The final numbers for this past weekend’s box office aren’t in yet, but it looks like Sausage Party will have raked in just over $33 million. That’s an impressive debut for an R-rated animated comedy, especially opening up against the second weekend of blockbuster like Suicide Squad. It appears audiences were interested in something that was truly original and went against the grain of what’s been playing on most screens all summer.
Now a new Sausage Party featurette dives into one of the most important elements of the movie, though it’s not a piece you’d immediately recognize as being integral to a movie like this. Since Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg aren’t animators, it should come as no surprise that they brought in experienced animation directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan to helm the feature. But what’s truly surprising is they got Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, best known for his work on The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, to compose the score and the opening musical number in the grocery store. The filmmakers and composer talk about their approach to the score in a new Sausage Party featurette. Read More »
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Note: With Sausage Party in theaters this weekend, we’re re-running our review from San Diego Comic-Con.
Seth Rogen has said on a number of occasions that the desire to make his own animated movie came from a love for Pixar movies. Even though he didn’t exactly grow up on them as a child (he was already 14 when the first Toy Story arrived in 1995), he’s still loved them immensely as an adult. However, if Rogen was going to attempt to make his version of a Pixar movie, you know it wasn’t going to be anywhere near family friendly.
Sausage Party had a special screening here at Comic-Con last night, and the final result of years of development, test screenings and hard work is an outrageous comedy that brings the laughs hard, and all the most raunchy and raw hilarity hasn’t even been touched by the movie’s marketing.
Get our full Sausage Party review after the jump. Read More »
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are gearing up to write and produce a new half-hour comedy television series about the singularity for FX.
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Sausage Party is a hard-R comedy. Around the time the project was first announced, actor, producer, and co-writer Seth Rogen described it as “an R-rated Pixar-style movie” that’s “fucking filthy” and “really, really, really dirty.” Pretty much everyone who has seen the film, including our own Jacob Hall, agrees with Rogen that it truly is one dirty movie. The film is R-rated, but Rogen and all involved had to make some cuts to secure that rating.
Below, learn what was removed to take the Sausage Party rating down to an R instead of an NC-17.
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Sausage Party screened during San Diego Comic-Con this year. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg co-wrote the raunchy animated comedy about supermarket food that dreams of being taken home by a customer. Once purchased, the food panics that they are being eaten. Rogen was at a press conference for his AMC series Preacher and discussed the mashup of genres in Sausage Party, although he corrected me when I suggested it blended R-rated comedy with the animation genre. Read More »
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With two episodes left in its first season — and now only one as of publication — Preacher came to San Diego Comic-Con. The cast and creators of the show gave a press conference, where Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg dodged questions about the finale or second season with jokes. They did reveal some noteworthy behind-the-scenes stories though, particularly that a frequent collaborator of theirs was once considered for the lead role of Jesse Custer.
“We had a nice conversation with James Franco at one point,” Goldberg said. “He looks very Jesse-ish. He was into it but just literally he has to make 4,000 things in 20 different formats. It would take up his time and he wouldn’t be able to do a Tori Spelling movie or whatever the hell he was going to do.” Read More »
“We were very concerned about our budget on this show, and how good our visual effects would be,” co-director and executive producer Seth Rogen says at the start of the Preacher audio commentary, as he discusses the opening scene set in space. “We said, ‘Let’s not even try to make it look like good visual effects; let’s make it look like visual effects from 1967, so this is what we came up with.” Only days after the series’ excellent pilot aired, Rogen and co-director Evan Goldberg‘s commentary for the Preacher pilot–which performed well in the ratings Sunday night–has been made available online.
Learn a few facts from the Preacher audio commentary below
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During Sunday night’s premiere of Preacher, a new TV spot for Sausage Party aired. Continuing to play up the R-rated spin on familiar animated movies, Rogen makes an appearance, in the spirit of Walt Disney, to introduce his latest creation, Frank (voiced by Rogen). With horn-rimmed glasses, an old-fashioned suit, and a retro setting, the co-writer, producer, and voice actor shows off his “Animation Imaginatorium.”
Below, watch the Sausage Party Walt Disney spoof.
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Last night, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and showrunner Sam Catlin pulled off what was once considered impossible to some filmmakers: they successfully adapted Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s Preacher. Rogen, Goldberg, and Catlin ground the often wacky and wild story without excluding Ennis’ dark sense of humor or the spirit of the characters. The pilot retains some of the series’ key elements while also taking the story in a slightly different–and arguably more somber–direction.
To celebrate AMC’s adaptation, Gallery 1988 will release a new Preacher poster following all of the first season’s 10 episodes. Check out their first Preacher poster below.
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