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Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
The Bachelor gets Colton Underwood to spoof The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Source: Us Weekly
The ABC reality show paid homage to Steve Carell's iconic movie poster with its newest promo. “The new poster for this season of @bachelorabc looks really familiar,” The 40-Year-Old Virgin director Judd Apatow wrote on Instagram. “I don’t remember Steve having pecs.”
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 7:37AM EST
NBC slammed for airing "racist" caravan ad during Sunday Night Football that CNN refused to air
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The day after CNN said it refused to air Trump's migrant caravan ad because "this ad is racist," NBC decided to air the same commercial in primetime during the Green Bay Packers-New England Patriots game. Numerous Twitter users, including Judd Apatow, called out NBC for airing the ad. "I am disgusted that you would air that after @cnn refused to air it because it is explicitly racist. Shame on you. @NBCNews," tweeted Apatow," who added that it was a "low point in the history" of NBC. Meanwhile, Will & Grace star Debra Messing tweeted: "To our @willandgrace fans—I want you to know that I am ashamed that my network aired this disgusting racist ad. It is the antithesis of everything I personally believe in, and what, I believe, our show is all about."
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
Judd Apatow: Julie Chen's "Julie Chen Moonves" Big Brother sign-off was "cruel" to Les Moonves' many victims
Apatow joined other celebrities in denouncing Chen's support of her husband on Big Brother. "Her husband threatened people and ruined careers," tweeted Apatow. "He sexually assaulted and harassed people. To stand by him at this moment is cruel to the many victims. Maybe the shock and fear of her husband has damaged her and she isn’t seeing clearly— yet."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Judd Apatow to release a Garry Shandling scrapbook
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Apatow said after winning an Emmy for The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling: "I’m working on a scrapbook that we are going to put out next year. It will be sad when I don’t have reason to immerse myself in his world. I’m very happy people are inspired by him.”
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."