December 14, 2012 |
Filmmakers often incorporate elements of their personal lives into their work, and few more so than Judd Apatow: His three most recent films as a director - 2007's "Knocked Up," 2009's "Funny People" and this year's "This Is 40" - star his wife, Leslie Mann, and their two daughters, Maude and Iris. In this clip from the Envelope Screening Series featuring The Times' Rebecca Keegan, Apatow and Maude talk about how their father-daughter dynamic plays out on set. "It just feels, like, normal because he's just a little bit more stern," Maude says of her father's directing style.
July 10, 2011
The comedy queen will be regally remembered Aug. 3 to 7 during the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy in Jamestown, N.Y. The festival coincides with the centennial of her birth there on Aug. 6, 1911. "She's the high-water mark in situation comedy," said Joan Rivers, who will be among the funny people performing during the celebration. Rivers, who worked with Ball on several of her later TV shows, believes Ball broke plenty of ground — and not just for females. "I think funny is funny," she said.
April 6, 2010
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Carol Burnett; Mario Batali. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Trisha Yearwood. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Regis and Kelly Carol Burnett. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Joe Scarborough. (N) 10 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Freddie Prinze Jr. 2 p.m. KCBS The Bonnie Hunt Show Peter Krause. (N)
November 22, 2009
Forget "17 Again." Talk about: "Me and Orson Welles" It's been easy to dismiss Zac Efron as a Disney-reared pretty boy, but his performance as a 1930s teenager hired to star in Orson Welles' production of "Julius Caesar" in this Richard Linklater period drama suggests his potential for far more than anything we've yet seen. (Friday) It is oh so worth talking about: "The Princess and the Frog" Can Randy Newman -- and a timely twist on the typically passive fairy-tale princess story -- return Disney's animated musicals to their former glory?
November 22, 2009 |
Funny People Universal, $29.98/$34.98; Blu-ray, $39.98 "Funny People" writer-director Judd Apatow might have tested his core audience a little too much with his story of a self-hating comedian (played by Adam Sandler) who gets diagnosed with cancer and asks for help from a fawning young stand-up (played by Seth Rogen). But Apatow and company don't spare the dirty jokes either, and there's something admirably uncompromising about their willingness to push for truth over likability.
September 7, 2009 |
If the year's first four months defied all expectations for what Hollywood could do in a recession, this summer delivered some sobering reality. Through the end of April, domestic box-office receipts leaped 17% while admissions surged nearly 16% from the previous year, according to Hollywood.com. But as the weather turned hot, business cooled: From May 1 through Aug. 31, attendance was down 2.4% from 2008 and 6% from 2007. Summer box-office revenues rose 1.3%, not even enough to account for ticket price inflation, let alone the premiums charged in a growing number of 3-D theaters.