Producer Evan Goldberg Talks NEIGHBORS, Scoring a Green Light, Deliberately Making the Leads Idiots, Needing More Rose Byrne, and More.

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Who would have thought turning the two lead characters into total idiots would have been the game changer that finally got Neighbors a green light?  Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) seem to have their priorities straight.  They love each other and their baby girl dearly, and are deeply dedicated to building a wonderful life for their family, but when a fraternity moves in next door and threatens to destroy that quaint existence, they make one rash decision after the next, sparking an all out war with the boys next door.

While in Austin, Texas for Neighbors’ worldwide debut, producer Evan Goldberg spent some time with Collider at the Funny or Die House decked out in Delta Psi essentials to discuss what it took to convince the studio to let them go big and make this movie.  Find out who could have been the leads in this film, how Byrne was vital to getting this movie made, how her on-set success affected the final cut, and much more straight from Goldberg after the jump. And, in case you missed it, click here to check out what he told us about his upcoming projects, The Interview, Console Wars and Preacher.

Evan Goldberg Talks PREACHER, THE INTERVIEW, and CONSOLE WARS; Explains Why PREACHER Works Better as a TV Series

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Though it was clear from his days on Freaks and Geeks that Seth Rogen was a comedy talent to watch, few could have predicted that he would go on to become one of the most successful comedy writers—and burgeoning directors—working today.  Rogen and his longtime friend Evan Goldberg made their feature screenwriting debut with the 2007 future comedy classic Superbad and followed that up with Pineapple Express in 2008 and The Green Hornet in 2011.  The two made the move to directing to enormous success with last year’s excellent This Is the End, and now they have a number of exciting projects in the works as writers, directors, and producers.

While attending SXSW in support of the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy Neighbors, which he produced, Goldberg took some time to speak with us about a few of his upcoming projects.  He talked about the editing process of his and Rogen’s next directorial effort The Interview, the status of the video game project Console Wars, and also provided some insightful comments on their take on Preacher, which he and Rogen are adapting as an AMC TV series.  You can watch the interview and read his full comments after the jump.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to Adapt Upcoming Book CONSOLE WARS; Based on Behind-the-Scenes Battle between Nintendo and Sega

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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.

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James Franco to Direct Film about the Making of Cult Classic THE ROOM

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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.

TOP 5: THE LEGO MOVIE, The Science of ROBOCOP, Paul Bettany in THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, PREACHER TV Series, 2014 Super Bowl Movie Spots

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I typically try and use the opening paragraph to talk about something not already covered in the Top 5 list itself. I’m making an exception this week because The LEGO Movie is good enough to warrant it. Writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have crafted an outstanding family comedy that’s sharp, funny, and as imaginative as the product it expertly seeks to promote. For all of the laughs it provides (of which there are many), I think its greatest achievement is how precisely it balances the weight of story and self-promotion. Make no mistake, its primary goals are to drive sales and promote the LEGO brand. Lord and Miller’s script is smart enough, though, to achieve these by genuinely capturing the spirit of creativity and inventiveness that makes LEGO so unique. I can only wish that all product placement strategies were this inspired and on point.

Moving on to the list portion of this week’s installment, today’s Top 5 will tackle more things pertaining to The LEGO Movie, the science of RoboCop, Paul Bettany‘s casting in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bringing Preacher to AMC, and a recap of the movie spots that aired during the trouncing also known as the 2014 Super Bowl. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and BREAKING BAD Writer Sam Catlin to Adapt Garth Ennis’ Comic PREACHER into a TV Series for AMC

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Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s comic Preacher has been on a long and winding road to reach either a big or a small screen.  The 75-issue series begins with small town preacher Jesse Custer receiving the power to speak with the “Word of God” and command others to do his bidding, but the story then expands far beyond to include an Irish vampire, sadistic cousins who will fuck anything with a hole, a relentless and perverted operative, the “Saint of Killers” who can kill anything, and a character who, in a failed suicide attempt, blows his face off and takes on the name, “Arseface.”  When the project was being developed by Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil) in 2006 for HBO, the network passed because it was deemed “too dark and too violent and too controversial.”  So now, in 2014, it will go to AMC with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) at the helm.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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