Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Funny People

Judd Apatow answers your questions on the upcoming film, Funny People.
What is the movie about?

It is about a world famous comedian who gets sick, then gets better and doesn’t know what to do with this second chance. It is also about his friendship with a young comedian, and his attempt to win back his old flame who is currently married and has two kids. And it is about fifty other things too. Just see it. I will ruin it if I try to explain it.

Is it a comedy or a drama?

It is a comedy. I think it is as funny as "The Forty Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up." It is more emotional than my other two films, but if you hate emotions you will still like it. And most people do hate emotions.

How many times should I see "Funny People"?

Three. Once for the laughs. The second time to notice the details you missed when you laughed. And the third time just to make sure we beat "Transformers" at the box office. We must not let robots rule the world.

Is it long?

Depends on your attention span. It is two minutes shorter than "Transformers 2," but the extra fifteen minutes is free! No extra charge! Did I mention we do not have any robots? Is that a bad thing?

Who is in it?

Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bna, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Rza.[...]

Why do you put your children in your films?

Six words—I get to keep the money. And also, if I hire them I don’t have to meet anyone else’s weird kids.
The Second City ETC stage has a new revue making it's debut this month: Studs Terkel's Not Working!
According to the improv troupe, in the new show, "a cast of six talented actors take the piss out of what our world has become and how we got here. We've lost many things, but one thing will always stay the same — Chicago. We'll always have crooked politicians, civic pride and that crazy guy at Foster & Broadway."

Directed by Matt Hovde, the cast of Studs Terkel's Not Working includes Christina Anthony, Amanda Blake Davis, Tom Flanigan, Timothy Edward Mason, Beth Melewski and Andy St. Clair. Mike Descoteaux is musical director, and Joseph Ruffner is stage manager. Set designers are Kevin Depinet and Amy Jackson. The stylist is Logan Vaughn.

The producing team includes executive producer and proprietor for The Second City, Andrew Alexander; vice president of The Second City, Kelly Leonard; and co-producers Robin Hammond and Alison Riley.

Studs Terkel was a Chicago-based author, historian, actor and broadcaster, and typically referred to as the voice of the American worker. He is best remembered for his oral histories of common Americans in such books as "Working" and "The Good War." His last book, "P.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening," was released in November 2008. Terkel died on Oct. 31, 2008, at the age of 96. To learn more about Studs Terkel and his work, visit
Jason Sudeikis is set to join the cast of the rom-com, Going the Distance.
"Saturday Night Live" veteran Jason Sudeikis is in final negotiations to join Drew Barrymore and Justin Long in the romantic comedy "Going the Distance."

Sudeikis will play Box, a friend of Garrett's (Long) who counsels him against trying to maintain his long-distance relationship with Barrymore's character. Charlie Day and Christina Applegate also were recently cast.
If this is the world premiere, then what was the screening that I just saw this past Monday in Chicago?

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