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“Sausage Party” may be a film about a hotdog that wants to have sex with a bun, but it still represents a watershed moment for Hollywood. The raunchy comedy that’s grossed $65 million after two weeks in theaters is the first R-rated CG animated movie. Co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, “Sausage Party” has sex, violence and curse words in a format that has always been reserved for family-friendly fare.
The movie features the voices of comedic stars like Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, James Franco and Paul Rudd playing anthropomorphized food items who discover their only reason for existing is to be eaten by humans. Directors Conrad Vernon (“Monsters vs. Aliens”) and Greg Tiernan (TV’s “Thomas & Friends”) have backgrounds in traditional animation aimed at children, but there’s nothing traditional about this deranged dark comedy. »
- Graham Winfrey
Throughout Seth Rogen's career, he has not once made a sequel to one of his hit movies, but that may change with Sausage Party 2. The actor/writer/producer teased last month that Sausage Party was the first time they ended a movie "with the intention of making aother one." While Sony hasn't officially given the green light for Sausage Party 2 quite yet, that surely may happen, after it overperformed and took second place at the box office this weekend with $33.6 million. While we wait for an official announcement, Seth Rogen teased in a new interview that he already has sequel ideas.
Sausage Party is a raunchy animated movie about one sausage's quest to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale. »
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, »
I was recently granted the opportunity to sit down and chat with Greg Tiernan (Thomas & Friends) and Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs. Aliens), the very talented directors of Columbia Pictures' R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party, which arrived in theaters today. We spoke on a variety of different aspects of the film, including making the transition from kid-friendly affairs to this raunchy comedy, finding the right comedic tone, the recording sessions with their A-list cast, and they even revealed which comic book movie property they'd like bring to life in animation. Check out our extensive conversation below: Rohan (Cbm): First off, I wanted to get started by asking what did you guys think about that story from a few weeks back of the Sausage Party trailer airing before a showing of Finding Dory? Conrad Vernon: I thought it was hilarious. Greg Tiernan: Awesome. You know that happened twice? »
Seth Rogen is making trouble again.
However, Rogen’s animated feature looks subversive enough to upset anyone who loves children, holds religious beliefs or eats. That’s more potential enemies than the entire population of North Korea.
Naturally, Rogen could not sound prouder.
“It’s the greatest thing I’ll ever work on in my entire life,” the 34-year-old funnyman says with a self-mocking laugh on the studio backlot at Universal City, California. “My greatest contribution to humanity that I’ll ever have.”
Why would you say that?
“I don’t know, »
- Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine
Yesterday, we showed you a new red band clip from the R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party, featuring a sexually-charged interaction between a hot dog (Jonah Hill) and a hot dog bun (Kristen Wiig). Today we have yet another age-restricted clip from Sausage Party, which is light on the sexual innuendo, but heavy on the R-rated language. This clip has a look at the character voiced by James Franco, who has a bad trip while making a shocking discovery.
Sony Pictures provided this new scene, where James Franco's character, only listed as "Druggie" on the movie's IMDb page, starts tweaking on Bath Salts. His food magically comes to life right before his very drugged-out eyeballs. A sausage named Barry, voiced by Michael Cera, tries to calm him down, but it doesn't exactly work, as an angry slice of pizza reveals how this addict ate his legs, while another household item »
After Charlie Kaufman’s R-rated, stop-motion drama “Anomalisa” failed to make a box office dent last year despite critical kudos, we’ll see if Seth Rogen’s raunchy, CG-animated “Sausage Party” (opening August 12) has a better chance of commercial success.
“One of the biggest reasons I wanted to do this was for the industry itself, just to be able to knock down the door and prove that R-rated animation has an audience,” admitted director Conrad Vernon, who first met Rogen as a voice actor on DreamWorks’ “Monsters vs. Aliens. “It just depends on how you tell the story and we think animation’s not just for families and kids and that it’s a medium and not a genre.”
- Bill Desowitz
Hot dogs and hot dog buns have long been used to convey sexual innuendo in movies and TV shows, but the unique animated comedy Sausage Party puts a new twist on things. Today we have an age-restricted clip, following the red band trailer that debuted at Comic-Con last month, which shows one particular fancy dog, Carl (Jonah Hill), flirting with a group of delicious buns, lead by Brenda (Kristen Wiig). As you can see in this sneak peek, in this unusual animated world that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg created, our food is just as sexually suggestive as humans themselves.
Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. The film features the vocal talents of a who's »
3D was supposed to be the next big thing for cinema. It accounts for just 20% of ticket sales. What went wrong?
In early 2010, James Cameron's Avatar became the USA's 24th most successful cinema release of all time, and it still holds that position today.
I'm measuring that success by the actual number of tickets sold, but perhaps you prefer the way the Hollywood hype machine processes these things. Their version of how this works, in which records can be broken over and over again for a continual stream of back-slaps and headlines, makes Avatar into The Biggest Film of All Time. Don't adjust for inflation but just sum up the numbers on the tickets, and it's true, Avatar is certainly the highest grossing film to ever see the inside of a cinema.
Either way, whether it's top of the pops or holding on strong at number »
It’s been a good couple of years since we heard anything about DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants movie, but thanks to Coming Soon we’ve now got a look at the first teaser poster for the film, which is on display at Licensing Expo 2016…
Based on Dav Pilkey’s children’s book, Captain Underpants is being directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens) and features a voice cast that includes Kevin Hart (Grudge Match), Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Nick Kroll (Kroll Show) and Jordan Peele (Keanu). It is set for release on June 2nd 2017. »
- Gary Collinson
Barcelona — Jeffrey Katzenberg may be standing down from his top job at DreamWorks Animation. He was still, however, the star at the first day of Barcelona’s CineEurope, where he talked on a panel addressing The Future of Cinema, and then showcased DreamWorks Animation movies, which excerpts from “Trolls” and “Boss Baby,” both unveiled last week at Annecy.
Katzenberg did not mince his words. “Unfortunately, we blew it on 3D,” he said.
“It was a game-changing opportunity for the industry. When you gave them an exceptional film that artistically, creativity embraced and celebrated the uniqueness of that experience, people were happy to pay the premium,” he recalled with a note of sadness, citing “Avatar,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” and “Life of Pi.”
But other producers had “taken the low-road and gimmicked it. Instantly, we lost good will.”
Some of that may be made up by “Avatar 2,’” he added.
The world »
- Emilio Mayorga
With most of the Spider-Man-related focus is on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which just began shooting, it’s easy to forget that Sony Pictures Animation is developing a 2018 animated film built around the character that sounds just as promising as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s effort. In fact, Sony has just announced their latest major step forward with the project, as they have found a director in Bob Persichetti.
Although the untitled Spider-Man movie is set to be Persichetti’s directorial debut, he has a ton of experience in animation, having worked on Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens and Puss in Boots. Additionally, he co-wrote the screenplay for The Little Prince, a well-reviewed film coming to Netflix in August.
- Justin Cook
It was announced two months ago that Goosebumps director Rob Letterman was in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct the Dungeons & Dragons reboot. Now, the studio has confirmed that the man is aboard. Warner Bros. is moving full-steam ahead on their live-action redo of the beloved RPG after winning full control over the film rights earlier this year.
According to Variety, Rob Letterman delivered a presentation for his D&D movie that wowed executives and won him the job. The filmmaker had been the front runner for many weeks. But the studio required a visual presentation before they would officially sign Letterman. What he brought to the table was reportedly quite amazing.
This new take on Dungeons & Dragons, which first became a movie back in 2000, is being produced by Hasbro's Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis alongside Sweetpea Entertainment's Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman. Roy Lee is also on as a producer. »
Unofficially announced back in September of last year before Goosebumps hit theaters, it has now been confirmed by Sony Pictures that Goosebumps 2 is moving forward. There is no start date or release date in place yet. Nor has the story been revealed for this follow-up.
Jack Black, who played real-life author R.L. Stein in the first Goosebumps movie, is expected to return for this next spooky adventure. He has not officially signed on at the moment. EW has confirmed that original director Rob Letterman is in talks to return. As is his original writer Darren Lemke.
Goosebumps producers Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz are also set to return. The first chapter in this horror-comedy hybrid took in $80 million domestic and $76.6 million overseas for a worldwide box office total of $156.6 million off of a $58 million budget. The movie also fared well with critics, and currently has a 77% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. »
Tracking-board.com is reporting director Rob Letterman is set to helm the fantasy adventure "Dungeons & Dragons" for Warner Bros. Pictures. Letterman will direct from a script penned by "Wrath Of The Titans" screenwriter David Leslie Johnson.
The film adaptation is based on the popular fantasy-role playing game that centers on players taking on the roles of warriors and wizards to face off against mythical creatures while venturing on a quest.
"Dungeons & Dragons" is considered to be the top selling role-playing game with over 20 million players worldwide and selling $1 billion in book and accessory sales. »
- J.B. Casas
Back in August, Warner Bros., Hasbro and Sweetpea Entertainment finally resolved a long-running legal battle swirling around the rights to Dungeons & Dragons, announcing that a live-action theatrical movie is finally moving forward. We haven't heard much about the project since then, but today The Tracking Board reports that the project has brought on Goosebumps director Rob Letterman to take the helm. The filmmaker will be working from a script by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans), who was attached when the project was announced last year.
Dungeons & Dragons was created by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974 as a fantasy roleplaying game and since then has amassed millions of players and fans worldwide. The hugely popular property has also influenced numerous writers, directors, game designers, and other creative professionals throughout its four decades. The game previously spawned the 2000 adaptation Dungeons & Dragons, which famously flopped at the box office, »
Self-proclaimed D&D fan Vin Diesel has previously been rumored for the movie about a warrior and his band of mystical creatures – including a half-dragon and a cunning gnome – as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure.
Roy Lee, Allan Zeman, Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis and Courtney Solomon will produce. The property was adapted for the small screen as an animated television series in 1983 and a much-maligned live-action film in 2000.
Source: The Tracking Board »
- Garth Franklin
Rob Letterman knows a thing or two about directing literature to film adaptations, seeing as he has helmed both 2010’s Gulliver’s Travels (based on a satire by Jonathan Swift) and last year’s Goosebumps (based on R.L. Stine’s popular book series), but he is now setting his sights on something a bit different: a role-playing game to film adaptation. According to The Tracking Board, Letterman has signed on to helm the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie at Warner Bros.
Letterman will also co-write the film’s script with David Leslie Johnson, a writer best known for his work on Wrath of the Titans and Orphan; Johnson was also supposedly hired to pen the screenplay for DC’s James Wan-directed Aquaman movie back in November as well.
It’s also worth noting that the report mentions that producers are looking for a “Vin Diesel-type” lead character for the movie. »
- Justin Cook
Lending a new lease of life to Warner Bros.’ long-in-development Dungeons & Dragons movie today is Rob Letterman who, according to The Tracking Board, is in line to helm the big-budget fantasy feature.
Best known for Monsters vs. Aliens, Shark Tale and, more recently, Goosebumps for Warner, Letterman will reportedly steer the iconic role-playing game onto the silver screen, via a script penned by Wrath of the Titans scribe David Leslie Jones.
Boasting a legacy that stretches all the way back to the mid-70s, few media franchises hold a candle to Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson’s Dungeons & Dragons. In its meandering path to theaters, Warner has cited both J.R.R. Tolkien and James Gunn’s rip-roaring space opera Guardians of the Galaxy as cinematic touchstones.
Now on the hunt for a cast to headline the fantasy epic – reports close to production claim WB is eyeing a charismatic actor in the vein of Vin Diesel, »
- Michael Briers
In the works for at a half decade, dream projects don't come along any raunchier than "Sausage Party." An animated movie from the Nsfw minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, they've finally realized their very naughty, keep-the-kids-away picture, and the first trailer is here for those of us who can't make it to Austin for the work-in-progress screening. Read More: 2016 SXSW Film Festival: 12 Films & TV Highlights To Look Out For Featuring the voices of Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, and directed by Conrad Vernon ("Shrek 2," "Monsters vs. Aliens") and Greg Tiernan ("Thomas & Friends"), the story follows a sausage who falls out of a shopping cart and embarks with his foodie friends on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale. Here's the official synopsis: Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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