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Top 10: Best Director & Actor pairings of 2007 (Repeat Offenders)

26 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Today’s Top Ten looks at the best director/actor pairings of the year. More specifically, we are looking at directors and actors who have continued to foster their relationship over the years in the cinematic field - providing us viewers with examples of magical collaborations on screen. I could cite at least 250 other significant relationships of the sort from the past 9 decades of film history, everyone from Dietrich and von Sternberg, Fellini and wife Giulietta Masina, Hitchcock and his slew of muses aka leading ladies, Bergman and Ullmann, Antonioni and Monica Vitti and to Scorsese and DeNiro or Scorsese and DiCaprio. Note sequels and trilogies were not taken into consideration. Enjoy the list!10. Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen The first met in the late 90’s when Seth Rogen was one among many actors starring in the short-lived NBC television series called Freaks and Geeks. Flash forward to 2005, and »

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Heigl Speaks Out Over Labeling 'Knocked Up' as "Sexist"

10 December 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Katherine Heigl has defended labeling her smash hit movie Knocked Up "sexist," insisting the comedy was the "best filming experience of my career". The film, in which Heigl plays a TV journalist who becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with Seth Rogen's unemployed slob, was a massive hit earlier this year and helped Heigl's earnings jump from $300,000 to $6 million per picture. But in a recent interview with Vanity Fair magazine, Heigl said, "It's a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It was hard for me to love the movie." And Heigl has now come forward to clarify the context in which she was quoted. She tells website People.com, "It's important to me to take a minute and clarify the quote about Knocked Up in Vanity Fair. I was responding to previous reviews about the movie the interviewer brought to my attention. My motive was to encourage other women like myself to not take that element of the movie too seriously and to remember that it's a broad comedy. Although I stand behind my opinion, I'm disheartened that it has become the focus of my experience with the movie. The truth is, it was the best filming experience of my career. Every person that was a part of making Knocked Up helped to encourage, support and inspire me. I never intended for anyone to think otherwise." »

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Trio of stars make 'Porno' with Smith

16 November 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Knocked Up star Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks and Jason Mewes have signed on to star in writer-director Kevin Smith's raunchy new comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno for the Weinstein Co. and Dimension Films.

Producer Scott Mosier's feature casts Rogen and Banks in the title roles, childhood friends who ask their buddies to make a porno to get them out of debt. Soon everyone begins having sex with everyone, leading the previously platonic Zack and Miri to re-evaluate their chaste relationship. Longtime Smith ensemble player Mewes (Dogma) plays a supporting role.

The film marks the most recent of many films Smith and Mosier have made with Bob and Harvey Weinstein, from their 1994 feature debut Clerks to Chasing Amy and the recent Clerks II.

"Getting Seth in this flick is like suddenly growing an extra six inches in the crotch," said Smith, who wrote the role especially for Rogen. "And as if that wasn't awesome enough, we scored the comedically and aesthetically gifted Elizabeth, too." »

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'Superbad' getting some with $31.2 million bow

20 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Related story: In the d'oh: 'The Simpsons Movie' still tops

The horny teens in Sony Pictures' "Superbad" might be challenged when it comes to impressing the ladies, but the movie itself scored at the North American boxoffice during the weekend. As the late-summer moviegoing surge continued, the R-rated "Superbad" earned high-fives all around as it grossed an estimated $31.2 million in 2,948 theaters.

The weekend's two other wide arrivals stiffed, however. Warner Bros. Pictures' sci-fi remake "The Invasion" limped to a fifth-place opening with an estimated $6 million, while the Weinstein Co.'s release of the Roman Empire actioner "The Last Legion" finished in the 12th spot overall with an estimated $2.6 million.

But with New Line Cinema's "Rush Hour 3" securing a second-weekend haul of an estimated $21.8 million and Universal Pictures' "The Bourne Ultimatum" holding strong with nearly $19 million in its third weekend, overall boxoffice for the frame was up for the sixth weekend in a row.

Last year at this point, New Line's debut of the infamous "Snakes on a Plane" was the top-grossing film with $13.8 million, a total that each of the top three films in the current frame surpassed. As a result, this weekend's top 10, which grossed an estimated $104.9 million, was up 21% compared with last year's bunch, according to Nielsen EDI.

With summer boxoffice climbing above $3.8 billion, the possibility of toppling the summer 2004 record of $4 billion is looking likely.

"Superbad", with a per-theater average of $10,583, represented another bigger-than-expected bow from the burgeoning Judd Apatow comedy combine. Apatow, who directed "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and the June hit "Knocked Up", oversaw "Superbad" as one of its producers.

Greg Mottola ("The Daytrippers") helmed the comedy, written by "Knocked Up" leading man Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as two high school guys with nothing on their mind but booze and girls.

According to Sony, the movie's audience divided 52% male-48% female, and 60% of the audience was ages 18-30.

"Certainly, the movie fired on all cylinders," Sony domestic distribution president Rory Bruer said. "The studio really believed in this one, and the cast and the marketing and publicity department worked really hard to get the word out about how funny the movie is. »

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Summertime, and the boxoffice ain't easy

17 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Does summer 2007 have room for just one more breakout hit? As an overheated summer season draws to a close in North America, Sony Pictures is betting that it can eke out yet one more chart topper with the new R-rated teen sex comedy "Superbad".

By contrast, the weekend's other new wide arrivals -- Warner Bros. Pictures' sci-fi remake "The Invasion" and the Weinstein Co.'s fall-of-the-Roman-Empire actioner "The Last Legion" -- are shaping up more like traditional, late-summer entries, which aren't expected to burn up the boxoffice.

While "Superbad" has taken its time in building awareness, the film comes from the comedy machine surrounding writer-director Judd Apatow, who already knocked one out of the park with this summer's $147 million grossing "Knocked Up". On "Superbad", Apatow serves as one of the producers. Additionally, Seth Rogen, who starred opposite Katherine Heigl in "Knocked Up", penned the screenplay along with Evan Goldberg.

"Superbad" stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as high school buddies bent on sampling that good ol' American Pie. Although neither are household names, their mugs are hovering on the periphery of fame -- Hill has had supporting roles in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", "Evan Almighty" and "Rocket Science", while Cera appeared on Fox's "Arrested Development". Directed by Greg Mottola (who made his directorial debut with 1996's "The Daytrippers"), the film traffics in the same raunchy terrain as "Knocked Up", though it is not expected to scale the same boxoffice heights. »

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The Cast of Superbad

14 August 2007 8:17 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse don’t know where they had dinner last night. Really, the last few weeks are a blur. For the stars of the movie “Superbad,” the high school comedy about friends, parties and foul language, it’s been a wild ride. They’ve appeared on Letterman, traveled across the country and, in September, they’ll be in Europe promoting the film. Hill, of “Knocked Up” fame, is the oldest at 23 and definitely seems to be the leader of the three. Mintz-Plasse, who steals the show in “Superbad” as McLovin, is a first-time actor. And Cera is best known as George Michael from “Arrested Development.” I sat down with the three on a rooftop in Wrigleyville. Three other reporters joined and we talked about everything from Comic-Con to Seth Rogen »

- Jeff Bayer

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Rogen Praises Funnyman Pegg

9 August 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Seth Rogen is in awe of British funnyman Simon Pegg - because he can't believe how good his movie Shaun Of The Dead is. The Knocked Up comedian had a similar movie idea to Pegg's 2004 zombie comedy, but was pleasantly surprised when he found out he had been beaten to the big screen by the Hot Fuzz star. He says, "When I first saw Shaun Of The Dead, I thought, 'F**k! F**k those guys!' I'd been thinking of writing a zombie movie about two dudes, and then that came along. I couldn't believe it! Not only are these guys quicker, they're better than me, too!" »

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Jeong on 'Steve' news beat

8 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ken Jeong has signed on to join the comedy All About Steve for Fox 2000.

Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper and Thomas Haden Church star in the quirky romantic comedy, which is shooting with Phil Traill at the helm.

Penned by Kim Barker, the story follows an eccentric, brilliant crossword puzzle fanatic (Bullock) who stalks Steve (Cooper), a CNN news cameraman, across the country after they go on one date.

Jeong, who made his feature film debut in the summer hit Knocked Up, will play Angus, a news producer for CNN who travels with Steve (Cooper) and the rest of the crew.

Bullock is producing through her Fortis Films shingle. Mary McLaglen is executive producing alongside Underground Films' Nicholas Osborne and Trevor Engelson.

Fox 2000's Maria Faillace is shepherding the project for the studio.

Jeong, known as Dr. Ken, is an M.D. and veteran stand-up comedian whose credits include The Office, Entourage Boston Legal and The Shield. He recently wrapped a supporting role in The Pineapple Express, produced by Judd Apatow and starring Seth Rogen. »

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Superbad

7 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This review was written for the theatrical release of "Superbad".Those who see Judd Apatow's name on the credits of "Superbad" might expect another comedy along the lines of his smash hits, "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin". This time, however, Apatow was the producer, not the writer or director, so expectations should be lowered.

His "Knocked Up" star, Seth Rogen, wrote the script with his writing partner, Evan Goldberg, when they were still young teenagers. Although the script undoubtedly was polished since then, it still has the juvenile, hermetic feel of early adolescent autobiography. The two main characters are even named Seth and Evan, and they are played by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, respectively. The director, Greg Mottola, was responsible for a classy indie film of a decade ago, "The Daytrippers", and he brings some skill to the enterprise, as do the actors.

It's the script that brings the movie down. Guys who are the same age as the characters will whoop it up, but the film won't reach beyond that young male demographic, as "Knocked Up" and "Virgin" managed to do. Because it obviously was made on a low budget, "Superbad" will make money for Sony, but don't expect it to have much shelf life after the kids are back in school.

Like "American Graffiti" and "Dazed and Confused", the film all takes place during a single day and night. But it doesn't have the smarts or the depths of those ensemble comedies. Instead it centers on the simple notion of underage kids itching to get booze and have sex.

Seth and Evan, are nerds, but the joke is that they don't realize they're nerds -- or at least they won't admit it. The overweight Seth can't even keep pace with a one-legged boy in gym class, and the brainier Evan is so shy that he's almost invisible. Nevertheless, at Seth's prodding, they try to worm their way in with the popular crowd, and they almost succeed when their even geekier pal, Fogell (newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse), manages to nab a fake ID that should enable them to buy liquor for the cool kids' wild party. Needless to say, complications ensue.

Some of the patter is funny, but the movie lacks the clever plot developments and the character nuances of a classic like "American Graffiti". And it's missing the belly laughs of earlier raunchfests "American Pie" and "There's Something About Mary." The film never achieves a hilariously outrageous epiphany like the hair gel scene in "Mary" -- a scene that can turn a teen comedy into a legend.

The friendship of Seth and Evan has homoerotic undertones, and there's a funny scene where they declare their undying love for each other. But because this is an American movie, don't expect the frankness of Alfonso Cuaron's "Y Tu Mama Tambien", which took the close friendship of two horny teenage pals to its logical conclusion. In "Superbad", the lovefest between the best friends is strictly platonic, which makes it nonthreatening to the crowds at the multiplex.

A parallel plot concerns the misadventures of Fogell, who gets picked up by a couple of cops (Rogen, Bill Hader) and spends the night in their squad car. The byplay with the cops grows tiresome, but Mintz-Plasse is a major find, and he steals the movie as he etches a definitive portrait of a blithely self-confident dweeb.

Martha MacIsaac and Emma Stone as the girls who captivate Evan and Seth are appealing, but the female roles are woefully underwritten. "Superbad" is stuck in a state of male arrested development, just like the characters. The movie's low budget shows in rather primitive technical credits. The super-cheap "Superbad" will get laughs from undemanding kids, but it doesn't come close to transcending its dimwitted genre.

SUPERBAD

Columbia Pictures

Apatow Prods.

Credits:

Director: Greg Mottola

Screenwriters/executive producers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

Producers: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson

Director of photography: Russ Alsobrook

Production designer: Chris Spellman

Music: Lyle Workman

Co-producer: Dara Weintraub

Costume designer: Debra McGuire

Editor: William Kerr

Cast:

Seth: Jonah Hill

Evan: Michael Cera

Fogell: Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Officer Michaels: Seth Rogen

Officer Slater: Bill Hader

Becca: Martha MacIsaac

Jules: Emma Stone

Nicola: Aviva

Francis: Joe Lo Truglio

Mark: Kevin Corrigan

Running time -- 112 minutes

MPAA rating: R

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Superbad

7 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Those who see Judd Apatow's name on the credits of "Superbad" might expect another comedy along the lines of his smash hits, "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin". This time, however, Apatow was the producer, not the writer or director, so expectations should be lowered.

His "Knocked Up" star, Seth Rogen, wrote the script with his writing partner, Evan Goldberg, when they were still young teenagers. Although the script undoubtedly was polished since then, it still has the juvenile, hermetic feel of early adolescent autobiography. The two main characters are even named Seth and Evan, and they are played by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, respectively. The director, Greg Mottola, was responsible for a classy indie film of a decade ago, "The Daytrippers", and he brings some skill to the enterprise, as do the actors.

It's the script that brings the movie down. Guys who are the same age as the characters will whoop it up, but the film won't reach beyond that young male demographic, as "Knocked Up" and "Virgin" managed to do. Because it obviously was made on a low budget, "Superbad" will make money for Sony, but don't expect it to have much shelf life after the kids are back in school.

Like "American Graffiti" and "Dazed and Confused", the film all takes place during a single day and night. But it doesn't have the smarts or the depths of those ensemble comedies. Instead it centers on the simple notion of underage kids itching to get booze and have sex.

Seth and Evan, are nerds, but the joke is that they don't realize they're nerds -- or at least they won't admit it. The overweight Seth can't even keep pace with a one-legged boy in gym class, and the brainier Evan is so shy that he's almost invisible. Nevertheless, at Seth's prodding, they try to worm their way in with the popular crowd, and they almost succeed when their even geekier pal, Fogell (newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse), manages to nab a fake ID that should enable them to buy liquor for the cool kids' wild party. Needless to say, complications ensue.

Some of the patter is funny, but the movie lacks the clever plot developments and the character nuances of a classic like "American Graffiti". And it's missing the belly laughs of earlier raunchfests "American Pie" and "There's Something About Mary." The film never achieves a hilariously outrageous epiphany like the hair gel scene in "Mary" -- a scene that can turn a teen comedy into a legend.

The friendship of Seth and Evan has homoerotic undertones, and there's a funny scene where they declare their undying love for each other. But because this is an American movie, don't expect the frankness of Alfonso Cuaron's "Y Tu Mama Tambien", which took the close friendship of two horny teenage pals to its logical conclusion. In "Superbad", the lovefest between the best friends is strictly platonic, which makes it nonthreatening to the crowds at the multiplex.

A parallel plot concerns the misadventures of Fogell, who gets picked up by a couple of cops (Rogen, Bill Hader) and spends the night in their squad car. The byplay with the cops grows tiresome, but Mintz-Plasse is a major find, and he steals the movie as he etches a definitive portrait of a blithely self-confident dweeb.

Martha MacIsaac and Emma Stone as the girls who captivate Evan and Seth are appealing, but the female roles are woefully underwritten. "Superbad" is stuck in a state of male arrested development, just like the characters. The movie's low budget shows in rather primitive technical credits. The super-cheap "Superbad" will get laughs from undemanding kids, but it doesn't come close to transcending its dimwitted genre.

SUPERBAD

Columbia Pictures

Apatow Prods.

Credits:

Director: Greg Mottola

Screenwriters/executive producers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

Producers: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson

Director of photography: Russ Alsobrook

Production designer: Chris Spellman

Music: Lyle Workman

Co-producer: Dara Weintraub

Costume designer: Debra McGuire

Editor: William Kerr

Cast:

Seth: Jonah Hill

Evan: Michael Cera

Fogell: Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Officer Michaels: Seth Rogen

Officer Slater: Bill Hader

Becca: Martha MacIsaac

Jules: Emma Stone

Nicola: Aviva

Francis: Joe Lo Truglio

Mark: Kevin Corrigan

Running time -- 112 minutes

MPAA rating: R

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Rogen to don 'Hornet' mask

20 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Seth Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg are in final negotiations to co-write and co-exec produce The Green Hornet for Columbia Pictures. Rogen also will be attached to star as the classic crime-fighting hero in the film being produced by Neal H. Moritz.

Hornet follows the adventures of Britt Reid, a bored playboy who inherits his father's crusading newspaper, the Daily Sentinel. By night he is a masked hero, fighting crime with his sidekick Kato, who has incredible martial-arts skills.

The characters might be best remembered for the 1966 ABC series that starred Van Williams as the Green Hornet and introduced American audiences to Bruce Lee, who played Kato. Moritz set up the project at Columbia this year.

Having the star of Knocked Up and his writing partner take the reins of the project seems to signal the studio is intent on taking the project into more comic territory, though those involved were mum on details, only saying cryptically it would be "in the tradition of the Green Hornet."

In August, Columbia is releasing Superbad, which Rogen and Goldberg co-wrote and co-exec produced, and the comedy already is generating buzz. »

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Heard joins fight club of 'Get Some'

30 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Amber Heard has been cast as the female lead in Get Some, a teen drama directed by Jeff Wadlow. Craig Baumgarten and David Zelon are producing.

Written by Chris Hauty, the story centers on a transplanted Iowa teen (Sean Faris) who winds up in an underground fighting league in Florida. Heard will play Baja Miller, whose loyalties are put to the test when her boyfriend severely beats up Faris' character.

Summit, Mandalay and BMP Inc. are the producing entities. Summit is financing and will distribute.

Production begins July 16 in Florida.

Heard stars in Kevin Williamson's series Hidden Palms, which premieres tonight on the CW. She recently wrapped Pineapple Express, with Seth Rogen and James Franco, and next appears on the big screen in the title role of the Weinstein Co. horror movie All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.

She is repped by Endeavor, Hyler Management and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen. »

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Heard has 'Pineapple' in pipeline

30 April 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Amber Heard has a ticket for The Pineapple Express, the Columbia Pictures comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

The story follows two toking pals (Rogen, Franco) who get mixed up with a drug gang. Heard will play Rogen's girlfriend who makes him promise to give up the wacky tobacky. She later discovers he lied to her.

David Gordon Green is directing, while Judd Apatow and Shauna Robertson produce.

Heard, who appeared as the young Charlize Theron in North Country, next stars in Kevin Williamson's CW series Hidden Palms, which premieres May 30. She also stars as the title character in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a horror movie from the Weinstein Co.

She is repped by Endeavor, Hyler Management and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen.

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Scott, Torn make plans for 'August'

3 April 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Adam Scott and Rip Torn have marked their calendars for August, joining Josh Hartnett and Naomie Harris in the indie feature being directed by Austin Chick.

The script, by Howard A. Rodman, follows an aggressive, young dot-com entrepreneur (Hartnett) in New York struggling to keep his head above water as the bottom of the market begins to fall out in the weeks leading to Sept. 11.

Scott will play Hartnett's brother, while Torn is their father.

Hartnett, David Guy Levy, Elisa Pugliese of 57th and Irving Prods. and Clara Markowicz of Original Media will produce alongside Original's Charlie Corwin.

August is being financed by Pugliese's 57th and Irving Prods. and was packaged by CAA. CAA is handling domestic sale.

The film will be shot on location in New York, with principal photography to begin April 16.

Scott, repped by Gersh and Untitled, next appears in Knocked Up opposite Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl. He recently finished shooting The Great Buck Howard with John Malkovich and will be heard in the upcoming Pixar animated movie Ratatouille.

Torn most recently appeared on the big screen in Zoom and Marie Antoinette. He also appeared in a recent episode of NBC's 30 Rock. »

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Bario plays it for laughs as Uni exec vp

1 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Universal exec Holly Bario has been named executive vp production at the studio, effective immediately.

Bario has served as a production executive at Universal for more than a decade and built a solid reputation by overseeing some of the company's biggest comedies, including "Bruce Almighty", "Meet the Parents", "Meet the Fockers", "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "You, Me and Dupree". She also oversaw the first two installments of action franchise "The Fast and the Furious".

Bario, an Emerson College graduate, began her tenure at Universal in 1996 as Marc Platt's assistant and rose through the ranks as director of development, vp and senior vp production.

"Holly is a tremendous asset to Universal," Universal president of production Donna Langley said. "She understands that magical balance that brings comedy to life while also having a firm grasp of all the realities of development and production. She is generous with her counsel, a terrific team leader and has wonderful relationships with filmmakers, talent and colleagues throughout our industry. We congratulate her on this well-earned new title."

Bario is continuing her comedic streak, working on "Evan Almighty", starring Steve Carell; Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up", starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl; and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. »

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