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Judd Apatow & Paul Feig Shoot Down The Prospect Of A 'Freaks & Geeks' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 3:54 PM
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Holy shit, the '90s right? And while the decade that gave us grunge, gangsta rap, wallet chains, Quentin Tarantino knockoffs, Guy Ritchie knockoffs, Pogs and all kinds of other stuff, is experiencing a bit of a nostalgia wave, thanks to every indie band who released an album between 1990 and 1999 reuniting, one group that won't be getting back together is the "Freaks & Geeks" crew. Though the resurrection of "Arrested Development" has given hope to every canceled show out there, creators Judd Apatow and Paul Feig have revealed they aren't likely to go down that path.

Watch: New Trailer For Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40' Starring Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 12:55 PM
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It's spinoff/sidequel week over at Universal. With "The Bourne Legacy" hitting theaters on Friday, the studio will be using the opportunity to get audiences ready for another film that will be taking some old characters, adding some new ones, and putting them in a fresh movie to create something new.

Chris O'Dowd To Star In TV Series 'Family Tree' From Christopher Guest, Planning To Write A Film For Judd Apatow

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 1:13 PM
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Chris O'Dowd is, quite frankly, a man to watch at the moment. The Irish actor first came to notice alongside Richard Ayoade on British TV show "The I.T. Crowd," which brought him to the attention of Hollywood. And while his early film roles went off a little half-cocked -- "Dinner For Schmucks," "Gulliver's Travels," "The Boat That Rocked" -- he's had an enormous amount of success in the last twelve months or so, led by being the romantic lead in monster comedy hit "Bridesmaids."

Keira Knightley Steps In For Scarlett Johansson On John Carney's Musical 'Can A Song Save Your Life?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 8:00 AM
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Now roughly six billion people have seen the thing, we can all pretty much agree that Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson were the secret weapons of superhero mega-hit "The Avengers." The former brought a wry understatement to Bruce Banner, as well as performance-capturing the most effective screen take on the Hulk yet, while Johansson banished any memories of her flat turn in "Iron Man 2" and made Black Widow steely, vulnerable, cunning and funny, often in the same breath.

Paul Rudd, An iPad & A Toilet: It's The Poster For 'This Is 40' Plus A New Image From The Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 8, 2012 2:16 PM
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When Judd Apatow's "This Is 40" was first announced, it was described as not a sequel to "Knocked Up" by Universal even though the film is clearly a look at the lives of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) a few years after the events of that film. Now the new poster (like the recent trailer) plays with that tag describing the film as the "sort-of sequel to 'Knocked Up'. " Nice wink at that original claim, Uni.

Watch: Trailer For Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40' Starring 'Knocked Up' Duo Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2012 2:00 PM
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This is 38? Middle age comes crashing down hard in "This Is 40," the sort-of-sequel to "Knocked Up," and the first trailer is here to give us a taste of Judd Apatow's latest turn behind the camera, one that finds him once again stretching into dramatic territory while still bringing his trademark laughs, driven by life's uncomfortable, real moments.

Watch: Black Peonies Are Bigger In Red Band Trailer For 'The Five-Year Engagement'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2012 6:03 PM
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Getting married is one thing, but you have to get to the altar first, and it's that journey that serves as the center of yet another winning Judd Apatow production, in Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller's "The Five-Year Engagement." The film opened the Tribeca Film Festival a couple of days ago and hits theaters next week, and as we noted in our review, the film is "sweet and touching" and hits all the right comic notes you can expect.

Robert De Niro Talks 'Deer Hunter' & 'Midnight Run 2' And Judd Apatow Looks Back On His Work At The Tribeca Film Festival

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 20, 2012 12:19 PM
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Yesterday at the Tribeca Film Festival, a special event was held celebrating the centennial anniversary of Universal Pictures. This “100 Years Panel,” hosted by Deadline staffer Mike Fleming, featured an introduction by Ron Meyer, Universal’s long-standing CEO, and panelists Judd Apatow and Robert De Niro (both frequent Universal employees and creative partners). And while this might have seemed like a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Universal’s first 100 years (and the movies De Niro and Apatow have memorably contributed), it turned out to be a slog – an excruciatingly unentertaining hour that oscillated between terse answers by De Niro and wild outbursts from Apatow.

5 Things We Learned About 'Freaks & Geeks' From The AV Club's Epic Walkthrough With Paul Feig

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 13, 2012 10:57 AM
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While the show only lasted a season (although ratings were enough that, were it on today, it would be a big hit), so much of what's proved successful in the comedy world in the last decade can be traced back to " Freaks & Geeks." Executive produced by Judd Apatow, who's been behind many of the most successful comedies in recent years, from "Anchorman" to the upcoming "The Five-Year Engagement," and created by Paul Feig, who reunited with Apatow for last year's smash hit "Bridesmaids," it followed a group of nerds and burnouts in a Michigan high school.

Judd Apatow-Produced 'The Five-Year Engagement' With Jason Segel & Emily Blunt To Open 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 29, 2012 10:01 AM
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While his own films have yet to cross over the awards threshold, Oscar nominations for last year's "Bridesmaids" in the Original Screenplay and Supporting Actress categories signify a new respectability for the comedies of Judd Apatow, the man who more than any other is responsible for the rebirth of the genre in the last few years. Films like "Anchorman," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up" and "Superbad" have brought in the big bucks over the last few years, but now they seem to be getting legitimate respect from cinephiles, something that only seems to be continuing with the writer-director-producer's next film.

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