Amy Schumer not a Trainwreck when it comes to sex and booze

13 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Judd Apatow Slams Bill Cosby After Revelations in Unsealed Court Documents: ‘When You Go Out on a Date, You Don’t Need Seven Prescriptions for Quaaludes’.

LeBron James is 30, too, and like Brown is the sports icon of his time in Cleveland. Judd Apatow has been very vocal about the rape allegations against Bill Cosby — on Twitter and elsewhere — and he’s calling on Hollywood to follow suit. “I just kept noticing that no one else was saying that this was a bad thing,” he explained while promoting Trainwreck. “I would have loved to not talk about it.She’s turned her Peabody-winning Comedy Central show, “Inside Amy Schumer,” into a spinning collider of gender roles, firing out weekly, instantly viral parodies of men and women, in bed and on screens.”It’s always: I walk in a room thinking maybe I belong in here,” she says over a plate of meatballs at a Greenwich Village cafe. “And then I get reminded quickly that I don’t.

And a week after unsealed court documents from 2005 revealed Cosby obtained drugs to provide to women before having sex with them, Apatow has spoken out again, calling the scandal “one of the most tragic things that’s happened in our business.” The 47-year-old writer-director sat down with Today anchor Willie Geist on Monday to promote his upcoming comedy Trainwreck, but he struck a more serious note during the conversation when asked about the television icon’s spiraling legal drama. If James were to follow in Brown’s footsteps, then Cleveland, Hollywood, heck, the masses who walk this Earth, would be stunned, just like they were 49 years ago when Brown said good-bye to football. Cosby’s lawyer, Marty Singer, has denied the allegations of sexual assault, saying in a statement in November after multiple accusers spoke out against the actor: “This is utter nonsense. Famous people can meet women without the enormous prescriptions.” Cosby has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, many of whom allege that he drugged and raped them.

People coming out of nowhere with this sort of inane yarn is what happens in a media-driven feeding frenzy.” “You have been – whether you wanted this role or not in our society – you’ve been the leading voice going after Bill Cosby in the wake of all these allegations by women against him. He has never been charged with a crime. “We should all be very hesitant about getting involved in anything, but when it’s 40 people [making accusations], it certainly is time for everybody to wake up and say we should be concerned about the women.” Her humor — satirical, raunchy, absurdist — is built on a fresh and on-point feminism, alert to both the injustices of sexism and the helpless farce of the sexes. The jokes have included her expectation a more attractive actress, “a Kate” (like Kate Upton or Kate Middleton), would be cast in her place, and her insistence that her Los Angeles experience has proven she’ll never be a movie star. “Definitely not,” she confirmed in a recent interview. “I’m not doing it.

There’s way, way too much money in hoops for James – he just signed a contract worth $47 million with the Cavs and could sign a $200 million contract with Cleveland in 2017 – and his passion for the game remains. Through his longtime publicist, Cosby responded that he had no comment at the time.) On Thursday, Apatow issued a series of Tweets directed at Whoopi Goldberg, asking her to accept the legal facts of the scandal rather than try to remain a “loyal friend” to Cosby. It’s through that company, run by friend and longtime business partner Maverick Carter, where James has launched and served as an executive producer for two TV shows – Survivor’s Remorse on Starz and Becoming on Disney XD – with an unnamed game show currently for NBC in the pipeline. Apatow’s friend and colleague Lena Dunham also spoke out in support of his comments, Tweeting on Sunday, “I love knowing an angry hairy feminist like @JuddApatow !” “It takes Hollywood far too long to believe survivors, and even longer to stop defending the men who make the money. Both James and his advisers are cautious when discussing his acting possibilities. “If it fits right and it’s the right thing for myself, then I wouldn’t mind it,” James said last week.

A Chicago-based rape-survivor group has launched a White House petition encouraging the Obama administration to revoke Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, a coveted honor bestowed on individuals for their contributions to society. One of her most famous sketches, a full-episode version of “12 Angry Men” in which jurors weigh whether Schumer is hot enough for TV, also came from a blogger’s comments. “I’m trying to do my part, just so people can feel comfortable in their own skin,” she says. “I don’t think we should throw out all the hot people.

When people see LeBron James, at least for now, it would be difficult to ask them to pretend he’s someone else. “That would be a challenge,” James said on Bleacher Report Radio on Sunday with Ethan Skolnick and Howard Beck. They actually kind of like it.” That underlying message of self-acceptance has made Schumer a kind of comic everywoman candidly baring her anxieties and embarrassments — and triumphs over them — for an understanding audience. “I am really in it to talk to the women in the crowd, if I’m being totally honest,” she says. “But what I’ve found is that the men want to hear it, too. For instance, in one scene where Hader and James discuss Hader’s new relationship with Schumer’s character over lunch, James gives some advice and reacts to Hader’s recounting of a date in a manner that might be a little different than, say, if James had heard the same thing inside the Cavs locker room. And women are just as much to blame as men for why we’re not able to understand each other.” Her talent has lured not just Apatow but Chris Rock (director of her upcoming HBO special) and Madonna, whom Schumer will open for in September.

I was like Oh my God, are you serious?” “Most people can’t do it,” Apatow said. “So when someone’s really charismatic and comfortable and in the moment, you know, there’s no limit to their potential if they want to put the time in. A recent column in the Guardian, citing a sketch from the show’s first season, claimed Schumer has a “blind spot around race.” Schumer posted online that the sketch had been misinterpreted and that she wouldn’t start joking about “safe material” — a response she now regrets. “I talked to Louie (C.K.) and Lena (Dunham) and Chris Rock and they were like, ‘Yeah, you can’t respond,'” said Schumer.

But the resulting headlines crystalized the new challenges coming for Schumer. “The pressure is that there are more eyes on me,” says Schumer, a cousin of New York Senator Chuck Schumer. “It is strange to be treated like a politician all of a sudden.” But as Schumer finds herself increasingly on the inside of Hollywood glitz or partying at the Emmys, she’s also recoiling — back to New York, back to the stage.

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