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Seth Rogen: 'Schlubby Jews Aren't The Problem'

By Anne Cohen

Beware of schlubby Jews with beards.

That’s basically what Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday wrote in an piece that called out frat-boy comedies such as the ones produced by Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow for enabling people like Elliot Rodgers, who killed six people near the University of California’s Santa Barbara campus on May 23.

“How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like ‘Neighbors’ and feel, as Rodger did, unjustly shut out of college life that should be full of ‘sex and fun and pleasure’?” Hornaday wrote. “How many men, raised on a steady diet of Judd Apatow comedies in which the shlubby arrested adolescent always gets the girl, find that those happy endings constantly elude them and conclude, ‘It’s not fair’?”

Rogen, who stars in the newly released ‘Neighbors,’ was the first to respond:

Judd Apatow, known for such staples of the genre as “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express” also chimed in:

Also on Hornaday’s sh*t list: “American Psycho,” James Bond movies and “The Pick-Up Artist.

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Mel Brooks' First Tweet

By Anne Cohen

In case you missed it. Mel Brooks has joined Twitter!

The comedy genius hopped on the blue birdie train during a Comedy Central chat with Carl Reiner and director Judd Apatow.

Follow him at @MelBrooks.

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Judd Apatow's Tech-Savvy Teen

By Kristi Goldade

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Maude and Judd Apatow

“Maude Apatow is addicted to technology, even though she knows it is destroying her,” pronounces the Twitter bio of Maude Apatow.

Remember her? She played Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann (her actual mother)’s daughter in ‘Knocked Up.’ Maude and her little sister were the two giggly blonde girls who teased Seth Rogen, the clueless Daddy-to-be.

Well, she’s sort of grown up — past the pajama party stage at least — and on to nail art, Doc Martins and dissecting the dynamics of girl friendships. At 14, she’s gotten famous enough to snag a New York Times profile last weekend (which compared her favorably to Larry David) and 62,000 followers on Twitter.

With deadpan tweets like, “I think I might get into a fistfight at this bar mitzvah,” the precocious 14-year-old has taken after her funnyman father, Judd Apatow.

And her fan base reaches well beyond her peers. Maude has earned respect from author Judy Blume, who said she felt similar angst and ennui as an adolescent — as well as Zooey Deschanel and the HelloGiggles team, where Maude publishes essays and interviews — “I don’t remember the first time I met Paul Rudd, but I do remember seeing him make my sister cry…”

Mr. Apatow said he hopes his daughter’s success will encourage her to write more. The pair spent this summer filming a sequel to ‘Knocked Up’ called ‘This is 40.’

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Video: Spot-On ‘Girls’ Parody

By Hannah Rubin

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The “Girls” of New York are seeing some competition — from a pair of equally jobless and sex-obsessed “Boys” in L.A.

The latest humor video to hit the net — a trailer for a “Girls” spoof called “Boys” — satirically follows the lives of 20-something-boys trying to make it in L.A. The joke trailer is pretty funny, and successfully captures the essential zeitgeist of the characters and concepts that it mocks.

Poking fun at the Hollywood nepotism that is ‘Girls’ casting (Zosia Mamet? Allison Williams?), the spoof stars Wolf Blitzer’s son, Bear, and Daniel Craig’s son, Craig Craig.

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Apatow and Stern Still Friends After Twitter Feud

By Michael Kaminer

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Apatow: ‘I’m [Stern’s] biggest fan.’

If you’ve lost sleep over the “feud” between Howard Stern and Judd Apatow, rest easy. The Jewish comedy behemoths have buried the hatchet after a vicious Twitter smackdown supposedly sparked by Apatow’s criticism of Stern’s “America’s Got Talent” gig.

Last Tuesday, Apatow tweeted, “I hate to say it but I don’t have much interest in discussions about america’s got talent [sic]. I tried. It is just too much synergy. @sternshow,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

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See Larry King and Edward Zwick in JPEF’s Promo

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Well, it’s not quite in the same vein or of the same tone as Judd Apatow’s public service announcement for the American Jewish World Service, but it does feature a few celebrities.

The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation’s brand new PSA has Liev Schreiber, Larry King and Edward Zwick — along with a former partisan and her granddaughter — inviting the public to JPEF’s tribute dinner scheduled for November 7 in New York. In particular, these celebrities are asking the public to spread the word about the tribute to any partisans who are still alive and to their families and friends. JPEF hopes to have as many former partisans as possible attend the dinner to be honored, along with all partisans who fought the Nazis and their collaborators in WWII.

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Jewcy’s Return

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Jewcy, the online magazine appealing to young Jews, relaunched today with a nice-looking website and some fresh content.

The nonprofit cousin of JDub records maintains its robust music and books coverage, but has added sections for news, food, social justice and family and features an events calendar, which is certainly needed in the Jewish webiverse.

Some noteworthy posts:

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Judd Apatow Debuts Star-Studded AJWS Video

By Abigail Jones

Last night, Judd Apatow debuted his tribute video at a benefit for the American Jewish World Service at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

First, a message flashes on screen: “A Public Service Announcement not approved by American Jewish World Service.” Then Don Johnson appears with perfectly coiffed hair and stubble, and says, “I’m Don Johnson, and I’m not Jewish.” Next we have Danny Trejo in a black shirt, black jacket and gleaming silver cross: “I’m Danny Trejo, and I’m not Jewish.” “Wanna hear a secret?” Tracy Morgan asks, leaning into the camera. “I’m not Jewish.”

“Okay fine, I’m Jewish, you got me,” Jerry Seinfeld says. “What gave it away? Seinfeld?”

And so begins over three minutes of satisfying riffs and self-deprecation in a clever effort to promote AJWS’s cause. The star-studded lineup also features Lindsay Lohan, Gilbert Gottfried, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Susan Sarandon, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Dr. Ken and more.

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Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller in Celebrity-Studded Video for AJWS Benefit

By Michael Kaminer

Fundraising events for Jewish non-profits don’t usually turn out to be laugh riots. But tonight’s American Jewish World Service (AJWS) benefit at Jazz at Lincoln Center should have the audience rolling in the aisles. No, president Ruth Messinger’s not doing her banana-peel shtick; director Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up,” “Superbad”) will premiere a celebrity-studded tribute video that the NY Daily News calls “so funny benefit-goers are in danger of choking on their rubber chicken.”

The video will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the international aid organization and Messinger’s 70th birthday.

Among the famous faces Apatow roped into performing onscreen is professional provocateur Sarah Silverman, who, in the video, notes that the AJWS’s $22 million in grants to 34 countries “throws a wrench in the ‘Jews are cheap’ premise. I mean, if you think that’s cheap, there’s no way you’re Asian, because you’re really bad at math,” the News reports. According to ContactMusic.com, “Greenberg” actor Ben Stiller suggests that AJWS re-brand itself as “JAWS”: “You can have JAWS Week (on the Discovery Channel, but instead of Shark Week), it’s all just Jews.”

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