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June 21, 2009 | Mark Olsen
In this era of guy-centric bromantic dude-fests, who would have thought the future of Hollywood comedy just might be a married, fortysomething mother from Seattle? With her film "Humpday," which has been turning the festival circuit on its ear since its premiere at Sundance on its way toward hitting theaters in July, Lynn Shelton has managed to both outdo the dudes and create a style all her own.
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February 25, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Lena Dunham's quest for world domination continues on March 8, when she is set to host "Saturday Night Live" for the first time. In addition to writing and starring in "Girls," currently in its third season on HBO, Dunham also has a memoir, "Not That Kind of Girl," coming out in October. She also generated buzz earlier this month with her much-discussed Vogue cover.  Dunham, who won a Golden Globe last year for her performance on "Girls," has been too busy with her own projects to show off her comedy chops elsewhere.
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July 30, 2009 | John Horn
The Improv was packed with prominent wisecrackers, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill among them. But as writer-director Judd Apatow was filming one "Funny People" scene at the Hollywood comedy club, the laughs were few and far between. Apatow was more than halfway through principal photography last December, and like many scenes in his movie about a comedian's brush with mortality, Sandler's character George Simmons wasn't in a joking mood.
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February 7, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The director Mark Romanek helped reinvent the music video in the 1990s, his pieces for the likes of Nine Inch Nails' “Closer” and Beck's “Devil's Haircut” becoming edgy exercises in style and story. Now he could be on the path to reinvention again - sort of. In the fall, Romanek helmed “Picasso Baby,” the Jay-Z pop-up exercise that brought together the disparate likes of Judd Apatow and Marina Abramovic as Hova hummingly held court. Romanek also directed a similarly real-time video for U2's “Invisible,” a black-and-white piece both playing with and reveling in Bono's icon status that Romanek shot as a staged-live concert at a Santa Monica airport hangar a few months ago.  (An excerpt was shown during the Super Bowl commercial for (Red)
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December 20, 2012 | Matt Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 16 - 22 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning Cardiologist Dr. William Davis; Led Zeppelin; Billy Crystal; Marisa Tomei. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Christina Perri performs; figure skater Johnny Weir; chef Giada DeLaurentiis; Judd Apatow. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Christiane Amanpour; chef Danny Boome; chef Emeril Lagasse.
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December 27, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
The "sort-of sequel to 'Knocked Up'” is how Universal marketed Judd Apatow's comedy “This Is 40,” a perfect slogan for a movie about which many of us felt ambivalent. “This Is 40” is of course Apatow's latest attempt to marry sweetness with raunch. Marry is the key word: As with his 2009 underperformer “Funny People,” Apatow's new film explored the skim milk - dipped ennui of modern marriage, or at least modern marriage in a tony West Los Angeles neighborhood to a woman who looks like Leslie Mann.
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November 2, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
 As Hollywood celebrated its past with the gala premiere of “Hitchcock” as the opening-night film of AFI Fest up on Hollywood Boulevard, Judd Apatow took on the problems of the present down by the tar pits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with the first public screening of his new comedy “This Is 40.” Noting the competing engagements, Film Independent curator Elvis Mitchell playfully chided the audience to turn off their cellphones or...
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November 19, 2010 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
"I love Maria Bamford. She makes me laugh. I think she's hysterically funny. She performs all over the place [in LA]. Have you seen her? She's so funny ? she's one of the few people that really makes you laugh hard, who's doing something so interesting and insane. She does a lot of voices. She has a very high voice and she does a lot of characters and people in her life ? with deep voices ? and it's just a unique, bizarre act. I've seen a lot of comics and it takes a lot to make me laugh really hard.
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January 13, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
It was a "Girls" night out for Judd Apatow. The filmmaker was on hand at the Golden Globes on Sunday to lend support to the HBO comedy on which he serves as an executive producer. "The show is back tonight.... It's a good way to ring it in," Apatow said on the red carpet. "I'm so proud of  Lena Dunham. " Not everyone was being as generous with the compliments toward the twentysomething wunderkind. GLOBES 2013: Full coverage | Ballot | Nominees and winners | Snubs Shock jock Howard Stern caused a stir recently when he referred to Dunham as "a little fat girl who looks like Jonah Hill" on his satellite radio show.
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December 17, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
"Write what you know," goes the old saw, and filmmaker Judd Apatow has done just that with the new marriage comedy "This Is 40. " The film, billed as a "sort-of sequel" to 2007's "Knocked Up," stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann (Apatow's real-life wife), as a couple entering their 40s and going through the trials of marriage, parenthood and middle age. As Apatow discusses in this clip from the Envelope Screening Series with The Times' Rebecca Keegan, the film grew out of his desire to portray a particular slice of life.
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November 22, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
By the beard of Zeus! The main cast of the 2004 film “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” took to the stage in Santa Monica on Thursday night for a reading of the screenplay as a benefit to the tutoring and literacy organization 826LA. Presented by Judd Apatow and Adam McKay, respectively producer and director of the original and the upcoming sequel, the evening was hosted by Conan O'Brien. “826 is a great place that's supporting young kids, with free tutoring and it helps kids learn how to write,” said Apatow during a reception before the show.
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November 18, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
In the 1970s, Syd Field's job in Hollywood was reading scripts all day and picking out the gems that might make it to the screen. In one two-year period he figured he read 2,000 screenplays - and turned down 1,960 of them. The rejects were an "amorphous goo" of confusing plot lines and poorly developed characters that often caused him to close his office door at 2 or 3 in the afternoon and go to sleep. But eventually he figured out what distinguished the winners from the losers. The answer was crystallized in "Screenplay, The Foundations of Screenwriting," Field's 1979 bestseller that today remains the bible of scriptwriters.
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September 26, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Pearl Jam, as with all musical acts in 2013, knows that creating buzz around a new project requires a constant churn of fresh content: songs to stream, videos to watch, smartphone apps to amuse oneself with while one waits in line at Whole Foods. But leave it to these grizzled alt-rock iconoclasts to remake the lowly informercial as a thing of almost-value. CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat Working with A-list rock photographer Danny Clinch, Pearl Jam has put together what it's calling a "short film" about "Lightning Bolt," a new studio disc due Oct. 15. And it's kind of compelling!
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September 4, 2013 | By David Horsey
When audiences first heard Clark Gable utter the line, “Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn,” in the 1939 premiere of “Gone With the Wind,” they were shocked and amazed that the D-word got past the censors. Such a reaction seems quaint in today's entertainment world, where the F-word reigns supreme. Once the most forbidden of curse words, the F-word is now ubiquitous. It is the lightly bleeped expletive put to constant use by Jon Stewart and the comic newsmen on “The Daily Show.” HBO built itself into a cable TV behemoth partly on the impact of that four-letter word unleashed in several great series, from “The Sopranos” to “Deadwood.” The characters in Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow's raunchy and hugely successful comedies would hardly be able to speak if they were not allowed to drop a steady stream of F-bombs.
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June 7, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Lip balm for extra moisturizing? Check. Lactaid to help digest the occasional sweet? Check. Pocket mirror to ensure the pearly whites remain food-free? Check. Smartphone because you never know when an inspirational tweet will pop up? Check. Judy Blume has logged a tremendous number of miles in the last two years in her quest to see her 1981 novel, "Tiger Eyes," turned into a feature film, and the petite yet peppy grandmother is now powering through the final leg of her journey with the well-stocked purse of a road warrior.
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May 21, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times
The numbers on United Talent Agency's new 130,000-square-foot Beverly Hills digs are notable. The Civic Center Drive property includes a 158-piece art collection, 11 conference rooms and a private plaza that can accommodate as many as 500 people. But the standout figure is 275. That's the number of screenings UTA has held at its new screening room since the company's new headquarters opened last September. The new theater was christened with a showing of longtime client Judd Apatow's "This Is 40," which was screened for the filmmaker's friends and family, along with UTA agents.
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December 14, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
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.
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December 13, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 9 - 15 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Ewan McGregor; Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Jane Buckingham; Richard Blais. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Richard Marx. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Ewan McGregor; Kerry Washington; Jackie Evancho performs.
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April 30, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner , joined in comedy history as the 2,000-year-old man and his interviewer, and joined at the hip in life, made a tandem, two-headed appearance Monday afternoon at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. With Judd Apatow as moderating host, it was the inaugural event in #Comedyfest, a collaboration between Twitter and Comedy Central that will continue through Friday and includes the premiere of the new series "Inside Amy Schumer" (Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET, with star Schumer live-tweeting)
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April 8, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Producer Judd Apatow and his wife, Leslie Mann, have purchased a house in gated Malibu Colony. The asking price was $10.95 million. Described as a contemporary cottage in the listing, the house dates to the 1930s. Features include a courtyard, a sun room, walls of glass, three fireplaces and a guest house. There are four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 2,550 square feet of living space. Apatow, 45, has been involved in numerous sitcoms and films including the series “Freaks and Geeks” (1999-2000)
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