The longevity of Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s short-lived 1999 series Freaks and Geeks is both astounding and ironic. The show was ahead of its time and faced considerable opposition from its home network, NBC, throughout its one-season run. Over the years, though, Freaks and Geeks has amassed a legion of fans and acted as the launching pad for countless careers. The main cast of James Franco, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen now reads like an all-star comedy lineup, not to mention the ridiculous number of stars that had bit parts in the series like Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Shia LaBeouf, Ben Foster, Lizzy Caplan, and David Krumholtz.
Most of the show’s cast came together for a reunion at PaleyFest last year, but for the upcoming comedy issue of Vanity Fair (guest edited by Apatow), the entire cast and crew was assembled for “An Oral History of Freaks and Geeks.” In addition to the fascinating article itself, VF has released a number of cast reunion images. Hit the jump to take a look.
Last night, Gallery 1988 opened a cool new art show that focused on the many Judd Apatow movies and TV shows. If you’re in the L.A. area and want to see artwork inspired by Freaks and Geeks, Anchorman, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Walk Hard, Funny People, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and more from his great resume, I suggest heading over to the Melrose Gallery before December 30 (it’s open Wednesday – Sunday, 11-6 PM). However, for those that won’t be able to make the show, I took over 80 pictures and shot almost everything on display. Hit the jump for more.
Funnyman actor Seth Rogen is taking on hosting duties for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, being held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on February 25th. To promote the gig, he spoke to members of the press about why he thought it seemed like a fun thing to do.
During the interview, Seth Rogen talked about being as nervous about flubbing or tipping while hosting as he is in any element of his life, that he’s been watching all of the nominated movies in preparation, the hosting advice he’s gotten from Judd Apatow, what films he responded to in 2011 (Take Shelter and Drive) and what he’s looking forward to this year (The Dark Knight Rises), the TV shows he enjoys watching (Breaking Bad, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation), and that Pineapple Express is his favorite film that he’s done. He also talked about how his directorial debut, The Apocalypse, is coming along, that he’d like to do a Kung Fu Panda 3, that he doesn’t know if there will ever be a Pineapple Express 2, and that he doesn’t think there’s any chance of there ever being a Freaks and Geeks movie. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
The indie drama Return (opening in theaters on February 10th) tells the story of Kelli (Linda Cardellini), a woman back from a military tour of duty, who’s looking forward to rejoining her old life with her husband (Michael Shannon) and children. Even though she wanted nothing more than to experience the feelings of everyday life again, she slowly realizes that her world has become unfamiliar. Her friends and family just don’t understand what she’s been through, and she doesn’t know how to overcome that to move forward.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Linda Cardellini talked about what attracted her to this role, finding ways to identify with this woman even though she never chose to make the same sacrifice, talking to people with similar experiences to hear their stories and how they dealt with returning home after war, working with two amazing co-stars like Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) and John Slattery (Mad Men), and the challenges of being on screen for almost every single minute of the film. She also talked about last year’s Freaks and Geeks reunion at PaleyFest and what it was like to see not just her co-stars but their families again, how she got interested in writing and developing her own projects, and what she’s looking for now in acting roles. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Jason Segel is such a charming, funny and genuinely nice guy that it’s easy to like him, as a person and as an actor. The fact that he has the talent to back all that up makes it impossible not to be a fan. In the new raunchy comedy Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz as the inappropriately foul-mouthed and ruthless middle school teacher Elizabeth Halsey, Segel plays happy-go-lucky gym teacher Russell Gettis. Unfazed by rejection, he keeps flirting with and pursuing Elizabeth, even though she has told him that it’s never going to happen because he’s just not rich enough for her.
At the film’s press day, Jason Segel spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview, in which he talked about working non-stop while juggling films with his television series How I Met Your Mother, his relationship with Rush since shooting I Love You, Man, how much fun he had working opposite Cameron Diaz for Bad Teacher, and the tremendous respect he has for Justin Timberlake. He also talked about what attracted him to Jeff Who Lives at Home (he’s seen the film and says it’s fantastic), The Muppets being a dream project, how great the Freaks & Geeks / Undeclared reunion was at PaleyFest earlier this year, how much he’s been enjoying shooting The Five-Year Engagement with Nic Stoller, and that he’d really like to eat a Reuben, once he’s done playing a leading man for that film. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
March is a great month for people who like things en masse. There’s March Madness, of course, for fans of college basketball. There’s SXSW for lovers of movies and/or music. And for the TV geek, there’s PaleyFest. This year’s line-up features a metric ton of panels for The Walking Dead, True Blood, White Collar, Hot in Cleveland, Parks & Recreation, Eastbound & Down, Supernatural, American Idol, Community, Glee, and Raising Hope. But the big draw has to be “An Evening with Jimmy Fallon.” Wait — that can’t be right.
Oh, no it’s the combined Freaks & Geeks/Undeclared panel moderated by Judd Apatow. Those shows launched more than their share of careers, including Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, and Jason Segel — all official guests. Freak James Franco isn’t listed, but given how busy he likes to keep, my fingers are crossed for a surprise appearance as one of the “additional members of the casts & creative teams.”
PaleyFest 2011 unfolds March 4-17 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles. Hit the jump to see the full list of panelists.
We previously heard that there was likely going to be a reunion of the cast and producers of Judd Apatow’s coming-of-age high school series Freaks and Geeks, but this is even better. Today Variety revealed some of the panels for the Paley Festival which will take place in March of 2011, and not only will the panel feature Freaks and Geeks alumni, but it will also have the cast of the pseudo-sequel college comedy Undeclared. No specific names are mentioned as for the attendees, but that panel is going to be amazing.
But if that’s not your cup of tea, the Paley Festival will also feature the casts of True Blood and The Walking Dead (they also mention the “cast” of American Idol, but we don’t really care). Next year the Paley Festival takes place from March 4th-18th and the rest of the line-up will be announced on January 19th which is also when ticket packages will be available. Individual panel tickets go on sale to Paley Center members January 21st and to the general public on January 23rd. For more information on getting tickets or to become a member of the Paley Center, head on over to their official website.
Actress Busy Philipps plays Laurie Keller, the brassy assistant of Jules Cobb (Courteney Cox), on the ABC comedy Cougar Town. Prior to that, she had memorable roles on such TV series as Dawson’s Creek, E.R., Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Love Inc., Undeclared and the critically acclaimed Freaks and Geeks, from Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, and in such feature films as He’s Just Not That Into You, Made of Honor and White Chicks. Now, she can also be seen in the new Atom.com web series, Jason Nash Is Married, in which comedian Jason Nash takes vignettes from his popular one-man show about married life as a struggling artist.
In this exclusive interview with Collider, Busy Philipps talked about the freedom and creativity in doing a web series, the escapism she gets through her hilarious character on Cougar Town, their upcoming Halloween and Thanksgiving episodes, and juggling her career with motherhood. She also reminisced about how incredible it is to still be remembered for her work as Kim Kelly on Freaks and Geeks, which she did over 10 years ago. Check out what she had to say after the jump. You can click here to watch the first episode of Jason Nash Is Married.
I’ve been a fan of Jason Segel’s work for a long time. While some of you still haven’t seen Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, if you haven’t, you’re missing out on great television and some fantastic work by Segel. But even though both of those shows died well before their time, Segel’s landed on his feet, as he’s one of the stars of the very popular CBS show How I Met Your Mother, and he’s even been the leading man in a big Hollywood movie – Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Anyway, with the 3D CGI movie Despicable Me opening tomorrow, I was able to talk with Segel as a reporter for our partners at Omelete. During the almost 6 minute interview, we talked about Brazil, the World Cup, what got him involved in Despicable Me, his next film Jeff Who Lives at Home (directed by The Duplass Brothers), and he gave me updates on The Muppet Movie and Nicholas Stoller’s Five-Year Engagement - which he said is about the fluidity of relationships in your 20′s. He also said he hopes to shoot this next spring as his hiatus movie. It’s a great interview, so hit the jump to check it out:
IFC has announced via press release that they’ve acquired the syndication rights for two Judd Apatow-produced series, Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. The notice is short (Freaks reruns start airing Friday July 2 at 11/10c), but the news is fantastic. Created by Paul Feig in 1999, the high school dramedy Freaks and Geeks was cancelled after one season but helped launch the careers of Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Jason Segel. The college sitcom Undeclared launched shortly after in 2001 with Jay Baruchel at the center, and likewise lasted only one season; Undeclared will debut on IFC in the fall.
After the jump, check out the fall premiere dates for such CW shows as The Vampire Diaries, Smallville, and Supernatural, as well as details on the Comic-Con visit of NBC conspiracy thriller The Event.
If you’re a fan of TV show theme songs, you’ll appreciate the video after the jump. That’s because the “Two Fredriks” have performed 21 TV themes in about 6:30 minutes. With a medley it’s all about what songs you choose, and that’s the reason I’m posting the video, as he used Naruto, Freaks and Geeks, The X-Files, Firefly, The Office, even Charles in Charge. And that’s just some of them. Hit the jump to check out the video and the full list of shows.
I think as long as you put “Freaks and Geeks creators Paul Feig and Judd Apatow reunite for X,” you can get people excited and rightly so since Freaks and Geeks is one of the best TV shows ever made. In this case, Feig and Apatow’s X is an untitled comedy starring Kristen Wiig. Despite playing awful, unfunny characters week after week on Saturday Night Live, Wiig is a great comedic presence in films. Her untitled comedy (which she co-wrote with Annie Mumolo) is about two women battling to plan their friend’s wedding party.
According to THR, Apatow will produce with Barry Mendel, Wiig and Mumolo will co-produce, and Feig will serve as an executive producer. If both Apatow and Feig are willing to lend their names to a project, then it has to be worthy of attention. While I obviously wish that one of these gents would get in the director’s chair or contribute to the script, my main hope is that more Freaks alums will come along. Then again, they all might be busy since Apatow helped to launch the careers of most of the actors on his shows. Wiig may not have been on Freaks and Geeks, but she’s pretty great in her own right and I’m sure some quality talent will join her on this project.
With Sundance/Slamdance set to start later this week, I’m being flooded with a ton of assets from the Festivals. Since there is so much to post, I’m going to try and keep the intros brief. Also, it’s hard to write a lot about movies no one has seen yet.
Anyway, one of the many films premiering at Slamdance is Drones. The film was directed by Amber Benson and Adam Busch and it’s a sort of reunion of cast members from Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as Freaks and Geeks. That’s because it stars Jonathan M. Woodward, Samm Levine, James Urbaniak, Dave (Gruber) Allen, Tangi Miller, Marc Evan Jackson, Angela Bettis and Paul F. Tompkins. Drones features music from Dan Bern and Common Rotation.
To help promote the film, we’ve landed a high resolution version of the Slamdance poster and the trailer. If you’re going to Park City and want to check the film out, plenty of info is on the poster. Hit the jump for more:
Last week, members of the cast and crew from Inglorious Basterds stormed the red carpet at the New Beverly Cinema to celebrate the release of their film on DVD/Blu-ray. Though just a DVD premiere, spotlights shone into the night, flashbulbs flashed, and pens scribbled on notepads. There were a few surprises – the arrival of stunt-woman extraordinaire and Tarantino alum Zoe Bell, for instance. Or the lovely Diane Krueger (Nina Von Hammersmark) arriving with a dapperly dressed Joshua Jackson on her arm.
But for the most part, the focus of the evening was the cast and crew of the critically acclaimed World War II opus. Among them, most of the titular Basterds, including: Sam Levine, Eli Roth, Omar Doom, B.J. Novak, producer Lawrence Bender and, of course, the biggest “basterd” of them all – Quentin Tarantino.
Collider grabbed a few words with some of the cast before enjoying an evening of disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured Nazi scum. Hit the jump to read what they said: