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.
Fans of Judd Apatow who knew his name well before The 40 Year-Old Virgin hit theaters in 2005 should hold onto their hats. Variety is reporting, though unofficially, that a 10-year reunion for the cast of Freaks and Geeks — the coming-of-age high school series that survived only one season from the year 2000 — will be staged for an event at PaleyFest 2011. Apparently Apatow revealed the reunion through his Twitter over the weekend and the Paley Center has since confirmed the fact that a Q&A with the cast and producers is definitely in the cards. The official announcement regarding the TV festival won’t hit until next week, but this sounds like a done deal.
Since many of the series stars like Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and James Franco have since catapulted into stardom this should be quite the reunion. Other cast members include Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, Martin Starr, Samm Levine and Busy Phillips, and surely they’ll be along for the reunion too. I’m wondering if they’ll get Shia LaBeouf or Rashida Jones involved since they each had bit parts in a few episodes back in the day. Either way, this will be an event you don’t want to miss, so if you have the means, make sure you make it to PaleyFest 2011.
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:
You already know if you love or hate the films of Quentin Tarantino. It isn’t that his films haven’t evolved over the course of his career but they do possess a singular style that is often imitated but never duplicated. His detractors will find his newest film, “Inglourious Basterds” to be his worst while his fans will celebrate it as his best yet. Count me in the latter category. Not only is this film have greater intensity than any horror film in recent memory, it features one of the greatest villains in cinema history. And no, it’s not Hitler.
While “Inglourious Basterds” has a lot of great performances, Christoph Waltz is the one you’re all going to remember and talk about. That’s because he’s so good as Col. Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, I think he’s going to be remembered at the end of the year during Award season. Yeah…he’s that good. Anyway, I recently got to speak with him about making the film and it’s after the jump. Take a look:
While Eli Roth is primarily known for his writing and directing skills, he’s slowly building up a resume as an actor. And as one of the leads in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”, this might be a role that opens up a new door for the filmmaker.
In the film, Eli plays Sgt. Donny Donowitz – also known as ‘The Bear Jew’. I won’t spoil the reason why he’s called that…but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to mention he’s not a nice Jew. Anyway, I recently got to talk with The Bear Jew about making the movie, working for Quentin, the violence in the film, and a lot more. Take a look:
A show that I absolutely loved was “Freaks and Geeks”. So anytime I can speak with a former cast member, I’m always happy to do it. But when they’re promoting a movie that features Jews killing Nazis, I’ll reschedule my day to make sure I can help promote the film! And that’s exactly what I did to talk with Samm Levine last week. While he wasn’t part of the official junket schedule, when I was offered the opportunity to talk with him, we arranged to meet up and the interview is after the jump. He talked about how he got the part, filming in Berlin, deleted scenes, running time, what he has coming up and a lot more. It’s a great interview so take a look: