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Watch This Behind-The-Scenes Footage For Laika’s Newest Animated Feature ‘ParaNorman’
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Putting together a full-length stop-motion animated feature is perhaps the most tedious thing to watch. Every movement has to be just right, it may be a long process, but it will all pay off in the end. So now a new featurette for ParaNorman shows just how important it is to get things right. Check out the video below.

The production process for a stop-motion animated feature is just amazing. Watching the ParaNorman animators piece together all the characters, design the set pieces, and make the puppets move is something that future filmmakers and animators will truly enjoy. But if you’re of the group that just loves these behind-the-scenes footage, then I suggest you watch the video below.

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Contest: Win 2 Tickets To ‘ParaNorman’ Premiere in L.A. This Sunday
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ParaNorman Premiere

THIS JUST IN! One of our lucky West Coast readers is about to win a pair of tickets to the Los Angeles, CA premiere of the newest stop-motion effort from LAIKA, ParaNorman! This lucky winner will be attending the glitzy & glamourous L.A. premiere with the stars of ParaNorman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jeff Garlin, and Tucker Albrizzi.

ParaNorman is premiering in Hollywood, CA this Sunday afternoon, and if you’re the type of geek who can make your own way to/from the the screening, we’re the geeks to provide you with the pair of tickets.

One (1) winner will receive:

  • One (1) Pair of tickets to the ParaNorman premiere in Los Angeles, CA

Note: This giveaway is open to Los Angeles-based fans that can provide their own transportation to/from this event on Sunday 8/5. Will Call information will be provided to the winners.

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(2) Fill out the entry form here below and submit. (Form is here after the jump.)

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Watch Now: Trailer For ‘Knocked Up’ (Sort Of) Sequel ‘This Is 40’
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This is 40

The first trailer for Judd Apatow‘s sequel/spinoff to the 2007 Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl comedy Knocked Up, titled This Is 40, has been released online.

The movie stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as the same characters they played in Knocked Up as they deal with all of the troubles and adjustments that come with hitting 40 years of age.

You can check out the first trailer for This Is 40 by heading below now.

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Geek Peek: Judd Apatow’s ‘Knocked Up’ Spin-Off ‘This Is 40’ Image
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Knocked Up

The LA Times has a preview of the upcoming Judd Apatow movie, This is 40, which is a spin-off of his 2007 comedy Knocked Up.

The movie focuses on Pete (Paul Rudd), Debbie (Leslie Mann), and their two daughters Sadie (Maude Apatow) and Charlotte (Iris Apatow), who were all at the heart of Knocked Up as Debbie’s little sister Alison (Katherine Heigl) accidentally gets pregnant after a one night stand with Ben (Seth Rogen), a stoner and lovable loser type she met at a club one night.

Continue reading for more on the spin-off, and to see the first image from it.

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Movie Review: Funny People
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Funny People
Directed by Judd Apatow
Starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill
Rated R
Release Date: July 31, 2009

“The whole place seemed to have been stricken with a kind of creeping paralysis – out of beat with the rest of the world, crumbling apart in slow motion.”
— Joe Gillis from Sunset Blvd.

“I don’t know if there is anything wrong because I don’t know how other people are.”
— Barry Egan from Punch-Drunk Love

“You’re my best friend, and I don’t even like you.”
— George Simmons from Funny People

Funny People: Bringing The Nasty Pain

Los Angeles, the bitch of desire, takes no prisoners. Hollywood may be her enchanted vagina, but the rest of her is a ferocious dominatrix ready to force everyone to fall under her demented spell. It is a city with an infinite supply of Sammy Glick’s ready to pleasure the bitch at whatever cost.

Judd Apatow’s third film, Funny People, is a departure for him; it is supposed to show him as a more mature filmmaker. It certainly has many of the raunchy elements that made The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up so memorable. Judd Apatow is trying to move beyond the myth of adulthood in this film. Adulthood seems to be the Holy Grail that his characters can never quite find in his films or even the films of Wes Anderson. Adulthood is out of reach for the so-called adults as well as the younger generations who are stuck in eternal adolescent purgatory. Funny People certainly fits this vital characteristic of what makes a Judd Apatow film, but he has gone further with this film in that he deals with the show business angle — the world of stand-up comedians.

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Watch Now: New Red Band Trailer For Judd Apatow’s ‘Funny People’
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Funny People

Universal Pictures has released a new red band trailer for Funny People, the new movie from comedy king Judd Apatow that stars Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.

Apatow himself refers to the movie as a serious one that he has attempted to make even funnier than his not-so-serious comedies. It tells the tale of George Simmons (fittingly played by Sandler), a stand-up comedian who has moved on to super stardom via mainstream family movies. One day the star discovers that he has a rare disease and will likely die. In his last days, he realizes he doesn’t have much and befriends a young and up-and-coming comedian who helps him write jokes.

The movie carries a great supporting cast as well, including: Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, and others. Funny People will be released on July 31, 2009.

Click on over to the other side to check out the new trailer. As always, this is a RED BAND trailer and is NSFW.

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DVD Review: Knocked Up (Blu-ray)
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Knocked Up Blu-ray DVDKnocked Up
Blu-Ray Unrated Edition
Directed by Judd Apatow
Starring Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Pall Rudd, Leslie Mann
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: September 30, 2008

Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) is living the easy responsibility-free life. A court settlement gave him enough money to sit around and get stoned with his housemate for a few years. In contrast, Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is an up and coming entertainment reporter working at E! These seemingly polar opposites both go out for a night of fun and end up hooking up for what it seems both intended to be a one-night stand. Too bad Ben didn’t use protection. Alison is pregnant, she’s keeping the baby, and the two decide to see if they are compatible enough try an actual relationship.

Rogen is a funny guy, but I think his Frat Pack cohorts may have put him on center stage too early. Despite its own charms, Knocked Up is not as good as some of the other FP movies out there. It fails to comment on the responsibilities of parenthood in the subtle ways the other films poke fun at social norms, but there is still plenty to find funny. I know I may be in the minority with that opinion, but to me, Knocked Up does not have the same rewatch value as other movies with this group.

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