Actor Paul Rudd attends the "Dinner For Schmucks" premiere at...

Actor Paul Rudd attends the "Dinner For Schmucks" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan. (July 19, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

A possible poster for the upcoming Judd Apatow comedy "This is 40" hit the Web Tuesday but was disavowed this morning by Apatow and apparently taken down from at least one site by the film's studio, Universal.

"This is 40" stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprising their roles as Pete and Debbie, the flailing married couple in "Knocked Up." The poster, still visible on some movie-news Websites, shows Mann brushing her teeth in a mirror while Rudd sits on the toilet behind her. (Instead of reading a magazine, he's holding an iPad.)

This morning, a fan tweeted to Apatow, "I totally dig the new This is 40 poster!" Apatow responded, "Thanks," but then followed seven minutes later with a more guarded tweet: "the poster actually leaked out and we are not sure it is the poster."

So is it an official poster, or not? The website Cinemablend, which reported on the leak Tuesday, has now put up this legal-sounding text: "NBCUniversal demands that cinemablend immediately remove any and all copies of the poster from cinemablend’s website." And the website Screencrush features this blurb: "The poster has been removed at the request of Universal Pictures."

UPDATE: The poster is indeed an official "teaser," according to Universal.

Pictured: Paul Rudd

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