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Paul Rudd To Star In 'Knocked Up' Sequel

1/7/2011 11:19am EST
Paul Rudd
Actor Paul Rudd has signed up to star in a sequel to hit comedy Knocked Up, reprising his role from the 2007 original.

Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl featured in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up as expectant parents dealing with the consequences of a one-night stand.

Rudd enjoyed a supporting role as Heigl's onscreen brother-in-law, with Apatow's real-life spouse, Leslie Mann, playing his movie wife.

It has now been confirmed Rudd and Mann will reteam in a follow-up, which will be written and directed by Apatow. It is not known whether Rogen or Heigl will be joining the cast.

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Celebrity Style Transformation: Mila Kunis

1/5/2011 3:00pm EST
Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis' career has certainly come a long way since we first saw her on That 70's Show. Her fashion sense has also changed since her appearance on the long-running sitcom.

Above is Mila Kunis, circa-2000. She's barely recognizable! The Russian-born actress had been on That 70s Show for two years at this point, and her character Jackie was one of the most memorable on the sitcom.

Flash-forward to the end of That 70s Show and we have Mila in a more suitable outfit. At this point her future was questionable, as she had only appeared in panned movies and voice-acted for Family Guy....
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Natalie Portman Launches Movie Production Company To Make 'Female Comedies'

12/14/2010 11:40pm EST
Natalie Portman
Hollywood star Natalie Portman wants to boost the profile of women in comedy by making funny films via her new production company Handsomecharlie Films.

The Black Swan star has set up the firm with her business partner Annette Savitch and they aim to emulate the style of raunchy comedy made famous by Judd Apatow in his hit 2007 movie Knocked Up.

Describing the projects as "female comedies", Portman tells Vogue magazine, "Women... are generally not allowed to be beautiful and funny, and certainly not vulgar.

"There's a difference between being in a bra and underpants as an object on a men...
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Adam Sandler Gave Russell Brand His Big Break

11/21/2010 8:11pm EST
Russell Brand
Comedian Russell Brand has Adam Sandler to thank for his blossoming Hollywood career - because the movie star was the first to suggest the Brit abandon his TV job and try out as an actor.

The "Get Him to the Greek" star previously worked as a presenter for MTV UK and it was only after a risque interview with Sandler that Brand began contemplating moving to the U.S.

He says, "I was in England minding my own business, presenting an MTV program, and Adam Sandler came on it as a guest.

"I was quite cheeky (to him) even though he was a big movie star and afterwards people said (to Sandler), '...
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Following Her Latest Film Flop, Jennifer Aniston To Get Raunchy & Naked In New Project

8/27/2010 9:09am EDT
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston is taking extreme lengths to banish her girl-next-door image once and for all - she's set to strip, take drugs and indulge in a threesome in her next movie, according to reports.

The star's latest film "The Switch," about an unmarried woman who uses artificial insemination to have a child, was a flop earlier this month, amid scathing reviews and disappointing box office takings.

But Aniston is firing back at critics by taking up a role in Judd Apatow's "Wanderlust" opposite Paul Rudd.

The pair will play a married couple who become hippies, while Aniston's character smoke...
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Rachel Weisz Wants Role In A Judd Apatow Movie

7/28/2010 10:51pm EDT
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz fears she may have killed her chance to land a role in a Judd Apatow comedy - because the filmmaker hasn't called since she drunkenly confessed her "passion for him" at a Hollywood party.

"The Mummy" star admits she's a big fan of the "SuperBad" producer, and has been desperate to work on one of Apatow's films for years.

But she worries she went overboard when she professed her love for his work and is now convinced she's lost the opportunity to collaborate with him for good.

She says, "I worship Judd Apatow. I think he's extremely funny. His work is ground-breaking... I lov...
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This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Pee-wee Herman & Chris Brown

7/2/2010 9:18am EDT
Pee-wee Herman
Shining Star of the Week - Pee-wee Herman: Who would've thought that in 2010 Pee-wee could be the "Shining Star of the Week"?

Director Judd Apatow, the guy behind "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up", says he's on board to produce a new movie that would bring back the character from the 80's cult classic T.V. show and movies. Apatow told Variety, “Let’s face it, the world needs more Pee-wee Herman,".

Pee-wee himself, actor Paul Reubens, is also signed on for the flick (come on, what else is he doing these days?).

The only potential downside of a new Pee-wee movie? Millions of kids ...
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IFC To Air 'Freaks And Geeks' & 'Undeclared'

6/30/2010 1:52pm EDT
James Franco
IFC has acquired the complete series of Judd Apatow's Emmy®-winning high school comedy "Freaks and Geeks" (18 episodes) and college spinoff "Undeclared" (17 episodes) from Paramount Pictures Corporation. These two cult TV hits helped launch the careers of Jay Baruchel, Jenna Fischer, James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, among other young stars.

"Freaks and Geeks" will premiere on IFC on Friday, July 2 at 11 pm, et/pt, and encore on Mondays at 11 pm and Sundays at 10 pm. "Undeclared" will debut on IFC this fall. A previously unaired episode of "Undeclared" will make its U.S. telev...
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Weekly Fashion Wrap Up: Met Ball, White House Correspondents Dinner & More

5/7/2010 11:59am EDT
Weekly Fashion Wrap Up
There was a lot happening this week, including the White House Correspondents Dinner, Operation Smile Event, and the Met Ball! So with all of this good going on we have decided to leave the worst dressed off of our list this week and focus on the best.

Taylor Swift

Taylor is at the top of our list this week, we don’t think she has ever looked better.

Alessandra Ambrosio

We don’t think you even need to see the front of the dress- she really just had a baby?

Gwen Stefani

Gwen is the epitome of old Hollywood glamour in this dress.

Nicole Richie

We think the hair is a little much...
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Jane Lynch Grateful For Permanent 'Glee' Role

4/13/2010 2:00pm EDT
Jane Lynch
Actress Jane Lynch is grateful to have been hired as a full-time cast member in the hit show Glee - because she's finally working on a project long enough to personalize her dressing room.

The 49 year old started her career in theatre before moving on to TV and film, with recent turns in Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Julie and Julia, alongside Meryl Streep.

However, with some projects wrapping in just weeks, Lynch has never been able to settle on a set - until she landed the role of sports teacher Sue Sylvester in the TV musical.

She tells British morning show GMTV, "I've b...
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What We Were All Thinking - The Full Starpulse Oscars Recap

3/8/2010 1:50am EST
Oscar Feature
Tonight's Oscar ceremony is probably the most re-designed ceremony in Academy history.

Just look at all the changes. 10 Best Picture nominees, two hosts, no Best Song performances, more dance, a supposed streamlined show, and, weirdest of all, a request for no "thank yous" during the acceptance speeches.

Plus, a few of last year's tweaks will remain. They're sticking with the abhorrent practice of having five actors come out and sing the praises of the year's present crop of nominees (at least only in the Leading categories this year), and the producers are insistent on further expandin...
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The Ten Greatest Movies Of The Decade

12/17/2009 9:30am EST
The Ten Greatest Movies Of The Decade
So far, we've given you lists of the Ten Greatest TV Shows, Songs, and Albums of the decade. Now it's time to turn our focus to the Silver Screen.

This decade, moviemaking became incredibly fractured. After the Indie Boom of the nineties there suddenly wasn't much of a difference between an independent/art film and the mainstream movies from blockbuster studios. Many of these studios were now attempting to make their own indies, blurring the lines and resulting in more failures than successes.

Of course, there were still plenty of good movies to go around. The following is a list ...
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Tina Fey & Steve Carell To Hit The Big Screen In 'Date Night'

12/3/2009 9:45am EST
Tina Fey
NBC's Thursday night comedy line-up is now home to movie stars. Steve Carell has a hit every summer between seasons of The Office and Tina Fey had Baby Mama and Mean Girls. Now the two star in Date Night together for director Shawn Levy.

"It is a Thursday night wet dream, Date Night," Levy said.

This isn't just a vanity piece either. The film will feature both comedians' unique voices, and the humor you're familiar with from their past work. "Any great comedic star does punch up on the script and does daily punch up on the script via improvisation. So, with Tina and Steve, both of who...
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Fearless Females in Comedy

11/18/2009 11:23am EST
Leslie Mann
Buried under a mountain of dick jokes and sweaty, hairy men, the one shining go-to for laughs in Universal Studios' "Funny People" was supporting actress Leslie Mann. No stranger to the boys' club, Mann is a graduate of the "Apatow School" but has proved herself to be more than a worthy opponent when stealing scenes - regardless of whether or not the man behind the camera was in her family (the two have been married since 1997). Though she has been in this business for almost twenty years, Mann has only been getting the critical acclaim she so richly deserves in the last few.

Mann can be...
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'Funny People' Comes To DVD & Blu-ray Nov. 24

10/25/2009 4:00pm EDT
Funny People
Critically-acclaimed writer, director and producer Judd Apatow takes audiences on a hilarious and revealing look at the world of stand-up comedy with the story of George Simmons, a famous comedian who is given a second chance at life in "Funny People", coming to two-disc Blu-ray Hi-Def, two-disc Collector's Edition DVD, single-disc DVD and digital download on November 24, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. All versions deliver even more heartfelt laughs with both the original theatrical movie and a never-before-seen unrated film. The two-disc Blu-ray and DVD versions are also p...
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When Good Movies Turn Bad: The Movie Version Of Jumping The Shark

8/13/2009 11:34am EDT
Funny People
Ordinarily, an article such as this warrants a spoiler alert, but since the only thing giving away plot details of the last hour of "Funny People" would spoil is a good nap, that disclaimer is null in this instance.

There's a moment in this film, about three-fifths of the way through it, when Adam Sandler's George Simmons calls Seth Rogen's Ira Wright (née Weiner), and tells him in a strange pirate voice that they're to set sail for San Francisco the next day to perform a comedy show. He then makes a funny phallus-related joke and the camera cuts away.

When Judd Apatow shot this scen...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies 7/26 - 8/1

8/3/2009 11:08am EDT
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra
Over the weekend, I caught Judd Apatow's new film "Funny People" starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. "Funny People" lived up to my expectations; it's funny at points with an appropriate seriousness that's present throughout the movie.

I thoroughly enjoyed the bond that Sandler and Rogen's characters form over the course of the film. Rogen plays a socially awkward comic struggling to find his way, and Sandler is a jaded celebrity trying to make meaning out of his tragic situation. I was surprised by how unlikable Sandler's character is at points, revealing that his problems in life a...
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Seth Rogen Criticizes Former Co-Star Katherine Heigl

7/31/2009 8:58am EDT
Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen has taken aim at his Knocked Up co-star Katherine Heigl over her suggestions the pregnancy comedy was a little sexist.

Rogen and "Knocked Up" director Judd Apatow have never commented about Heigl's Vanity Fair comments in 2007 - until now, and it seems clear neither will work with the Grey's Anatomy star again.

Appearing on Howard Stern's radio show on Thursday, the two pals, who have re-teamed for Funny People, ganged up on Heigl, who told Vanity Fair she found it hard to "love the movie" which helped launch her movie career because the comedy "paints the women as shrews,"...
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Judd Apatow: His Career And Latest 'Funny People'

7/30/2009 10:38am EDT
Judd Apatow
This Friday marks the theatrical release of "Funny People," the Judd Apatow dramedy starring Adam Sandler as a terminally ill stand-up comedian. As the buzz around this film has grown, fans and critics alike have wondered if Apatow, who never met a penis joke he didn't like, was making a huge mistake by veering into "serious" territory. Pretty odd, considering that one of Apatow's most loved and respected works was the TV series, "Freaks and Geeks," a show that beautifully walked the line between hilarity and heartbreaking realism.

Although it may seem like he came from out of nowhere to...
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Is Adam Sandler Still A Box Office Draw?

7/29/2009 9:55am EDT
Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler has been delighting (and annoying) audiences for about 20 years, although in the beginning he was just that guy who did odd voices on "Saturday Night Live." Despite seeming like just a goof, Sandler quickly proved to be a smart business investor, having written and produced several of his most successful films and creating Happy Madison Productions.

Most of Sandler's films in the past 10 years have been out of his own production company, with a few exceptions. Forbes recently named him one of the highest-paid men in hollywood. Anyone who writes this actor off as just a sill...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies 7/26/09 - 8/1/09

7/27/2009 1:56pm EDT
Funny People
The column formerly known as "This Week's Movie Buzz" has a new name: "Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies." Fear not dear readers, the structure of the article you know and love will not be changing at all.

At Starpulse, we decided to change the name because we believe "Trailer Talk" more accurately reflects the column's subject matter. The insight and advice that I provide you on a weekly basis is based primarily on my viewing of movie trailers.

I do not have a chance to see most of the films before I actually recommend them to you. That being said, I do give confirmation if I ...
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Ne-Yo Sobs, Pattinson Vs. Radcliffe, 'Funny People', Andy Richter Goes Gaga & More (Videos)

7/17/2009 3:03pm EDT
Ne-Yo Sobs, Pattinson Vs. Radcliffe,
Today's videos include highlights from last night's Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien shows... Ne-Yo getting upset (like crying upset, not pissed off upset) and walking off stage; a scene from tomorrow night's "Eureka" episode; a Jack's Mannequin 'making-of', and the streaming audio of Miley Cyrus' latest single! Check 'em all out!

Jimmy shows clips of Robert Pattinson and Daniel Radcliffe verbally attacking one another.

Robert Pattinson vs. Daniel Radcliffe

Ne-Yo cries on stage at Manchester, U.K. concert and then leaves halfway through...

Ne-Yo's sobbing:

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Emmy Voters, Please Recognize These Shows & Stars!

7/13/2009 11:49am EDT
Big Love
The 2009 Emmy nominees will be announced Thursday morning and despite recent changes to the voting system, Emmy voters just can't seem to stray away from the same old outcome. Sure, 30 Rock gets showered with love, but how many more times does Mariska Hargitay need to make the cut?

Here are some names we'd like to see on the roster this year (in alphabetical order):

Big Love (HBO) - Ok Emmy voters, it's been three seasons. It's time to get over your aversion to the icky polygamy premise and embrace the TV bliss that is "Big Love." After a two year break (damn writers' strike!) the sh...
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Seth Rogen: A Successful, Functioning Stoner

6/19/2009 3:33pm EDT
Seth Rogen
"Seth is on top of the world. He has nine movies going on - all of them with (Judd) Apatow. I was like, 'Seth, you changed my definition of success - you are a functioning stoner!" Director Kevin Smith is a big admirer of comedian Seth Rogen.

Image © David Gabber / PR Photos

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This Year's Remakes & Sequels: Not Living Up To Expectations

6/19/2009 9:56am EDT
Terminator: Salvation
Take a look at the box office chart below, ranking the top ten films of the year so far:

1. Star Trek - $232,557,467

2. Monsters vs. Aliens - $195,246,609

3. Up - $191,041,612

4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine - $176,270,686

5. The Fast and Furious - $154,669,230

6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop - $146,336,178

7. Taken - $144,958,654

8. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - $144,596,100

9. Angels and Demons - $123,708,539

10. The Hangover - $115,000,000

Notice something missing? Notice a lot of things missing? Namely, many of the high-profile remakes and sequels (Requels, to co...
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Review 'Year One': Everything About This Movie Is Bad

6/18/2009 9:53am EDT
Year One
I've heard this theory in the past that once a person reaches a certain age they lose their sense FOR humor. Before today I refused to believe that. Now, I have to at least take it into consideration. Let me say, I am in awe of one Mr. Harold Ramis. Acting, writing, directing... whatever. Christ, this is the man who directed "Groundhog Day"! I can honestly say this is the single hardest thing that I have ever written because I worship the ground that Harold Ramis walks on.

But, I'm sad to report, "Year One" is about enjoyable as putting in your contact lenses when, the night before, you ...
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Going Green: The Marijuana Mainstream

6/12/2009 10:57am EDT
The Pineapple Express
With the enormous popularity in recent years of Judd Apatow movies, the image of the stoner in our cultural consciousness is a far cry from the wild, crazed, and fending addict as presented in the movie Reefer Madness. Reefer Madness, first released in 1936 [via imdb], created a caricature of pot smokers in order to deter people from using marijuana, as well as to deter American youth from embracing the "evil" jazz scene dominated by African-Americans.

The movie constructed an image of pot smokers as similar to that of cocaine addicts or heroin junkies. The drug made you go into a mania...
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Russell Brand Released A Hilarious DVD, Win A Copy (And An Epiphone Guitar!)

6/10/2009 4:11pm EDT
Russell Brand in New York City: Extended & Uncensored DVD
Russell Brand, who The New York Times recently called "irresistibly salacious," rocks the stage in this first original Comedy Central stand-up special. Filmed at the theatre at El Museo Del Barrio in New York City, Brand details the difficulty of handling his newfound fame in America, recounts the time he met the Queen and instructs women on how to approach him.

"Russell Brand in New York City: Extended & Uncensored" DVD is a single disc and includes the following bonus material: Brand's infamous monologue at the 2008 MTV "Video Music Awards;" "An Englishman in New York," which feat...
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Another Look At the Cast Of 'Star Trek'

5/9/2009 10:41am EDT
Star Trek
The reviews for Star Trek have been mostly positive, so it's okay to assume the sequel that Paramount gave the go ahead to a few weeks ago is going to happen. Here's a quick look at the "cast of unknowns" who actually have a lot of acting credits between them.

Chris Pine starred opposite Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries 2

and Lindsay pre-rehab trips Lohan in Just My Luck. He was nearly unrecognizable in Smokin' Aces, but his least hated project was probably the little seen Bottle Shock.

After a few the less said the better television show appearances, Zachary Quinto joined ...
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'Ghostbusters 3:' A Dream Or A Reality?

3/19/2009 1:13pm EDT
Ghostbusters
On June 8, the Ghostbusters franchise will turn 25. Since the original film's release back in '84 the boys in gray have taken on the paranormal in a sequel, comic book titles, cartoon series, video games, and even one out-of-print novel.

Despite the franchise's popularity, the past decade hasn't been kind to the "Ghostbusters." Like the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films, whispers of an impending new installment ran the gauntlet of the internet rumor mill, bogging down the project with half-truths and unverified reports in the process. This is the part where a pun about the franchise d...
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