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Judd Apatow’s Inability to Stop Producing Movies Is Becoming Troubling

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Apatow, Segel, Stoller Commit to Five-Year Engagement: If Judd Apatow isn’t careful, there’s gonna be a backlash against his press announcements before there’s even a backlash against his films. In what feels like the 200th Apatow project trumpeted in the last few months, Mr. Comedy will produce Five-Year Engagement, reuniting the Forgetting Sarah Marshall team of writer-director Nick Stoller and writer-star Jason Segel in a bawdy comedy about … a five-year engagement. Hey, hyperliteral titles haven’t hurt Apatow so far. [Variety]

Rapp and Pascal Play Next Year’s Rent: Original Rent stars Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal will reprise their roles in a 2009 national tour of Jonathan Larson’s award-winning musical, which works out well, ’cause from the distance of live theater seats, Rapp and Pascal will still look as young as they did in the 2005 film. [Playbill]

Writers’ Strike No Longer Keeping Toby Keith Down: Country megastar Toby Keith makes a bid for movie stardom by co-writing, co-producing, and starring in the rural comedy Beer for My Horses (taken from Keith’s hit single), in which Keith and Rodney Carrington play, and we quote, “small-town deputies who embark on a wacky road trip to rescue their girlfriends from comically evil drug lords.” If that logline wasn’t enough to guarantee a cult classic in the making, the supporting cast of Ted Nugent, Tom Skerritt, and Willie Nelson should do the trick. [Variety]

Leave Room for Milk, Please: The most dangerous label in music is back with another skull-crushing artist to bring scandalous sounds that will corrupt your kids and scare your grandma! Starbucks’s Hear Music label will release This Kind of Love, Carly Simon’s first album of original material in eight years, this April 29. [Billboard]

Mayor 3000!: André Benjamin reveals in an interview that he is about to become the Tommy Carcetti of The Shield when his comic-store-owner character from the show’s third season returns in the final year to run for mayor. [Blackfilm]

Judd Apatow’s Inability to Stop Producing Movies Is Becoming Troubling