A deleted scene from This Is 40 has been released online. The film is a spin-off of Knocked Up and follows married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they deal with marriage and family. I’m surprised this scene was cut since it’s emblematic of the film: it’s intermittently funny, it goes on way too long, and it’s mostly the actors riffing on a topic intended to be too blunt for the audience to handle (Anal sex in a handicapped bathroom stall! Edgy!) If you saw the movie this past weekend and still can’t get enough, then this clip is for you.
Hit the jump to check out the clip, which also stars Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Robert Smigel, and Annie Mumolo.
A new trailer and images for director Judd Apatow‘s new film This Is 40 have been released. The film follows Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann‘s characters from Knocked Up as they approach middle age. The laughs aren’t as big here as they were in the first trailer, but I’m encouraged by the promise of a really sweet and candid story about family. Rudd and Mann can walk the line between comedy and drama like few others, and Apatow has been trying to nail that James L. Brooks balance with his previous directorial features to varying degrees of success. There’s a clear emotional throughline with This Is 40 that I think could be the key, and the pairing of Albert Brooks and Rudd as father and son is an inspired move that I’m eager to see play out.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and see the images. The film also stars Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Lena Dunham, Ryan Lee, Charlene Yi, Robert Smigel, Wyatt Russell, Melissa McCarthy and Jason Segel. This Is 40 opens on December 21st.
Serious news alert: Adam Sandler is starring in the Candy Land movie. Hot on the heels of yesterdays news that Relativity will release a Taylor Lautner-free Stretch Armstrong in April 2014 comes word that Sony Pictures is in final talks to develop the Candy Land movie. The film was previously set up at Universal along with multiple other Hasbro board game movies, but the studio apparently realized this was a terrible idea and has been dumping Hasbro properties left and right. The only property they’re keeping is Battleship, which hits theaters this summer. Hit the jump for more, including what famous SNL scribe is writing the screenplay alongside Sandler.
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.
For the past two development seasons for television, CBS has tried to get former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle a successful starring vehicle. It looks like the network will try again as Deadline reports Saturday Night Live veteran writer Robert Smigel (who made a name for himself with the animated TV Funhouse segments) is working with Riggle for a currently untitled half hour comedy. The series would see Riggle as a gregarious guy who winds up as a real estate agent working for the nerd he made fun of in high school. Both Smigel and Riggle are executive producing along with famed producers and talent managers Peter Principato and Paul Young. The network has made finding a project for Riggle a high priority, so hopefully this one works out for him
Details on a new Kelsey Grammer-led drama at Starz from director Gus Van Sant after the jump.