Funnyman actor Seth Rogen is taking on hosting duties for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, being held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on February 25th. To promote the gig, he spoke to members of the press about why he thought it seemed like a fun thing to do.
During the interview, Seth Rogen talked about being as nervous about flubbing or tipping while hosting as he is in any element of his life, that he’s been watching all of the nominated movies in preparation, the hosting advice he’s gotten from Judd Apatow, what films he responded to in 2011 (Take Shelter and Drive) and what he’s looking forward to this year (The Dark Knight Rises), the TV shows he enjoys watching (Breaking Bad, 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation), and that Pineapple Express is his favorite film that he’s done. He also talked about how his directorial debut, The Apocalypse, is coming along, that he’d like to do a Kung Fu Panda 3, that he doesn’t know if there will ever be a Pineapple Express 2, and that he doesn’t think there’s any chance of there ever being a Freaks and Geeks movie. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Let’s face it: the holidays are here and most people’s brains are already on vacation. Since it’s just too hard to come up with an original movie idea right now, a lot of talk has turned to potential sequels. Some franchises, like Gremlins and Mission: Impossible already have more than one movie in the books while others, such as Colombiana and Pineapple Express are open to sequels just because they can be. So we’ve ransacked the internets to find some updates on sequels you’ve been dying to see and others you never dreamed of being produced. Hit the jump to check them out.
Four new releases hit theatres this weekend, including one that was marketed to within an inch of its life. Still, year-to-year grosses will be down once again by almost 10% and it was a holdover that took the number one title. Universal’s Hop earned an estimated $21.7 million to put it on top of the US box office for the second week in a row.
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Danny McBride told me there is a scene in the upcoming David Gordon Green medieval comedy Your Highness where Natalie Portman asks him if his pussy hurts. If you weren’t excited to see Green’s follow up to Pineapple Express, I don’t know what else will convince you after finding out that Natalie Portman says incredibly dirty and disgusting things to both Danny McBride and James Franco.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Two days ago, I sat down with Danny McBride for an exclusive interview to help promote Jason Reitman’s awesome movie Up in the Air. But while we spent a few minutes on that film, we spent the majority of our time talking about the next season of Eastbound & Down and his upcoming film Your Highness, which he just wrapped in Belfast. So if you’d like to read or listen to a great interview with Danny McBride, hit the jump!
FunnyOrDie hosted a live Q&A online with writer/producer/director Judd Apatow. At one point during the Q&A, Apatow was asked if he had any plans for sequels to the hit movies Superbad and Pineapple Express both of which co-starred Seth Rogen who also co-wrote the script with writing partner Evan Goldberg. Apatow says it’s highly unlikely they would ever do a sequel to Superbad because Rogen and Goldberg don’t want to ruin the original. As for Pineapple Express, Apatow goes a little further and says they might do a sequel but right now there’s nothing planned. Finally, Apatow does explain that he’s not opposed to building off previous films as the upcoming Get Him to the Greek is a spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall starring Russell Brand’s character Aldous Snow.
But let’s take a moment for some perspective. If you watch the clip where he Apatow responds to the question, which we’ve included after the jump, you’ll see that he cuts it with a lot of humor and some slight mockery. You’re not going to see a lot of enthusiasm from him and it’s pretty clear he has only given the idea the slightest consideration. We should be grateful for this because we’re already inundated with sequels so why would you want more? Don’t you trust Apatow, Rogen, and Goldberg to make original comedies? Let’s admit that Superbad and Pineapple Express aren’t films which require the franchise treatment. That being said, if Rogen and Goldberg’s latest film, The Green Hornet, scores big at the box office, asking about a sequel won’t be out of the question; it will be the question.