nicholas stoller neighbors interview

The upcoming comedy Neighbors is odd in that the director, Nicholas Stoller (above, center), came on pretty late in the process. Writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien first pitched the idea to producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. They loved it and thought of Zac Efron as the lead frat boy in the conceit. Only then did Stoller get the call. Once he came on board, many things were already in place. That’s not to say he didn’t put his own stamp on it, however.

That stamp comes from Hollywood experience that’s been incredibly eclectic so far, and is only getting more weird. Stoller first directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, wrote and directed Get Him To The Greek, wrote The Muppets, wrote and directed The Five Year Engagement, wrote Muppets Most Wanted and, after Neighbors, he’s going into the world of animation with Captain Underpants and Storks.

In this interview, we talk about all of that. We also discuss the issues marketing a comedy where you want to sell the movie but also not ruin the jokes, PG-13 vs R in the eye of an executive, the latest on some upcoming projects, being part of the Warner Bros. Animation brain trust and how Enter the Void played a part in the production.

We also discussed lots of behind the scenes Neighbors stuff, dissecting some of the film’s best jokes, but we’ll save that for next week so you can see the hilarious movie this weekend and not be spoiled. Read the non-spoiler Nicholas Stoller Neighbors interview below. Read More »

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Neighbors red-band trailers

In real life, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are separated by a mere five years in age. But even a few years can make a big difference in early adulthood, and in Neighbors, their lives couldn’t be further apart. Mac (Rogen) is a (relatively) responsible father and husband, while Teddy (Efron) is a hard-partying frat boy.

Unfortunately for both parties, they’re stuck living next door to one another. While they make efforts to get along early on, tensions soon escalate into all-out intergenerational war, and it turns out that the one thing both sides have in common is a willingness to fight dirty. Watch not one but two Neighbors red-band trailers — one for the international market and one for the domestic one — after the jump.

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When Tommy Wiseau set out to make The Room, he never thought it would come to this. Or maybe, in his wild mind, he did. Wiseau famously made “the worst movie ever” around 2003. In the decade since, The Room has become a midnight cult classic. Actor Greg Sestero bore witness to the whole thing, playing Wiseau’s character’s best friend, Mark. Years later, he wrote a fantastic book about the experience, called The Disaster Artist.

Here’s where it gets really crazy. James Franco has now purchased the rights to The Disaster Artist. He’ll direct, produce and co-star in an adaptation of the book, and the film will also be produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Read More »

Neighbors 2

Seth Rogen has made more than his share of movies about man-children reluctant to grow up, but in Neighbors, he plays a guy who’s achieved all the hallmarks of adulthood. He’s gainfully employed and happily married, and even has an adorable baby girl to boot. No, his problem here is that other people haven’t grown up — namely, the rowdy frat boys that have just moved in next door.

Zac Efron plays the leader of the gang, a seemingly reasonable guy who turns vengeful when Rogen and his wife (played by Rose Byrne) call the cops on a party they’re throwing. The tension between the two houses intensifies, and pretty soon there are babies eating condoms and grown men getting launched into the ceiling. Watch the newest trailer after the jump.

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James Franco

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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Mark Ruffalo magic

Few things are better than well-done magic, but celebrities doing magic is pretty good. Not celebrity magicians, mind you, but actual celebrities learning and performing magic. For the upcoming thriller Now You See Me, stars like Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo and Mélanie Laurent all had to learn a bit of magic for their roles. So now, to help promote the May 31 heist film, a few of them have released videos performing these very tricks. Read More »

Now You See Me

The upcoming film Now You See Me focuses on a character quartet nicknamed The Four Horsemen. Played by Jesse EisenbergWoody HarrelsonIsla Fisher and Dave Franco, they’re magicians who perform elaborate heists, giving the proceeds to the audience. This naturally gets the attention of the authorities and the story moves forward.

As the number “four” is so prevalent in the film, Summit has released the first four minutes of Now You See Me online. In the clip, you’ll meet each of the main characters and get a sense of their individual skills in the world of magic. It’s very cool, check it out below. Read More »

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