HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 Red-Band Trailer: The Gang Travels to the Future

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Paramount Pictures has released the first Hot Tub Time Machine 2 red-band trailer for director Steve Pink’s comedy sequel.  The film sees the return of Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Chevy Chase, with Adam Scott filling the ensemble spot left vacant by John Cusack.  As a fan of the ridiculousness of the first film, I find this follow-up trailer sufficiently swell.  Pink and Co. take the time travel conceit and go a few steps further, as Corddry, Robinson, and Duke’s characters find themselves transported to the future.  The jokes are on point, the visual gags are great, and the characters are still just as mean-spirited.

Hit the jump to watch the Hot Tub Time Machine 2 red-band trailer.  The film opens in theaters on December 25th.

First Look at Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Biopic GET ON UP

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The first image from the upcoming James Brown biopic Get on Up has landed online.  The pic serves as The Help director Tate Taylor’s second directorial feature, and the filmmaker tapped 42 star Chadwick Boseman to portray the Godfather of Soul.  Get on Up likely won’t shy away from the saltier aspects of Brown’s life, as Taylor told EW, “As I dug in and started to discover more about him, the good and the bad, I loved the reasons he was often bad and I loved the reasons he was good.  I love that he would stop at nothing to keep reinventing himself so he could stay current, and as a result he changed music.”  The director was inundated with offers for a wide-range of projects after the success of the Best Picture Oscar-nominated The Help, but he instead held out and chose to make Get on Up.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first image, which also features Craig Robinson.  Production is currently underway in Mississippi with a supporting cast that includes Viola Davis and Octavia SpencerGet on Up opens August 1st.

Fox Picks Up Rainn Wilson Drama Series BACKSTROM; NBC Orders Craig Robinson Comedy MR. ROBINSON to Series

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A couple of The Office alums have new shows potentially on tap for the 2014-15 TV season.  Last fall, CBS passed on the hourlong procedural Backstrom starring Rainn Wilson, but the project has now been granted new life at Fox.  The network has ordered 13 episodes of the crime drama, which is based on author Leif G.W. Persson’s book series of the same name.  Created by Bones mastermind Hart Hanson, Backstrom stars Rainn Wilson as “an offensive, irascible detective” who tries to change his self-destructive behavior to no avail.  Backstrom leads Portland’s Serious Crimes Unit, which is where the procedural element comes in.

Hit the jump for the full press release and news concerning a new NBC series starring Craig Robinson.

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.

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.

Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Craig Robinson Talk THIS IS THE END, Casting Themselves, Getting Other Actors to Do Cameos, Deleted Scenes and More

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s apocalyptic comedy This Is the End is the most fun I’ve had in a theater this year.  I told Rogen as much when I had a chance to sit down and interview him along with co-stars Jay Baruchel and Craig Robinson.  The guys talked about the process of casting themselves, convincing other Hollywood actors to sign on for cameos, writing jokes for different types of audience members, some deleted scenes that will hopefully appear on the DVD/Blu-ray and what each of them has coming up next, including the Rogen and James Franco picture, The Interview, the Goon sequel and Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

Also starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Michael Cerra, Rihanna and Emma Watson, This Is the End opens June 12th.  Hit the jump to watch our video interview.

New High-Resolution Images from ELYSIUM and THIS IS THE END

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Sony Pictures has released some new high-resolution images from two of the studio’s most highly anticipated 2013 releases.  First up, a new image from director Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi pic Elysium teases an intense showdown between Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley.  I saw a bit of this sequence at Comic-Con last year and it is absolutely brutal; you will be shocked at just how badass Copley is with this character.  The film opens on August 9th.

Additionally, Sony has released a handful of images from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s directorial debut This Is the End.  We see Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson handling an apocalyptic event in a variety of ways, but the images also give us new looks at the film’s other supporting characters (ie. more actors playing themselves) including Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Rihanna, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.  The film opens on June 12th.  Hit the jump to check out images from Elysium and This Is the End.

5 Clips for THIS IS THE END Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Seth Rogen

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Sony sent over five clips from This Is the End, the apocalyptic comedy written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.  Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson star as versions of themselves who take refuge in Franco’s house when disaster strikes: “As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside.”

Also featuring Jason SegelMichael Cera, David KrumholtzPaul RuddMartin StarrMindy KalingKevin HartAziz Ansari, and Rihanna, This Is the End opens June 12.  Watch the clips after the jump.  And for more, check out the red band trailer, the green band trailer, and the international trailer, plus these previously released clips.

New Character Posters for THIS IS THE END; Plus Listen to “Take Yo Panties Off” by Snoop Dogg and Craig Robinson

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Columbia Pictures has released a batch of character posters for the upcoming apocalypse comedy This Is the End.  The film marks the directorial debut of Superbad and Pineapple Express scribes Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and finds Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson playing heightened versions of themselves as they hole up in Franco’s house when a world-ending event occurs.  Early buzz on the pic has been fantastic, and these character posters are a great tease for what’s sure to be a very, very funny ride.  Additionally, the first and only original track from the soundtrack, “Take Yo Panties Off,” is now streaming online, and it features Snoop Dogg and Robinson waxing poetic about their lady friends.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and to listen to “Take Yo Panties Off.”  This Is the End opens on June 14th.

New Images from THIS IS THE END Featuring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson

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Sony Pictures has released a batch of new images from writers/directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s apocalypse comedy This Is the End.  The film finds Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson all playing versions of themselves as they hole up in Franco’s house when a world-ending event occurs.  The trailers, featurettes, and recent clip with Emma Watson all make the comedy look like a lot of fun, and I’m eager to see how Rogen and Goldberg fare in their directorial debut.

Hit the jump to check out the high-resolution images.  The film also stars Jason SegelMichael Cera, David KrumholtzPaul RuddMartin StarrMindy KalingKevin HartAziz Ansari, and Rihanna.  This Is the End opens on June 14, 2013.

New Poster, Image and Green-Band Trailer for RAPTURE-PALOOZA Starring Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson and John Francis Daley

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If you missed the red-band trailer for director Paul Middleditch’s horror comedy Rapture-Palooza, you can check out the newly-released toned-down version here.  There’s only a little bit of new footage and it keeps the same jokes from the first trailer (minus the profanity), but star Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air) is certainly worth a second look, don’t you think?  She plays the object of affection sought after by the Anti-Christ (Craig Robinson) when the Rapture befalls Seattle.  Her boyfriend (John Francis Daley) will do anything he can to stop her from becoming Satan’s bride.

Also starring Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Thomas Lennon, Ana Gasteyer, John Michael HigginsTyler Labine and Ken Jeong,  Rapture-Palooza opens in theaters and on VOD June 7th.  Hit the jump for the green-band trailer, image, synopsis and poster.

New Clip from THIS IS THE END Featuring Emma Watson Explaining the Zombie Apocalypse

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The apocalypse scenario in This Is the End hasn’t been explained, but it looks like the film is employing more than one.  There are people being abducted by aliens, the ground opening up to swallow Aziz Ansari, monsters, and now, according to Emma Watson, zombies.  There’s a good joke in here of the guys reacting to the news, but this clip seems to be a lead-in to a better scene, and I’m excited to see how Watson plays into the comedy.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film stars Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Craig RobinsonThis Is The End opens June 12th.

New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s THIS IS THE END

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A new behind-the-scenes featurette for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s directorial debut This Is the End has landed online.  As Rogen explains it, “the end of the world happens and a bunch of friends barricade themselves together, and then all of their problems kind of come to the surface.”  It just so happens that the group of friends in question consists of Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride.  Within the featurette, the actors talk about playing versions of themselves in the film and how close they are to reality (Franco’s character is obsessed with Rogen in the pic), and we also get a look at more of the hilarity that ensues.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Emma WatsonJason SegelMichael Cera, David KrumholtzPaul RuddMartin StarrMindy KalingKevin HartAziz Ansari, and Rihanna.  This Is the End opens on June 14, 2013.

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