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Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow speak out about 'Washington Post' critic's UCSB shooting article -- UPDATE

UPDATED: Actor Seth Rogen and filmmaker Judd Apatow are speaking out against a recent Washington Post op-ed, in which film critic Ann Hornaday chastises “frat boy” films such as Rogen’s recent hit, Neighbors, for encouraging sexist thinking and behavior — the sort that led to Elliot Rodger’s deadly shooting rampage Friday night in Santa Barbara.

In an article published May 25, Hornaday noted that Rodger’s disturbing videos — in which he lamented his lack of success with girls, even though he considered himself a “supreme gentleman” — “unwittingly expressed the toxic double helix of insecurity and entitlement that comprises Hollywood’s DNA,” where “escapist fantasies” about “vigilantism and sexual wish-fulfillment” reign supreme.

More specifically, she referenced Rogen’s most recent film and Apatow’s body of work, asking, “How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like Neighbors and feel, as Rodger did, unjustly shut out of college life that should be full of ‘sex and fun and pleasure’? How many men, raised on a steady diet of Judd Apatow comedies in which the shlubby arrested adolescent always gets the girl, find that those happy endings constantly elude them and conclude, ‘It’s not fair’?” READ FULL STORY

'Anchorman' live reading, on the scene: Ron Burgundy, philanthropist?

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Even when he’s stripped of the polyester suit, bushy mustache, and ’70s news desk, it’s always hilarious to hear Will Ferrell shout, “Great Odin’s raven!” Ferrell and the rest of the Anchorman cast gathered at Santa Monica, California’s Broad Stage on Thursday night for a live reading of the 2004 comedy’s script, a benefit for the nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826LA.

Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy was joined by the rest of his Channel 4 News Team — Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) — along with lady love Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). Jack Black, Chris Parnell, Danny Trejo, Fred Willard, and Fred Armisen even showed up for their minor roles, with Maya Rudolph voicing any non-Veronica ladies (including the role of the Mama Bear in her captioned conversation with Baxter the dog). Director/writer Adam McKay read all the stage cues aloud, while narrator Bill Kurtis lent his golden pipes to the event.

Conan O’Brien hosted the festivities and filled in for Vince Vaughn’s rival newsman during the live reading. “Only in L.A. do they do charity readings of screenplays,” O’Brien said, joking that the next benefit would be a script reading of Bio-Dome 2. As the night’s MC, he laid out some ground rules for the evening: “If you have hard candy, unwrap it now — and stick it up your ass.” When the crowd reacted to his profanity, O’Brien said, “There are no kids here. Who would bring children to a benefit for children?”

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Play with Lindsay's fate in 'Freaks and Geeks' 8-bit 'video' game

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Still don’t a give a damn ’bout your bad reputation?

Sigh! Neither do we. Though Freaks and Geeks was cancelled after 12 episodes, we’re still not over NBC’s cult hit about Michigan teens in 1980.

Thankfully, neither are The Fine Brothers – who have created an interactive YouTube game in the style of 8-bit video games and Choose You Own Adventure books. In other words: It is freaking awesome. The game takes place at William McKinley High School, where Lindsay Weir, in signature Army jacket, must choose between team Millie and the Mathletes or  team Daniel and his crew on the patio. Choose wisely, lest you risk social suicide.

Their game even caught the attention of Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig:

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Ryan Gosling joins long line of directors who have cast their wives and girlfriends in movies

Earlier this month, Ryan Gosling cast girlfriend Eva Mendes in his directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster. With production on the fantasy film set to begin this May, Gosling is a few months away from the joys and challenges of directing a significant other.

But Gosling is hardly the first director to cast his sweetheart in his own movie. Woody Allen is famous for dating (and sometimes marrying) many of his leading ladies, and Paul Newman also directed wife Joanne Woodward in multiple films.

Here’s a round-up of other men who have directed their actress significant others — some of whom are still going strong, while others’ relationships are in the rear-view mirror.

Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich
This couple met while working on 2002′s Resident Evil. Since they began dating in 2003 (with a wedding following in 2009), Anderson and Jovovich have made four more films in the lucrative zombie franchise. The British director also cast his wife in his 2011 adaptation of The Three Musketeers.
Anderson on directing Jovovich: “I always call her the hardest working person in show business. I’ve never met an actor as dedicated as she is. She’s like the Terminator, relentless. It can be 2 a.m. in the morning, and she suggests we talk about some aspect of the film. How about we don’t, Milla? But we both just love making movies.” [Huffington Post]
Jovovich on working with Anderson: “I tell Paul every day, he spoils me. It is such a pleasure. We have our family together. We do these fun movies together. What am I going to do when I have to go work with somebody else?” [Huffington Post]
Are they still together? Yep. And they’re planning to continue their working relationship too — both are expected to return for a sixth Resident Evil installment. READ FULL STORY

Judd Apatow heading to Broadway?

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Forget This is 40. What’s really on Judd Apatow’s mind these days is This is Broadway.

In the January 2013 issue of GQ, the comedy guru reveals that he’s writing a play, and no, it doesn’t star Seth Rogen. Heck, it’s not even a comedy. “I have a great idea. Maybe like the best idea I’ve ever had,” he said. “It requires me to create characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with my experience.” READ FULL STORY

12 things we learned from the new 'Freaks and Geeks' oral history

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Mark Seliger exclusively for Vanity Fair

Though it lasted only a single season on NBC, Freaks and Geeks is justifiably beloved — for presenting an unvarnished take on adolescence in the Dawson’s Creek era, for perfectly mixing comedy and drama, and for launching the careers of big names like Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel. And it’s not only fans who have a special place in their hearts for Freaks — since its cancellation, nearly every member of its cast and crew has said that working on the series was the high point of their career.

That’s a sentiment that’s echoed over and over again in Vanity Fair‘s new oral history of the show, which appears in the magazine’s just-released Comedy Issue (guest edited by Apatow himself). The article also includes plenty of fun facts for those who still love Freaks, such as:

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Judd Apatow to guest-edit 'Vanity Fair' Comedy Issue

This is…the age we live in now.

Judd Apatow will edit Vanity Fair’s first-ever Comedy Issue, the magazine announced today.  This marks the third time that there has been a guest-editor in the past 20 years of the publication: Bono edited the Africa issue in July 2007, and Tom Ford edited the Hollywood Portfolio in March 2006.

Apatow makes sense to edit the January 2013 edition, which will feature a 20-page spread of ‘Who’s Who’ among today’s comedy stars. Apatow is, of course, the writer/director of such films as Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin,  Funny People and others. His next project is the “sort-of sequel” to Knocked Up, December’s <i>This is 40, with Paul Rudd and Apatow’s wife, Leslie Mann. (For those that need more This is 40, the full script is already available online.) He’s also the executive producer of HBO’s show Girls, which means that it’s likely Lena Dunham will be making an appearance in Vanity Fair‘s coverage. READ FULL STORY

'Boys' -- a 'Girls' parody starring Daniel Craig's son, Craig, and Wolf Blitzer's son, Bear

Girls, HBO’s Emmy-nominated series starring Lena Dunham, has had its share of controversy. Which inevitably leads to parodies, such as this Judd-Apatow-approved fake trailer for a new show called Boys, a nepotism-heavy exploration of twenty-something life in L.A. The show is complete with “Daniel Craig’s son” Craig Craig, rambling talks about joblessness, and, of course, a gratuitous amount of nudity.

The trailer gets bonus points for expertly satirizing specifics such as Shoshanna’s constant talk about her virginity and Marnie and Charlie’s co-dependent relationship.

Favorite exchange:

“Put some f—in pants on!”

“I’m in my twenties!”

Check out the probably NSFW video below: READ FULL STORY

James Franco disses 'Girls': 'I can't see me in the show'

James Franco has some tough love for Hannah Horvath, Lena Dunham’s struggling New York writer in HBO’s Girls: “Get a f—ing job.”

The Oscar-nominated actor and first-generation F.O.J. (Friend of Judd Apatow, Girls executive producer) took on the polarizing new show in an essay on The Huffington Post titled “A Dude’s Take on Girls.” Franco acknowledged the more familiar criticisms — that the quartet of New Yorkers are privileged, self-absorbed young women who seemingly live in a demographic bubble that doesn’t reflect the racial diversity of the city — but his bigger issue with the show is its portrayal of the male characters. “The guys in the show are the biggest bunch of losers I’ve ever seen,” he wrote. “I know this sorry representation of men is fair payback for the endless parade of airheaded women on the West Coast male counterpart to Girls, Entourage…”

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Kristen Wiig: What are the 'SNL' MVP's career prospects?

Kristen Wiig made her final regular appearance on Saturday Night Live last week with a moving send-off that was grander and more heartfelt than the sketch show has given a cast member in quite some time. With half a dozen film projects in the works, Wiig is poised to launch into a long, successful career on the A-list. But then again so was David Spade, Jimmy Fallon, and Tina Fey. While those SNL vets have all flourished in television, Wiig has made no move toward the small screen, and it’s harder to become a bankable star on the level of Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and Eddie Murphy. Can Wiig leverage her Bridesmaids success to become SNL‘s first major female breakout film star? And, if so, where would she fit in the industry? EW reached out to some authorities on the show’s history to determine Wiig’s chances for headliner success.

“It’s a weird thing, having that SNL brand attached to you when you move from the show to movies,” acknowledges Nick Marx, a Media and Cultural Studies Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. “That assumption is there that successful stars of SNL will eventually leave the show and go on into movies. It’s really a decidedly mixed bag as far as whether it’s an advantage or not when you begin a movie career.” So will she go the route of Ferrell or the way of Chris Kattan? READ FULL STORY

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