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North Korea Declares Seth Rogen & James Franco's 'The Interview' Is An 'Act Of War' & "Undisguised Terrorism"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2014 5:19 PM
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We're in a weird moment with mainstream movies and presidential assassinations. "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" offered up its own scenario of the killing of President John F. Kennedy, and this fall, James Franco and Seth Rogen will try and eliminate Kim Jong-Un in the comedy "The Interview." Hilarious, right? Well, not unless you're the North Korean leader or part of his circle.
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Watch: Seth Rogen & James Franco Try To Kill Kim Jong-Un In First Trailer For 'The Interview'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 10:05 PM
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Seven year on from his anointment as a movie star with "Knocked Up" and "Superbad" (and fifteen from his first appearance on screens in "Freaks & Geeks," and Seth Rogen is still riding high. Sure, there have been moments when his projects didn't work out ("The Green Hornet," "The Guilt Trip," but for the most part, he's continued to make smart choices, and particularly in the last couple of years, as he's taken his career more into his own hands (and those of writing/producing/directing partner Evan Goldberg), and set out to make lower budget movies that have turned out to be hugely profitable, as well as critically acclaimed.

Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Considering A 'Neighbors' Sequel, Slam The MPAA, Talk 'Jazz Cops' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 10, 2014 3:07 PM
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Neighbors
Having grossed $137 million and counting, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s “Neighbors” is the 11th highest grossing R-rated comedy domestically to date. Perhaps more importantly, its opening weekend was the 4th highest ever for an R-rated laugher. And with international numbers, it has grossed $223 million and rising (10th highest ever). Considering its budget was $18 million, that’s a whole lot of profit. And that’s exactly what Rogen and Goldberg were aiming for.

Paul Rudd & Danny McBride Join Seth Rogen’s Animated ‘Sausage Party’ Now Dated For Summer 2016

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 30, 2014 3:05 PM
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Sausage Party, Rogen, Rudd, McBride
For all the “brave” or “risky” movie projects Annapurna Pictures backs, this one might be their biggest dare so far. When was the last time there was an R-rated animated film in wide-release theaters for adults? Aside from the Ralph Bakshi films from the 1970s, the “Heavy Metal" movie in the 1980s and after 1999's "South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut," the pickins are pretty slim (and we're talking theatrical, not DVD releases). Animated films are mostly the domain of kids movies, but Annapurna does have quite the project in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s “Sausage Party.”

Nicholas Stoller Talks Third Muppet Movie, A Return To The Aldous Snow Universe & Seth Rogen/Kevin Hart Buddy Comedy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 12, 2014 12:11 PM
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After this weekend's shockingly huge haul for "Neighbors," his Seth Rogen/Zac Efron frat comedy, director Nicholas Stoller can probably do anything that he wants to next. So when we sat down with the director in New York recently, we couldn't help but pick his brain as to what projects would follow this very funny film—including his upcoming comedy with Rogen and Kevin Hart, the possibility of a third Muppets movie for Disney, and another film in the same universe as "Get Him to the Greek" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (Stoller also reveals how "Neighbors" is connected to these movies).

James Franco May Play Tommy Wiseau In Movie About The Making Of 'The Room'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2014 11:07 AM
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The Disaster Artist James Franco
Earlier this year, it was announced that James Franco would be directing a feature adaptation of the memoir, "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room," with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg producing. Penned by actor Greg Sestero, it's an inside look at the making of Tommy Wiseau's cult abomination, "The Room," and the idea of Franco—no stranger to ambitious projects that perhaps don't always live up to expectation—taking it on was pretty inspired. But it seems, in typical James Franco fashion, he might take it one step further.

Interview: 'Neighbors' Star Seth Rogen Talks Making It Relatable, Improv With Zac Efron And The Movie's Distinctive Look

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 8, 2014 3:03 PM
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Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, Neighbors
This weekend's big, R-rated studio comedy "Neighbors" is funny in the way that big, R-rated studio comedies rarely are (read our review here). In the movie Seth Rogen plays a man in his thirties, who is happily married (to a flawless Rose Byrne) and with a new baby. Of course his suburban idyll is disrupted when a rampaging fraternity (led by Zac Elfron, his malevolent charisma turned all the way up) shows up and moves into the house right next door to theirs. That leads to an all out war between the boring suburbanites and the hard partying frat brothers that have invaded their neighborhood. While at South by Southwest, where the movie first premiered (it received a riotous response), we sat down with Rogen and chatted about the movie, what the appeal of the script was for him, what Byrne brought to the role, and how the distinctive look of the movie was developed.

Review: 'Neighbors' With Seth Rogen & Zac Efron Is One Of The Funniest Studio Comedies In Recent Memory

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 7, 2014 6:02 PM
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Neighbors
The last time Universal screened one of their big summer comedies at South by Southwest, it turned out to be "Bridesmaids"—a movie that not only went on to be a massive financial success (and a breakthrough for its cowriter/star Kristin Wiig) but a critical one as well, even earning an Academy Award nomination for its screenplay. So a fair amount of anticipation and excitement greeted tonight's "work-in-progress" (although look, it seems totally finished) screening of the new Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy "Neighbors." And while "Neighbors" doesn't come close to capturing "Bridesmaids'" emotional honesty, it could have a chance of one-upping that film in the box office. Simply put, "Neighbors" is one of the funniest, most visually inventive studio comedies in recent memory.

Interview: 'Neighbors' Duo Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Talk 'The Interview,' Developing 'Preacher,' Crazy 'Sausage Party' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 7, 2014 12:26 PM
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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in This Is the End
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have the kind of career that young comedy writers look upon with envious eyes. The two writer/producers have had an unprecedented streak, nimbly shifting from one hit R-rated comedy to the next, while occasionally stopping to expand their focus and bring in new collaborators (like "Warm Bodies" filmmaker Jonathan Levine, who they worked with on "50/50"). And for the most part these guys have stuck to their guns, honed their craft, and had tremendous success. We got a chance to speak with them at the South by Southwest Film Festival, where they debuted "Neighbors" to a thunderous response (read our review), and the unusually frank duo let us in on a whole battery of upcoming projects.

Nicholas Stoller Eyes Directing "Luhrmann Mixed With Tarantino" Buddy Cop Comedy Starring Seth Rogen & Kevin Hart

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 3:17 PM
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A couple of years ago, it was announced that Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart were teaming up for a buddy comedy at Paramount. There was nothing particularly Earth shattering about the announcement, and it seems like a logical pairing of two big comedy stars and not much was heard of it since. But "Neighbors" director Nicholas Stoller has just put this one back on our radar in a big way, with a logline that truly sounds fantastically bonkers.

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