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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.
October 28, 2010
BOOKS Filmmaker Judd Apatow and writer and editor Dave Eggers team up to present a night of comedy and music to celebrate the release of Apatow's book, "I Found This Funny," which is an anthology of humor writing that Apatow curated. The book includes the writing of Steve Martin, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris and others. The night of entertainment includes appearances by the likes of Lindsey Buckingham, Randy Newman and Garry Shandling. Proceeds benefit 826LA, Eggers' tutoring and writing program.
November 3, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Judd Apatow and his wife, Leslie Mann , have sold their Pacific Palisades home for $5.26 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The traditional house sits behind gates on nearly an acre at the end of a cul-de-sac. Built in 1997, the 6,000-square-foot home evokes an older period with its wood-paneled library with a fireplace and secret room. In addition to the five bedrooms and 51/2 bathrooms, there is a family room, a playroom and a butler's pantry with a temperature-controlled wine room.
October 27, 2010 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Filmmaker Judd Apatow and author Dave Eggers seem an unlikely pairing ? one is an A-list, broad comedy writer-director-producer prone to fart jokes and penis cameos ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express" are among Apatow's hugely successful credits); the other is a somewhat headier literary hipster who has penned an acclaimed memoir, several novels and just enough screenplays to earn some Hollywood cred (Eggers wrote "Where the Wild Things Are" and co-wrote, with his wife, Vendela Vida, "Away We Go")
May 13, 2007 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
AS an 11-year-old growing up on Long Island, Judd Apatow began each week by studying the newspaper's TV section and highlighting all talk show guests of Mike Douglas, Dinah Shore and company. He spent afternoons holed up in his room watching TV, hanging out in his head with Charles Nelson Reilly. "I couldn't have had more fun in the saddest, lonely way," he says. "There was a period when I would get home at 3 and watch TV until 11, and I couldn't be happier."
November 18, 2013 | 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.
December 20, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"This Is 40," Judd Apatow's new comic rant, picks up the family squabble five years after "Knocked Up" left off. Settle in for a major dose of the bratty behavior that has become the writer-director's marquee move, because 40 is turning out to be a very good year. Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen, the central punch line in "Knocked Up," are nowhere in sight and the film is better for it. In fact, not since Apatow so thoroughly crashed (and trashed) the romantic comedy scene in 2005 with the foul-mouthed charm of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" has Apatow gotten relationships this right.
August 3, 2009 | Mark Olsen
It was just about this time last summer when life changed in a big way for Aubrey Plaza, who can currently be seen as Seth Rogen's love interest in the new Judd Apatow film "Funny People." She had come to Los Angeles from New York for a final audition for her role in the Apatow film and in short order also landed a part in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" -- the next film from "Hot Fuzz" director Edgar Wright -- as well as a supporting role as a blase intern on the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation."
June 18, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Movie Critic
"Cyrus" amuses and unnerves in equal measure. A comedy of discomfort that walks a wonderful line between reality-based emotional honesty and engaging humor, it demonstrates the good things that happen when quirky independent style combines with top-of-the-line acting skill. That style belongs to the writing-directing brother team of Jay and Mark Duplass, stalwarts of the bargain-basement approach often called mumblecore. Their work in films such as "The Puffy Chair" and "Baghead" involves free-floating camerawork, shooting in continuity and actors willing to improvise off of a written script, all with an eye to heightening the authenticity of their stories.
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