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In 2012, when Judd Apatow used the Avett Brothers' buoyant, love-drunk ballad "Live and Die" in his coming-of-middle-age comedy This Is 40, it was a choice that reflected a passion for the band's heartfelt folk pop. "Their music is about reaching out and trying to connect with other people, as well as the obstacles of love," says Apatow. "And I try to express some of the same things in the realm of comedy."
So when he heard that his friend Rick Rubin was producing the Avetts' ninth album, True Sadness, which came out last year, »
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.
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.
The award honors industry leaders who are “champions of the arts and whose history of fostering creativity and creating opportunities for actors has made a positive impact on the acting profession and the performing arts.”
The SAG-aftra Foundation will present the awards Nov. 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
SAG-aftra Foundation President JoBeth Williams said, “As a director, writer and producer, Judd Apatow is known for discovering and nurturing some of the most beloved comedic actors and actresses on television and in film. Kathryn Bigelow is a trailblazing director and producer whose risk-taking gambles on unknown talent have expanded the careers of many artists both in front of and behind the camera. Ted Sarandos is an innovator whose executive leadership has created and supported tens »
- Dave McNary
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, »
- Michael Nordine
Matt Edwards Jul 28, 2017
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.
Some romantic comedies transcend the mundane and crawl into your heart and stay lodged in there forever. The Big Sick is one such movie. Hard to imagine how a "coma comedy" could work, but in the able hands of veteran comedy filmmakers Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, This Is 40) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, The Royal Tenebaums), director Michael Showalter (Hello My Name Is Doris), and actor/writer Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), the outcome is unforgettable, especially given that it's based on Nanjiani and his wife's near-fatal relationship.
The film tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian and Uber driver Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) who hooks up with grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a casual one-night fling quickly develops into a promising relationship, even with the cultural complications of Kumail's traditional Muslim parents. The revolving dinner scenes of his parents »
- Dusty Wright
Are you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Is life getting in the way of keeping up with the shows you wanna try out? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems in this era of Peak TV.
Network | Netflix
RelatedPeak TV Treasure: IFC’s Brockmire
Number Of Episodes | 22 episodes (10 in Season 1; 12 in Season 2)
Episode Length | 30 mins.
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
Rated R for language including some sexual references.
The Big Sick opens Friday, »
- Movie Geeks
Based on a real life romance, The Big Sick is the love story of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, who, by the way, also wrote the script. Kumail Nanjiani, perhaps best known in the Us for playing Dinesh in HBO’s Silicon Valley stars as himself in the Michael Showalter directed film. Also starring Zoe Kazan (Emily), Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, and Zenobia Shroff, the film opens in NY and La on Friday, June 23rd.
Kumail, a standup comedian, has an instant connection with grad student Emily, despite the fact that she heckled him during his set. However, what they promised would be just a one-night stand blossoms into true love. Complicating this love story is the life that Kumail is expected to live by the traditions of his Muslim parents. The pressure to make a choice between his two worlds become too much for Kumail, and he and Emily break up. When Emily gets sick with a mystery illness and is put into a coma, it forces Kumail to get lost in the world of medicine, hospitals and a medical crisis with her parents Beth and Terry, who he’s never met. It is a journey of his emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
There are movies that can either make you laugh, or can make you cry, or can touch your heart and sometimes really make you get lost in the world and the lives of these characters, but not many movies provide all of these experiences at once: The Big Sick does all this and more! The story, the performances of every cast member, the cinematography, the laughs and all the feelings it evokes, makes The Big Sick honestly one of the best movies I have seen this year.
One of the greatest things about the film is that it shows just a moment in time of these characters and that is brilliant. The rich little vignettes that make up this big moment of Kumail and Emily are done perfectly. Every scene feels real and true and you are completely involved and invested in their story.
The fact that it is a real story makes it even more poignant and happy, but if you did not know that was a real love story going into the film, it still would make you laugh, sigh, cry, be frustrated and hope for a happy ending.
The cast; oh, that cast is perfect! All the actors make their scenes play true and work together to create some amazing glimpses into Kumail and Emily’s story.
It must have been hard for Kumail Nanjiani to revisit this story. Perhaps going back to that time really brought his feelings to life, but I feel that it might have been a burden for him as well. I have always thought that funny actors make the best dramatic actors when given the right material and he certainly proves that to be true. From his funny lines, to his burgeoning love, his frustration and confusion, his pain, and his realization of what really matters, he speaks volumes. He is brilliant.
From the first moment she appears on screen, Zoe Kazan sparkles. Full of quick wit with a twinkle in her eye, she shines in the early part of the picture. However, it is the more serious scenes that really blow you away. The pain she conveys will break your heart as hers is breaking and it is astounding.
The two of them together are cute, funny, loveable, awkward, heart warming, at times wistful and melancholy. You so want them to stay together forever. They are a perfect jodi!
Ray Romano as Terry is funny, doleful and wonderful. He brings gravity but at the same time lightness to the part and the movie. Loved his performance in the film.
Anupam Kher brings a layer of depth to the film. He plays Kumail’s dad in some great comic as well as serious moments, but also with so much feeling. He brings a lot of heart and caring.
Zenobia Shroff is fabulous. She plays Kumail’s rather eccentric mom perfectly with no trace of caricature. I loved her wonderful feigned surprise at the seemingly endless parade of potential daughter-in-laws. Then her pain and anger near the climax of the movie is fully true and we believe it.
We also have to mention Bo Burnham as Cj, Aidy Bryant as Mary and Kurt Braunohler as Chris. As I was watching it, I kept thinking, they should get a comedy troop along with Kumail together, it would be so good! I would watch that tour or show! That speaks to their talent, their realism and their funny.
Adeel Akhtar also has some fabulous moments on screen and delivers his quiet lines with a lot of impact.
Also a shout-out to Myra Lucretia Taylor, though her part as the nurse was small, I see her and the looks in her eyes in my mind when I think of this film.
There are probably nitpicky things I could say but they paled in comparison to the greatness of this film.
The Big Sick is a romantic comedy but it is more. It is a modern rom-com but presented in an honest way rather than being gimmicky, and that makes it even more special. It is everything that a good romance, a good comedy, a good drama, a good film should be! Perfect! I highly, highly recommend that you go see it! I can’t wait to watch it again, even with the sad parts!
An Amazon film, produced by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, This is 40) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, The Royal Tenebaums), The Big Sick opens in limited release in NY and La tomorrow June 23rd and the opens nationwide on June 30th!
Did I say you must see this excellent film? Oh well … it must be said again: go experience that brilliance of the moment in time of The Big Sick! »
- Stacey Yount
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 »
Love crosses all racial boundaries.
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. The Big Sick is directed by Michael Showalter (Hello My Name Is Doris) and produced by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, This Is 40) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, The Royal Tenenbaums).
Lrm was on the red carpet for its movie premiere in Hollywood, »
- Gig Patta
Every once in a while, a really special film comes along that you may have a chance to see at a film festival, but that may not have the biggest studio push behind it when it finally gets released. Jeff Grace’s Folk Hero and Funny Guy is one of those great festival movies that really deserves more attention.
The film stars Wyatt Russell (22 Jump Street), and Alex Karpovsky (Girls) as two childhood friends whose lives went into very different directions in terms of fame and success. Russell’s Jason Black is a hugely-popular singer and songwriter i.e. the folk her of the title, while Karpovsky’s Paul is the funny guy, a struggling stand-up comic for many years. When Paul’s fiancé dumps him, Jason, feeling bad for his friend, throws out the idea of the two of them going on tour with Paul opening for him. The »
- Edward Douglas
Following its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it won rave reviews across the board, Kumail Nanjiani‘s acclaimed film The Big Sick has just premiered its new theatrical trailer. Written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, the story of their real-life courtship also stars Anupam Kher, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter, and Zoe Kazan. It will be released in theaters by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate on June 23 in select cities followed by a nationwide rollout on July 14.
Check out the brand new trailer of the funny, moving, romantic film!
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the »
- Stacey Yount
The Big Sick went over big at Sundance, where many critics praised it as a genuinely emotional twist on standard romantic comedy cliches. In our review, we said, “In every conceivable way is this film a crowd-pleaser, pushing you to laugh and laugh until you cry.”
Produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Stella and Wet Hot American Summer alumnus Michael Showalter and written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick is based on the real-life relationship between Nanjiani and Gordon, with Nanjiani playing a version of himself while Zoe Kazan stands in for Gordon. The couple go from a one-night stand into something more serious, to the chagrin of Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents. Things are complicated further when Emily is stricken with a mysterious illness, forcing Kumail to deal with the medical crisis alongside Emily’s parents, played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.
When it »
- The Film Stage
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.
When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
Photo by Nicole Rivelli.
- Melissa Thompson
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.
- the Associated Press
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
“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 Studios’ Aaron 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
“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
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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