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.
The first image has gone online from Judd Apatow‘s Knocked Up spinoff, This Is Forty. Apatow’s latest comedy brings us back to Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) and the comic trials and tribulations of their marriage. The movie will pick up several years after Knocked Up and show the couple facing new challenges. Per the LA Times, “Pete’s music label is struggling and Debbie’s vanity business, a dress shop staffed by the comely Desi (Megan Fox) and the awkward Jodi (Charlyne Yi), needs to help cover the household budget.” Mann and Apatow’s real-life daughters, Maude and Iris Apatow, will be reprising their Knocked Up characters as well. I wonder if Iris’ character still likes Green Day.
Hit the jump to see the full image and to learn more about the upcoming comedy. This Is Forty opens 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’s the end of summer and that means it’s finally time to see the films that everyone was talking about in Park City. Our Idiot Brother, the first of the big sale items from the Sundance Film Festival, hits theaters this Friday from the newly reinvigorated Weinstein Company. Unlike many Sundance offerings, this is an audience-friendly comedy starring Paul Rudd as the idiot sibling in question with Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Zooey Deschanel and Elizabeth Banks playing the women he unintentionally tortures with his naiveté.
Recently, I sat down with Rudd to discuss the film. During our interview he told me about what it’s like to not age, how he’s preparing to begin doing nude scenes, how he manages to switch between mainstream and indie films and a bit about his upcoming film with Judd Apatow, tentatively titled, This is Forty. Hit the jump to watch.
This past weekend I sat down Paul Rudd to discuss his new independent comedy, Our Idiot Brother, which hits theaters at the end of the month. We’ll have the full interview closer to the release date, but right now we have a tiny scoop on Judd Apatow’s upcoming companion piece to Knocked Up. Rudd reveals that the current working title is This is Forty and confirms Charlyne Yi will be returning. He went on to tell us it’s not a sequel and that we’ll see both new and returning characters. However, since they’re still filming, Rudd said he’s not exactly sure who will end up in the film. For more details on the project, hit the jump.