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Questions and Answers with Leslie Mann

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You may not have seen actress Leslie Mann's most flattering side yet: Her two most memorable roles are the drunken French toast craver who hits on Steve Carell in "The 40 Year Old Virgin" and Debbie, the "crazy chick in a pink dress snatching up babies" in "Knocked Up." In "This Is 40," however, out on DVD and Blu-ray Friday, Mann had the chance to reprise the latter role, showing the (somewhat) softer side of Debbie.

"This Is 40," directed by Mann's husband, Judd Apatow, focuses in on Debbie, Pete (Paul Rudd) and their daughters (Mann's real-life kids, Iris and Maude Apatow), who were relegated to side character status in "Knocked Up." The "sort-of sequel" to the 2007 hit, "This Is 40" catches up with Pete and Debbie as they grapple with the trials and tribulations of middle age.

NextMovie caught up with Mann for a brief telephone chat recently, and found out what it's like to have your husband tell another man to kiss you, whether "This Is 40" is Debbie's revenge, and who she'd cast as her love interest, given the choice. Get More »

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' and More

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This week: Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth with "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the first of three movies based on the classic fantasy novel "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, which features Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen reprising his role as the wizard Gandalf from "The Lord of the Rings."

Also new this week is Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," the musical "Les Miserables," the Judd Apatow dramedy "This Is 40" and the pitch-black comedy "Bachelorette." Get More »

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Free S#!t: Enter to Win 'This Is 40' and Other Apatow Hits

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"I wish I knew what all the kids were talking about when they say that they 'don't want your big box of porn, man.' They all laugh and sound like they're all in on a really great joke, but I just have no idea what they're talking about."

Fret no more, zeitgeist-ignorant pal! This is your chance to get in on the joke and own all four of director Judd Apatow's highly quotable feature films. To celebrate the DVD release of Apatow's latest, "This Is 40," NextMovie is happy to present a giveaway that'll hit you like a pop culture hammer to the head.

Four lucky winners will receive the ultimate Apatow prize pack, which includes Blu-ray copies of the following: "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "This Is 40," "Knocked Up" and "Funny People." Nice! Now you'll know what they're all talking about, finally. Get More »

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Leslie Mann: Megan Fox 'Has Better Boobs Than I've Ever Seen in My Life'

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Just by virtue of being an active, (appropriately) 40-year-old woman, "This Is 40" star and wife-to-Apatow Leslie Mann has probably seen her fair share of boobs. She's been around the boob block a few times. Seen a boob or two in her day, one would assume.

And as for the best boobs she's ever seen? The competition is officially over. Yes, as our blood brothers at Starpulse report, Mann has admitted that her "This is 40" co-star Megan Fox has "better boobs than (she's) ever seen in (her) life." Indeed, every other boob that's ever been in Mann's life will have to go home empty-handed. (Empty-boobed?)

Her admiration didn't stop the famous "This is 40" scene featuring Mann groping Fox's boobs from being a little awkward.

"In that situation I knew there were a lot of dirty boys around having weird, gross fantasies. And so I wanted to get her shirt back on as quickly as possible," she reported.

But not before marveling one last time, we're guessing.

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Starpulse

An Open Letter to Judd Apatow


Dear Judd,

Congratulations on "This is 40." It's good. I laughed quite a bit, at many parts. Your daughters are competent actresses. Your wife is exceptional. It seems to be moderately successful at the box office. Overall, job well done.

(Throat clear) That said, it's still way, way, way too long. WAY too long. And here's the frustrating thing: You know it! Why else would you have the title be something so easily made into a joke about the length of the movie by hack film critics? It really, actually is 40 minutes too long. And yet you insist on keeping all of your movies at a robust two-plus hours, as if Gronk-spiking the viewer's patience in his face. Get More »

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'This Is 40' Deleted Scene Uses the Handicapped Stall

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"The handicapped stall is like a free hotel." We never looked at it that way before.

Judd Apatow has a knack for making us see everyday (and not so everyday) things from completely new perspectives, and there are a lot of perspectives going on in this five-minute deleted scene from his new comedy, "This Is 40." Get More »

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'The Hobbit' Meets Box Office Expectations Once Again

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Bilbo Baggins and his band of hirsute buddies easily won the box office again this weekend, as according to, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" earned an estimated $36.7 million to take the top spot.

That was more than double the amount of second place finisher "Jack Reacher" ($15.6 million), while fellow newcomers "This Is 40" ($12 million) and "The Guilt Trip" ($5.4 million) also failed to make much of an impression on movie fans.

For a full list of this weekend's box office top ten, including numbers for returning hits "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," "Life of Pi" and "Skyfall," head to

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Staff Picks: Kase Wickman's Top 10 Movies of 2012


I don't believe in feeling guilt over what movies I like. Many critics and bloggers and other people who get to say with a straight face that they get paid to think about movies all day will tell you all about "important" movies and other milestones they feel are underappreciated by mainstream audiences, but I personally don't feel like I'm above having a good time at the movie theater.

You won't see "Zero Dark Thirty" on this list, nor will you find "The Master," though I saw both and enjoyed them and took something away from them. They just aren't movies that I can see myself wanting to enjoy again (ever again), unlike the 10 titles that made my admittedly somewhat fluffy year-end list.

2012 was a banner year for movies, and the hits just keep coming (thanks for the time off, winter break! You would need to call in sick to see the array of awesome holiday offerings coming at us before year's end). Read on for my list of my top 10 picks for the year. Get More »

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PHOTOS: This Is 40 and Effing Hot

Judd Apatow's new comedy, "This Is 40," presents the many challenges that come with middle age, such as being attractive, having amusing and dedicated friends and wallowing in complete financial stability.

It's not all mundane tedium, though — sometimes you also just go crazy and get high in hotel rooms and caress Megan Fox's pert, twentysomething breasts.

Let's face it — something about being rich and famous kind of slows down the aging process that us regular schmoes have to contend with. Here are a few celebrity types who make 40 look like the new 25.

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Judd Apatow to Sit Down With MTV for 'Pioneers' Speaker Series

[From] In any discussion about people who have had the largest impact on pop culture, Judd Apatow belongs at the forefront. For years, the producer, director and screenwriter has created entertainment for the "MTV generation."

Thus, MTV is proud to announce that Apatow is our next "MTV Pioneers" speaker. He will sit down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz on Wednesday (December 19) at 4 p.m. ET for a 60-minute discussion that will touch on many things: his new movie, "This Is 40," his success in Hollywood, how the "Apatow effect" has changed the way studios make and market R-rated comedies, and everything he's learned along the way. To take part in the chat, which streams live on, tweet your questions to @MTVNews using the hashtag #askjudd.

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