Today, Walt Disney Pictures set release dates for a bunch of their movies coming to theaters over the next couple years, and that included their live-action remake of the modern animated classic The Lion King. Director Jon Favreau is tackling the project after remaking The Jungle Book for Disney last year with Donald Glover taking on the role of Simba and James Earl Jones reprising the role of his father Mufasa, with Beyonce being eyed to play Nala. Now two of the most important characters in the movie have been cast as well.
Undoubtedly the most entertaining characters in The Lion King are the meerkat and warthog duo known as Timon and Pumbaa. The characters were voiced by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella respectively in the 1994 animated musical, but in the live-action remake, they’ll be voiced by Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner and blockbuster comedy star Seth Rogen.
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After successfully adapting Preacher for AMC, a comic book property many others struggled with, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen are now taking on another well-known comic, Robert Kirkman‘s (The Walking Dead) Invincible. The duo will produce, direct, and write the comic book movie for Universal.
Below, learn more about the potential Invincible movie.
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The most surprising thing about The Disaster Artist, James Franco‘s adaptation of Greg Sestero’s book of the same name, is that it doesn’t have a mean-spirited bone in its body. Here’s a film about the making of The Room, one of the worst and most baffling movies to ever achieve cult infamy, told with sincerity, sweetness, and pure affection. Franco isn’t here to laugh at The Room – he’s here to laugh with it. The Disaster Artist has no scorn for its subject. Instead, it is fascinated by this impossible-t0-believe tale and the impossible-to-believe movie it produced. No irony. No scorn. Only love.
And that makes a movie whose existence already feels impossible feel all the more unlikely and all the more wonderful.
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Damon Wayans Jr. will star in the Singularity pilot from producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. FX won a bidding war for the AI comedy last August, which was around the time Rogen announced the project. The story depicts a future when artificial intelligence has far exceeded human intelligence.
Below, learn about the Seth Rogen AI comedy.
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Almost three years ago, James Franco optioned the rights to Greg Sestero‘s book The Disaster Artist, which the actor wrote about the experience of making The Room. The Room, of course, is director/writer/star Tommy Wiseau‘s cult midnight classic, a movie made with significantly more passion than skill. While we were hoping to see Franco’s film and Zeroville out last year, Franco’s behind-the-scenes look at The Room is debuting next month at South by Southwest.
Before The Disaster Artist premieres, there’s a new pic of Franco brothers from the film. Below, check out The Disaster Artist photo.
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Comedian Billy Eichner is one of those entertainers that you either love or you hate. He’s boisterous, excitable, obnoxious, flamboyant, and I just love him for it. He enjoyed a stint on Parks and Recreation in the comedy show’s later seasons, but he’s probably best known for his show Billy on the Street. What started as a recurring Funny or Die series turned into a full fledged TV show on truTV, and one of the recent segments is one of the most awkwardly funny things you’ll watch today.
In a new episode of Billy on the Street, our loud host is telling people that Seth Rogen has died and asking them for their feelings on the matter. Seems pretty cruel, but what makes it all right is the Sausage Party and Neighbors star is on hand for every bit of it, disguised as one of Billy Eichner’s cameramen who trail him as he breaks the bad news. Like I said, it’s hilarious and weird.
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The Green Hornet is getting another chance on the big screen. While Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen‘s 2011 superhero comedy didn’t quite connect with audiences and critics, director Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) plans on taking the character in a completely different direction for Paramount Studios. The Miracle and Warrior director wants to make his version of Brett Reid “a hunter at the top of the Special Operations food chain.”
Below, learn more about The Green Hornet reboot.
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Sausage Party (coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 8) is already a success, having pulled in $135 million worldwide on a budget of just $19 million, not to mentions an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. But that’s not enough for Sony Pictures, writers Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, and directors Conrad Vernon & Greg Tiernan. No, they’re looking to get some awards love as well.
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The final numbers for this past weekend’s box office aren’t in yet, but it looks like Sausage Party will have raked in just over $33 million. That’s an impressive debut for an R-rated animated comedy, especially opening up against the second weekend of blockbuster like Suicide Squad. It appears audiences were interested in something that was truly original and went against the grain of what’s been playing on most screens all summer.
Now a new Sausage Party featurette dives into one of the most important elements of the movie, though it’s not a piece you’d immediately recognize as being integral to a movie like this. Since Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg aren’t animators, it should come as no surprise that they brought in experienced animation directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan to helm the feature. But what’s truly surprising is they got Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, best known for his work on The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, to compose the score and the opening musical number in the grocery store. The filmmakers and composer talk about their approach to the score in a new Sausage Party featurette. Read More »
This weekend brought the R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party to theaters, and the film will end the weekend having broken the box office record for the largest August opening ever for an animated film. It’s about time an original idea took one of the top spots at the box office, and Sausage Party is one of those insane, ridiculous comedies that you just love to see succeed. If all goes well and Seth Rogen gets his way, not only will we get more Sausage Party, but hopefully more R-rated animated fare.
Find out about the possibility of a Sausage Party sequel and more after the jump, however, beware of spoilers for the end of the movie. You’ve been warned! Read More »