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Judd Apatow Working on “Knocked Up” Sequel (Sort Of)

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Drew McWeeny over at HitFix.com got an interesting scoop: word on the subject of Judd Apatow’s follow-up to “Funny People.” The film will be a sequel of sorts to “Knocked Up” starring the characters Pete and Debbie, played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Here’s how Apatow described the project to McWeeny when asked whether the film would be a sequel or a prequel to “Knocked Up:”

“It is neither. It is just a story from Pete and Debbie’s current life. People really responded to their characters and problems. I felt like there was a lot of ground I could explore with them, so we’ll be shooting in July and will come out the following June. There are some fun details yet to reveal but I will let them come out slowly. It’s more fun that way.”

Eagle earned listeners — inventing expressions is fun, isn’t it? — heard a couple hints about this project when Apatow appeared on the WTF Podcast With Marc Maron. Apatow invited Maron over to his house to record the show, and set him up in his office, where Apatow had a corkboard full of ideas for the film. Maron immediately started asking for the meanings of the incomprehensible scribblings. Apatow was understandably reluctant to explain what he was working on, but he did admit that the “Rudd” that popped up on a couple cards was Paul Rudd, and that he would be starring in the film.

This decision makes a great deal of sense to me. Though “Knocked Up” focused on the trials and tribulations of Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl’s characters after she gets pregnant following their one night stand, their onscreen relationship never clicked in the same way that Rudd and Mann’s did (Mann played Heigl’s sister). While the Rogen and Heigl storyline was loaded with contrivance, Rudd and Mann’s was simple but perfectly observed. And it really should have been; since Mann is Apatow’s real-life wife and their children were played by Apatow’s real daughters, Maude and Iris. An argument could be made that the Rogen/Heigl storyline was really just an excuse for Apatow to spend time with the Rudd/Mann couple; that Apatow was hesistant to focus on their lives alone because their problems — spousal bickerings and misunderstandings — were mundane and truthful and not enlivened by the meet cutes and adorable misunderstandings that audiences seem to want to see in romantic comedies. “Knocked Up” audiences got all that stuff from Rogen and Heigl but connected more deeply with Rudd and Mann. I know I did.

I claim no inside information but that’s why a movie that moves Pete and Debbie into the spotlight suggests a film less focused on sitcom-y premises and more in tune with the struggles of real people. At least I hope so, because that’s what I think Judd Apatow is best at doing and that’s want to see him do more of.

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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.