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This teaser trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 is pretty great, because it doesn’t skimp on footage, but it also doesn’t barrage us with a rapid-cut montage. Instead, this is one long sequence that makes for an ideal teaser — it will remind those who saw the first film of the pleasures it contained, while also promising something new. And for those who haven’t seen the first film, this just offers a great look at the animation that will be seen when the film hits screens in just under a year.

So here we see Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless exploring the outlying areas far from their home village… and then Hiccup does something a little different. Check it out below. Read More »

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This Is The End is one of those comedies you can watch again and again. Each scene is filled with so much madness you’re bound to find new nuance each time you revisit it. But a few of the film’s surprises will play best the first time. One in particular is so out of left field, it’s almost unbelievable when you see it.

So, when I talked to Jay Baruchel about the film (read the full interview here) I simply had to ask him his thoughts about this spoiler. He explained that, even though it’s ridiculous, “our tongues are nowhere near our cheeks at all.” Everybody, read what he had to say below. Major spoilers follow. Read More »

‘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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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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When an actor says they’re excited about a movie, it’s difficult to trust them completely. Maybe they’re being honest. Or, maybe, they’re just saying what needs to be said to get asses in the seats. On occasion though, you talk to an actor and they speak with such genine enthusiasm and passion, it’s impossible not to believe them. That’s what happened when I asked Jay Baruchel about How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Baruchel, who stars in the hilarious June 12 comedy This Is The End, lit up and gushed when asked for an update on the animated sequel, which is scheduled for release just over a year from now. He said while he thinks the first one is “one of the greatest flicks ever” he believes “we smoke the first one with number two.” Read his full quote below. Read More »

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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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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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