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May 13, 2011 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
By now the Judd Apatow method of moviemaking is well-known - assemble a large mass of comedians and start filming. Thus far he hasn't applied his formula to a large mass of female comics, but as we see in the Apatow-produced "Bridesmaids," it works just as well. "SNL" headliners Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph are the leads, but "Bridesmaids" assembles an all-star team of women who've worked for years in improv groups such as the Groundlings or Upright Citizens Brigade, then graduated to gigs on "Reno 911" (Wendi McLendon-Covey)
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
It's almost like Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage , Judd Apatow's This Is 40 . "In fact, before I made the movie I watched Scenes From a Marriage , which actually has a lot of humor in it," says Apatow, whose own chronicles of domestic discord - the stormy to-and-fro between men and women, or man-boys and women - have become a brand unto themselves. The 40-Year-Old Virgin , Knocked Up , and now, This Is 40 . Not exactly fraught with Scandinavian angst, but still . . . . "I love the spirit of Scenes From a Marriage - so much of it is deadpan, and the scenes go on for a REALLY LONG TIME and force you to feel every aspect of these awkward moments.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
Coop scoop It's Bradley Cooper 's millennium. We just live in it. So says Details magazine in its 15th-anniversary issue next month on the "15 most influential cultural figures of the new millennium," of which Rydal's own leads the pack. (Others include Pharrell Williams , Judd Apatow and Alex Rodriguez .) Four Oscar nods. A Tony nomination. The highest-grossing film of 2014. You can see why Coop was chosen. In an interview, the actor "looks back" at his successes and toward his future.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Sarah Polley, Julie Delpy and Michael Winterbottom will bring films to this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Starring in other selections are: Maggie Gyllenhaal ("Hysteria"), Greta Gerwig ("Lola Versus"), John Hawkes ("The Playroom"), Salma Hayek ("As Luck Would Have It") and Jesse Eisenberg ("Free Samples"). The 11th annual festival will be held April 18-29. Opening will be "The Five-Year Engagement," a comedy starring Jason Segel and produced by Judd Apatow.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 1996 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Admittedly, it is redundant to make a comedy about the Celtics because their current team is a joke. But it is also deeply satisfying. There was a time in the 1980s when a stranger in any town but Boston could walk into a bar and make friends for life by rooting against the guys in green whose fans brought obnoxious behavior to obscene depths. Celtic Pride is a cruelly funny satire for anyone who ever hated those scabrous leprechauns and their pathological fans. It's a breath of spring air in that dank, foul-smelling pit with parquet floors known as the Boston Garden.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2010
In "Get Him to the Greek," Russell Brand reprises his role as the wild-maned and out-of-control rock star from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (a movie I'd like to forget). This time out, hilarity ensues when the easily-flummoxed Jonah Hill is charged with getting Brand's character - you guessed it - to the Greek Theater in L.A. But the poster works. Really. I know exactly that this movie's about and why I want to see it. It's also clearly the modern version of "My Favorite Year," a great movie with Peter O'Toole, whose larger-than-life character imparts a lifetime of wisdom to his much-younger handler.
NEWS
August 5, 2008 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com
I TALKED to a director the other day who was a bit miffed that I referred to his movie as being under "the Apatow umbrella. " No offense intended. I was merely noting that as a producer, Judd Apatow has a knack for assembling diverse talent in a way that generates comedies of a consistent tone, and there's no better example of this than the pothead laugher "Pineapple Express. " It's directed by David Gordon Green, an indie auteur noted for mannered, rural, often gothic dramas that are almost scrupulously humorless.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2008 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
We know at least one thing about the Judd Apatow comedy formula - he's not trying to seduce you with the hypnotic good looks of his leading men. Steve Carell, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, John C. Reilly - none looms as a threat to displace Brad Pitt as the world's sexiest man. Nothing in Apatow's schlub's gallery of male leads, however, prepares you for the breathtaking regularness of the guy in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall. " Jason Segel is hulking, stooped, doughy and without a single developed muscle or perceptible sinew.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2008 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Jason Siegel, beer of the month from the Judd Apatow comedy microbrewery, is one long pour of stout. As Peter Bretter, a TV composer dumped by his celebrity actress girlfriend (Kristen Bell) in Forgetting Sarah Marshall , Siegel combines Albert Brooks' sad-eyed clown with Will Ferrell's bubbly clutz. Not always nimbly, Siegel (who wrote the screenplay) juggles dyspeptic bitterness with yeasty sweetness, proving that clumsiness is the pith of prat and pratfall. Like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up , Sarah Marshall has all the ingredients of the Apatow brand.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2012 | By Dan Gross
JOHN BOLARIS   ' Twitter posts are often amusing, but on Sunday night, they took a different turn. Bolaris' fiancée , Erica Smitheman , spent a few hours posting on his account (@JohnBolaris), teasing that she would post naked pictures of herself and also taking the opportunity to curse at a few people who had insulted Bolaris. The bizarre tweets inspired many to believe that Bolaris had been hacked. We texted Smitheman, to whom Bolaris recently proposed live on Howard Stern 's SiriusXM radio show, to confirm she was tweeting and that Bolaris had not been hacked.
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April 22, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
The mostest? MWF, late 40s Jennifer Aniston , 47, is the gal with the mostest, says People. The mag crowned her the most beautiful woman of 2016. Aniston, who wed Justin Theroux last year, says she had a jolt when told of her triumph. "There was this sort of very excited, teenagey kind of moment," she tells People. Last year, the mag named Sandra Bullock , who was then 50. People's choices are a shot in the arm for middle-age women. Until recently, they did not actually exist - at least not in the media.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
Coop scoop It's Bradley Cooper 's millennium. We just live in it. So says Details magazine in its 15th-anniversary issue next month on the "15 most influential cultural figures of the new millennium," of which Rydal's own leads the pack. (Others include Pharrell Williams , Judd Apatow and Alex Rodriguez .) Four Oscar nods. A Tony nomination. The highest-grossing film of 2014. You can see why Coop was chosen. In an interview, the actor "looks back" at his successes and toward his future.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
A MY SCHUMER may have come into the weekend with more buzz than a bee, but she ended up crushed like a bug by "Ant-Man. " People say they want to hear women talk about sex, but what they really want is to hear men talk about insects. "Ant-Man" debuted with an estimated $58 million at the weekend box office, while "Trainwreck" finished third at $30.2 million. The result for "Ant-Man" didn't match some of Marvel's better known properties, but this was "Ant-Man," for goodness sake.
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | By Hillary Rea, For The Inquirer
By Judd Apatow Random House. 489 pp. $27 Reviewed by Hillary Rea When Judd Apatow was a teenager in the early 1980s, he was a comedy nerd before comedy nerds existed. Now, as a 47-year-old writer, director, and producer, Apatow breeds comedy nerds. One could say he is their leader. With every project released, from the cult TV classic Freaks and Geeks to the film 40-Year-Old Virgin to the HBO series Girls , he reinvents what comedy means to popular culture.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"GROWN UPS 2" opens with a deer urinating on Adam Sandler. The less sophisticated jokes come later. This is not to say the movie is funny, or not funny. You either laugh at a deer peeing on Sandler, or you don't. It's to identify "Grown Ups" as One Of Those. It's not "Punch Drunk Love," where's he's trying something daring. Or "Funny People," or "Zohan," where he's working with Judd Apatow, or someone who can say, "maybe we could get by with fewer scenes of the peeing deer. " "Grown Ups 2" is one of those unsupervised movies that Sandler makes with his posse - every guy he's ever worked with at "SNL," a few sports broadcasters, some ex-ballplayers (Shaq)
SPORTS
January 11, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
SCOTT HARTNELL is a gambling man. During the NHL's mind-sapping lockout, Hartnell had two choices: head to Europe to stay in shape with the hope of carrying over the momentum from his career year; or stay in North America and enjoy the spoils of life without hockey for a change. More than 200 players with NHL contracts skated in Europe. Hartnell chose the road less traveled. He spent much of his time in the Phoenix area, working out with other NHL players in Scottsdale. Braydon Coburn joined him in some of those workouts.
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December 21, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992/
HOLLYWOOD'S MOST popular delusion is the story of romantic destiny, the couple buffeted by fate until they meet on top of the Empire State building, or whatever. The implication: happily ever after, true and perfect love. Have you noticed you never actually see these people living together? You never see, for instance, Meg Ryan, a few years down the road, telling Tom Hanks that he's once again left his socks in the middle of the den, then screaming at him because he's watching the Seahawks game and hasn't actually heard a thing that she's said, which leads to him spending the night on the pull-out couch - sleepless, indeed.
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
It's almost like Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage , Judd Apatow's This Is 40 . "In fact, before I made the movie I watched Scenes From a Marriage , which actually has a lot of humor in it," says Apatow, whose own chronicles of domestic discord - the stormy to-and-fro between men and women, or man-boys and women - have become a brand unto themselves. The 40-Year-Old Virgin , Knocked Up , and now, This Is 40 . Not exactly fraught with Scandinavian angst, but still . . . . "I love the spirit of Scenes From a Marriage - so much of it is deadpan, and the scenes go on for a REALLY LONG TIME and force you to feel every aspect of these awkward moments.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
          The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has chosen its Class of 2013: Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, Heart , and Donna Summer will be inducted at a ceremony April 18 at L.A.'s Nokia Theater. HBO will telecast the glittering gala event on May 18.   Charlie Sheen, philanthropist Most graciously disgraced Two and a Half Men alum Charlie Sheen last month helped Lindsay Lohan dig her way out of debt with a $100,000 gift.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2012 | By Dan Gross
JOHN BOLARIS   ' Twitter posts are often amusing, but on Sunday night, they took a different turn. Bolaris' fiancée , Erica Smitheman , spent a few hours posting on his account (@JohnBolaris), teasing that she would post naked pictures of herself and also taking the opportunity to curse at a few people who had insulted Bolaris. The bizarre tweets inspired many to believe that Bolaris had been hacked. We texted Smitheman, to whom Bolaris recently proposed live on Howard Stern 's SiriusXM radio show, to confirm she was tweeting and that Bolaris had not been hacked.
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