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Judd Apatow doesn't make short movies. His the first film he directed, The 40 Year Old Virgin, clocks in at an hour and 56 minutes long - and that's his shortest one to date. His latest, This is 40 - which came into theaters this past weekend, doesn't break the trend that Apatow has started either, and is a full two hours and 14 minutes long. In the editing room, however, it wasn't just small bits and pieces that he had to delete from the final cut - he had at least one five and a half minute scene that didn't make it to theaters. But you can just watch it below. Having seen the movie I can tell you that this would have been somewhere nearly the end of the second act and start of the third, but no plot details are given away so don't worry about spoilers. That said, »
A deleted scene from This Is 40 has been released online. The film is a spin-off of Knocked Up and follows married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they deal with marriage and family. I'm surprised this scene was cut since it's emblematic of the film: it's intermittently funny, it goes on way too long, and it's mostly the actors riffing on a topic intended to be too blunt for the audience to handle (Anal sex in a handicapped bathroom stall! Edgy!) If you saw the movie this past weekend and still can't get enough, then this clip is for you. Hit the jump to check out the clip, which also stars Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Robert Smigel, and Annie Mumolo. Via Funny or Die. This Is 40 - Deleted Scene from Paul Rudd Here’s the official synopsis for This Is 40: Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, »
- Matt Goldberg
Anghus Houvouras picks his top five five directors whose output is getting progressively worse, and rates their chances of redemption...
Some filmmakers age like fine wine. Others ferment. Every filmmaker has an occasional miscue or a film that doesn't live up to expectations. But there are others who consistently work and yet seem to be spiraling down a slippery descent into mediocrity... or worse. Here's a list of the top five filmmakers who have seemed to have lost their way.
It feels like a lifetime since we've seen a Coppola film that is worth the two hour investment. At one point he was the riskiest, most daring filmmaker in the business. He took big risks and reaped big rewards. But then he started turning out junk that barely qualified as mediocre. It was right around the time he released the family friendly drama Jack with Robin Williams »
I'll be honest, I did very little preparation for this week's Top 5. With the all-encompassing destruction of the Mayan Apocalypse staring us in the face, I kind of figured what's the point? No one's going to care about movie news when Smoke from Mortal Kombat III's fatality proves prophetic and Earth explodes, right? Alas, as is so often the case, the Mayans failed us and I was forced to pull things together at the last minute. In this, our first post-Mayan calendar installment, we have This Is 40 interviews with Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, and Paul Rudd, a new teaser trailer and images for Star Trek Into Darkness, the first trailer for Michael Bay's Pain and Gain, the scoop on Damon Lindelof's lack of involvement in the Prometheus sequel and new info on 1952, and the first red-band clip and poster from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's This Is the End. »
- Jason Barr
The ‘sort-of sequel’ to ‘Knocked Up’ brings us two 40-year-old parents having a mid-life crisis! The hysterical new comedy is a must-see this holiday season — here’s five reasons why You shouldn’t miss it!
This Is 40 is director Judd Apatow‘s latest comedy masterpiece! He’s given us past blockbusters like Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Superbad and his newest project will have you in stitches just like his past hits. The movie centers around married couple Deb (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd), and their two children, on the week of their 40th birthdays. The film follows their struggles of getting healthy, spending more quality time with their kids and spicing up their sex life. Though some scenes verge on vulgar (don’t bring your kid brother), you’ll be Lol-ing from your seat throughout the entire movie!
Here are five reasons to see the flick: »
- Dory Larrabee
Knocked Up producer says he is 'excited to write something with a social conscience' and believes theatre is arena to do it in
After penning a string of screwball Hollywood comedies, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, Apatow has told GQ Magazine that he is "excited to write something with a social conscience" and believes the theatre is the perfect place to do so. "That is not something I have attempted before, and I hope I am up for the challenge."
Though he kept the majority of the details under wraps, at least on the record, Apatow revealed that the play will be "about victims of the criminal justice system and the challenges they face".
Asked whether the play will, like the vast majority of his screen projects, »
- Matt Trueman
The sequel will see the return of Will Ferrell (Step Brothers), Steve Carell (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Paul Rudd (This Is 40) and David Koechner (Get Smart) as the hottest news team in San Diego. The original Anchorman film saw Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) as San Diego's top rated newsman in the male dominated broadcasting world of the 1970s, but Burgundy soon had his ideal world shaken up with the arrival of a new female news woman (Christina Applegate; Married... with Children) brought in to share the limelight, which didn’t go down too well with the self-absorbed newsman.
For True Greatness, Judd Apatow Must Leave The Comfort Of Apatown Behind It's time for the comedy magnate to get outside his comfort zone. By Jordan Fischer I like and admire Judd Apatow, but I don't want to see his new movie. I wanted to see The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which was about a sweet-natured shut-in trying to reckon with adult sexuality. I wanted to see Knocked Up, which was about two people trying to decide if their huge personal differences made them emotionally incompatible. I wanted to see Funny People, which at least in intent was about the isolation of fame, and the loneliness and vulnerability of constantly needing to make people laugh. But I don't want to see This is 40, which is about... what, exactly? Judging by the trailers, it's about being an affluent Southern California guy with an attractive family, worried about keeping [...] »
- Jordan Fischer
After much success in one genre a film maker can become an adjective (in the Golden Age it was “Capra-esque”) and can branch out into a brand name with their production house presenting films from other directors with a similar sensibility. This was the case with Mel Brooks, then Zaz (Zucker,Abrams,Zucker of Airplane fame), the Farrelly brothers, and now Judd Apatow. After great box office success from producing (Anchorman), he directed several hits (starting with The 40 Year Old Virgin), then his company became the home to more comedy smashes (particularly last year’s Bridesmaids). Now Apatow is behind the camera for his fourth directorial feature (based on his script), This Is 40. He’s returned to the world of his 2007 film Knocked Up, but it’s not the standard sequel. Ben (Seth Rogan) and Alison (Katherine Heigl) aren’t sending their toddler off to kindergarten. Instead Apatow »
- Jim Batts
After directing and producing almost countless hit movies, who knew that what Judd Apatow really wanted to do was remake Magnolia? Since 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin, his directorial efforts have been punctuated by outbursts of genuine pathos, growing stronger successively in Knocked Up and Funny People. Finally, in This Is 40, the dam seems to burst, and all that anger and resentment that his humor was meant to cover up comes to the surface (all the more alarmingly so, as three of the leads are played by members of Apatow’s nuclear family). That’s not to say that it isn’t funny, because it is, but 40 will still surprise people, not least of which for the way that it challenges Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as both actors and stars. After three comedies in a row, This is 40 is be his first effort more notable as a drama. »
- Anders Nelson
Three years after adding lots of new categories to align themselves more closely with the Oscars, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards have thrown all semblance of being Academy-like in the garbage and named Judd Apatow recipient of the Ccma's first Critics' Choice Louis Xiii Genius Award. The award, to be fair, goes to a man with a pretty high track record of making people laugh, with his new "This Is 40" the latest in a string of films that includes "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up" and "Funny People." And to be even »
- Steve Pond
This is 40 is not funny. Or, at least, it’s not the “funny ha ha” outing movie-goers have come to expect from Judd Apatow, purveyor of stoned Seth Rogens and manically birthing Katherine Heigls and screaming Steve Carells. It’s not gut-busting or laugh-out-loud or stitch-inducing, but what it actually is may be something far better than all of that – it’s funny because it’s true. Picking up a few years after Apatow’s Knocked Up, the filmmaker turns to the previously-perilous marriage of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) for his “sort-of sequel.” Pete and Debbie have already been through some minor marital squabbles (remember when Pete would sneak off to the movies, or when Debbie busted in on Pete’s fantasy baseball league?), but their fortieth birthdays (taking place within the same week) bring with them more challenges than they’ve faced before, and more serious ones to boot. All »
- Kate Erbland
Having conquered the big screen -- "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," "Funny People" -- and the small screen, writing episodes of shows like "Freaks and Geeks" and "Girls," Judd Apatow is taking his talents to the stage.
Yep, he's writing a play -- not a shock to his Twitter followers, to whom he floated the idea in 2011.
"I have a great idea. Maybe like the best idea I've ever had," he tells GQ. "It requires me to create characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with my experience."
Unlike the writer and director's previous work, the play isn't remotely autobiographical. All he'll let GQ's Amy Wallace reveal about the subject matter is that "it's about victims of the criminal-justice system and the challenges they face." Definitely doesn't sound like "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
"I am excited to write something which has a social conscience," he emails Wallace after their interview. »
It's not all gold, Mr. Apatow. The logic behind his films seems to be, "If it got big laughs at a test screening, we should probably keep it." Therefore, the editing isn't decided on how best to tell the story, but how many jokes they can stuff into a borderline-ridiculous runtime. If this is the case, then there must be an absolute certainty that the jokes are all terrific, and that it doesn't detract from the characters or the plot. You can have the "Know how I know you're gay?" scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin because it's funny, it doesn't slow the film down, and it doesn't detract from overall narrative. This Is 40, Judd Apatow's latest film, lacks any such cohesion. As nothing more than a slice-of-life, it's free to wander around aimlessly, sometimes running up against great jokes, and sometimes meandering through scenes that could be cut completely. »
- Matt Goldberg
"The Guilt Trip" is a far cry from working choreography on "The Flintstones." Nothing against the John Goodman not-really-a-classic, but it's remarkable that Anne Fletcher, director of "The Guilt Trip," is even in the position to direct films that don't, you know, include dance sequences.
After a career in choreography -- working on a wide range of films, from "Boogie Nights" to "Monkeybone" -- Fletcher directed the dance-themed, Channing Tatum-starring film, "Step Up." Her next move was key ... or, as Fletcher puts it, she "would have been screwed" if her next directing gig had been another dance movie. It wasn't; the box-office success of "27 Dresses" led quickly to the behemoth that became "The Proposal," a film that Fletcher calls her "gold ticket."
In "The Guilt Trip," Rogen plays Andy, an inventor of a new cleaning formula »
- The Huffington Post
For his next trick, Judd Apatow could take on Broadway.
"I have a great idea. Maybe like the best idea I've ever had," the "This Is 40" director told GQ in a new interview. "It requires me to create characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with my experience."
Apatow is a prolific writer, having not just scripted his four directorial outings ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," "Funny People" and "40"), but also episodes of "Freaks and Geeks," "The Larry Sanders Show," "Girls" and movies like "Walk Hard" and "You Don't Mess With The Zohan." According to Apatow, his stage work, however, could be heavily influenced by the audience.
"I'm noticing that I really wish there was another part of my relationship with the crowd," he said to GQ. "It just feels weird to work on [writing] something alone, and then you're editing, and then you just chuck it out »
- Christopher Rosen
The very first joke in This Is 40 -- a movie made in 2012 by experienced comedy professionals -- is about Viagra. That lazy, hackneyed start is a bad sign because it suggests that writer-director Judd Apatow, the reigning champion of urbanely vulgar R-rated comedies, isn't trying very hard on this one. The rest of the movie is generally better than that, with a great deal of very funny dialogue, but it's also a lot like that Viagra joke: it's unoriginal, it lacks substance, and it overstays its welcome. None of these charges are new when it comes to Apatow. Plenty of critics and viewers called out The 40-Year-Old Virgin (116 minutes), Knocked Up (129 minutes) and Funny People (146 minutes) for being too long »
I think it's pretty safe to say that no one writes for Leslie Mann the way Judd Apatow does, and it's been fascinating to see the evolution of that from "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" until "This Is 40." The thing I love in the characters she plays in his films is the way she mixes this remarkable frankness with an intense vulnerability. She's great all the way through "Knocked Up," but the moment where I fell for the character completely came about 2/3 of the way through. I'm going to bet most fans of that film think of the same moment first »
- Drew McWeeny
As you can guess from the title Walk of Shame, the latest comedy from writer-director Steven Brill is about one woman's particularly rough morning, following a drunken one-night stand. Elizabeth Banks stars as this uptight and unlucky lady who must not only wander out into the daylight hours in her last night wear, but also loses her phone, money, ID, and keys, yet must still maker her way across Los Angeles to get to a crucial job interview for a new anchor position she desperately wants. Previous casting updates have revealed that James Marsden and Community's Gillian Jacobs will co-star with Banks in this post-coital comedy. Now Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment are proud to announce the cast has expanded to include Bill Burr (Stand Up Guys), Liz Carey (The 40-Year-Old Virgin), Ken Davitian (Borat), Willie Garson (Sex and the City), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (Would You Rather), Oliver Hudson »
In the lead up to his latest film, "This Is 40," Judd Apatow is sitting down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz for an exclusive live hour-long interview about how he changed the landscape of modern comedy.
Apatow will also be taking questions from viewers via Twitter. To submit your questions for him, tweet them to @MTVNews using the hashtag #askjudd.
It all begins right here at 4 p.m. Et, so get your questions in now!
- MTV Movies Team
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