Is Sandler a contender for ‘Funny People?’

Posted by · 12:15 pm · July 26th, 2009

I can’t say I saw this coming. Since the expansion of the Best Picture category, several people have considered Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” as a possible populist nominee in the race, while speculating that it could also land him a writing nod after near-misses (and Guild citations) for his previous two features. Meanwhile, others (Kris […]

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Not such funny people

Posted by · 10:46 am · May 4th, 2009

I recently discussed the positive buzz building around Judd Apatow’s “Funny People,” which has thus far turned up numerous allusions to the unabashedly sentimental seriocomic stylings of James L. Brooks — a comparison that promises either polished awards-bait, mawkish pap or both, according to taste. Suggesting that the Brooks similarities hold true beyond a glib […]

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‘Funny People’ an ‘award-level thing?’

Posted by · 3:12 am · April 25th, 2009

I don’t mind admitting that I wasn’t entirely won over by the trailer for Judd Apatow’s “Funny People,” which, for all its smartness, seemed to me a little too calculated in its bid for laughing-through-the-tears pathos. Like pretty much everyone else, James L. Brooks struck me as an obvious point of reference — but whether […]

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Judd Apatow’s ‘Funny People’

Posted by · 6:51 am · February 21st, 2009

Before we really dig into net year’s Oscar race on Monday, what about the new Judd Apatow comedy “Funny People” starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.  Could the multi-hyphenate finally find some love from the writers’ branch, maybe?  Acknowledgment for Leslie Mann’s antics, maybe?  Anything outside of HFPA?

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