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Judd Apatow on origins of his “Knocked Up” spin-off: “Why do I have to meet new actors?”

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Judd Apatow‘s upcoming film “This Is 40” might be a spin-off to his 2007 hit “Knocked Up,” but that also marks a first for the comedy director. He’s never before written or directed a follow-up to one of his movies. Thus far Apatow has three directorial film credits to date — “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “Funny People” — and while some of his actors may overlap, his stories never do. Apparently while preparing “This Is 40,” Apatow decided it was time to revisit his favorite onscreen family.

“I started thinking about writing a movie about a family and their midlife crisis, and then I realized I already have that family in one of my movies and I like them. Why do I have to meet new actors? I can use these amazing actors that people seem to like and were interested in learning more about and it came out really well,” Apatow said when we caught up with him at Friday’s Hilarity for Charity event, which raised money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

While there will be some familiar actors in the spin-off like Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Apatow’s wife Leslie Mann and their two daughters, Maude and Iris, there’s one face that will be noticeably absent. Seth Rogen, who starred in “Knocked Up,” will not be making an appearance in “This Is 40.” It will be the first time Rogen hasn’t appeared in a film Apatow has directed.

“[Filming is] already done, so I know the answer’s no because I’ve seen the movie and I’m not in it,” Rogen told us when asked if he would be in the movie. His thoughts on Apatow’s latest directorial effort? “It’s great. I love it. I wish [I was in it].”

Even though Rogen won’t be making an appearance in the film, there are plenty of exciting new stars who will. Apatow listed off Albert Brooks, John Lithgow and Megan Fox as three actors that fans should get excited to see in the movie. “It was a lot of other fun people,” Apatow said of the cast.

“This Is 40” takes place a few years after “Knocked Up” left off and follows the lives of Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann) as they struggle with issues with their jobs and marriage. It is due in theaters on December 21.

Are you disappointed Rogen won’t be in “This Is 40”? What other film would you like to see Apatow work on a spin-off for? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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Xmas Miracles You’ll See At Joe’s Pub

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special Premieres December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It’s just so tempting to bah-humbug the holiday season. And while there’s much we can’t wait to put behind us, one thing left to look forward to with pure and wide-eyed joy is Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celebration in the true spirit of those splendid TV specials from the ’70s and ’80s, complete with special guests, musical numbers, awkward segues and an (intentionally) wafer-thin narrative through line.

As if you need more convincing, here are a few juicy nuggets to get excited for…

Tony Hale plying the captive audience with hot chocolate (and it working).

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Bridget Everett dressed like an ornament…

and in a state of nearly constant wardrobe malfunction.
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Matteo Lane hitting a crazy high note in a Snuggie.

Not a Slanket. There’s a meaningful difference.

Lisa Loeb creeping on Kurt Vile.

#hairlikeapony #whynotme
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Judah Friedlander getting replaced by a robot…

and it pretty much going as expected.
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Bottom line: the miracles abound. Grinches, Scrooges, and Tiny Tims alike will find their Holiday joy. And it’ll be awkward–in the most wonderful kind of way.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10p on IFC

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