If you had to call comedy another name, you could call it “Judd Apatow.” The multi-talented writer/director/producer has dominated the face of funny over the past decade, and he’s responsible for some of the best laugh-out-loud films ever made. From his early features like (our childhood must-see) Heavyweights to small screen gems like Freaks and Geeks, and all the way through to box office busters like Superbad and Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, his movies have defined comedy to a generation of people, and we’re thankful for all that laughs he’s given us over the years.
But we’re not the only people who should be thankful. Some of the biggest comedy stars in the world today got their big breaks by featuring in Judd’s movies. From James Franco to Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, Mr. Apatow can spot a career-making hit a mile off. What is the deal with his insane success rate? How is he able to produce such memorable characters that propel the actors into the mega-successful stratosphere?
The answer is simple: The Man-Child. Judd Apatow is the king of the emotionally stunted, delightfully immature, hilariously inept and maladjusted male who just can’t be a functional adult no matter how hard he tries. It’s a hallmark of all of his work. Whether it’s Steve Carell’s wax agony in The 40 Year Old Virgin, Seth Rogen staring down the barrel of fatherhood in Knocked Up, or Jason Segel’s nude and heartbroken misery in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, we laugh so hard at these folks because we see our own faults in their complete and utter dysfunction. So in honor of Judd’s big day, we counted down our 15 favorite man children that he brought to the screen. We hope you enjoy it!
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The bad news first: 1) We have no time machine to fix the errors of the past; and 2) this Freaks and Geeks reunion of which we speak was just for the January issue of Vanity Fair, not for a TV special or a spinoff about Nick and Lindsay’s daughter. Exec producer Judd Apatow (whose birthday, incidentally, is today) guest-edited this first-ever Comedy Issue of the magazine, and used that as an opportunity to gather the whole gang from (the non-Glee) McKinley High for a photo and a really long oral history of the show that aired from 1999-2000.
“This is the first time the cast has been together in a room — all of them — since the year 2000,” Apatow says in a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot. “We’re excited because I don’t think this will ever happen again.”
Sometimes the best fashion accessory isn’t a cool bag or awesome sunglasses, but a loving partner! The red carpet for the 2012 Emmy Awards was awash with adorable PDAs from some of the biggest A-listers in television. Breaking Bad star and newly minted Emmy winner Aaron Paul could hardly keep his hands off of his lovely fiance Lauren Parsekian, and Broke Girl Kat Dennings was seen looking deep into the lovey dovey eyes of boyfriend Nick Zano. Power couple Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt looked very much the adoring duo (and now we know what that special twinkle in her eye is all about). Jon’s Mad Men costar Christina Hendricks came in on the arm of husband and 500 Days Of Summer goofball Geoffrey Arend. Head on down to the gallery below for some awww-inspiring photos from the 62nd annual Primetime Emmys!
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Emma Stone may be one of the hottest young stars in Hollywood today, but it’s not always her acting performances that get people talking. The 23-year-old’s hair color is apparently quite the discussion topic, and the Oscar winning director Cameron Crowe got to the bottom of it in his in depth profile in the latest Interview Magazine.
“I had to dye it red for Superbad,” says the natural blonde. “They didn’t let me go back to blonde until Spider-Man—the collective ‘they.’” She dyed her hair brown at 15, which is how she looked when cast in the 2007 smash. “Judd [Apatow] asked me to dye it red at the camera test, so I was already cast in the movie…Now I’m back to my roots. But I get a lot of questions about hair color. People are very into talking about hair.”
But hair wasn’t all she talked about with Cameron. There were much more important things on the docket. Like Ryan Gosling, for example! Emma stars along side the heartthrob in Gangster Squad, whom she also worked/slept with in last summer’s Crazy Stupid Love. Apparently the relationship continues off screen (minus the sleeping, obvs). According to Emma, the two felt close from the get-go. “I immediately felt a kinship with him.” She even asks for his help on new film projects. “I’ve asked him to read a couple of scripts. I just really like hearing his viewpoint because I know that it’s never going to be tainted. He’s very much his own person. I really like his brain.”
There are many ways to tell whether you are truly a New Yorker or just one of the millions just stopping through — and I’ve always contended that you really know you’ve arrived when you witness someone taking a crap in the middle of the street. We are not alone in this. And that’s why VH1 News asked the glamorous stars, from NYC and Hollywood alike, attending the Tribeca Film Festival for the past two weeks to share their grossest New York moment. Just so we know where they stand.
“I one day saw the entire journey of a turd,” Mad Men star Rich Sommer said. “I was walking through Union Square and saw a man creating it, and then I walked by later in the day and it was still there, and then I walked by like four hours later and it was gone.”
Malin Akerman defines gross a little differently. “For those New Yorkers that have never been to the Box…” she began, talking about the risque burlesque club. “If you want to call it ‘burlesque’ — I have seen some of the grossest things ever at the Box.”
Judd Apatow has scary, rather than disgusting memories of his childhood in the city. “I kind of remember almost getting robbed when I was a kid on 8th Avenue, but now 8th Avenue is like the Disney store,” he said.
When you put Jason Segel and Emily Blunt together in a movie, there’s no way we’re not going to watch. Besides, with Jason being such an awesome boyfriend to Michelle Williams, we like him even more. Their movie, The Five-Year Engagement, premiered last night at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York, and Emily knocked it out of the park in a black-and-green belted Jason Wu dress. Extra marks for the parrot green pumps and that amazing makeup.
Other stand-outs on the carpet included Alison Brie who was perfect in a white, form-fitting Victoria Beckham dress, and Olivia Wilde in a long printed Yigal Azrouel maxi. Camilla Belle also wore a Chinese silk cheongsam by Jason Wu and nailed it. Amy Poehler looked like a very sexy dream in a white lace blouson with black trousers and came with dream date, Aubrey Plaza. But we’d like to give first prize to little Zoe Niemkiewicz who was an adorable little tyke in her tulle frock. And out way past her bedtime, we might add!
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For some people, an awards show is all about who wins and who’s snubbed. For those people, we have this list. For others, however, it’s about all of those other moments in-between — the awkward speeches, the hilarious skits, the cutaways to the tipsy A-listers sitting at tables full of empties. Here’s a list of our favorites from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards (in chronological order):
» Octavia Spencer began her Best Supporting Actress speech with a flustered, “Well I’m not prepared, I wasn’t a Girl Scout.” But then she pulled it together and quite elegantly thanked a whole lot of people.
» Christopher Plummer in his pink shirt, said he was “completely turned on” by his Supporting Actor win. “At my age, I need all the help I can get in that department.”
The People have spoken. They apparently like Supernatural more than The Vampire Diaries, but we’ll forgive them for that, because they made some other good choices that wound up giving us a pretty cute People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night. Like any awards show, there was singing, dancing and overly scripted jokes. Also there were kisses and giggles and sweet thank yous. We thought we’d highlight a few of our faves:
10. We saw Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence bonding backstage with co-star Liam Hemsworth’s gf Miley Cyrus. Good thing they get along nicely!
9. Emma Stone, daring to be different in her awesome green tux jacket, managed to make a clichéd message sound sweet: ” You have to stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid even if people say what you do isn’t cool.”
8. Paul Wesley called Ian Somerhalder “Smolderholder” as he opened the envelope for the Favorite Comedy Movie award.
7. Lea Michele pointed out her cousin in the audience WHO LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE LEA MICHELE.
6. Ian Somerhalder was sitting next to Nina Dobrev when she won Favorite TV Drama Actress, but he tweeted her anyway: Congratulations Nina!!! You won!!!! People DO like you;) You rock babe, truly.”
5. Chloe Moretz realized she’s too young to really say “when I was a kid” and then she ended her speech like she was on the phone with all of us, “All right, bye.” Bye, Chloe, see you soon!
This is rather different from her treatment on the Transformers set, from which she was ignominiously fired thanks to her various tiffs with director, Michael Bay. Megan Fox posted a new photo on her Facebook page showing her in a radically changed set. The movie she’s involved in is a Judd Apatow flick called This is 40, and is reportedly a spin-off of Knocked Up. Megan has a small role in the movie which also stars Apatow’s wife, Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd. Also, Jason Segel and Chris O’Dowd who the actress is seen posing with in a pool.
The happy trio posed between takes for the shot and Megan wrote, “On set of This Is 40 with Jason and Chris…Two very handsome, very tall, VERY funny men.” Good to know she’s having a blast and not fighting with her director this time. Her co-stars seem to be on pretty sweet terms with her as well. Leslie Mann told MTV in a recent interview, “Megan Fox is so funny. She’s hilarious. You wouldn’t, I don’t know if other people expect it, but I think she is really funny. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.” We’re going to withhold judgement on that one, but we’re happy to see Meggy looking so relaxed!
[Photo via Megan Fox’s Facebook Page]