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The folks at Universal just sent us over a batch of photos, some old and some new. In the pile of new is a shot (above, click to enlarge) of Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen in Judd Apatow’s Funny People. I have a feeling that this film will show up on our forthcomign “25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2009″ list, as it is Apatow’s first time in the director’s chair since 2007′s Knocked Up.

From the official release: Over the past few years, Apatow has shown that nothing—not even losing your virginity or the miracle of childbirth—is sacred. About his third film behind the camera, he says, “I’m trying to make a very serious movie that is twice as funny as my other movies. Wish me luck!” Apatow directs Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann in Funny People, the story of a famous comedian who has a near-death experience.

Adam Sandler, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman, RZA and newcomer Aubrey Plaza join a cast that reunites Judd Apatow with Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann and Jonah Hill in their third comedy together.

Funny People is due out July 31, 2009.


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