Zac Efron and Seth Rogen are set to team up for an untitled R-rated comedy based on a pitch by Judd Apatow associates Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. The pairing itself seems unlikely enough, but perhaps even more surprising is which role each actor will play — in this film, it’ll be funnyman Rogen who plays the straight man, while the clean-cut Efron tackles the part of a hard-partying frat boy.

The story revolves around Rogen’s character, a normal guy with the bad fortune to live next door to Efron’s loud, obnoxious frat house. Rogen is also set to produce the film along with his partner Evan Goldberg. [Deadline]

After the jump, Hilary Swank picks up a graphic novel adaptation, while Ruben Fleischer’s star-studded Gangster Squad loses a cast member.

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One of the best films of 2011 is coming soon and we’re happy to exclusively premiere its eye-catching poster. Jonathan Levine‘s 50/50 stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the story of a young man diagnosed with cancer at 27 and given a 50/50 chance of survival. Don’t fret, though, 50/50 isn’t some kind of down-trodden, depressing film. It was actually written by Will Reiser, the person the film is inspired by, and blends a poignant commentary on mortality with some raunchy humor and a touching love story. Scheduled for release on September 30, it co-stars Seth Rogen (who also produced the film), Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston and Bryce Dallas Howard. Hopefully you’ve seen the trailer, now check out the poster which takes the above photo one step further. Read More »

The creative team behind September’s fantastic film 50/50 have already agreed to make another movie together. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonathan Levine and Will Reiser will once again collaborate on the road-trip comedy called Jamaica for Mandate Films. Everyone will be filling the same roles they did in the making of 50/50: Levine will direct, Reiser will write, Rogen and Goldberg will produce the film, which is based on a vacation Reiser took to the Caribbean island with his grandmother when he was only fourteen. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Neighborhood Watch is a script that has been in development at Fox for some time, beginning with the period when it was going to be a Will Ferrell vehicle. The story centers on a small neighborhood watch organization that really exists so that dads can get time away from their families. Things get complicated and dangerous when the group uncovers a dangerous and otherwordly plot.

Pete Segal was the last director attached to the project, but it has been seemingly fallow for a few months. Now Akiva Schaffer, a veteran of SNL and Lonely Island member, has been offered the director’s chair by Fox, and Ben Stiller is reportedly interested in playing the lead as a follow-up to Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist. The fact that Neighborhood Watch is produced by Shawn Levy, who directed Ben Stiller to great financial success in the two Night at the Museum Movies, probably doesn’t hurt the possible deal. Read More »

David Ayers wrote and will direct End of Watch, which already has Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena cast as two LAPD officers who “confront marriage, love, fatherhood and the harsh realities of the Los Angeles streets.” Now Anna Kendrick and Natalie Martinez (Detroit 1-8-7) are in talks to play the respective love interests in the movie. We don’t have too many more details on End of Watch, but the film shoots later this summer. [Variety]

After the break, a total change of pace into horror as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 co-star Bill Mosely gets a role in Leatherface 3D, but not the same role he played in Chainsaw 2. And Adam Scott books two new comedy roles. Read More »

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We reported on the last round of casting for Celeste and Jesse Forever just the other day, when Emma Roberts, Ari Graynor and Chris Messina joined the cast of the film that follows Rashida Jones (who co-wrote) and Andy Samberg as a couple who tries to maintain their friendship while still living in the same house during their divorce. Now Elijah Wood has signed on as well; THR says he’ll be “Celeste’s business partner, a metrosexual who tries to be her ‘saucy gay friend.'” I’m not sure if that means the character is gay, or if he’s a straight guy who tries to play that role with Celeste (Rashida Jones).  Either way, I’ll be happy to see Elijah Wood do outright comedy, since we don’t often see him in that mode on the big screen.

After the break, Colin Hanks continues his hot streak and Paul Schneider breaks his lizard. Read More »

Anyone with reservations about whether or not they’ll enjoy a cancer comedy can check those feelings right now. Summit has just released the first trailer for the fantastic new film 50/50, the true story of a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is diagnosed with cancer at 27 and given a 50/50 chance of survival. The studio is obviously aware that “cancer” and “comedy” generally don’t mix so they’ve been screening the film early and I’m happy to say that 50/50 (formerly titled I’m With Cancer) is hilarious and poignant. Director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) is able to balance the serious with the funny in an incredibly accessible and entertaining way. It’s one of the best films I’ve seen so far this year.

Written by Will Reiser, the person the movie is about, 50/50 also stars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston and Bryce Dallas Howard. It’s scheduled for release September 30. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read More »

I was a huge fan/supporter of Jonathan Levine‘s 2008 film The Wackness, which premiered years ago at Sundance and got dumped at the box office by Sony Pictures Classics. Levine has had some tough luck in terms of distributors — his debut feature, the critically acclaimed horror film All The Boys Love Mandy Lane premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, yet has still never gotten a US release (both theatrically and even on dvd/blu-ray). But as they say, the third times the charm, right?

50/50 (originally titled I’m With Cancer) is an autobiographical story based on the experiences of Will Reiser, a producer on HBO’s Da Ali G Show and VH1’s Best Week Ever. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Adam, a 27-year-old who is diagnosed with cancer, and his sometimes funny “struggle to beat the disease.” The film, funded with Summit Entertainment’s giant pile of Twilight money, co-stars Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Anjelica Huston. 50/50 won’t hit theaters until September 30th 2011, probably after a film festival run. We should see a trailer next week.

I’ve heard some amazing buzz about the film, and now I have something in print. /Film Reader Ben has seen a completed cut of the film, and has filed a reader review (much in line with what I’ve heard). Read his thoughts after the jump.

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While he waits for the 24 film to move forward, Kiefer Sutherland is going to romance Kate Bosworth in New York. A film called Fairytale of New York (which only conjures up memories of the Pogues song) has been written by Jeff Murphy and will follow an Irish standup comic who meets an American woman in a NYC art gallery while on a working tour of the States. I can’t get too bent out of shape about another romcom, but I’ll be pretty curious to hear Kiefer Sutherland’s accent. He was born and spent his early life in the UK, but I’m so accustomed to his distinctive voice that  the idea of him sporting an accent seems unusual. [THR]

After the break, Seth Rogen gets company in My Mother’s Curse, and Bridesmaids standout Melissa McCarthy is the focus of two new projects. Read More »

We were pretty curious and more than slightly excited when it was announced that Elijah Wood, Seth Rogen and Danny McBride would play the Beastie Boys in a short film called Fight For Your Right Revisited. The film picks up as the Beasties sneak out of the party they crashed in the 1986 ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)’ video, and then carries on along a ridiculous path of destruction and minor mayhem that, somehow, ends with two incarnations of the Beasties in a dance-off that turns into a very literal pissing match. (So, yeah, perhaps consider this one NSFW.)

The short premiered at SXSW and aired last night on MTV and Comedy Central, and now the whole thing is online. Check it out after the break. Read More »