Jason Segel Has Penned Some Young Adult Novels

You’d have to be pretty insane and heartless not to love Jason Segel. The lovable and giant man who we fell in love with back on Freaks and Geeks and has since been making us feel all fuzzy with laughter has not only written Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement, and The Muppets, but of course, he’s also written some YA fiction.

Yes, it was revealed during a Q&A with Jonathan Demme at a Sarah Marshall screening, that the actor, writer, piano man, and oft puppeteer, has written three young adult novels. Apparently, the series of novels are based on a script that he wrote at age 21 and sold for "super cheap" until eight years later when he bought it back for the same price. Apparently, the books are about, "kids facing their biggest fears," and that’s all he would reveal. However, Demme did mention that there is currently a "bidding war" going on between publishing houses for the works. As a full Segel supporter, I would gladly buy those novels and/or enjoy a film adaptation. Here’s to hopping we hear and see more about this in the future. In the meantime, let’s watch some adorably funny videos of Jason Segel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Segel Turning Punk Rock Dad Documentary Into Feature Comedy

The Other F Word is a very touching, often funny but even more so quite sad documentary about a group of musicians navigating the worlds of the punk rock lifestyle and fatherhood at the same time. Members of Pennywise, Blink-182, Rise Against, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more give insights on transitioning between roles, and at some point, Everclear’s Art Alexakis shows up to make you feel feelings with a rendition of “Father Of Mine.”

Last week, Fox bought a pitch from actor Jason Segel and Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce to turn the documentary into a feature film. Segel plans to star in the film, presumably as one of the punks caught between espousing an anti-authority message on stage and reminding his kids to wear a bike helmet. The film will be a comedy, which is fine for Segel, but in an effort to play up the comedy, many of the elements, some of them very dark, that made the original doc so compelling will be lost. Also, in the post-School of Rock era, a number of big-budget comedy movies that have starred genuinely funny actors as aging rockers (The Rocker, anyone) haven’t done quite as well.

Watch the trailer for The Other F Word below.

Jason Segel and Ed Helms: Notes From an Epic Jam

Had they not become two of Hollywood’s alpha comedy stars, were they not starring in Jeff, Who Lives at Home, the latest comedy from the brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, had their lives not assured each a place in the pantheon of funny man heroes—one for bringing heart to The Office, the other for ensuring that a small felt frog named Kermit and his slightly overbearing fiancée would never be forgotten—Ed Helms and Jason Segel probably would have been this generation’s Hall & Oates. Instead, they might be this generation’s Odd Couple.

In Jeff, Who Lives At Home, Segel plays Jeff, a weed-obsessed, emotionally drifting man-child. The film begins with him perched on a toilet, recording a voice memo to himself on the merits of Signs, M. Night Shyamalan’s paean to fate. Later, Jeff sets out on a Shyamalanian quest for purpose across Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he encounters his blowhard brother Pat (Helms), who is struggling with his own ontological and marital unease. Epiphanies ensue. One such revelation: It would be an abomination if Helms and Segel, both passionate musicians, never jammed together. And so, with a garage, a Gretsch and a prayer, we made it happen. Here now the evidence from the greatest band that never was.

Photos by Dan Monick

Afternoon Links: Big Debut Likely For ‘Boyfriend,’ Rihanna Rides The Subway

● Justin Bieber’s "Boyfriend" is on pace to sell 400,000 downloads this week, a one week haul that would easily rank as Justin’s best. Growing up ain’t so bad! [Billboard]

● In 2000, a high school student asked Fiona Apple to write a letter for his school’s Gay Straight Alliance, and oh did she. [BuzzFeed]

● MediaTakeOut seems to believe that Lil B’s upcoming NYU lecture will be something of a coming out party. [MTO]

● "Whew this job is no joke," tweeted new mom Hilary Duff, hopefully not between choked back tears. [Us]

● Rihanna skipped pants but remembered her Oyster card for her Tube trip to Drake’s London tour stop. "I hate waking up early and I am always late so the Tube is 10 minute," she explains. "Me and my fans all went to the concert, that was the coolest part definitely." [MTV]

● Rumor has it that Busy Philips introduced Michelle Williams and Jason Segel, and that the two have been totally "smitten" ever since. Aww!  [PageSix]

● Better late than never, 50 Cent announced today that he’ll be joining rank with a Gangsta Grillz hosted mixtape. “Arguably the two most important brands in the mixtape game in the last 10 years. 50 Cent & Gangsta Grillz,” he says. [RapRadar]

Video Exclusive: Jason Segel & Ed Helms Rock Out

For our upcoming Comedy Issue, Jeff, Who Lives at Home costars Jason Segel and Ed Helms got together in a Pasadena garage for an epic jam session, proving that they’re as good at making music as they are at making jokes. Our April/May issue features an awesome photospread of the would-be rockstars, which you can see in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the shoot after the jump!

 

Video Exclusive: Jason Segel & Ed Helms Rock Out

For our upcoming Comedy Issue, Jeff, Who Lives at Home costars Jason Segel and Ed Helms got together in a Pasadena garage for an epic jam session, proving that they’re as good at making music as they are at making jokes. Our April/May issue features an awesome photospread of the would-be rockstars, which you can see in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the shoot after the jump!

Anna Faris Graces the Cover of Our Comedy Issue

For over a decade the delightfully daffy Anna Faris has been making people laugh in movies like The House Bunny, Observe and Report, and the four films of the Scary Movie franchise. She’s even lightened the mood in heavier Oscar-winning fare like Lost in Translation and Brokeback Mountain. With a role playing opposite international prankster Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator and a rumored return to the cast of Scary Movie 5, Faris continues to prove she’s a comedic force to be reckoned with. In the cover story of our April/May issue, Faris reveals what makes her laugh (it involves the phrase "mammary glands") and reveals that her status as a cinematic comedienne was accidental. 

It wouldn’t be The Comedy Issue without a few more jokesters, which is why we reunited Jeff Who Lives at Home costars Jason Segel and Ed Helms for an epic jam session, proving they’ve got the musical chops to shift careers (not that we want them to quit their day jobs). Community and Mad Men‘s Alison Brie chats about bringing humor to two very different hit TV shows, and she opens up about her role in the upcoming comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Critically beloved writer-director Whit Stillman, whose Damsels in Distress hits theaters in early April, explains his 14-year absence from filmmaking. And we answer the burning question that everyone’s been asking: are gay guys funny? (Spoiler alert: they are!)

You’ll also get a look new restaurants in Chicago, hot night spots in Paris, an illustrated guide to the Tribeca Film Festival, and the long-awaited look at the cinematic history of vibrators. You can find a copy of the issue on newsstands next week, and be sure to check back with BBook.com for full coverage and web exclusives! 

Afternoon Links: Wiz and Amber Get Engaged, Justin Bieber Buys Two New Mansions

● Congratulations to Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose on their engagementt! May there be duets and drama ’til death do you part. [JustJared]

● The new Muppets movie will have to go on without Jason Segel, who says he just won’t have time to pen the sequel. [Vulture]

The $100,000 electric car was just a warm up: TMZ reports that Justin Bieber is ringing in his 18th year with a skydiving trip, a big party, and by signing the lease on two new homes — one for himself and one for his mom. Aww! [TMZ]

2Pac: The Musical is an actual thing that they are actually casting for. [BV]

● Zac Efron came clean to Matt Lauer this morning about that shiny gold-foilded thing that fell from his pocket on the Lorax red carpet. "I did, I did," he confirmed. "I never really had a pocket-checking policy prior to going onto the red carpet before, but now we’ve fully instated one." [PageSix]

● This story about Tyga being held at gunpoint and made to dance to his own "Rack City" has, in all likelihood, been exaggerated. It’s too good not to share, though. [TaleTela]

Oscars Cut Best Original Song Performances, Devastate Muppetheads

The "Best Original Song" performances at the Academy Awards are always a crapshoot in terms of quality, but they’re certainly one of the most memorable parts of the show, whether it’s Björk warbling in a swan dress or Robin Williams leading a chorus in "Blame Canada." This year, as the spectacle continues to fight insane running times, they’ve decided to cut performances of the nominated songs, Vulture reports. 

Granted, there were only two nominees — "Real In Rio" from Rio (what?) and "Man Or Muppet?" from The Muppets — but look at the credentials! The former, albeit from a lukewarmly-received animated movie everyone forgot about, was co-written by the legendary Sergio Mendes. The latter was written by Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie, who after many Emmy nominations for FOTC, may actually get on the board towards an EGOT. And for Muppetheads expecting to see an encore performance from Jason Segel, Jim Parsons and the Muppets, this news will probably come as a major drag. 

No word yet on whether or not Uggie the Dog, who recently retired from acting as he battles a neurological disorder, will still get to read his moving speech for the honorary Academy Award winners.