© 2012 Universal Studios.
Apatow Productions, Forty Productions' Comedy directed by Judd Apatow starring Paul Rudd "Pete", Leslie Mann "Debbie", John Lithgow "Oliver", Megan Fox "Desi", Iris Apatow "Charlotte", Maude Apatow "Sadie", Melissa McCarthy "Catherine", Robert Smigel "Barry", Charlene Yi "Jodi" and Albert Brooks "Larry", Chris O´Dowd "Ronnie", Lena Dunham "Cat", Annie Mumolo "Barb". Written and Directed by: Judd Apatow. Based on Characters Created by: Judd Apatow. Produced by: Judd Apatow, Clayton Townsend, Barry Mendel. Executive Producer: Paula Pell. Director of Photography: Phedon Papamichael, ASC . Production Designer: Jefferson Sage. Edited by: Brent White, ACE . Costume Designer: Leesa Evans. Music Supervisor: Jonathan Karp. Music by: Jon Brion. RELEASE DATES: 13 MARCH 2013 (FRANCE) / 21 DECEMBER 2012 (USA)
Production Information Five years after writer/director JUDD APATOW introduced us to Pete and Debbie in Knocked Up, PAUL RUDD and LESLIE MANN reprise their roles as a husband and wife both approaching a milestone meltdown in This Is 40, an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family. What emerges is a deeply honest portrait of the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age. Through the filmmaker’s unblinking lens, we follow one couple’s three-week navigation of sex and romance, career triumphs and financial hardships, aging parents and maturing children. In his fourth directorial outing, Apatow’s new comedy captures what it takes for one family to flourish in the middle of a lifetime together. After years of marriage, Pete lives in a house of all females: wife Debbie and their two daughters, eight-year-old Charlotte (IRIS APATOW, Funny People) and 13-year-old Sadie (MAUDE APATOW, Knocked Up). As he struggles to keep his record label, Unfiltered Records, afloat, he and Debbie must figure out how to forgive, forget and enjoy the rest of their lives…before they kill each other. The all-star cast portraying the family and friends, colleagues and neighbors represents an ensemble of actors from many of Apatow’s previous projects, as well as new comedy players who have been welcomed into the fold. They include ANNIE MUMOLO (Bridesmaids) and ROBERT SMIGEL (You Don’t Mess With the Zohan) as Pete and Debbie’s best friends, Barb and Barry; CHARLYNE YI (Knocked Up) as Jodi and MEGAN FOX (Transformers) as Desi, two young saleswomen who should never have been given the run of Debbie’s clothing boutique; CHRIS O’DOWD (Bridesmaids) as Ronnie and LENA DUNHAM (television’s Girls) as Cat, co-workers at Pete’s record label who beg him to make a change in musical direction; JASON SEGEL (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), who reprises his role from Knocked Up as Jason, now working as Debbie’s and Barb’s oversexed fitness guru; and MELISSA MCCARTHY (Bridesmaids) as Catherine, Pete’s loose-cannon nemesis at his daughters’ school. They are joined in the comedy by two legendary performers who have spent their careers straddling groundbreaking comedy and memorable drama: ALBERT BROOKS (Broadcast News, Drive) as Pete’s needy dad (and father of young triplets), Larry, and JOHN LITHGOW (Terms of Endearment, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as Debbie’s mostly absentee father, Oliver. Accompanying Apatow behind the scenes of This Is 40 is a creative team led by two of his returning cohorts: producers BARRY MENDEL (Bridesmaids, Funny People) and CLAYTON TOWNSEND (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin). The three filmmakers are supported by cinematographer PHEDON PAPAMICHAEL (Walk the Line, The Descendants), production designer JEFFERSON SAGE (Bridesmaids, Knocked Up), editors BRENT WHITE (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), JAY DEUBY (Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Cyrus) and DAVID L. BERTMAN (television’s The Neighbors, Gilmore Girls), costume designer LEESA EVANS (Bridesmaids, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), music supervisor JONATHAN KARP (Bridesmaids, Knocked Up) and composer JON BRION (Magnolia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). The comedy is executive produced by PAULA PELL (TV’s Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock). Marrow of Their Bones: Music of the Comedy When we met Pete five years ago, we only knew that he was in A&R at a big record label. Explains Apatow: “I had this idea that he had lost his job at the major label and would have been forced by the rough economy of the music business to try to start his own label. Most of the bands are ones he signed when he first started his career. He thinks there’s a core group of people that are going to buy every Graham Parker record. What he discovers is that’s not true. In the age of the music industry collapsing, guys who used to sell 100,000 records are now selling 20,000 or less. Pete must deal with the fact that the entire model for his record company doesn’t work.” Rudd was already well acquainted with the selection of musicians Judd had in mind for the label. He says: “Judd and I are music fanatics. It was fun thinking of people who might be on Pete’s label. We talked about Colin Hay, Grant-Lee Phillips, Bob Mould, Paul Westerberg, Frank Black—musicians we respect and who seem like viable acts for Pete’s label. I knew GRAHAM PARKER, but wasn’t completely familiar with all of his music. I had two of his CDs growing up, but that’s it. When he came on board, I listened to a lot of his other music and, of course, I loved it.” Singer, songwriter and musician Graham Parker plays himself in the film. Discussing his involvement, he says: “I’ve been making albums since 1976, probably done about 20 by now with various outfits. My first band was Graham Parker & The Rumour [STEVE GOULDING, ANDREW BODNAR, MARTIN BELMONT, BOB ANDREWS and BRINSLEY SCHWARZ]. I recently got together the entire Rumour and made a new album after a gap of 31 years. Just after I firmed up the agreements, I was contacted by Judd, and he talked to me about this film and that Pete runs a record company, an indie label signing acts like me.” It proved to be a fortuitous conversation. Continues Parker: “I said, ‘Guess what? I just put my band back together, The Rumour.’ So not only does Pete sign me; he gets Graham Parker & The Rumour, the revival, with a brand new album. Everything fit together, and then Judd shocked me and said he wants me in the film, acting as myself, so that’s why I joined all these talented people. It was a fantastic experience, and I’m very grateful.” Music supervisor/editor Jonathan Karp recalls the events: “Graham was Judd’s first instinct. He talked about Graham so early in the first drafts that we had that idea going. Then we reached out to Graham. That’s the magical part of this story.” They felt Parker was a perfect fit for Pete’s sensibilities. “We’ve always thought of Pete’s label as a quality, boutique label where all the pressure is on him. The reasons for his struggle aren’t the quality of what he’s trying to do or the music; it’s the state of the record industry. Some of these artists aren’t top sellers, and it’s tricky to make a living by doing a niche thing. Pete’s problem is that his failing has more to do with his old-school approach.” One of the highlights of the shoot was the reunion concert, something many in the audience (and those on stage) had been waiting for years to see. “We shot a concert at the Belasco Theater,” explains Apatow. “It was exciting because this is the first time Graham has played with his band from the ’70s. The band flew in from all around the world and seemed to have a fantastic time. They played a lot of the greatest hits and a few songs from their new record. We’re putting that record out when the movie comes out, so we’re actually promoting a record in the movie that really exists.” “Everyone still plays amazingly,” remarks Parker. “When we did the album, we locked together beautifully, and then on stage, boom, it’s back again without the same angst, without the same dread. It was more like, ‘Well, this is a hoot!’ You don’t have the same intensity you had when you’re 27, and I sing differently now. It was more enjoyable to sing with my new tuneful voice that I’ve developed over the years from playing solo, and making sure I don’t lose my voice on stage.” “One of the coolest things for any fan of Graham Parker & The Rumour is that they haven’t played together in over 30 years,” adds Rudd. “They were always the quintessential musician’s band: loved by many musicians, but never a big success. The Rumour had this shell-shocked expression like ‘What the hell? We are in a movie, and how did this happen?’ They haven’t played together in 30 years, but the chord progressions and musicianship is in the marrow of their bones. They were incredible.” Besides Parker and his work figuring into the plot of This Is 40, extensive new music was commissioned from other artists for the film and the soundtrack. Well before shooting began, Apatow reached out to musicians he admired, inviting them to collaborate on a musical identity for the film. The filmmaker shared an early draft of the script with Fiona Apple, whose “Paper Bag” had previously appeared in Apatow’s Bridesmaids. She was inspired to write “Dull Tool,” which is featured prominently in the film. The song found her reuniting with her former collaborator, super producer Jon Brion—who has also worked with such artists as Kanye West, Spoon, Aimee Mann and Best Coast. Brion, whose score and soundtrack work was twice nominated for Grammy Awards—in 1999 for Magnolia and in 2004 for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind—was then brought on to score the film and produce other artists for the soundtrack. NORAH JONES became involved after Apatow showed her rough early footage of This Is 40. Their ensuing discussions became part of the writing process for the song “Always Judging,” which appears in the film as an instrumental, while the vocal version is on the soundtrack. She also adds backing vocals to WILCO’s “I Got You,” a new version of the band’s 1996 song that was rerecorded especially for the film. The legendary LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM of Fleetwood Mac was another key collaborator, recording three original songs for the soundtrack, all inspired by the film and written after discussions with Apatow. In addition to “Brother & Sister,” which features vocals from Norah Jones, Buckingham contributed “Sick Of You” and “She Acts Like You.” RYAN ADAMS, who appears in This Is 40, recorded new versions of his songs “Shining Through The Dark” and “Lucky Now” for the soundtrack. Finally, Parker also contributed to the new song “What Do You Like?,” which he recorded with Brion in Los Angeles and which features Brion’s frequent collaborators PUNCH BROTHERS. Rounding out the contributors to the This Is 40 soundtrack is an eclectic mix of talent. The artists include YOKO ONO (“I’m Your Angel”), PAUL SIMON (“Rewrite”), PAUL MCCARTNEY (“Lunch Box Odd Sox”), LOUDON WAINWRIGHT (“Days That We Die”), and THE AVETT BROTHERS (“Live and Die”). Universal Pictures presents an Apatow production of a Judd Apatow film: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann in This Is 40, starring John Lithgow, Megan Fox and Albert Brooks. The comedy’s music is by Jon Brion, and its music supervisor is Jonathan Karp. The costume designer is Leesa Evans, and the film is edited by Brent White, ACE. The production designer is Jefferson Sage, and its director of photography is Phedon Papamichael, ASC. The executive producer is Paula Pell. This Is 40 is produced by Judd Apatow, Clayton Townsend, Barry Mendel. The comedy is based on characters created by Judd Apatow. This Is 40 is written and directed by Judd Apatow. © 2012 Universal Studios.
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© 2012 Universal Pictures International. All Rights Reserved.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS: JUDD APATOW (Written and Directed by/Based on Characters Created by/Produced by) is considered one of the most sought-after comedy minds in the business and has been closely associated with many of the biggest comedy films in recent years. Apatow produced the most successful R-rated female comedy of all time, Bridesmaids, which received Oscar® nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Melissa McCarthy) and Best Original Screenplay (Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig), as well as two Golden Globe Award nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Bridesmaids also won a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Comedy Movie and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Movie, and it was named one of AFI’s Movies of the Year. Apatow recently produced Universal Pictures’ The Five-Year Engagement, written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller and starring Segel and Emily Blunt, and Wanderlust, directed by David Wain and starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston. Apatow is currently in production on season two of HBO’s Girls, a television series from director/writer/actor Lena Dunham, which received five Emmy Award nominations this year, winning one. Born in Syosset, New York, Apatow aspired to become a professional comedian at an early age. Following an appearance on HBO’s Young Comedians Special, he eventually stopped performing in favor of writing. He wrote for the Grammy Awards, as well as cable specials for Roseanne and Jim Carrey, before going on to co-create and executive produce The Ben Stiller Show, which brought him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program. Fresh from his Emmy win, Apatow joined The Larry Sanders Show in 1993 as a writer and consulting producer, and he later served as a co-executive producer and director of an episode during the show’s final season. Apatow served as an executive producer of the critically praised, award-winning series Freaks and Geeks, which debuted in the 1999–2000 season. He also wrote and directed several episodes of the series. His other television credits include consulting producer of the animated series The Critic and executive producer and creator of the series Undeclared. Apatow made his feature directorial debut in 2005 with the comedy hit The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which he also co-wrote with the film’s star, Steve Carell, for Universal. The film opened at No. 1 and grossed more than $175 million globally. The comedy garnered numerous awards and nominations, including being named one of AFI’s Movies of the Year, and it took home Best Comedy Movie at the 11th annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The 40-Year-Old Virgin also earned Apatow a nomination for Best Original Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America and received four MTV Movie Award nominations, including a win for Carell for Best Comedic Performance. In 2007, Universal released Apatow’s Knocked Up, his directorial follow-up to The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which he also wrote and produced. Knocked Up grossed more than $200 million internationally, and it was named one of AFI’s Movies of the Year and received a Best Original Screenplay nomination by the Writers Guild of America. Immediately following, Apatow produced the hit comedy Superbad, starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, for Sony Pictures. Major successes followed in 2008, beginning with Universal’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which Apatow produced with Shauna Robertson. Directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Jason Segel, the romantic-disaster comedy starred Segel, Jonah Hill, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand. Next, Apatow produced Sony’s action-comedy Pineapple Express, a film written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg from a story by Apatow. The film, starring Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride, opened at No. 1 at the box office. Other Apatow projects released in 2008 include the comedy smash You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, which Apatow co-wrote with Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel. In 2009, Apatow wrote, directed and produced Universal’s Funny People, which starred Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann. In 2010, he produced Universal’s hit comedy Get Him to the Greek, which starred Russell Brand and Jonah Hill. Other film credits for Apatow include producing The Cable Guy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Year One; executive producing Kicking & Screaming; co-writing Fun With Dick and Jane; and producing and co-writing Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, which was nominated for two Golden Globes—for Best Original Song—Motion Picture and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy (for John C. Reilly).
THIS IS 40 Apatow Productions, Forty Productions' Comedy directed by Judd Apatow starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow, Megan Fox, Iris Apatow.
Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People) brings audiences This Is 40, an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) from the blockbuster hit Knocked Up as we see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life.
FEATURETTE #2 "On The Set with Judd Apatow: Bodies By Jason" (VO)
FEATURETTE #1 r-rated materials "A Look Inside" (VO)
FILM CLIP #1 "Pete and Barry watch Desi in the pool while Debbie and Barb watch them" (VO)
FILM CLIP #2 "Pete and Debbie talk about why they fight" (VO)
PITCH PERFECT Brownstone Productions, Gold Circle Films' Comedy, Music directed by Jason Moore starring Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Ben Platt.
FEATURETTE #3 "On The Set with Judd Apatow: Salesgirl Siren" (VO)
RED BAND TRAILER r-rated material (VO)
FEATURETTE #4 "On The Set with Judd Apatow: The Day Maude Fell In Love With Acting" (VO)
FEATURETTE #5 "On The Set with Judd Apatow: Getting Healthy" (VO)
FEATURETTE #6 "Remember Jason" (VO)
FILM CLIP #3 "Pete and Debbie talk about her 38th birthday" (VO)
FILM CLIP #4 "Pete asks Larry why he has three kids" (VO)
FILM CLIP #5 "Pete and Debbie encourage Sadie to spend more time outside" (VO)
INTERVIEWS #1 Judd Apatow (Director) (VO)
INTERVIEWS #2 Paul Rudd "Pete and Leslie Mann "Debbie" (VO)
PREMIERE #1 Graham Parker (VO)
PREMIERE #2 Lisa Darr (VO)
PREMIERE #3 Ryan Lee (VO)
PREMIERE #4 Charlyne Lee (VO)
PREMIERE #5 Robert Smigel (VO)
PREMIERE #6 Annie Mumolo (VO)
PREMIERE #7 Chris O'Dowd (VO)
PREMIERE #8 Megan Fox (VO)
PREMIERE #9 Paul Rudd (VO)
PREMIERE #10 Albert Brooks (VO)
PREMIERE #11 Maude Apatow (VO)
PREMIERE #12 Judd Apatow (VO)
PREMIERE #13 Leslie Mann (VO)