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Judd Apatow Releasing Second Book of Comedian Interviews

19 April 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Judd Apatow likes nothing more than topping his own joke.

The filmmaker is putting together a sequel to his best-selling Sick in the Head, which featured conversations with Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld and other comedians. The new book will be called Sicker in the Head and will feature interviews with Norman Lear, Kevin Hart and Whitney Cummings.

Random House, which announced the book Wednesday, said no release date has been set.

Apatow is best known for comedies such as Knocked Up and This Is 40, as well as HBO's Girls. He is donating author proceeds »

- the Associated Press

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‘The Discovery’: Why Jason Segel Emerged From His Self-Imposed Acting Exile to Star in Charlie McDowell’s Dark Netflix Drama

31 March 2017 1:55 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Even five years ago, it would have been hard to imagine Jason Segel, the Muppet-loving, butt-baring star of modern comedy classics like “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Knocked Up” as some kind of Sundance darling, but that’s exactly how the actor found his unexpected second act.

When Segel was picked to star as the lauded and immensely troubled late author David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt’s “The End of the Tour,” the filmmaker’s decision to cast the lovably goofy “This is 40” and “How I Met Your Mother” star was met with plenty of skepticism. Segel, however, dove deeply into preparing for the role, listening to the recordings of journalist David Lipsky (played by Jesse Eisenberg in the 2015 drama) and watching clips of Foster online to get a sense of the writer’s presence. He even started his own book club to read and discuss Foster’s “Infinite Jest. »

- Kate Erbland

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Bella Thorne, Maude Apatow, Joel McHale Join Thriller ‘Assassination Nation’

1 March 2017 10:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bella Thorne, Maude Apatow, Bill Skarsgard, Joel McHale, and Colman Domingo have joined the thriller “Assassination Nation.”

The film, written and directed by Sam Levinson, will be produced by Foxtail Entertainment, Phantom Four, and Bron Studios, in association with Creative Wealth Media.

The cast also includes Suki Waterhouse, Odessa Young, and Hari Nef, Abra. “Assassination Nation” will begin shooting this spring in Louisiana.

Assassination Nation” follows four teenage girls in a small suburb who become the focus of unwanted, worldwide media attention after their personal information is leaked by an anonymous hacker.

Producers are Foxtail Entertainment’s Matthew Malek and Anita Gou, Phantom Four’s David Goyer (“Batman v Superman”) and Kevin Turen, and Bron StudiosAaron L. Gilbert (“Fences”). Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth and Andy Pollack are executive producers.

Malek and Gou launched Foxtail Entertainment last year with a pledge to explore edgy material and champion projects that highlight diversity. »

- Dave McNary

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‘Bridesmaids’ Reunion: Annie Mumolo to Star in Melissa McCarthy’s Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Amy’s Brother’

27 February 2017 4:19 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bridesmaids” creator Annie Mumolo has nabbed the title role in Fox’s comedy pilot “Amy’s Brother,” Variety has learned.

Mumolo co-wrote the 2011 hit flick “Bridesmaids,” which starred Melissa McCarthy, who is executive producer on “Amy’s Brother.”

“Amy’s Brother” is about an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-a man and his estranged sister, Amy (played by Mumolo), plus her two children, find themselves not only back in each other’s lives but also living under one roof.

The half-hour, single-cam laffer was written by Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa, who will serve as co-executive producers. McCarthy and her husband and producing partner Ben Falcone are executive producers, along with “SNL” vet Beth McCarthy-Miller who is directing the pilot. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.

Mumolo was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for “Bridesmaids,” in which she also appeared in a small role. She »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Leslie Mann and John Cho to Host Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards

3 February 2017 1:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Cho and Leslie Mann will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire. Together, they will present 18 awards to 34 individuals and five organizations.

“We’re so excited to have John and Leslie join us as hosts for this year’s Scientific and Technical Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “It’s one of our favorite and most talked about events each Oscar season, and John and Leslie’s humor and refreshing take on the honorees will be a perfect addition to a night where we celebrate our colleagues’ groundbreaking scientific and technical achievements.”

Mann recently starred in “How to Be Single” and can currently be seen in Taylor Hackford’s “The Comedian” alongside Robert De Niro. Her other credits include “The Other Woman,” “This Is 40,” and “Knocked Up,” as well as the animated features “Rio 2” and the Oscar-nominated “ParaNorman. »

- Dani Levy

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The Lrm Interview with The Comedian’s Leslie Mann

1 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Actress Leslie Mann is an absolutely lovely person to talk to if you ever get a chance.  To many, she’s become better known as Mrs. Judd Apatow and the mother of two daughters who have famously stolen scenes from her in his comedies Knocked Up and This is 40. In fact, she’s been a fairly active comedic actress for quite some time and since her last movie with her husband, she’s appeared in movies like The Bling Ring, How to Be Single, The Other Woman and more.

For The Comedian, a new comedy directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray), Mann is paired with Robert De Niro as the love interest to his stand-up comic Jackie Burke, who meets her character Harmony Schultz when he’s at a low point in life, forced to work at a soup kitchen as community service for attacking a heckler. Jackie and Harmony »

- Edward Douglas

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Exclusive: Leslie Mann on the Best Hollywood Advice She's Given Her Daughter and Working With Robert De Niro

31 January 2017 4:48 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

In an industry filled with rejection and struggles, Leslie Mann has some savvy advice for her 19-year-old actress daughter, Maude.

The This Is 40 star opened up to Et’s David Batista about the best words of wisdom she’s given to her gorgeous girl, who has appeared in Knocked Up, Pitch Perfect 2 and Girls.

Watch: Iris Apatow Is All Grown Up and Looks Just Like Mom Leslie Mann

“[I told her] to learn to write and write her own stuff, so she doesn't have to rely on everyone else to give her jobs,” Mann shared, while promoting her new film, The Comedian, in New York City on Tuesday. “That's good advice. That's pretty good advice, right?”

The actress has two daughters with her husband, director Judd Apatow.

While chatting about how the girls show her “cat videos that have gone viral,” the 44-year-old actress noted that she doesn’t necessarily want her younger daughter, Iris, to get »

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Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena to star in The Pact

10 January 2017 1:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal has just gained its leads for the R-rated comedy The Pact. Leslie Mann (This is 40), Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad) and WWE star John Cena (Trainwreck) will star in the comedy as parents who discover each of their daughters have made a pact to lose their virginity at prom, and launch an operation to prevent the girls from fulfilling it.

Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon will be making her directorial debut with The Pact while Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Eben Russell and brothers Brian & Jim Kehoe will pen the script. Hurwitz and Schlossberg will also produce the film alongside Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver with their company, Point Grey Pictures.

The Pact is set for an April 20th, 2018 release. »

- Ricky Church

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