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Marc Forster Won't Direct 'World War Z' Sequel, Kim Jee-Woon Lines Up New Project & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 3, 2013 9:38 AM
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World War Z
By now, we all pretty much know about the struggles the filmmakers had while making “World War Z.” In spite of the fact that the film actually turned out to be a major success, initial reports of its “inevitable failure” hit everyone involved with the film pretty hard. The Hollywood Reporter has a very interesting piece about Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B (who made the film). The article goes into how criticism of the production of "World War Z" affected the producers involved, mentally, and they delve into how the surprise success of the film, along with the positive festival response of “12 Years a Slave” has left the company feeling pretty good about themselves.

Evan Goldberg's Ideas For 'This Is The End' Sequel Including Bringing Back Michael Cera, Rihanna & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 26, 2013 9:42 AM
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This Is The End, Hill, Rihanna
With a domestic box-office haul of nearly $60 million in two weeks, on a budget of $31 million, it should come no surprise that the idea of a “This is the End” sequel is being entertained. But with the comedy already dealing with the apocalypse and loaded with tons of celebrity cameos, is there much creative room for a sequel? Evan Goldberg seems to thinks so.

Review: 'This Is The End' Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco & Danny McBride

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 12:00 PM
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This Is The End
While Jonah Hill and James Franco have each earned Oscar nominations, with Danny McBride finding roles both dramatic and comedic on the small and big screen, Jay Baruchel showing new shades on the stage and Craig Robinson adding textures to his comic persona, it's really been Seth Rogen who has more or less continued to play a version of himself since day one. Even in parts that potentially stretched his skills in "Green Hornet" and "50/50," the affable goofball with a predilection for weed was never too far away. And so, perhaps it only makes sense that he would co-write and co-direct (with Evan Goldberg) as well as co-star in "This Is The End," which requires nothing more than everyone involved offering riffs on their established personas. It's certainly not rocket science, but your mileage with the movie will depend on how much you like these guys to begin with, because even if you're a fan, the one joke premise has a hard time sustaining a full length movie.

Watch: New International Trailer For 'This Is The End' Does It Scarface Style

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 4:28 PM
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This Is The End
It's either some brass balls or just a flat out bad decision, but with Sony positioning Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's let's-make-a-movie-with-our-friends effort "This Is The End" for the same weekend on "Man Of Steel," they are essentially hoping that many folks will forgo Superman or some dumb laughs. Granted, it drops on the Wednesday so the comedy will a slight head start, but will it build enough steam to make a decent counter-programming choice?

Seth Rogen To Co-Direct & Star In Assassination Comedy 'The Interview,' James Franco Eyed For Lead Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2013 2:25 PM
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While Hollywood marriages don't last, it seems bromances are forever. Seth Rogen and James Franco, forever hitched since Daniel and Ken walked into our lives in "Freaks & Geeks," have collaborated on a handful of projects including "Pineapple Express," "The Green Hornet," "Knocked Up" and this summer's apocalypse comedy "This Is The End." The latter was Rogen's first co-directing gig, along with writing partner Evan Goldberg, and it seems that not only did he like the experience, so did Sony.

Review: 'Goon' Is A Middling Sports Comedy Elevated By A Surprising Turn By Seann William Scott

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 30, 2012 2:55 PM
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It feels odd that "Goon," a brutal comedy based around the sport, from the pen of hockey-loving Apatow grads Jay Baruchel (star of "Undeclared" and "Knocked Up") and Evan Goldberg (co-writer, with Seth Rogen, of "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express"), would go on wide release in Britain this weekend, weeks before it hits theaters in North America. But nevertheless, go on wide release it has, and The Playlist was there to check it out.

Seth Rogen & Kevin Hart Teaming For A Cop Comedy At Paramount

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2012 7:58 PM
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There is nothing Hollywood likes more than to piggyback off a good idea, so we probably should have seen this coming. Hot off the success of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum's "21 Jump Street" this weekend, another cop comedy is coming down the pike, this time starring two veterans of the Judd Apatow school of laffs.

Evan Goldberg Talks Hockey Pic 'Goon' & Reveals He's Writing A Horror Movie With Seth Rogen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 11:04 AM
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Director Michael Dowse, the man behind "Fubar" and "Take Me Home Tonight," is no stranger to pushing the envelope. So it's no surprise that his latest effort, the hockey comedy "Goon," opens with a splash of blood and a tooth hitting the ice. While the real hockey world is currently wrangling with issue of concussions, in the stylized sports comedy "Goon," the hits are big, bad and brutal. We recently caught up with screenwriter Evan Goldberg (who co-wrote the film with Jay Baruchel) to talk about the film, and we started off by chatting about balancing the real-deal hockey in the movie with the bone-crushing fights and checks that pepper the story.

Sony Heads Into Seth Rogen & Jay Baruchel's 'The Apocalypse'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 6, 2012 11:46 AM
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Originally a comedy short film from the dynamic writing duo of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the twisted minds behind “Superbad,” “The Pineapple Express,” and the upcoming Ben Stiller-starring comedy “Neighborhood Watch,” “Jay and Seth Vs The Apocolapyse” has gone from interesting sensation in 2007 to a long-rumored feature film. Along with short film co-star Jay Baruchel, Rogen and Goldberg have been teasing the feature release for quite some time, with the casting of the group’s regular collaborators James Franco and Jonah Hill being announced back in September.

Danny McBride & Craig Robinson Part Of Swelling Cast Of 'Jay & Seth Versus The Apocalypse'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 22, 2011 1:24 AM
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But It Looks Like Daniel Radcliffe Is OutWe've never liked the term The Frat Pack (for all their potty mouths, the particular comedies that those to whom the term is applied make aren't actually that fratty; Todd Phillips' output is a better fit), but there's no denying that the ever-expanding family tree of actors and comics who've risen up in the last few years, mostly thanks to the patronage of Judd Apatow, are an incestuous lot. Clearly great friends in real life, they like nothing better than cameoing in each other's work, teaming up for buddy pictures, and generally getting paid to hang out on screen.

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