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The Thursday premiere of The Interview at New York City's Landmark Theater was canceled after threats alluding to attacks of 9/11 were made by hackers responsible for the leaks of private Sony documents.
Rogen and Franco's new comedy is about two journalists who set out to assassinate the North Korean president, and since the recent promotion of the movie, Sony Pictures has faced tremendous pressure to pull the film from theaters.
Video: The Hollywood Hacking Scandal: Is No One Safe?
The hackers, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace, have threatened to attack several cinemas if the film is shown. "Remember the 11th of September 2001," the hacker group said in a message posted Tuesday. "We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that »
"The Interview" should not exist. One of the things I find most interesting about the careers of comic actors is the way they make choices as their career gets into the ten or twenty or fifty year range. Comic performers have to evolve and grow over time if they hope to keep the audience engaged. In some cases, they keep distilling their essential identity until they are left with something that is almost reflexive, like Bill Murray, for example. In other cases, they just start shaking it up, throwing everything at the wall just to see what sticks. Seth Rogen is still, relatively speaking, a young performer. Sure, he's been working since "Freaks and Geeks," but as a movie star, we're still talking about someone who hasn't reached the ten year mark. "Knocked Up" was 2007, and I still remember the conversations on the set of that film, where Judd Apatow »
- Drew McWeeny
December 9th is the big day for all you Guardians of the Galaxy fans, as James Gunn’s space epic finally makes its way home on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow 2 is also being released and Warner Home Video is celebrating several of its landmark titles in high def this Tuesday as well, including the 30th anniversary edition of Joe Dante’s Gremlins.
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead (Well Go USA, Blu-ray & DVD)
The sequel to the cult horror comedy from director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) stars Vegar Hoel (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Martin Starr (Knocked Up, Superbad), Jocelyn DeBoer (Stuck Like Chuck »
- Heather Wixson
AMC is staying in the comic book business. The network has ordered Preacher to pilot. The series hails from Seth Rogen, his Superbad partner Evan Goldberg and Breaking Bad's Sam Caitlin. "Every once in a while you find a project where all the elements line up beautifully. With Preacher, it starts with a bold, compelling, and thought-provoking comic book series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and a whole lot of fans who already know Jesse Custer, Cassidy, and Tulip," Joel Stillerman, AMC's executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content, said in a statement. "Add to that the passionate and talented Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin, an incredible producing team in »
AMC has been developing a series based on the Garth Ennis comic Preacher with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin, and Neal Moritz for about a year now. Tonight, the network officially ordered a Preacher pilot. Rogen and Goldberg remarked: "Preacher has been our favorite comic since it first came out. Garth Ennis is one of our idols and it’s an incredible honor to be working on this. We promise we won’t make too many dick jokes and ruin it." Rogen and Goldberg wrote the script and plan to direct the pilot. Catlin is the showrunner. They will shoot the pilot in 2015 for series consideration in 2016. For more on Preacher, check out Evan's primer on the story, the characters, and the controversy and our interviews with Rogen and Goldberg. Hit the jump for the press release. AMC Orders Pilot For Famed Comic Book Franchise "Preacher" New York, NY »
- Brendan Bettinger
After multiple attempts to adapt Preacher over the years, we’re one big step closer to seeing Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s world brought to life on the small screen. We knew that AMC was interested in a Preacher TV series from Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg, but now it has been announced that they’ve officially ordered the pilot episode:
Press Release: “AMC today announced that it has ordered a pilot for a series based on the popular comic book franchise “Preacher.” The Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production was developed for TV by Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”) and Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (“This Is The End,” “Superbad,” “Neighbors”). Rogen & Goldberg will produce through their Point Grey banner, along with Neal Moritz’s Original Film. The pilot was written by Sam Catlin. Rogen & Goldberg are attached to direct.
“Every once in a while you find »
- Jonathan James
AMC today announced that it has ordered a pilot for a series based on the popular comic book franchise Preacher. The Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production was developed for TV by Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) and Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors). Rogen & Goldberg will produce through their Point Grey banner, along with Neal H. Moritz's Original Film. The pilot was written by Sam Catlin. Rogen & Goldberg are attached to direct.
"Every once in a while you find a project where all the elements line up beautifully. With Preacher, it starts with a bold, compelling, and thought-provoking comic book series from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon and a whole lot of fans who already know Jesse Custer, Cassidy, and Tulip. »
Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Image Nation Abu Dhabi have extended their joint venture with a new five year deal.
The new deal includes the appointment of Evan Hayes as president of production at Parkes/Macdonald, headed by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. He will oversee the company’s slate of feature film projects as well as supervise all aspects of production and creative development.
The deal extends a relationship which began in 2010 with a $10 million revolving financing fund. The relationship expanded in 2012 when Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation was formed. The next Parkes+Macdonald/Image Nation project is the untitled feature-length documentary about Malala Yousafzai directed by Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”).
The partnership has included “Flight,” “Men In Black 3″ and the upcoming “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” written by Mike LeSieur, which the partnership developed through their $10 million fund, with Greg Mottola (“Superbad”) directing and Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher starring. »
- Dave McNary
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and Image Nation Abu Dhabi are extending their deal for another five years and have named Evan Hayes as president of production at Parkes/Macdonald. Hayes was formerly the president of production at Story Mining & Supply Co. The extension of their joint venture expands the relationship first born in 2010 when the production company was given a $10 million revolving financial fund. Two years later the Men in Black producers and their partners formed a stronger union as Parks+Macdonald/Image Nation.
The next project from them is the untitled feature-length documentary about the courageous Pakastani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who stood up to the Taliban after getting shot multiple times and is the youngest recipient ever of the Nobel Peace Prize. Directed by Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), the Malala film follows the features Flight and Men in Black 3. Also on the slate is Keeping Up with the Joneses, »
- Anita Busch
Another one bites the dust. In this week’s episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, Dell flunked his “Test of Strength” by bumping off a fellow freak to keep his dirty little secret… well, you know, a secret. Who ended up on display at the American Morbidity Museum? Read on and find out!
Turnabout Is Fair Play | When last we saw Jimmy, he was about to rescue the Tattler twins from Dandy or — considering the killer’s foul mood — die trying. Gloria insisted, of course, that they’d never harm the sisters. After all, she noted, “We paid good money for these girls. »
Source: Sony Pictures It's Emma Stone's 26th birthday this week, and though she's still so young, she's already provided us with a treasure trove of memorable movie moments. You know the kind - the moments so good they have been made into GIFs you keep sharing over and over again. To celebrate the versatile actress's birthday, we've got all her best movie GIFs here, ranging from the funny (and there are so many funny ones) to a few fierce and dramatic ones too. Enjoy! Superbad Remember when we all fell for Emma in her debut film? So does Jonah Hill. Source: Columbia Pictures She was so cute, he almost knocks her out. Source: Columbia Pictures Yes, Emma. With laughter. Source: Columbia Pictures The House Bunny She can be glam, but she also makes a great adorable nerd. Source: Columbia Pictures Zombieland This is how one manages to be adorable with a gun. »
Directed by Danny Boyle, the film is based on Walter Isaacson’s book and adapted by Aaron Sorkin. David Fincher was once set to direct the film, but left the project back in April due to compensation and over control of the production. Sorkin has mentioned that the movie will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple's famous product launches.
Rogen's casting comes as a huge surprise. The actor is known for inappropriate comedies like Superbad, »
- Laura Frances
After a massive fan effort, slinging one billion birds in game, to unlock content from the upcoming Angry Birds movie, Rovio, creators of the uber-popular mobile game, and Sony Pictures have unveiled the first image from the 3D animated movie (showing some major difference from the game. Mainly, they have arms and legs now), and a look at the voice cast, which is interesting to say the list. Leading the cast as Red is Horrible Bosses' Jason Sudiekis, with Josh Gad (last heard voicing Olaf in Frozen) as yellow bird Chuck, and Danny McBride (Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express) as Bomb. The supporting cast includes Bill Hader (Superbad), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), and Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage providing his voice as the Great Eagle. That is a lot of fantastic comedy actors all in one place. I dismissed the Angry Birds movie when I first »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
It has been awhile since I’ve seen a good movie come rolling off the Judd Apatow and Friends assembly line. I’m not entirely sure if that is because I have not seen any of them in awhile (never bothered with This is 40) or if they have all just been rather awful (was not a fan of Funny People); I imagine it is likely a combination of the two. It’s definitely not my maturity level that is to blame; I can still watch Superbad, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Pineapple Express over and over and snort with laughter at crass jokes I have heard a million times before. But lately, any new films featuring Seth Rogen’s gravelly tones, billowing clouds of marijuana smoke and obvious Jewish jokes have just not been at the top of my to-watch list. However, Neighbors pleasantly surprised my low expectations, »
- Lee Jutton
One of the major movie star clichés, right along with “What I really want to do is direct” is the wail of the comedy star, “I want to show that I’m a serious actor”. Through the years many actors first known for generating laughs have attempted to stretch, to show another facet, by taking dramatic roles, often with mixed results. For every Jerry Lewis in The King Of Comedy, there’s an Adam Sandler in Reign Over Me. But sometimes the gamble really pays off with gold…Oscar gold. One of the biggest surprises in Academy history was the Best Actor win by Art Carney (then best known as one of the greatest sidekicks in sitcom history as Ed Norton in “The Honeymooners”) way back in 1974 for Harry And Tonto which may have paved the way for the Best Supporting Actor win by Robin Williams for 1997′s Good Will Hunting. »
- Jim Batts
"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
"I got some questions for that goat." At the beginning of the year, The Interview was one of my most anticipated films of 2014. But I'll admit to being more than underwhelmed when the teaser trailer debuted. It just didn't look that funny, and the trailer went for style over comedic substance. But all that changes, and this finally looks like a comedy to get excited about in a new three-minute red band trailer that lays out the story and all the raunchy humor you'd expect from Seth Rogen and James Franco. There seems to be tons of celebrity cameos just like This is The End too. Free your mind, and the rest will follow. Watch now! Here's the new red band trailer for Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's The Interview from Sony: The Interview is written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (of This is the End previously, »
- Ethan Anderton
As we speak, writing, directing and producing duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, This is the End) are hard at work on an adaptation of Garth Ennis’ 1990s graphic novel Preacher for AMC. Over the weekend, the two got into a discussion about the project over Twitter, and caught the attention of up-and-coming directors Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper).
Aint It Cool News’ Eric Vespe began the conversation by suggesting that Goldberg and Rogen cast Kurt Russell as the Saint of Killers on the show. Jones then jumped in, apparently a bit out of the loop since he’s been busy directing a little video game movie called Warcraft for Legendary pictures, and asked about the project. Check out their conversation below (courtesy of /Film):
@ManMadeMoon @EricVespe @evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I should note that we haven't finished »
- James Garcia
Two films released over the weekend, “The Skeleton Twins” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them" feature actor, writer, and “Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader shifting towards dramatic material. The occasion may have been expected —“SNL” cast members have long attempted drama, with mixed results— but to follow that view is to lose sight of the incredible range, dramatic or otherwise, that Hader possesses. A skilled writer and performer on projects like “Superbad," “South Park," and “Hot Rod," voice roles in two of Pixar’s upcoming films (“The Good Dinosaur” and “Inside Out”), a lifelong passion for cinema evidenced through programming for Turner Classic Movies —Hader remains a reliable collaborator in whatever he tackles, and in director Craig Johnson’s “The Skeleton Twins” he paired with his longtime comedic partner Kristen Wiig (review here). In Johnson and writer Mark Heyman’s film, which picked up a Best Screenwriting award at. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Seven months ago, AMC announced their plans to adapt the 1990s Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic book Preacher, with Seth Rogen and writer/producer Evan Goldberg (Superbad) attached to help script and develop the show and former Breaking Bad executive producer Sam Catlin serving as showrunner. Things have been relatively quiet since the initial announcement, but now we’ve learned that work on the series is officially underway.
Over the weekend, Goldberg announced the update himself via Twitter, after being asked directly by a fan about it.
— Evan Goldberg (@evandgoldberg) September 7, 2014
Not only will Goldberg and Rogen write the script, but they are apparently getting some notes and insight from Ennis himself, which is great to hear since we were told a few months ago that the show »
- James Garcia
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