‘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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At first blush, a star-studded comedy about the apocalypse and a reality show about hot-tubbing 20somethings wouldn’t seem to have much in common. Upon closer examination, however, it turns out they’re not very different at all.

Both MTV’s The Real World and Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel‘s This Is the End involve unruly groups stuck living together — the former because that’s what they have to do to get on TV, the latter because the rest of the world has become a fiery pit of despair. Both show housemates forging alliances and nursing grudges. Both see said relationships fueled by copious amounts of inhibition-lowering substances.

But most importantly, both the premiere of This Is the End and the finale of Real World: Portland hit this week. As a result, members of both casts have teamed for a clever bit of cross-promotion titled The Real World: This Is the End edition. Check it out after the jump.

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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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The Little Prince

Seventy years after its initial publication, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s classic The Little Prince remains a favorite of readers both young and old. It was inevitable, then, that it’d be headed back to the big screen eventually. Fortunately for those who hold it dear, it sounds like there’ll be some serious talent on board to get it right.

Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) has been set to direct a new animated adaptation of the story, and it appears he’s starting to line up quite a voice cast. Jeff Bridges, James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del ToroPaul Giamatti, Paul Rudd, and Mackenzie Foy (Breaking Dawn) are among the names attached. Get all the details after the jump.

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The still above from 21 Jump Street is an accurate representation of my reaction to the reveal that the sequel will be called 22 Jump Street. Also after the jump:

  • Check out pics from Transformers 4‘s Texas set
  • How much of Transformers 4 is set in China?
  • Freida Pinto and James Franco won’t return (duh) for more Apes 
  • Marc Forster is “open” to a World War Z sequel
  • Sofia Vergara gets another Machete Kills poster
  • See a trailer for Despicable Me 2‘s “Minion Rush” game
  • Watch tons of B-roll and interviews from Monsters University

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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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I’ll say this for James Franco‘s new outing as a director, and his highest-profile directorial gig to date: it takes some balls to tackle William Faulkner. The source material here is Faulkner’s seventh novel As I Lay Dying, which charts a family’s attempt to transport the body of its late matriarch to her preferred burial place, miles away. To grossly reduce things to a simple statement, the journey does not go well.

The film will premiere shortly at Cannes, and this trailer showcases the use of some of Faulkner’s original text in the script for the film. We get some idea of how Franco and the rest of the cast do with the material, but it’s too early to tell if the movie works. The novel is narrated by over a dozen characters, but we also don’t know how Franco, who also scripted, has dealt with the presentation of the story.

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Well here’s a new twist on social marketing that hasn’t been used yet, and one that just might work.

We all know that This Is The End is chock full of huge comedy (and movie) starsJames Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson just to name a few. Its blend of R-rated humor and apocalyptic action and self-reflexivity make it a film aimed squarely at a very specific audience. The kind of people who spend all of their time on social media. And to help get the film’s Facebook likes up, Franco, Rogen, Baruchel and McBride have promised to do increasingly gross things to each other as more people Like the movie.

Watch a video tease, read the first three tiers and get a link to the Facebook below. Read More »

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