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‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ Is One of the Most Essential Comedies of the 21st Century

The comedy genre was forever changed in the early 2000s, and much of it was due to Judd Apatow. The Freaks and Geeks executive producer made his feature directorial debut with 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which was warmly received by both critics and audiences but also marked a significant change of pace for the comedy genre as a whole. Instead of high-concept antics or heavy starpower, Apatow populated his film with a bounty of young talent, let improvisation lead many of the scenes, and concocted a deadly mixture of R-rated raunch and James L. Brooks-…
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How Kay Cannon Shattered a Glass Ceiling by Directing ‘Blockers’

How Kay Cannon Shattered a Glass Ceiling by Directing ‘Blockers’
Kay Cannon’s “Blockers” scored big at the weekend box office with $21.4 million. The R-rated comedy is like “Bridesmaids” meets “American Pie,” with a script that follows a group of three high school seniors (played by Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon) who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. When their parents (Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena) find out about the scheme, they try to foil it.

Blockers” follows in the tradition of Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Trainwreck,” as an R-rated comedy that takes no prisoners. But in Hollywood, for the most part, these films are typically made by men. Cannon, a first-time director who produced “Pitch Perfect” and wrote for “30 Rock,” is shattering a glass ceiling by proving female directors can join that club. She spoke to Variety about the film, how it plays in the Time’s
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The Preview Reel: A Quiet Place and Blockers

Welcome to the “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Steven Spielberg returned to blockbuster filmmaking with moderate success in the form of Ready Player One’s $53 million opening weekend. This week, it will battle with two well-received movies, A Quiet Place and Blockers, for first place at the box office. Let’s see if either the horror thriller or raunchy comedy are worth the price of admission.

A Quiet Place

What we are excited about: The first trailer sold this film for us right away. The first half of the trailer really conveys the quiet aspect of the film to terrifying effect, while the second half promises that the film will deliver the horror goods. It’s a unique concept and one that is sorely needed given the modern-day horror landscape. It’s also interesting that the film was written, directed, and stars John Krasinski,
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Seth Rogen Admits He Knew About Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump’s Affair A Decade Ago

Seth Rogen Admits He Knew About Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump’s Affair A Decade Ago
During Stormy Daniels’ “60 Minutes” interview in which she described details of her affair with Donald Trump, the former adult film actress mentioned she had disclosed to multiple friends at the time her relationship with the current President. Seth Rogen appeared on “Ellen” to promote his upcoming “Hilarity for Charity” special on Netflix and ended up corroborating Daniels’ story during his visit.

Rogen explained that he was once friends with Daniels after she made brief appearances in “Knocked Up” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” two movies directed by Judd Apatow that helped launch his career. The actor said Daniels did not hide her sexual encounter with Trump when asked if she had slept with anyone notable.

“I’ve known Stormy Daniels a long time and I’ll be honest — she may have mentioned some of this stuff around 10 years ago,” Rogen told Ellen. “At the time, when you ask a porn
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Stormy Daniels Trump Affair Claim Legit, Seth Rogan Tells Ellen (Video)

Stormy Daniels and Seth Rogan go way back. She starred in two of his films and talked about her affair with Trump, then nothing more than a reality television celebrity, almost a decade ago. Why would she lie now that he’s President of the United States? Daniels made appearances in Rogen’s 2007 movie “Knocked Up” and 2005’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” although she didn’t get a cast credit in either.
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How ‘Blockers’ Brings a Feminist Twist to the Prom Sex Comedy

How ‘Blockers’ Brings a Feminist Twist to the Prom Sex Comedy
After launching “21 Jump Street,” “Neighbors” and “Trainwreck,” South by Southwest has a proven track record for catapulting studio comedies into the mainstream. And now, it looks like the Austin festival has another hit on its hands. “Blockers,” a sweet and raunchy coming-of-age story, played through the roof at the Paramount Theater on Saturday night, met with spontaneous laughter and cheers. Judging by the strong reviews, Universal Pictures can probably count on a box-office home run when the movie opens on April 6.

“Blockers” is like “American Pie” meets “Bridesmaids.” It follows a group of three teenagers (played by the winning Geraldine Viswanathan, Kathryn Newton and Gideon Adlon), who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. This isn’t a unique premise. But it’s never been told from high school girls’ point of view with a female director behind the camera. And the story doesn’t focus
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Watch Judd Apatow Discuss Gritty Details of Comedy Process

Watch Judd Apatow Discuss Gritty Details of Comedy Process
Judd Apatow defines comedy as "speaking your truth and revealing your darkest, deepest stuff that for most people they would keep hidden." Three decades and change into his career, the writer, producer and director will be sharing his insights in online courses for MasterClass. 

A trailer for his course focuses on Apatow's process and philosophies. "People should look at comedies as dramas, when they're writing," he says in the clip. "They should be stories that work just as well without any jokes." At another point he says to "ask yourself a lot of questions,
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Kelly Clarkson Say She's 'Humiliated' by Her Meryl Streep Fangirl Freak Out Aired Live on TV

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Kelly Clarkson Say She's 'Humiliated' by Her Meryl Streep Fangirl Freak Out Aired Live on TV
Kelly Clarkson lived every fan’s dream when she met Meryl Streep on the Golden Globes red carpet, but the singer was completely embarrassed by her starstruck reaction.

The original American Idol winner spoke about the buzzed-about encounter at the Television Critics Association press tour, sharing that she didn’t know that she was still on live TV.

“I was humiliated when I watched it back,” she said. “I was very excited, and I hope I don’t lose that excitement, just being a true fan of people. But she’s Meryl Streep ya’ll! Everybody would’ve looked like
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Judd Apatow to Host DGA Awards

Judd Apatow to Host DGA Awards
Judd Apatow will host the 70th annual Directors Guild of America Awards on Feb. 3 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Apatow has been a DGA member for two decades, with directing and writing credits on “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” and “Trainwreck.” He has also produced “Superbad,” “Bridesmaids,” “Pineapple Express,” and both “Anchorman” films. Apatow’s stand-up special “The Return” premiered Dec. 12 on Netflix.

The DGA also appointed producer and director Don Mischer as awards chair for the event.

Mischer has served two terms on the DGA National Board, in addition to winning 15 Emmy Awards and 10 DGA Awards.

“We are thrilled to welcome Judd as our host. Beyond his impact as a multi-hyphenate force in our industry, Judd’s comedic chops, social consciousness, and lifelong love of film and television underlie his unique ability to entertain with heart — whether behind the scenes or in front of a live audience,” Thomas Schlamme, DGA president,
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The Hilarious 40-Year-Old Virgin Reunion You Probably Missed at the Golden Globes

Finally.@kelly_clarkson pic.twitter.com/JeMHwBr7e4 — Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) January 8, 2018 There were quite a few nostalgic reunions at the Golden Globe awards on Sunday night. In addition to the adorable leads from The Fault in Our Stars hugging it out and two unexpected Harry Potter costars sharing the stage, there was also a connection involving the 2005 comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin. While we wish we could relay a fun story about Jonah Hill reconnecting with those sparkly silver boots, the moment in question actually happened between Steve Carell and Kelly Clarkson. Now before you get all "Um, sorry but Kelly Clarkson wasn't in The 40-Year-Old Virgin!" with me, yes, she was. Well . . . technically. Remember this? Image Source: Universal Pictures All these years Kelly Clarkson has had the infamous scene quoted back to her - in which Carell undergoes an excruciatingly real chest wax on camera and painfully screams out
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Kelly Clarkson Finally Met Steve Carell at 2018 Golden Globes (It Was Painless)

Kelly Clarkson Finally Met Steve Carell at 2018 Golden Globes (It Was Painless)
Kelly Clarkson and Steve Carell came face-to-face at the 2018 Golden Globes, bringing a meme to life. And it was painless. The actor had screamed her name in agony while getting his chest hair waxed on during a particularly difficult and popular scene in the 2005 comedy film The 40-Year-Old Virgin. During the live broadcast of the Golden Globes on Sunday on NBC, Clarkson and Carell were filmed having a lively conversation inside the venue, the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom, right before a commercial break. Carell was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for his role in Battle of the Sexes. He lost to James Franco, who...
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Awesome First Trailer for Sicario 2: Soldado - "No Rules This Time"

When I first heard that there was going to be a sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, I thought that there was no way it could be as good as the original. Well, after watching this first trailer for Sicario 2: Soldado, it looks like the movie is going to be just as badass and at least just as good as the first movie! There are some great moments in this trailer and it is certainly going to tell yet another crazy intense story.

As you'll see, Josh Brolin's CIA Agent Matt Graver is going to unleash Benicio Del Toro's Alejandro Gillick with no rules to follow this time and it looks like he's going to bring hell with him! It looks like he goes full-on Rambo in this movie! The two men find themselves once again in the middle of the escalating war against drugs along
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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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TVLine Items: Supernatural Adds Oth Alum, WWE Legend on Flash and More

TVLine Items: Supernatural Adds Oth Alum, WWE Legend on Flash and More
Supernatural is becoming a real family affair.

One Tree Hill alumna Danneel Ackles — the wife of star Jensen Ackles — will recur during Season 13 of the CW drama as Sister Jo, a faith healer who attracts the attention of Lucifer, our sister site Variety reports.

RelatedSupernatural Star Talks Guilty Jack’s ‘Darkness’ and the ‘Danger All Around’

The actress will make her debut in Episode 13, titled “Devil’s Bargain,” which is slated to air early next year.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* WWE legend Bill Goldberg will guest-star in two episodes of The Flash, in an undisclosed role,
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Judd Apatow returns to the stage in trailer for Netflix special

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Judd Apatow has spent the last decade or so becoming a god of comedy movies, directing hits like The 40-year-old Virgin and Knocked Up and producing countless films like Superbad, Bridesmaids and Pineapple Express. Before that he worked in TV, creating Undeclared and Freaks And Geeks, and before that worked on The Larry Sanders Show with Garry Shandling. But before all the TV gigs he was trying to make it in the world of stand-up comedy and rubbed elbows with all the major players in the... Read More...
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‘Young Sheldon’ Isn’t Just Better Than ‘The Big Bang Theory’ — It’s Funnier, Too

‘Young Sheldon’ Isn’t Just Better Than ‘The Big Bang Theory’ — It’s Funnier, Too
Comedy is a more subjective art form than most. If someone says, “It’s just not funny,” you can’t convince them to laugh. Sure, you can explain why the joke, bit, or moment is funny, but how often does explaining a joke lead to more laughs than the joke itself? That’s why people often turn to success as evidence for comedic validation: If “Animal House,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “M.A.S.H.,” “Friends,” and Eddie Murphy’s stand-up are bringing in more and more fans over years and years of time, they’re probably pretty funny, right?

In the immortal words of “The Departed’s” Sergeant Dignam, “Maybe.” One could always argue against the wisdom of the crowd, and “Young Sheldon” is inviting such rebellion. The CBS spinoff is not only better than “The Big Bang Theory,” but despite fewer jokes and a more grounded tone, it’s funnier,
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Mayhem 2017: Festival Highlights

October is of course the month of the horror genre festival. Last week we brought you reviews for the films screening at Grimmfest, this week we’ll be bringing you all the best from Mayhem Film Festival. Held at the Broadway cinema in Nottingham, Mayhem will run from Thursday 12th October to Sunday 15th October. The festival is in its thirteenth rotation and will see a heap of films screen over three and a half days, as well as a quiz, several Q&A’s with filmmakers, a short film showcase, and a live reading of a lost Hammer film – Zeppelin V Pterodactyls. With so much going on we’re here to highlight the films that you should catch at all costs.

Double Date Mayhem Festival Highlights

Mayhem opens with a bang on Thursday with the stunning Double Date. Starring Nottingham native Georgia Groome, and Michael Socha whom is from
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Judd Apatow on Donald Trump: ‘I Think It’s Going to Get Worse and Worse’

Judd Apatow on Donald Trump: ‘I Think It’s Going to Get Worse and Worse’
Hollywood comedy heavyweight Judd Apatow did not mince words Wednesday at an industry gathering when asked about President Donald Trump and whether there’s a silver lining to his presidency.

“I think we’ve revealed how horrible people can be,” Apatow, who has consistently criticized Trump, said at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in Beverly Hills. “And I think through social media, we’ve energized the worst of a lot of people’s instincts. So I think it’s more of a Pandora’s Box that’s going to get worse and worse.”

The comments were delivered during a panel titled “The 1990s: America’s Groundhog Decade” with Apatow and Dee Dee Myers, executive vice president at Warner Bros. and the White House press secretary during President Bill Clinton’s administration. The panel was moderated by Vanity Fair’s David Friend, editor of creative development.

Apatow has directed “Trainwreck,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,
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Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Fires Off $1.7 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Fires Off $1.7 Million on Thursday Night
Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has opened with a respectable $1.7 million at 2,600 North American sites on Thursday night.

Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” pulled in $525,000 at previews from Thursday previews.

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” an R-rated action-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, expands to 3,377 locations on Friday. Its preview showings started at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Recent tracking indicates that “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” will open in the $15 million to $20 million range during the Friday-Sunday period — which could be enough to top the second weekend of New Line’s “Annabelle: Creation” in what’s expected to be one of the slowest moviegoing frames of the disappointing summer of 2017.

Logan Lucky” is the only other major opening this weekend, with Bleecker Street and Fingerprint Releasing launching the heist comedy at 3,031 domestic locations. Forecasts for “Logan Lucky,” starring Channing Tatum, Riley Keough, and Adam Driver as siblings trying to pull off a massive robbery at the
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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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