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The early word on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s apocalyptic comedy This Is the End has been great. The film that began as an expansion of the short Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse has really grown up. It reportedly achieves more than a few laughs based on the joke premise of a comedy who’s who (Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill) playing thinly fictionalized versions of themselves as the world goes to hell.

Here’s a new international spot, complemented by a long red-band TV spot, that shows some of the disaster that the actors/characters must face. And speaking of faces, there are character posters for six of the actors. (Why doesn’t Emma Watson get one? At least she gets a lot of play in the red-band spot.) You can see three of them above, and bigger versions of all six are collected in a gallery below. Read More »

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Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Sony held an early screening of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy, This Is The End, which opens June 12. In the film Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Jay Baruchel all star as themselves. They, along with half of Hollywood, are at Franco’s house for a party when the world literally starts to end.

Watching the trailers, we could see a lot of promise in the film. However, mixing Hollywood gossip with gross-out humor and Biblical stakes is a weird premise with plenty of risk. Could the laughs, cameos and other surprises balance out to make an actual funny, entertaining movie? According to the tweets coming out of the screening, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Here’s just one, from a name you may recognize, then read more below.

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The Killing

We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:

  • Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
  • Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
  • Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
  • Downton Abbey gets its first black character
  • John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
  • Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
  • NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
  • The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
  • FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
  • Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
  • Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
  • The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills

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This Is The End

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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‘This Is the End’ Wishes You a Happy 4/20

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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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This week’s second trailer for This Is The End once again features what’s sure to be one of the better trailer moments this year: Michael Cera slapping Rihanna on the butt, and then her punching him in the face. In the red band trailer, that’s followed up with more of Cera’s true colors. In this all-ages version, things feel decidedly more tame, but no less funny. Both trailers together give us a great of idea of what to expect on June 12 when directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bring together many of their funny, famous friends for a hard-R rated comedy about the end of the world.

Check out the green band trailer for This Is The End below. Read More »

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 »

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