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FULL COMEDY GEEK OUT!! Albert Brooks Joining Judd Apatow’s Sequel To KNOCKED UP??

I am Hercules!!

THIS geeks me out harder than “Thor,” “Captain America” and “Iron Man 3” combined.

Comedy god Albert Brooks (SNL, "Taxi Driver," "Real Life," "Modern Romance," "Lost In America," "Defending Your Life," "Finding Nemo") may be throwing in with comedy genius Judd Apatow ("Freaks and Geeks," "The 40-Year-Old Virgin") for Apatow’s next directorial effort for Universal, which will focus on the Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann characters from “Knocked Up.”

Brooks is negotiating to play the Rudd character’s dad.

This is the same sort of perfect casting that positioned Harold Ramis as Seth Rogen's pop.

Maybe Apatow will cast Woody Allen, John Cleese, David Letterman, Bill Murray and Steve Martin (who hilariously shoplifted a ham on Letterman Wednesday night) next.

Less excitingly (but still somewhat excitingly), Mega Fox (“Transformers”) recently joined the cast.

I’m hoping Katherine Heigl, who infamously badmouthed “Knocked Up” even though it was her best thing ever, can still be lured back for a cameo as the Mann character’s sister.

Find all of Deadline's exclusive on the matter here.

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  • March 17, 2011, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Oh yes, please MORE Leslie Mann!!!!!

    by UnApatowzing

  • March 17, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Awesome news...

    by Longbottom

    ...horrible write up. Seriously, who taught you how to write?

  • March 17, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    And please, expand the roles for Judd's kids too.

    by UnApatowzing

  • March 17, 2011, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Kill off Heigl's character and mention it casually

    by UnApatowzing

  • March 17, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Good news about Brooks

    by proevad

    but name one person who was excited about Hoffman joining that focker movie. what a weird statement and write up.

  • March 17, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Knocked Up is overrated. And all the characters are douchebags

    by The Krypton Kid

    Hate that movie.

  • March 17, 2011, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Hiegel badmouthed Knocked Up?

    by Grando

    Got a link to that Herc? I find it amazing that the queen of vacuous, by the numbers, Romcoms would shit on her best film (that isn't Under Siege 2). Then again that might explain a lot.....

  • March 17, 2011, 3:04 a.m. CST

    really cool!

    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 17, 2011, 3:04 a.m. CST


    by Hercules

  • March 17, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    yeah don't let the door hit your dumb ass on the way out Katherine

    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 17, 2011, 3:06 a.m. CST


    by Shubniggorath

    In real life, I would be more excited about a shot for shot remake of Daredevil starring Shia. Apatow is funny but I don't geekgasm or whatever over him.

  • March 17, 2011, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Stoner Spin-Off

    by KGB3317

    of all the roommates being lost without Seth Rogen would've been a better idea (Jay Baruchel, Jason Segel, and Jonah Hill). I just can't stand Leslie Mann. Doesn't matter, I still wouldn't see either version in the theater.

  • March 17, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    and Katherine Heigl

    by KGB3317

    seems dumb....that is all. Sorry about my eloquence, but it's late.

  • March 17, 2011, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Love Apatow, dislike Knocked Up

    by Bass Ackwards

    And I'm one of the few people who greatly enjoyed Funny People. But Knocked Up feels like Apatow's least realized film. Too much bs improv and lazy plotting. It's like they had a funny idea (lazy schlub gets successful hottie pregnant) then didn't know what to do with it. Rogen's character is an unemployed, unmotivated stoner who displays no charm, wit, compassion, or humor in the movie. But a couple of weeks before giving birth he cleaned his apartment and read some child rearing books. Phew! To the article, I agree, Ramis as Rogen's dad was pitch perfect. Albert Brooks as Paul Rudd'a dad though? I don't find that quite as perfect, but seeing Brooks again is fun enough for me not to care.

  • March 17, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Herc...Marvel bias much?

    by Zurge

    It has come to my attention this site is bias, they hype all things Marvel more than what they merit. Like you failed to report problems within the Avengers budget, and egos while Garth over at Dark Horizons had the balls to actually post those things. I'm a big fan of Apatow, and looking forward to what this turns out to be. I might have been one of the few who enjoyed "Funny People", and still recommend to friends. I'm Geeking out for Super 8, I'm Geeking put for Green Lantern, I'm Geeking out for Batman Arkham City. Peace

  • March 17, 2011, 4:04 a.m. CST


    by Hercules

    in print, my heart's much closer to DC. I do adore some of the "X-Men" and "Iron Man" and "Spider-Man" movies though. what's the problem with the Avengers budget? too big? too small?

  • March 17, 2011, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Woody Allen should be cast in everything

    by Ditko

    He´s always saying he doesn´t get any offer, and the very few roles he´s been asked to do he´s pretty much always agreed.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:55 a.m. CST


    by sai_justin

    I don't take issue with columns on this site, but Hercules is downright retarded. Wish-lists, and opinions? I thought this was news when I clicked on it. You're troll with a license - if I wanted to read nonsensical garbage, I'd frequent the talkbacks.

  • March 17, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    wildcard_comics, Herc...

    by little_lebowski

    Story is that in November, some random "insider" *coughtrollcough* "scooped" on some lamer and less reliable website that pre-production had been delayed on the film due to Marvel being "cheap again" and "slashing the budget." Problem with that story is, Marvel had been under Disney for 9 months by that point. The film's budget wasn't up to Marvel in the least anymore, and Disney doesn't cheap out on it's tentpole blockbusters. (I refer you to the budgets on Tron and Pirates 4, if I really needed to prove that point.)

  • March 17, 2011, 5:51 a.m. CST


    by Hercules

    You caught us. This marks the first time an opinion was included in an article posted to this site! Nice catch, my man.

  • March 17, 2011, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Heigl "bad-mouthing" Knocked Up

    by Prior Walter

    All she said was that her character was a "humorless bitch" and a "killjoy". Nothing that anyone who watched the movie didn't also say. She also said it was the best filming experience of her life. I'd like to see her make an appearance.

  • March 17, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST

    he'd be better as rogen's dad


    they both have that jew-fro thing going on. but rogen already has a dad in the fick, so....

  • March 17, 2011, 6:20 a.m. CST

    I don't want K.Heigl back!

    by hallmitchell

    Let her rot in cinema hell by being in rom coms with A.Kutcher.

  • March 17, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Mega Fox?

    by mbg98

    Nice. I'll expect an action figure of her any second now. With Kung-Fu action grip. And a rocket launcher coming out of each boob.

  • my humble opinion.

  • March 17, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST


    by Monolith_Jones

    next saturday on SighFigh

  • March 17, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Should please Brooks' biggest fan...

    by tensticks

    Albert Brook's biggest fan being, of course, himself. I'd say "only" fan, but that would be a bit mean. He's an overrated, arrogant, credit-stealing asshole dinosaur. Fuck him. And fuck Seth Rogen while you're at it (his ONLY good role, ever, is in Paul, where he is heard and not seen). Knocked Up was a bloated, unfunny, way-too-long mess, despite the presence of good people like Rudd and Ken Jeong. It did not need and does not deserve a sequel, and people need to stop financing Apatow movies. Last time the dude was funny was on the 1992 Fox Ben Stiller show. Since then...yeah, fuck that shit. And lest we forget, the female lead of the original Knocked Up is this generation's Shelley Long. Talk about someone else who believes their own press a tad too much...and is a legend in their own mind. Much like Albert Brooks. Just fuck this stinking, steaming pile of disgusting feces up its retarded goat ass. Oh, and those of you Brooks/Rogen/Apatow sycophants who are going to tell me I have know idea what I'm talking about, why don't you just go fuck yourselves now and save us all the time? Thanks, have a nice day, please drive through.

  • March 17, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    albert Brooks only 2nd funniest man in his family

    by SupermanIsMyGod

    Super Dave Osborne ftw! Also, their family name is Einstein. His name is actually Albert Einstein. That just always tickles me.

  • March 17, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Giant Squid vs. MEGA FOX next on SyFy

    by MacReady452

    right where MEGAN Fox belongs.

  • March 17, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    More excited about this than Thor and Captain America?!?

    by Stalkeye

    Herc, turn in your Geek Card. Operators are standing by..

  • March 17, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Mega Fox vs Gatoroid

    by Chopper

  • March 17, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Mega Fox

    by MamboMan

    Megatrons decepticon wife

  • March 17, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Mega Fox vs. Giant Beaver

    by bat725

  • March 17, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST


    by Arnold Van Seagal

    Please tell me you're kidding? It wasn't a terrible film, it was ok. But "a true American Comedy Classic"? The film didn't make me laugh once.

  • March 17, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Albert Brooks is actually

    by NightArrows

    tensticks' father. That's the real reason for the hate. I bet Brooks used to sneak into tensticks room at night and whisper "you have no sense of humorrrrrr" while gently shoving a cooking spoon up his (tensticks) ass. What you call "unfunny", many call hilarious. Knocked Up is too long, an unfortunate traite of Apatow films (Funny People...too longgggg), however it was FUNNY. That clip from Running is neat, seeing Super Dave and Albert together on screen!

  • March 17, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by Monolith_Jones

  • March 17, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Fucking spelled trait wrong

    by NightArrows


  • March 17, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST


    by Monolith_Jones

  • March 17, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Mega Fox Vs Acting

    by UGG

    She lost.

  • March 17, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Getting sick of Apatow

    by Frank Conniff

    I used to like him, but I realized recently (I think it was while watching Get Him to the Greek)that I sort of hate pretty much all the characters in his movies. They have a strong tendency to be whiny, annoying, stupid people. And there seems to be a weird pro-life, traditional family values message to Knocked Up (and a number of other Apatow movies) that makes me uncomfortable. Similar to Juno in that regard, though I don’t hate Knocked Up nearly as much as that irritating wannabe hipster movie.

  • March 17, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Comedy genius??? Really!?!?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • March 17, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    You missed Katherine Heigl NOT taking her shirt off


  • March 17, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Isn’t Katherine Heigl a mormon or something?

    by Frank Conniff

    I really don’t like her at all. I don’t even find her attractive.

  • March 17, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Can't SUCKER PUNCH cross promote this?


    Scott Glenn knocks up all those luscious little minxes for 2 hours. With extended attention paid to Jamie Chung. Choppah loves him some Asian poon. Fuck it. Scott..take a break. Choppington Steel is coming out of retirement to take care of the Chinese "slight of hand tweaked" to be Korean piece of ass.

  • Even though it's Mann's character that's a horrible human being? I sure hope so!

  • March 17, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Albert Brooks is a God for his Simpsons Guest ROles Alone

    by Aquatarkusman

    Hank Scorpio, Jacques Brunswick (sic), Trailer Home Bob. Whether Apatow is a comedy genius is open to debate. Those taking the "pro" side of the argument, however, are idiots.

  • March 17, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST



    lets not lose our heads here. I understand your point but THIS is not hot?

  • March 17, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    choppah, she’s got a rockin’ body, to be sure

    by Frank Conniff

    Her face doesn’t really do it for me, though. Also, I’m not that into blondes. I was more interested in the asian stoner chick, whoever she was played by. I think she’s a comedian.

  • March 17, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    herc displays his horrible taste

    by spidercoz

    Not only in comedy but in women. Knocked Up was a wretched god-awful piece of shit. Watched with a roomful of people, half hour in everyone was like fuck this shit and we watched something good. Megan Fox, the skankiest skank that ever skanked. Just looking at her will give you the clap.

  • a cartoon character brought to life... how could it go wrong??

  • March 17, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Kat Dennings and Natalie Portman

    by kiwicanuck

    Just mentioned these names on account of thinking people need to be reminded of true, unadulterated toast-your-hammer-to-a-crisp hotness when Katherine Heigl's mug is labeled hot. But maybe that's because Heigl's attitude seems to seep from her pores like sludge.

  • March 17, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    the word genius is thrown around a lot these days

    by logjam

    Herc, calm down. Comedy genius? Seriously? For which movie? Knocked Up was OK. Funny People was just awful, a bloated, boring, unfunny movie about miserable people that also happens to star the director's wife and kids (and Sandler as a proxy to himself). I hated that movie. Honestly, the only redeemable movie from this guy is 40 Year Old Virgin. Other than that, a big pile of meeeeeeeeh.

  • March 17, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Very disappointed to see Fox getting work.

    by moonlightdrive

    Especially in something that could have been good otherwise.

  • March 17, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Love the Rudd.

    by moonlightdrive

  • March 17, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I’m with you on Kat, kiwicanuck

    by Frank Conniff

    Is she old enough that I can say she was super hot in 40 Year Old Virgin?

  • March 17, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Personally I'm much more interested in his Pee Wee Herman movie

    by moonlightdrive

  • March 17, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Here's hoping I won't have to be subjected to Heigl again.

    by moonlightdrive

    Ever again preferably but that, I guess would be asking too much.

  • March 17, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Where's the logic in making choices and then dissing them?

    by moonlightdrive

    I wouldn't employ her.

  • March 17, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Nooooooo! The first movie sucked!!!

    by Jeditemple

    Why does Hollywood think that we need a pseudo-sequel to this crap? Jeez!!!

  • March 17, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Knocked Up WAS sexist, Hiegl was right

    by BadMrWonka

    whether or not was a good career move, or even good form at all, to bad mouth the movie is one thing. but it's hard to argue the movie doesn't treat virtually all of it female characters as these shrill, possessive harpies. When you make a movie about man-children growing up, the doofier and more ridiculous you make them, the more you necessarily turn their female counterparts into these bitter, angry jerks who are constantly exasperated at how much they have to do to "fix" the guys. and then the final point is, "hey, the guys weren't so bad, they just needed time, why were you yelling at them? you were being a hormonal bitch. guys are great!!" it's nonsense. knocked up had some really funny parts, but I am at a loss to see how anyone with half a brain can't see how sexist and phony the relationships are in it. I saw Superbad and Knocked Up in the span of a couple weeks, and the former had so much more heart and character, along with twice as many laughs, I couldn't help but be disappointed by Knocked Up.

  • March 17, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    "Lost In America" is one of my favorite comedies.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    And Brooks' Simpsons contributions are epic. He may be a dick in real life, but I love the guy. This is all good news in my book. Heigl is aces from the neck down, but otherwise...

  • March 17, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Paul Rudd=

    by nolan bautista

    this generations Tim Matheson..

  • March 17, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Nest egg.

    by WriteForTheEdit

  • March 17, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    by Drew

    Knocked up sequel seems like a terrible idea. Also, why does apatow think people want to see his whole family in every movie he puts out.

  • March 17, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Albert Brooks is my N-word.

    by AzulTool

    Regardless of his missteps, he is my favorite silver screen comedian. Herc should have mentioned Mother and the classic Broadcast News as good AB as well.

  • March 17, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Knocked wasn't sexist so much as it was COMPLETELY UNREALISTIC...

    by thecomedian

    In real life even if someone decided to bring a pregnancy to term that came out of a one night stand they barely remembered no one would ever try to make a relationship out of it let alone with some unemployed arrested development case. This would have worked on screen if Heigl and Rogan had any chemistry at all but they didn't. Seriously in real life a Hollywood career woman like Heigl's character would never date let alone try to have a relationship with some fat pothead arrested development case unless he was really charming and they had chemistry. But in the movie they didn't. I'm not making the shallow argument that she was "out of his league" because the world is full of physically mismatched couples and other than her awesome hide-a-rack Katherine Heigl is somewhat moonfaced but kinda cute. I just never bought them as a couple. It was a disbelief I could not suspend and it ruined the movie for me.

  • March 17, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Apatow is Will Smith for Jews.

    by mjgtexas

    Although the Willow Smith nepotism criticism is well justified, Mae (or Maude) singing Cats is right up there in obnoxiousness. I just hope the ShayTard family gets a comeo.

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  • March 17, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    that said it would be interesting if she returned

    by Smack_Teddy

    if only cause i always really liked her performance Knocked up in particular from all Apatow films is a real litmus test for me in people exposing their own fears insecurities dislikes and personal identity of things in their own sex and the opposite respectively... maybe that's one of the most pretentious comments of all time given its...well Knocked Up...but there you go

  • March 17, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    To any of the idiots defending Apatow

    by BlaGyver

    God, when are you guys going to catch on? Once somebody or something becomes popular or successful you ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LIKE IT. AICN rule numero uno. Get with it.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Also Paul Rudd

    by BlaGyver

    Man crush. Not afraid to admit it. He is watchable even in the shittiest of movies. And he's proven himself capable of playing the straight guy (Knocked Up) and characters (Forgetting Sarah Marshall). Also, he was fucking hilarious in Walk Hard as John Lennon.

  • March 17, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Mel Gibson/Pee-Wee Herman Cop Buddy Movie?

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    I think that Judd should make a Mel Gibson/Pee- Wee Herman Cop Buddy Movie instead. Funny People wasn't funny. It was flat. I liked Knocked-Up, but Seth Rogen had his 15 minutes of fame.

  • March 17, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    and tensticks your a total cunt so can't i go fuck you instead?

    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 17, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST


    by Spielbergs Furious Racism


  • March 18, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Brooks earned genius label

    by skelly

    With Defending Your Life. The scene at the museum of past lives maybe one of the funniest things I've watched.

  • But for his role in Out of Sight was great. When Clooney tells him in prison he isn't really the nine to five type, and Brooks responds w/, "who is?" was great.

  • March 18, 2011, 4:50 a.m. CST

    smack teddy

    by tensticks

    you wish. at least the other guy who dissed me had something creative to say. unlike this: fuck you. ALBERT BROOKS FUCKING SUCKS, AND SO DOES KNOCKED UP. Uncreative but so true it bears repeating.

  • March 19, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    you can stick to shit you find creative as well as consistently hilarious like The Goods, i like that Apatow can make 'stoner' comedy or films from that generation interesting again and his own personal touch, albiet with sensibilities like Woody Allens for a more postmodern generation when it comes to character study anyway. Checking out any of Brooks work and then The Goods past jokes like the guy getting a hard on over a patriotic motivating speech and then turning on the american korean fella and instigating a hate-crime gang beating confirms your opinion fucking sucks you whino: fuck you buddy