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There's half of a great satire here, as Seth Rogen, James Franco and Evan Goldberg combine that freewheeling mayhem from This Is the End with some more pointed political comedy. But in its second half, the script begins to repeat its less-funny jokes, wallowing in smutty gags and excessive violence. These things may please the chuckleheads in the audience, but they wear everyone else out. And they make us work to see the film's much more enjoyable brom-com plot and sharp social commentary.
The story is centred around swaggering TV personality Dave Skylark (Franco), whose chat show majors in shocking celebrity revelations like Eminem's homosexuality or Rob Lowe's baldness. Dave's producer Aaron (Rogen) is feeling like a second-class newsmaker when he discovers that North Korean despot Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) is a fan of Dave's show and is willing to be interviewed live on camera. Then before they can head off, two CIA operatives (Lizzy Caplan and Reese Alexander) convince Dave and Aaron to assassinate Kim with a deadly drug. And when they arrive in Pongyang their mission is complicated when Aaron falls for Kim's media director Sook (Diana Bang) and Dave falls for Kim himself.
Yes, the film has a fairly standard romantic-comedy structure, as Dave and Aaron's close friendship is strained to the breaking point by the arrival of another man. Virtually all of the dialogue is infused with gay innuendo, double entendres and full-on sex jokes. Some of this is genuinely hilarious, such as the first time Dave and Kim discover their mutual love of Katy Perry's Firework. Then that joke is brought back four or five times, so by the end it's not even mildly amusing. Pretty much every gag in the film is beaten to death, even the ones that weren't funny to begin with. Thankfully, the actors' energy never flags.
Continue reading: The Interview Review
October 9th release date for the Boyle / Sorkin collaboration, just in time for awards season.
The troubled Steve Jobs biopic has finally announced a theatrical release date of October 9th this year. Strangely enough, that’s exactly the kind of time that judges start to think about awards nominations…
Shooting for the film, which has been the centre of a great deal of speculation because of its lengthy gestation and uncertain funding, began last month in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Danny Boyle, the man behind cult favourites such as Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and 28 Days Later, as well as the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012, is in the director’s chair.
Michael Fassbender will portray the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the forthcoming movie
Continue reading: Release Date For 'Steve Jobs' Movie Confirmed
'The Interview' is heading to Netflix.
Streaming service Netflix is to add the controversial comedy The Interview to its U.S. and Canadian catalogue beginning Saturday January 24, the company announced on Tuesday (January 18, 2014).
Seth Rogen [L] and James Franco [R] star in The Interview
As previously reported, Netflix had begun talks with Sony about licensing The Interview to streaming subscribers after Starz released the pay-TV window rights. However, Sony wanted to maximise digital and VOD sales and, as of Sunday, The Interview had generated more than $40 million in revenue through 5.8 million rentals.
Continue reading: Netflix To Stream 'The Interview' As Revenue Rockets Past $40 Million
It could yet end happily ever after for 'The Interview', as Netflix secures a deal with Sony Pictures to make the controversial comedy available to its American and Canadian subscribers.
It’s been quite a turnaround for The Interview in the last month. A little over four weeks ago, the Sony picture had been seemingly consigned to the dustbin following the studio’s cancellation of its release in the face of threats from cyberhackers.
But following its resounding success in its limited digital release, the rumoured Netflix deal has come to pass. Late on Tuesday, the online streaming service announced that the comedy would be available to its US and Canadian subscribers.
'The Interview' is coming to Netflix at the weekend, with Sony Pictures securing a deal with the streaming service
Continue reading: Netflix Confirms 'The Interview' Will Be Available At The Weekend
The remarkable story of the once-cancelled comedy continues, with plans for a European theatrical release and a rumoured Netflix deal.
The revival of The Interview, which so recently seemed to be doomed to the dustbin of movie history, continues unabated. Following the remarkable box office figures returned upon its limited release across the States, streaming service Netflix has tentatively expressed an interest in making the film available to its subscribers.
On Wednesday, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a press conference “People want to see the movie and we want to be able to deliver the movie.” However, he would not elaborate on the details of any efforts to secure the film. Sony Pictures had no comment on the possibility of such a deal either.
Netflix has signalled a potential deal to provide The Interview to its 53 million online subscribers
Continue reading: Netflix Says It Wants To Show 'The Interview'
The political comedy, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, has been well-received in spite of its limited release.
Sony’s last minute Christmas Eve change of heart seems to have paid off, with its controversial film The Interview taking more than $15 million in online sales and rentals, it has been revealed.
In addition to the $2.8 million it made from its four-day opening run over 331 independent theaters that arranged to show the film on December 25th, good enough to put at 16th place in the box office charts, the comedy has become Sony’s highest grossing online release ever, according to Variety.
The Interview has made over $15 million in online rentals and purchases since its availability on December 25th.
Continue reading: 'The Interview' Makes $15 Million Online
After a bumpy start, the movie has found its footing.
So The Interview has received a fair bit of backlash for turning a complex political conflict into a raging bro fest, but creators Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Dan Sterling are laughing all the way to the bank. It didn’t matter that the Sony hack and threats resulted in the movie being pulled from theatres. After its Wednesday release, The Interview made $15 million on online sales alone.
If you were offended by The Interview, this information might make your head explode.
In just three days following Christmas Eve, The Interview has gone on to become Sony’s most downloaded title of all time. So... er... given the terrible reviews and comments online, are we seeing reverse psychology at work here? Or just good old fashioned American rebellion?
'The Interview' will screen after all, in some U.S theaters.
After the news that several theaters in the U.S are to screen the controversial comedy movie The Interview, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton has insisted the studio did not cave under extreme pressure from North Korea to pull the film. Lynton spoke to CNN's Faree Zakaria and addressed comments made by President Barack Obama that Sony made a mistake by cancelling the release.
Seth Rogen [L] and James Franco [R} star in The Interview - which some movie theaters will screen from Christmas Day
"No [We did not make a mistake]. I - I think, actually, the unfortunate part is, in this instance, the president, the press and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened."
Continue reading: Theaters To Screen 'The Interview' As Sony Insists "We Did Not Cave"
'The Interview' will be given a limited release on Christmas Day and Seth Rogen, James Franco and President Obama are amongst those celebrating.
The Interview will be shown in limited cinemas in the US from Christmas Day. Sony Pictures Entertainment has granted the film's release despite threats from hackers directed at cinema goers. Mounting political pressure, including a number of statements released by President Barack Obama, is believed to have contributed to Sony's decision to release The Interview.
'The Interview' has caused all sorts of problems...
North Korea experienced a sweeping blackout to its internet service on Monday (November 22, 2014) with some experts suggesting the nation's access went "totally down" at one stage. The White House has declined to comment on whether the US government was responsible amid the international furore over the release of comedy movie The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.
Seth Rogen and James Franco star in 'The Interview'
By Tuesday, North Korea appeared to be back online, though it was a strange outage given the country's apparent involvement in the recent Sony hack.
Continue reading: North Korea's Internet Goes Down Completely, Obama Stays Silent
Sony apparently have plans for Pineapple Express 2.
The latest leaked Sony emails show a fiery dispute over the budget of Pineapple Express 2 - a sequel to the 2008 action-comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The first film was a surprise hit and grossed $101 million worldwide on a budget of just $25 million.
Seth Rogen has been kicking ideas around for Pineapple Express 2
The stoner comedy was produced by Judd Apatow and written by Rogen and his pal Evan Goldberg (who recently worked on the controversial comedy The Interview). The comedy became an even bigger hit on home video, selling 2.5 million DVDs for $43 million in revenue in 2009 alone.
Continue reading: Sony Hack Reveals Dispute Over 'Pineapple Express 2' Budget
North Korea has accused the White House of involvement.
North Korea says it has "clear evidence" that Washington was heavily involved in the development of the comedy movie The Interview and has threatened to retaliate. The warnings come despite Sony Pictures decision to pull the release of the Seth Rogen movie following cyber-attacks, though to be rooted in Pyongyang.
Seth Rogen [L] and James Franco [R] head up The Interview
The accusations against the White House, which come in a 1,600-word statement, referred to the US as the "cesspool of terrorism" and called the movie "vicious and dastardly."
Continue reading: North Korea Has "Clear Evidence" That Washington Devised 'The Interview'
One Texas cinema is showing World Police instead of 'The Interview'.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Dallas/Forth Worth, Texas, will screen the 2004 film Team America: World Police instead of Seth Rogen's movie The Interview, which has been pulled by Sony. The studio appear to have buckled under pressure from hackers, thought to be based in North Korea.
Seth Rogen [L] and James Franco [R] in The Interview
"We're just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation," James Wallace, creative manager and programmer at the cinema told the Hollywood Reporter. American flags and other patriotic accessories will be handed out by theater employees, according to Wallace.
Sony appear to have buckled under threats from cyber-hackers.
Seth Rogen's anger at Amy Pascal and Sony after being asked to make edits to a particularly gory scene in The Interview was all too apparent in a recent leaked email. "This is now a story of Americans changing their movie to make North Koreans happy," he wrote to Pascal in an email dated 15 August. "That is a very damning story."
Seth Rogen [L] and James Franco [R] star in The Inteview, which will no longer be released
What would Rogen think now, then, after Sony cancelled the release of the comedy about a fictional assassination of North Korea's leader. The Sony hackers had been incensed by the film, threatening to continue to leak private documents from the studio unless it refrained from release the film, starring Rogen and Franco. The threats led many to assume the hackers were based in the controversial state. Sources suggest Washington are close to announcing that the North Korean government were behind the attack.
Continue reading: At The Behest Of North Korea, Sony Cancels Release Of 'The Interview'
Some theatres are also said to be deciding not to carry the film when it opens on December 25th.
The Interview, the now very, very controversial new comedy from Seth Rogen and James Franco has had it glitzy New York premiere cancelled after another threat was made by the group thought to be behind the recent Sony hack.
Seth Rogen and James Franco have caused contraversy with The Interview
The film, which centres on an attempted assassination of North Korean president Kim Jong Un, was supposed to have its big premiere at Manhattan's Sunshine Cinema on Thursday evening (December 18th). However the Los Angeles Times now reports that Landmark Theatres, which owns the venue has said that Sony had cancelled the premiere.
Continue reading: New York Premiere Of 'The Interview' Reportedly Cancelled Amid Threats
Sony executives have major doubts about 'The Interview'.
There was absolutely an air of uncertainty about Amy Pascal's leaked emails to Seth Rogen. The comedy actor was unwilling to make edits to his controversial movie The Interview but, on the face of it, Pascal seemed a little disinterested anyway.
Seth Rogen [L] and James Franco [R] star in The Interview, though the executives have their doubts
The executives ended up getting their way and altering the gory final scene in the movie, during which Kim Jong Un's head explodes and is set aflame. However, in a new set of leaked emails, it appears the head honchos hate the entire movie anyway, calling it too offensive, "desperately unfunny" and likely to fail given the starring berth of James Franco.
Continue reading: Sony Leak: Sony Terrified Of "Desperately Unfunny" Movie 'The Interview'
'Preacher' could turn out being a big hit for AMC.
AMC has ordered a pilot of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's dramatic adaption of the comic book series 'Preacher' about a maverick clergyman in Texas. The comedy duo will act as executive producers while Sam Catlin will serve as showrunner.
Seth Rogen is developing Preacher at AMC
The project has every chance of becoming a TV hit - it was hot property when shopped to cable buyers earlier this year and there was talk of a straight-to-series order. However, AMC are being a little cautious and, for now, want to see a pilot.
Continue reading: AMC Orders Seth Rogen's Comic Book Adaptation, 'Preacher'
The salaries from 'The Interview' have been leaked online - but did North Korea have something to do with it?
In a development that appears to add credence to the accusation that North Korea could have something to do with the recent hack at Sony, Seth Rogen and James Franco's payment for controversial movie The Interview have appeared online.
Seth Rogen [L] and James Franco [R] star in The Interview
North Korea had threatened to retaliate against the United States if Sony went ahead with its December release date of the movie, which follows two journalists tasked with assassinating North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un.
Continue reading: Hackers Reveal Seth Rogen, James Franco's Salaries For 'The Interview'
James Franco and Seth Rogen are Skylark and Aaron in 'The Interview', with hilarious results.
'The Interview' has already become arguably the most controversial comedy of the moment, with its less than sensitive approach to the crisis in North Korea. Nonetheless, it's another tremendously funny venture from a comedy duo we just can't get enough of.
Franco and Rogen are the comedy duo of the moment
James Franco and Seth Rogen appear to be simply inseparable at the moment; having been best buddies since meeting on the set of late nineties show 'Freaks and Geeks', the pair have collaborated on numerous projects such as 2008's Golden Globe nominated 'Pineapple Express', Evan Goldberg's memorable 'This Is the End' (in which they play themselves) and Franco's own film adaptation of William Faulkner's 'The Sound and the Fury' (yeah, we couldn't imagine them doing 'serious' either).
David Skylark (James Franco) is a worldwide celebrity. His talk show is watched everyone, including the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Skylark's producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogan), is beginning to doubt the direction of the show and Skylark's sell-out nature. But everything changes when they organise an interview with Kim Jong-un. Suddenly, they are approached by the CIA, offering them a mission to assassinate the world leader. From there, they engage in a ridiculous secret mission, trying to arrange the interview with Skylark being alone in a room with Jong-un and allowing for the assassination.
Continue: The Interview - Trailer & Featurettes
Seth Rogen is being eyed for the role of Steve Wozniak in the high-profile Jobs movie.
Seth Rogen is the first-choice to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs movie. Jessica Chastain is also being sought for a notable role in the movie, which stars Christian Bale as the late entrepreneur.
Seth Rogen's casting is being likened to Jonah Hill's [L] role in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
According to The Wrap, neither Rogen nor Chastain have deals in place but the comedy actor is in talks to play Wozniak, who created the Apple I computer and co-created the Apple II machine in the mid-1970s.
Continue reading: Seth Rogen To Play Steve Wozniak In Danny Boyle's 'Jobs' Movie?
Danny Boyle is directing Sony's forthcoming film, which is expected to be one of the most anticipated biopics in recent memory.
Seth Rogen is reportedly being eyed to play the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, in Sony's forthcoming untitled Steve Jobs biopic, which is expected to focus on the launches of Apple's original Macintosh computer (1984), NeXT Cube (1990), and original iPod (2001).
Rogen is being targeted by Sony to star in the Steve Jobs biopic
British filmmaker Danny Boyle will direct the flick, based on Walter Isaacson's book and adapted into a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, which Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady will be producing.
Bad news for comedy fans, but good news for North Korean dictators: James Franco and Seth Rogen's new film has been pushed back to a December release date.
Originally scheduled to release in October, The Interview is co-directed by Evan Goldberg (who also directed This is the End) and Seth Rogen, and is based around a celebrity talk show host (Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who are tasked with assasinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The film has upset North Korea, who unsurprisingly aren't seeing the funny side, but as it turns out, audiences won't be seeing it either- at least, not for another two months.
Franco fans will have to wait a little while longer for his next comedy
Orlando Bloom may have got the first punch in, but who wants the second?
We're pretty sure that Orlando Bloom has managed to win over a good few thousand more fans after striking a fierce blow in the direction of Justin Bieber's head, but we can think of quite a few other stars who wouldn't mind a go either.
Come and have a go!
The story goes that Bieber met the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor at Cipriani restaurant in Miami where he extended a hand which Bloom did not shake. Then things start to get a bit sketchy: some sources claim he said, 'She was good' to Bloom, in reference to his alleged relationship with his ex-wife Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr, while TMZ claims Bieber shouted 'What's up, bitch?' at the actor. Either way, eyewitnesses reveal Bloom threw a good punch at the singer - to most of the audience's utter delight by the sound of things - though it still isn't clear whether or not any damage was caused.
Continue reading: Five Other Celebs Who Probably Want To Punch Justin Bieber
Ding ding! The gloves were off in the land of showbiz this week as squabbles broke out, feathers were ruffled and tensions arose.
Seth Rogen Vs. North Korea: Seth Rogen should be feeling a little nervous right now. The actor and funnyman, who is preparing for the fall release of new movie The Interview, has been threatened after North Korea issued an official complaint to the UN. The shady country raised its hackles over the plot of Rogen's new movie, which depicts a plot to kill dictator Kim Jong-Un. This is unbelievable. If you want to thumb your nose at the Supreme Leader, go giggle at the poster - it's hilarious.
George Clooney Vs. The Daily Mail: George Clooney should only have seating arrangements and wedding cake tasting on his mind at the moment but the Gravity actor has had to engage in battle with The Daily Mail over comments the tabloid made alleging that the mother of Clooney's fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, was not happy with her daughters upcoming nuptials on religious grounds - a claim the actor has called a "lie." Clooney got angry, the Mail apologised, Clooney got angrier.
It's pretty clear what N. Korea thinks
Seth Rogen and James Franco’s brand of stoner comedy isn’t for everyone, but it rarely goes beyond immature jokes, underdog characters and a sideways look at America. Now, it would seem, they’ve annoyed one of the world’s superpowers.
Hey, it's Seth Rogen
North Korea, according to the AP, is warning that the release of ‘The Interview’ – in which the U.S government charge Rogen and Franco with assassinating Kim Jong Un – would be an “act of war”.
Rogen ignored the criticism and is happy that Kim Jong Un is going to watch his film
Turns out, North Korea aren’t happy with The Interview, a film that mocks the country’s communist dictatorship and focuses on the assassination of its leader. Or to put it a different way: James Franco and Seth Rogen just got more free press for their new movie than they or their Columbia Pictures could ever buy.
Seth Rogen is just glad that Kim Jong Un is going to watch his film
“There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society,” a spokesman for Mr Kim told The Telegraph.
James Franco and Seth Rogen have a mission, to bring us the most action packed comedy of the year.
The first trailer and poster for Seth Rogen and James Franco’s action comedy The Interview has hit and we now couldn't be more excited about this movie. The movie looks packed full of action and laughs and could just be Franco and Rogen’s best collaboration yet. Here’s 10 things we learnt about The Interview from its awesome trailer.
Rogen and Franco are back together again in The Interview
1. Rogen and Franco will attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-Un
'The Interview' trailer is here - but just look at that poster.
The first trailer for James Franco and Seth Rogen's new movie The Interview rolled out online on Wednesday night (June 11, 2014) giving fans their first look at the frankly bizarre comedy that sees a would-be interviewer and his producer buddy tasked with assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Rogen had tweeted out the stunning poster a couple of hours before.
Franco plays the clueless tabloid TV presenter who is informed that Jong-un is a fan of his low-brow show and wants him to become the first western journalist to quiz him. Before he and his pal head out to the east, they are contacted by the CIA who want to capitalize on the opportunity to get close to the fearsome leader. By the looks of the trailer, nothing goes to plan.
Continue reading: Forget Franco And Rogen - 'The Interview' Poster Is A Thing Of Beauty
A consistently hilarious stream of in-jokes keeps the audience in fits of laughter even if there's virtually no plot to this follow-up to the 2012 hit 21 Jump Street. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum revive their amusing double-act to poke fun at sequels and franchises amid silly set-pieces and starry cameos. And it gives filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller their second terrific comedy of the year, after The Lego Movie.
Following their successful bust of a high school drug ring, undercover officers Schmidt and Jenko (Hill and Tatum) are assigned by their grumpy captain (Ice Cube) to infiltrate a university and track down who's dealing the new drug whyphy. But both get distracted by life on campus: Schmidt begins a romance with Maya (Amber Stevens), while Jenko finds his meathead soul-mate in football teammate Zook (Wyatt Russell). With their partnership in jeopardy, Schmidt and Jenko must refocus on a spring break trip to Mexico, where they discover an old nemesis (Peter Stormare) on the loose.
Using a non-stop series of gags about how follow-up movies are more expensive and less original, the filmmakers go about proving this hypothesis with amusingly overwrought sets and a chaotic, derivative narrative that has very little momentum. Meanwhile, they pack every moment of the film with witty humour that's played expertly by Hill and Tatum, who rekindle their chemistry with a steady barrage of gay double entendre that reveals the movie's true nature as a brom-com. On the other hand, neither the actors nor the filmmakers are willing to push things too far, so they settle for silly vulgarity instead of any black comedy or edgy humour.
Continue reading: 22 Jump Street Review
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