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Last year, South Park astutely pointed out (as they usually do) how “wars” between consoles are done for PR rather than the benefit of the actual consumers, so the “battle” between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 was nonsense. But championing a video game console is nothing new, and it began in earnest back in the 1990s as Sega and Nintendo went head-to-head. Author Blake Harris has penned a book on the history between the two companies, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation, and it will be released in August. Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network) have picked up the movie rights, and have brought on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write and direct. Hit the jump for more. According to Booktrade.info (via Kotaku), “Blake Harris draws on hundreds of interviews to present the first full account of this titanic corporate battle, which transformed computer games into a global industry that last year recorded sales of $50 billion (surpassing the film and music businesses combined).” It sounds like an interesting book, and as someone who vividly remembers participating in the childish debates about the consoles’ merits, I’m excited to read about what was happening behind the scenes. Harris will serve as the executive producer on the movie, and he’s also co-directing a documentary on the same subject. It’s unknown where this project will fall on Rogen and Goldberg’s busy slate. They’re adapting Preacher for AMC, developing a hard-R animated comedy, and working on The Interview ...
50/50's director Jonathan Levine and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen will reunite for an Untitled Xmas Comedy. Sony recently beat out other studios to nab the project, fast tracking it for a production start this summer. The film finds three childhood best friends reuniting in New York City for their annual tradition of a Christmas Eve excursion. Gordon-Levitt and Rogen will play two of the best friends, while the third friend has yet to be cast. Levine also wrote the screenplay for the as-of-yet untitled holiday comedy. (Via THR)
At any given time, James Franco is attached to write, direct, produce, star in, and adapt so many different projects that it’s hard to keep track. However, Franco just set another future project in motion that is particularly intriguing. Deadline reports that Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions has optioned the book and life rights to The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, which is chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s “so-bad-it’s-good” cult classic The Room. Franco will direct and co-produce the adaptation, and he has also expressed interest in starring in the pic alongside his brother Dave Franco. Moreover, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are onboard as executive producers. Hit the jump for more, including the synopsis for the book. The Room is a truly terrible movie, but it’s made with such passion by writer/director/star Tommy Wiseau that it’s a wonderfully entertaining sight to behold. Wiseau has now embraced the pic’s status as a cult classic (Paul Rudd is a notable super-fan of the movie) and even makes appearances at repertory screenings—of course, he now claims that he intended for the movie to be terrible all along. The Disaster Artist was written by The Room actor and co-writer Greg Sestero alongside journalist Tom Bissell and is described as a mix between the amateur behind-the-scenes aspects of Boogie Nights and the odd mentor-pupil relationship of The Master. If anyone can bring Wiseau’s offbeat persona to the big screen it’s Franco, and I'm incredibly curious to see what he comes up with here. Ryan Moody ...
When I first heard Seth Rogen and Zac Efron would be making a movie together, and it would feature the two of them going head to head, I immediately thought it could be a fun movie. After all, Efron is known for playing a certain type of character, and having him star in an R-rated Nicholas Stoller comedy seemed like a great idea to play against his clean cut image. And based on what I saw and learned on the set last year when the production was filming in Los Angeles, Neighbors should be extremely funny. If you're not familiar with the film, Neighbors stars Rogen and Rose Byrne as a married couple who must deal with a fraternity—headed up by Efron—when it moves in next door. During a group interview during a break from filming, Rogen and Efron talked about how they came to working together, their characters, what the film is about, how neither of them are the hero or the villain, the freedom when making an R-rated film, the male nudity, when they first realized they had great chemistry, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what they had to say. Before going any further, if you haven't seen the very funny trailer for Neighbors, I'd watch that first: QUESTION: It’s really interesting seeing you in this kind of role, having to adjust your acting with lines thrown at you. Is that new for you or something you’ve experienced? ZAC EFRON: I really learned to do it in interviews (laughs). ...
The This Is the End gang is getting back together—and then some. Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Evan Goldberg have been developing a hard-R animated film called Sausage Party for some time, and when Sony Pictures agreed to produce the pic alongside Annapurna Pictures last year, we assumed that Rogen, Hill, and some of their regular collaborators would be leading the voice cast. We assumed correctly, as The Wrap now reports that Rogen, Hill, and James Franco will lead the voice cast for the film, with Michael Cera, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Nick Kroll, and David Krumholtz also lending their voice talents to the pic. Hit the jump for more. Though The Wrap’s report doesn’t have any information with regards to the characters that the aforementioned actors will be bringing to life, if you need any further convincing of Sausage Party’s eventual greatness, the official synopsis reads thusly: The story follows one sausage’s “quest to discover the truth about his existence,” as he falls out of a shopping cart and, along with his friends, embarks on a journey to return to his aisle before the 4th of July sale. Rogen and his This Is the End co-writer/co-director Evan Goldberg penned the script for the pic alongside Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir, and Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2) and Greg Tiernan are directing. Production is underway, but as is the case with most animated films, it will take some time. Sony plans on releasing the pic sometime in 2015, likely around the Fourth of ...
Universal Pictures has released a new theatrical trailer and poster for director Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) comedy Neighbors. The film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a married couple who must deal with a fraternity—headed up by Zac Efron—when it moves in next door. This trailer features some of the same jokes from the previous (and very funny) red-band trailer, but we also get a taste of just how wild things get as the film takes a promising premise and pushes things further and further. The De Niro stuff with Efron and Dave Franco is still great, and Jason Mantzoukas (Raffi from The League) pops up at the end of the trailer in what's sure to be a fun hospital sequence. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and to check out the new poster. The film also stars Jake Johnson, Carlo Gallo, Lisa Kudrow, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Neighbors opens May 9, 2014. Trailer and poster via Yahoo! Movies.
Opening this week is the Jason Statham-starrer Homefront. Adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront centers on DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves to a quiet town with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord (James Franco), his band of thugs, and meth’d-out sister (played by Kate Bosworth in a bit of a shocking turn). Homefront also stars Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lafevre, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller and Frank Grillo. For more on the film, watch the red-band or regular trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Franco. He talked about whether he has more fun playing the hero or the villain, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's next film The Interview, and more. Hit the jump to watch. And here's my video interview with Jason Statham and Izabela Vidovic if you missed it. James Franco: Does he have more fun playing the hero or the villain How much fun has he been having on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's next film The Interview?
Universal has released a new trailer for Nicholas Stoller's new comedy, Neighbors. The film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Bryne as a married couple who must deal with a fraternity when it moves in next door. Universal is getting a big jump on the movie (it doesn't open until May), but they could have a great one here. Like the red-band trailer, I got plenty of laughs not only from Rogen and Byrne, but also from Zac Efron, who plays the lead frat boy. My only concern from a marketing standpoint is that Universal might give away too many jokes in the long lead-up to the film's release. Hopefully, that won't be the case. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Carlo Gallo, Lisa Kudrow, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Neighbors opens May 9, 2014.
Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Evan Goldberg have long talked about an idea for an R-rated animated film, and now it appears that the raunchy pic will finally come to fruition. Sony Pictures announced today that it will partner with Annapurna Pictures on Sausage Party, which was written by Rogen, Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir based on an idea by Rogen, Goldberg, and Hill. The story follows one sausage’s “quest to discover the truth about his existence,” as he falls out of a shopping cart and, along with his friends, embarks on a journey to return to his aisle before the 4th of July sale. Voice casting has yet to be announced, but Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2) and Greg Tiernan will be directing the pic with an eye towards a 2015 release date. Rogen and Goldberg made their directorial debut with this summer’s excellent This Is the End and are currently helming the Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview. Hit the jump for the full press release. Here’s the press release: SETH ROGEN AND EVAN GOLDBERG LET IT ALL HANG OUT WITH “SAUSAGE PARTY,” AN OUTRAGEOUS, NOT-FOR-KIDS ANIMATED MOVIE, FROM SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, ANNAPURNA PICTURES AND POINT GREY CULVER CITY, Calif., September 24, 2013 – Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures will partner on what is expected to be an R-rated animated film titled Sausage Party, written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir, from a story by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Jonah Hill, to be directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek ...
Universal Pictures has released the first red-band trailer for director Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) new comedy Neighbors. Previously titled Townies, the film stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a young couple who move in next door to a fraternity house. The thirty-somethings soon find themselves the victims of pranks (and other unsightly activities) after an attempt to welcome the Delta Psi Beta chapter goes awkwardly awry. There are plenty of great snippets of what are sure to be funny moments throughout the picture as Neighbors takes a look at the hard-partying Greek life of films like Old School, Animal House and PCU from the viewpoint of the squares on the outside. And while Christopher Mintz-Plasse doesn't get any dialogue, he sure does get a moment. Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer. The film also stars Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Ike Barinholtz, Jason Mantozoukas, and Lisa Kudrow. Neighbors opens in theaters on May 9, 2014. Via The Playlist: Here’s a synopsis for Neighbors: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. Neighbors is directed by Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek).