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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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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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After having a wedding and a reunion, it’s easy to forget the first American Pie was about high school boys trying to lose their virginity. It seems almost serendipitous, then, that the men who wrote and directed the last film in that franchise, American Reunion, will direct a new comedy with a similarly simple premise.

Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who also created the Harold and Kumar franchise, will rewrite and direct an R-rated comedy that was once called Cherries. It’s currently untitled. However, this isn’t some simple rehash of American Pie. In fact, it’s a bit of the inverse. It follows the fathers of three girls who try and stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will produce. Read More »

Lizzy Caplan

After casting a bunch of his most famous friends in his co-directorial debut, This Is the End, Seth Rogen is calling upon another old familiar face for his follow-up The Interview.

Lizzy Caplan has just clinched the female lead role in the assassination plot comedy, which also stars Rogen and James Franco. Evan Goldberg will direct with Rogen. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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This Is The End

Of all the reasons to love This Is the End, the amazing cast is by far the best. As hilarious as Seth Rogen (who also co-directed with Evan Goldberg), Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson are individually, they’re even better together. The gang has been tight for years, and it shows in every perfectly silly riff.

We can only assume that that set must have been a hoot, what with all of these comedians trying to outdo each other. Now a gag reel from the production only lends credence to that theory. Hit the jump to see the guys getting even goofier on the set than they do in the final film.

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg long ago proved they were talented screenwriters with films such as Superbad and Pineapple Express. This summer, they added “director” to their resume with This is the End. Now they’re taking those skills into a whole new area: animation.

Rogen and Goldberg co-wrote and will co-produce what’s planned to be an R-rated animated film for Sony called Sausage Party. It’s not what you think. The film actually follows a sausage on a “quest to discover the truth about his existence” and will be filled with “all the irreverent, insightful and risqué R-rated humor we have come to expect” from the pair. Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, Madagascar 3) and Greg Tiernan will direct the film from a story by Rogen, Goldberg and Jonah Hill and a screenplay by Rogen, Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir.

The CG animated film is aiming to be in theaters by 2015. Read the full press release below. Read More »

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