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Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann to reprise 'Knocked Up' roles: What other supporting characters deserve the star treatment?
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 »
- 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 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 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?Are the husband and wife team ready to work together again? Universal confirms that
In Get Him to the Greek, Russell Brand plays the same obnoxious rock star character from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but this time he gets to have a lot more fun.
Check out the trailer for the summer comedy, starring Jonah Hill.
Funny? I wonder if Michael Cera has called his Superbad pal and said, “Dude, um, you’re doing me,” since Hill’s music lackey is full of awkward Cera-nosity. Awkward cheek kissing, awkward bathroom sex, and very, very awkward airline carry-on packing. (“If he wants you to put the candy in the jar, you put the candy in the jar.”)
What did you think? What would be your ideal flushtone? I’d be happy with the “Charge” anthem that the organ plays at sporting events. That, or “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
Like many of you, I saw Funny People this weekend, and I had some mixed feelings about the uneven film: parts were high-larious, other parts a lot less so. Even though Judd Apatow is famous for blending low-brow humor with substantive emotional themes, the tonal inconsistencies in the film definitely threw me, as did three notable changes from the rest of the Apatow oeuvre. These aren’t complaints so much as observations, and there are some mild spoilers ahead:
1. A lack of weed smoking and stoner humor
Herbal refreshments have played a big part in other Apatow comedies: Weed is basically a character Knocked Up, and the dudes in 40-Year-Old Virgin smoke a ton. Unless I missed it, there’s only one scene of a character partaking (Jason Schwartzman’s Mark takes one hit) and one tossed-off pot-smoking joke at the very end.
2. A love-interest girl who’s one of the guys
Historically, Apatow’s female characters haven’t been cut from the same cloth as his male ones: In Virgin, Catherine Keener’s Trish is a mature, upstanding parent, more of a good sport than an actual jokester. Knocked Up has taken some heat for its portrayal of women, though it played more to me as a story of contrasts — sometimes women can be controlling, uptight, and unpredictable; sometimes men can be lazy, self-absorbed, and unreliable. But Funny People‘s ostensible romantic pairing — Adam Sandler’s George and Leslie Mann’s Laura — didn’t really do it for me. The romantic heart of this movie was Seth Rogen’s Ira and his adorable deadpan neighbor, Aubrey Plaza’s Daisy (pictured). She’s as detached and ironic as Ira’s roommates, as sexually liberated as they are (or claim to be), and she’s a comedian, just like them. READ FULL STORY »
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