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2008-09-14 00:00:19

By Nicholas Barber Film 2 Pineapple Express David Gordon Green 111 MINS, 15 The Women Diane English 114 MINS, 12A Eden Lake James Watkins 90 MINS, 18 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Mark Herman 94 MINS, 12A Do we really need another comedy produced by Judd Apatow this year? Probably not, but Pineapple Express is the best of them, and it could be the year's best comedy, full stop. It still has the semi- improvised, man-childish banter you'd expect from the Judd Squad; the difference is...

2008-09-09 18:00:12

More than 8 million unique visitors checked out Funny or Die last month, the U.S. comedy Web site announced Tuesday. Funny or Die's founders are Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy. Judd Apatow is one of the site's principal partners. August's viewership marked the highest traffic month in the company's yearlong history, the proprietors of the Web site said, adding that the No. 1 source of Funny or Die's August traffic was from users navigating directly to Funny or Die via a...

2008-09-08 06:00:14

By Siobhan Synnot PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (15) ** Director: David Gordon Green Running time: 111 minutes BE PREPARED to revisit many of the most recognisable House of Judd Apatow obsessions previously exhibited in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Don't Mess With The Zohan, Knocked Up and Superbad - such as young men who display all the smarts of a bear with its head stuck in a honey pot, inventive swearing, the romantic disparity between a chunky, committed couch potato and some hyper, sharp-...

2008-08-29 18:00:28

By Kate Dawson WHEN it comes to showing the funny side of serious situations, you can always rely on Hollywood's Frat Pack - the band of comic brothers led by the likes of Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell. From Ben's pathetic stalker in There's Something About Mary, to Steve Carrell's 40-Year-Old Virgin and last year's Knocked Up - a tale of accidental pregnancy written, directed and produced by new golden boy Judd Apatow - the pack, who love to pop up in each other's films, have poked fun...

2008-08-29 03:00:36

By GRANT LAUCHLAN ANOTHER week and another comedy from Hollywood golden boy Judd Apatow. If he were making pop music, he'd be the movie equivalent of Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Since last summer's smash hit Knocked Up, he's released six movies, with another, Pineapple Express, due for release next month. But with quantity are we getting quality? Well if Step Brothers is anything to go by, then yes, and no. Apatow's movies are irreverent and absurd, but oddly, considering how gross...

2008-08-27 00:00:30

By JAMES MOTTRAM Film STEP BROTHERS ACROSS THE UK John C Reilly is ranting. The 43-year-old actor is furious about some of the less-than-complimentary reviews of his new film, Step Brothers, a brash comedy about two overgrown adolescents still living at home. "We were in some way commenting on real things in this movie. Things like family relationships and this phenomenon of the man-child. We were trying to talk about what it's like to be in America right now and how spoilt we are." The...

2008-08-26 03:00:38

By Julian Hall ITV is calling for better sitcoms. But is a comedy about off- duty superheroesthe answer? By Julian Hall The cast list for ITV2's first sitcom is impressive. A comedy about the personal lives of off-duty superheroes, it stars Patrick Baladi (The Office), Nicholas Burns (Nathan Barley), James Lance (Teachers), Claire Keelan (Nathan Barley) and Rebekah Staton (Pulling). Its writer, Drew Pearce, a self-confessed graphic-novel geek, came up through the ranks of television by...

2008-08-15 06:00:27

By Donna Freydkin NEW YORK -- Danny McBride, who made his leading man film debut in a little-seen 2006 tae-kwon-do flick, is packing a powerful punch in theaters this summer. "He's the guy everyone will be talking about. That guy is unstoppable," says comedian Bill Hader, one of McBride's co-stars in Tropic Thunder. The husky funnyman, 31, has earned major notices for his back-to-back performances in this summer's big-ticket comedies: Pineapple Express, with McBride as the fickle,...

2008-08-10 00:00:17

By Syantani Chatterjee He played tragic actor James Dean and a villain and friend in "Spider-Man 3," but actor James Franco says he's always loved making people laugh, which is what he hopes his new movie "Pineapple Express" will do. The marijuana-fueled action film which debuted Wednesday, marks a comeback to comedy for Franco, after more serious roles in 2007 war drama "In the Valley of Elah" and 2006 tragic romance "Tristan & Isolde." Well before those roles, Franco, 30, caught...

2008-08-09 15:00:27

By MANNING, David "Don't give up" is David Manning's advice to those who wonder about the chances of success of a movie picking up from a successful television show. -------------------- The X-Files: I Want to Believe Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly. Directed by Chris Carter. M. * * 1/2 I wanted to believe. To believe that The X-Files could be successfully resurrected a decade after its first feature film and six years since the nine- season TV series ended....


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