Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
James Franco certainly couldn’t be faulted for lacking in ambition. His most recent directorial effort was an adaptation of William Faulkner‘s As I Lay Dying, a revered American classic with an experimental structure that doesn’t easily lend itself to cinematic translation.
Now, for his next move, he plans to double down on the Faulkner by directing a film based on another of his works, The Sound and the Fury. Franco will star once again, and he hopes to get Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, and little brother Dave Franco to join him. Get the details after the jump.
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Who coulda guessed that the best comedy of the summer might involve a bunch of actors facing the Biblical end of the world? Years ago Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jay Baruchel (with Jason Stone) made a trailer for an imaginary movie called Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse, and this week they released the feature expansion of the idea. Rogen and Goldberg wrote and co-directed, each making their feature debut as directors.
This Is the End sees six actors — Rogen, Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and James Franco — trapped in Franco’s house when a raging party is interrupted by the Rapture. The movie has all the lewd and vulgar jokes you’d expect from that crew of actors, but also pokes sly fun at celebrity, and wraps all the goofy humor around a genuinely moral core.
It’s not the movie you expect, and it is funny as hell. Man of Steel is the big attention-getter this weekend, but don’t overlook This Is the End. After you’ve seen the film, chime in below to tell us what you thought about the movie. As always with these pieces, spoilers are fully encouraged. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
At first blush, a star-studded comedy about the apocalypse and a reality show about hot-tubbing 20somethings wouldn’t seem to have much in common. Upon closer examination, however, it turns out they’re not very different at all.
Both MTV’s The Real World and Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel‘s This Is the End involve unruly groups stuck living together — the former because that’s what they have to do to get on TV, the latter because the rest of the world has become a fiery pit of despair. Both show housemates forging alliances and nursing grudges. Both see said relationships fueled by copious amounts of inhibition-lowering substances.
But most importantly, both the premiere of This Is the End and the finale of Real World: Portland hit this week. As a result, members of both casts have teamed for a clever bit of cross-promotion titled The Real World: This Is the End edition. Check it out after the jump.
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On paper, there’s no way This Is The End should work. There are too many stars and too many wacky ideas for a pair of first-time directors to handle. Six famous actors, each playing themselves (or “themselves”) have to survive the end of the world while massacring some of Hollywood’s A-list? That’s just insane.
Thankfully, movies aren’t made on paper, and This Is The End not only works, it slays. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have written and co-directed a balls-out, unapologetic comedy that somehow balances Hollywood insider jokes with violence, scares and a very sweet center. You’ll be hard-pressed to be find a better comedy this summer.
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Four strikes and Kenny Powers is finally out. The popular HBO show Eastbound & Down is set to start filming its fourth season this week and will premiere on September 29. Then that’s it. Though there was some question after the second and third seasons of the Danny McBride/Jody Hill show as to what would happen next, HBO has decided the fourth season will be its last.
UPDATE: McBride will not be gone from TV though, the new station FXX has just picked up his animated comedy show Chozen. Read More »
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I’ll say this for James Franco‘s new outing as a director, and his highest-profile directorial gig to date: it takes some balls to tackle William Faulkner. The source material here is Faulkner’s seventh novel As I Lay Dying, which charts a family’s attempt to transport the body of its late matriarch to her preferred burial place, miles away. To grossly reduce things to a simple statement, the journey does not go well.
The film will premiere shortly at Cannes, and this trailer showcases the use of some of Faulkner’s original text in the script for the film. We get some idea of how Franco and the rest of the cast do with the material, but it’s too early to tell if the movie works. The novel is narrated by over a dozen characters, but we also don’t know how Franco, who also scripted, has dealt with the presentation of the story.
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Well here’s a new twist on social marketing that hasn’t been used yet, and one that just might work.
We all know that This Is The End is chock full of huge comedy (and movie) stars: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson just to name a few. Its blend of R-rated humor and apocalyptic action and self-reflexivity make it a film aimed squarely at a very specific audience. The kind of people who spend all of their time on social media. And to help get the film’s Facebook likes up, Franco, Rogen, Baruchel and McBride have promised to do increasingly gross things to each other as more people Like the movie.
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On June 13th 2012 I visited the set of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This is The End. After the jump you will find a list 35 things I learned while visiting the set, including how the project was put together and the many similarities and differences between the real life Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and the versions of they play in the film.
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Posted on Friday, April 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is the End isn’t due out for another couple of months, but obviously a bunch of potheads like the ones depicted in the film aren’t about to let 4/20 pass unnoticed. The apocalyptic comedy has just put up a “holiday” greeting, in which stars Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, and Danny McBride show us their plans for the special day.
And since the portion of the audience that’s celebrating along with them is probably prone to getting the munchies, the studio’s offering to satisfy those cravings with some free popcorn. Hit the jump for more.
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