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'SNL' Review: Seth Rogen Half-Baked

While watching Seth Rogen host SNL for the third time last weekend, I was reminded of two other three-peat hosts from earlier this season: Paul Rudd in December and Jonah Hill in January. Rudd's episode felt like extended promo for Anchorman 2, with the host failing to capture that lightning in the bottle with cast members that made his previous stints so memorable. Hill, however, seemed to enjoy himself every bit as much as he did his first two appearances.

Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Jonah Hill are, of course, hugely successful alumni from Team Judd Apatow, but their careers have taken diverging trajectories. Rogen and Rudd have [...]

Judd Apatow Says He and Lena Dunham Have Talked About Ending 'Girls' After Six Seasons

Judd Apatow gave a nice lengthy interview in front of students at Loyola Marymount last week (via THR), and in it, he revealed that he and his fellows Girls producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner have discussed ending the show after six seasons:

How many more seasons are you going to do of Girls? We've talked about doing six seasons. I guess that could change, it's not set … I think we're all committed that we'll do six … Do you have an ending in mind? No I don't think so. But we've talked about it. It makes you respect the ending of The Sopranos though. [...]

Pete Holmes Pitches a Movie Idea to Judd Apatow

The Pete Holmes Show returned to the airwaves last night, and Holmes sat down with superstar comedy filmmaker Judd Apatow to pitch him a movie. Apatow is pretty straightforward about what he looks for in his leading male actors — they've got to be Jewish and they've got to have a "comedy penis" — and Holmes demonstrated that he's willing to do anything to star in an Apatow film.

Judd Apatow's 'Trainwreck' Starring Amy Schumer Gets a Premiere Date

Judd Apatow's upcoming film Trainwreck has been slated for a July 24th, 2015 release by Universal, Variety reports. The movie stars Amy Schumer, who also co-wrote the script with Apatow, and will make the director's fifth movie. Apatow already has another movie on deck with Comedy Central stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, so hopefully more details will emerge on both of these projects in the near future.

Looking at the Script to Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen's Long-Lost Long Distance Relationship Rom-Com

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Just prior to Judd Apatow rising to power as one of the most successful writer/director/producers in comedy, he was working with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write a movie called The Long D, an unproduced screenplay that I'll be look at this week.

Written in the summer of 2005, in between The 40 Year-Old Virgin's production and release, The Long D is based on an idea by Rogen and childhood friend/writing partner Evan Goldberg, who were just coming off [...]

Judd Apatow Is Releasing a Book of Interviews He Did with Comedians

Judd Apatow was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night, and Meyers mentioned that Apatow is releasing a book of interviews he conducted with comedians "of all different generations."

No other details on the book were given as far as a title/release date, but Apatow proceeded to talk about how he would regularly interview comedians he idolized as a high schooler, something he's discussed in interviews quite a bit. There's no word on whether the book will be a collection of Apatow's interviews as a teenager in the 1980s with folks like Jerry Seinfeld, Harold Ramis, and John Candy, or something different entirely. This will be [...]

Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, and More in Talks to Join Judd Apatow's 'Trainwreck'

There aren't a lot of Judd Apatow regulars in the director's next movie, Trainwreck. Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Bayer, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, Ezra Miller, Barkhad Abdi, and wrestler John Cena are all in negotiations to join the movie's cast, Variety reports. Trainwreck was written by and stars Comedy Central's Amy Schumer, with Bill Hader, Brie Larson, and Colin Quinn previously announced in supporting roles. Judd Apatow will direct the movie, which is the first of his films as a director that he didn't write, although he helped Schumer with the script. The movie's plotline is being kept under wraps.

Hader is the only actor in the ensemble [...]

Brie Larson Cast in Judd Apatow/Amy Schumer Movie 'Trainwreck'

Amy Schumer's big-screen starring vehicle Trainwreck is rounding out its cast. Following January's news of SNL's Bill Hader in talks to star opposite Schumer, Variety reports that Brie Larson — who was a regular on United States of Tara and more recently appeared on Kroll Show and Community — has also signed on for a role in the film, though the details of Trainwreck's plot and Larson's character are being kept under wraps. Trainwreck will make Judd Apatow's fifth film as director and is slated for release in July 2015.

Judd Apatow Does Some Show-and-Tell on 'Leno'

Judd Apatow was a guest on Leno last night, and he brought tons of goodies to share: a photo from his "Jewhawk" Sylvester Stallone lookalike days, a photo that proves Robert De Niro says "cheese" for photos, a sound clip of Apatow interviewing Leno when he was 16, and photos of his grandma with Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and William Shatner. Grandma Molly is one lucky lady.

The Next Movie Judd Apatow Is Directing Is Amy Schumer's 'Train Wreck'

Judd Apatow is gearing up to direct his fifth movie. Back in August, we reported that Apatow is producing a movie written by Amy Schumer for her to star in, but now, THR says the Schumer movie will be Apatow's next directorial effort. Called Train Wreck, the film stars Schumer as a "basket case" trying to put her life back together. Apatow, Schumer, and producer Barry Mendel are currently casting the parts of the main character's boyfriend, co-worker/best friend, and parent.

If Train Wreck makes it into production, it could be ready to hit theaters as soon as late 2014. This will be the first project Apatow will [...]

Brad Pitt Really Wants to Star in a Judd Apatow Movie

Oscar-winning megastar Brad Pitt would like to return to big screen comedy, and he's banking on Judd Apatow to let him be his next blockbuster darling. According to a report from Radar, a source close to the 12 Years a Slave actor and producer said that he's "avoided doing comedies for several years but that's going to change soon. He's been making moves to butter up to Judd, someone he's known for more than 15 years."

Despite Apatow's friendship with Pitt's ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, the Radar report alleges that "Judd is very interested in writing and directing Brad" and the director is "going to do his best [...]

Judd Apatow Says His Whole Career Is Driven by Revenge for the Cancelation of 'Freaks and Geeks'

"Everything I’ve done in a way is revenge for the people who canceled Freaks and Geeks. It’s like, 'You were wrong about that person and that writer and that director.' I guess I should get over that."

- Judd Apatow speaking about his career while accepting an award at TV event PaleyFest.

Bill Hader in Talks to Co-Star in Amy Schumer's 'Trainwreck' Directed by Judd Apatow

Bill Hader is gearing up for his next big film role. According to Variety, the SNL alum is in talks to star in the upcoming film Trainwreck starring and written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow. Hader had a small voice role in the movie Her and recently got positive reviews for his more dramatic performance opposite Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton Twins at Sundance, so it's good to see the mind behind "Donald Duck having a Vietnam nightmare" build some big-screen momentum.

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Judd Apatow and Bret Easton Ellis Have a Chat

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

Bret Easton Ellis Podcast #5 – Judd Apatow Part 1

PABLO: It's been nearly [...]