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Judd Apatow on Returning to Stand-Up Comedy After 25 Years

Judd Apatow on Returning to Stand-Up Comedy After 25 Years
The first thing Judd Apatow does in his new stand-up special is tell the crowd that he has wanted to do this kind of show since he was a kid.

The second thing he does is joke about how famous he is.

“There’s a little bit of a freak show element to me doing it,” Apatow says of his act and the need to lead it off by addressing his Judd Apatow-ness. “If I ignored that it was weird that I was up there, the audience wouldn’t [listen to my act]. They would just want to know about me and my life.”

Apatow, who is nearing his 50th birthday, sits in a conference room at his production company’s L.A. office. Behind him are photos of the casts of “Freaks and Geeks” and “Girls,” two of his best-loved TV shows. To his left is a whiteboard bearing story notes for season three of one of the current
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This Year’s Oscar Actor Races Could Provide a Lot of First-Time Nominees

This Year’s Oscar Actor Races Could Provide a Lot of First-Time Nominees
There are a number of universal constants every awards season. There will always be at least one upset. There will always be at least one major snub. And, assuredly, there will always be a number of talented contenders knocking on the door trying to break through for that first Oscar nomination.

This season, Sam Rockwell, who has been awards worthy in “Moon” and “Frost/Nixon,” among other films, finds himself a frontrunner his work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Armie Hammer was buzzed about for “The Social Network,” but should have better luck with “Call Me by Your Name.” Adam Sandler is best known for broad comedies, but has earned acclaim for his dramatic work in “Punch-Drunk Love” and “Funny People.” He has his best shot at a nomination in years with his role in “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).”

But they certainly aren’t alone.

Since first gaining serious worldwide attention in “Animal Kingdom,” [link
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From ‘The Big Sick’ to ‘The Disaster Artist,’ 2017’s Best Performances Find Actors Playing Themselves

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From ‘The Big Sick’ to ‘The Disaster Artist,’ 2017’s Best Performances Find Actors Playing Themselves
Historically, the Oscars have a very particular definition of what makes for great acting. As far as the Academy Awards are concerned, a worthy performance typically has less to do with expression than it does exhumation — sometimes the little gold man goes to someone for bringing an original character to life, but more often it’s given to someone for bringing a real person back from the dead. At least, that’s been the case in the 21st century.

Truth be told, that’s perfectly understandable: Quantifying art is a fool’s errand, and biopics provide voters with a way of measuring how close someone has come to hitting their target. It isn’t necessarily a good way, but it’s a way all the same.

Whatever their opinion on the role itself, it would be hard to watch Gary Oldman reanimate Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” and argue that
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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Review: Adam Sandler Nails Noah Baumbach’s Comedy of Dysfunction

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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Review: Adam Sandler Nails Noah Baumbach’s Comedy of Dysfunction
It’s tempting to call Adam Sandler “Halley’s Actor,” since he makes us endure one wretched, inane comedy after another in between his all-too-occasional impressive performances with filmmakers outside of the Happy Madison stable. But while the waiting can be agony, the payoffs are worth it, in the case of Sandler’s triumphs in “Punch-Drunk Love” and “Funny People” (and in the less overall-successful “Spanglish” and “Reign Over Me”). Add “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” to the list of movies that prove that The Artist Formerly Known as Opera Man has real chops. Not that the film is crafted as a showcase.
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'The Meyerowitz Stories' Review: All-Star Family Dramedy Is Flat-Out Brilliant

'The Meyerowitz Stories' Review: All-Star Family Dramedy Is Flat-Out Brilliant
Noah Baumbach makes family movies that feel lived in – the kind that banter, bristle and sometimes bleed. The real kind. To the company of The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding and While We're Young, you can add The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), a literate New York comedy of bad family manners in which Baumbach rarely sends out a line of dialogue without a sting in its tail.

The film plays like a series of New Yorker short stories bound by blood ties. The Meyerowitz clan lives
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Silence and Analysis: The Non-Verbal Struggle of ‘Louie’

By Jacob Oller

Frustration and failure often dwell in the silences of Louie. tand-up comedy has a tangential (and sometimes symbiotic) relationship with film and TV, seen in things like The King of Comedy, Funny People, Man on the Moon, Obvious Child, The Big Sick, I’m Dying Up Here, and Crashing. The exploration of inner life through intense idolatry […]

The article Silence and Analysis: The Non-Verbal Struggle of ‘Louie’ appeared first on Film School Rejects.
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Meyerowitz Stories Trailer Unites Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman

Meyerowitz Stories Trailer Unites Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman
"And the Oscar goes to, Adam Sandler!" Are those words you ever thought you would hear in your lifetime? As crazy as it may sound, we can't absolutely rule it out. The Meyerowitz Stories earned the actor a 4-minute standing ovation at Cannes and there has been considerable buzz ever since. Now Netflix has released the first trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) and it actually seems like this buzz may have been warranted. Plus, we get to see Ben Stiller punch Adam Sandler in the face.

Netflix stepped in and scooped up The Meyerowitz Stories after it premiered, which has been standard practice for them on the festival circuit these days. Not to mention that they have a contract with Adam Sandler that has him produce original movies for them, but those are the usual Happy Madison offerings that most people probably wouldn't watch unless they were free on Netflix.
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Coming Distractions: See Adam Sandler in an actual good movie in the first trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories

Every few years, some stray artistic impulse prods Adam Sandler to bring out the sad clown lurking underneath his normal angry clown, loud clown, and vacation clown performances, producing critically acclaimed films like Funny People or Punch-Drunk Love. Going off of the reception it got at Cannes, Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stores (New And Selected) looks to be the latest in the “good Sandler movie” oeuvre, with our own A.A. Dowd praising the actor’s performance (and even moreso his co-star Ben Stiller, a comic actor with a more extensive track record in Baumbach’s seriocomic world).

Now you can get a hint of Meyerowitz for yourself, courtesy of Netflix and the film’s first trailer, showing off Sandler, Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson as members of the title clan, all singing a song about a guy named Byron (or possibly Myron). Baumbach’s film debuts on
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‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ Teaser: Adam Sandler Gets Serious in Noah Baumbach’s Dysfunctional Family Dramedy — Watch

‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ Teaser: Adam Sandler Gets Serious in Noah Baumbach’s Dysfunctional Family Dramedy — Watch
Remember serious Adam Sandler? Noah Baumbach does, and that’s clearly why the master of American — familial and otherwise — dysfunction cast the actor in his latest dramedy, the Cannes premiere and Netflix offering “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” In the film, Sandler is just one of many clearly addled Meyerowitzs, including Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman.

“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” centers on the eponymous estranged family, which convenes in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father (Hoffman). Sounds fun, right? Turns out, it’s pure Baumbach, in the best way possible.

Read More:Adam Sandler on ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ and Therapy: ‘I Don’t Want to Let Anybody Down’

In our Cannes review, our David Ehrlich wrote, “Too familiar to stand out from Baumbach’s career, but too funny and textured and true to not be one of its highlights…
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Judd Apatow’s 14-Year-Old Daughter Iris Looks Just Like Her Mom Leslie Mann at Teen Choice Awards: Pics!

Mama Mann’s mini-me! Iris Apatow was her father Judd Apatow’s date to the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, and had fans doing a double take.

Watch: Chris Pratt Makes First Appearance Since Anna Faris Split at 2017 Teen Choice Awards

The 14-year-old beauty looked all grown up in a blush summer dress with a jean jacket and matching heels. She was also the spitting image of her 45-year-old mom, Leslie Mann, with her lengthy blonde locks and stunning features.

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Iris may look familiar as she’s performed alongside parents and her older sister, Maude, in the comedies Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40.

In those films, Iris was the cute, curly-haired younger sister, but in the years since, she has blossomed. Iris now has a recurring role on Netflix’s show, Love, and is set to co-star in the short film Sonora with Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard.

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Why Studios Aren’t Making Great Comedy Films Anymore, According to Judd Apatow

Why Studios Aren’t Making Great Comedy Films Anymore, According to Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow is largely credited with giving new life to the R-rated comedy genre in the 21st century thanks to critical and commercial hits “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.” But even though Apatow has found mainstream success with his films, he’s still very aware of just how far the comedy genre has fallen in Hollywood. There’s a reason one of the summer’s big comedy hits is the indie “The Big Sick,” while studio efforts like “Snatched,” “Baywatch,” “Rough Night,” and “The House” have all bombed.

Read More‘Funny People’ Is An Underrated Masterpiece, And Adam Sandler’s Latest Misfires Make It Even Better

Apatow recently sat down with Vulture for a wide-ranging discussion about his career, and the conversation touched on the director’s thoughts about the current state of the studio comedy. He believes the major studios are no longer “smart enough and funny enough
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Judd Apatow Calls Jim Carrey’s Stand-Up ‘The Funniest Thing I’ve Ever Seen in My Life’

Judd Apatow Calls Jim Carrey’s Stand-Up ‘The Funniest Thing I’ve Ever Seen in My Life’
Here are two funny people you might not have known were such big fans of one another: Judd Apatow and Jim Carrey. The two (apparently longtime friends) spoke fondly of their early days in the Hollywood club scene together during an appearance at Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival, with Apatow calling Carrey’s stand-up sets at the Improv “the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Read More‘May It Last’ Trailer: Judd Apatow Gets Up Close and Personal With the Avett Brothers

“”He would go on stage every night and improvise his entire set,” explained the “Knocked Up” and “This Is 40” director. “His goal was not to repeat one line from any other night.” Apatow was even present when Carrey came up with Fire Marshall Bill, a character he went on to portray many times on “In Living Color.” The two eventually started co-writing sketches together,
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The Big Sick movie review: girlfriend in a coma, the rom-com

MaryAnn’s quick take… A rom-com for people who hate rom-coms. A painfully funny movie, full of enrapturing emotion that captures the glorious contradictions of all kinds of love. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of romantic comedies

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

How many ways can a movie be spoiled by its own mere existence so that it’s ruined before you even see it? We now know that it’s more than the many ways in which The Big Sick spoils itself, because its multiply-foregone conclusion does not hinder its amusements, lessen its drama, or take away from its big, big, all-enrapturing emotion. It’s kind of amazing.

The Big Sick is the basically-true, just-a-little-bit-fictionalized story of the relationship between actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Goosebumps) and writer and producer Emily V. Gordon,
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Judd Apatow interview: The Big Sick

Matt Edwards Jul 28, 2017

Judd Apatow chats to us about The Big Sick, directing, stand-up comics and bad interviews...

Heading into UK cinemas this week, The Big Sick is a reinvigorating romantic comedy. It has a brilliant cast of characters, a unique pitch (boy meets girl, boy loses girl, awkward situations and a medically induced coma ensue) and a balance of drama and comedy that means you never know whether to brace yourself for a broken heart or split sides. A breath of fresh air, it’s the sort of film regular cinema goers need. It’s also the sort of film that needs regular cinema goers; it needs those that see it and enjoy it to shout about it, to tell people that it’s worth paying attention to.

Directed by Michael Showalter, the film stars Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote the script with his real life spouse Emily V. Gordon
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‘Funny People’ Is An Underrated Masterpiece, And Adam Sandler’s Latest Misfires Make It Even Better

‘Funny People’ Is An Underrated Masterpiece, And Adam Sandler’s Latest Misfires Make It Even Better
I’ve watched “Funny People” more times than I care to count (fun fact: Judd Apatow movies comprise roughly 40% of all cable television programming), but it never occurred to me that Apatow’s raw, shaggy, desperate masterpiece of a third feature was inspired by “The Great Gatsby.” For some reason, I didn’t automatically make the connection between The Great American Novel and a studio comedy in which Adam Sandler has sex with a stranger while pretending to be a Merman. But someone recently pointed out the parallel, and — like a Magic Eye stereogram or that bump on Jean-Claude Van Damme’s forehead — it’s the kind of thing that you can’t un-see.

Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) is our new Nick Carraway, an aspiring L.A. comedian who forms an unlikely relationship with a lonely, enigmatic, semi-reclusive titan of his industry. George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is our Gatsby, a
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‘The House’ Review: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s Unfunny Comedy Is a Bizarre Endurance Test

‘The House’ Review: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s Unfunny Comedy Is a Bizarre Endurance Test
Anyone who thinks the house always wins hasn’t seen “The House.” Not that anyone who goes to see this movie, ostensibly a comedy but in reality a bizarre endurance test, wins either — Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s latest is a zero-sum game in which the odds are never in your favor.

After learning that the scholarship that was going to send their daughter to college no longer exists, the happily married couple played by Ferrell and Poehler do what any caring parents would do: start an illegal casino in their friend’s (Jason Mantzoukas) house. That most of the patrons they aim to get rich off of are their neighbors and friends never seems to be an issue, nor is it the source of either comedy or tension.

Read More: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler Make Crime Pay In First Trailer For ‘The House’ — Watch

What follows plays
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Exclusive: Judd Apatow on 'The Big Sick' and Clean Movies Censorship: 'It's Pretty Sleazy'

Exclusive: Judd Apatow on 'The Big Sick' and Clean Movies Censorship: 'It's Pretty Sleazy'
Mentorship is not a new hat for Judd Apatow -- after all, he's the guy who helped guide a then-unknown Lena Dunham and Girls to success. Lately though, he's only increased his efforts, with Pete Holmes on Crashing, Paul Rust on Love and now Kumail Nanjiani's first feature film, The Big Sick.

"I think it's among the best movies we've ever been a part of," Apatow says of The Big Sick, out June 23. "It's
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Sundance London: The Big Sick review: Dir. Michael Showalter (2017)

The Big Sick review: This biographic tale of love found and nearly lost in the Big Apple is one of the best and loveliest comedies of the year so far.

The Big Sick review by Paul Heath, Sundance London 2017.

The Big Sick review

Taking its inspiration from the story of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the former the well-known comedian and actor most famous for his role of Dinesh in the brilliant comedy series Silicon Valley. In this new romantic The Big Sick, written by the real-life couple, Nanjiani plays himself while Zoe Kazan takes on the role of Emily.

We open to Nanjiani on stage a small comedy club where he is attempting to forge some kind of career in stand-up. Alongside him are his peers, each of them trying to do the same but also helping each other out along the way. One night, Kumail hears a
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Adam Sandler on ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ and Therapy: ‘I Don’t Want to Let Anybody Down’

Adam Sandler on ‘The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)’ and Therapy: ‘I Don’t Want to Let Anybody Down’
Amid all the poorly received Netflix Originals, let us not forget that Adam Sandler dabbles in more serious fare from time to time. It doesn’t always work out — “The Cobbler” was among the most pilloried films of 2014 — but Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” has emerged as an early favorite at Cannes. Sandler spoke about the film during a press conference at the festival, saying that he “couldn’t believe we were doing this movie” when he first read the script.

Read More: Cannes Review: A Great Adam Sandler Performance Makes ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ One of Noah Baumbach’s Best

Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman co-star as Sandler’s brother and father, respectively, with Emma Thompson playing Hoffman’s third and current wife. “It’s different for a comedian when you get an offer like this,” Sandler said. “My first thought is, ‘I don’t want
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Ferrell and Poehler Go Full Scarface in The House Red Band Trailer

Ferrell and Poehler Go Full Scarface in The House Red Band Trailer
With just a month and a half left until the R-rated summer comedy The House hits theaters, New Line Cinema has debuted an outrageous new red band trailer. This age-restricted video contains much more footage that the first trailer, showing what really happens when these loving parents, played by Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, catch someone cheating. The result is much more bloody and hilarious than the version shown in the all-ages trailer, but if you're averse to a lot of blood being shown, you may want to look away towards the end of this footage, because it gets rather gruesome.

Warner Bros. debuted this red band trailer on YouTube today, which opens with a scene where Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) are celebrating their daughter Alex's (Ryan Simpkins) graduation, by describing the "f--- fest" their house will become, once their daughter leaves for college. There's one big problem though,
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