@geekgirldiva @batemanjason I don't think I improvised anything in that movie.
Drama unveils over unpaid overtime and no credits for half the animation team.
The strictly R-rated animation 'Sausage Party' became a surprise hit at the box office over the weekend, pulling in $36.8 million domestically. However, according to a recent report, this movie wasn't so much fun for the animation department. Some animators who claim to have worked on the movie revealed that working conditions were a nightmare.
Seth Rogen apparently unaware of 'Sausage Party' working conditions
'Sausage Party' directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan did an interview with Cartoon Brew recently, where they spoke about the film's low budget, excellent organisation and the collaborative atmosphere of the production at Nitrogen Studios in Vancouver. However, according to the comments on the article, nothing could be further from the truth.
When their comedy Neighbors (aka Bad Neighbours) became a break-out hit in 2014, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron found themselves being asked constantly about making a sequel.
But Rogen, who also produced both films and cowrote the sequel, wanted to make sure the moment was right. "A few things made us want to do a sequel," he explains. "We thought that the theme of growing up had an organic place it could go. And that the characters were interesting enough that maybe you would like to see what happened next in their lives. And that could be relatable as well."
For Efron, returning to the role was a no-brainer. "I was excited about the potential for a sequel because I just really love this group of people," he says. "So I just felt that there was more to do with this group. And rather than just like write a whole new movie that we'd all magically fit into, it was convenient that they came up with a sequel! So I was really happy."
Continue reading: Zac Efron And Seth Rogen Were Happy To Take On Neighbors 2
Seth Rogen brings us our worst nightmare.
First off, do not make the mistake of thinking 'Sausage Party' is a kids' film. This animated movie will likely put you off eating for life and will send your thoughts reeling to a place you never considered before. But what else can you expect from a comedy with Seth Rogen?
The groceries are far from celebrating in Sausage Party
Imagine if, like, food had feelings and, like, they really wanted to be picked at the grocery store but, like, they didn't realise they were going to be peeled, sliced, cooked and eaten. This was how we imagine Seth Rogen and his long-term writing partner Evan Goldberg came up with the idea for 'Sausage Party'. And, if this was something you had imagined before, we bet it never progressed to this extreme.
Continue reading: 'Sausage Party': You'll Never See Food In The Same Way Again
This animated trilogy concludes on a very high note with this smart, involving and often hilarious adventure. Both the writing and the animation are especially strong this time around, drawing in bigger themes while still keeping things both thrilling and very silly. But it's the endearing central characters who make it resonate.
As the Dragon Warrior, the panda Po (voiced by Jack Black) is struggling to rise to the challenge to become a teacher, coaxed by his master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). He'd rather be out fighting battles with his five warrior pals Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper and Crane (Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross). Then he meets his long-lost father Li (Bryan Cranston), who tells him of a secret homeland for pandas, where Po might be able to find himself. Meanwhile, the power-mad warlord Kai (J.K. Simmons) has broken through from the spirit realm, determined to collect the chi of every master in the mortal world. So it's rather urgent that Po discovers his own chi before Kai finds him.
This is far more than the usual story about discovering your place in life. It's a complex exploration of how our backgrounds and communities contribute to who we are, and why each of us has a distinct role to play. These themes emerge naturally through the snappy, sometimes exhilarating story and characters. In voicing Po, Black finds the perfect balance between goofiness and honest emotion that often eludes him in live-action roles. His interaction with all of the surrounding characters bristles with humour and insight, with sharply funny one-liners peppering every scene. Most of the side roles are spread very thinly, but both Cranston and Simmons register strongly, while Jolie and Hoffman get some solid scenes all their own. And Hudson's riotously flirtatious ribbon-dancing panda easily steals her scenes.
Continue reading: Kung Fu Panda 3 Review
Mac and Kelly's lives have moved forward a lot since the problems they had with the fraternity house next door. Their daughter Stella is growing up and Kelly is pregnant with another baby. Their little family is growing and it's time to move to a bigger house. However, their new neighbours (a small sorority house who have big plans to ditch the usual implied, sexist sorority rules and prove that they can party just as hard as the boys.
Continue: Neighbors: Sorority Rising Trailer
This blending of the stoner bromance with the Christmas comedy works surprisingly well, layering gross-out humour with holiday sentimentality. So it's a bit of a shame that the script is thin and ultimately rather pointless. There are observations about the nature of friendship and maturity, but nothing very deep. But along the way, the cast and crew pack in a riotous sense of humour that mainly centres on drugs and genitalia, plus a whiff of Christmas magic.
The movie centres on three best buddies in New York: Ethan, Isaac and Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie). Over the past several years, they've celebrated Christmas together with a series of traditions including karaoke, Chinese food and loudly festive sweaters. But now Isaac's wife Betsy (Jillian Bell) is about to give birth to their first child, and Chris' pro-football career is beginning to take off. So this will be their last Christmas Eve together, and they plan to make it an epic one. Ethan has secured tickets to New York's most exclusive secret holiday party, which he learns that his not-quite-ex girlfriend Diana (Lizzy Caplan) is attending. Meanwhile, Betsy has given Isaac a box of drugs for a last blow-out, and Chris scores a stash of weed from a mythical dealer (Michael Shannon).
The premise is certainly packed with possibility, and the filmmakers have a ball with the druggy excesses as the night unfolds, including wildly anarchic set-pieces that throw these likeable characters into all kinds of messy situations. The three lead actors make the most of their roles, adding layers of complexity that aren't in the script while indulging in rampant silliness at every turn. And the supporting cast are up for it as well, fully committing to the movie's crazed atmosphere. There are also hilarious extended cameos from James Franco and Miley Cyrus.
Continue reading: The Night Before Review
The biopic of the Apple founder underperformed when it was released in America last month.
Director Danny Boyle has expressed his dismay at the much-publicised box office failure of his new movie Steve Jobs after it failed to attract its anticipated audience, with the news that Universal has withdrawn it from over 2,000 screens in the U.S.
The 59 year old maestro was talking to the BBC ahead of the troubled movie’s release in Britain on Friday (November 13th). Despite the favourable reviews it received, it opened in a lowly seventh place two weekends ago, taking just $7.3 million from 2,493 locations. The studio reacted by dramatically scaled that number back to only 421 screens, and Boyle admitted that they had gone “too wide too soon” and should have built up more slowly from its limited release on October 9th.
Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in the movie
The 'Jobs' movie began shooting in Berkeley this week.
Universal has announced its primary cast for the Steve Jobs biopic that it took off the hands for Sony after a farcical pre-production period that involved various actors and directors walking away from the project.
Michael Fassbender will play Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's drama
With Michael Fassbender playing the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs will also star Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as the former Mac marketing boss Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley. Elsewhere, Katherine Waterston will play Jobs' ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and Michael Stuhlbarg portrays one of the Mac's original developers Andy Hertzfeld. Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, Makenzie Moss, Sarah Snook and Adam Shapiro round out the cast.
Continue reading: Universal Announces 'Jobs' Cast: Fassbender, Winslet, Rogen
After many ups and downs, the Steve Jobs biopic looks to finally be on track.
Things are finally moving forward for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic, with the final cast being confirmed and filming getting under way this week. As expected Michael Fassbender will play the Apple founder, while Seth Rogen will play his former partner Steve Wozniak.
It's official, Michael Fassbender will play Steve Jobs
The film’s full cast list was revealed today in a statement from Universal. Joining Fassbender and Rogen will be Kate Winslet as former Macintosh marketing executive Joanna Hoffman, Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley and Katherine Waterston as Jobs' ex-girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan.
'The Interview' will be available in the UK after all.
The Interview continues to be one of the surprise success stories of 2015 and will now receive a UK release on February 6. The comedy movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco looked dead and buried after most theaters in the U.S appeared to buckle under pressure from North Korea and avoided screening the movie.
Seth Rogen [L] and James Franco [R] in The Interview
However, word-of-mouth has allowed Sony to recoup a solid chunk of its budget via an on-demand service and the movie has to date pulled in $31 million. Even some of the critics are on side.
Continue reading: 'The Interview' Heading To Cinemas In The UK On February 6
Sony's top boss has finally broken his silence on the recent hack.
Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai has addressed the recent hack at the studio for the first time, thanking employees for their support through the difficult period and underlining the importance of freedom of expression.
Seth Rogen [L] and James Franco [R] starred in The Interview, which Kazuo Hirai spoke about in Vegas
Addressing attendees at the International CES 2015 confab, Hirai told the Vegas crowd: "Both Sony Pictures Entertainment former employees and certainly current employees were unfortunately the victims of one of the most malicious cyber-attacks we have known in recent history."
Continue reading: Sony CEO Talks 'The Interview', Thanks Employees After Hack
Sony is powering through with a full release and a deal with Dish.
Seth Rogen, James Franco and Co. got one heck of a New Years gift this week, with the expansion of its theatrical release and a new deal with dish for on-demand broadcasting. Besides some really clever business decisions on the part of Sony, it appears that the controversy around the hack from December has worked in the film’s favour. In case you’ve been hibernating/away from the internet throughout December, you can read more about said hack here.
Despite the hack, Sony has managed to salvage The Interview's release.
For the low, low price of $5.99, Dish subscribers will be able to rent the film, the network announced on Thursday. On Wednesday, Sony Pictures announced the film would be available on outlets such as Bright House Networks, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable. It also became available on VOD and pay-per-view services of Charter Communications, Cablevision, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon's FiOS and DirecTV, according to the LA Times. This means that The Interview will now be available in roughly 80 million homes across the US
You can now finally watch The Interview, but is it actually any good?
After threats, hacks, pulled screenings and even Obama weighing in The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen opened on Christmas day in 300 theatres, while also becoming available to watch online. The film, which depicts an attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, hasn't been out of the news in recent weeks. But politics aside, is The Interview actually any good?
The Interview is here, but can it live up to the hype?
Currently the film holds a 47% Rotten Tomatoes, which is actually probably a bit much. Critics have found it almost impossible to watch the film without thinking of its political context and this might have led them to being a little too generous with their ratings.
Continue reading: So Was 'The Interview' Worth It? The Critics Give Their Verdict
Despite getting a limited Christmas Day release in just over 300 independent cinemas, the new comedy took over 7 figures in one day.
Despite the controversial circumstances surroundings its (non) release, The Interview has grossed over $1 million in its first day of release. The last-minute decision might have represented something of a gamble, but Sony Corporation seem to have ended a torrid couple of weeks on a high note.
Having cancelled the comedy’s release a week ago amid threats from a cyberhacking group, the studio reversed its decision and rushed out last-minute copies of the film to 320 independent cinemas through the States. Nonetheless, the decision has resulted in an impressive PR coup for the company, who have been accused of caving in to threats to free speech.
Continue reading: 'The Interview' Takes Over $1 Million On Christmas Day
So a lot of people have seen The Interview.
Hundreds of thousands of people have watched illegal online copies of controversial movie The Interview in South Korea and China after the movie was released in the United States. However, the general consensus was that this was a bad movie unworthy of the media circus following it for the past few weeks. Even South Korea, a country effectively at war with the North, hated it.
Seth Rogen [L] and James Franco [R] star in The Interview
"A lot of it is unrealistic and the people who play North Koreans are so bad at speaking Korean," said a viewer on Naver, an online portal. "In the scene where Kim Jong Un gets mad...I couldn't quite understand what he was saying."
Continue reading: So, You Can Finally Watch 'The Interview' Online
Hello, Sony hackes, this is Dr. Evil speaking.
Soon after Obama put everyone at ease, announcing that the Sony hack was not, in fact, an act of war, another authority on all matters evil and genius spoke on the topic. Dr. Evil everyone, aka Mike Myers, in full supervillain garb, came out with a video message, addressing the Sony hackers.
Mike Myers had a message for the Sony hackers this Saturday.
Speaking on NBC's Saturday Night Live, Myers said: "I've pre-empted this programme because I'm furious that North Korea [the country believed to be behind the hack] and Sony Pictures have both given evil organisations a bad name." The 51-year-old actor continued: "Let's start with you, North Korea. You're one of the most evil countries in the world, and your act of war is to kill a movie? It's easy to kill a movie... just move it to January."
Continue reading: Saturday Night Live: Dr. Evil Had Some Wise Words For The Sony Hackers
The Interview's release is indefinitely cancelled, as the Night at the Museum 3 cast holds premieres in New York and London, and James Bond hits the Thames as filming begins on Spectre. There are also new trailers for Sean Penn's The Gunman, the Divergent sequel Insurgent and a new Thomas Hardy adaptation...
The big movie news this week has been Sony's decision to cancel the release of the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy The Interview due to threats made by a hacking group. The film had already held its Los Angeles premiere, attended by Franco and Rogen, costar Diana Bang and cowriter-director Evan Goldberg, who were photographed on the red carpet. But the New York premiere was cancelled, as was all press and any plans for a theatrical or home video release.
The comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen had been due to open in cinemas on December 25th.
Just a little over a week before its scheduled release date and following apparent threats from hackers, Sony has announced that it has cancelled the release of The Interview.
James Franco and Seth Rogen had been due to star in The Interview, whose release Sony cancelled today
Continue reading: Sony Cancels The Release Of 'The Interview' Amid Hacking Threats
Seth Rogen refused to make edits to an important scenes in 'The Interview'.
Seth Rogen rejected the idea of re-editing his new movie The Interview - about an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-Un - just "to make North Koreans happy". Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal wrote to the comedy actor to ask him to tone down a scene in which the dictator is blown up.
Seth Rogen [L] refused to make edits to The Interview
Pascal had said the request came from Kazuo Hirai, chairman of Sony Corporation, but Rogen refused to meet all of the demands.
Continue reading: Seth Rogen The Interview Sony
So Seth Rogen spent two hours listening to Kanye West's new album, in the back of a limo.
Seth Rogen has revealed that he has heard Kanye West's new album after the rapper sang it to him in the back of a limousine in New York. Rogen famously parodied the Bound 2 video with James Franco and Kanye later asked the Hollywood stars to perform it at his wedding.
Seth Rogen listened to Kanye's new album, in a limo
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Rogen revealed how he bumped into the rapper in his New York hotel lobby.
Continue reading: Seth Rogen Has Heard Kanye West's New Album. In A Limousine. With Kanye.
The night's greatest moments - they weren't exactly heavy hitters.
So. Saturday Night Live. Yes, they talked about Eric Garner. Yes, Kenan Thompson did Al Sharpton. For some reason though (you know the reason), the headlines today are mostly focused on James Franco and Seth Rogen’s opening monologue about the Sony Pictures leak and some of the personal pics the actors would like to keep under wraps.
James Franco can do everything, including host SNL, apparently.
Rogen warned Franco that the photos they had taken on their phones would be leaked, like one of Franco helping Rogen try on control-top pantyhose. "I was just trying to look slimmer," Rogen explained. They were also worried about the photo of themselves reenacting a certain image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Continue reading: So James Franco Hosted SNL. Here's The Breakdown.
Nine years after the sitcom was cancelled, the cult comedy is back on our screens.
It may have been nearly a decade since we last cringed at Lisa Kudrow as Valerie Parish. But be prepared to do it all over again, as 'The Comeback' is finally making its big comeback on HBO, nine years later.
Kudrow at the premiere of 'The Comeback's' second season
The cult comedy, which was first cancelled in 2005, starred Kudrow as Valerie Parish, a has been sitcom actress desperately trying to revive her career at any cost. But now both Kudrow and Parish have been given a second chance, with the series long awaited second season premiering on HBO Sunday (November 9th) at 10pm.
Continue reading: Lisa Kudrow's 'The Comeback' Makes A Comeback On HBO
The powers that be in North Korea are most displeased about 'The Interview," which depicts a plot to kill leader Kim Jong-Un.
North Korea has filed an official complaint with the UN regarding the upcoming movie The Interview, requesting that the comedy be banned from distribution. The movie, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a comedy about a plot to kill the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un.
The movie tells the story of two journalists who are tasked with killing the dictator after they land a rare interview with him. The movie's publicity has been met with much anger from the North Korean authorities. Failure to stop the release of the film on 14 October in the US would, it has been threatened, result in a "resolute and merciless response."
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received a letter dated the 27th June from North Korea's UN Ambassador Ja Song Nam. The letter, which has been made public this week, does not give the name of the movie but describes a plot that "involves insulting and assassinating the supreme leadership," according to Reuters.
Has Seth Rogen just started World War 3?
Well, this would certainly make high school text books more interesting. North Korea has threatened to reap "merciless" retaliation on the US if they do not ban the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy movie The Interview. The notorious government issued a statement about the film, which stars the Hollywood actors as journalists tasked with assassination Kim Jong-un.
The government said that the country considers the movie "an act of war" and a "wanton act of terror," also labelling Rogen a "gangster filmmaker".
Continue reading: Will North Korea Really Declare War Over Seth Rogen's 'The Interview'?
Mr Kim will probably watch The Interview. On DVD.
The North Korean regime has unsurprisingly attacked a Hollywood comedy movie with James Franco and Seth Rogen as representing the “desperation” of American society. A spokesman for Kim Jong-Un said the dictator would probably watch The Interview, which sees two talk show host tasked with assassinating the controversial leader after being granted a rare face-to-face.
Kim Myong-choi, executive director of the Centre for North Korea-US Peace and an unofficial spokesman for the regime in Pyongyang was dismissive of the movie. "There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society," he told The Telegraph. "A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine," he added. "And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy – Americans. "In fact, President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well," Kim Myong-chol said.
Continue reading: Kim Jong-Un Will Watch 'The Interview'. With A Bowl Of Ice Cream.
The two filmmakers took offensive to Ann Hornaday putting the blame of the recent shooting in Santa Barbara, Calif, which left six people dead, on their unrealistic productions,"in which the shlubby arrested adolescent always gets the girl."
Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow have received criticism for their work in the past, but a film critics’ recent comments have caused the stars to speak out.
The filmmaking pair, who have collaborated on movies such as ‘Kncocked Up,’ ‘Pineapple Express’ and ‘Funny People,’ were forced to fire back at a critic who suggested their work could have influenced the mass murder in Santa Barbara, Calif.
A film critic blames Rogen's films for inspiring mass shooting
The age of inappropriate humor is upon us.
The success of Seth Rogen’s Neighbors, which made a staggering $51 million over its debut weekend, proves that, when R-rated comedies work, they really work. The genre tends to be a bit hit-and-miss, but Rogen’s latest was a safe bet for Universal – his last foray into crude adult humor – This Is The End – made over $101 million domestically.
“It’s escapism, and when it works — and ‘Neighbors’ worked — comedies are just a great way for people to escape,” Nikki Rocco, head of domestic distribution for Universal, said for Variety.
Zac Efron in Neighbors.
Continue reading: "Neighbors" Crashed Spidey's Party This Weekend, But Why?
Seth Rogen's 'Neighbors' pulled in $51 million at the box-office.
We predicted a $40-45 million opening for Seth Rogen's 'Neighbors', but the frat-comedy co-starring Zac Efron obliterated expectations to pull in $51 million and win the top spot at the box-office by $14 million. The well-received comedy dumped The Amazing Spider-Man 2 into second place - the sequel took $37 million.
Zac Efron In 'Neighbors'
Rogen's raunchy comedy has also soared overseas, grossing $34.4 million from 29 countries and placing at No.1 in 17 of those, including Australia, Germany and the UK. The success kicks off Univeral's summer in true style and gives a boost to Seth MacFarlane's comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, which rolls out in three weeks.
Nicholas Stoller offers a new twist on a tale of two houses at war
With his new film Neighbors (titled Bad Neighbours internationally), filmmaker Nicholas Stoller is taking on Judd Apatow for the adult-comedy title. He has previous experience in the genre, from Forgetting Sarah Marshall to The Five-year Engagement, but this time he's actually teamed up with Apatow protege Seth Rogen, who stars and produces with his filmmaking partner Evan Goldberg.
Even more notable is the fact that Neighbors is brisk and smart, gleefully rude and also warmly dramatic without ever getting sentimental. Which is a striking contrast to Apatow's more indulgent, overlong style of filmmaking (see This Is 40 or Funny People).
Goofy comedy vs goofy superhero film
‘Bad Neighbors’ sees Seth Rogen and Zak Efron duke it out as the former tries to preserve his suburban American dream, while the other rebels against his paid-for education by causing havoc as the hunky, de facto leader of a raucous fraternity. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ sees Andrew Garfield take on a litany of evil foes hell-bent on destroying life on earth as we know it.
Spider-Man and Electro do battle
But which should you see; big money Marvel superhero sequel or goofy flic featuring the king of stoner comedy and the emerging talent of the once-Disney prince?
Continue reading: So, Should You See 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Or 'Neighbors' Tonight?
James Franco’s latest antics have us wondering what’s going on and when we’re ever going to find out the truth about his behaviour.
Oh James Franco, where to start? Remember in February when everybody was getting weirded out by Shia LaBeouf and his Berlin paper bag ‘I am not famous anymore’ incident? Well one person who jumped to the actor’s defence was James Franco, by way of a NY Times article entitled ‘Why Actors Act Out’. In the piece he writes that he hoped Shia’s recent antics were “intended as a piece of performance art, one in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona.” Now over two months on, Shia’s antics are out of the press and it’s Franco’s own behaviour which is taking up tabloid inches.
James Franco, it's not a selfie, he's fully clothed
First there was the incident when Franco appeared to be inviting a 17 year old fan to join him in a hotel room. After the screen capped exchange went viral Franco didn't seem to deny that the incident happened and would later tell Howard Stern that he felt he’d acted like a “gentleman” towards the young fan. This was not what the rest of Franco’s fanbase where expecting, because really the whole thing seemed too much like an elaborate stunt to promote Franco’s movie, Palo Alto, which is out later this month.
It's as crude as you might expect, but at least "Neighbors" has its leads going for it.
Neighbors is out in theaters this week – Friday, May 9 – meaning it’s just about time for the flood of reviews of Seth Rogen’s latest. In this one, Zac Efron gets to walk around without the burden of a shirt for half a movie as the head of a fraternity, which inexplicably moves into a suburban house. Rogen and Rose Byrne star as Mac and Kelly, new parents who go to war against the frat bros. It’s a party movie, starring Rogen and Zefron, so that already lumps it into the same category as things like Project X, Pineapple Express and last year’s This Is The End. But how does Neighbors rank on that spectrum?
Continue reading: 'Neighbors' Is Crude And Unusual, But Is It Funny Enough To Work?
Seth Rogen is a very, very busy man but which of his five upcoming movies are you most excited for?
Seth Rogen is currently delighting the critics alongside Zac Efron in Bad Neighbours, but don't expect him to be resting on his laurels anytime soon. The multi-talented star, who has proven he can not only act, but write and direct as well, might just be the busiest man in Hollywood. With no fewer than than five upcoming movies already in production and even more works in development, we're starting to wonder when Rogen manages to get any sleep. If you just can't wait for your next big screen Rogen fix, here's a look at five of his upcoming features to stir your excitement.
Seth Rogen: when does he sleep?
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s gross-out comedy ‘Bad Neighbours' has sent critics laughing in the aisles this weekend and audiences too.
Did critics expect to find themselves unanimously enjoying a comedy starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen? Probably not. No disrespect to the pair, but they haven't exactly been setting the box office on fire in recent years. But all this could change as Bad Neighbours has come to the UK this weekend and the critics are saying this one is worth a visit.
You could do worse than Zac Efron for a neighbour
Rogen stars as one half of a couple with a newborn baby who find themselves embroiled in a turf war of sorts with the fraternity house next door. This one is as rude and crude as you might expect, but as it turns out it’s also seriously funny. The critics agree, giving it a resounding thumbs up and a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
It's official: the original cast will be back for Episode VII, along with high-profile newcomers. Sundance London and Tribeca premiere movies for Ryan Reynolds, Keira Knightley, Michael B Jordan, Emma Watson and more. Neighbors premieres in Los Angeles. And new trailers promise emotion, comedy and embarrassment...
Of course the biggest movie news this week was the official announcement that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be back for Star Wars Episode VII, along with the performers behind C-3PO, R2-D2 and Chewbacca. Newcomers to the saga include Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Max Von Sydow and Daisy Ridley. JJ Abrams starts filming this month in London. For all the cast info and to see the, now infamous, first cast reading photo for Star Wars Episode VII click here.
This past week in London, the Sundance London Film and Music Festival took place with a flurry of filmmakers and stars attending, including Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton, who were on hand to present their offbeat serial killer black comedy The Voices. Browse our arrivals gallery for 'The Voices' screening at Sundance London.
Better than it looks...
When ‘Bad Neighbours’ was announced, film critics would have been forgiven for exhaling in the form of a sigh; Seth Rogen – despite a loyal, cult fan base, has been the face of some pretty terrible films; it’s only the brilliant ones that grant him ‘incosistant’ status rather then ‘rubbish’. And with Zac Efron still making the transition from quasi-Bieber to friend of Franco-comedy, the jury was always going to be sceptical.
Efron and Dave Franco star in 'Bad Neighbors'
But it would appear as though Efron and Rogen – under the tutelage of director David Stoller and given words by Andrew J. Cohen & Brendan O’Brien – have nailed it. The jokes are crude, of course, and the punch lines are often stupid, but this simple tale of youthful exuberance v a middle class yearning for comfort is an entertaining romp, for sure.
Seth Rogen will be hosting 'Saturday Night Live' on the 12th April.
In readiness for his long-awaited Saturday Night Live hosting slot this weekend, Seth Rogen has released a classic SNL promo clip in which he jokes around with cast member Aidy Bryant in multiple takes. If the newly posted video is anything to go by, the This Is The End actor's third go at hosting will be a barrel of laughs.
Aidy Bryant "Helped" Seth Rogen Announce His Hosting Slot In This Week's 'SNL' Promo.
The promo clip is the first that Bryant, who joined the show in its 38th season, has been involved in but rather than let the seasoned host steer the advert, she kept chipping in with pieces of not-so-helpful advice. "Hi I'm Seth Rogen and this week I'm going to be hosting 'SNL' with musical guest Ed Sheeran," Rogen began before Bryant criticised "That was good but maybe try it again where you're not phoning in this time."
Continue reading: Seth Rogen And Aidy Bryant Violate 'SNL' Code In New Improv Clip [Video]
The actor will both star in and produce the movie adaptation of the hit thriller.
Zac Efron is gearing up to both produce and star in the movie adaptation of writer John Grisham's hit legal thriller, The Associate. The former High School Musical star will be continuing his evolution from Disney Channel heartthrob to serious actor by taking on such a major movie responsibility.
Zac Efron Is Set Both Both Star In And Produce 'The Associate.'
Though the project is reportedly yet to recruit a writer, Efron will produce via his Ninja's Runnin Wild banner ('That Awkward Moment'), and Divergent's Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce through Red Wagon Entertainment with Michael Simkin and Nicki Cortese overseeing development, according to THR.
Rogan opens up on his perennial quest to parody Kanye West
Seth Rogen’s been making the press rounds recently to promote his new film, ‘The Interview’, but most people weren’t interested in the funny man’s latest project, with most people keen to hear about his constant Kanye West parodies.
Seth Rogen likes a cheeky parody
Now, Rogen is searching for someone to play the baby in a new Kim/Kanye/North parody. "Michael Cera would be good," joked Rogen. "Get Annie Leibovitz to take the pictures," he said.
Continue reading: Seth Rogen's Kanye West Parodies Are All In Jest - He's A Big Ol' Fan
The 31 year-old actor shared what he thinks about the Canadian pop-star: "In my opinion, Justin Bieber is a piece of s**t."
Actor Seth Rogen had some choice words when asked about the recent behaviour of Justin Bieber.
The 'This Is The End' actor branded the troubled 20 year-old as "obnoxious" when being interviewed on Andy Cohen's 'Watch What Happens Live' with Dave Franco.
Rogen was asked to elaborate on a controversial tweet he posted back in January that stated Bieber was a "piece of s**t."
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will adapt the upcoming book 'Console Wars', which is a business thriller depicting a behind-the-scenes look into the battle between Sega and Nintendo.
If you were a true gamer from the late 80s and 90s, then you will remember the original war of the consoles.
In today's digital entertainment universe there is an on-going battle between PlayStation and Xbox, but before the world of online gaming, there was a colossal war commencing.
And that was Nintendo Vs Sega!
Nintendo were seriously threatened by Sega in the 1990's, as documented in 'Console Wars'.
If you’re a hardened gamer, then you’ll know that the current state of console gaming is predicated by a battle for supremacy between Nintendo and Sega in the late-80s and 90s.
If you’re not au fait with that part of history, then Console Wars will fill you in.
The book on which the film will be based hasn’t even been released yet – Console Wars by Blake J. Harris will be released in May.
It's been a mixed bag for new this week, with a mixture of happy, sad and downright disgraceful news coming out of the never-dull world of entertainment.
Ian Watkins Trial: It's a shame we have to start with this one but little else has seen the headlines all week. The disgraced former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, 36, describing himself as a "determined and committed paedophile" in the ongoing court case, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted rape and 12 other offences including sexual assault and taking, making and distributing indecent images of children.
What's more, innocent parties including Alexa Chung, Fearne Cotton and Ian "H" Watkins from Steps have been dragged into the reporting. Peaches Geldof has received stern criticism after she shared the names of the women who let Watkins abuse their children.
Continue reading: A Week In News: Ian Watkins Trial, AMAs Triumph And A Beloved Pet Dies
The James Franco and Seth Rogen-starring parody is an internet sensation
'Bound 3,' the parody video of Kanye West's latest music video, for the Yeezus cut 'Bound 2,' has taken the internet by storm and proved so good that even the two people being poked fun at find it funny, and these aren't people usually known for their sense of humour.
Neither Kim nor Kanye are known for their sense of humour
Kim Kardashian responded to the video on Twitter earlier this week to congratulate Seth Rogen and James Franco, and she even revealed that the usually stoney faced Kanye West couldn't help but laugh at it too.
Is this what all actors do in their off-time?
If you thought Kanye West’s newly released video for Bound 2 was priceless on its own, that is only because you haven’t seen Seth Rogen and James Franco’s take on it. The parody, released earlier today, is a shot-by-shot recreation of the Yeezy video. Except, instead of West and fiancée Kim Kardashian, it stars Franco and Rogen.
The actor is believed to have battled a cocaine addiction.
Actor Zac Efron has reportedly completed a rehab stint to tackle cocaine addiction five months ago, it has emerged. The 25 year-old High School Musical actor is said to have checked into rehab after what was purported to be an alcohol problem, until the news he was struggling with a cocaine problem began to spread, according to TMZ.
Zac Efron Sought Help For His Cocaine Addiction.
Zac's drug problem spiralled out of control when he began to be absent from days of filming Seth Rogen's Neighbors, shot in April. A film source speaking to TMZ said "It was common knowledge he was struggling with cocaine."
Stars were out in London for premieres of two big biopics, Scarlett Johansson's new film is the talk of Venice, the Neighbors red-band trailer sparks buzz, and American Hustle looks unstoppable...
Naomi Watts was on the red carpet in London this week for the world premiere of Diana, about the final years in the life of the People's Princess. There were some touchy moments as she promoted the film in the media this week and had to get defensive against journalists' questions. Critics haven't been kind to the film, which opens in the UK later this month. Watch the Diana trailer here.
Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde and director Ron Howard were also out in London this week for the world premiere of their new film Rush, an exhilarating biopic tracing the rivalry between 1970s Formula One champions James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The film opens next week in the UK, and in two weeks in America. Watch the trailer and view photos from the premiere here.
Rogen and Efron team up for this comedy.
Seth Rogen has slowly been moving away from the stoner character he half-plays in movies. And when we say half-plays, we mean that in the most affectionate way possible; we just get the impression there’s not a lot of actual acting going on there.
Anyway, he was the hilarious cop in Superbad, and he had some growing up to do in Knocked Up. But now he’s gone full-family man in Neighbors, which sees him, his wife and his baby up against an unruly gang of frat students who move in next door and take over the neighbourhood with their ridiculous antics.
Continue reading: Seth Rogen V Those Dastardly Kids In 'Neighbors' [Trailer + Pictures]
Mac and Kelly Radner are filled with enthusiasm when they learn that the house next door is up for sale and can't wait to welcome their new neighbours into the area. However, watching the arrival of a removal truck and a bunch of college kids clutching a sign made up of Greek letters, they realise that it has in fact been sold to the local school's fraternity which could spell big trouble due to their party-heavy reputation, but, nonetheless, they do their best to greet the young owners. Soon, though, they become the neighbours from hell when Mac and Kelly's newborn baby is exposed to frequent episodes of debauchery and even the couple themselves become a target for chaos. They decide it's time to get their own back and vengefully strike out against the frat house - but that only makes their lives worse.
'Neighbors' is an over-the-top but nonetheless hysterical new comedy directed by Nicholas Stoller ('Forgetting Sarah Marshall', 'Get Him to the Greek', 'The Five-Year Engagement') and written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien in their screenwriting debuts. Touching on the very real anxieties about college antics and new neighbours, it is set for release on March 7th 2014.
From the people who brought you The Roast of William Shatner.
It might seem like James Franco has been in almost every movie this year and with so much success, what better way to knock the actor/director/producer/writer/poet/we’re-probably missing-something-here down a peg than with a good old fashion roast? Franco made the announcement via Instagram video last night. “Hey y’all. I’m gonna get roasted on Comedy Central,” the Spring Breakers actor deadpans in the video. ”Be sure to check it out. They wanted me to tell you that. Alright.”
James Franco has been on a winning streak this year.
The roast, which already has its own twitter hashtag (#francoroast, how creative) will be filmed in August and is set to air on Labor Day, according to the Comedy Central website. It will be produced by Miles Levy and Joel Gallen, who also worked on the roasts of Rosanne Barr, Charlie Sheen, and Donald Trump, as well as the Emmy®-nominated Comedy Central Roast Of William Shatner. It’s safe to say that these people know how to make fun of celebrities.
Continue reading: The Ultimate Compliment? James Franco To Be Roasted On Comedy Central
Sequels to Taken and Independence Day get going, Depp promotes The Lone Ranger on both coasts, and new trailers reveal glimpses of against-type turns from Scott Thomas, Rudd, Hirsch and Diaz...
The big news this week is that a reported $20 million paycheque has lured Liam Neeson back for a third Taken movie. There's no word yet on the plot, but does it really matter? Meanwhile, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will be back for Roland Emmerich's long-awaited sequel to his 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, although apparently Will Smith's character isn't in the script.
This week's top cinema releases include the animated sequel Despicable Me 2 and Jason Statham's dramatic thriller Hummingbird. which has been re-titled Redemption for its American release. Meanwhile, British audiences are catching up with Seth Rogen's A-list apocalyptic comedy This Is the End, while Americans have a chance to check out Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as rogue mother-daughter vampires in Byzantium.
Seth Rogen's comedy 'This Is The End' has been highly praised by critics. Overall reviews have agreed that the film is funny, gross but hardly original.
Seth Rogen's comedy This Is The End has received favourable reviews from critics. Released in U.S. cinemas today (28th June) it has already been moderately successful in the U.S
Of the numerous critics who praised the fim, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said the film is "just one great big goofy joke". Those more critical have said the film, whilst amusing, is a collaboration of bodily functions, "grossness" and "middling". Put in even simpler terms the film embodies the crude humour in which Rogen thrives.
This Is The End has proved popular in America as this L.A. mural detailing some of the main actors shows.
How has his latest comedy fared with the critics?
Seth Rogen has done some funny stuff, and he’s done some not so funny stuff. And by his admission, it was difficult to find a studio to make his latest movie, This Is The End. Two things are hoped for any movie: high critical praise and high box office receipts. And considering the film comes out tomorrow, we can only tell you about one of those.
Seth Rogen has a good beard, that's for sure
So, the reviews: like Rogen’s, some of them have been good, some of them have been pretty bad. And bearing a startling resemblance to Rogan’s work, some of them have been pretty middle of the road. “Just one great big goofy joke. Some funny stuff, but a rental/download only,” says The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw in his three-star review. “The players flap, mug and pratfall. Then they flap, mug and pratfall some more. The script is an open text: they can bring their own jokes. The audience is still waiting for one when the film closes,” say The Financial Times.
Continue reading: This Is The End Reviews – Is This The End For Seth Rogan?
The Apocalyptic party movie finally moves across the Pond.
The Apocalypse is a trending topic lately and you can bet that when Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg took it on, it wasn’t going to be anything other than a party. And party Rogen does, along with co-stars Jay Baruchel, James Franko, Craig Robinson and Jonah Hill (along with probably every other Hollywood comedian you can think of.) It’s an homage to bromance, while also being constantly hilarious and, while This Is The End probably doesn’t qualify as high cinema, so far there are no complaints (or not too many, at least.) While the film saw its US premiere more than two weeks ago, it is only now coming to the UK with a release date set for June 28th. Ahead of the official premiere, Rogen, Goldberg and James Franco attended an advance screening of the film Tuesday (June 25) at the Charlotte Street Hotel in London.
Evan and Goldberg have turned the end of the world into a Hollywood rager.
To commemorate the occasion, Goldberg gave a few more details about the deeper meaning behind the apocalyptic comedy. As you can guess, it’s all about male friendship. "I think," says Goldberg in the interview, "movies didn't focus on male friendship so much before because people were insanely homophobic, and just uncool about man-to-man relationships. Now people are more accepting." Which may be true, but that doesn’t mean that the movie hasn’t gotten a lot of flack precisely for being so focused on male bonds – and neglecting to feature complex female characters entirely. Goldberg has an answer for that too.
The summer flicks have been rolled out, with a hearty helping of monsters, zombies and superheroes.
It’s been a tense weekend at the box office, with contenders for a summer blockbuster out in full force. Unsurprisingly, the top spot over the weekend went to Monsters University with estimated $82 million earnings (all data courtesy of Hollywood.com), proving that even when the critics disagree, the folks over at the Emeryville studio know what they’re doing. For those keeping score at home, Pixar’s perfect streak of 14 out of 14 films debuting at number one on their first weekend remains unbroken.
Zombies came second to monsters, as Brad Pitt’s crack at the contagion genre, World War Z, followed closely with $66 million; having debuted this weekend at 3607 theatres across the US. The film was based on the eponymous Max Brooks novel and helmed by Marc Foster. It’s no secret that the zombie genre is having its Renaissance in recent years and the Pitt production apparently manages to tap into the Zeitgeist. It turns out to be Brad Pitt’s best opening weekend, followed by Mr. and Mrs. Smith with $50.3 million.
The second runner-up again comes as no surprise, as Warner Bros’s Man of Steel continues to perform, despite the second weekend drop of 65%. With estimated weekend earnings of $41,2 million, Man of Steel is still going strong. Note: it isn’t matching the box office success of this year’s Iron Man 3 though, which, if reports of Warner Bros. modeling a Justice League franchise after The Avengers are true, would be the studio’s goal.
The two comedy geniuses discussed the new film and more in the online chat with the Reddit community
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have a brand new movie coming out soon called This Is The End, in which Seth, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel and a host of other celebrities face the impending end of days. On Friday (June 14) the two were kind enough to answer questions from fans in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), during which the two discussed the film and their own lives in a frank and often funny exchange.
The two have become comedy royalty over the last decade or so, creating such instant classics as Superbad and Pineapple Express. During this time, their own, often quite crass sense of humour has become well known and mimicked by fans and other budding comedians and when the pair were asked what kind of comedy we can expect from their newest film, they didn't let us down by describing it as "Spunk-a-riffic!" The two then added that the movie has "more jerk-off or cum jokes than any movie ever made, and it's a title we hold proudly" - and rightly so!
The pair were then asked about how much of the film was ad-libbed, and given the amount of comic talent on offer in the film, it perhaps came as little surprise when they revealed that at least half of the script was made up on the spot. The two also discussed matters away from the film, including that they are currently in the planning stages of a movie about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, which they are working on with James Franco.
John Oliver went down a storm on his first night sitting in for Jon Stewart.
John Oliver made his debut as Jon Stewart's temporary replacement on the Daily Show on Monday night (June 10, 2013) and proved to be quite the hit. The British comedian - recommended to Stewart by Ricky Gervais - used his tried and test brand of self-depracating humor from the off. And it worked.
"I am John Oliver and let's all just acknowledge for a moment that this is weird. This looks weird, it feels weird, it even sounds weird-and this is my actual voice," he began, to a barrage of applause. There was some criticism of Oliver's interviewing techniques, though he had already joked of his disdain for celebrity sit-downs and his questions of comedic actor Seth Rogen were reasonable enough. Mainly he just told the actor that he loved his new movie This Is The End.
Oliver can't lose as Daily Show host. He had a couple of clever tactics for thwarting the critics, firstly thinking out loud how he'd be barracked for the performance, and secondly partaking in a little skit with special correspondent Aasif Mandvi about Buzzfeed apparently posting 'The 27 Worst Moments of John Oliver's First Six Minutes.'
Continue reading: Does John Oliver Work As Host Of The Daily Show? You Bet He Does.
What better way to kick of summer, than with an Apocalypse?
If you’ve been keeping up on your film news at all this year, Seth Rogen’s apocalyptic comedy This Is The End should have been a big bleep on the radar. Not only does it feature pretty much everyone you can think of on the Hollywood comedy circuit (seriously, you have Michael Sera acting opposite Jason Segel, Rogen, James Franco, Emma Watson, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and cameos from practically every big comedian of the past five years.) The cast list goes on and on.
Continue reading: Seth Rogen Gets Back Into The Groove With 'This Is The End'
Blazing across the screen with eye-popping, sublime artwork, Kung Fu Panda sets itself apart from the modern domestic animation trend with its sheer beauty. From an opening dream sequence whose abstract style seems culled straight from a modern manga, the film enters instant classic status as some of the most gorgeous animation Hollywood has produced since the golden age of Disney. Eschewing the cold and severe art of Dreamworks' Shrek films, the makers of Kung Fu Panda fill the screen with painterly backdrops of mountain vistas and fluttering leaves that give Zhang Yimou a run for his money. It somehow makes it all the funnier to have the titular panda, Po (Black), come huffing and wheezing through the impeccable and non-specific ancient China landscapes like a less-active relative of Hurley on Lost.
Continue reading: Kung Fu Panda Review
In a welcome change from puerile and stinking-rotten Rob Schneider and David Spade movies, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" is a ribald comedy that is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, despite being custom-built around a scene-stealing second-banana who really belongs in small roles.
Deadpan "Daily Show" correspondent Steve Carell, who briefly but memorably upstaged Will Ferrell in "Anchorman" and Jim Carrey in "Bruce Almighty," stars as Andy Stitzer, a king-dork electronics store clerk rapidly approaching middle age and so bereft of social skills that he's never managed to get much past first base with a woman. When his co-workers realize this, watching him fumble to fit in while swapping sex stories during an after-hours poker game, they make it their mission to get the poor guy laid.
Co-written by Carell and director Judd Aptow (creator of TV's "Undeclared" and "Freaks and Geeks"), the plot is perfectly pitched to its star's talent for playing hapless, hopeless twits. Put Carell in a polo shirt, a pair of khakis and a K-Mart windbreaker, and he can garner hardy chuckles with little more than a perplexed stare from his deep-set buggy eyes. He dives headlong into this character, earning cheek-hurting laughs with painfully awkward moments (his pals convince him to get his chest waxed) and giving Andy such an authentic geekdom (his apartment is lined with collectable toys in their original packaging) that the movie's plot hardly feels like a gimmick at all.
Continue reading: The 40-Year-Old Virgin Review
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