I’ve never been a huge fan of charity videos because they’re so dramatic and subsequently always make me cry. I cry at the babies playing with flies. The sad-eyed dogs. The animals in cages faintly crying. If Sarah McLachlan is playing in the background, I’m already bummed. But Judd Apatow
has gone a totally different route with his video for AJWS, the American Jewish World Service
. I literally laughed out loud several times and
it actually made me want to support them because they made a good case and didn’t mess up my mascara. Keep reading »
The netherworld between college and actual adulthood can be one of the most confusing times of life. Not yet fully formed, not truly who you’re going to be, you crawl clumsily through jobs, apartments and relationships. Lena Dunham, the writer and director of the new film “Tiny Furniture,” knows exactly what we’re talking about. She made the coming-of-post-college-age film when she was only a wee 24 and manages to perfectly encapsulate the hysterical blindness of it all. The film resonates with so much uncomfortable truth that comic genius Judd Apatow is now producing her upcoming HBO pilot. [NYMag.com
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After her latest film, “The Switch,” bombed at the box office, Jennifer Aniston has finally decided to switch things up. Well, sorta. According to Hollywood Life, the actress has signed on for the next Judd Apatow comedy, “Wanderlust,” and will be playing Paul Rudd’s “chain-smoking” wife who “sleeps around” and even goes “topless” at one point in the movie. Way to diversify, Jen! Her box office money-making average might finally raise given that A) Apatow’s movies typically do very well, B) Paul Rudd is a kick-ass co-star, and C) Aniston will be playing a character that seemingly has a little more edge than her usual roles. The latter worked well for her in indie movies like “The Good Girl” and “Friends With Money,” so while this is a comedy, I personally have high hopes that this could be just the vehicle Aniston needs to justify her big-screen salary.
Check out Hollywood Life’s exclusive spoilers about the movie — including why you’ll get to see Aniston’s ta-tas — after the jump … Keep reading »
Well, not a ton of movies are coming out this weekend. Luckily, this one of those cases of quality winning out over quality. First, we’ve got more Apatow-constructed bromance with “Funny People,” starring Seth Rogan, Adam Sandler, and Judd Apatow’s wife. And next, “Adam,” sigh, a romantic comedy about a hot dude with Asperger’s syndrome. It’s about time mental illness got some love. Keep reading »
Seth Rogen: “['The Ugly Truth'] looks like it really puts women on a pedestal in a beautiful way.”
Judd Apatow: “I hear there’s a scene where she’s wearing… underwear… with a vibrator in it, so I’d have to see if that was uplifting for women.”
Rogen: “I gotta say, it’s not like we’re the only people she said some bats**t crazy things about. That’s kind of her bag now.”
–The star and director of “Funny People” on Katherine Heigl‘s hypocrisy in an interview with Howard Stern. Heigl famously told Vanity Fair that she thought “Knocked Up” (the Apatow film that she starred in alongside Rogen) “painted women as shrews.” Keep reading »
We’re sick and tired of the “Is Judd Apatow A Sexist Pig Because His Main Characters Are Loser Guys Who Date Women Who Are Too Good For Them?” debate.
No, he’s not. True, Katherine Heigl said “Knocked Up” was “a little sexist.” But that woman complains about everything.
Nevertheless, whether or not Apatow’s a sexist pig has taken on a life of its own and become something he has to answer for. Earlier this week at a screening of his latest film, “Funny People,” Apatow told an audience:
“I think, really, what a lot of these issues are is that women are romanticized in movies. [My] movies go pretty hard at having women have as many problems as men. They make mistakes that are as big as men’s. So when someone says ‘Knocked Up’ seems sexist, I’m like, ‘Really?’ I mean, Seth [Rogen] has an earthquake, and he grabs his bong before his pregnant girlfriend. That’s pretty bad. But I try to weigh it evenly so it’s not really about men or women; it’s just about miscommunications and us at our worst.”
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The movie business holds the Academy Awards in such high regard it can make or break a distribution deal. Luckily, actors don’t (always) take themselves so seriously. Aside from the over-the-top gushing that came when past winners introduced the nominees for the acting awards, there were plenty of LOL moments from last night’s Oscars (not including the moment when the camera caught Angelina Jolie laughing at Jennifer Aniston['s joke], above). From Styx lyrics in speeches to Steve Martin’s ego mania, here are our five favorite funnies…
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Nudity expert Mr. Skin complied a list of celebrity ladies who took it all off in the name of their art this past year. From Angelina Jolie to Mena Suvari, there were some choice bare babes, but 2008 didn’t slight the men either. There was a whole lot of manhood captured for movies and even network television. Thanks to these hotties, 2008 will be remembered as the year of nude dudes! In honor of these studs, we’ve put together a list of guys who flash more than their smiles at the cameras. Here’s looking at you, boys!
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He’s sexy enough to play James Dean, funny enough to host “Saturday Night Live,” bad enough to play a classic comic book villain, sophisticated enough to be the face of Gucci pour Homme, and brave enough to go gay — twice. James Franco is more than just a pretty face, he’s the kind of actor that at 30 has already earned the respect and admiration of his peers. Ask anyone, from Tinseltown to his hometown: To know James Franco is to love him. In his latest movie, “Milk,” the story of gay activist and San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk, he stars alongside Emile Hirsch and Sean Penn. The flick opened over Thanksgiving weekend, and it already has major Oscar buzz. In it, Franco plays, as he says, “the supporting wife” role, Milk’s lover, Scott Smith. It’s a bold move, but James Franco isn’t your average actor. Here’s what we found out about the man behind all those legends. Keep reading »
Hayden Panettiere, star of “Heroes,” wants you to vote — although her schedule might not allow her to do so. Hey, she’s a celebrity! She gets to follow a different set of rules than you do. [Funny or Die] Keep reading »