by Jason Barr Posted: December 22nd, 2012 at 8:45 am
I’ll be honest, I did very little preparation for this week’s Top 5. With the all-encompassing destruction of the Mayan Apocalypse staring us in the face, I kind of figured what’s the point? No one’s going to care about movie news when Smoke from Mortal Kombat III’s fatality proves prophetic and Earth explodes, right? Alas, as is so often the case, the Mayans failed us and I was forced to pull things together at the last minute.
In this, our first post-Mayan calendar installment, we have This Is 40 interviews with Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, and Paul Rudd, a new teaser trailer and images for Star Trek Into Darkness, the first trailer for Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain, the scoop on Damon Lindelof‘s lack of involvement in the Prometheus sequel and new info on 1952, and the first red-band clip and poster from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is the End. Brief recaps and links to each are waiting after the jump.
The first clip and poster for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s directorial debut, the apocalypse comedy This Is the End, has been released online. It’s perfect timing, as tomorrow may or may not be the end of the world as we know it, so keep in mind that this could be the only piece of footage from This Is the End that your eyes will see before an unholy Mayan apocalypse engulfs us all. It’d be a shame if the world did end tomorrow, though, because This Is the End looks fantastic. Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride all play themselves in the aftermath of the apocalypse to hilarious results, with plenty of self-referential comedy to go around. McBride in particular is excellent in this clip, and if this is any indication of what the full film is like, then This Is the End will be the must-see comedy of next summer.
Hit the jump to watch the clip which features a timely introduction by Rogen and Franco, and to check out the film’s poster and a new image. The film also stars Jason Segel, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, David Krumholtz, Paul Rudd, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, and Rihanna. This Is the End opens on June 14, 2013.
The most remarkable thing about The Guilt Trip is how it’s surprisingly funny despite being undoubtedly safe. Anne Fletcher‘s comedy has a straightforward premise and never does anything to make the audience exceedingly uncomfortable. Humor usually rests on the unexpected—if we know the punchline, the joke tends to flop, but The Guilt Trip finds its strength in execution. Thanks to the great chemistry between stars Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand, you may know where The Guilt Trip is headed, but it’s still a charming and enjoyable ride.
This holiday season, you can celebrate family at the movies with The Guilt Trip, which tells the story of Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen), as he embarks on a cross-country road trip with his mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand), to turn one of his inventions into a success. With both funny and poignant moments on their mother-son adventure, each realizes that they just want the other to be happy.
During a press conference to promote the film’s December 19th theatrical release, Seth Rogen talked about sussing his co-star out before filming, how he approached playing the role, how crazy his own mother drives him and cracking up on set, while Barbra Streisand talked about what ultimately convinced her to take this role, how she most identified with her character, how she feels about being labeled as a gay icon, what gives her the greatest artistic satisfaction, the most challenging scene, what she hopes audiences will take from the film, and which technologies she’d like to consider using, if and when she ever directs again. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
We’ve got two new clips to share with you from the mother of all road trip movies: The Guilt Trip, starring Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Barbra Streisand (The Prince of Tides). Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), the Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) script centers on an L.A.-based inventor (Rogen) who takes his recently-widowed mother (Streisand) on the road with him for a business trip in which he hopes to sell his latest idea and help rekindle his mother’s love life. The Guilt Trip opens December 19th. Hit the jump to check out the clips.
The longevity of Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s short-lived 1999 series Freaks and Geeks is both astounding and ironic. The show was ahead of its time and faced considerable opposition from its home network, NBC, throughout its one-season run. Over the years, though, Freaks and Geeks has amassed a legion of fans and acted as the launching pad for countless careers. The main cast of James Franco, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen now reads like an all-star comedy lineup, not to mention the ridiculous number of stars that had bit parts in the series like Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Shia LaBeouf, Ben Foster, Lizzy Caplan, and David Krumholtz.
Most of the show’s cast came together for a reunion at PaleyFest last year, but for the upcoming comedy issue of Vanity Fair (guest edited by Apatow), the entire cast and crew was assembled for “An Oral History of Freaks and Geeks.” In addition to the fascinating article itself, VF has released a number of cast reunion images. Hit the jump to take a look.
The first trailer for the road trip comedy The Guilt Trip has been released. The film stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow. The trailer actually doesn’t look half-bad, with Rogen and Streisand showing off some promising chemistry. There are a few solid jokes, and I appreciate the sweet emotional backbone that grounds the story in lieu of just having Rogen and Streisand go on a road trip with “zany adventures.” Rogen’s familial situation isn’t uncommon (I can definitely relate), and it looks to be a nice foundation for the film’s story. In the event that your family isn’t keen on seeing Django Unchained this Christmas, The Guilt Trip doesn’t sound like a terrible compromise.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), the film also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Scott, and Danny Pudi. The Guilt Trip opens on December 25th.
The first poster for director Anne Fletcher’s (The Proposal) road trip comedy The Guilt Trip has been released. The film stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow. Unbeknownst to her, Rogen plans on reuniting his mother with a long lost love. We saw the first clip from the film last week, and it looks like a rather promising family comedy. Rogen will appeal to younger moviegoers, while parents will be eager to check out the new movie from Babs. The trailer is set to debut tomorrow, so we’ll have a better idea of the pic’s tone then.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Adam Scott, Yvonne Strahovski, Colin Hanks, Danny Pudi, Dale Dickey, and Kathy Najimy. The Guilt Trip opens on Christmas Day.
Though we have yet to see a trailer for the film, the first clip from The Guilt Trip has been released. Written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), the comedy stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow. Unbeknownst to her, Rogen plans on reuniting his mother with a long lost love. This clip features Rogen trying to convince his mother to accompany him on the 8-day road trip without giving away his true intentions. There’s not really enough footage here to judge the comedic pairing of Rogen and Streisand, but the clip definitely shows promise. Moreover, the supporting cast of Adam Scott, Yvonne Strahovski, Colin Hanks, and Danny Pudi is encouraging.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), the film also stars Dale Dickey and Kathy Najimy. The Guilt Trip opens on Christmas Day.
DreamWorks Animation is known for being prolific, but the studio has just announced a massive 12-picture slate that runs through 2016. Here’s a brief look:
- The Croods – March 22nd, 2013
- Turbo – July 19th, 2013
- Mr. Peabody & Sherman – November 1st, 2013
- Me and My Shadow – March 14th, 2014
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 – June 20th, 2014
- Happy Smekday! – November 26th, 2014
- The Penguins of Madagascar – March 27th, 2015
- Trolls (working title) – June 5th, 2015
- B.O.O: Bureau of Otherworldy Operations – November 6th, 2015
- Mumbai Musical (working title) – December 19th, 2015
- Kung Fu Panda 3 – March 16th, 2016
- How to Train Your Dragon 3 – June 18th, 2016
Hit the jump for more details on this ambitious line-up of animated films.
The first image from the road trip comedy The Guilt Trip (formerly My Mother’s Curse) has landed online. Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), the film stars Seth Rogen as an inventor who sets out on a business trip with his mother (Barbra Streisand) in tow. The comedy boasts a script from Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) and also stars Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) and Danny Pudi (Community). This first image isn’t much, but I’m interested to see how the interaction between Rogen and Streisand plays out. Moreover, this will probably be the movie you see with your family on Christmas Day unless you have super cool parents/grandparents who are down with Django Unchained.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The Guilt Trip opens on December 25th.
Seth Rogen is currently making his co-directorial debut with writing partner Evan Goldberg on the apocalypse comedy The End of the World (aka The Apocalypse), and with this first batch of set photos it’s clear that they weren’t messing around when they said they wanted a lot of celebrity cameos. The main cast includes Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, James Franco, and Craig Robinson, and the story finds the aforementioned actors attending a party at Franco’s house (playing himself) when the apocalypse begins. We recently learned that Emma Watson, Jason Segel, David Krumholtz, Michael Cera, Aziz Ansari and Rihanna would be cameoing in the pic, and these set photos feature all but Krumholtz, with Paul Rudd thrown in for good measure. The film is based on a short that Rogen and Baruchel made a few years ago in which they essentially played themselves, so I’m inclined to believe that everyone might be playing themselves in this feature version.
This is a pretty epic cast as far as comedy goes, and I’m incredibly excited to see how everyone will interact. Moreover, it should be fun to see how some of the aforementioned actors perish during the apocalypse. Hit the jump to check out the set images. The film is slated to open on June 14th, 2013.
Coming off of his latest feature, The Five-Year Engagement, director Nicholas Stoller is lining up his next project. THR reports that Stoller is now in negotiations to helm the R-rated comedy Townies. Universal snatched the project up last summer and set Seth Rogen to star as a regular guy who lives near an alpha male fraternity house and has to contend with a raucous member of the fraternity (Zac Efron) who wreaks havoc on his life. The casting made the project interesting to begin with, and now the addition of Stoller—known for his strong infusion of heart and comedy—makes the project even more intriguing.
Five-Year Engagement wasn’t exactly a box office hit, but Universal must be happy with the pic as they’ve tapped the Forgetting Sarah Marshall director to helm Townies. The script was written by Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Stoller and/or Rogen take a pass. In addition to Five-Year Engagement, Stoller co-wrote last year’s The Muppets with Jason Segel and is currently scripting a sequel alongside Muppets director James Bobin.
A few new photos have popped up online for director Bradley Parker’s Chernobyl Diaries and Sarah Polley’s indie drama, Take This Waltz starring Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams. First up from writer/producer Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) comes Chernobyl Diaries, the supernatural horror tale set on the site of the famous nuclear meltdown of 1986. Six tourists hire a travel guide to take them on an “extreme” sight-seeing tour of the abandoned area and find they are not alone and the inhabitants are none too friendly, which this trailer clearly shows. Chernobyl Diaries opens May 25th.
Take This Waltz features Rogen and Williams as a young married couple whose relationship is threatened when a handsome artist (Luke Kirby) enters the equation. Polley’s directorial debut, Away From Her, earned her an Oscar nod for best writing and adapted screenplay. The buzz around the indie has been quite positive; you can watch a sampling of it in this trailer. Hit the jump to see the new photos.
Hollywood A-listers throw the best apocalypse parties. Directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have managed to land cameos from Emma Watson, Jason Segel and David Krumholtz, all starring as themselves, in the 2013 disaster comedy, The End of the World. We already knew that James Franco would feature heavily in the film, since it seems that the celebs are crashing his apartment to ride out the apocalypse. The place is starting to get a lot more crowded than the original short film that featured Rogen and Jay Baruchel as the only survivors holed up during the End of Days. Watson is reportedly still in negotiations, but Segel and Krumholtz are set to join Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Craig Robinson and the others. Should be one hell of a party. Hit the jump for more, including a trailer for the short film. [Update: Variety reports that Michael Cera and Rihanna are also circling cameo roles.]