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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Skip 'Helix,' Watch 'Sherlock,' 'Girls' Nudity Debate & More 'True Detective'

Cumberbitches protest lack of nudity on "Sherlock."
  • By David Chute
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  • January 14, 2014 5:44 PM
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Weekend Recap: Awards Roundup, Apatow 'This is 40' Sequel, Fincher Music Video, Edgerton Short (VIDEO)

On the heels of the release of his Netflix series "House of Cards," folks are wondering if Fincher will return to Sony's lower-budget "The Girl Who Played with Fire," with or without Daniel Craig, or do big-scale "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." Fincher hints that he wants to go small and direct more music videos. He's aiming to team up with Justin Timberlake for his song "Suit and Tie." The director got his start with music videos for Madonna, Billy Idol, Aerosmith, and Nine Inch Nails.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 4, 2013 1:36 PM
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Weekend Recap: 'Only God Forgives' Teaser, Naomi Watts as Princess Di, Twenty-Somethings on 'Girls,' and HBO/Hulu Changes

Film Comment posted the "50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012," beginning with "Our Children" (Joachim Lafosse, Belgium/Luxembourg/France/Switzerland), followed by "Memories Look at Me" (Song Fang, China) and "First Cousin Once Removed" (Alan Berliner, U.S.). Read their full list here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 7, 2013 3:08 PM
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Apatow Hawks 'This is 40' on '60 Minutes,' Pals Sandler, Ferrell & Rogen Add Support

In case you missed it, check out "This is 40" creator Judd Apatow on "60 Minutes" as well as the NYT's live-streamed December 17 round-table interview with Apatow, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2012 1:29 PM
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Judd Apatow Talks 'This is 40,' Lena Dunham and Vanity Fair Comedy Issue

Writer/producer/director/talent scout Judd Apatow is a seriously funny multi-tasker who takes his time between directorial efforts. His latest, "This is 40," is a spin-off of "Knocked Up" that follows married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they navigate the treacherous terrain of marriage, career and family. Apatow talks about writing--he likes juggling several projects at once-- working with Lena Dunham on "Girls"--he promises surprises next season-- and deadbeat dads, played in the film by John Lithgow and Albert Brooks. And he talks about editing the must-read Vanity Fair comedy issue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 2:45 PM
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Oscar Watch: Check Out Online Screenplays for 'Amour,' 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'This is 40'

"It starts with the script" is an old chestnut which just happens to be true. I get a kick out of talking to actors, directors and studio heads, but by far my favorite conversations are with such writers as Michael Arndt or Tony Kushner. These people are smart! Years ago after interviewing the Coens for "Raising Arizona," I abandoned my fledgling efforts at screenwriting. I could never be that good.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2012 1:58 PM
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'This is 40' Review and Round-Up: Judd Apatow and Crew Deliver Pain and Laughs

With "This is 40," Judd Apatow's fourth feature film as a writer-director, the prolific producer ("Girls," "Pineapple Express," "Freaks and Geeks") has never been more in control of his medium. This relationship comedy returns to Pete and Debbie, the Los Angeles married couple introduced in "Knocked Up" (Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd). It's tight, concise, hilarious, painful and spot-on accurate.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2012 3:59 PM
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Watch: Conan O'Brien and Judd Apatow's Serious Talk About Careers, the Unhappiness of Comedy & Obama

Conan O'Brien sits down for some "Serious Jibber-Jabber" with Judd Apatow, and the two discuss what comedy means to them, their experiences breaking into showbiz, the alien people who enjoyed high school, whether Obama is a "naturally funny" president and much more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 21, 2012 1:00 PM
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Apatow, Mann & Rudd Tell NYT 'This Is 40': 'Couples Therapy Viewed By Millions of People in Theaters Across the World'

David Itzkoff of the NY Times paid a summer visit to Judd Apatow on the Brentwood-mansion set of "This Is 40," the director's holiday-slated mid-life-crisis comedy following the marriage of Pete and Debbie of "Knocked Up." Apatow, Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd talk insecurity, "perfect" onscreen married couples and filmmaking as relationship therapy.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 20, 2012 2:24 PM
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