Judd Apatow didn't think Bryan Cranston seemed "scary enough" to play a drug lord

Breaking Bad was a journey. It wasn’t an exploration of the drug trade or those within it so much as it was a chronicle of corruption. Watching the pilot, you wouldn’t expect Bryan Cranston’s Walter White to evolve in the drastic, violent ways he does, both behaviorally and physically. Creator Vince Gilligan took a…

Judd Apatow says Fox stars need to start protesting Rupert Murdoch and Fox News

Over the weekend, Family Guy and The Orville creator Seth MacFarlane decided to take a nice big bite out of the hand that feeds him by saying that he’s “embarrassed” to work for Fox. His comment was a response to a quote from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who recently instructed viewers to ignore everything they hear…

Judd Apatow’s Garry Shandling doc does what Shandling did best: Show the human behind the TV screen

Garry Shandling made groundbreaking TV comedy by showing the things that are usually left off TV: The through-the-looking-glass meta-sitcom shenanigans of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, the backstage talk-show tumult of The Larry Sanders Show. We take such lack of a fourth wall for granted in 2018, but some of the most…

Judd Apatow insists the world remember how important Garry Shandling was

Early in the first part of The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling, director Judd Apatow mentions how he had a habit—even before Shandling died—of reminding people that “most of modern comedy originated with Garry, that he inspired so many people.” Apatow’s two-part documentary about his friend and mentor spends more than…

Kumail Nanjiani spins his real love life into the charming romantic comedy of The Big Sick

Interesting anecdotes don’t always make for interesting movies; your story may kill at parties, but that doesn’t mean it belongs on the big screen. In The Big Sick, stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Dinesh on Silicon Valley, and Emily V. Gordon, the writer and former therapist he married, dramatize the…

Sony won’t release clean versions of its films if directors object

Recently, Sony floated the idea of releasing “clean” versions of some of its naughtier films so people with sensitive eyes and ears could enjoy the storyline of, say, Captain Phillips without suffering through the part where Barkhad Abdi tells Tom Hanks that he’s “the motherfucking captain now, motherfucker.” This…

Crashing exec Judd Apatow issues message of support after Artie Lange’s recent arrest

Last Sunday, news reports came out stating that comedian Artie Lange had been arrested for “alleged possession of cocaine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia” near his New Jersey home. Yesterday, Lange—who currently has a recurring role on Pete Holmes’ new HBO show, Crashing—opened up about the arrest on Twitter, assuring…

“Beware of instant chemistry”: Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust on their Love connection

A romantic comedy is nothing if you don’t want to see the leads get together—and while there are definitely parts of Netflix’s Love where it seems like the central couple should not be together, that would be a denial of the chemistry between stars Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust. Co-created by Rust with his wife, Lesley…