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Judd Apatow “The Simpsons” episode getting made, will air in 2013

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Remember that “Simpsons” spec episode that Judd Apatow wrote during his early days? The one that inspired him every movie he’s made since? Well, it turns out that episode will finally see the light of day.

Apatow let the news slip when he was recently talking with Conan O’Brian on the show “Serious Jibber-Jabber.” The interview lasts for almost 70 minutes, but at around five minutes in Apatow let the news about his upcoming “Simpsons” episode slip.

“I’ll tell you a funny thing, I wrote a ‘Simpsons’ episode exactly 22 years ago,” he said. “I was talking about the story that I wrote … and then I realized everything I’ve done for my whole career is basically that story. And I told that story publicly for the first time and then I got a call from ‘The Simpsons’ that said, ‘We’re going to shoot that episode next year.”

He continued, “Now I can retire. That was the first thing I ever wrote.”

Apatow first told the story about his “Simpsons” episode during a Q&A following a screening of his new film “This Is 40.” During it, he explained the premise of the first script he ever wrote.

“Who wants to grow up really? It’s kind of a drag. It’s funny because the first thing I ever wrote was about that. The first thing I ever wrote was a spec episode of ‘The Simpsons.’ After only five ‘Simpsons’ episodes aired, I sat down and tried to write one when I was in my early twenties,” Apatow said.

He continued, “What it was about was they went to see a hypnotism show and at the hypnotism show, they made Homer think he was the same age at Bart. And then the hypnotist had a heart attack. So now Homer and Bart became best friends and they spent the rest of the show running away because Homer didn’t want responsibility and didn’t want to be brought back to his real age. So I basically copied that for every movie I’ve made since.”

Are you intrigued by this upcoming “Simpsons” episode? Are you glad it’s getting made? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader as Blue Jean Committee

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Kings of the “Yacht Rock” genre Daryl Hall and John Oates are kicking off a slew of tour dates this summer in an effort to raise the nation’s median concertgoer age by at least 30 years. And to announce their soon-to-be onslaught of blue-eyed soul jams, Hall & Oates have enlisted fellow “Mavens of Mellow” the Blue Jean Committee from IFC’s Documentary Now!. Reprising their laid back musical personas, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen reflected on the history between the two groups in a new video announcing the tour.

“What do you think of when you think of the Seventies? When you think of beautiful harmonies, you think of a duo who sing together to make hit songs. You think of the Blue Jean Committee and that’s who we are,” Armisen remarks. Hader continues, “Who you think of fifth, or maybe eighth, is Daryl Hall and John Oates. You know who used to open for us? Who we used to kick around? Daryl Hall and John Oates!” Strong words. Strong, smooth words.

Be sure to catch Hall & Oates on tour and check back for updates on Documentary Now! season two coming later this year.  For more Bill and Fred, check out the complete Documentary Now! archive, listen to music from the show, and watch full episodes right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

“Anchorman 2″ to start filming in March, says Judd Apatow

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“Anchorman 2″ is still coming, despite the fact we haven’t heard anything about the movie since May. But silence isn’t always a bad thing, as it seems Judd Apatow, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell have been hard at work bringing our favorite San Diego news team back theaters near us.

In an interview with The Playlist, Apatow revealed that “Anchorman 2″ will likely go in front of the camera in March. He didn’t say whether that would alter the flick’s expected Christmas 2013 release date, though filming in March would require a pretty quick turnaround time.

McKay also opened up to The Playlist about his plan for the long-anticipated sequel and teased that there could be a bigger musical number this time around.

“Whole song sequences, absolutely. The music sequences we have done — we did ‘Afternoon Delight’ [in ‘Anchorman’], Adam Scott and his family singing ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ [in ‘Step Brothers’], we did a whole song for ‘Talladega Nights‘ that got cut out, a big, big musical number — we always do it live on the set,” McKay said. “And my thing is, if the actors get freaked out, don’t sweat it, we can always re-record it later. And every time we’ve done it, we end up using the live track from the recording. We’ll probably do it the same way in this. This one might have a little more movement in it, and the only problem with that is the actors get winded.”

He reconfirmed that “Anchorman 2″ will be about Ron Burgundy’s struggle to find his place in the ride of new media and the 24 hour news cycle, but stopped short of saying that he will have a “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” moment.

“It’s been discussed, there’s a little wisp of [talk]. We’d never do it straight ahead, we gotta fuck with it in some way. Because Ron Burgundy isn’t quite Jimmy Stewart in character, so if he does, he’s not going to do it well,” McKay said. “But there’s a little bit of that going on. I mean what is this 24 hours news, and this wall of white noise information, has it really been good for our country? The great thing when you find a point of view like that is that it doesn’t have to be preachy or didactic, it’s also funny.”

He continued, “It’s just funny that Americans have to contend with 2000 channels, and 60 different specific news sources, and the confusion that it creates, and the junk that we get to see is hilarious. That’s what we’re always kinda looking for, what’s the point of view that’s got life to it and plays.”

McKay also promised that “Anchorman 2″ will feature top-tier cameos just like “Anchorman” did, dropping names like Ian Roberts, Rob Huebel and Paula Killen.

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Judd Apatow reveals his comedy inspiration: “The Simpsons”

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Judd Apatow has been a big influence on our comedy landscape over the past decade, but it turns out that the property he initially drew inspiration from is one of the longest running comedic shows around. During a screening for “This Is 40″ hosted by Film Independent, Apatow said that his go-to comedy formula originally came from “The Simpsons.”

“Who wants to grow up really? It’s kind of a drag. It’s funny because the first thing I ever wrote was about that. The first thing I ever wrote was a spec episode of ‘The Simpsons.’ After only five ‘Simpsons’ episodes aired, I sat down and tried to write one when I was in my early twenties,” Apatow said, via /Film.

He continued, “What it was about was they went to see a hypnotism show and at the hypnotism show, they made Homer think he was the same age at Bart. And then the hypnotist had a heart attack. So now Homer and Bart became best friends and they spent the rest of the show running away because Homer didn’t want responsibility and didn’t want to be brought back to his real age. So I basically copied that for every movie I’ve made since.”

It sounds like this is something that never saw the light of day, but now it is easy to see some of the “Simpsons” influences in Apatow’s work. Who knows, maybe Apatow will be approached to write an episode of “The Simpsons” now that he’s revealed the influence it’s had on his career.

Even though Apatow never did work on “The Simpsons,” he did have plenty of experience writing for television. He worked on “The Larry Sanders Show,” “The Ben Stiller Show” and “The Critic” before he moved on to his own critically acclaimed series, “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared.” With “This Is 40″ coming out soon, we’re going to be keeping an eye out for a real-life Homer Simpson. Here’s looking at you, Paul Rudd.

Would you have guessed how much Apatow was influenced by “The Simpsons”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Welcome to The Automat: Undeclared

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Hello Morning People! Want a great way to wake up in the early hours? No, not a bacon kale smoothie, even though that sounds delicious. Instead start your day right with Undeclared at 5:30 a.m. ET on The Automat. In the somewhat sequel to Freaks and Geeks, producer with the mostest, Judd Apatow, takes his gimlet eye and trains it squarely on the college experience.

We start day one, when Steven Karp (Jay Baruchel) leaves home and enters the freshman class at University of North Eastern California. Unfortunately for Steven’s reputation, his dad (Loudon Wainwright III) comes along too. Luckily his dorm mates are a pretty chill bunch of dudes and Steven settles in to college life even developing a crush on the girl across the hall, Lizzie (Carla Gallo). Unfortunately, she has a boyfriend back home (Jason Segel), but this doesn’t stop Steven’s new roommates, Lloyd (Charlie Hunnam), Marshall (Timm Sharp), and Ron (Seth Rogen) from trying to convince him to go for it. The show is just the right mix of funny and poignant, sweet and salty, just the way breakfast should be.

Watch guest star Amy Poehler as the head R.A. with an eye for fresh(men) meat. If you don’t know who she is, you don’t watch nearly enough television:

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