This is the End Fire

Put James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson in a room together and there’s no telling what’s going to happen. They might make a sequel to Pineapple Express, they might try and perform an exorcism, or they might just rip each other to shreds verbally for each other’s enjoyment. And that’s not even considering what’s going on outside.

In This is the End, written and directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, those six actors are the survivors of a massive, star-studded party that occurs at James Franco’s house during the start of the apocalypse. Many stars die and, come June 12, many laughs will be had. After the big WonderCon panel over the weekend (read our coverage and interview here) they’re debuting a brand new red-band trailer. Check it out below, and check back later this week for the tamer, but still hilarious, green band trailer too. Read More »

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg had a very tough task at WonderCon 2013. Their star-studded apocalyptic comedy This Is The End was the anchor on a three-film panel that included two franchises with a rabid fan base: The Mortal Instruments and Evil Dead. Both of those films electrified the crowd. But many people started filing out before the lesser-known third film, some original comedy starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera and Emma Watson. Those who stayed saw one of the best presentations of the day. The panel featured a new green band trailer for the film; two hilarious and revealing clips; a frank, funny Q&A; and Rogen dressed as Wolverine. Rogen and Goldberg were more than up for the challenge of selling the film.

Before all that, I sat down with the co-writers and co-directors for a 10-minute video interview where we discussed subjects such as the evolution of the movie’s idea (famous friends at a party during the end of the world), how the first-time directors developed a style on set and in post, securing so many cameos, and the scope of the film.

Watch that interview below, and read more about the panel for This Is The End, which opens June 12. Read More »

Pineapple Express

Sorry, fans of the 2008 comedy Pineapple Express. There’s not a sequel in the works. Instead, what you get on this April Fools Day is a parody trailer featuring all the film’s original stars, and a few other guests. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson are joined by Jonah Hill (playing someone else) in a trailer for Pineapple Express 2. Check it out below. Read More »

This Is The End (formerly Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse, aka The End of the World, aka The Apocalypse) is the new title of the directoral debut of frequent collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The pair, who co-wrote Superbad, Pineapple Express and more, also co-wrote this apocalyptic comedy about a group of actors who end up hanging at James Franco‘s house during the end of the world. Co-stars, as themselves, include Rogen, Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, Paul Rudd, Danny McBride, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson and others. Some are larger roles, some are cameos but all are super frightened to be witnessing the end of days with their fellow famous friends.

With the Mayan Calendar predicting Friday, December 21 as the possible end of the world, Rogen decided it was a perfect time to release a teaser clip from the film, which is scheduled for release June 14. You know, just in case the end of the world stops us from seeing This Is The End. Check it out below. Read More »

We already know what Larry David‘s new film will be about (a marketing exec who misses out on a lucrative startup) and how it’ll be distributed (on HBO). Now we also know what it’ll be called and who’ll star in it.

According to a new report, the movie’s now going by the name Clear History, and the cast contains a healthy mix of comedians and non-comedians. In addition to David and the previously rumored Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton, the confirmed cast also includes Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Philip Baker Hall, Amy Ryan, Kate Hudson, Eva Mendes, and JB Smoove. More after the jump.

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With his Cormac McCarthy adaptation Child of God in post-production, multi-hyphenate James Franco is prepping another literary classic for his next feature. Two winters ago, he was trying to get the William Faulkner estate on board for a movie version of As I Lay Dying. It seems he was successful, as the film’s now begun casting for a fall start. As of this week, Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Jim Parrack (True Blood), and Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) are all lined up to star alongside Franco himself. More details after the jump.

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Thanks to Independence Day, it’s been a fairly slow week for film news — but it looks like the TV folks have been keeping themselves plenty busy over the past few days. After the jump:

  • Danny McBride talks the surprise fourth season of Eastbound & Down
  • Fraggle Rock spin-off, The Doozers, will shoot in Canada this month
  • Watch a teaser for Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • Frank Darabont‘s L.A. Noir pics show Jon Bernthal and Simon Pegg

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Once upon a time, there were plans for three seasons of the show Eastbound & Down, and three seasons only. That plan came to fruition and the show finished with a third season finale earlier this April. But Eastbound isn’t done, as HBO has ordered eight more episodes of the show. So there will be a few more hours of Kenny Powers and his fashion-forward hair for your enjoyment. (This is the part where fans of canceled series like Bored to Death and Deadwood get irritated, however.) Read More »

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