James Franco Talks HOMEFRONT, Whether it’s More Fun Playing the Hero or Villain & Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg’s THE INTERVIEW

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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.

Watch: Seth Rogen and James Franco Recreate Kanye West’s “Bound 2” Video in Shot-for-Shot Remake

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Following this summer’s excellent This Is the End, Seth Rogen is currently busy making his second directorial feature with co-director Evan Goldberg on the comedy The Interview.  Rogen stars opposite James Franco in the film about a TV personality and his producer who are enlisted to help assassinate the prime minister of North Korea, but it appears that the Pineapple Express actors had a bit of downtime on set that they decided to put to good use. Rogen and Goldberg have given Kanye West’s music video for “Bound 2” the Gus Van Sant’s Psycho treatment by creating a shot-for-shot remake that puts Franco in the West role and Rogen in the place of Kim Kardashian.  The result is pure comedy gold.

Hit the jump to watch the video for “Bound 3.”

PREACHER Graphic Novel Goes to Pilot at AMC; Seth Rogen on Board to Produce?

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AMC is looking to fill the void left by departing dramas Breaking Bad and Mad Men with an adaptation of the graphic novel, Preacher.  The network has apparently ordered the show to pilot, based on Garth Ennis’ story of a Texas preacher who becomes disillusioned with his belief system after accidentally merging with a supernatural force known as Genesis.  The source material isn’t afraid to tackle themes of a religious nature alongside other mature elements, making it a potentially controversial addition to AMC’s programming, which currently boasts The Walking Dead as its biggest draw.  In related news, it seems as if none other than Seth Rogen may be involved with bringing Preacher to the small screen in some capacity.  Hit the jump for more.

First Green-Band Trailer for NEIGHBORS Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, and Zac Efron

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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-PlasseNeighbors opens May 9, 2014.

THIS IS THE END Blu-ray Review

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Seth Rogen made a bold decision in his directorial debut This is the End (which he co-wrote and co-directed with Evan Goldberg) that could have just as easily blown up in his face.  He stars as himself, as do his friends/co-stars Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson in this comedy about what happens when actors survive the rapture.  My review of the Blu-ray of This is the End follows after the jump.

Jonathan Levine Talks ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, Finally Releasing the Film, and His Christmas Stoner Movie Produced by Seth Rogen

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Don’t let the delayed release date fool you into thinking the horror flick All the Boys Love Mandy Lane isn’t a movie worth seeing.  It’s gruesome, it’s fun and it’s unexpected, in so many ways, and it’s finally hitting theaters on October 11th.  When teenage beauty Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) accepts an invite to a classmate’s weekend getaway on a Texas ranch, everyone thinks they’re in for a wild time, but as things heat up, the body count starts to climb, and very quickly, no one is safe.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, director Jonathan Levine talked about how it feels to finally have the movie out in the world for people to actually be able to see (it’s been on a journey since it first sold back in 2006), how different he is as a filmmaker now, what made actress Amber Heard his leading lady, and his hope that the film has a timeless feel.  He also talked about the pilot he wrote and is directing for USA, called Rush, and the Christmas movie for stoners that he’s written for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to produce.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

AMERICAN REUNION Directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg Confirmed to Helm R-Rated Comedy CHERRIES; Seth Rogen to Produce

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After directing American Reunion and writing A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg have settled on their next project.  Nearly a year ago, we reported that Hurwitz and Schlossberg were eyeing the R-rated comedy Cherries as a directorial vehicle.  Now Deadline reports that Hurwitz and Schlossberg have officially signed on to direct the project for Good Universe, with production set to begin early next year.

The story centers on three dads who are determined to stop the pact their daughters made to lose their virginity on prom night.  The premise easily lends itself to some promising hijinks assuming the right cast is assembled, and Hurwitz and Schlossberg certainly have experience in the R-rated comedy department.  The duo will also do a pass on the existing script by Brian and Jim Kehoe and are producing alongside the This Is the End team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

Sony to Produce Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Jonah Hill’s R-Rated Animated Comedy SAUSAGE PARTY; 2015 Release Eyed

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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.

First Red-Band Trailer for NEIGHBORS Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Rose Byrne

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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 KudrowNeighbors opens in theaters on May 9, 2014.

THIS IS THE END Co-Writers/Directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Were Approached Multiple Times to Pen UNCHARTED Movie

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It’s been almost a year since we’ve heard anything about an adaptation of the hit gaming series, Uncharted.  Director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) seemed particularly interested at one point, but then he dropped out, his replacement Neil Burger (Limitless) dropped out, and writing duties were handed over to National Treasure scribes Marianne and Cormac WibberleyUncharted fans don’t seem to mind a movie, which is a bit strange since the games are basically very long movies where you occasionally press buttons to either climb, do cover-based shooting, or quicktime events.  While bringing in the Wibberleys seemed like a sensible choice considering their past work, Naughty Dog also approached an unlikely duo on multiple occasions.  According to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the video game studio asked them on multiple occasions to adapt the game.

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Co-Writer/Co-Director Evan Goldberg Reveals His Sequel Ideas for THIS IS THE END

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Every year, there are at least one or two movies that come as very pleasant surprises.  This Is the End seemed like it would be a pretty fun time but I didn’t really think the premise would lend itself to being a film that I would remember months from now or want to revisit frequently; boy was I wrong.  Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg crafted a near-masterwork of comedy filmmaking with This Is the End, and I don’t see how the pic doesn’t land on my Top 10 list at the end of this year.  The film pushes boundaries that I didn’t even know existed, and literally made me laugh so hard it hurt.  It’s an incredibly tight comedy complete with one of the most wonderfully ridiculous third acts in movie history, and I, like many others, would very much like to see this world revisited in a follow-up.

Goldberg—who co-wrote the script with Rogen and also co-directed the film—recently talked a bit about the prospect of a This Is the End sequel, revealing that he has a few ideas for how the story could continue in a further film.  Hit the jump for more.  Obviously, spoilers for This Is the End follow.

Weekend Box Office: MAN OF STEEL Soars to New June Record with $113 Million

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After months of speculation, we have an answer: on its first weekend in theatres Man of Steel earned an estimated $113 million from 4,207 locations. That does not include the $12 million from its Thursday evening previews, but the number was still big enough to give Superman the new record for June.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Man of Steel $113,080,000 $125
2.  This Is The End $20,500,000 $32.8
3.  Now You See Me $10,320,000 $80
4.  Fast & Furious 6 $9,400,000 $219.5
5.  The Purge $8,200,000 $51.8
6.  The Internship $7,000,000 $30.9
7.  Epic $6,000,000 $95.4
8.  Star Trek Into Darkness $5,660,000 $210.4
9.  After Earth $3,750,000 $54.2
10.  Iron Man 3 $2,908,000 $399.6

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL, First Trailer and Poster for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, THIS IS THE END, New ELYSIUM Trailer, E3 2013 Recap

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Was there really a chance of writing about something other than Man of Steel in this week’s opening paragraph? Well, maybe. I did really enjoy This Is the End. But, alas, this week is about Supes’ return to the big screen. I watched the film (in 2D) for the first time last night and, as far as superhero movies go, it elicited an emotional response from me that few in the genre have. Sure, there were times where the grand scale of destruction left me cold and the product placement took me out of the moment (if only to admire some beautiful appliances meeting their untimely demise). Nevertheless, the themes of love, sacrifice, acceptance, and trust were beautifully woven into the film’s text in such a way that it made me do something I’ve only done one other time (while reading Grant Morrison‘s excellent All-Star Superman run): become emotionally invested in the Man of Steel.

While this is undoubtedly Kal-El’s weekend, in addition to Man of Steel interviews and more, this week’s Top 5 also includes the first teaser trailer and poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, This Is the End interviews with Seth Rogen and more, the new Elysium trailer, and a recap of E3 2013 from the convention floor. Learn more about all of the above via a link and brief recap after the jump.

THIS IS THE END Cast Go to Portland in THE REAL WORLD Parody

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This Is the End opens today, and you should totally go see it.  In a clever bit of cross-promotion, a new parody has This Is the End stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, and Danny McBride stuck in a Portland The Real World house with Portlandia stars Joi Niemeyer and Averey Tressler co-star, and while their fans might be a bit disappointed that all of the jokes come from the guys, it’s still a damn fine parody of The Real World.  It also shows off the great comic dynamic fans will see in This Is the End without giving away any jokes from the movie.

Hit the jump to check out the parody.  The Real World: Portland finale also airs today in case you care.

THIS IS THE END Review

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Judd Apatow‘s past collaborators have exceeded him.  Left to make a movie without his direct oversight, stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson have made a film with the influence of Apatow’s past work, but none of his recent weaknesses.  That’s not to say that these actors are only indebted to Apatow or that their comic talent came from working with the successful writer/director/producer.  But they’ve all worked with him in the past, and their latest effort, guided by a script and direction from Rogen and Evan Goldberg, leaves behind comic one-upmanship and endless riffing to provide a balanced comic dynamic that’s able to navigate a loose plot to big laughs.

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