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Popular: Ryan Murphy Says The WB Was "Homophobic" About Cancelled Series

Popular premiered in 1999 and was cancelled in 2001, after two seasons on The WB. The teen comedy-drama features popular cheerleader Brooke McQueen (Leslie Bibb) and nerdy high school journalist Sam McPherson (Carly Pope). The two are forced to live together, when Sam's mom, Jane (Lisa Darr) gets engaged to Brooke's dad, Mike (Scott Bryce). The cast also included: Tamara Mello, Christopher Gorham, Sara Rue, Bryce Johnson, Tammy Lynn Michaels, Leslie Grossman, and the late Ron Lester.Popular was successful writer-producer Ryan Murphy's first foray into TV. The American Horror Story and American Crime Story created, co-created Popular with Lisa Matthews. Murphy tells EW that during the show's run, The WB was "relentlessly homophobic," toward the TV series.Read More…
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Review: This Is 40

This Is 40

Stars: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Chris O’Dowd, Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy, Graham Parker, Lena Dunham, Annie Mumolo, Robert Smigel, Charlyne Yi, Lisa Darr, Albert Brooks | Written and Directed by Judd Apatow

Five years after writer/director Judd Apatow introduced us to the couple in Knocked Up, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their roles as husband and wife Pete and Debbie in This Is 40.

After years of marriage, Pete lives in a house of all females: wife Debbie and their two daughters, eight-year-old Charlotte (Iris Apatow) and 13-year-old Sadie (Maude Apatow). As he struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and Debbie must figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy the rest of their lives…before they kill each other.

Ok, so Knocked Up was a hilarious pot-comedy about a couple coming to terms with becoming parents,
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45 New This Is 40 Photos

Universal Pictures has released a batch of new high resolution photos from Judd Apatow’s upcoming comedy, This Is 40.

Five years after writer/director Judd Apatow introduced us to Pete and Debbie in Knocked Up, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their roles as a husband and wife both approaching a milestone meltdown in This Is 40, an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family.

After years of marriage, Pete lives in a house of all females: wife Debbie and their two daughters, eight-year-old Charlotte (Iris Apatow) and 13-year-old Sadie (Maude Apatow). As he struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and Debbie must figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy the rest of their lives…before they kill each other.

In his fourth directorial outing, Apatow’s new comedy captures what it takes for one family to flourish in the middle of a lifetime together.
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Win A Pass To The Advance Screening Of This Is 40 In St. Louis

Five years after writer/director Judd Apatow introduced us to Pete and Debbie in Knocked Up Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprise their roles as a husband and wife both approaching a milestone meltdown in This Is 40, an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family.

After years of marriage, Pete lives in a house of all females: wife Debbie and their two daughters, eight-year-old Charlotte (Iris Apatow) and 13-year-old Sadie (Maude Apatow). As he struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and Debbie must figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy the rest of their lives – before they kill each other.

In his fourth directorial outing, Apatow’s new comedy captures what it takes for one family to flourish in the middle of a lifetime together.

What emerges is a deeply honest portrait of the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age.
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A look inside Judd Apatow's This Is 40

Judd Apatow gets back behind the camera for his first directorial effort since 2009's Funny People this December with the release of This Is 40, a quasi-sequel to Knocked Up which sees Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprising the roles of husband and wife Pete and Debbie alongside an all-star supporting cast that includes the likes of John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy, Lena Dunham, Graham Parker, Annie Mumolo, Robert Smigel, Charlyne Yi, Lisa Darr and Albert Brooks.

"After years of marriage, Pete lives in a house of all females: wife Debbie and their two daughters, eight-year-old Charlotte (Iris Apatow) and 13-year-old Sadie (Maude Apatow). As he struggles to keep his record label afloat, he and Debbie must figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy the rest of their lives…before they kill each other."

Thanks to Universal Pictures, we have a new featurtette
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The "Afterschool" Special, Amanda Seyfried x2 and More New on DVD

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Afterschool" (2009)

Directed by Antonio Campos

Released by Mpi Home Video

Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Campos' polarizing debut stars Ezra Miller as a high schooler whose Av club assignment leads him to capture the drug-induced deaths of two of his popular prep school classmates. [Sam Adams' review of the film is here.]

"All Men Are Brothers" (1975) and "Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms" (1978)

Directed by Chang Cheh and Wu Ma/Chang Cheh

Released by Well Go USA

Well Go USA do long-suffering American kung fu fans a solid and finally release "All Men Are Brothers," the sequel to the Shaw Brothers' epic "Seven Blows of the Dragon" (a.k.a. "Water Margin") featuring David Chiang and Chen Kuan-tai as warriors battling against the tyranny of despots, and "Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms," which pits Shaw brothers favorites' the Venom Mob against the master that crippled them.
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Video – Five Clips From FlashForward 1.02 – "White To Play"

If you are anything like me, your head is still spinning after last week's FlashForward. The biggest question on my mind is "How will they follow up?" The pilot for FlashForward as event-driven goodness with great acting and a compelling mystery, but it still felt like it should end in the next hour, tops. This week FlashForward must pick up where it left off, and move forward without moving 'too' forward. Can the mysteries of the mosaic and the event sustain a series? Something tells me we are in very good friends. Maybe it is these five clips…

"FlashForward" stars Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, John Cho as Demetri Noh, Jack Davenport as Lloyd Simcoe, Zachary Knighton as Bryce Varley, Peyton List as Nicole Kirby, Dominic Monaghan as Simon, Brían F. O'Byrne as Aaron Stark, Courtney B. Vance as Stanford Wedeck, Sonya Walger as Olivia Benford and Christine Woods as Janis Hawk.
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Colt, Guenther partner in Gateway

Manager-producers Beth Colt and Amy Guenther have merged their respective management firms to create the management-production venture Gateway Management Partners. The new Los Angeles-based operation has a client roster that includes Tim Daly, Lisa Darr, Dennis Farina, Miles Fisher, Mary Alice Haney, Deirdre Lovejoy, Tim Blake Nelson, Adoni Maropis, Jean Reno, Diana-Maria Riva, Will Rothhaar and Kelli Williams. The duo have known each other for more than 10 years, most recently working together on the Showtime telefilm "A House Divided", produced by Colt and starring Guenther's client Daly. Colt founded her own management firm eight years ago. Her producing credits include "Star Maps" and "Chuck & Buck." Guenther started her industry career at Industry Entertainment, where she worked for nine years. She segued to a management post at Artists Management Group, later the Firm, before launching her own management operation, Gateway Management, in June 2003.

Tucci set to 'Report' for CBS

Emmy winner Stanley Tucci is returning to television with The Webster Report, a drama pilot for CBS. Also in drama pilot casting news, Michael Madsen has been tapped to co-star in NBC's Hawaii, Felicity Huffman has been cast in ABC's Desperate Housewives, Kristoffer Polaha has landed a lead role in Fox's Oahu, and D.B. Sweeney and Lisa Darr have been cast in ABC's Doing It. On the pilot pickup front, NBC has given the green light to two NBC Studios comedies, Nevermind Nirvana and Weekends. The Webster Report, from Warner Bros. TV, studio-based 25C Prods. and CBS Prods., centers on an offbeat New York private investigator (Tucci). The project was originally picked up as cast-contingent, with Tucci's casting lifting the contingency.

Film review: 'Plan B'

Film review: 'Plan B'
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- From careers to relationships, reality takes a few bites out of a quintet of young moderns in writer-director Gary Leva's uneven but crowd-pleasing "Plan B", a low-budget indie that premiered recently at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Jon Cryer headlines a talented cast in a well-intentioned but predictable ensemble comedy set during the holiday season. Catchy title aside, "Plan B" has limited theatrical prospects. Cable and video gigs look more promising.

Stuart (Cryer) is a "serious" author who has penned a commercial thriller and hopes for a career breakthrough. His friend Rick (Mark Matheisen) is a handsome but brainless actor constantly on the hunt for ladies.

From Halloween to New Year's Eve, Stuart and Rick Cross paths several times with married couple Clare (Lisa Darr) and Jack Lance Guest) and Clare's promiscuous sister Gina (Sara Mornell). The individual conflicts of the five all have comic elements that are sporadically entertaining.

Clare is waging an all-out campaign to get pregnant and her after-sex tactics to increase the odds are amusing. A professional pilot, Jack is training to fly jetliners when his eyesight suddenly presents a problem. With his own small plane, however, he starts a flying motel bedroom service for adventuresome lovers.

In a promising debut, Mornell has the showiest role as sultry Gina, who sports an eclectic string of lovers before realizing the obvious, she needs to find a good guy. Most of the action takes place at parties and group gatherings, which makes it all seem strained and even contrived.

Not even the likable Cryer can do much with the many flat jokes, but it's Matheisen who has the most thankless job. Rick is too stereotyped a character and his self-absorbed game plan is tedious. First-time director Leva does a competent job, but the whole meandering affair could have been a lot livelier.

PLAN B

Puny But Loud Prods.

Writer-director Gary Leva

Producers Nancy Joslin, Gary Leva,

Lulu Baskins-Leva

Executive producers Shelly & Sally Leva Burr

& Elizabeth Joslin

Director of photography Yoram Astrakhan

Production designer Carol Strober

Editor Jane Allison Fleck

Music Andrew Rose

Color/stereo

Cast:

Stuart Jon Cryer

Clare Lisa Darr

Rick Mark Matheisen

Jack Lance Guest

Gina Sara Mornell

Running time -- 102 minutes

No MPAA rating

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