Judd Apatow's latest directorial effort, This Is 40 is the "sort-of sequel to Knocked Up" and was described as "brutally funny and brutally honest" by movie reviewer Richard Roeper. The movie will be released on DVD and Blu-ray later this week, and we have, as we often do, a copy of the DVD to give away. But this time Reelz is including a little something extra. In addition to This Is 40, we have three more Judd Apatow flicks that we're adding to the prize: Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Funny People. Enter to win the four-pack and maybe there'll be a comedy-with-heart movie marathon in your future.
Head over to our contest page to enter. We'll be accepting entries from now until March 25th. Good luck!Enter to Win Here >> Posted 03.19.13 by reelz
Since Funny People, Judd Apatow has stayed behind the scenes, producing hits like Bridesmaids, Wanderlust, and this weekend's The Five-Year Engagement. Apatow is returning to the director's chair, though, with This Is 40, the "sort-of-sequel" to Knocked Up, in which Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd reprise their roles as Pete and Debbie. In this first trailer we see the couple dealing with their two daughters and middle age. watch the trailer >> Posted 04.27.12 by Chris
Details have been released for Judd Apatow's Knocked Up spin-off, as well as the movie's first image. This is Forty focuses on Pete (Paul Rudd), his wife Debbie (Leslie Mann), and their two daughters.
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, who happens to be Apatow's "real-life" wife, told The LA Times that he focuses on "the kind of stuff about marriage that you don't get to see in movies.
It's about getting older. What the hell happened? Am I making all the right choices? Is this where I'm supposed to be? Is this it? All of those dreams that you had when you were young, all of the possibilities, when you lock into marriage and kids, do the possibilities dwindle or go away?
This Is Forty hits theaters December 21, 2012.> Posted 01.16.12 by reelz
Last week, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Universal Pictures was considering doing a sequel to its break-out comedy hit Bridesmaids without co-writer and star Kristen Wiig. "We aren't working on that," Wiig succinctly told the publication. "[Co-writer] Annie [Mumolo] and I aren't planning a sequel. We are writing something else."
Universal clearly would like a sequel, after Bridesmaids surprisingly grossed $288 million in worldwide box office, so the studio reportedly took Wiig to dinner to convince her of the sequel's necessity, but the Saturday Night Live actress didn't bite (on the sequel). That hasn't exactly slowed Universal's interest in a possible Bridesmaids 2. "We are over the moon with the success of Bridesmaids, and if we do a sequel we want to get it right," a Universal rep told THR. "We are talking to filmmakers now about concepts, and if the right one emerges, we'll move forward."
In lieu of Wiig, Universal co-star Melissa McCarthy as a "key player" for another Bridesmaids, however, McCarthy recently told E! Online that she has little interest in working on Bridesmaids 2 without Wiig. read mccarthy's comments >> Posted 01.10.12 by Ryan
Already set to appear in Judd Apatow's This is Forty, the upcoming spin-off of the director's 2008 hit Knocked Up, Variety reports that Lithgow has been cast in the comedy Dog Fight, which stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two rival politicians running for a congressional seat in a small North Carolina district election. What role Lithgow will play exactly is unknown.
John Lithgow is known for a variety of movie roles over his long career; though two of his most memorable have been on the small screen: his Emmy Award–winning role as the quirky alien Dick Solomon in the sitcom Third Rock From the Sun and, more recently, his Emmy and Golden Globe–winning turn as the creepy Trinity Killer in the fourth season of Dexter. His last movie role, that of James Franco's sympathetic father in the Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, but his latest projects imply that Lithgow is looking for more comedic roles than duplicitous serial killers.
Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) and Katherine LaNasa (Valentine's Day) will co-star in Dog Fight, which will be directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Dinner For Schmucks) from a script by Chris Henchy (The Other Guys) and Shawn Harwell (Eastbound and Down). Ferrell, Galifianakis and Adam McKay (Anchorman) will produce. jared harris boards Lincoln >> Posted 11.30.11 by Ryan
Melissa McCarthy is going from the Judd Apatow-produced Bridesmaids to the Apatow-directed, untitled spin-off of 2007's Knocked Up, THR reports.
The movie, at one point called This is Forty, won't follow the characters played by Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen but will instead focus on Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, who played Heigl's sister and brother-in-law in the 2007 comedy. McCarthy has been cast as the mother of another new cast member, Super 8's fireworks-obsessed Ryan Lee, who attends school with Rudd and Mann's children, played by Mann and Apatow's real-life children Iris and Maude Apatow. The two Apatow kids are likely working on this movie as well, though their names were not included in the report.
Production on the spin-off has already begun, with Apatow (Judd) using his Twitter account to release a photo from the set that showed Rudd on his cell phone. No sign of cast members Albert Brooks, who plays Rudd's dad, or Megan Fox, whose role is unknown. The untitled comedy opens June 1, 2012, giving Apatow plenty of time to figure out the title. stallone getting some company >> Posted 07.09.11 by Ryan
This summer's movie schedule is filled with the sequels, prequels and big-budget blockbuster tentpoles audiences have come to expect every year, but this summer also brought out several R-rated comedies, such as The Hangover Part II, Bad Teacher, Horrible Bosses, and Bridesmaids.
While The Hangover Part II has easily earned the most money so far (Horrible Bosses comes out this Friday), Bridesmaids has been a strong second, earning, to date, $154 million domestically, making it the highest-grossing movie of Judd Apatow's career (the Knocked Up director produced the movie). In an interview with Movieline, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig discussed the landmark.
Feig writing Dumb Jock for his Bridesmaids actors >> Posted 07.06.11 by Ryan
It’s kinda what I secretly hoped would happen. The funny thing was, pretty much from the moment we wrapped and started editing, Judd would always — joking, but serious — refer to this as his most successful film. It was really exciting that it actually turned out to be that.
Director Paul Feig's comedy Bridesmaids opened last weekend and performed better than expected, landing at #2 at the box office. Bridesmaids was produced by 40 Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up director Judd Apatow, who told MTV that he was pleased with the box office result.
Apatow loves the cast >> Posted 05.18.11 by Ryan
I always hoped that there was this huge neglected audience out there hoping someone would start making movies for them. I am so excited I was not imagining things. Hopefully this will lead to a lot more movies being made starring funny women.
Director Paul Feig's comedy Bridesmaids, which opens today, has often been described as "the female Hangover," which, on one hand, compliments the movie's potential to take adult-oriented themes and make a successful movie, but, on the other, implies that the movie is attempting to copy The Hangover's formula with a female cast instead. Either way, co-screenwriter and star Kristen Wiig wants to avoid the comparison.
Wiig began writing the movie with writer Annie Mumolo in 2006, years before The Hangover was released, and the actress recently told USA Today that she only wanted to make a funny movie and hopes the "female Hangover" tag goes away.
it's a "womance" >> Posted 05.13.11 by Ryan
We didn't set out to prove anything or make a statement. It wasn't a response to anything like women don't get to do this. We thought, "Let's sit down and laugh, make something funny." I hope that conversation will go away.
Loud, CGI-based action movies are half the summer experience, with the other half primarily composed of raunchy comedies made for — and seemingly by — teenage boys. Last week Thor ushered in the summer onslaught. With nary a superhero in sight this week, the most interesting release is Bridesmaids. Problem is the movie's fighting an uphill battle by being, gasp, a raunchy adult comedy that's targeted at women. That alone makes Bridesmaids worth checking out in our opinion. But if that's not enough, here are five more reasons why it's worth your time.
See 5 Reasons: Bridesmaids >> Posted 05.12.11 by reelz