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.
HBO has released a new trailer and some debut images for the upcoming fourth season of Eastbound & Down, and they give us our first look at a fair amount of footage from the further adventures of Kenny Powers. Danny McBride is on point, as always, as the season’s story looks to find Powers struggling with his lack of fame and purpose. The track record of the three previous seasons bodes extremely well for this final batch of episodes, and I’m really eager to see how McBride and showrunner Jody Hill wrap the story up once and for all.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and images. Season four of Eastbound & Down begins on HBO Sunday, September 29th.
In between last night’s season finale of True Blood and new episode of The Newsroom, HBO premiered a couple of new teasers for the upcoming seasons of Girls and Eastbound and Down. The “in production” trailer for season three of Girls actually doesn’t contain any footage at all, but instead is a collection of stills that have been taken during the filming process of the show’s new season. Included are peeks at the return of Andrew Rannells’ Elijah (huzzah!) as well as a trip to the beach for the titular characters. Season three will premiere sometime in early 2014.
Additionally, a new teaser for the upcoming fourth and final season of Eastbound and Down cheekily equates Kenny Powers’ return with the rising of the phoenix. We don’t yet know how the new season will deal with the ramifications of the season three finale, but I can’t wait to see Danny McBride back in character. Season four of Eastbound and Down will premiere on September 29th. Hit the jump to watch the teasers for both HBO series.
While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and co-President Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming. During the interview, they spoke about how long Game of Thrones and True Blood could run for, what they have currently in development with both David Chase (The Sopranos) and David Milch (Deadwood), the status of the Criminal Justice pilot and why they think it’s best to recast the role James Gandolfini played, the possibility of a second season for Family Tree and a third season for The Newsroom, the half-hour series about high school life that they’re developing with Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and that they are no longer moving ahead with a Transporter series at Cinemax. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction) will join Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys adaptation as mobster Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo.
- Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) is in talks to join the all-action cast of The Expendables 3, directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill). Other newcomers include Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz.
- Jessica Alba (Sin City) will board Joe Carnahan’s action-comedy, Stretch.
- Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) has signed on for writer-director Cameron Crowe’s new project, a rumored reimagining of his Deep Tiki script.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Even though his adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying received mixed reviews at Cannes, James Franco is planning to adapt another work from the revered author. According to The L.A. Times, Franco is looking to helm The Sound and the Fury, and will write the script with his As I Lay Dying co-writer Matt Rager. Like Faulkner’s other novels, The Sound and the Fury is a tough adaptation. Narratively, it’s about the decline of the Compson family in the fictional county of Yoknapatawpha in the early 20th century. But what makes it special is the various points of view and writing style. Going inside the head of manchild Benjy is more rewarding than simply showing that character on screen. That being said, I don’t know how Franco plans to approach the material, so perhaps he has a take to match Faulkner’s unique writing.
Hit the jump for more.
The first full trailer for writer/star Larry David’s new HBO film Clear History has made its way online. David plays a hipster marketing exec named Nathan who sells his shares to a start-up over a fight with his boss (Jon Hamm), only to miss out on billions when the company’s new product becomes a smashing success. We’ve see the footage of David in his long beard previously, but this new trailer reveals that the majority of Clear History takes place 10 years after David’s character sells his shares. Nathan, now clean-shaven and very different in appearance, runs into his old boss at his island off the coast of Massachusetts, and proceeds to plot his revenge.
The trailer makes the film look like a feature-length episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is in no way a bad thing, and its prospects are buoyed by promising appearances from the likes of Danny McBride, Bill Hader, and Michael Keaton. Hit the jump to watch the full trailer. Directed by Greg Mottola, Clear History premieres on HBO August 10th.
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.
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.
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 Segel, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Paul Rudd, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Aziz 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.
Sony has released a new NSFW clip from This Is the End. For those unfamiliar with the film, it has Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, and Danny McBride stuck in Franco’s house and trying to survive the apocalypse. It’s incredibly funny, but you definitely shouldn’t watch this clip if you want to keep the jokes fresh. It’s not a very long movie (a nice surprise considering that the lead actors have all worked with Judd Apatow in one way or another), and so every joke is precious. This clip is one of the best scenes in the film, so maybe you should keep it in your back pocket if you want to re-watch it after seeing the movie. However, if you’re not sold on this film and need to see more, we have the clip for you viewing pleasure.
Hit the jump to check out the NSFW clip. This Is the End opens on June 12th, but if you live in Atlanta, click here to find out how you can come to a free screening on the 10th.
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.
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 Segel, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Paul Rudd, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, and Rihanna. This Is the End opens on June 14, 2013.
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 Robinson. This Is The End opens June 12th.
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 Watson, Jason Segel, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Paul Rudd, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, and Rihanna. This Is the End opens on June 14, 2013.