The first trailer for Judd Apatow’s fourth directorial effort, This Is 40, has gone online. The film is a semi-spinoff of Apatow’s Knocked Up, as it follows the lives of the characters played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a new classic, I was a big fan of Knocked Up, and while Funny People certainly had its issues, I enjoyed it for the most part. That said, this trailer for This Is 40 shows huge promise. We already know that Rudd and Mann have impeccable chemistry, but I love the idea of Apatow tackling the issues of aging and mid-adulthood through his dramedic eye. We get a look at a couple of the bit parts from Jason Segel and Melissa McCarthy (to great comedic effect) and the end showcases Rudd’s penchant for spot-on delivery. It’s safe to say that in a very crowded holiday release schedule, This Is 40 just jumped up towards the top of my most anticipated list.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, Ryan Lee, Charlene Yi, and Wyatt Russell. This Is 40 opens on December 21st.
One of the things I love about Megan Fox is her honesty. While many celebrities are careful with their answers, if you ask Megan Fox a question, she’ll always tell you exactly what she thinks. So when I sat down with her a few days ago at the Toronto Film Festival for an exclusive interview for writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids (which premiered at TIFF and is really good), I knew it was going to be a great interview.
During our twenty minute conversation we talked about Friends With Kids, how she got involved in Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator, Judd Apatow’s untitled project (also known as This is Forty), her thoughts on doing more comic book movies and what she wants to do in the future. In addition, we talked about whether she had seen Transformers 3, karaoke, Twitter, Facebook and social networking (she didn’t pull any punches on her thoughts), revealed she’s a hard core gamer and you might find her online playing Halo Reach, her Giorgio Armani campaign, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.
Judd Apatow is currently deep into production on his Knocked Up spinoff tentatively titled This is Forty. While the film focuses on Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters from the 2009 comedy, many wonder which other characters would be popping up in the pseudo-sequel. Charlyne Yi and Jason Segel are both confirmed to appear, but Seth Rogen recently revealed that his character doesn’t show up in the film:
“Yeah I’m not in it, but I went to visit the set and it looked hilarious. It was a good choice, honestly, because I think it would’ve confused people. I’m really looking forward to seeing it; I thought the script was unbelievably funny.”
While it could’ve been cool to see where Rogen’s character is now in relation to Rudd and Mann, it’s not like the actor is dire need of projects. In fact, Rogen also revealed that a long-gestating project set to be his directorial debut, Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, is actually gearing up to start shooting in February. Hit the jump for more.
It looks like the Knocked Up spin-off This Is Forty will get getting another cast member from the original. Megan Fox posted a picture of her on the set in a swimming pool with co-stars Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) and Jason Segel. As you’ll recall, Segel played one of the friends of Seth Rogen’s character in Knocked Up. He’ll be joining stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann who are reprising their roles as married couple Pete and Debbie in the Judd Apatow comedy, which Rudd recently said is a “companion piece” to Knocked Up and not a sequel.
Segel will also be starring alongside returning cast member Charlene Yi as well as Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, Melissa McCarthy, Ryan Lee, and Wyatt Russell. This Is Forty is set to open in December 2012. [Update: Apparently there have been set photos of Segel on set with Mann. I never saw those, hence this story.]
Judd Apatow continues to round up his friends for his latest directorial effort, as he’s just added two more names to the cast of his currently-filming Knocked Up spin-off. Saturday Night Live writer Robert Smigel and Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo are the latest additions to a cast toplined by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. THR’s report doesn’t have any details regarding their roles, but the two have a history with Apatow. Smigel co-wrote the Adam Sandler comedy You Don’t Mess With the Zohan with the director, and Apatow produced Mumolo’s monster hit comedy Bridesmaids.
Mumolo is riding the wave of success following the hit comedy, as she and Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy (who also appears in Apatow’s new movie) recently sold a pitch to Paramount. Mumolo and Smigel join a cast that now includes Rudd, Mann, McCarthy, Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Ryan Lee, Lena Dunham, Charlene Yi, and Wyatt Russell. The untitled film opens December 2012.
After seeing Bridesmaids, audiences and critics who enjoyed the film tended to agree that Melissa McCarthy would be one of the breakout stars of the year. That easy prediction is already coming true with McCarthy and Bridesmaids co-write Annie Mumolo selling a pitch to Paramount, and McCarthy being rumored to co-star with Jon Hamm in a new Paul Feig/Judd Apatow comedy. McCarthy will certainly be working with Apatow again, but he’ll be directing her in his untitled Knocked Up spin-off starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. THR reports that McCarthy will play a mom at the school where Rudd and Mann’s children attend and that Super 8 co-star Ryan Lee will play her son.
The untitled comedy also stars Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, Charlene Yi, and Wyatt Russell. The film is set to open in December 2012.
Judd Apatow is filling out the cast for his next directorial effort, with Bridesmaids star Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham (director of Tiny Furniture), Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) and Wyatt Russell currently in negotiations to join the untitled ensemble comedy. Written by Apatow, the film is a spinoff of sorts from his 2007 comedy Knocked Up, focusing on Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters. Variety reports that O’Dowd and Dunham will play employees of Rudd’s indie record company, Russell will portray a hockey player, and Yi will reprise her role as Jodi from Knocked Up.
The cast for the untitled comedy currently includes Rudd, Mann, Megan Fox and Albert Brooks. O’Dowd is just coming off the massive success of the Apatow-produced Bridesmaids. His turn as Wiig’s love interest in the film has him fielding a flood of offers, and deservedly so. No other plot details on Apatow’s flick are known at the moment, but it’s set to be released in December 2012.
Being first matters at the box office. Also, having a good movie helps, but being first counts since viewers feel like if they’ve seen something before, they don’t want to revisit the exact same premise or character set again unless it’s part of the same franchise. This weekend, I went to see Bridesmaids and there was a trailer for Friends with Benefits and you could almost feel the audience wondering “Didn’t we see this already with No Strings Attached?” And while I think Friends with Benefits looks better, it has to overcome the stigma of recently-been-there-done-that.
Universal had previously set their Snow White and the Huntsman for December 21, 2012, but Deadline reports that the studio has kicked the film all the way up to June 1, 2012 (and sent Judd Apatow’s new film to December 2012) ahead of Relativity’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, which opens June 29, 2012. This move either forces Relativity to kick their film up even further, move it back, or wait and see if audiences are willing to see two Snow White films in the same month. Hit the jump for a refresher on both films.
Earlier today, we reported that Megan Fox is in talks to join Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spinoff, featuring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprising their characters from that film. Now it looks like Albert Brooks may be joining the cast as well. Deadline reports that Brooks would play Rudd’s character’s father in the film that Apatow wrote and will direct.
No other plot details are known at this point, but Rudd and Mann stole nearly every scene together in Knocked Up and the pairing of Brooks and Apatow seems like a genius combination, so it’s safe to say that this project’s a bit anticipated. Though Apatow produces plenty, he’s only written and directed three flicks to date: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People. No word on when production is set to start, but with casting moving rather quickly, the film will most likely be rolling soon.
Megan Fox is in negotiations to join Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spin-off starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. THR reports that Fox’s role is currently unknown and no plot has currently been revealed for the film other than Rudd and Mann will reprise their bickering husband-and-wife characters from the 2007 comedy. The under-wraps film is currently set to be released on June 1, 2012.
This is the latest comedy that Fox has signed on to. She previously boarded Jennifer Westfeldt’s ensemble comedy Friends with Kids with Jon Hamm, Adam Scott, and Kristen Wiig. Fox’s latest film, Passion Play, was picked up at the Toronto Film Festival despite abysmal reviews. Play, which co-stars Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray, will be released directed to DVD. While Fox hasn’t landed a hit in a while, she can be charming when given the right material. Hopefully this new supporting work in these upcoming comedies will help to re-establish her.
Universal effectively announced this October that the next Judd Apatow film is scheduled for release on June 1, 2012, before any hint of plot or cast. This cart-before-the-horse unveiling is usually reserved for sequels, rather than a (presumably) R-rated comedy.
It turns out this is no exception. The untitled project is a sequel of sorts, at least in the Apatovian tradition. Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd will reprise their roles as the bickering married couple from Knocked Up. More after the jump:
It’s only been a year since Judd Apatow released his third film as writer/director, Funny People, but the man is hard at work on his next project. Universal has confirmed to us that the currently untitled film will be released by on June 1, 2012, a week before the release of Andrew Stanton’s (Finding Nemo) adaptation of John Carter of Mars. There’s no word yet on the story of the film, or even possible cast, but it’s still very early as Apatow has yet to finish the screenplay.
If you follow Apatow on Twitter, you might have already been aware that he’s been writing a new project (well, more like procrastinating writing by posting random pictures of his face, but you get the gist). In the meantime, he’s been hard at work on producing a litany of projects since Funny People was released last year. First up is his Freaks and Geeks partner Paul Feig’s next directorial effort, Bridesmaids, starring Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, and Kristin Wiig (Wiig also co-wrote the project). Apatow’s also producing Wanderlust, which is currently being shot by Role Models director David Wain and stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston. For more on those projects, and other upcoming films Apatow is lending a hand to, hit the jump.