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.]
The aptly named The Apocalypse is looking more and more like The Avengers of comedies with each casting story. Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, James Franco, and Craig Robinson are already set to star, with Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg making their directorial debut on the project. Now Aziz Ansari has revealed that he’ll be appearing in the pic as well. Moreover, Ansari said that everyone is basically playing themselves in the comedy. The story concerns all the aforementioned actors showing up at James Franco’s house for a party, then the apocalypse starts happening. Hit the jump for more.
At today’s press day for the hockey comedy Goon, currently available in VOD and arriving in theaters on March 30th, Collider was able to talk to the film’s producer/co-writer/actor Jay Baruchel after the roundtables and get quick updates on Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse, and the How to Train Your Dragon sequel and Cartoon Network animated series. For his responses about each, check out what he had to say after the jump.
Hoping to hop on the apocalyptic bandwagon that will surely never get annoying in 2012, Sony Pictures has entered into negotiations to finance and distribute The Apocalypse, an end of days comedy marking the directorial debut of Seth Rogen. Written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg from a story by Jason Stone, the pic was inspired by a short film called Jay and Seth vs The Apocalypse. In it, Rogen and Jay Baruchel play their real life selves while they ride out the end of the world in their apartment. Since two movie stars cooped up during Armageddon clearly isn’t enough, the project has expanded to include James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson now residing in Franco’s (presumably larger?) Los Angeles apartment. We previously reported that the pic would start shooting in February, but it looks as if that will be pushed back until spring. Hit the jump for more on The Apocalypse.
A few weeks ago, we reported that Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel had decided to add many more cast members to their post-apocalyptic comedy Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse. The actor was remiss to reveal just who else would be joining the duo, but today he apparently decided was a good day to disclose that information. Rogen confirmed that Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson will also be starring in the flick. Rogen wrote the film with his Superbad writing partner Evan Goldberg, and the duo are set to make their directorial debut with the project (which is now shaping up to be the Valentine’s Day of Apatowian comedies, except with way less suckage). Hit the jump for more, including who won’t be starring in the film.
Judd Apatow is currently deep into production on his Knocked Up spinoff tentatively titled This is Forty. While the film focuses on Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters from the 2009 comedy, many wonder which other characters would be popping up in the pseudo-sequel. Charlyne Yi and Jason Segel are both confirmed to appear, but Seth Rogen recently revealed that his character doesn’t show up in the film:
“Yeah I’m not in it, but I went to visit the set and it looked hilarious. It was a good choice, honestly, because I think it would’ve confused people. I’m really looking forward to seeing it; I thought the script was unbelievably funny.”
While it could’ve been cool to see where Rogen’s character is now in relation to Rudd and Mann, it’s not like the actor is dire need of projects. In fact, Rogen also revealed that a long-gestating project set to be his directorial debut, Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, is actually gearing up to start shooting in February. Hit the jump for more.
Lots of new movies hit the multiplex this weekend, but none of them were in 3D so who cares? Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland continued to dominate, even with a 46% decline over its record-breaking first weekend. Domestically, the film passed the $200 million mark on its tenth day in release while also cleaning up overseas with an additional $221 million.
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Actor Jay Baruchel recently spoke with i09.com about where things are at with his eagerly awaited but oft-delayed comedy Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse, in which he is set to co-star alongside fellow Apatow alum Seth Rogen. A refresher: back in 2007, Rogen, Baruchel, and co. released a short video/fake trailer entitled Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse about two roommates who manage to survive the End of Days but, in the aftermath, are faced with the much more daunting task of surviving each other. About a year later, it was announced that the short would be expanded into a feature-length film. At this, there was much rejoicing. However, since then, the project’s seemingly been pushed to the backburner.
In the update, Baruchel assures us that Apocalypse is still very much alive and divulges that he is planning/hoping to “start making the thing in some capacity by the end of this year.” Moreover, the young Canadian actor lets us in on a cool little running gag that will be in the film, provided he has his way:
“I want a recurring joke, because it takes place in Los Angeles, and there’s a lot of famous people in Los Angeles, I want a bunch of cameos, but I just want them to be corpses. I want them to be like “oh god there’s Will Smith’s dead body in the corner!” And it would actually be him.”
Sounds fun…though it probably would’ve been more fun if they had kept it under wraps, a la Zombieland. Hit the jump for more from Baruchel and to get a look at the original Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse short.