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Briefly: There’s no title yet for this new project, but the 50/50 team of writer/director Jonathan Levine and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen are coming together once more for a Christmas comedy. Sony bought in over the weekend and has fast-tracked it for production this summer. (How this will affect Rogen’s work on Preacher is impossible to tell at this point.)

THR reports that the script, by Levine, is about “three childhood best friends who reunite in New York City for their annual tradition of going out on Christmas Eve.” Two of the three will be played by Gordon-Levitt and Rogen, while a third actor will be cast to round out the trio.

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When Tommy Wiseau set out to make The Room, he never thought it would come to this. Or maybe, in his wild mind, he did. Wiseau famously made “the worst movie ever” around 2003. In the decade since, The Room has become a midnight cult classic. Actor Greg Sestero bore witness to the whole thing, playing Wiseau’s character’s best friend, Mark. Years later, he wrote a fantastic book about the experience, called The Disaster Artist.

Here’s where it gets really crazy. James Franco has now purchased the rights to The Disaster Artist. He’ll direct, produce and co-star in an adaptation of the book, and the film will also be produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Read More »

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If AMC wants a new show to replicate the success of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, it might have just the thing in Preacher. Months ago a report came up that AMC was the latest to develop Preacher, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg working as exec producers and pilot writers, based on the comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. Now AMC has confirmed that development, and added that Breaking Bad‘s Sam Catlin will be the showrunner.

A few more details are below, along with gushing statements from the participants. Read More »

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg filled their directorial debut, This Is The End, with a plethora of famous faces. For their first dip into feature animation, they’re doing something similar. Rogen and Goldberg are producing the R-rated animated film Sausage Party, aimed at a 2015 release, and have tapped James Franco, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Kirsten Wiig, Edward Norton, Nick Kroll and Rogen himself to provide voices.  Read More »

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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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Weeks back, Kanye West publicly blasted Jimmy Kimmel when the late night host reenacted one of West’s interviews with children. If that made the rapper/producer mad, he might explode once he sees Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s latest stunt.

The pair, who are currently shooting The Interview, took a break from filming to do a shot by shot remake of West’s video Bound 2, which has become a punchline for its low-production values and Kim Kardashian‘s “nudity.” Where This Is The End played with the balances between reality and parody, this video smashes it over the head with a sledgehammer. Hilarious isn’t the word. Read More »

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There’s one major downside to the way Adam McKay and Will Ferrell make movies. Eventually, they have to go through the footage and pick out one joke for any given moment. When making a film like Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the director and star shoot so much footage that, once they finally made it into the editing room, the difficult work finally began.

Back in October, a group of journalists visited the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood and met with McKay and his editor Brent White while they were still working on the film. During our discussion we learned how long the initial cut was, about that rumored second version of movie, the test screening process, and how Seth Rogen almost ruined the film in post-production. We heard of an alternate ending and musical numbers, and saw two hilarious scenes from the December 20 release.

Below, read about all that and more as I present 12 fun facts from a visit to the edit bay of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Read More »

AMC Ordering ‘Preacher’ Pilot

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Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s comic series Preacher was crazy. Not just kinda violent, kinda weird, but full-on crazy. For example, it’s got a character whose failed Kurt Cobain-emulating suicide attempt, leads to a grotesquely mangled face and the nickname “Arseface,” none of which precludes him becoming a pop superstar. It features one antagonist whose sexual proclivities turn towards the nigh-unprintable extreme, and whose body is steadily chipped away over the course of the story.

Oh, and the lead character is a small-town Texas preacher whose best friend is a junkie Irish vampire, and who is possessed of a god-like power called Genesis. That power was born of the coupling between angel and demon, and allows him to command a person to do anything with absolute authority. Like “count all the sand on this beach,” which leads one character to do exactly that. Oh, and the preacher, Jesse, wants to find God and fight him.

But if you’re AMC, which needs something to follow Breaking Bad, full-on crazy might be just the thing. And so Preacher has reportedly been ordered to pilot at the company. And there’s a big question that came up after the first announcement was made: Seth Rogen tweeted two statements that suggest he’s got something to do with the adaptation.

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