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The Lost Roles of Ben Stiller

Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring what might have been in TV and film comedy, taking a different comedian, writer, or work each week and examining the casting possibilities and career moves that almost came to be.

By Bradford Evans

Judd Apatow Is Probably A Feminist, If Anyone Still Wants To Know

If there's one important takeaway from this, the milestone one millionth article about whether Judd Apatow is a feminist, it's probably a reminder to get really, really excited for the HBO show Girls, written by Lena Dunham and produced by [...]

By Hallie Cantor

10 Promising TV Series That Weren’t Picked Up

Every year, TV networks horde up pilots for potential new shows and then whittle this group down to a few programs that actually make it to air. While it's often the case that these passed-over pilots are rejected for good reasons, there have [...]

By Bradford Evans

Paul Rudd Was Unable to Charm Iris Apatow Into Liking Him

Here's Paul Rudd on playing dad to Judd Apatow's kids, and how he really fucked up his relationship with Iris from the get-go: "In the beginning they felt a little weird about it. I met them when they were very little, around Anchorman. And [...]

By Adam Frucci

Judd Apatow Aims For Dramedy With New Paul Rudd/Leslie Man Film

Details about Judd Apatow's Knocked Up spin-off are few (like, for example, whether the film will actually be called This Is Forty once it hits theaters), but Albert Brooks, who plays Paul Rudd's father, says the film is going for the sweet [...]

By Halle Kiefer

Annie Mumolo, Robert Smigel Join Apatow’s Knocked Up Spin-Off

No longer able to hide behind their laptops and filthy dog puppets respectively, Annie Mumolo and Robert Smigel join Judd Apatow's newest film, rumored to be titled This Is Forty. The two will play best friends to leads Leslie Mann and Paul [...]

By Halle Kiefer

The New Age of the Comedy Auteur?

Comedy at its basic form necessitates collaboration. Whether it’s the unspoken bond between standup and audience, the onstage trust between improvisors, or the vast amount of writers, directors, and actors needed to bring a movie or show to [...]

By Bill Grandberg

Melissa McCarthy, Super 8’s Ryan Lee Join Apatow’s This Is Forty

It looks like Judd Apatow's This Is Forty is going head-to-head with The To Do List for most excellent ensemble cast. Either that, or Apatow just wanted to personally make sure I would see the upcoming Knocked Up spin-off. If so, message [...]

By Halle Kiefer

The First Draft of the Upcoming Pee-Wee Herman Movie Is Done

Here's Paul Reubens on the fate of the in-development Pee-Wee Herman movie that Judd Apatow is producing: "Paul Rust and I just turned in a draft to Judd last week. He’s bringing such an interesting side to it. He’s constantly having us talk [...]

By Adam Frucci

OK, Wait, Here’s What He Really Meant About Jokeless Comedies

Remember last week, when the New York Times' Adam Sternbergh argued that we're in an age of "jokeless comedies" thanks to Judd Apatow and Todd Philips? Well, apparently people didn't really get what he was saying, because today he posted a [...]

By Adam Frucci

‘Until then, die in a fiery accident": The Apatow-Brazill Emails

Guys, this email exchange between Judd Apatow and Mark Brazill, creator of That '70s Show, might have happened in 2001, but we like to revisit them to remind ourself that while Cable Guy might have faded into our collective memory, [...]

By Halle Kiefer