about Judd Apatow movies — about the length or the plotlines or that they’re all about shlubby guys getting attractive girls or that they’re nothing but pot jokes — all those people can take it up with the circa 2000 NBC executives who pulled the plug on “Freaks and Geeks,” the beloved, yet low-rated, teen angst dramedy he executive produced with creator Paul Feig that helped launch the careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and many others.
“Even to this day, I think I didn’t want to admit that ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was cancelled,” Apatow said March 10 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. “Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ It’s really demented, but it’s just like ‘you were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. »
- Whitney Friedlander
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