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'Mad Men' Season 5 Starts Shooting August 8 (Thank Goodness)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 28th 2011 4:30PM
'Mad Men' fans, pour yourselves a scotch and rest easy: The long-delayed Season 5 of the critically acclaimed AMC drama will begin shooting in less than two weeks.

While new episodes of the show may not air until early 2012 thanks to a dispute between AMC and Lionsgate, any movement is good news after an off-season that's dragged on longer than the NFL lockout.

The show's first day of shooting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 8, according to a report in EW. Jon Hamm will be directing the Season 5 premiere, making his directorial debut.

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Judd Apatow Says His Whole Career Has Been to 'Get to Penis-less Movies' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 13th 2011 5:06AM
Judd Apatow, 'Chelsea Lately'They say behind every good man is a great woman. Judd Apatow must have decided to make sure his latest project was very good indeed, because not only did he surround himself with women, he put them all in front of him. And then he went on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!) to talk to another woman about it.

'Bridesmaids' features an almost all-female ensemble, which is a far departure from a lot of Apatow's bigger hits. He's built a career on male humor, and so this was a different experience for him.

"I've realized they're funnier than the guys," Apatow said of the women he worked with. "The whole first part of my career has been like a mistake. Something to work through to get to penis-less movies."

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Melissa McCarthy Dishes on Making Co-Stars Laugh, on 'Chelsea Lately' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 5th 2011 5:45AM
Melissa McCarthy on 'Chelsea Lately''Mike & Molly' star Melissa McCarthy and host Chelsea Handler swapped tips for making their co-stars crack up, on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!).

McCarthy had stopped by to talk about her new movie, 'Bridesmaids,' and said that she'd gone after one particular actress "pretty hard."

After Chelsea said that "when I'm on set I like to make people not say their lines right," McCarthy confessed that she'd targeted Rose Byrne, who plays the "Stepfordish" Helen in the movie.

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Judd Apatow Asked President Obama About 'Superbad' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 28th 2010 5:00AM
Judd Apatow Talks Meeting Obama on 'Tonight Show'At the White House Correspondents Dinner, Judd Apatow's strategy for meeting President Obama was simple: Stay close to Tracy Morgan. The '30 Rock' star would "find a way," he said on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). But the director's wife, Leslie Mann, needed his escort to the bathroom. When Apatow returned, Morgan was crying. He'd just met Obama.

Apatow's plan B was to "pay an enormous amount of money and go to an event, which I'm happy to do, because I support him." Instead of discussing health care or the economy, Apatow just wanted to know if the president had seen 'Superbad.' No, but he had an opinion on 'Funny People.'

Apatow then shared J.J. Abrams' "picture of me taking a picture with the president. That's why it looks scary like an episode of 'Lost.'

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Judd Apatow Returns to TV With HBO Pilot

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 8th 2010 10:30AM
It's heartening to hear that Judd Apatow, the creator of the cult classics 'Freaks and Geeks' and "Undeclared," is returning to TV.

But to learn that Apatow, who went on to a spectacularly successful film career after leaving TV, is returning with a project about women?

Now that's intriguing.

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Judd Apatow Discusses How Awesome He Is on 'Bill Maher' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 6th 2010 8:30PM
Judd Apatow Discusses How Awesome He Is on 'Bill Maher'Well, to be fair, the title of this column is slightly inaccurate. It's actually host Bill Maher who brings up the topic of the potential awesomeness of director Judd Apatow -- creator of such films as 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' and 'Knocked Up.'

As it turns out, Bill and Judd are good friends. And on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO), Bill does his friend the honor of comparing him to famed director John Hughes. We're a little uncomfortable with anyone being compared to the god among men who made 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.' But Apatow's movies are pretty consistently funny, so we'll let it pass.

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Judd Apatow Mixes Metaphors Talking Sex on 'Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 26th 2010 6:51AM
Apatow Mixes Metaphors on 'Late Late Show'When Judd Apatow visited 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), conversation begun innocently enough, with him and host Craig Ferguson discussing Russell Brand. But somehow that led to the topic of fighting, which digressed into sex, and a dicey mixing of metaphors.

"All sex is really is a form of fighting ... It's a struggle for control," explained Apatow. "And who wins?" asked Ferguson.

"I have not won yet, but I refuse to go down," said Apatow. Maybe he was still referring to battle, but the audience didn't interpret it that way. Expound, please?

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Aziz Ansari: The ODB of 'Parks and Recreation'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 24th 2010 7:02PM
Aziz AnsariAziz Ansari has had the kind of career you'd expect to see from a guy who's 35 or so, not from someone who's only four years out of business school.

The 26-year-old comedian's profile has risen quickly over the last couple of years. From being an up-and-coming stand-up star playing the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, the last three years have seen him do two seasons of MTV's 'Human Giant,' a half-season as lazy intern Ed on the eighth season of 'Scrubs,' a big role as awful stand-up comic Randy in Judd Apatow's 'Funny People,' a one-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central, and a season and a half as Tom Haverford on 'Parks and Recreation.'

I caught up with Ansari at NBC's all-star press party last month and asked him about how his character, who plays the scheming right-hand man of the earnest Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), has developed since the show started, and what's next for a guy who's done a lot in such a short period of time.

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Gone Too Soon: 'Freaks and Geeks'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 22nd 2010 4:02PM
Freaks and Geeks
Created by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, 'Freaks and Geeks' is one of those rare television treasures that no one saw or appreciated until it was too late. Okay, that's unfair. Critics, the press and the loyal fans who did find the show on NBC immediately knew that it was something special. Unfortunately, it didn't find wide enough appeal to last beyond its first season.

Ironically, the show's cast of virtual unknowns now reads like an all-star comedy troupe, which is a testament to the brilliant casting that went on behind the scenes of the show. Finding such talented kids, and then coupling them with brilliant writing crafted on of the most revered television shows of all time.

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Jay Leno bashing before Jay Leno bashing became a professional sport

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 13th 2010 1:46PM
It turns out that blaming all of the world's ails on Jay Leno didn't just become America's favorite pastime last week. It has been a rich and beloved sport way back when he first took over The Tonight Show.

Here's a clip from the short-lived but beloved animated sitcom The Critic featuring a rip on Leno as critic Jay Sherman and his boy make a visit to Hollywood. USELESS TRIVIA ALERT! Leno's voice was provided by one of the show's writers, Judd Apatow, before he found success in mining humor from the folds of Seth Rogen's body fat.

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Aziz Ansari Talks 'Parks and Recreation,' Judd Apatow and Raaaaaaaandy

by Jason Newman, posted Dec 2nd 2009 4:43PM
26-year-old actor/comedian Aziz Ansari is riding a wave most of his peers can only dream about. As the lecherous, sarcastic Tom Haverford on NBC's 'Parks and Recreation,' Ansari has received critical acclaim and helped dispel any thoughts of an 'Office'-type knockoff.

The former co-creator of MTV sketch comedy show 'Human Giant,' Ansari now shuffles his time between 'Parks,' movie roles and stand-up ('Aziz Ansari: Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening,' his first CD/TV special, airs on Comedy Central Jan. 17.) Most recently, the writer sold three film ideas to Judd Apatow and Universal Pictures, including a spinoff of his popular Raaaaaaaandy character from last year's 'Funny People.'

We caught up with Anzari right before Thanksgiving from his family's home in Charlotte, NC, where he's "looking forward to my mother's cooking and hanging out with my cousins for a few days."

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 22nd 2009 9:37AM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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Sneak Peek: Judd Apatow talks to James Lipton on Monday

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 24th 2009 7:25PM
A lot of people will say (and I might have even said at one point) that Inside the Actors Studio is running out of guests to interview. When a show about film talks to Billy Joel, you know something is wrong. But it's not that they're running out of the appropriate people, they're just choosing to go with certain people.

Judd Apatow probably deserves to be there since he's the big name in movie comedy right now. He's going to talk to James Lipton on Monday. Here's the part where he talks about directing sex scenes, hair-waxing, and getting thrown out of the car by his wife on the way to her gynecologist. This could be the dirtiest Actors Studio yet.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 11th 2009 9:03AM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:
  • I've never been a fan of all-nighters, and flat-out refused to do them in college. But movies about all-nighters are always fun. Check out the latest Cinematical Seven: Movies That Pull an All-Nighter.
  • I saw Borat the night it opened and thought it was absolutely hilarious. So why do I have absolutely zero interest in seeing Bruno? Cinematical bit the bullet: you can read their review here.
  • The summer of 1981 was the first summer I was alive, so I probably wasn't watching too many movies. However, there were some great ones that summer, like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Fox and the Hound! See what else came out when Cinematical continues to examine their favorite summers.
  • Are you headed to Comic-Con this year? Check out the newly-released Comic-Con 2009 schedule here.
  • I'm really looking forward to the new Judd Apatow movie, Funny People. You can check out the new red-band trailer here, plus a bonus Adam Sandler prank call circa 1991.

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Yo Teach ... ! could be the show that saves NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 1st 2009 1:33PM
One of the most eagerly awaited new NBC fall shows is Yo Teach ... ! Well, no. Actually, the show doesn't really exist. This is a promo for the new Judd Apatow movie Funny People. But you can imagine this show existing on television, maybe on Friday nights on ABC sometime in the mid-90s, right before Boy Meets World.

Here's the web site for the show, which has more video and looks a lot like the site for a real show. That's Bo Burnham as the student.

[via Pop Candy]

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