In 2014, when any film has a massive opening weekend, almost immediately the studio starts thinking sequel. Heck, they even think that when a film doesn’t have a huge opening weekend. But in the case of Neighbors, a small, $18 million studio film that had a $50 million opening leading to $200 million worldwide gross, the success came as a bit of a surprise. Still, sequel talks quickly began.
Star and producer Seth Rogen recently discussed this, saying he and Evan Goldberg have had meetings about a potential sequel, but nothing is happening just yet. Read more about a Neighbors sequel below. Read More »
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Neighbors is now in theaters, and based on the box office receipts, it could end up being one of the biggest surprises of the summer. It’s not that big of a surprise after you see it, though, because the movie is just so damn funny.
When we spoke with director Nicholas Stoller a few weeks back, we had to ask him about five specific jokes in the movie. So as not to spoil them for you, we held the quotes until today, after the film’s opening weekend.
But below, you can read the Neighbors behind the scenes stories of the Christian Bale/Michael Keaton Batman joke, the “Bros Before Hos” rants, the crazy soundtrack, the Robert De Niro party and the cameo filled flashback sequence. Read More »
The upcoming comedy Neighbors is odd in that the director, Nicholas Stoller (above, center), came on pretty late in the process. Writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien first pitched the idea to producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. They loved it and thought of Zac Efron as the lead frat boy in the conceit. Only then did Stoller get the call. Once he came on board, many things were already in place. That’s not to say he didn’t put his own stamp on it, however.
That stamp comes from Hollywood experience that’s been incredibly eclectic so far, and is only getting more weird. Stoller first directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, wrote and directed Get Him To The Greek, wrote The Muppets, wrote and directed The Five Year Engagement, wrote Muppets Most Wanted and, after Neighbors, he’s going into the world of animation with Captain Underpants and Storks.
In this interview, we talk about all of that. We also discuss the issues marketing a comedy where you want to sell the movie but also not ruin the jokes, PG-13 vs R in the eye of an executive, the latest on some upcoming projects, being part of the Warner Bros. Animation brain trust and how Enter the Void played a part in the production.
We also discussed lots of behind the scenes Neighbors stuff, dissecting some of the film’s best jokes, but we’ll save that for next week so you can see the hilarious movie this weekend and not be spoiled. Read the non-spoiler Nicholas Stoller Neighbors interview below. Read More »
Over the past decade, few actors have had quite the impact on Hollywood as Seth Rogen. The writer, actor, producer and now director has quietly become the comedic voice of this generation, much like Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy or Bill Murray before him. Rogen’s everyman demeanor and total commitment to embarrassment has become something of a benchmark in modern comedy. Unlike those other comedy icons, however, Rogen is more than just an actor. He got his start writing comedy and continues to write and produce films. He has now proven himself as a director, too. Like his mentor Judd Apatow, Rogen is shaping the laughter of the world.
Rogen’s latest film, Neighbors, is sure to add to that legacy. Directed by Nicholas Stoller, the hard-R film tells the story of a new parents (played by Rogen and Rose Byrne) who fall into a major feud with their fraternity house neighbors, lead by Zac Efron. The film is filled with the kind of big laughs and big heart you’d expect from Rogen.
Recently, we spoke to Rogen about Neighbors, and also touched on his views on his comedy legacy, and the fact he’s making the kind of mid-budget films many in Hollywood see as non-existent. The conversation also ranged through upcoming projects, Zac Efron, female empowerment in the movies, and more. Read our Seth Rogen Neighbors interview below. Read More »
Its that time of year again. Jeff Cannata (formerly of the Totally Rad Show, now host of NLB and DLC, and a frequent co-host of the /Filmcast) has thrown down the gauntlet, and once again challenged /Film to compete with him in what has become an annual tradition: the Summer Movie Wager. Every year in the past I would make a guest appearance on the Totally Rad Show for this segment, but with that show now disbanded we have taken on the job of hosting this contest on /Film.
This year the contest includes Germain Lussier, Jeff Cannata and myself in a game is to decide what will be the highest grossing films of the Summer. It’s a free-for-all; the person with the best score wins. But it isn’t just that easy — not only do the participants need to predict what 10 films will be the highest grossing films domestically, but we need to place them in order. After the jump you can watch the full episode of the show with our predictions.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
In real life, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are separated by a mere five years in age. But even a few years can make a big difference in early adulthood, and in Neighbors, their lives couldn’t be further apart. Mac (Rogen) is a (relatively) responsible father and husband, while Teddy (Efron) is a hard-partying frat boy.
Unfortunately for both parties, they’re stuck living next door to one another. While they make efforts to get along early on, tensions soon escalate into all-out intergenerational war, and it turns out that the one thing both sides have in common is a willingness to fight dirty. Watch not one but two Neighbors red-band trailers — one for the international market and one for the domestic one — after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Seth Rogen has made more than his share of movies about man-children reluctant to grow up, but in Neighbors, he plays a guy who’s achieved all the hallmarks of adulthood. He’s gainfully employed and happily married, and even has an adorable baby girl to boot. No, his problem here is that other people haven’t grown up — namely, the rowdy frat boys that have just moved in next door.
Zac Efron plays the leader of the gang, a seemingly reasonable guy who turns vengeful when Rogen and his wife (played by Rose Byrne) call the cops on a party they’re throwing. The tension between the two houses intensifies, and pretty soon there are babies eating condoms and grown men getting launched into the ceiling. Watch the newest trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Zac Efron has spent the years since High School Musical drifting between very different types of movies without ever quite finding his new niche. But the way things are going, 2014 could be the year he becomes the next big thing in R-rated comedy.
Earlier today, we got the green-band trailer for That Awkward Moment after seeing a red-band trailer last week. Now we have the green-band trailer for his other, possibly even raunchier movie Neighbors, following the release of its red-band trailer last month. Nicholas Stoller directs this one, about young parents (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) battling the rowdy frat (led by Efron) next door. Watch the promo after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
With films like Knocked Up and Pineapple Express, Seth Rogen‘s early film career was built on playing overgrown man-children. But he’s steadily progressed into more adult roles since then, and now in the Nick Stoller-directed Neighbors, he’s the out-of-touch grown-up facing off against a younger, more immature threat.
In the film, Rogen and Rose Byrne play new parents happily settling into a comfortable new neighborhood. Then a rowdy frat (led by Zac Efron) moves in next door, and the tension between the two houses escalates into out-and-out war. Watch the first red-band trailer and check out some high-res stills after the jump.
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