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Judd Apatow Has Some Pretty Solid Advice

Oh, if only Judd Apatow had been able to give me this advice when I was 14. Maybe then I could have learned that being the funny fat girl at your high school has its perks, but it won’t get you any dates (except with a nerdy closeted boy who turns out to be your cousin). Maybe then I could have learned the incredibly important fact that it doesn’t matter if someone likes you, it’s whether or not you like them back that’s important. I didn’t learn that one until, like, last year.

I guess what I’m trying to say is “thanks for all the funny movies, Judd, but you can go ahead and suck it for not making a movie about this*.”

*Or did he? It’s been a while since I watched Freaks and Geeks.

Watch This: Trailer for HBO’s ‘Girls’

You guys! It’s the trailer for Girls, premiering on HBO on April 15! Which is too bad: if you identify with the main character in any small way, you probably can’t afford HBO, either! Ha, ha!

I personally identify with “stop the bike!” and immediately pitching forward off some dude’s handlebars. There is no reason to ride up Chicago Avenue at 2:30 a.m. on a stranger’s handlebars, no sirree.

Depressingly, the Judd Apatow-produced comedy is about “being 24,” which is an age I barely remember (at 24 I worked in an cubicle and sometimes slept under my desk, thank you). In fact, I don’t think I really hit the “odyssey years” wall until I was at least 27. Hmm. I wonder how many 40-year olds will identify with the women in this show instead. Hmm.

The show stars 24-year-old writer/actress Lena Dunham as “Hannah”; Dunham is making the big leap from various web series to actual TV. Oh, she’s also made a movie, I guess.

Aren’t you thrilled? Doesn’t the trailer look terrific?

Or are you bored? Does the trailer instead look irritating in a distinctly self-aggrandizing, miserable Williamsburg way? Let me know in the comments!

Could Bridesmaids Win An Oscar?

Judd Apatow did an interview with Variety, and it’s basically about how hard comedies are shafted during awards seasons. He says there’s this big misconception that comedies are much easier to make than dramas or action flicks, so comedies rarely, if ever, get nominated for big awards, and I agree. I think it’s sad that well-made comedic films with great scripts and solid acting don’t get more recognition, but this year might be different. This year, Bridesmaids could win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Bridesmaids just burst into the Top 10 list of predicted nominees for Best Picture, according to a poll of Oscarologists by Gold Derby. At this point it’s unknown how many nominees there will be, though. It will fluctuate between 5 and 10, depending on the strength of support behind the films.

The sudden awards surge for Bridesmaids is fueled by its recent performance at the Golden Globes (nominations for Best Comedy/Musical Picture and lead actress Kristen Wiig), SAG Awards (nom for supporting actress Melissa McCarthy and an unexpected bid for best ensemble) and American Film Institute (10 Best Films of 2011).

Pretty much everyone I’ve ever met, including myself, absolutely loved Bridesmaids. And hey, everyone loves Melissa McCarthy too. Those facts, along with all the award nominations should, in a perfect world, at least make for a nomination, right? Please?

Judd Apatow Gives James Franco Advice on Hosting the Oscars

James Franco is hosting the Oscars this week with Anne Hathaway, but a few weeks back, Judd asked Producers Guild Awards host Judd Apatow to give him some tips.

Considering it sounds like this was recorded before the PGAs, Judd wasn’t able to offer much advice, but he did tell James he’d give him any jokes that went over well during his hosting duties to use for the Oscars, which people actually watch. Let’s hope James stays away from the Gervais-bashing, though.

What’s great about this video is that it’s almost definitely improvised and now that we know how cute James Franco looks like on Skype, it’s like we’re living in a new era of sexual fantasies.

Judd Apatow Said Some Mean Things About Ricky Gervais at The Producers Guild Awards

People are still upset over Ricky Gervais’ jokes from the Golden Globes and not just people, important people who also have access to microphones and rooms with large audiences.

Last night at the Producers Guild Awards, director Judd Apatow took the mic and said what he thinks about the British comedian’s jokes. Here are some of his best lines:

“He had that joke about the guy on Lost. He said he ate everybody else. Let’s be honest — Ricky Gervais just lost weight. Even now he’s four pounds away from not being allowed to do a joke like that. Did he lose weight just to make fat jokes? You think that’s how mean he is?”

On Gervais’ joke about Charlie Sheen: “Leno did it a week before. I think he’s an OK target. The people at CBS have said as long as he shows up on time, knows his lines, he can do whatever he wants.”

On Gervais’ joke about The Tourist: “(Gervais) says the characters were two-dimensional. Then he says he hasn’t seen The Tourist. So as a comedian, that’s not fair, is it? To make jokes about a movie you haven’t seen. I can’t do a joke about (Gervais’s movie) The Invention of Lying because I haven’t seen it. You haven’t seen it. None of us have seen it. So the joke would not work.”

“Tim Allen did 200 episodes of Home Improvement. He was in three of the highest grossing movies of all time. And his latest just crossed the one billion mark. Whereas The Invention Of Lying made $18 million dollars worldwide…Leave Tim Allen alone.”

So, a lot of people are still pretty upset about the things Ricky said, I guess.

Thing is, I’m not sure that it matters if Hollywood’s mad at him. The dude’s not famous over here the way he is in the UK, so I don’t think he’s ever really relied on our audiences and our film industry to keep him afloat.

He was hired to host the Globes with the producers knowing exactly what kind of comedian he was and frankly, vilifying people never goes as far as the haters hope it would. In fact, when it comes to comedians, authors and tabloid princesses, it usually only helps.

Do you think Judd was right for calling Ricky out or do you think that he should have taken the high road?