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Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Judd Apatow: I rejected Bryan Cranston for the role of a Pineapple Express drug dealer
"Bryan Cranston auditioned," Apatow said in commemorating the 10th-anniversary of the Seth Rogen-James Franco film. "He may have even read at a table read and I said 'I don’t think he seems scary enough to seem like a real drug dealer.' If he did PE maybe the Breaking Bad people would have said, 'not him, he always plays drug dealers.'" ALSO: Ranking every Breaking Bad episode.
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 6:10PM EDT
10 ways The Conners could write off Roseanne Barr's character
Here are some suggestions for handling a post-Roseanne Barr Roseanne spinoff, including: "Season 10 was Dan’s Ambien-infused dream." ALSO: Judd Apatow says Roseanne may be "crying out for help."
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
Judd Apatow urges Fox stars and showrunners to speak out against Fox News over its child detention coverage
Fox News shows like Fox & Friends have defended President Trump's family separation policy. In response, Apatow is urging Fox talent to follow Seth MacFarlane's lead and publicly speak out against Fox News. “The Murdoch’s support these policies! Where are the Fox stars and executives speaking up?! Imagine if it was your kids," he tweeted. "Who has a movie, TV show, sporting event, news show at Fox? How can you remain silent when they promote these policies?” Apatow, who last worked for Fox in 2002 on his college comedy Undeclared, added: "I understand why that is easier for some than others but many powerful people are powerful enough to speak up to their bosses at a moment like this...If EVERY Fox Star and show runner said this policy was evil and protested to the Murdoch family it would make a huge difference in this national debate."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Judd Apatow worries about Peak TV quality control with over-extended showrunners
“A danger of the situation is a lot of people are over-extended and where’s the quality control?” he said of TV producers making multiple deals, in a chat with Variety. “It’s hard to make one TV show, and I don’t know how people do it.” He adds: “I have to focus on not extending myself to a place where I can’t do my best work because I need a deal where I have to deliver 11 series. That’s not a place I can create from. I feel like I wouldn’t do a good job. (Although) I could make 11 sh*tty shows.”
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Harry Anderson remembered by Night Court alums and fellow comedians
"Aw man, I'm so sorry to hear this," tweeted Night Court co-star Marsha Warfield. "Rest in peace, Harry the Hat, you were my friend." fellow co-star Markie Post tweeted "I am devastated," while John Larroquette wrote he was "Heartsick." Judd Apatow relayed how, when he was 15 years old, he interviewed Anderson. "He was a one of a kind talent who made millions so happy," tweeted Apatow. Neil Patrick Harris tweeted that he had become "friendly" with the fellow magician over the years, and he "recently sold me a handful of great magic memorabilia." Steve Martin added: "Harry was also a stellar magician and solo entertainer."
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Garry Shandling's Twitter account is active again following The Zen Diaries documentary
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"Friends who love Garry, working with his estate, are opening up Garry’s twitter," Shandling's account tweeted today. "We will occasionally tweet material from the writings, notes and journals he has left us." Shandling's last Twitter activity occurred four days before his death, when he retweeted a Kathy Griffin tweet featuring a photo of him, her and Bob Odenkirk.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
Did Judd Apatow's Garry Shandling documentary need to be four-and-a-half hours long?
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling is Apatow's "best, most focused" work since Freaks and Geeks, says Matt Zoller Seitz. Yet Seitz wonders if a documentary running two nights and more than four hours is excessive. "Is there too much of a good thing here? Maybe," he says. "There are emperors, generals, and Nobel-prizewinner scientists who don’t get four-and-a-half hours on HBO, and it’s possible that we didn’t need a detailed segment about Shandling’s voice-over work on the 2006 animated film Over the Hedge (even though it ends up being a testament to his work ethic; he extensively rewrote his own dialogue and took the role of a turtle very seriously). Although Shandling completists will love the segment on the digressive, quasi-documentary DVD supplements he created for the Larry Sanders Show box set, others may wonder if it wouldn’t just be better to tell people how they can order them...Still, anybody who was inspired and moved by Shandling’s work won’t complain about being able to luxuriate in this exhaustive account. Even the slack portions are intriguing because of the access Apatow has to the records of Shandling’s time on Earth."
- "I love documentaries that are not rushing through their subject matter," says Apatow
- The Zen Diaries feels like a catch-up chat at a funeral that's happening two years after Shandling's death
- Apatow wanted to do right by Garry Shandling -- "but right by Garry doesn't mean making Garry look great"
- Had Shandling lived, Apatow doesn't see him doing a Netflix-style interview show
- Female writer who alleged It's Garry Shandling's Show misogyny wonders why only three women were interviewed
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:38PM EDT
Love wanted its series finale to match the Seasons 1 and 2 endings
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"For us," says Paul Rust, "the goal was always to try coming up with an ending that was complicated, and that it might have the optics — to use a word everyone loves — where it looks romantic, but maybe underneath it, it's a little bit dark... or the optics of it might be that it looks dark, but underneath, it's actually sweet. In broad terms, that was the goal: making sure we had an ending that felt like it was a little layered." ALSO: Judd Apatow on whether Love could've lasted for more seasons.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Love's third and final season does justice to its lead characters
Source: The A.V. Club
"More than the love story itself," says Erik Adams, "Love’s greatest achievement might be that it managed to make Gus and Mickey feel like fully realized, complicated individuals independent of their love story. Through three seasons, their cringe-comedy f*ck-ups showed why’d they’d initially found themselves alone; in small moments and (Paul) Rust and (Gillian) Jacobs’ on-screen connection, Love demonstrated how these people were better together. It gave itself the time to do that, to bring Mickey and Gus and their friends to a satisfying point of departure, and that’s no small feat."
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 7:00PM EST
Watch the trailer for Judd Apatow's four-hour-plus Garry Shandling documentary
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling will premiere on HBO over two nights, March 26 and 27.
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Why HBO's Crashing is devoting Sunday's episode to Artie Lange's drug problems
Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes discussed the Artie-centered episode, with Apatow saying: "We talked to Artie when we were shooting the show last summer and said, you know, we have an opportunity to talk about his struggles in a way that would be honest, and allow him to let people know how painful it is to have to deal with this type of addiction. He recently had some health issues and went to rehab and is doing well right now, but I think it’s very hard for him. I said, “I think it’s important to tell people you don’t wanna have this happen to you, and to stay away from this at all costs.” Artie was very brave about being willing to address this creatively."
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 2:17PM EST
Amy Schumer is married
Source: Us Weekly
"No, I'm not pregnant," the comedian wrote on Instagram in confirming that she and chef Chris Fischer tied the knot on Tuesday. Her Malibu wedding featured before a star-studded guest-list that included Jennifer Aniston, Larry David, Judd Apatow, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Lawrence.
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
Netflix celebrates Valentine's Day with Love's final season trailer
The third and final season of the Judd Apatow-produced comedy drops on March 9.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
HBO to air Judd Apatow’s 4-hour-plus Garry Shandling documentary in March
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling premieres on March 26 — two days after the second anniversary of Shandling’s death — and concludes the next night, featuring interviews with everybody from Conan O’Brien to Jay Leno to Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman. Why is the documentary more than four hours? “O.J. got seven hours and he murdered people. So don’t you deserve more time for not murdering people?” Apatow responded at the TV press tour.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 5:32PM EST
Judd Apatow’s Love to end with Season 3
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Apatow and Netflix agreed to end the comedy starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust in 2018, with the Season 3 premiere set for March 9. "I am really excited about the third season of Love," said Apatow. "I think it is our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way."