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After casting a bunch of his most famous friends in his co-directorial debut, This Is the End, Seth Rogen is calling upon another old familiar face for his follow-up The Interview.

Lizzy Caplan has just clinched the female lead role in the assassination plot comedy, which also stars Rogen and James Franco. Evan Goldberg will direct with Rogen. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg long ago proved they were talented screenwriters with films such as Superbad and Pineapple Express. This summer, they added “director” to their resume with This is the End. Now they’re taking those skills into a whole new area: animation.

Rogen and Goldberg co-wrote and will co-produce what’s planned to be an R-rated animated film for Sony called Sausage Party. It’s not what you think. The film actually follows a sausage on a “quest to discover the truth about his existence” and will be filled with “all the irreverent, insightful and risqué R-rated humor we have come to expect” from the pair. Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Madagascar 3) and Greg Tiernan will direct the film from a story by Rogen, Goldberg and Jonah Hill and a screenplay by Rogen, Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir.

The CG animated film is aiming to be in theaters by 2015. Read the full press release below. Read More »

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Just one week after Edgar Wright’s The World’s End hit theaters, Sony Pictures has announced that it will bring this summer’s other big apocalypse comedy back to cinemas for another round.

This Is the End, the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, will return to the big screen next month. The film originally debuted June 12. Hit the jump for more details on the rerelease, as well as a new TV spot. Read More »

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

As writers, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have worked almost exclusively in comedy, from their days collaborating on Da Ali G Show to their new directorial effort This Is the End. But at least one person is hoping they’ll branch out.

Rogen revealed in an interview that Naughty Dog, the developer behind the Uncharted series, have repeatedly asked the pair to script the movie adaptation. However, they’ve always turned it down, and don’t sound much interested in it now, either. Find out why after the jump.

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[Spoilers for This Is the End follow.]

Any studio movie that’s remotely successful is bound to give rise to sequel talk. Some films are easier to follow up than others, though, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is the End seems particularly challenging. Not only does it finish with the end of the world (duh), it features such a pitch-perfect closing sequence that it’s tough to imagine how the pair might possibly try and top it.

But trust the geniuses behind the first film to come up with a way to make it work. While it’s too soon to say whether This Is the End 2 will ever get a green light, they’ve got some great ideas tucked away in case it does. Find out what they are after the jump.

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‘This Is the End’ – What Did You Think?

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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 »

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By his own admission, Jay Baruchel is the least well-known of the six main stars in This Is The End. He’s been acting for decades, appearing in Oscar-winning films from Almost Famous to Million Dollar Baby and blockbusters like How To Train Your Dragon and Tropic Thunder. Yet, when compared to some of his co-stars, he simply isn’t as famous. That might not be the case once people see This Is The End.

Along with co-director Seth Rogen, Baruchel is arguably the film’s lead character and the “in” for the audience. He plays the pseudo-outsider who finds himself at a star-studded Hollywood party just as the world is about to end. It’s a role he’s been playing for some time, starring in the original Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse short film the feature is based on, and having worked with seeming every other actor in the film at one time or another.

We spoke to Baruchel, a film junkie, about his outsider role in This Is The End, and some of the film’s more controversial elements as well as aspirations to write more movies, opening against Man of Steel, working with first time directors, odd career choices, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the RoboCop remake. Read More »

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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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