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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Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
Just one week after Edgar Wright’s The World’s End hit theaters, Sony Pictures has announced that it will bring this summer’s other big apocalypse comedy back to cinemas for another round.
This Is the End, the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, will return to the big screen next month. The film originally debuted June 12. Hit the jump for more details on the rerelease, as well as a new TV spot. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
After nine seasons of The Office, it’s all but impossible to picture anyone but John Krasinski affecting Jim Halpert’s smug mug, or anyone other than Brian Baumgartner sounding out Kevin Malone’s slow drawl. But as star Rainn Wilson reminded the world when he posted the audition sign-in sheet last spring, those choices weren’t always totally obvious.
A recently surfaced featurette shows some of the actors who didn’t make the cut during the audition process, specifically Seth Rogen for the part of Dwight, Bob Odenkirk for Michael, Eric Stonestreet for Kevin, Kathryn Hahn for Pam, and John Cho and Adam Scott for Jim. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
As writers, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have worked almost exclusively in comedy, from their days collaborating on Da Ali G Show to their new directorial effort This Is the End. But at least one person is hoping they’ll branch out.
Rogen revealed in an interview that Naughty Dog, the developer behind the Uncharted series, have repeatedly asked the pair to script the movie adaptation. However, they’ve always turned it down, and don’t sound much interested in it now, either. Find out why after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
[Spoilers for This Is the End follow.]
Any studio movie that’s remotely successful is bound to give rise to sequel talk. Some films are easier to follow up than others, though, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is the End seems particularly challenging. Not only does it finish with the end of the world (duh), it features such a pitch-perfect closing sequence that it’s tough to imagine how the pair might possibly try and top it.
But trust the geniuses behind the first film to come up with a way to make it work. While it’s too soon to say whether This Is the End 2 will ever get a green light, they’ve got some great ideas tucked away in case it does. Find out what they are after the jump.
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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 »
The comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. (standing for Rest in Peace Department) features an agency staffed by deceased lawmen taking on spirits that don’t want to leave Earth. Just in case the kids won’t be attracted to that, DreamWorks Animation is making B.O.O. (Bureau of Otherworldly Operations), in which “a super secret government agency staffed with ghosts is dedicated to protecting humans from evil hauntings.”
In the animated story, two new agents — Jackson Moss (Seth Rogen) and oddball partner Watts (Melissa McCarthy) — uncover a plot to destroy the agency, and work to stop said plot from coming to fruition. Oh, and there’s a ghost army, so that might be neat. Read More »
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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