It turns out Judd Apatow’s outspoken reaction to Bill Cosby‘s rape allegations come from more than just general outrage/concern…it’s personal.
The comedian has been outwardly critical of Cosby on multiple occasions, but he recently revealed that he actually knows one of the 77-year-old’s victims. PerezHilton reports:
“The Cosby thing I took seriously because I know one of the victims, who is not going to come forward. I had a personal connection to it, where somebody that I care about said that’s exactly how it went down.”
He says that if women feel they’re going to be automatically doubted or written off, they won’t want to come forward:
“Obviously you have to make sure things are true. Everything everyone says isn’t true. But if you don’t believe women or take their accusations very, very seriously, women will not speak up. And if women don’t speak up more women will be raped.”
He said that because so many women have spoken up about Bill, it can’t all be coincidence, or ladies just looking for their fifteen minutes:
“It’s much easier not to believe the accuser. With Cosby, for a while people were thinking, ‘They’re all gold diggers.’ And at some point enough women came forward that the world knows this happened and that he is clearly some sort of sociopath.”
Dang. Judd Apatow is a good friend.
Posted Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at 1:13pm
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Following the huge success of their comedy ‘Bridesmaids’, director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow were immediately given the green light by Universal to start working on a new film. While a ‘Bridesmaids’ sequel is in the works, so is another film starring the scene-stealing Melissa McCarthy and Jon Hamm.
Deadline reports that Feig and Apatow are in the early stages of putting together a new comedy that would potentially star Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy as “unconventional lovers.” Deadline’s report pegs the plot as about a man who becomes obsessed with a woman, which while vague, would offer Hamm all sorts of avenues to show off the comedic skills that are finally coming to the forefront. Negotiations are in the early stages.
Hamm, as Kristen Wiig’s jerk semi-boyfriend, and McCarthy as her quirky yet no nonsense fellow bridesmaid, nearly stole the show from the writer/star in the May smash hit comedy. It was the biggest stage yet for their respective comedic talents; Hamm, who plays the very serious Don Draper on “Mad Men,” is a frequent guest host on “Saturday Night Live,” and had an arc as Tina Fey’s “in the bubble” boyfriend; McCarthy is one of two leads on the CBS sitcom “Mike & Molly.”
The new Feig/Apatow film would be each actor’s first big screen lead; Hamm has translated his small screen success to into supporting roles in films such as “Sucker Punch,” “The Town,” and “Howl,” while McCarthy, a “Gilmore Girls,” alum, has had roles in “Life As We Know It,” and “The Back-Up Plan.”
Hamm will also be expanded his career to behind the camera work, as he’s slated to direct the season five premiere of “Mad Men.”
As for Apatow, this is another semi-spinoff for the megastar director/producer; he’s also in the process of putting together a Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann-starring “Knocked Up” spinoff.
I am the biggest Judd Apatow fan, so I’ll see any movie he makes. “Bridesmaids’ is probably the funniest movie I’ve seen in years!
Posted Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 1:13pm
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, Judd Apatow
Watch out Judd Apatow! Natalie Portman may be trying to steal your thunder!
In the new issue of Vogue, Natalie said that it’s her goal to make raunchy “female comedies” of the likes of Judd Apatow. Nice.
She said, “Women….are generally not allowed to be beautiful and funny, and certainly not vulgar.”
She went on to say, “There’s a difference between being in a bra and underpants as an object on a men’s magazine cover and playing yourself – a woman with desires and needs who loves and laughs with her friends — in a bra and underpants.”
Source, Fame Pictures
Posted Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 1:13pm
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, Natalie Portman
Judd Apatow is set to produce “Business Trip” which is about “a group of women who go on a corporate trip but wind up doing anything but business while on company time” reports Variety. Considering the movie will be produced by Universal Pictures and Benderspink, the team behind “The Hangover”, it looks like “Business Trip” will be a female version of the Bradley Cooper hit.
According to Deadline.com, Leslie Mann will star in the film. Leslie is married to Hangover director Judd Apatow. She also starred in his film “Funny People”.
“Business Trip” will not be Apatow’s first foray into female-led comedies. He’s also producing Kristen Wiig’s “Bridesmaids,” which centers on two women competing to plan their friend’s wedding. (Paul Feig, who co-created “Freaks and Geeks” with Apatow, will direct.)
Still, “Business Trip” has already raised some questions. Cinematics.com asks: “Will ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Business Trip’ show a different side of this producer/director? Will the actresses in them shine as strongly as his male leads have? Will they really show women can be as heedless and crazy as men? Or will they simply be rom-coms with more raunch?”
Posted Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 at 10:10am
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, Leslie Mann