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NEW YORK (AP) - Comedy trumped drama in a conversation between Robert De Niro and Judd Apatow at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The two sat for a panel discussion built around the 100th anniversary of Universal Studios at the New York festival on Thursday. Both have made numerous films for the Comcast-owned studio founded in 1912 by Carl Laemmle.

It was an usual pairing: the serious actor and Tribeca co-founder De Niro, and the "40 Year-Old Virgin" filmmaker Apatow. But the result was a laugh-filled, if sometimes awkwardly transitioned conversation.

Apatow worries about a "whiplash of subject matter" between their divergent filmographies. Still, he insisted De Niro's "Goodfellas" and even "Cape Fear" have comedy in them.

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