Judd Apatow

The Queerness of Pee-wee Herman, From the Closet to Netflix’s ‘Big Holiday’

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by Erin Whitney March 22, 2016 @ 10:26 AM
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Pee-wee Herman has long existed in a queer space, though one only subliminally alluded to. Paul Reubens’ feminine boyish persona, oscillating between effeminate gay man and asexual man-child, has long played with ideas of gender expression that comment on an underlying queerness. From the drag queen genie Jambi in Playhouse to Pee-wee’s episodes of crossdressing, from his makeup and exaggerated feminine gestures to the fluctuating inflections of his comical voice, Pee-wee has been deconstructing gender and sexuality norms all along while disguising it as campy comedy. Yet Pee-wee never directly acknowledged the queerness of his imaginative universe and even struggled with embracing it, as an early episode of “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” shows. In the Season 2 episode “Pee-wee Catches a Cold,” the host reveals the daily secret word as “Out,” and then immediately falls ill, as if weakened by the idea of being out to the world. But after a 28 year absence from the big screen, Pee-Wee is finally coming out.

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Review: The Secret Word Is ‘Nostalgia’

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by Matt Singer March 17, 2016 @ 7:29 PM
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Judd Apatow knows a thing or two about manchildren. He’s built an entire career chronicling the exploits of immature boys straining for maturity against the pull of their juvenile urges. Apatow’s latest producing effort, though, presents an entirely...

‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ Trailer Promises Fun, Antics, Wordplay

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by Charles Bramesco February 16, 2016 @ 8:53 AM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quo-Oen1wkY
There are few TV shows as purely, innocently, and energetically delightful as Pee-wee’s Playhouse, the Saturday morning vehicle for Paul Reubens’ grey-suited man-child. An adult perpetually trapped at the...

HBO Orders Judd Apatow-Pete Holmes Comedy ‘Crashing’

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 21, 2016 @ 12:33 PM
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Just days after ordering James Franco and David Simon’s ‘70s porn drama (yes, you read that correctly), HBO as added another impressive post-TCA get. Judd Apatow will make his HBO directing debut, as the network hands a series order to comedian Pete Holmes’ semi-autobiographical new comedy Crashing.

‘Love’ Trailer: Judd Apatow and Gillian Jacobs’ Netflix Comedy Wants You to Know Love Is a Lie

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by Britt Hayes January 17, 2016 @ 3:07 PM
Netflix
The first full trailer for Judd Apatow's new Netflix comedy series has arrived, bracing us for the reality that relationships are — to quote co-star Paul Rust — "f—ing bulls—." I mean, he's not totally wrong. Rust, who also wrote Pee-wee's Big Holiday for Netflix, co-stars with Gillian Jacobs in the new dark comedy about a pair of misfits with a cynical view on romance who begin to fall for one another despite their misgivings.

Gillian Jacobs and Judd Apatow’s Netflix ‘Love’ Gets His and Hers Trailers

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 15, 2016 @ 4:01 PM
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The first teaser for Judd Apatow and Community ex Gillian Jacobs’ new Netflix series Love didn’t exactly give us a sense of the series, nor did its photos, so do two first trailers fare any better? Almost certainly, as the two-season anti-romantic comedy proves just as vulgar and funny as we’d hoped.

Netflix’s Judd Apatow-Gillian Jacobs ‘Love’ Gets First Teaser, Photos and Premiere

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 4, 2016 @ 10:01 AM
Netflix
A ways back, Netflix lured Judd Apatow and Community ex Gillian Jacobs’ new series Love away from Hulu with a two-season order, and at last know the fruits of their labor. The new series releases its first teaser and photos, also confirming a February release date for all ten Season 1 episodes.