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'This Is 40' trailer: The sort-of sequel to 'Knocked Up'

Spin-off or sequel? Judd Apatow’s new comedy This Is 40, which picks up with the lives of married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) a few years after the events of Knocked Up, is both.

Of course, saying “a few years after the events of Knocked Up” sounds like a sci-fi catastrophe occurred in Katherine Heigl’s uterus, but the new entry from the Apatow team is a lighthearted spin-off that looks at middle-age married life through the lens of a quarrelling, albeit still in love, couple. Melissa McCarthy and Jason Segel pop up in the trailer, and you can expect appearances from Megan Fox, Lena Dunham, Chris O’Dowd, John Lithgow and Annie Mumolo when the film comes out on December 21. Check out the first trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'The Five-Year Engagement' to open 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that The Five-Year Engagement will open their 2012 festival. The romantic comedy, co-produced by Judd Apatow, stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as an engaged couple who keeps pushing back their nuptials.

”We are so honored that the festival organizers have given us this platform to premiere the film,” said director Nicholas Stoller, in a statement. “To be honest, this is all just a ploy to stand on top of a building with Robert De Niro and look out over New York City at dusk.”

”The Tribeca Film Festival has always celebrated the power of creative collaboration, and there is no better example of that than The Five-Year Engagement,” said Jane Rosenthal, cofounder of the festival.

The rest of Tribeca’s feature film slate will be announced on March 6 and 8, and the festival itself will run from April 18 to 29.

Watch a trailer of the opening movie, which hits theaters April 27, below. READ FULL STORY

Judd Apatow to receive special comedy honor from Kristen Wiig at Writers Guild Awards

Kristen Wiig will honor her Bridesmaids producer Judd Apatow with the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy at the Writers Guild of America awards in New York City, the east coast wing of the WGA announced today. The award is named after the veteran TV writer (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Saturday Night Live, The Dennis Miller Show) who was president of the WGA, East for 14 years.

Daytime TV writer Claire Labine (General Hospital, One Life to Live, Guiding Light) will receive the Ian McLellan Hunter Award, given to a writer for their body of work.

The WGA Awards will be held on Feb. 19 at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City, and at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Rachel Dratch is hosting the event in New York, Joel McHale and Zooey Deschanel will emcee in L.A.

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‘Bridesmaids,’ ‘The Descendants’ lead WGA nominees
Joel McHale, Zooey Deschanel to host WGA awards show

'The Cabin in the Woods' to open the 2012 SXSW Film Festival

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The hotly anticipated horror film The Cabin in the Woods will open the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Tex., on March 9, the festival announced today. Produced by Joss Whedon, and co-written by Whedon with director Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods stars Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford, and promises to take on the classic horror genre with Whedon’s signature wit. It hits theaters April 13. Whedon will also be on hand for a filmmaker panel the following day. READ FULL STORY

Kristen Wiig and Paul Feig chat 'Bridesmaids' at TimesTalks event

Leave it to the director and star of 2011’s hit Bridesmaids to make a comedic entrance to their panel at the 11th annual New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend. Paul Feig and Kristen Wiig waltzed in carrying glasses of red wine to their chat with moderator Melena Ryzik. The audience noticed their liquid addition to the chat, and the stars quickly decided that they’d turn their talk into a drinking game. The rules were simple: Drink every time someone says a–hole. (Which really meant one of the stars would just say a–hole any time they wanted to take a drink.) Wiig and Feig both talked about the success of the film, but mum’s the word on that much-talked-about sequel. Here are a few more highlights from the night’s event:

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'Bridesmaids': Kristen Wiig and co-stars talk deleted scenes, ideas for the sequel

Even a two-hour-plus movie couldn’t contain all the comedy talent of these hilarious women. Now that Bridesmaids is out on DVD and Blu-ray, you finally get to see a ton of alternate takes and scenes you didn’t see in theaters. EW spoke to four of the Bridesmaids ladies — Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Ellie Kemper (sorry, not recent Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy) — about the stuff salvaged from the cutting room floor, and their ideas for a sequel!

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The DVD has tons of extras and deleted scenes. What scenes are you most excited for fans to see for the first time?
KRISTEN WIIG:
Well, I love the date scene with the little boy [who spouts off outrageous statements]. That’s in the new director’s cut. And the scene with Paul Rudd — I really missed those date scenes. READ FULL STORY

Elizabeth Banks talks stuffing her bra and slobbering over Paul Rudd for 'Wet Hot American Summer'

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Elizabeth Banks was a complete unknown when she was cast as “Lindsay” in the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer. And she stayed that way for a while after, thanks to the dismal box office performance of David Wain’s camp comedy. But, over time, the movie’s growing cult would help Banks become one of the most in-demand actresses around.

To mark the tenth anniversary of Wet Hot American Summer, we spoke with the star of 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models, 30 Rock, and the forthcoming Hunger Games about her time at Camp Firewood.

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'Bridesmaids': Could it be the Judd Apatow factory's all-time biggest hit?

Judd Apatow has directed only three movies, but his name — even more than, say, Steven Spielberg’s — is powerfully associated with a great many films that he shepherded but didn’t direct, like Superbad or Pineapple Express. There’s a good reason for that. The Judd Apatow school, or factory, or whatever you want to call it, doesn’t always produce great movies, but most of them are worthy, a good number of them are inspired, and his name, as a result, has come to symbolize something potent — and, to me, extraordinarily hopeful — in Hollywood. The name “Judd Apatow” doesn’t just mean movies that make you laugh, or that have a certain colorfully literate raunch factor. It means movies that are raunchy and smart and soulful at the same time — movies that dig into experience, that bring back the art of screenwriting, that are about real characters and real relationships, and that have made comedy (and, indeed, mainstream movies) safe for adults again. READ FULL STORY

'Bridesmaids' traffic cop Chris O'Dowd talks about being a heartthrob (kind of)

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Kristen Wiig’s insanely funny-lady flick Bridesmaids opened Friday to rave reviews, scored an impressive $24.4 million box office, and introduced droves of women to a new kind of leading man. Admittedly, the lure of a Jon Hamm sex scene may have been what brought me to the theater, but Chris O’Dowd’s adorably honest traffic cop is really what made me swoon. I spoke with the Irish-brogued actor to discuss his newfound American appeal, his “hilarious” costar, and of course, his accent. Note: This interview contains some pretty unsavory language, including some Irish words that I can’t even find on UrbanDictionary. (“Fromicking,” anyone? Anyone?)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, how was your weekend? The big opening weekend?
CHRIS O’DOWD: What fun! What fromicking we had at the box office! It was wonderful. Yeah, I was just really delighted for everybody. I went to see it in Hollywood on Saturday night. Got my head low, it was really fun. People were really enjoying it and hittin’ the right moments and ohhing and ahhing and laughing and crying and everything that you would want and more. READ FULL STORY

Move over, Tina Fey! 'Bridesmaids' catapults Kristen Wiig from 'SNL' star to Hollywood triple threat

Talk about getting the story wrong! I’m always gratified when a movie that I love kills at the box office, and I can even deal with a little end-zone-dancing studio spin, but really — the notion that Bridesmaids, the terrific new matrimonial comedy of cracked sisterhood, somehow “exceeded expectations” by taking in $26.2 million at the box office this weekend (representative headline on TheWrap: “‘Bridesmaids Over-Performs”) is actually a little insulting. Sure, it sounds like a compliment (people dug the movie so much that they went even more than the marketers were predicting!). But why would a major comedy produced by Judd Apatow, heralded by enthusiastic reviews, featuring a breakout performance by a venerable Saturday Night Live star, the whole thing pitched as a funny, soulful date movie to an audience that regularly turns the worst sort of pandering chick-flick crapola into major hits… why would that movie surprise anyone by making as much on its opening weekend as The Bounty Hunter or Failure to Launch? READ FULL STORY

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