Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Having established himself as an in-demand actor, writer, and producer, Seth Rogen is now moving into directing. Or co-directing, to be more exact, with frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg. The pair recently began shooting their first directorial effort together, the apocalyptic comedy The End of the World. And while it remains to be seen just how they’ll do in their newfound role as co-helmers, it appears that their past work has allowed them to call in some favors and collect quite a cast.
Among the various stars set to populate the upcoming movie are Rogen himself, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, and many, many more.
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The writing team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have obviously made a bunch of talented friends writing films like Superbad, Pineapple Express and The Green Hornet. Many of those friends also happen to be huge movie stars and the pair, who’ll soon make their directorial debut with End Of The World, are calling in the cavalry.
The film, which was previously called The Apocalypse and is based on the short Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse, will star Rogen and Jay Baruchel as two friends in an apartment as the world ends. Cameos from James Franco, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson have already been revealed and now several new names have been added to the list: Michael Cera, Jason Segel, David Krumholtz, Rihanna and Emma Watson.
The first three, much like the five before that, all make sense. Each of the actors have appeared in a previous project connected to Rogen or Goldberg. The last names though, Watson – best known as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films – and Rihanna, who’s acting debut Battleship opens later this month, seem a bit more out of left field. Especially since all of the above actors will be playing themselves. There’s more after the jump. Read More »
When making a movie, before a single frame of film is shot, the entire cast does a table read where they literally sit around a table and read the entire script. It’s a great way for cast members who don’t know each other to meet one another and give everyone an idea of what the final movie might play like. Some actors look forward to this more than the final movie because it’s a one time only, never again captured version of the thing they’re going to create.
Once in a while these table reads make it onto DVDs as extra features. Other times they make it onto YouTube and years later get featured on Reddit. That’s what happened with this table read of the 2007 Greg Mottola film Superbad. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Update: EW has confirmed that Showtime and Netflix are in talks with producers about airing the miniseries.
Keep holding out hope, Arrested Development fans. Five years after the series finale, creator Mitchell Hurwitz is still insisting that, yes, a movie based on the brilliant-but-cancelled sitcom is definitely in the works. And what’s more, he’s now hoping to do a nine- or ten-episode lead-in miniseries as well. Intriguing news indeed, but I don’t think I’ll be holding my breath. More details after the jump.
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The last year has been pretty quiet for Michael Cera. Scott Pilgrim vs the World was released last summer (you might remember that we liked it quite a bit) and the actor hasn’t been seen in much since then. He shot a part in an indie project from Scott Pilgrim co-star Mark Webber, but aside from some smaller comedy work, that’s been it in the past few months.
Now Sebastian Silva (director of The Maid) has written and will direct Magic, Magic, a thriller set in Chile, and Michael Cera is polishing up his Spanish language skills for a role. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
This month CollegeHumor launched a new web series titled Bad Dads, starring Michael Cera (Superbad, Scott Pilgrim) and Will Hines (Upright Citizens Brigade, Very Mary-Kate). The series of improv-based comedy sketches directed by Derek Westerman feature “a son tries desperately to form a relationship with his chronically absent father.” After the jump you can watch the first two parts of the five-part series. I’ve also included the trailer teasing the whole series. Episode 3 will be released next Wednesday.
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People who complain that Michael Cera always plays the same character haven’t seen his last two films. In Miguel Arteta’s Youth in Revolt, Cera played a dual role that included an evil, uber-confident asshole named Francois Dillinger an in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Cera was a legitimate bad-ass, literally fighting for the girl he loved. While both roles toy with Cera’s quiet, everyman appeal, he’s obviously trying be more expansive with each movie. Case in point, he’s currently learning Spanish to star in the next film by indie-darling Sebastian Silva. Read more after the break. Read More »
What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 32 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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The Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Blu-ray has been out for over a week now and, chances are, you’ve already burnt it out. The visuals look insane, the sound blows out your speakers and the special features highlight how much love and care went into the project. It’s an awesome disc. But, now that you own it and have watched it all, what’s next? It sits on your shelf. Sure you’ll revisit it every once in a while, but how do you spruce up your old Blu-ray? How about with not one, not two, but THREE different downloadable covers?
The first one you may have seen already. It’s an awesome, original Nintendo inspired, Blu-ray insert by artist Adam Lowe which Edgar Wright tweeted about and Collider posted last week. The second two are personally autographed inserts that I got signed at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CA, each slightly different from the first. Each is signed by Aubrey Plaza, Mae Whitman, Satya Bhabha, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Brandon Routh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Jason Schwartzman and Edgar Wright. Download all three, and read the story behind them, after the jump. Read More »