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The Judd Apatow crew set to star in The Simpsons for ‘Hollywood’ episode

 
The gangs all Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann will join Will Arnett, Channing Tatum and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford as guest-voices in the all-new “Steal This Episode” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Jan. 5 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
 
“Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen have been looking for a project to do together for a long time. So we were happy to finally give them this opportunity,” said THE SIMPSONS executive producer Matt Selman. “Will Arnett, Channing Tatum and Rob Halford never wanted to work together, so please don’t tell them they’re in the same episode.”
 
In “Steal this Episode,” Homer (Dan Castellaneta) is banned from the Springfield movie theaters, so Bart (Nancy Cartwright) teaches him how to download movies illegally. Homer creates a backyard movie theater where he shows his friends pirated movies for free. But Marge (Julie Kavner) feels guilty for watching illegally downloaded movies, and in trying to pay the film studios back for “stealing with her eyes,” she accidentally tips off the FBI to Homer’s “Cinema Pirate-diso.” The Simpsons must go on the run to escape the relentless justice of head FBI anti-piracy agent (Arnett), who is determined to bring Homer to justice at any cost.
 
Judd Apatow has been closely associated with many of the biggest comedy films and hit TV shows worldwide. He is the executive producer of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy “Girls.” He also produced “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Other feature credits include “This Is 40,” “Knocked Up,” “Funny People” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (co-written with Steve Carell). His producing credits include “Superbad,” “Bridesmaids,” “Pineapple Express,” “Talladega Nights,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Get Him To The Greek,” “Walk Hard,” “Stepbrothers” and “Anchorman.” Apatow will next direct and produce the feature comedy “Train Wreck,” starring Amy Schumer.
 
Will Arnett can currently be seen on the hit comedy “The Millers” and on the Emmy Award-winning “Arrested Development.” He will next be heard as “Batman” in “Lego: The Piece of Resistance” and will voice the lead in the animated film “The Nut Job.” Arnett will also star opposite Megan Fox in the upcoming Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
 
Rob Halford is the lead singer in Judas Priest. Since 1974, the band has been one of heavy metal’s most successful groups, issuing such arena-rocking anthems as “Breaking the Law,” “Living After Midnight” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’.”
 
Leslie Mann most recently starred in Judd Apatow’s “This Is 40.” She will next be seen in the feature comedy “The Other Woman.” Other movie credits include “Knocked Up,” “The Bling Ring,” “The Change-Up,” “Little Birds,” “Funny People,” “17 Again,” “I Love You Phillip Morris,” “Drillbit Taylor,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Orange County,” “Timecode,” “Big Daddy,” “George of the Jungle” and “She’s the One.”