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Rogen's Roll Continues as Sony Pushes Bumbling Spy Bromance 'The Interview' to Christmas (VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 7, 2014 at 3:39PM

Seth Rogen is on a roll, from comedies "This is the End" to "Neighbors," and now Sony is pushing back the multi-tasker's latest comedy "The Interview" from October to holiday prime time, Christmas Day. Rogen co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed with partner Evan Goldberg, and also stars with equally workaholic James Franco and Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex").
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Franco and Seth Rogen in "The Interview."
Franco and Seth Rogen in "The Interview."
The Interview poster
Seth Rogen is on a roll, from comedies "This is the End" to "Neighbors," and now Sony is pushing back the multi-tasker's latest comedy "The Interview" from October to holiday prime time, Christmas Day. Rogen co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed with partner Evan Goldberg, and also stars with equally workaholic James Franco and Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex"). 
 
That's a sure sign of confidence. “In our early screenings of 'The Interview,'" said Sony global distribution chief Rory Bruer, "we've seen that they've delivered yet again, and we're thrilled to be making the move to Christmas – one of the most important moviegoing days of the year and the perfect date to show off their brand of comedy.
 

In "The Interview," which has drawn blowback from North Korea, Dave Skylark (Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they learn that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan, they score an interview with him, in an ill-advised move toward legit journalism. En route Pyongyang, the Cia recruits them as spies--their task: to assassinate Kim.  

The screenplay is by Dan Sterling, with a story by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Dan Sterling.  The producers are Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver.

The holiday competition includes “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” “Paddington,” “Into the Woods,” “Big Eyes” and “Unbroken.” 


Trailer and my "Neighbors" conversation with Rogen & Goldberg below.

This article is related to: Seth Rogen, Seth Rogen, James Franco, James Franco, The Interview, Box Office, Box Office, Sony, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.