As long foretold in Judd Apatow producer credits, the apocalypse comes and leaves behind only Seth Rogen & Friends in This Is the End. Here's the latest trailer, showing off cameos from the likes of Rihanna, Michael Cera, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, and a Milky Way bar, all of whom do not appear to last very long. Emma Watson also shows up but does not die. She just shows up with an axe and robs everyone. Anyway, if you're looking for an apocalyptic movie where everyone is basically playing themselves but that is not Armageddon, this should work pretty well. Take a look below.
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Just in time to cash in on all the jokey chuckling already aimed at the apocalypse, Seth Rogen and his longtime co-writer Evan Goldberg have a first peek at their directorial debut, This Is the End, a comedy about the end of the world and what that means for the broader universe (of Apatow people). Rogen also stars, alongside pretty much every person he knows outside of Streisand, and in this red-band clip/teaser you get a sense of the in-jokey bickering and get a look at post-apocalyptic co-stars Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, and Danny McBride, all playing themselves. It's a bit self-indulgent to be sure, but unlike similar palling-around vanity project Grown Ups, it does not make the viewer instinctively spit a the screen in disgust, so it's got that going for it.
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- Well, if David O. Russell won't direct Uncharted, Neil Burger is just going to have to do it. The director of The Illusionist and, most recently, Limitless, is now attached to write and direct the video game adaptation, which makes so much more sense than when we thought the director of I ♥ Huckabees was doing it.
- The 50/50 team of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonathan Levine, and Will Reiser are planning to again collaborate on Jamaica, a film to be loosely based on a Caribbean trip Rogen took with his grandma when he was 14. If you are 14 and look like a small Seth Rogen, your purpose is now clear.
- Relativity Media has bought the North American rights to market and distribute Marc Forster's Gerard Butler-starring Machine Gun Preacher. The film stars Butler as a former drug dealer turned religious crusader for refugee children, so you can forget that mental image of a cassock-wearing Leonidas with chain gun arms.
- Giovanni Ribisi is joining Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, and Michael Pena in Warner Bros.' The Gangster Squad. That's a cast, huh?
- And here's that Batmin trailer. Take a shot every time you see either bats or feet.
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- If you want to be surprised by all the celebrity cameos in the new Muppets movie, stop reading this, because I'm about to tell you that Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme will join Zach Galianakis and others in the film. Pray Van Damme's part doesn't require him to dance with Miss Piggy.
- Gerard Butler is in talks to join Afterburn, Antoine Fuqua's adaptation of the post-apocalyptic comic published by Red 5. Gerard would reportedly play one of many rival treasure hunters scavenging the ravaged Earth for famous artwork and similar valuables. Then, in the sequel, they'll gather all the found artifacts into a museum, only to have the items magically come to life to the frustration of now-security guard Gerard Butler.
- Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been hired to do a re-write on Neighborhood Watch, Fox's film concerning a group of dads who form a fake, fraternal neighborhood watch organization as an excuse to spend more time with "the guys"; things get wacky when the group somehow "uncovers a plot bent on destroying the world." I'm assuming it's rights issues keeping this from being called Wild Hogs 2: Neighborhood Watch.
- Finally: remember how I mentioned affable screenwriter Mike White might direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the film that will finally consider what happens if we add wacky things to classic literature? Well, he is.
(Poster from Empire.)
Seth Rogen and Mandate Pictures have picked up a pitch for a comedy about... cancer! Hey, cancer isn't funny; it's deadly! OUTCRY! Except this is the autobiographical story of a 25-year-old's struggle to fight the disease, which doesn't really sound offensive at all. OUTCRY RESCINDED! THR reports:
Mandate has picked up "I'm With Cancer," a comedic autobiographical spec written by Will Reiser that Rogen will produce with his writing-producing partner Evan Goldberg and Ben Karlin ("The Daily Show With Jon Stewart").
Rogen also will have a supporting role in the film.
"Cancer" is Reiser's account of his struggle to beat cancer, with the story centering on a 25-year-old who finds out he has the disease. Reiser was a producer and field producer on HBO's "Da Ali G Show" and VH1's "Best Week Ever."
If anyone is thinking of getting offended by this, just keep in mind that we'll be laughing AT the cancer, not WITH the cancer. And if we can't laugh at the cancers, the cancers have already won.
The stoner-buddy-action-comedy genre is not, inherently, a good one. When someone likes weed enough to write an entire movie about being stoned, there's an implication that they were most likely stoned while writing it, meaning there's a good chance the jokes are only funny when stoned. (e.g., in stoned reality, it's f***ed up how birds can fly! In reality reality, birds: not f***ed up.)
I have no evidence whether or not Superbad writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were stoned while writing Pineapple Express, but after seeing this trailer, I can safely say it doesn't matter. It pretty much looks really, really good--funny, action-filled, and includes that laugh where you just make a noise. Along with producer Judd Apatow, these guys had already proven their talent, but bringing along indie-favorite David Gordon Green for directorial duties has added a level of naturalism reminiscent of vintage Ivan Reitman.
Highly recommended for viewing, and it's below the cut. (Thanks to everyone who sent this.)
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