Judd Apatow is one of those strange curiosities in the filmmaking industry. He made his name blending bro-humor, stoner comedy and genuine emotional earnestness with the 1-2 knockout punch of 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, and has since put himself on the map as the go to guy for a successful mainstream comedy. Then as his career continued, he started putting in more of the earnest emotional stuff back into his work, which isn’t anything new for him at all. Longtime Apatow fans will be familiar with his TV projects, Freaks And Geeks being the most notable for being a perfect encapsulation of a generation’s awkward teen years, that had a timeless relatability to it despite being set in the 80’s. Then he had his first bomb with Funny People, which was a movie that was more drama than comedy, and people weren’t expecting it, nor did they like what they got. Personally, I thought it was good, if a bit self-indulgent and long. However, it looks like Apatow is dead set on another turn where we’re gonna be given more and more of his own personal issues and hangups through a Paul Rudd filter, and it has a new trailer. The older, funnier, original trailer was covered previously, by an author here who has a much more positive, if pretentious outlook on the film, as opposed to my immediate, knee-jerk pessimism followed with cynical malaise deflected with humor as a coping mechanism. Just like an Apatow movie! Oh… Oh god… Here’s the new trailer, I’m going to go weep in the shower for a minute.
Now, all self-aware deprecation aside, I obviously could be jumping the gun, but the trailer makes it barely even look like an Apatow film. Since when did he start making touchey-feeley,psuedo-indie twee-fests that borderline on becoming mumblecore films? I would have very little interest in seeing this if it was made by literally anyone else, or if Paul Rudd’s beautiful eyes and smile didn’t enchant me with glee every time I see him. The movie is so transparent in its intention, it might as well be called “Being Old And Married Sucks“.
Presumably his next film will be a “sort of sequel” with him sitting in a hotel room in his underwear, drinking heavily while sobbing about his wasted life. It’ll be rad. Also, this…
Also, screw Megan Fox. Interpret that however you want.
We all knew it was going to happen, and now that it has, I couldn’t be more grateful. Pete and Debbie, the wonderfully bitter couple from 2007’s Knocked Up finally have their own movie. All I can say is it’s about damn time, Judd! This hilarious preview only solidifies my anticipation and gives me even more of a reason to be excited for the actual movie.
It’s called This is 40, and it follows the life of Pete and Debbie following the events of Knocked Up. Serving as a quote-unquote “sort-of sequel to Knocked Up“, This is 40 features many of the characters from the series’ first film, something I’m extremely grateful for. But instead of chronicling the beginning of a relationship, it follows what The Future refers to as “the middle of the beginning”. Of course, Maude and Iris, Apatow’s real-life daughters, get most of the best lines in the trailer.
My only fear is that instead of staying true to the events of the original film, they’ll try and capitalize on the success of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel and release a lazy product with crappy continuity. I doubt it, though, considering Judd Apatow’s truly never written or directed a bad movie in his life. And please, dear God, can we get a Seth Rogen/Katherine Heigl cameo?
Some new faces to the cast include Chris O’Dowd, Albert Brooks, Melissa McCarthy, Annie Mumolo (who co-wrote Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig), John Lithgow, Lena Dunham, and Megan Fox. All these names seem pretty perfect for a film like this, with the exception of Albert Brooks who seems a little bit out of place considering his last, very scary role in Drive. Of course, only time, new trailers, and new clips will tell.
A sequel to the November hit musical, The Muppets, is moving into development after an announcement from Walt Disney confirmed the film. Director James Bobin and screenwriter Nicholas Stoller will be returning, but it seems as if Jason Segel won’t be returning for another round of writing for the sequel. This isn’t to say that he still won’t co-star, but he cites his commitments to “How I Met Your Mother”, as well as other projects he’s working on, as the reason he’s not returning as writer.
Now, Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel have been collaborators for quite a long time. Stoller directed Segel’s screenplay for Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and then took over as writer and director for the spin-off, Get Him To The Greek. Both of those films are absolutely hilarious, so I have no fear that The Muppets sequel won’t be great. My hope is that Segel will return to star in the sequel, and that Bret McKinzie will also return as composer. I mean, the guy won an Oscar for “Man or Muppet”, he probably has a pretty good incentive to come back, right?
Reminiscing is a lot of fun. No, really, it is. Everyone loves sitting around, talking about the good ol’ days with his or her family. Granted a lot of them eat their feelings later, but hey! That’s definitely not the point I’m trying to make here. My point is, everyone’s up for a good amount of nostalgia. You don’t need to be looking all deep into the specifics of it, just agree with me and move on.
Nostalgia takes some not-so-human form in Jason Segel’s reboot of The Muppets. Bringing back all of the familiar faces that we know and love, The Muppets succeeds on so many levels that it’s hard to count them all, but I will try. First off, the writing and jokes are absolutely wonderful. 2011 has been a great year for good-hearted family comedies, and The Muppets is no exception. It appeals to both fans of the original show (AKA Parents) and the knee-knockers who don’t know what the hell a Muppet is (AKA their Children). The perfect blend of wit and slapstick pretty much guarantees an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
Puppet animation has come a long way since the 1979 The Muppet Movie, and it definitely reveals itself in the form of legs.
That’s right, folks. The Muppets now have legs that come in handy (no pun intended) during the equally elaborate and hilarious dance sequences that take place in various parts of the film. The songs are catchy, the lyrics are ingenious, and the result is a musical that even musical haters such as myself will enjoy.
The plot is familiar; the Muppets need to put on a telethon to save the Muppet Theater. It’s something we’ve seen before, but I think it’s the only plot that would’ve worked. It brings back memories to older viewers regarding similar scenarios, but is also simple and enjoyable enough for the young ones. More importantly, the Muppets themselves are brought to life by fantastic voice acting and even better puppeteers. You really connected with the characters on a whole new plateau. In this case, the Muppets seemed more human than the actual humans.
And who can forget the cameos! There’s an insane amount of star cameos in this movie. More than I’d even care to name. It really does keep you on your toes the entire time, seeing who just might pop up next.
Everything in The Muppets is near flawless, and it really is a welcome return for the lovable puppets. Also, I got to hear Chris Cooper rap. This is something I never thought I’d see. I think I can now die peacefully.
Welcome to the Hero Express, a new speedy look through the news filled world of superhero movies here on Grizzly Bomb. So let’s get to it.
This is The Hero Express for June 17, 2011:
A New Muppet Green Lantern Parody Trailer – (GammaSquad)
Beware my Banjo, Green Froggy’s Light! I’m actually really loving these parody trailers, and this one gets the Hero Express nod for it’s GL usage, obviously. I’m a huge fan of Jason Segel, and you can really feel his complete involvement and love for this picture. Oh, right, the trailer:
The Onion News Network Previews Green Lantern – (TheOnion)
A great look at the movie from non-comic fans. Hilarious.
Yea and they are not really very good… at all. You can check them out at the link above, but with an average score of 22% on the Tomato Meter, things aren’t looking good for the high budget possible flop of a movie. Although it does say 72% of the audience liked it, further proving that critics and the general movie going public don’t often see eye to eye.
Did I say flop? GL pulled in $3.35 Million from its midnight showings, which is slightly more than Thor ($3.2 mil) and X-Men: First Class ($3.3 mil) – (CinemaBlend)
Anne Hathaway’s Wardrobe Malfunction On Set of TDKR– (Dark Horizons)
Oh to be on set when this happened:
Ace Showbiz reports that Hathaway is going a lot of her own combat stunts. However the costume materials and the physical combat have led to a little problem, and not just the stuntman black eye she caused last week. This time, the harm is to her modesty.
An insider says “Anne was filming a very similar fight scene when her costume split right open right on her bottom. She’s putting everything into this role both physically and emotionally and the wardrobe department is paying the price. She must have gone through a dozen costume changes due to throwing herself around.”
Man of Steel roles offered to Connie Nielsen and Harry Lennix– (GeekTyrant)
Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. Talk Iron Man 3, The Avengers and the MCU – (Splashpage)
MCU stands for Marvel Cinematic Universe, natch. Here’s some of the interview with video at the link:
Speaking about “The Avengers” during last weekend’s Hero Complex Film Festival(and transcribed by Slash Film), Downey said, “I tend to look at a scene and say ‘This is absolutely impossible, we can’t shoot this, it’s horrible. I can tell you 10 other movies it’s been in, I refuse.’ I usually start off the morning by refusing to do what I’ve signed on to do. So I brought that attitude, happily.”
“I just thought ‘How are you gonna put all of us clowns together? He’s wearing a suit, he’s all jacked up, he’s so-and-so, and poor Mark Ruffalo, he’s gonna out do us,'” continued Downey. “And we’re about six weeks in and I have to say [director] Joss Whedon is nailing it. He’s so smart and so good. And it’s gonna be great. I can’t believe I just said it, I never could’ve believed this, but it’s gonna be great.”
Favreau spoke up about the sometimes difficult process of blending Marvel’s comic book movies into a single, cohesive universe.
“In comics you can say that it’s an individual storyline and you can break it off into a group,” he explained. “But in movies, it’s hard not to take into consideration what just happened. What are you gonna say? ‘They all just lost their cell phones and you can’t get help?’ So it’s going to take a lot of ingenuity to make it make sense to a mainstream film audience as well as a comic book audience.”
Both discussed the task at hand for Shane Black, who replaced Favreau as director of “Iron Man 3.”
“I love the franchise and I’m a big fan of Shane’s as well so hopefully I can be helpful because I want to see this thing grow and transform,” Favreau said. “And actually, when it finally landed on Shane, it was like, ‘All right, that’s gonna be something interesting.’”
How Much Does The Avengers Cast Know About Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? – (Splashpage)
And finally you can take a look at three stars of the movie (Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo) answering questions about their characters and the team they are helping bring to the big screen in a video at the link.
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