Judd Apatow thinks that Jim Carrey is the "funniest man on earth." The influential producer and director once toured as the opening act for Jim during his stand up comedy days, and while Judd acknowledges there are many talented comedians working today, he thinks Jim is still the best.
"When I was a stand up comedian in the late 80s, I used to open for Jim Carrey on the road. I would do my lame act and then he would come on and do the most energetic, inventive, uproarious set I had ever witnessed. I retired from performing as a result. He was and is the funniest man on earth. This is something we can all agree on. We can debate number two forever but Jim will always be the king," Apatow wrote in Vanity Fair.
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+ Three years following Brittany Murphy's death, the actress' final film, Something Wicked, is complete. An independent thriller directed by Darin Scott, the movie currently seeks a distributor.
+ When asked whether or not she would bring Catwoman back to the big screen, Anne Hathaway was ecstatic about the thought. She also cried at a press conference over talking about the idea of saying goodbye to the catsuit.
+ Judd Apatow becomes the third guest editor for Vanity Fair - appropriately for their first Comedy Issue. The three covers for the magazine - which comes out in December - feature a number of Apatow's regular actors, including his wife Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Kristin Wiig, and Will Ferrell.
+ Matt Damon has confirmed that he has been cast in George Clooney's latest directorial effort, The Monuments of Men.
Christina Applegate is to return for the Anchorman sequel.
The 40-year-old star looks set to reprise her role as Veronica Corningstone in the follow up to the 2004 comedy movie starring Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy after producer Judd Apatow confirmed she is onboard to appear in the forthcoming motion picture.
When asked if Christina will make an appearance in the movie, Judd told E!, "She will be back."
Judd is also hoping the movie will follow on from the first film - which starred Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, who are both expected to return for the sequel - and feature a number of celebrity cameos after attracting Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Luke Wilson for the original motion picture.
"I know that they want to do a lot of that. I just don't know who they're specifically thinking about," he added.
Paul Rudd makes so many Judd Apatow movies because he often doesn't get the other parts he wants.
The 42-year-old actor - who has worked with the producer and director on a number of movies including Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin and This Is 40 - feels comfortable with the filmmaker though he admits that isn't the only reason why they collaborate so frequently.
Kirsten Wiig won't write or star in any potential Bridesmaids sequel. Universal is keen to capitalize on the success of the comedy - which grossed $288 million worldwide and was produced for just $32 million - with a follow-up film, but the actress, who co-wrote the script with writing partner Annie Mumolo, is busy with other commitments.
"We aren't working on that. Annie and I aren't planning a sequel. We are writing something else," Kristen said.
A Universal source added to The Hollywood Reporter, "We are over the moon with the success of Bridesmaids, and if we do a sequel we want to get it right. We are talking to filmmakers now about concepts, and if the right one emerges, we'll move forward."
Producer Judd Apatow is open to a sequel, but only if the idea is "great" and insiders believe he will only stay involved if Kristen remains on board: "The key is we have to come up with an idea that is as good or better than the first one. We don't want to do it unless it can be great. I don't think anyone has had the brain space to think about it yet. Hopefully that can begin this year."
Kristen Wiig had to buy a screenwriting guide before penning Bridesmaids.
The Saturday Night Live star was thrilled when Judd Apatow offered to make a movie if she wrote a script - but "freaked out" when she realized she had no idea what she was doing.
"I said yes to Judd really quickly then hung up and completely freaked out. But he was cool about it, he just said, 'Pitch me some ideas and we'll figure it out.' So I flew out from New York to Annie [Mumolo] in Los Angeles and we wrote the script in six days. We didn't know what we were doing, we bought a screenwriting book, a guide to how to do it, like Screenwriting 101. We didn't know how to write stage directions or anything so we were, 'Oh put "Cut to" there.' We put 'Cut to' on everything actually."
Despite Kristen and her co-writer Annie's quick first attempt, they managed to impress Judd and several aspects from their first draft made it into the finished film: "Judd was like, 'What, you've finished?' It needed a lot of work but there were some things that made it in - all of the characters and the engagement party speeches and the wedding shower."
-Now that Aaron Sorkin has finished targeting Facebook, he’s moving back to politics. The writer has chosen John Edwards to be the subject of his feature directorial debut. Sorkin’s screenplay will be based on Andrew Young’s book.
-Judd Apatow, in the meantime, will be helping to produce a Pee Wee Herman project. The film co-written by Herman (a.k.a. Paul Reubens) and Paul Rust will have Pee Wee involved in a “gigantic adventure.”
-Stanley Tucci may direct his Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia co-star, Meryl Streep, in a comedy titled Mommy & Me. Tina Fey may also star in the project which currently has no script.
-The documentary/mockumentary following Joaquin Phoenix’s strange behavior has finally been given a date on the calendar by Magnolia. I’m Still Here: The Lost Year Of Joaquin Phoenix is set to open in limited release on September 10.
Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:
Jason Segel: The Forgetting Sarah Marshall actor will be working alongside Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher, a film from Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, two writers on The Office. In the comedy, Diaz will compete against a fellow middle-school employee for another co-worker. Walk Hard‘s Jake Kasdan will direct.
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District 9 may not have have any big name stars and it may not be based on a story everyone knows, but it does have something no other film has this Monday: a first place finish.
Over the weekend, the R-rated actioner landed on Earth safely with over $37 million in ticket sales. The sci-fi entry also raked in one of the best per screen averages ($12,251) of any film currently in in theaters. (Sony Pictures Classics’ It Might Get Loud averaged $13,240 while in limited release.)
In the non-alien department, The Time Traveler’s Wife cornered the romantic genre with an $18.6 million total. Meanwhile, Vanessa Hudgens proved she’s nothing without her better half. The Disney star’s new film, Bandslam, failed to even crack the Top Ten. The teen comedy barely managed to gross over $2 million.
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When you combine the talents of Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow, a 1st place finish shouldn’t shock you. A $22.7 million haul? That is surprising.
Despite earning enough to displace G-Force for the weekend’s top spot, Funny People failed to bring the movie house down. The 144-minute length dramedy pulled in the lowest gross for any #1 entry this summer. While the film did better than any of Sandler’s dramatic efforts, it didn’t fall line with his comedic outings.
On the other hand, Rogen and Apatow had more reason to be pleased with the box office results. The Universal pic gave Seth his best debut since 2007’s Superbad. Meanwhile, Funny fell right in between The 40-Year-Old Virgin ($21.4 million) and Knocked Up ($30.7 million) for Judd.
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