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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.

Mark Ruffalo Joins Scarlett Johansson In John Carney's 'Can A Song Save Your Life?' Produced By Judd Apatow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 2:36 PM
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"Avengers assemble!" Okay, not quite, but it looks Black Widow and The Incredible Hulk are going to get their own spinoff (but not really).

First Look: Paul Rudd And Leslie Mann In Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 15, 2012 10:05 AM
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While his production machine has continued to churn out comedies at a steady rate, it's been three years since Judd Apatow himself has been behind the camera with a feature film. 2009 saw the release of his dramedy "Funny People" which was, for the most part, warmly received but it's probably his sophomore feature "Knocked Up" which he is most renowned for. This year will see Apatow return with "This Is Forty," a thus far somewhat mystery spin-off from his 2007 film with the focus shifted towards the characters portrayed by Paul Rudd and Apatow's wife Leslie Mann.

Judd Apatow, Paul Feig & The Final Word On The Much-Discussed 'Bridesmaids' Sequel: We'll Do A Sequel If & When A Worthy Idea Surfaces

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 13, 2012 4:54 PM
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God, the "Bridesmaids" sequel conversation has to stop. It all started when Universal said they'd consider making a sequel with or without lead actress Kristen Wiig (who wrote the script with her pal Annie Mumolo). Of course they would: the hilarious and successful comedy became the highest-grossing R-rated female-led comedy of all time (domestically) last year (outgrossing "Sex and the City" by about $17 million in North America). They'd love a repeat of that financial success. But cast members quickly said the obvious aloud: a sequel without Wiig would be a terrible idea, and producer Judd Apatow pretty much said the same. But the wishful-thinking crowd got a little bit more excited for a sequel when co-star  Wendi McLendon-Covey gave them all a little hope and said Wiig could star in a sequel after all (so far, she's been fairly disinterested in returning to the territory and told THR she was writing something else).

Judd Apatow Says 'Bridesmaids' Sequel Without Kirsten Wiig Like 'Water For Elephants' Without RPatz

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2012 6:20 PM
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With Melissa McCarthy and Wendi McLoven-Covey already weighing in on the non-controversy of Universal's possible plan to do a "Bridesmaids" sequel into production without its star Kristen Wiig, leave to the film's producer Judd Apatow to make the funniest comment about the absurd situation yet.

Universal Thinking About 'Bridesmaids' Sequel Without Kristen Wiig

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 2:04 PM
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Universal had a pretty bumpy 2011, but one very bright spot on their balance sheet was the modestly budegeted, Judd Apatow produced, R-rated hit "Bridesmaids." The film was nothing short of a sensation, powering its way to $288 million worldwide, but before word could even begin to get knocked around about a sequel, the film's co-writer, co-producer and star Kristen Wiig pretty much put the kibosh on returning. She's played coy whenever asked about the prospects of a "Bridesmaids 2," but this fall her co-star in the film (and in the upcoming "Friends With Kids") Jon Hamm stated bluntly, "I don't think Kristen is going to do it."

Watch: Lena Dunham Brings Mumblecore Into Your Living Room With First Teaser For HBO Series 'Girls'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 12, 2011 1:35 PM
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Lena Dunham, who won many hearts and minds with her 2010 debut feature "Tiny Furniture" (headed for the Criterion Collection soon), will soon be exposing her self-affacing brand of awkward humor to a much bigger audience when her television series, "Girls," executive produced by some dude named Judd Apatow, hits HBO next year. Last night, during the "Boardwalk Empire" finale/"Luck" sneak peek pair of brilliance, HBO debuted a short teaser for the series. And we've got to say, we're cautiously optimistic.

Melissa McCarthy & Paul Feig Project Titled 'Dumb Jock' & Talks New Project 'Tammy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2011 6:29 AM
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Also Writing Dark Comedy With 'The Help' Director Tate Taylor; Jon Hamm Says He Doubts Kristen Wiig Will Want To Do 'Bridesmaids 2'So just how scorching is the heat on Melissa McCarthy right now after her breakout turn earlier this year in "Bridesmaids"? Well, after taking the statue for Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for "Mike & Molly" (a show wholly undeserving of her talents) at the Emmy's talk pretty much immediately began for an Oscar run for the actress. And while we'll believe it when we see it, that's just an indication of how universally beloved in a span of about four or five months. And Hollywood isn't wasting any time in making sure she has gigs lined up for her next hiatus from the CBS sitcom. "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig and Judd Apatow are already developing a movie for her which may star Jon Hamm and she's got "ID Theft" lined up with Jason Bateman. And Judd Apatow also gave her a part in his forthcoming "This Is Forty." But believe it or not, that's not all.

Megan Fox Says She Wants To Work With People Who "Provide A Really Happy, Healthy, Work Environment"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2011 5:30 AM
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Now Who Could She Possibly Be Referring To? 5 Things Learned From The 'Friends With Kids' Actress Megan Fox’s last two appearances at the Toronto International Film Festival were for projects where the eventual response was, shall we say, mixed. “Jennifer’s Body” came and went from theaters weeks after its TIFF premiere in 2009, while the Mickey Rourke-Bill Murray-costarring “Passion Play” was not just the most derided film of the 2010 festival, but one of the year’s most loudly panned releases, period.

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