Season 41 of SNL returned Miley Cyrus to the stage for a ho-hum premiere this past weekend, but all eyes are on Amy Schumer’s first hosting this coming Saturday. The first promo has arrived, already staging a Trainwreck reunion. Well, sort of.
It’s no secret that Judd Apatow really finds his movies in post-production, where he can sift through dozens of variations of the same joke and find the one that sings. Trainwreck is the result of a screenplay and countless hours of riffing, where the script was thrown away after take two and the actors were simply allowed to try out different lines. We can safely assume that a lot of them didn’t work, but what about the countless one-liners and exchanges that were funny but not “final cut funny”? Those are the lines that get edited into hilarious outtake videos and released online.
It would be easy to label the opening weekend for Ant-Man a failure. After all, it’s significantly lower than the openings for recent Marvel Studios movies and it’s a good $130 million less than the three-day opening Avengers: Age of Ultron had a few months ago. But let’s not be so hasty. Its opening numbers may not have blown anyone away, but Ant-Man’s box office arrival is textbook Marvel.
We spoke to Tilda Swinton while she was doing press for Trainwreck (and we’ll have much more on that conversation later this week) who confirmed she is officially signed on and talked about what specifically about Doctor Strange has her “really, really, really excited” to be working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Amy Schumer has built a sizable fan base thanks to her Comedy Central series, which showcases her specific brand of honest and often subversive sense of humor. There’s no denying her intense relatability — and it’s that quality that serves her well in her debut film, Trainwreck. Written and produced by Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow, the film centers on a fictional version of Schumer. We’ll never know how fictional this Amy is (and we shouldn’t), which makes her cinematic alter ego all the more appealing.
Amid the excitement for all the major summer blockbusters, you really should put Trainwreck on your must-see list. The new comedy from director Judd Apatow and writer/star Amy Schumer is insanely hilarious and relatable, and as if that wasn’t enough to stir your interest, Tilda Swinton co-stars as the editor in chief of a magazine for men. Come on. You know you’re sold.
Trainwreck marks something of a departure for Judd Apatow. His four previous films as a director — The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40 — were all based on screenplays Apatow either wrote or co-wrote. Trainwreck, on the other hand, comes entirely from the mind of star Amy Schumer. According to Apatow’s appearance on the new episode of You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, that’s partly because Apatow feels like he’s covered a lot of the stuff he set out to make movies about. “I do feel, he told Holmes, “like I’ve made a pretty good high school show [Freaks and Geeks] and a college show [Undeclared] and a pretty good young adult show [Girls] ... And so I’ve covered most of my bases.”