Andrew Jay Cohen has one of the cooler origin stories you could imagine in contemporary Hollywood comedy. In 2003, he was hired as an assistant to Original Nerd of Comedy Judd Apatow on the instant-classic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. This weekend, Cohen makes his directorial debut with The House, a suburbia-set sendup of Scorsese’s Casino that teams comedic heavyweights Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler.
The Big Sick is insanely funny. It’s also incredibly touching. Somehow the film manages to be equal parts both at once — not an easy balancing act to pull off — which is why it has been one of the best early surprises in Park City after premiering to a standing ovation for cowriters Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival. (The film was acquired Saturday by Amazon Studios for $12 million in one of the biggest deals in Sundance history.)
Lonely Island’s PopStar: Never Stop Never Stopping lampoons much more than just pop stars. The ex-Saturday Night Live gang comprised of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone take satirical aim at every facet of social media, celebrity culture, corporate sponsorships, and more. One of PopStar’s biggest targets is the celeb gossip empire TMZ, reborn in the film’s universe as “CMZ” and gleefully mocked via Will Arnett (perfectly cast as a Harvey Levin surrogate) and comedians Mike Birbiglia, Chelsea Peretti, and Eric Andre (as the TV show’s cackling reporters mercilessly tracking Samberg’s character, Conner4Real).
Judd Apatow has waded into the impromptu criticism over the new ‘Ghostbusters’ film by insisting that those who are already hating the reboot probably support Donald Trump. The ‘Popstar Never Stop Never Stopping’ producer made this comparison to Uproxx, declaring, “I would assume there’s a very large crossover of people who are doubtful ‘Ghostbusters’ will be great and people excited about the Donald Trump candidacy.
Remember that cute little curly-haired girl from “Knocked Up”? She’s not so little anymore. Last week, Maude Apatow stepped out on the Sundance red carpet to promote her new film “Other People” – and we were blown away by how grown up she looked.Now 17, the oldest daughter of Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann is poised to become the next big thing in Hollywood – and we can’t wait to see where her career takes her next. Scroll through the gallery to see how she’s grown up since “Knocked Up” came out nearly 10 years ago.
In much the way that Star Wars: The Force Awakens channeled A New Hope to stoke fans’ nostalgia and enthusiasm, this first trailer for Paul Reubens’ long-awaited return, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, makes a whole lot of nods to 1985’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The film, which returns Reubens as the inventive and joyful man-child in an ill-fitting suit, is being produced by long-time fan Judd Apatow, whose reverence for the original film is very obvious here. As with Big Adventure, the trailer for Big Holiday (which is directed by John Lee) opens on an alarm clock that sets off a Rube Goldberg machine of a wakeup call, with springs and strings and catapults that transport Pee-wee from his bed to the great big world outside.
Steve Carell has revealed that Universal almost pulled the plug on ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ just five days into filming. Because executives thought that he looked like a serial killer. The 2005 movie, which also marked Judd Apatow’s directorial debut, saw Carell playing unlucky in love electronics store worker Andy Stitzer as the titular involuntary celibate.
Judd Apatow brought Trainwreck to the South by Southwest Film Festival as a “work in progress.” Yeah, he’s probably not going to have to change much. Sunday night’s premiere of the comedy, written by and starring Amy Schumer in her first major movie role, had the capacity Austin crowd in stitches. The early consensus is that Trainwreck marks Apatow’s best comedy in years.