Universal Dates Judd Apatow-Amy Schumer Comedy ‘Trainwreck’ For July 2015

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 11:15am PST

Amy SchumerThe Judd Apatow-helmed comedy starring comedian Amy Schumer has been set for release on July 24, 2015. That’s a major summer date for Schumer’s feature film debut following her 2013 breakout on her eponymous Comedy Central sketch … Read More »

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Costume Designers Guild To Honor Judd Apatow; Lifetime Nod To April Ferry

By | Tuesday December 17, 2013 @ 11:58am PST

Costume Designers Guild Awards 2013LOS ANGELES—Dec. 17, 2013—Director, writer and producer Judd Apatow and veteran Costume Designer April Ferry will be recognized with honorary awards at the 16th Costume Designers Guild Awards with presenting sponsor LACOSTE on Feb. 22, 2014,

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‘Key & Peele’ Partners Team With Judd Apatow For Universal Pitch Deal

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 8:33am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has made a deal with Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Judd Apatow to write an untitled feature comedy vehicle for the two stars of the Comedy Central show Key & Peele. Apatow will … Read More »

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Arrested Ex-‘Ray Donovan’ EP Gets Support From Judd Apatow, Mark Gordon, Jon Voight & Peter Berg Before Sentencing

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 4:40pm PST

Having copped a guilty plea for his involvement in an illegal gambling group, Bryan Zuriff is now hoping some words of recommendation from some powerful Hollywood friends will encourage a judge to spare him some time … Read More »

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Universal, Judd Apatow Make Movie Bet On Comedian Amy Schumer

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Always on the lookout for actresses with breakout potential for R-rated comedies, Judd Apatow thinks he has found a winner in Amy Schumer, and Universal Pictures agrees. The studio has optioned an untitled … Read More »

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Friday Box Office: Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher’ #2, Judd Apatow’s ‘This Is 40′ #3, Behind Peter Jackson’s #1 ‘The Hobbit’

By | Friday December 21, 2012 @ 11:43pm PST

FRIDAY 11:30 PM UPDATE: Remember that all these pre-Christmas movie openings will be helped tremendously by the holiday multiple gift from Santa. Some of the newcomers opened on Wednesday, with others Friday. Domestic box office looks like this tonight which definitely isn’t a full reflection of what will be pre-Christmas weekend moviegoing. So this not-great-start is looking like only $100M total moviegoing, which is -19% from last year. See this as a quick glimpse until my refined numbers and full analysis Saturday and Sunday:

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (MGM/WB) Week 2 [Runs 4,100] PG13
Friday $10.5M (-73%), Weekend $31.5M, Cume $145.2M

The problem with blockbusters is they have giant openings and then giant falls.  But even with a -73% drop from a week ago, Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth epic is still the big #1 domestic and international. Going into the weekend, its huge domestic haul was already $113.1M and its international take was just shy of $189M. That makes for a worldwide cume of about $303M. Yikes! The pic now opens in Russia and the Ukraine as it continues to blanket the globe with new and old JR Tolkien faithful.

2. Jack Reacher (Skydance/Paramount) NEW [Runs 3,352] PG13
Friday $5.7M, Weekend $17.5M

Tom Cruise is currently not sitting quite as pretty as he was midday based on matinee trends. Yes, he’s still #2 today and should stay there all weekend now that audiences bestowed an ‘A-’ CinemaScore. That should help word of mouth, along with the expected holiday multiple. Still pic will debut less than the $20M which major stars like Cruise should gross to open movies. Frankly, Hollywood didn’t think this ammo actioner would make even this kind of money after tracking trouble. (There’s been snark from the film project’s get-go that Tom Thumb was miscast as Reacher, who’s a physically big guy in the novel.) But it only cost $60M, or so co-financiers Skydance and Paramount keep claiming. Remains to be seen if it’ll struggle to get to $100M total box office. If so then Oracle scion David Ellison may have to rethink steering movies towards Cruise even after Mission: Impossible 4 paid off.

3. This Is 40 (Universal) NEW [Runs 2,912] R
Friday $4.0M, Weekend $12.0M

Adult pictures don’t open big this time of year but then they go on to enjoy huge multiples. The studio wasn’t expecting the so-so reviews fgr This Is 40 but is expecting Judd Apatow fans to turn out over the weekend. Remains to be seen if tonight’s ‘B-’ CinemaScore from audiences hurts word of mouth. Universal knew tonight could swing anywhere between $3M to $4.5M depending on how the R-rated dramedy fared on Friday Date Night. I don’t agree with rival studios calling this openign “soft” just because This Is 40 had identical tracking to Jack Reacher. (“I’m surprised it’s so far behind. And for a movie that Universal sent out Academy screeners in November, it garnered only 49% positive reviews,” one rival studio exec snarked to me tonight.) It’s a way different genre though equally cheap. But let’s see if it has a better holiday multiple.

4. Rise Of The Guardians (DW Animation/Par) Week 5 [Runs 3,031] PG
Friday $1.5M, Weekend $7.2M, Cume $79.8M

This movie keeps taking advantage of Hollywood  shortsightedness in not skedding more December family pictures this season. Still, compared to other tentpole toons, this is still a disappointment.

5. Monsters Inc 3D (Pixar/Disney) Week 1 [Runs 2,618] G
Friday $1.4M, Weekend $5.0M, Cume $6.5M

Opened Wednesday and Disney now pumping up the publicity volume in preparation for the Christmas wannasee. Re-teched 2001 toon whose lifetime domestic gross was $257M should make a fat multiple while it also drums up interest for 2013′s prequel.

6. The Guilt Trip (Skydance/Paramount) Week 1 [Runs 2,431] PG13
Friday $1.4M, Weekend $4.7M, Cume $6.7M

Also opened Wednesday and Hollywood did a double-take tonight. ”It fell off the map,” one rival studio exec exclaimed to me. Co-financier David Ellison helped  foot the minor $40M bill to pair up Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in a double-lame genre of road trip and mother movie. Stop, before you crap out another.
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OSCARS Q&A: Judd Apatow & Leslie Mann

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 10:05pm PST

Paul Brownfield is an AwardsLine contributor.

The first scene in Judd Apatow’s dramatic comedy about marriage, This Is 40, is the only love scene. Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are having birthday sex in the shower, but what Debbie doesn’t know is that Pete has popped a Viagra. Thrusting is soon followed by tumult.

First seen in Knocked Up, Pete and Debbie functioned in that film as “the ghosts of Christmas future” for the two main characters, played by Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl. But This Is 40 doesn’t pick up where Knocked Up left off, it starts afresh.

Let us assume the Viagra shower episode hasn’t happened in the real-life marriage of Apatow and Mann. But both the writer/director, edging into more mature terrain, and his actress wife, truly starring in a major Hollywood film for the first time, are aware that they’ve made something that feels, anyway, like an autobiographical film. In the time before making This Is 40, Apatow went back and watched, among others, Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From A Marriage, “which had more humor in it than one would expect,” he says.

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Hot Trailer: ‘This Is 40′ Red Band

By | Monday December 10, 2012 @ 2:11pm PST

Judd Apatow wrote, directed and was a producer on the Universal comedy This Is 40, which is due out December 21. The restricted trailer officially confirms that Paul Rudd takes his pants off in another movie, extending an impressive streak (no puns intended).

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Is ‘Seinfeld’ The Greatest Sitcom Ever?

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 4:26pm PST

Let’s set aside that this 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll should be discounted completely because I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show weren’t offered up as choices.  But among TV shows that were, Seinfeld edged The Honeymooners as the … Read More »

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Judd Apatow Editing VF’s 1st Comedy Issue

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 5:45am PDT

Vanity Fair made the announcement this morning. But does this stunt-editing really increase sales? Sure it’s great free marketing for the magazne and for Judd Apatow’s Universal pic This Is 40 coming out December 21st. Because Vanity Fair‘s first ever comedy … Read More »

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Stars Line Up For Hollywood Awards As Oscar Season Kicks Into Gear

By | Tuesday October 23, 2012 @ 2:40pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Despite competition from big baseball and football games and the final Presidential debate, the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards gala last night featured a nice starry turnout — especially considering all those stars were able to go onstage and accept an award for themselves. That always helps, doesn’t it?

As the ballroom announcer intoned, this event marks “the beginning of Hollywood’s awards season”. Well, actually it marks the beginning of the awards-season chicken dinner circuit for the Beverly Hilton. But  give ‘em an award this early in the game and they will come. It’s a way for awards strategists to get their hoped-for Oscar contenders in the winner’s circle right off the bat. These are negotiated honors, and Hollywood Awards co-founder (with wife Janice Pennington) and executive director Carlos de Abreu is the guy who decides who gets the “gold” (although he has a board that supposedly has input).

De Abreu, not unlike some other awards organizations, insists that in order to receive a Hollywood Film Award, recipients must be there in person to accept. He won’t even allow live satellite acceptances, the thinking being that it would open a can of worms, and strategists would try to find a way to get the award without delivering talent directly to the ceremony. It’s a formula that delivers an impressive turnout and it gets participation due to the early date, with many of the winners hailing from movies that haven’t been released. No one takes it seriously, but it serves its purpose as far as the studios are concerned. As Seth Rogen said in his hilarious intro for Comedy Award winner Judd Apatow: “Perhaps the most annoying thing is none of these movies have come out yet. I haven’t even heard of some of these movies. (Screenwriter winner) Quentin (Tarantino) is still shooting! Who voted for these things?” Read More »

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Photos: Hollywood Arrives At White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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Hot Trailer: Judd Apatow’s ‘This Is 40′

By | Friday April 27, 2012 @ 12:49pm PDT

Judd Apatow returns to the writer-director seat for the first time since 2009′s Funny People. Universal‘s This Is 40 stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as a married couple who hit the milestone age and decide to reboot their family’s ways. It opens in the heart of the … Read More »

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Judd Apatow, Charlize Theron, Michelle Pfeiffer Try To Jazz Up Finale: CinemaCon

Pete Hammond

Perhaps it was just because they come at the end of a long week and the exhibitors who come from around the country to Las Vegas for NATO’s CinemaCon convention are either tired or jaded at this point, but tonight’s closing … Read More »

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Mike Fleming Moderates Universal’s Centennial Panel With Robert De Niro And Judd Apatow At Tribeca Film Festival

By | Monday April 23, 2012 @ 9:01am PDT
Mike Fleming

Last Thursday, I drove into Lower Manhattan to moderate a panel for the Tribeca Film Festival to mark Universal’s 100th anniversary. I do not love doing these things, but who’s going to turn down the chance to interact with my panelists Robert De Niro and Judd Apatow (Meryl Streep was … Read More »

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TV TRAILER: Lena Dunham/Judd Apatow’s New HBO Comedy Series ‘Girls’

By | Tuesday February 21, 2012 @ 10:10am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Here is a trailer for HBO’s Girls, the series debut of feature prodigy Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture). Dunham wrote, directed and stars in the comedy series about twentysomething girls in New York that she executive produces with Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner.  At TCA last month, Dunham said she grew … Read More »

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Fortissimo Acquires ‘Monsoon Shootout’, Mark Ruffalo & Scarlett Johansson Join ‘Can A Song Save Your Life?’: Berlin

IM Global Brings Katherine Heigl Film ‘The Happytime Murders’: Berlin

Just ahead of next week’s European Film Market in Berlin, Fortissimo Films has come aboard thriller Monsoon Shootout, handling international rights outside India/South Asia, France and Germany. The film, executive … Read More »

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Judd Apatow To Receive WGA East Herb Sargent Comedy Award

By | Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 11:30am PST


New York City – Kristen Wiig will present the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence to Judd Apatow at the Writers Guild of America Awards Ceremony in New York City.  Daytime television veteran Claire Labine will also be honored when she receives the Ian McLellan Hunter Award at the ceremony, which takes place at B.B. King Blues Club on Sunday, February 19, 2012. Boardwalk Empire creator, executive producer and writer Terence Winter joins writers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini and CBS “Sunday Morning” contributor, writer and co-host Nancy Giles to present at the ceremony.

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‘Girls’ Is Not ‘Sex And The City’ Clone: TCA

By | Friday January 13, 2012 @ 2:25pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Lena Dunham, writer/director/star of HBO’s new comedy series Girls, said she grew up on HBO’s Sex and the City and doesn’t see her show about 20-something single women in New York as a … Read More »

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