One of the longest-serving SNL writers of all-time, Paula Pell has been writing for the show since 1995. The past couple years have seen her splitting her time between the seminal sketch series and a burgeoning career as a movie writer, working on scripts for Judd Apatow and Tina Fey and pitching jokes on Apatow-produced projects like Bridesmaids and This Is 40 (which she also produced and helped rewrite). I recently had the chance to talk to Pell about her decade-plus experiences at SNL , what it's been like transition from sketch to features, and how writing for Tina Fey and Judd Apatow has changed her writing habits.
Robert Smigel has a supporting role in Judd Apatow's new movie This Is 40, and while on the set one day, he slapped on his Triumph the Insult Comic Dog hand puppet and filmed this video for Funny or Die, slinging slams and burns at Apatow and the cast. Can you guess who has a better sense of humor about themselves, Judd Apatow or Megan Fox?
Judd Apatow screened his latest directorial effort, This Is 40 (which comes out December 21st), to a warm reception at LACMA last week, and the first batch of reviews are in. Drew McWeeny at Hitfix raved about the movie, saying, "while it may be the most personal thing he's ever made, it is also the most universal" and "This Is 40 represents the best of what Apatow is capable of as a filmmaker, and as mainstream comedy goes, no studio has released anything more honest or potent this year." He also praised the acting of supporting cast members Jason Segel, Chris O'Dowd, and Melissa McCarthy and singles out the director's [...]
Five-Year Engagementearned $11.2 million this weekend, which is nearly half what was being predicted. It's also by far the lowest of the recent era of Apatowian films and it seems to be part of slow falling out of favor for his brand of comedies.
Here's Anderson Cooper's profile of Judd Apatow for 60 Minutes, which aired on CBS this past Sunday and features interviews with Leslie Mann, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Apatow's daughters, who aren't quite as famous as the rest of the people interviewed yet.
Hit the jump for some extra clips from the interview featuring more of Rogen, Segel, Mann, and Sandler (and Apatow):
Last week, comedy icon Albert Brooks dropped by Letterman and delivered one of his amazing talk show appearances. Now, here he is on Leno last night, being really funny once again. His Letterman material, however, is still significantly funnier because why would you use your best material on Leno?
"I talked about life now. I did sex, I did high school, I did college, I did after college, I did diseases, I did dying and marriage and having babies. I have to start coming up with new imaginative movies about magical gypsies… I have to start using my imagination," says Judd Apatow in this cushy 36-minute chat with The Hot Button. The interview dives deep into Apatow's history as a writer (from The Ben Stiller Show on), his habit of mentoring new young talent, and of course, This Is 40, the movie he's currently promoting. It'd be a major mistake if he forgot to talk about the [...]
Universal has posted the entire screenplay to Judd Apatow's upcoming movie This is 40 on its "For Your Consideration" awards site (via Bleeding Cool). You can click open a full PDF of the massive, 146-page script here. Some clips from Jon Brion's score for the film are also available on the site. Apatow's movies are known for leaning heavily on improvisation, so most of the jokes in the script will probably be different from those in the final version, but the story's the same so you should probably avoid reading the script if you don't want to completely spoil the movie for yourself. It comes out December 21st, [...]
What do you look for in a movie? If you answered humor with a healthy dose of pathos and also an even healthier dose of Paul Rudd's grundle, well, you're going to really like this first trailer for Judd Apatow's sort-of sequel to Knocked Up, This Is 40. We still have a long time to wait for its December 21st release date, but this is a fun first taste of the comedy powerhouse's fourth movie as writer/director. What say you? Not enough jokes? Not enough Rudd gooch? Or the perfect amount of both?
This Is 40, Judd Apatow's fourth film as a director, hits theaters today, and it's receiving mixed reaction from critics and proving less popular with reviewers than anything he's directed so far. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie scored a 52%, compared to 68, 90, and 86 for Funny People, Knocked Up, and The 40 Year-Old Virgin, respectively. On Rotten Tomatoes's less popular little brother Metacritic, it received a 58/100, compared to 60, 85, and 73 for those three same films. Despite the middling marks from critics, This Is 40 is still doing much better than your average big studio comedy in 2012 and has been receiving praise from [...]
At the top of this interview, Leslie Mann explains that she's on a mix of steroids, antibiotics, cough medicine, and wine. It's remarkable that she manages to give a good late night interview while on that crazy assortment of drugs because this could have been a nationally-televised disaster in someone else's less capable hands.
Judd Apatow gave a nice long interview to Film Comment today in advance of his new movie This is 40, which is being billed as a "sort of sequel" to Knocked Up, following Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's characters Pete and Debbie. Apatow explains in the interview, though, that the new movie contains no references to the previous one. Rudd, Mann, and the kids play the same characters, and Jason Segel and Charlyne Yi also reprise their roles from Knocked Up, but they don't make any references to their relationships with Rudd and Mann's characters and there's only one quick line referring to Knocked Up. Apatow explains:
The first This Is 40 trailer had people saying, "This is sad." With this trailer, they'll be saying: "This is funny," and "This is filled with fun cameos," and "Now, this is 40." Overall, it's a very heartening trailer that looks packed with all you expect from an Apatow film. No word yet on runtime but since it's Judd, we're probably looking at about 12 hours. Good news is then the overly schmaltzy third act will only be three hours long.
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