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The first trailer has arrived online for director James Franco’s upcoming comedy drama Zeroville. Based on Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel of the same name, the film stars Franco alongside Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Dave Franco, Joey King, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride; take a look below after the official synopsis…
Join Vikar (James Franco), a wide-eyed innocent in love with the movies, on one wicked trip to the heart of a pulsating, kaleidoscopic Hollywood. Naïve newcomer to the City of Angels, carrying nothing but his “outsider” past and a huge tattoo of Montgomery Clift & Elizabeth Taylor inked on his shaved skull; driven by the allure of cinema to the glittering temptations of Zeroville; a town where anything goes.
Encounter the parasites, the punks, the wannabes, the power-brokers and the crazies: meet Viking Man (Seth Rogen) – gatekeeper to all the right parties, a cigar-chomping surf hippie; Vikar’s eccentric Hollywood guide. »
- Amie Cranswick
Viewed from a certain angle, James Franco is like the arthouse Adam Sandler. When it’s time to make a movie, he calls up a bunch of his friends, and off they go. Thankfully, the results are always interesting, even if they don’t always work. And while Franco will be unveiling his John Steinbeck adaptation “In […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
James Franco and Seth Rogen, the creative duo behind such cult comedy hits as The Interview and This is the End, are Hollywood bound in the first trailer for Zeroville, a biting satirical period romp hailing from Franco himself.
It’s pitched as his most ambitious directorial effort to date, and after clocking eyes on the extensive first trailer, we’re inclined to believe those claims. Featuring a host of regular faces in Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride, Zeroville is set against the Tinsel Town of ’69 where Ike “Vikar” Jerome stars out on a journey that offers up tragedy and discovery in equal measure.
Placing a laser focus on celebrity culture and all things Hollywood, Seth Rogen is on board as a character known as Viking Man – “gatekeeper to all the right parties, a cigar-chomping surf hippie; Vikar’s eccentric Hollywood guide” – while the »
- Michael Briers
After adapting William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, what looks to be James Franco‘s most ambitious directorial effort yet is an adaptation of Zeroville, based on Steve Erickson‘s book, which serves as a dark parody of the New Hollywood movement. Now the first sales trailer, clocking in at over four minutes, has landed.
The story focuses on Ike “Vikar” Jerome, who has just moved to Hollywood in 1969. With tattoos of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on his head, his journey “ends in both tragedy and discovery.” The book features many New Hollywood icons, such as Robert De Niro, Brian De Palma, John Milius and Paul Schrader, with the ghost of Clift even showing up.
However, outside of the cast — including Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride — in terms of filmmaking icons, the first trailer only features a Wim Wenders cameo, which makes »
- Jordan Raup
The success of the kitchen nightmare (apologies to Gordon Ramsey) that is Sausage Party could mean a whole lot more R-rated animated films - that is, if Seth Rogen has his way. And we’re guessing he will. The film’s writer, producer and star told Fandango that he’s keen on making more just like the movie that grossed $33.6 million on its opening weekend. Considering the budget was only $19 million, Sony, the studio behind the flick, would be foolish to back away from that potential. This brings us back to what Rogen wants to do. "We have ideas for other R-rated animated movies that have nothing to do with Sausage Party," Rogen said. “Hopefully it won't take this long to make the next one because it won't take five years to convince someone to make it. The whole problem before was there was no precedent for it, so hopefully »
- David Eckstein
Have you been watching Vice Principals on HBO so far? If not, you’re missing a completely deranged new comedy that is only going to get more deranged as it goes. This should not be a surprise since it’s the brainchild of Rough House Pictures, the partnership between Jody Hill, Danny McBride, and David Gordon Green, and it’s their first HBO show since Eastbound & Down went off the air. While many of the same people are working in all departments on Vice Principals, as it unfolds from week to week, it’s clear that they’re not just rehashing the same sort of thing they’ve already done, and that judging this show from its pilot is impossible, because it’s not the same show even now that it was a month ago. One of my favorite things about Vice Principals is the score, which takes some pretty big stylistic swings. »
- Drew McWeeny
On its second weekend, “Suicide Squad” was set to repeat at number one. The question was how far Warner Bros.’ latest D.C. franchise bid would drop. The weekend surprise was Sony’s raunchy “Sausage Party” beating out Disney family remake “Pete’s Dragon” among new films.
Overall business is up with a healthy field of offerings in this jammed-up summer. That’s impressive considering competition from the Olympics. Business is surviving this year against them.
The Top Ten
$43,770,000 (67-%) in 4,255 theaters (no change); PTA (per theater average): $10,287; Cumulative: $222,875,000
2. Sausage Party (Sony) New – Cinemascore: B; Metacritic: 67; Est. budget: $19 million
$33,600,000 in 3,103 theaters; PTA: $10,828; Cumulative: $33,600,000
3. Pete’s Dragon (Buena Vista) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 72; Est. budget: $65 million
$21,501,000 in 3,702 theaters; PTA: $5,808; Cumulative: $21,501,000
4. Jason Bourne (Universal) Week 3 – Last weekend #2
$13,620,000 (-39%) in 3,528 theaters (-511); PTA: $3,861; Cumulative: $126,782,000
$11,450,000 (-18%) in 3,188 theaters (-27); PTA: »
- Tom Brueggemann
In cooking up a filthy R-rated animation – one that came within touching distance of landing a Nc-17 rating – co-directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan assembled a who’s who of Hollywood talent for Sausage Party.
Among the ensemble were Seth Rogen – who helped rustle up the initial pitch with writing partner Evan Goldberg – Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek and Anders Holm. But according to a new report by /Film, famed hip-hop artist Sean Combs (Aka P. Diddy) was once cordially invited to the food-related shenanigans.
Then attached to a cameo role that involved a bottle of Courvoisier, the report goes on to reveal that Combs’ reasoning for backing out of Sausage Party was rather simple: he didn’t want to be involved due to the fact that the film was animated. »
- Michael Briers
“Sausage Party” is chomping away at the weekend box office.
The adult animated film from Sony is expected to ring up $34 million at 3,103 locations making it the largest August opening ever for an animated film.
“Sausage Party” is about an assortment of supermarket food items that devise a plan to escape upon learning that their fate is consumption. It is directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. The cast is lead by co-writer Seth Rogen and also includes Michael Cera, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Paul Rudd, and Kristen Wiig.
After its $13 million Friday earnings, the Warner Bros. supervillain film is taking aim at a second week in the $46 million range on 4,255 screens. »
- Seth Kelley
The Performer | Millie Bobby Brown
The Show | Stranger Things
The Episode | “Chapter Eight: The Upside Down”
The Performance | Though critics — including us — have quite rightly raved about Winona Ryder’s star turn in Netflix’s retro drama, c’mon. The show was really all about those awesome kids. And, in the final Season 1 episode, Brown totally stole that show.
First, as Mike (the also-excellent Finn Wolfhard) struggled to explain to Eleven the difference between a sister and a Snow Ball date, the 12-year-old adorably — and with very little dialogue — conveyed the confusion of a girl who has no frame of reference for either concept. »
Chicago – First things first. Don’t let the fact this is animated fool you, “Sausage Party” is most definitely, absolutely Not For Children. This is a hard R-rated Seth Rogen raunch fest that may induce nightmares into more sensitive viewers and contains images of animated debauchery that can not be unseen. But it is inventively profane, with more on its mind than just animated f-bombs.
Rogen stars as the voice of a sausage named Frank. He lives in a grocery store where all the various products sing together dreaming of being picked by the gods (aka shoppers) who will take them to the great beyond outside the automatic doors. He’s also in love with a hot dog bun named Brenda (Kristen Wiig) with more curves than a mountainside highway.
When a jar of Honey Mustard (Danny McBride) is returned to the shelf, he’s acts like a soldier »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Sausage Party, 2016.
Featuring the voice talents of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Anders Holm, Bill Hader, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Salma Hayek, Sugar Lyn Beard, James Franco, and Paul Rudd
A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.
Three words kept ringing over and over in my head after viewing Sausage Party: “What the fuck”. I mean that as a compliment of the highest order. There really are no words to describe this movie, so here goes nothing.
Sausage Party is a lot of things; it is extremely juvenile featuring loads of offensive material, it is revolting on nearly every level despite its innocent Pixar-reminiscent charm (the directors of the film are most known for Shrek 2 and a bevy of Thomas & Friends episodes, meaning that they clearly understand how »
- Robert Kojder
With just a few weeks left until the summer movie season comes to a close, Sony's R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party has a chance to be the last big blockbuster this season, debuting in theaters today. To help promote this release before it hits theaters, star and co-writer Seth Rogen decided to take some animatronic food items to a grocery store in New York City, and see how fans would react. The result is one of the most hilarious viral marketing pranks in recent history.
The video debuted on Sony Pictures' YouTube channel earlier today, which shows Seth Rogen testing out an animatronic cantaloupe for this prank, which he uses to show New Yorker's that food has feelings too. The actor used this cantaloupe, along with a loaf of bread and a sausage, to scare the lights out of unsuspecting shoppers. Seth Rogen's food items chat with a number of colorful New Yorkers, »
“Sausage Party’s” box office appetite is growing by the minute.
Pegged at $15 million earlier this week, “Sausage Party” could devour as much as $35 million this weekend from 3,103 theaters — a sizzling turnout considering its $19 million price tag. More modest estimates, however, have the film in the mid-$20 million range.
The raunchy, R-rated comedy is now flying past the weekend’s expected runner-up, “Pete’s Dragon.”
Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, the “Sausage Party” cast is lead by co-writer Seth Rogen and also includes Michael Cera, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Paul Rudd, and Kristen Wiig. The adult animated film is about an assortment of supermarket food items that devise a plan to escape upon learning that their fate is consumption.
- Seth Kelley
“Sausage Party” feasted on $3.3 million at the box office on Thursday night.
Although it’s a mixed bag at the box office this weekend, all three wide releases — “Sausage Party,” “Pete’s Dragon,” and “Florence Foster Jenkins” — have something in common: critical acclaim. The movies are currently “certified fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes.
Sony’s raunchy animated comedy “Sausage Party” made $3.25 million from 2,632 locations at Thursday night early shows. It’s expected to finish third this weekend, behind “Pete’s Dragon” and “Suicide Squad,” with about $15 million.
Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Danny McBride, Edward Norton, Paul Rudd, and Kristen Wiig voice crude food that learn the harsh truth that they will eventually become meals once leaving the comforts of their grocery store shelves.
- Maane Khatchatourian
So… we’ve seen what our playthings do while we’re away in the Toy Story trilogy. And just a few weeks ago we saw what our animal companions do when we’re off to work and school in The Secret Life Of Pets. Well, what’s left? Ya’ ever wonder what happens at the grocery store once the lights are out and the doors are locked? No, seems that Seth Rogen and his pals have been curious about everything on the shelves and in the bins. And, no big surprise, their imaginations have come up with something more than a touch adult. With their help, animation will burst through the confines of “all ages” entertainment, which has happened several times in the last five decades. Feature adult animation’s first big hit was the 1972 Ralph Bakshi adaptation of R Crumb’s underground comic Fritz The Cat. A sequel quickly »
- Jim Batts
Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 12. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Sean Ellis
Synopsis: “Anthropoid” is based on the extraordinary true story of “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, »
- Steve Greene
Typically a movie starring insanely funny people like Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Nick Kroll, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson wouldn't need to be saved. Moviegoers would see those names, realize the combination of all those people will certainly produce something funny (and perhaps even magical), and they'd happily head out to the theater to check it out. Not the case with Sausage Party, which is inherently risky because it's the rare R-rated animated comedy. We haven't seen an R-rated animated comedy in wide release since 2007's Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and to find the only memorable and reasonably successful R-rated animated comedy in recent years, we have to go all the way back to 1999's South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. What both of those have that...
- Erik Davis
Typically a movie starring insanely funny people like Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Nick Kroll, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson wouldn't need to be saved. Moviegoers would see those names, realize the combination of all those people will certainly produce something funny (and perhaps even magical), and they'd happily head out to the theater to check it out. Not the case with Sausage Party, which is inherently risky because it's the rare R-rated animated comedy. We haven't seen...
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Adult animated comedies are few and far between, which makes Seth Rogen‘s “Sausage Party,” which premiered at the Mann Village Theatre on Tuesday night, all the more appetizing with its foul-mouthed, sexually-explicit jokes served up by your favorite food.
While it may be targeting an older crowd, Rogen said the movie’s inspiration isn’t entirely R-rated.
“It was largely inspired by our love of children’s animated movies, Pixar movies and DreamWork movies,” said Rogen, who voices the lead, Frank, and created the story alongside Jonah Hill and Evan Goldberg.
“We were also huge fans of ‘South Park’ and ‘The Simpsons.’ We just thought one day someone will make an adult-oriented animated movie and we just really wanted it to be the first people to do it,” he continued.
- Lamarco McClendon
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