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'Girls' trailer: A new platform for Lena Dunham and a welcome TV return for Judd Apatow

It was easy to see from its teaser trailers why HBO’s Girls was already being hailed as the anti-Sex and the City. (Though hailing it as the antidote to Entourage would be equally applicable.) It’s also easy to see why the series, and its rising star Lena Dunham (who seems to be more Liz Lemon than Carrie Bradshaw, anyway) is already garnering buzz: Girls is hitting all the right notes at the right time. (Could you imagine enjoying SATC the same way if it had come out during the recession? Or hearing Carrie worry that she could only survive in New York City “for three-and-a-half more days. Maybe seven, if I don’t eat lunch”?)
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'Bridesmaids' becomes the highest-grossing Judd Apatow movie: Which is your favorite?

Bridesmaids officially became the highest-grossing Judd Apatow-produced movie at the domestic box office yesterday. After 49 days in theaters, the raunchy female comedy has pulled in an impressive $149.4 million, edging out Apatow’s previous best performer, Knocked Up, which earned $148.7 million in 2008. Apatow has already taken some time to gloat to Deadline’s Nikki Finke, who (along with many others) predicted the film would stall at the box office: “I am so delighted to confirm that I was right and you were wrong… From now on when you say something which hurts me, I will remember to read your early Bridesmaids opinions and predictions and that will soothe me.” Ouch!

Bridesmaids opened to a solid $26.2 million in its first weekend in May, and in the frames that followed, it displayed remarkable resilience. While most other summer movies were falling by about 40-60 percent per weekend, the bridal comedy posted tiny drops of just 20, 21, 27, 16, 30, and 26 percent over the next seven weekends, signaling terrific word-of-mouth. The honeymoon isn’t over for Bridesmaids, either — the Kristin Wiig laugher is still raking in money, and it should have no trouble breaking the $160M plateau in a few weeks. Congrats, ladies!

It may have made the most money, but is Bridesmaids at the top of your Apatow rankings? How does the comedy stack up against the super-producer’s other hits like Anchorman, Knocked Up, Superbad, and Step Brothers? Vote in the poll below:

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Megan Fox may join Judd Apatow's next film: Can comedy save her career?

Megan Fox starred in two of the biggest movies ever made, but both of those movies were called Transformers, and Fox didn’t have much to do in either one besides bare her midriff and stare blankly at special effects. Fox’s real genius was in self-promotion. She had a knack for tossing out brilliantly casual soundbites (She had a crush on a lady stripper! She compared Michael Bay to Adolf Hitler!). She talked about sex and had lots of gonzo tattoos, which made her seem like the hot-zombie-resurrection of Angelina Jolie 2001. But Fox’s first major starring role, 2009’s horror-comedy-something Jennifer’s Body, was a miserable flop, and since then she’s only appeared in the terrible Jonah Hex and the equally-terrible-but-fortunately-barely released Passion Play. Which makes the Hollywood Reporter‘s claim that Megan Fox is currently negotiating to star in Judd Apatow’s next movie seem like a true watershed moment for the actress. Since Fox is currently filming a role in Jennifer Westfeldt’s comedy Friends with Kids, it’s worth asking: Can Fox kickstart her career by moving into comedy? READ FULL STORY

Judd Apatow solicits jokes to top Ricky Gervais at PGA Awards: Pitches?

Judd-ApatowImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR PhotosAs Judd Apatow has noted, he’s “fanning controversy to help ratings for a show not being televised.” But still, it’s a good exercise in comedy. The host of Jan. 22’s Producers Guild of America Awards is a fan of Ricky Gervais, but appears to have been disappointed with his performance at last Sunday’s Golden Globes. “I thought Joan Rivers did a wonderful job hosting the Golden Globes tonight,” he tweeted after the ceremony. “Ricky Gervais should do an episode of Extras where he hosts the Golden Globes and is out of tune. Cut to female friend looking disappointed,” he followed. Then, the zinger: “The Santa Clause was better than The Invention of Lying.” When one of his followers seconded his praise of The Santa Clause – it was a legitimately good movie —  he answered her, “That’s my point! As was Toy Story. Mean is too lazy for RG.” (In a PopWatch poll yesterday, 22 percent of readers thought Gervais went too far.) READ FULL STORY

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann to reprise 'Knocked Up' roles: What other supporting characters deserve the star treatment?

knocked-upImage Credit: Suzanne HanoverPaul Rudd and Leslie Mann are getting back together for a movie! I adored them in Knocked Up! His boys’ night out to Vegas. Her girls’ night out to dance. Her flirtation with Jason Segel. His flirtation with fantasy baseball. But … there’s more! Variety reports that the duo are actually reprising their Knocked Up characters for Judd Apatow’s next project, set for the summer of 2012. Holy Aldous Snow!

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Not-a-Forgetting-Sarah-Marshall-sequel-but-sorta, Get Him to the Greek, but I’m open to this idea. Their married couple was sweet, hilarious, and real, and if Apatow, who’s writing and directing, has more for them to say and do, I’m more than willing to take this trip with them. But spinning off a sequel, instead of making a straightforward follow-up about a hit’s main characters — Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen are not confirmed for this go-around — made me think, What supporting characters from my favorite comedies would I most like to see (or have seen) get the star treatment?

Since you (or I) asked, here’s my list: READ FULL STORY

Judd Apatow gets celebrities to support American Jewish World Service: Challah!

Wanna hear a secret? Tracy Morgan is not Jewish. But of course, you don’t have to be Jewish — or any other religion for that matter — to support a good cause. Writer/director Judd Apatow recently collected some of Hollywood’s funniest and most notable celebrities for a mock public service announcement (“not approved by AJWS”) in support of the American Jewish World Service‘s 25th anniversary. The tongue-in-cheek video features non-gentiles and gentiles alike poking fun at Jewish stereotypes. Highlights include Lindsay Lohan’s own dig at her financial woes (“These things pay well, right?”) and Brian Williams quoting our friend Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof. READ FULL STORY

Excess Hollywood: Judd Apatow's next film expected in 2012

  • Expect the next Judd Apatow film in two summers, fellow freaks and geeks: Universal announced the director’s upcoming unknown comedic venture will hit theaters June 1, 2012. [Deadline]
  • Speaking of Apatow, Jemima Kirke, Adam Driver, and Allison Williams — a.k.a. Brian Williams’ daughter — have been cast in an HBO comedy pilot executive produced by the director. The pilot follows three 20-somethings in New York. I can’t wait to write about it in Brian’s Diaries. [Deadline]
  • Vh1 has greenlit a reality series set in West Hollywood’s Saddle Ranch Chop House, a restaurant known for its reality star clientele and a mechanical bull. The real protagonists of the series? Saddle Ranch’s janitors. [THR]

Judd Apatow back in TV business with Lena Dunham pilot

Judd Apatow is heading back to TV. Well, it’s not TV. It’s HBO. Which is where he belonged from the very beginning. His early attempts in the medium, the brilliant but tragically short-lived Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared, featured oddball characters who were misfits on network primetime. According to Deadline.com, Apatow, and Jenni Konner (Undeclared) will executive produce a comedy pilot from Lena Dunham. For those who haven’t seen Tiny Furniture, a festival hit about an unfortunate woman who finds herself living back at home, Dunham is a 20-something woman who would fit right in with Apatow’s eclectic company of talented outsiders. Check out the trailer for a taste: READ FULL STORY

Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann headed on 'Business Trip'

Judd-Apatow-Leslie-Mann_240.jpg Image Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.comAre the husband and wife team ready to work together again? Universal confirms that Judd Apatow is attached to produce Business Trip, a comedy about three women on a corporate trip that’s currently in development at the studio. Apatow is looking at it as a vehicle for his wife and frequent leading lady Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, Funny People). Apatow is also working on the comedy Bridesmaids, and the Jennifer Aniston-Paul Rudd comedy Wanderlust, so he may have his hands full right now, but the thought of him working with very funny Mann again should be enough for a preemptive chuckle or two, right?

Kristen Wiig is not the maid of honor in a movie just kidding she is and Rose Byrne is a bridesmaid

Kristen-WiigImage Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosRose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, and Chris O’Dowd have joined Kristen Wiig’s untitled bridesmaid-themed comedy. Judd Apatow will produce; Paul Feig will direct. Wiig wrote the film and will star as a maid of honor competing against a bridesmaid (Byrne) for the attention of the bride. Isn’t it usually the other way around? The wedding party just loafs around while the bride competes for their attention, and when it’s clear they’re more interested in pre-ceremony cocktails than arranging the folds of her needlessly complicated veil, the bride snaps and screams at one of them that she can’t believe that’s what her feet look like post-pedicure and your ogre feet are going to ruin my wedding, bitch! Ah, memories. [Variety]
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