Wednesday, December 09, 2009

In the entertainment world...

A Serious Man is a Jewish movie.
Joel told ShortList: "It's a Jewish movie. Yeah. We used to call it The Jew Movie before we had a name.

"I don't know what you would call it. It's comedic, but it's not a standard Hollywood Judd Apatow comedy. It's not I Love You, Man."

His brother Ethan agreed, saying: "Yeah, we do have kids smoking marijuana and yet it's not one of those movies.

"I don't think we thought we were doing a black comedy. We just thought, 'Alright, there's this guy and a lot of bad things happen to him. And that can be funny'."
Here's an update on Judd Apatow and movies.
“I can't get [Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg] to make the ‘Superbad’ sequel. I begged, but they don't want to ruin it. They think it's a gem of a movie and they don't want a crappy second," Judd said. He later stated, "There's a little talk about a 'Pineapple Express' sequel if that's your cup of tea... your bowl of smoke. You probably have a better shot of seeing that [than any 'Superbad 2' or any other Apatow sequel]."
NBC News anchor Brian Williams has a lighter side.

Former Vice President Al Gore appeared on SNL during NBC's Green Week.

Judd Apatow picked up some pitches.
Judd Apatow and Universal Pictures have picked up a trio of comedy pitches from Aziz Ansari and Jason Woliner.
Ansari, who stars opposite Amy Poehler on NBC laffer "Parks and Recreation," is attached to star in the disparate pics.

Ansari and Woliner, who previously worked together on the MTV cult skein “Human Giant,” will team to write at least one of the projects, which will be produced via Apatow’s Universal-based shingle.

Thematically, the projects have nothing to do with one another. The first, tentatively titled “Let’s Do This,” is a road movie about two guys who work for a motivational speaking company. The second, which is untitled, follows a disgraced cosmonaut (Ansari) who is forced to return to outer space to clear his name. The third, also untitled, sprang from Ansari’s supporting role in the Apatow-helmed comedy “Funny People.”

“We didn’t expect all three to work,” said Ansari. “We had a breakfast meeting with Judd and pitched them. We were like, ‘Which one do you like?’ He wanted all three.”

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