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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg didn’t quite get a chance to destroy Christmas last year thanks to the messy release of their film The Interview. Not that they’re still thinking about it or anything; it’s just one of the first cards that comes up in The Night Before red-band trailer.

This new Christmas comedy comes from director Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness) and features Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as three friends who are spending their last Christmas together before life takes them all on their own separate paths. Their party night turns crazy thanks to the intersection of drugs and (we’re just guessing based on this trailer) their own anxieties about impending life changes. It’s a very funny trailer, with a church scene featuring Rogen and Jillian Bell scoring the biggest comic hit. Watch below.  Read More »

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Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has landed safely in theaters, it’s time to look ahead toward Phase Three. One of the biggest developments coming our way is the introduction of a new Spider-Man, who already has a solo film set for 2017. And it seems Marvel and Sony are just about ready to step forward with a new director.

According to a new report, names on the Spider-Man director short list include Jonathan Levine (50/50), Ted Melfi (St. Vincent), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), and John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (the Vacation rebootquel). Get all the latest on the Spider-Man director after the jump.

UPDATE 6/2/15: From the above list, which originally ran on May 5, Moore and Hess are now out. Levine and Melfi are the favorites, Francis-Daley and Goldstein are still in the mix and Cop Car helmer Jon Watts is now in contention. Read More »

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The team from 50/50 is back and X marks the spot. Director Jonathan Levine‘s previous untitled Christmas movie starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie is now officially called X-Mas, which is a title Rogen was toying with while on set a few months back.

Not much is known in the way of specifics about the film, but the title was revealed in an image at CinemaCon that featured the three stars in super ugly Christmas sweaters (or, in Rogen’s case, a Hanukkah sweater) posing for a Christmas card like they’re rappers. Read more about Seth Rogen X-Mas below. Read More »

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50/50 director Jonathan Levine is going back to the cancer well, this time with Miles Teller. Levine is attached to direct Teller in Home Is Burning, based on Dan Marshall‘s upcoming memoir about returning home to care for his ailing parents. Get all the details on the Miles Teller Home Is Burning project after the jump.  Read More »

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We’ve got some sequel-related odds and ends to take you into the weekend. After the jump:

  • Jennifer Aniston makes a Horrible Bosses 3 casting suggestion
  • Scooby-Doo and WrestleMania will team up once more
  • Den DeBlois gives a How to Train Your Dragon 3 status update
  • Producer wants Jonathan Levine to write Warm Bodies 2
  • That “leaked” Ghostbusters 3 script from 2009 is a fake
  • Now You See Me 2 makes room for Sanaa Lathan
  • Andy Serkis says the Apes franchise might go beyond a trilogy
  • Flip through some Night at the Museum 3 character posters

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There is a whole crop of new and in some cases changed release dates, as studios including Paramount, Fox and The Weinstein Company have shuffled around dates for the end of this year and going all the way into late 2015. The big changes are significant pushes for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Hitman: Agent 47, but there’s a lot more, including date tweaks for Independence Day 2, Paddington, and the Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Chrismas movie. We’ve got a full rundown after the break. Read More »

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Jonathan Levine‘s upcoming Christmas movie is shaping up to be a 50/50 reunion, with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt once again starring as BFFs. But now the trio are extending a warm welcome to a new friend.

Anthony Mackie has just joined the cast of the as-yet-untitled comedy. It’ll be his first time working with any of them. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Marvel is still searching for the right Doctor Strange director. Several names have been mentioned in conjunction with the film. Speaking to us at the Captain America: The Winter Soldier junket, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed they have met with several of the names mentioned in the press. However, he said the list isn’t down to just three, contrary to recent reports. Read More »

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UPDATE 3/11/14: THR now says Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is in the mix, along with previously mentioned Mark Andrews (who recently commented) and Jonathan Levine. The original story follows.

Guardians of the Galaxy is well on its way to theaters, Avengers: Age of Ultron is now filming, and Ant-Man is almost fully cast. Next on the Marvel checklist is potential Phase Three film Doctor Strange. Now Kevin Feige‘s company has reportedly begun to take meetings with directors as they consider choices to helm the film. Read the list below. Read More »