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The Judd Apatow-directed Trainwreck is being hailed as a breakthrough for much of its cast. It’s turned Amy Schumer – who stars as a monogamy-challenged New York magazine writer — into a movie star, Bill Hader into a leading man and LeBron James into his generation’s Bruno Kirby. But the film is an equally big break for the man behind the camera – Trainwreck cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes. In the past, Apatow has opted for veteran d.p.’s with intimidating credits. Unforgiven’s Jack Green shot The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Schindler’s List’s Janusz Kaminski lensed Funny People. On Trainwreck, Apatow turned the camera over to […] »
- Matt Mulcahey
“This is the birth of a new film star,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “She’s going to get tons of offers. This puts her in the same realm as Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.”
Schumer was already edging along the zeitgeist thanks to her sketch show “Inside Amy Schumer,” but “Trainwreck” propels her to household name terrain. The raunchy, but also surprisingly heartfelt, romantic comedy introduced the salty standup and television personality to wider film audiences, racking up $30.2 million. That’s more than “Bridesmaids,” “Spy” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” made in their launches — impressive company considering that those films starred A-listers like Wiig, McCarthy and Steve Carell.
Most of the credit goes to Schumer, who »
- Brent Lang
The Walking Deceased follows a group of survivors from all walks of the apocalypse – an idiotic Sheriff with definite coma-induced brain damage, his hardass son, four squabbling friends forced to survive this zombieland together, and a lonely zombie who just needs love to fully regain his warm body. They all leave their once-safe hideout in search of the rumored Safe Haven Ranch, a refuge untouched by the zombie virus that has ravaged humanity. But despite the comforting name, they discover that this sanctuary may not be as welcoming as advertised.
- Phil Wheat
At the world premiere of “Trainwreck” at the SXSW Film Festival last March, the loudest laughs from inside the theater came from the film’s director, Judd Apatow. Slumped down in a seat behind his new star, Amy Schumer, Apatow was so invested in the story about a thirtysomething magazine journalist who emerges from a series of one-night stands to begrudgingly find true love that he actually shushed a nearby, mortified fan who tried to open a candy wrapper.
Later, Apatow and Schumer would deliver a standup comedy set in Austin that provided the launching pad for a national tour they’d announce. And “Trainwreck,” which opens today, will keep the laughs coming. Apatow, one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood (“Girls,” “Anchorman 2,” “Begin Again,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday,” etc.), has been selective about his own directorial projects. “Trainwreck” is his first film since 2012’s “This is 40, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Judd Apatow is the maestro of the dick joke, the current reigning king of gross-out humor, and the guy who brought you all those hey-bro-let’s-get-drunk-and-get-laid movies. But Apatow’s secret weapon, and the likely reason for his broad appeal, is that he’s admittedly a family-values guy at heart. From The 40-Year-Old Virgin to This Is 40, the binge drinking and drug use and sexcapades in Apatow films always wind up leading to monogamy, long-term commitment, and reinforcement of American social norms.
So it makes for an interesting collision of creative talents – and personal values – when the similarly raunchy but more deeply subversive comic Amy Schumer teams up with Apatow in Trainwreck. Schumer writes and stars in the film, which focuses on a thirty-something journalist and dedicated wild child also named Amy. Amy drinks hard, parties harder, and hops constantly from one new sexual encounter to another, following the »
- Patrick Dunn
Before there was "Inside Amy Schumer" on Comedy Central and before Amy Schumer was covering every magazine, hosting the MTV Movie Awards and becoming a household name, I was listening to her comedy in my Spotify rotation. I can't remember the first time I heard her comedy, but listening to bits here and there, her edgy, no holds barred style had my howling. However, when I tried to listen to one of her comedy albums in its entirety I realized there can be too much Amy Schumer at once. This was my chief concern walking into Trainwreck, which Schumer wrote before teaming with director Judd Apatow to polish up the script and deliver the final product we now see on screen. Fortunately, there's just the right amount of Amy Schumer, but there is too much movie for the small story Trainwreck sets out to tell. Like virtually all of Apatow's films, »
- Brad Brevet
With his starring role in the Marvel superhero blockbuster Ant-Man, Paul Rudd seems set to embark on a new phase in his career: action hero. But there's a scene late in the movie when, caught kissing another character, his ex-con-turned-insect-controlling-good-guy Scott Lang starts to faux-blame the deed on his partner before gracefully skirting away. It's a classic Rudd moment, and a reminder of what he brings to the table even when he's playing a comic-book character.
What is that exactly, you ask? In general, his characters tend to be earnest and romantic, »
Amy Schumer was the toast of the evening at the world premiere of her movie star-making role in Universal Pictures’ romantic comedy “Trainwreck” at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York on Tuesday night. The comedian reveled in the moment where she received rave reviews for her performance.
“This is the best night of my life,” Schumer told Variety on the red carpet prior to the screening. “To be here tonight and to share the movie with people is something I will never forget. I’m so proud of this movie. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get this movie made, and it all paid off. It turned out to be everything that I hoped it would be thanks to Judd Apatow, the cast and everybody who worked on the film. I’m so f—–g happy!”
“Trainwreck” marks Schumer’s first starring role in a feature film. »
- Paul Chi
The Judd Apatow Cinematic Universe is more than the work of just one man. And yet, whether Apatow writes, produces, or directs a film, his bighearted sensibility permeates the final product: that giddy, mockingly irreverent attitude toward romance and family that, nonetheless, has a deeply sentimental core. It’s been ten years since Apatow moved from TV (he was a writer/producer for the likes of The Larry Sanders Show, The Ben Stiller Show, and Freaks & Geeks) to become one of Hollywood’s most bankable, distinctive comic filmmakers with The 40-Year-Old Virgin. But even before that, his affectionate, bro-friendly aesthetic — which had been honed from years of stand-up and writing jokes for comics such as Roseanne — could be felt in projects he wrote and produced, like The Cable Guy and Celtic Pride. But after Virgin, Apatow films were everywhere. Teaming with stars like Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell, he established »
- Will Leitch,Tim Grierson
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Trivia of the Day: In honor of Judd Apatow's Trainwreck and the Paul Rudd-starring Ant-Man both coming out this week, CineFix shares seven things you probably don't know about The 40-Year-Old Virgin: Best Superhero Selfie of the Day: Here's that selfie taken at Comic-Con of Stan Lee with all of Fox's superhero movie casts, from X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Wolverine, Gambit and Fantastic Four: Panel 10 - Hall H, @20thCenturyFoxPanel - I mean this Has to be some kind of damn record. Most superheroes in one selfie? Casts of Wolverine, X-Men, Deadpool, Gambit, and Fantastic Four Plus the Generalissimo!!! #sdcc2015 #HallH...
- Christopher Campbell
When Marvel Studios announced that Paul Rudd — best known for his comedy work in such films as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Anchorman” and “Clueless” — would star as Ant-Man in their bigscreen adaptation, Rudd understood that some fans might be skeptical about him playing the beloved comic book superhero, who shrinks to insect size to battle crime.
“When people heard that I was cast in this movie, I think most people’s reactions were ‘Huh? Paul Rudd as a superhero? Really?'” Rudd told Variety Monday night at the film’s Cinema Society screening in New York at the School of Visual Arts Theater.
“The majority of my career has been doing comedies, and I was always that guy, so I completely understand. Playing a comic book character is different from anything I have ever done before, and that was a huge appeal to me. I wanted to do something unexpected. I »
- Paul Chi
There is something about a Judd Apatow film. It can be crude, but with a big old heart inside. With films like Knocked Up, This Is 40 and The 40-year-old Virgin, he has managed to make you laugh and still feel a little something more than you would from your average comedic director. With Trainwreck - written by star Amy Schumer - he has a made a suprisingly poignant drama that happens to be... Read More »
Judd Apatow has made no secret of his disgust for Bill Cosby, and on Thursday he took to Twitter to criticize Whoopi Goldberg‘s support of the disgraced comedian. “I think @WhoopiGoldberg is trying to be a loyal friend. It is sad that Bill Cosby is so sick that he puts his friends in that position,” the director-producer tweeted. “He admitted to giving this to women to get them to have sex. So what are you defending?” Apatow went on to ask. “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Trainwreck” filmmaker was reacting to Goldberg’s decision to stand by her longtime friend in the wake. »
- Debbie Emery
Judd Apatow’s latest is rough around the edges, but his focus on a female protagonist refreshes a genre in sore need of change
Judd Apatow made his name as the slightly stoned father of the bromantic comedy. The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up were hugely lucrative, foul-mouthed yet cosy stories of male angst. But he has ultimately found more success focusing on women. Producing the Oscar-nominated Bridesmaids gave him his biggest box-office hit, while working with Lena Dunham has led to four series and counting of acclaimed HBO show Girls.
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- Benjamin Lee
No contemporary filmmaker has chronicled the messy human experience with the eye and ear of a comedic cultural anthropologist like Judd Apatow. Hits as varied as those he’s directed, like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and those he’s produced, like Superbad and Bridesmaids, are all unified by their honest, unflinching, comic look at how complicated it is to grow up in the modern world.
Apatow has also built a history of helping break distinctive new comedy voices into the mainstream, from Seth Rogen to Lena Dunham among many others. Now, in his fifth feature film as a director, Apatow again brings a portrait of an unforgettable character, and a portrayal by a breakout new comedy star, together in Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) as a woman who lives her life without apologies, even when maybe she should apologize.
Since she was a little girl, »
- Movie Geeks
I like to write silly articles about terrible films, but I prefer to write silly articles that go on about how much I’ve enjoyed a film that most people wouldn’t bother with. Den of Geek will often send me odd films with rotten reputations and it’s always my hope that I’m going to get something like Chuck Norris’ Invasion U.S.A., which is kind of out there but also kind of brilliant. More often, though, I’ll end up with a Santa With Muscles or a Nick Fury: Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
When I read silly film look backs that other people have written around the internet, I’ll sometimes come away with the impression that the person has set out to trash an easy target. »
Whenever a movie lands a late August release date, the warning flags go up in Hollywood. Why? Well, if it's a studio, the movie is going out during what is considered not prime summer playing time. This is when "Exorcist," "Halloween" and "Expendables" movies get to play. That doesn't mean that a word-of-mouth hit can't break out during this usually less-than-competitive period ("Superbad," "Bring It On," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"). And distributors can decide that they need a little extra playing room, because maybe their elements aren't that strong, or they're afraid of going up against the big summer guns. As for the indies, there's more room to play in August. But opening then often signals: "This is not an awards movie." If it were, distributors would wait just a few more weeks for the fall festivals and the adult quality film season. (Historically, the Weinstein brothers have done well in this. »
- Anne Thompson
"...with the help of hairstylist Gregory Russell and makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, Dennings seamlessly transformed into her favorite sources of inspiration, from screen siren Sophia Loren to grunge rocker Eddie Vedder..."
A child actress, Dennings career took off after an appearance in the HBO series "Sex and the City", followed by roles in the features "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", "Big Momma's House 2", "Charlie Bartlett", "Raise Your Voice", "The House Bunny", "Defendor", "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist", "Thor" and "Thor The Dark World".
Dennings currently co-stars in the CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls".
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- Michael Stevens
While pursuing different types of roles just for the sake of shaking up his career isn’t Paul Rudd’s style, he admits that starring in Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” helmed by Peyton Reed, definitely feels like a departure, particularly when it comes to promoting the film.
“There are a lot of people that are interested and there is a lot we can’t say,” Rudd says. “Nobody was telling me (not to) reveal any storylines from ‘I Love You, Man.’”
As the titular character in the July 17 release, Rudd is Scott Lang, a conman who has a suit that shrinks him to the size of an ant and infuses him with superhuman strength.
For Rudd, who will receive a star July 1 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, playing a superhero in a big-budget summer action movie represents a new frontier, having made a name for himself in comedies such as 1995’s “Clueless, »
- Christy Grosz
For today’s piece, I want to try something a little bit different, especially because this isn’t the first time I’ve spoken of Seth MacFarlane here. Last year, I wrote about MacFarlane as a future A-list comedy filmmaker on the eve of his sophomore feature A Million Ways to Die in the West opening. Then, that movie underperformed, so he’s still waiting for that second hit (after Ted) to solidify his cinematic standing in the same way that he has on television. Well, this weekend he has the opportunity with Ted 2, so I wanted to repost part of my MacFarlane piece, updated with some Ted 2 extra goodness. Hopefully this is a fun idea, since honestly…it’s fun sometimes to double dip and give something another go. Below you’ll see a re-edited look at my thoughts last year on MacFarlane, tailored more now for »
- Joey Magidson
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