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Lena Dunham, Chris O'Dowd, Charlene Yi & Wyatt Russell Join Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 3:00 AM
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With lensing set to gear up soon, Judd Apatow is beginning to pad out the cast of his untitled "Knocked Up" spinoff, which is also known as "This Is Forty." The film will star Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, who are reprising their roles Debbie and Pete, in the picture that will follow their relationship five years after the events of the preceding movie. Megan Fox and Albert Brooks are also on aboard and continuing to mix old and new faces, four new names have been announced.

Universal Reteams With 'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig & Producer Judd Apatow For New Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2011 9:27 AM
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Well, that didn't take too long. With "Bridesmaids" proving to be a critical smash and a huge box office surprise, crossing $100 million this past weekend in domestic ticket sales, Universal has re-upped their relationship with the film's director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow.

Before Kanye Made It Cool, Judd Apatow Wanted A Bon Iver Track For 'Funny People'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 8:39 AM
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Oh snap Yeezy, it looks like you weren't the first one to cop to the Auto-tuned heartbreak of Bon Iver. If you're not familiar with the name Bon Iver or his face, you've heard his music. Kanye West tapped the sensitive Wisconsin singer-songwriter to assist on his latest album My Dark Twisted Fantasy sampling Bon Iver's track "Woods" on "Lost In The World" and the singer earned a co-writing credit on "Monster." But damn, Judd Apatow was on this Bon Iver cat way before Yeezy hepped to the noise.

"I Told You It Would Fit In There": Watch 3 Minutes Of NSFW Outtakes From 'Bridesmaids'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 26, 2011 12:59 PM
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After a tough few years, 2011 has turned out pretty well for Universal so far: "Fast Five" is currently the top-grosser of the year, fairly impressive considering its the fifth entry in a franchise, with "Hop" not far behind, and even "Paul" and "The Adjustment Bureau" did better than expectations. On top of all that, there's "Bridesmaids," not only a film that's one of our collective favorites of the year, but also a genuine word-of-mouth hit, taking a minimal drop in its second week, and steaming towards at least $100 million.

Snow White Catfight Continues As Universal Moves 'Huntsman' Up Six Months To June 1st

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2011 1:31 AM
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Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spin-Off Now Set For December 21st, 2012 Every so often, Hollywood studios find themselves in a game of $300 million chicken, when two films with strikingly similar premises are green-lit simultaneously. And almost invariably, the first film out of the blocks ends up as the more successful: "Capote" landed a full year before the identically-plotted "Infamous," and despite a less starry cast walked away with more awards and a bigger haul, while "Dante's Peak" outgrossed the similarly lava-themed "Volcano" by over $50 million.

Director Paul Feig Developing Romantic Comedy For 'Bridesmaids' Break-Out Star Melissa McCarthy

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 14, 2011 4:21 AM
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Plus 'Bridemaids' Writer Annie Mumolo & McCarthy Sell Comedy Pitch To ParamountEarlier this week, The Playlist's Drew Taylor spoke to director Paul Feig about this weekend's raunchy and funny R-Rated wedding-themed comedy "Bridemaids" (which looks like it's on track to be a $21 million opening weekend hit). While Feig was amiable and forthcoming, he would only tease two of the new projects he was working on and wouldn't really give details. One sounded like a bigger studio project that depended on actors' upcoming availability and the other was another Judd Apatow-produced project that could star members from the "Bridemaids" cast.

Kristen Wiig, Judd Apatow, Maya Rudolph & Paul Feig Talk Making The Female-Driven 'Bridesmaids'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • May 13, 2011 4:46 AM
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We did it. We made it to May 13th. And now anyone with a nearby megaplex can head out and see the long awaited "Bridesmaids," because this hilarious, heartfelt opening to the summer comedy season is totally worth those hard earned Andrew Jacksons. With a solid cast of some of the funniest voices in comedy from both sides of the gender line (that's right ladies, Tim Heidecker makes an appearance), anyone with a sense of humor will find something to love about this movie.

'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig: "I Want To Show Hollywood There's A Market For Female Comedies"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 11, 2011 9:15 AM
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While much of the conversation surrounding Friday's genuinely brilliant "Bridesmaids" focuses around its superstar producer, Judd Apatow. And while Apatow had a guiding hand, with the film initially sprung from a development deal the producer struck with co-writer/star Kristen Wiig after her scene-stealing turn in the Apatow-directed "Knocked Up," the man behind the camera is none other than Paul Feig. Feig created "Freaks and Geeks" and has been responsible for a number of memorable television episodes in recent years, helming installments of everything from "Arrested Development" and "Bored to Death" to "30 Rock" and "Mad Men." (He's also directed more than a dozen episodes of the stateside "The Office," including the recent departure of Steve Carell.)

Kristen Wiig Says She Hopes Audiences See The 'Knocked-Up'-Sized Heart Of 'Bridesmaids'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 10, 2011 10:18 AM
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Directed by Paul Feig ("Freaks & Geeks"), starring underrated "Saturday Night Live" MVP and perpetual film scene stealer Kristen Wiig, and produced by Judd Apatow, "Bridesmaids" rolls into theaters this weekend and obviously boasts a trifecta of excellent pedigree behind it. Our love for the film is unabashed and collective; every Playlist member who has seen the film has been head over heels for it, a rare confluence of consensus for our opinionated group (read our review here, the film also made our list of 7 Best Films we saw at SXSW 2010).

Paul Feig Says He's Working On A New, Original Screenplay Project With Judd Apatow

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 10, 2011 5:08 AM
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'Bridesmaids' Actors Could Appear, Director Also Says He's Circling Another Project That's Contingent On Actor's SchedulesExclusive: There might be some major announcements coming around the corner for director Paul Feig, the brainchild creator of "Freaks & Geeks," director behind several key episodes of "The Office" and "Arrested Development," plus the filmmaker who steered the upcoming Kristen Wiig-starring, Judd Apatow-produced raunchy, but sweet female comedy, "Bridesmaids."

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