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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Neighbors (raunchy comedy; Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Rose Byne; rated R) The Signal (sci-fi; Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites; rated PG-13) White Bird in a Blizzard (Gregg Araki-directed drama; Shailene Woodley, Eva Green; pretheatrical release premieres 9/25; rated R) Good People (thriller; James Franco, Kate Hudson; premieres 9/26 on Mod and in theaters; rated R) Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from $4-$7 or own...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Playing board games becomes high-risk behavior in the latest trailer for the forthcoming horror flick Ouija. Making the events of Jumanji seem like a walk in the park, the new Ouija trailer follows a group of young friends who try to chat with their pal from beyond the grave via the eponymous communication device. Evidently, ghosts don't have smartphones. The trailer features a number of jolts, particularly one involving oral hygiene. Dentists will not be pleased. Read more 'The Interview' Red Band Trailer: Sex Jokes Galore in Seth Rogen-James Franco Comedy Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), Ana
- Ryan Gajewski
Just days after Colin Farrell spilled that he was in True Detective, HBO has confirmed that both he and Vince Vaughn are the new stars of the series. According to the network, the series will center around three police officers and a career criminal who “must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.” [HBO] While on the way to Las Vegas, Mike Tyson stopped to help a victim of a motorcycle crash. [NY Daily News] Chris Pratt recently revealed a new pic of his son Jack and why he and Anna Faris were meant to be. [E!] Saturday Night Live’s Jay Pharoah is cool with Kanye West — no, seriously. [Vulture] Ana Gasteyer apologized to and cooked with Martha Stewart. [EW] While on Watch What Happens Live, »
- Stacy Lambe
Chances are, if you’re in the target audience for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s The Interview, you’re not the type to be easily offended by a bit of nudity and some salty language. Still, maybe you prefer to keep things tamer while you’re at the office. Or maybe you just want to save the wildest […]
- Angie Han
Just three days after the red band trailer for The Interview arrived this weekend, Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the green band trailer that is safe for viewers of all ages, and just as funny as the age-restricted video.
James Franco and Seth Rogen join forces once again as TV talk show host Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport, the latter of which is tired of running a tabloid show focusing on celebrities. When the opportunity arises to interview North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, they are tasked by a CIA operative (Lizzy Caplan) to kill the dictator.
In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show 'Skylark Tonight.' When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. »
Some things, like peanut butter and jelly, were made to be mashed together. Other things, like Dirty Dancing and Reservoir Dogs, not so much. For his latest project, James Franco is focusing on the latter.
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Franco has teamed up with AOL for Making a Scene, a series in which his team creates cinematic mashups, either by combining two films or taking a film and tweaking it to a different genre. Scenes were submitted to Franco’s Twitter and Instagram, and Franco tells TVLine that one general trend among submissions took him by surprise. »
A few days ago, we got the red-band trailer for The Interview, and it was painfully funny. All the jokes were landing, and it helps that they've got a great premise: James Franco plays Dave Skylark, a vapid talk show host who, along with his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen), land an interview with Kim Jong-un (Randall Park). But their attempt at hard news gets upended when the CIA asks the duo to assassinate the North Korean leader. If you're worried that the movie can't work without R-rated jokes, this green-band trailer should put your mind at ease. This could easily be one of the funniest films of the year. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer for The Interview. The film opens December 25th, and also stars Lizzy Caplan. Via Sony Pictures. Here’s the official synopsis for The Interview: In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark »
- Matt Goldberg
In the five months since its snazzy presentation at Digital Content Newfronts, AOL has slowly rolled out its new lineup of original programming. It released Steve Buscemi's Park Bench and season two of iJustine's Hardwired in the spring before debuting the Fullscreen-produced Follow Me and James Franco's Making a Scene in the summer. The fall will be another busy season for AOL; it has announced October arrival dates for five of its original programs. Three of the programs that will debut in October are new original series that will begin their first seasons. As with previous AOL projects, all of these debuts are fronted by recognizable celebrities. Kevin Nealon will host Laugh Lessons, in which well-known comedians will attempt to teach their craft to kids. Zoe Saldana is at the center of My Hero, in which celebrities will set up heartfelt surprises for the people who have changed their lives. »
- Sam Gutelle
"He's peanut butter and jealous!" Following last weekend's debut of the much better red band trailer for Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's comedy The Interview, a more tame green band trailer for appropriate audiences has arrived. It's mostly the same trailer, but cuts out the extended profane bits. However, there is some solid new footage of James Franco showing his dimwitted side as talk show personality Dave Skylark as his producer (Rogen) just wants to do real news instead of celebrity gossip bullshit. Blink and you'll miss Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing with some puppies on the faux show "Skylark Tonight." Watch! Here's the new green band trailer for Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's The Interview from Sony: If you missed the raunchy red band trailer for The Interview, you can watch it right here. The Interview is written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (of This is the End previously, »
- Ethan Anderton
Brent Lang uses new survey data to predict that Seth Rogen, Michael Keaton, and Denzel Washington are all expected to enjoy fall movie hits. He says that "matching the right actor with the perfect project is a tricky (but tested) formula for box office success." Piedmont Media Research shows how an actor's presence in a particular film actually impacts audiences. Rogen and James Franco will star in the comedy "The Interview." Keaton has the Oscar contender "Birdman." Washington stars in the action thriller "The Equalizer." Variety -Break- Over 30 stars from programs produced and written by Shonda Rhimes defend their boss. A New York Times column by Alessandra Stanley on Friday referred to her as an "angry black woman" and immediately "went viral - for all the wrong reasons." Rhimes responded, "Wait. I'm 'angry' And a Romance WRiTER?!!" Then "Scandal" co-stars Bellamy Young and Jos »
Matching the right actor with the perfect project is a tricky (but tested) formula for box office success.
Take “The Interview.” The upcoming story of two newsmen tapped to assassinate a ruthless military dictator didn’t really move the needle with moviegoers until they found out that the film starred James Franco and Seth Rogen, a comic duo who previously headlined “Pineapple Express” and “This Is The End.”
That’s the takeaway from Piedmont Media Research, after the consumer testing firm polled 1,500 people about “The Interview” and other upcoming fall releases in order to gauge how an actor’s presence in a particular film impacts audiences’ enthusiasm. The people surveyed were selected to be demographically representative of the movie-going public in terms of age, gender, ticket-buying behavior and ethnicity. The results indicate that while star power may not shine as brightly as it did in Hollywood’s golden age, the »
- Brent Lang
By Anjelica Oswald
Where feature filmmakers head into a project with a script and a plan, the path for documentarians is unpredictable. They follow real subjects and real issues often in real time — and sometimes for years at a time — and piece everything together as the footage comes along. Sometimes, things fall apart or the subject has to change, such as it with Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie (2013). Though different skill sets go into the distinct film forms, some documentary filmmakers choose to transition to narrative features and vice versa, such as Spike Lee, whose next release will be a documentary titled Go Brasil Go!.
Rob Epstein and Jeff Friedman have made the jump from documentaries to feature films and have said that they intend on continuing to make both types of film. Epstein and Friedman won an Oscar for their first co-directed documentary, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt »
- Anjelica Oswald
Introducing James Franco, the poet! The 27-year-old actor known for his roles in Spring Breakers and This Is the End is releasing another book this week appropriately titled, Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures and Poems. As many fans hoped for, Franco doesn't hold back when writing about memorable co-stars and starlets. From his alleged relationship with Lindsay Lohan, to that disastrous Oscars show with co-host Anne Hathaway, Franco presents an intriguing portrait of his life in the spotlight. Before the book is released Tuesday, take a look at some of the highlights everyone will be talking about! 1) Lindsay Lohan: Franco has made it clear he isn't friendly with the Mean »
We’re three months away from the release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy, The Interview, and the controversy surrounding its content continues to mount. Thankfully, it’s all in the name of jocularity. However, quite a lot of the humour is already lost on North Korea. Specifically, Kim Jong-Un, who is characterized in the movie and subjected to some horrific Indiana Jones-style face melting.
Directed by Rogen and his long-time collaborator Evan Goldberg, The Interview is what Rogen himself termed “3 Days Of The Condor with idiots in it.” Franco stars as a tabloid journalist for hit TV show Skylark Tonight, who is sent along with his producer, Rogen, to visit North Korea. Why? Because they discover that the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un loves the show, and figure that landing an interview with such an infamous figure will add a touch of class to the show. The »
- Gem Seddon
A new red band trailer for "The Interview," in which Seth Rogen and James Franco are recruited to assassinate Kim Jong-un, takes advantage of its opportunity to show off the flick's dirtiest, most vulgar jokes -- and makes the high-concept comedy appear even more appealing.
The clip is packed with filthy quips about a bald-headed Rob Lowe resembling a certain member of the male anatomy, and an extended scene in which Franco enjoys sniffing ... well, something we can't print here. But suffice it to say, it got our attention.
But "The Interview" is more than gross-out humor and sight gags -- though it does offer plenty of those -- thanks to its screwball plot to have Rogen and Franco take out the North Korean leader, by way of instruction from a CIA agent played by Lizzy Caplan. What begins with Rogen pleading with Franco to cover real news on their »
- Katie Roberts
We've got a funny red-band trailer for you to check out for James Franco and Seth Rogen's new action-comedy The Interview. This is the movie that could help start a war with North Korea. The studio tried altering certain aspects of the movie to prevent that from happening though.
In the film, the two actors run a popular tabloid TV show, and they score an interview with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (Randall Park). In the process of planning everything, they find themselves being recruited by the CIA to assassinate him. The trailer is Nsfw as it contains some nudity and a lot of vulgar language. Here's the synopsis:
In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, »
- Joey Paur
The first trailer for James Franco and Seth Rogen’s The Interview set up the pair’s government-funded trip to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un. But why were the two chosen for such a mission? The film’s first red-band trailer explains why, and the answer is expectedly absurd.
Franco plays tabloid TV show host Dave Skylark, of whom Kim is a fan in the film. Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen) are invited to interview Kim Jong Un in Korea, but their trip is co-opted and turned into an assassination mission by the United States government. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
People Are People: Genz’s English Debut a Satisfactory B-Grade Noir
Expectations may a bet set a bit too high for Danish filmmaker Henrik Ruben Genz’s descent into the English language with his adaptation of Markus Sakey’s novel, Good People. Considering that 2008’s Terribly Happy, the director’s last film to play stateside, drew comparisons to the Coen Bros. and David Lynch, this latest effort pales severely in comparison, resembling more of a kitchen sink noir drowning in its own sea of dirty dishwater. Bereft of any vicious underpinnings or subversive class commentaries that would have at least presented something to chew on, we’re treated to the kind of deceptive web that doesn’t seem altogether probable from all its various angles.
- Nicholas Bell
The premise alone for the raunch-comedy The Interview was enough for North Korea to denounce the film, several months before its theatrical debut.
Of course, if the movie’s newly-released red band trailer is any indicator, then any sort of political aspirations that The Interview has are going to be a secondary concern (if even that) behind serving up R-Rated irreverent humor. According to the latest preview, that includes James Franco questioning Seth Rogen’s love for “brown sugar” and the latter sticking government equipment into his rectum, among other scenes that blend pop culture references with lewd gags.
Rogen, in addition to starring with Franco, co-directed The Interview along with his trusted collaborator Evan Goldberg (This Is the End), drawing from a script that the pair co-penned with former Daily Show executive producer and South Park writer, Dan Sterling. Beyond taking down the low-hanging fruit that ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Nestled in among all the family-friendly holiday releases and prestigious Oscar hopefuls this Christmas will be The Interview, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s follow-up to This Is the End. Rogen does double duty as one of the film’s leads, a TV producer named Aaron Rapoport who runs a popular celebrity tabloid TV show starring the charismatic […]
- Angie Han
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