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★★★☆☆ Following on from 2009's Funny People, director Judd Apatow has spent the last few years working as a producer on films such as Bridesmaids (2011) as well as TV shows like Lena Dunham's Girls. He returned to the director's chair in 2012 for This Is 40, a sort-of sequel to his successful 2007 rom-com Knocked Up. Taking the supporting characters Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), This Is 40 doesn't so much as mention main characters Ben (Seth Rogen) and Alison (Katherine Heigl) from the former. With such notable omissions, is it possible to satisfy fans of the first instalment, whilst also appealing to a new audience?
After years of marriage, Pete and Debbie's relationship has become lacklustre and routine. With financial pressures weighing on their minds and the care of their two young daughters to contend with, all romance has been well and truly sucked out of their lives. As »
- CineVue UK
Braff launched the project in April on Kickstarter, and after completing its goal within a matter of days, it was fully funded at just over $3m. at the end of last month.
With much of the leading cast already set, Braff has begun meeting with people to work on the other side of the camera alongside him, and after sitting down with Betsy Heimann, he’s announced that she’s officially on board to be the costume designer for Wish I Was Here.
Heimann’s career spans across three decades, and she has worked on some of the most memorable and acclaimed films over the years, including (but certainly not limited to) Reservoir Dogs, Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Art School Confidential, Funny People, and what Braff notes is his personal favourite, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Movie cliches are unavoidable; the director only has two-odd hours to take you from start to finish, so whether a high school's social structure is built on a thin foundation of classic nerd and jock stereotypes or a wedding is abruptly interrupted by the aw-shucks nice guy who's finally ready to spill his guts, there's bound to be some shortcuts along the way.
But sometimes Hollywood takes it a bit further, hitting us with cliches that are so oddly specific (and frequently divorced from reality) that they make you wonder if they've been written by a random plot-generating robot with limited resources and a tenuous grasp on the human experience. So sit back, relax, and set your deja vu detectors to "on" as we break down ten insanely specific things that are commonplace in the movieverse.
1. Character Dislikes Past/Future Version of Themselves
- Adam D'Arpino
Aubrey Plaza is pretty damn funny on Parks And Recreation and has assembled a nice career of supporting roles in Funny People, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, Safety Not Guaranteed and many more. The To Do List marks her first starring role in a wide release film and this red band trailer sets a pretty good tone for a fun film. The To Do List has a similar feel to Emma Stone's Easy A crossed with the John Hughes movies of the 1980s. Taking place in the early 90s, there are tons of references »
- Alex Maidy
This sharply observed debut about a struggling standup comic is an interesting rumination on modern London life
This low-key character study from debutant Tom Shkolnik proves quietly impressive in its ruminations on latter-day London identity. In office hours, Ed (Edward Hogg) is a softly spoken thirtysomething flunking a sales job; by night, he is what Judd Apatow's Funny People euphemistically called a "high-energy" amateur standup, raising the volume to compensate for flat material. Off-stage, Ed dithers between his French bedmate Elisa (Elisa Lasowski) and Nathan (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), the charming artist who just wants him to commit. It's small and scratchy, necessarily circumscribed – like Jamie Thraves' not dissimilar The Low Down – by its protagonist's indecision, but a brace of electric, sharply observed encounters on nightbuses contribute to an air of something lived through: Shkolnik knows what it is to be shrugging along in the city with not enough money in your pocket, »
- Mike McCahill
Anthony Stokes assesses the career of Judd Apatow....
Comedy seems to be like a mechanical bull, with many people holding on for dear life and not quite realizing they've fallen off (I'm looking at you Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and especially Eddie Murphy). Few people have had more success producing, writing, and directing comedies than Judd Apatow. At this point he's the godfather of American comedy cinema, kickstarting the careers of comedic titans such as Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd to name but two. He takes people who are naturally funny and teaches them how to be good actors and make good movies, for the most part.
Judd Apatow is not somebody who gets a whole lot of credit, which is unfortunate. It's rare for genre directors to get a lot of praise and awards recognition and Apatow is no different. However, his influence on American comedy in not only movies, »
- Flickering Myth
Well, that was unexpected. It seems like Aubrey Plaza, star of TV's "Parks and Recreation" and the upcoming "The To-Do List" checked one very unique task off her list last night: Stage-bombing Will Ferrell in the middle of his acceptance speech for the Comedic Genius Award at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.
Attendees were just as surprised by the unscripted moment as audience members and Ferrell himself.
"Did she Kanye him?!" Seth Rogen asked backstage when MTV News' Josh Horowitz asked him about the moment. "Something unplanned happened at the MTV Movie Awards? That's a first."
"She had a look in her eye," he said. "Maybe she knew she was about to do something wild. »
- Kase Wickman
By Tamar Anitai
MTV's awards shows have, historically, created so many memorable moments that they could easily fill their own award show of memorable moments. Some moments were scripted and planned: Sasha Baron Cohen's bare bum descending upon Eminem's face at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards: planned. Kanye West rushing the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs: unplanned.
And speaking of Kanye, 'Yeezy may have inspired Aubrey Plaza, who — wearing a handwritten reference to her upcoming movie, "The To-Do List," on her décolletage — wandered up on stage during Will Ferrell's acceptance speech for the Comedic Genius Award.
Will Ferrell barely broke character, throwing subtle shade by saying "What's happening, are you okay? Aubrey Plaza, everyone! Just like we rehearsed it" and then continuing with his acceptance speech without missing a beat.
- MTV Movies Team
Directed by Tim Burton
Written by Linda Woolverton
Alice in Wonderland is a truly inexplicable, baffling, painful film to watch. I don’t know what anyone involved in the film was thinking in making it. Did they want to honor the vision from the late Lewis Carroll? Did they want to honor the 1951 animated film? Or did they simply expect, callously if correctly, that if they threw a bunch of CGI against a wall, we’d all show up to watch in awe? There were, I imagine, people who hoped their experience would be that way. Instead, anyone watching this for the first time would likely start out hopeful, devolve into confusion, and then end angry at what they just sat through. Every single decision in this film is a misstep, every line of dialogue forgettable or painful, »
- Josh Spiegel
Before last summer's indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed, you could be forgiven for thinking Aubrey Plaza's primary talent was rolling her eyes or glaring at the main character. As a supporting presence in Funny People, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and of course Parks & Recreation, Plaza was sardonic and funny but often a little one-note, the dark-eyed scowler adding conflict for the central story but never getting one of her own. But just as her character on Parks & Rec was growing up a bit, Plaza showed even more of her skills in the charming Safety Not Guaranteed-- and now she's expanding her repertoire even more in The To-Do List, the comedy set to arrive this summer. Written and directed by Maggie Carey, the comedy stars Plaza as a recent high school graduate determined to get in all the sexual experience she's missed out on before heading to college »
People don't talk about it much, but Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann make up one seriously powerful Hollywood couple!The writer-director of movies like "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "Knocked Up" and "Funny People" and his hilarious wife (who's starred in all of those and a ton more) just purchased a gorgeous home in the elite Malibu Colony community ... for an estimated $10.95 million.Sitting right on the sand, the 1930s cottage boasts 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and another bed and bath atop a detached two-car garage. The remodeled gourmet kitchen features a sleek mahogany center island, with the entire house feeling very beachy thanks to its white walls and light floors.Our favorite feature (besides the amazing view) is the master suite, which has its own fireplace and wall of glass that leads to a private patio -- connecting to the downstairs via a spiral staircase. Awesome!Young Maude, 15, and Iris, 10, sure »
- tooFab Staff
Judd Apatow's (sort of sequel) to his fan favorite Knocked Up, This is 40, is now in stores on Blu-ray and DVD! The hysterical film featuring an always never aging Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann focus on the lives of Pete and Debbie having to adjust to getting a bit older. And because of the big release, we are giving away two prize packages of some of Judd Apatow's best films.
The bundles will include This is 40, 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Funny People! Plus, the winning is easy. All you have to do is comment below why you think you deserve it. Why is Apatow the greatest? What's your favorite Apatow film and why? Why does Rudd always look so handsome? Get creative!
And to help you out for ideas, look back on some of Rudd's best moments in both television and film. There are »
- Stephanie Webber
Casting sometimes is fate and destiny more than skill and talent, from a director’s point of view.
Ah, the joys of hindsight, such as they are. It is so easy to look back on what came about from the small decisions coming together to form an unforgettable whole, and laugh at those who didn’t display prescient vision. This applies to the world of film too, of course, where even the most minor of calls can prove absolutely crucial. There is a reason that these guys are paid so much, after all. But sometimes retrospect shouldn’t be required to spot a blatantly dunce call, even if its long term implications probably would have been hidden from view. The executives and the blindsided directors were, on occasion, spared by fate’s demand for fruition.
Casting is a huge part of filmmaking, and many a movie has »
- Scott Patterson
Judd Apatow's latest directorial effort, This Is 40 is the "sort-of sequel to Knocked Up" and was described as "brutally funny and brutally honest" by movie reviewer Richard Roeper. The movie will be released on DVD and Blu-ray later this week, and we have, as we often do, a copy of the DVD to give away. But this time Reelz is including a little something extra. In addition to This Is 40, we have three more Judd Apatow flicks that we're adding to the prize: Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Funny People. Enter to win the four-pack and maybe there'll be a comedy-with-heart movie marathon in your future.
Head over to our contest page to enter. We'll be accepting entries from now until March 25th. Good luck!
Enter to Win Here >>
Link | Posted 3/19/2013 by reelz
- reelz staff
Moviefone's Pick of the Week "Zero Dark Thirty" What's It About? Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow documents the recent history we're all too familiar with in this action blockbuster retelling of the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. See It Because: It's an intense and thrilling recreation of events you already know about, but still manages to keep you guessing; and while the film has earned its fair share of controversy, it's worth watching as a snapshot of a very unique time in American history. Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Badlands" Criterion Collection What's It About? Before he became "that 'Tree of Life' guy" Terrence Malick changed filmmaking forever with his directorial breakthrough starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek as two young lovers who embark on a cross-country killing spree. See It Because: If you know what Blu-ray does for beautiful cinematography and what Criterion does for historical archiving, then this should be a no-brainer. »
- Eric Larnick
Gang Related is noteworthy for having a title that somehow has yet to be claimed by any crime procedural in history, no matter how much anyone's instinct says otherwise. (A film starring Jim Belushi and Tupac, though? Well, sure.) The pilot is also worth keeping tabs on because RZA, that Wu-Tang mastermind, The Man With the Iron Fists director, and Funny People scene-stealer, has been cast in his first series regular role. The show is The Departed in San Francisco, with a gang member secretly rising through the ranks of the police force, etc. RZA will play Cassius, a member of the Gang Task Force fighting for "justice in a world that seems to have stopped caring." RZA won't have much time to work on those two directing gigs he's booked if the show gets picked up, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. »
- Zach Dionne
While some thought that Judd Apatow’s 2009 dramedy “Funny People” could mark a turning point of sorts for Adam Sandler, the comedy star has dedicated the years since to further become the type of actor he lampooned in the viral ads for the Apatow film. And now, Deadline is reporting that he’s thinking about teaming up again with the actress he’s already romanced in two previous films, to diminishing returns. While he was set to embark for the wild frontier with the western comedy “Ridiculous 6,” it seems that Sandler is taking the underperformance -- to put it mildly -- of “That’s My Boy” and “Jack & Jill” to heart. So he’s decided to make a romantic comedy set on a resort instead. This guy really knows how to pick movies that double as paid vacations... So what’s it about? “After a disastrous blind date, Jim and Lauren find themselves, »
- Cain Rodriguez
Critics may have questioned the need for a fifth Die Hard movie, but audiences signalled their sustained interest in the franchise, powering the latest instalment to an opening of £4.55m. That was enough for A Good Day to Die Hard to elbow Wreck-It Ralph aside, claiming the chart crown. On closer inspection, however, the Bruce Willis flick saw its takings inflated by Valentine's Day previews totaling £1.28m. Strip those out, and A Good Day's debut falls to £3.27m, below Wreck-It's second-weekend takings of £3.43m. It's actually doing better in the UK than the Us, going by the accepted rule of thumb. The Us four-day opening of $37.54m would typically yield a UK equivalent of £3.8m, but the actual achieved result »
- Charles Gant
Judged on its own terms, Judd Apatow's latest comedy is a frank, funny, often painful study of married life and parenthood
Several comedians over the past 30-odd years have created schools around their work – Woody Allen, for instance, with his relationship comedies in the 70s, and the Farrelly brothers with their envelope-pushing farces of the 90s. But there's been no one quite like Judd Apatow. As indefatigable writer, producer, director and impresario, he's been at the centre of a phenomenal industry that throughout this new century has brought together a good many of the most original comic talents in America for taste-challenging, fashion-setting entertainment, usually crude and vigorous, but often sharp and occasionally subtle.
Following The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007) and Funny People (2009), Apatow's fourth film as writer-director is This Is 40. It's a sort of sequel to Knocked Up, where Seth Rogen played a charming Canadian layabout who »
- Philip French
At one point during the This Is 40 blooper reel, Judd Apatow's wife Leslie Mann, the film's co-lead, is discussing someone's vagina. "Does yours look like that?" somebody asks. "Not any more," she says, forlornly. "It looks like that... just longer."
The exchange didn't make the final cut. "That's actually the only time during the entire shoot where she said, 'I don't wanna say that,'" laughs Apatow, in London to promote the film. "People ask how I get her to do certain things on camera, and most of them are things she pushed to go further, like how it feels to be in a bar and be hit on when you're 40: how happy it makes you, how much you need it, and how bad »
- Alex Godfrey
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