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WATCH: Rogen and Franco Land 'The Interview' of a Lifetime (POSTER and TRAILER)

Up next for Seth Rogen and collaborator Evan Goldberg is "The Interview," in which Rogen and James Franco star as a TV reporter and his producer who get a chance to interview North Korean Kim Jong-Un and are then contracted by the CIA to assassinate the dictator.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 13, 2014 12:13 PM
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Did Hollywood Male Fantasies Impact the Isla Vista Assault on Women?

Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post argues persuasively that Hollywood male fantasies could have played a role in the vengeful anti-female assault at Isla Vista at the University of California Santa Barbara. Check the "last" video below of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, in which he bewails being a virgin and proclaims his imminent status as "the true alpha male."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2014 2:38 PM
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Is Rose Byrne of 'Neighbors' Comedy's New Secret Weapon?

Who says beautiful women can’t be funny? Just watch as porcelain-pretty Rose Byrne does the near-impossible by upstaging the bawdy boys in “Neighbors,” a raunchy R-rated suburban warfare comedy and now box-office hit that pits abdominally-endowed frat leader Zac Efron against pot-bellied cubicle drone Seth Rogen.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • May 12, 2014 1:52 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'Neighbors' Pushes 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Out of Top Slot

Original Seth Rogen comedy "Neighbors" (Universal) easily won the weekend. The race for first place wasn't even close against the second weekend of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (Sony). When comic-book movies open strong they usually fall off dramatically.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 11, 2014 1:15 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Neighbors' Soars, 'Spider-Man' Gets Caught in Its Web with Big Fall

Universal's "Neighbors," starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, proved once again how hungry audiences are for laughs at the movies with a $19.6 million Friday night gross (including $2.5 million from the previous night). This is the best one-day figure for a live-action comedy since "Ted" (also Universal) in June 2012, which grossed just over $20 million, for a 3-day total of $54 million.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 10, 2014 1:51 PM
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Pick Hit: Raunchy R-Rated Comedy 'Neighbors,' Starring Rogen, Byrne & Efron, that Even Critics Love (RED BAND TRAILER)

Universal Pictures smartly debuted "Neighbors," a raunchy, R-rated comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron as the titular domestic warmongers, at SXSW 2014, where it picked up great word-of-mouth from festival-goers and critics alike. But the best thing in the movie is Rose Byrne. The films opens May 9. Read review, roundup and see Red Band trailer here.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2014 12:44 PM
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WATCH: Eye-Popping Summer Movie Clips Unveiled at the MTV Movie Awards, from 'X-Men' to 'Spider-Man 2'

On Sunday night, the MTV Movie Awards unveiled an array of VFX-packed new footage from the studios' upcoming summer movie slate. Watch them here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 14, 2014 2:38 PM
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