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With Sony announcing that it has "no plans" to release The Interview, we look at what it might mean for the future of filmmaking...
The film, about a TV host (played by James Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who are instructed by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, enraged the country's government. It was, North Korea's foreign ministry spokesman said, "an act of war."
"Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated," read a statement from a North Korean news agency. "If the Us administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken."
When the story emerged in June, Seth Rogen didn't seem particularly worried. »
No one is arguing that The Interview is a great film—or, having talked to some people who have seen it, even a good film. But over the past few weeks, it has stumbled into being a capital-i Important Film in spite of itself—one people should have the option to see in a theater, on its usual release day, like any other film that isn’t causing an international incident. But how would the conversation around The Interview have been different if Seth Rogen and James Franco's movie were a prestige pic? If it were more like Hotel Rwanda »
- Kyle Ryan
Despite a convincing performance in Pineapple Express, James Franco doesn't actually smoke pot. In an interview with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show Monday, Seth Rogen, 32, revealed that his The Interview costar "doesn't smoke weed at all." "I just haven’t done it in a long time," Franco, who joined Rogen on the radio show, told Stern. "There's just no need." If he were to actually indulge, Franco, 36, says he likely "couldn't function" while working and admits that the scenes in which his character was high in Pineapple Express were merely acting. Working alongside pal and frequent smoker Rogen, »
- Dana Rose Falcone, @DanaRoseFalcone
North Korea can rest easy: America comes off looking at least as bad as the Dprk in “The Interview,” an alleged satire that’s about as funny as a communist food shortage, and just as protracted. For all its pre-release hullabaloo — including two big thumbs down from Sony hackers the Guardians of Peace — this half-baked burlesque about a couple of cable-news bottom-feeders tasked with assassinating Korean dictator Kim Jong-un won’t bring global diplomacy to its knees, but should feel like a kind of terror attack to any audience with a limited tolerance for anal penetration jokes. Extreme devotees of stars James Franco and Seth Rogen (who also co-directed with Evan Goldberg) may give this Christmas offering a pass, but all others be advised: An evening of cinematic waterboarding awaits.
Rogen and Goldberg, who made their combined directorial debut on last year’s shrewdly funny Jewish apocalypse romp, “This Is the End, »
- Scott Foundas
"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
Comedy is undoubtedly the most subjective genre of movie. Everybody on the planet has varying senses of humour, with some adoring crude, gross-out hits like American Pie and others preferring more sophisticated efforts like In The Loop. Certain humour just completely goes over the heads of some.
Using television as an example, there will be some who find Del Boy falling through the bar in Only Fools and Horses one of the greatest moments in British comedy history, while others will simply not understand why such a simple, relatively immature gag is so amusing.
Since the turn of the century, there have been some truly brilliant comedy films released, and selecting the 10 best comedies of the new millennium is a tricky task. The likes of Shaun of the Dead, Pineapple Express, Role Models, Scary Movie and Step Brothers, among many others, are all unfortunate to miss the cut, »
- Henry Jackson
Real life pals James Franco and Seth Rogen have navigated the halls of high school in “Freaks and Geeks,” thwarted drug dealers in Pineapple Express, and saw the end of the world in This Is the End. Now, they face their greatest challenge to-date: they must assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in The Interview.
Franco stars as dim-witted pop culture tabloid TV show host David Skylark whose number one fan just happens to be Kim Jong-Un. When the CIA gets wind that the dictator has granted Skylark an interview on his home soil, Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapaport (Rogen) are tapped with the unimaginable- they must “take out” the dictator.
The comedy, which hits theatres on Christmas Day, paints the 31-year-old Jong-Un as a Katy Perry-loving dictator. And he’s none too happy about it in real life, threatening “merciless retaliation” against the U.S. calling the film an “act of war. »
- Rachel West
Imagine you’re tasked with killing North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un by the CIA, only to fly to the rogue nation and discover that the Dear Leader is a friendly, Katy Perry-loving guy with a softness for adorable puppies. Who could kill a dude like that? Such is the improbable dilemma faced by James Franco’s airhead talk show host and his only slightly more level-headed producer (Seth Rogen) in The Interview.
Of course, all the mayhem is underscored by the same raunchy humor that has marked Franco and Rogen’s previous big-screen misadventures (including Pineapple Express and This is the End). The final trailer for The Interview, which you can check out above, looks to be a seriously funny treat for moviegoers this holiday season (and certainly a solid alternative to the glut of Oscar contenders arriving around the same time).
- Isaac Feldberg
The Interview centres around television host Dave Skylark (Franco) and his producer (Rogen), who are invited for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
They are enlisted by the CIA to assassinate the dictator, but upon their arrival find that it is not as easy a task as they thought.
The Interview will open on December 25 in the Us and February 6 in the UK. »
Seth Rogen and James Franco seem to have a pact to make ridiculous, yet funny, movies together. The "Pineapple Express" stars are reuniting in the Rogen-directed "The Interview," which might have the most ludicrous premise yet.
As a new trailer reveals, Franco is a talk show host, and Rogen is his producer. They land an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, but their big moment becomes much more complicated when the CIA recruits them to take out Kim during the interview.
Yes, it's totally wacko, but in the hands of this duo, "The Interview" would be some hilarious fun. The movie opens in theaters December 25.
- Kelly Woo
Seth Rogen and James Franco have been on the run from drug dealers in "Pineapple Express," were the freaks in "Freaks & Geeks," faced the end of the world together in "This Is The End," and now, they're gonna kill someone. The pair have got "The Interview" arriving in just a few weeks, and the final trailer for the comedy is here. The premise is quite simple: Franco plays a dimwitted talk show host named Dave Skylark, with Rogen as his producer, and together they've managed to score an exclusive interview with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un. There's only one problem though: they've been asked to assassinate him on behalf of the CIA, with Lizzy Caplan as their liaison. The other problem? Kim Jong-Un seems like a nice guy, gives Skylark a puppy, loves to party, and he even likes Katy Perry. How could you kill a guy like that? Basically, this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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- Michael Stevens
The Hollywood besties are set to appear on a special episode of the Discovery Channel's hit reality series Naked and Afraid, in which they'll attempt to survive in the wilderness sans clothes or supplies.
Boom boom, Naked and Afraid. Me and Seth, in the bush, naked, together. For reals.
Una foto publicada por James Franco (@jamesfrancotv) on Oct 10, 2014 at 4:37 Pdt
Just survivin', Naked and Afraid. This is how we do. @sethrogen
A photo posted by James Franco (@jamesfrancotv) on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:16am Pdt
See if me and seth can make it, Naked and Afraid!!!! Wtf?! You'll see........
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Chances are, if you’re an avid consumer of popular cinema from the last half-century—that is, if you regularly frequent this website—you’ve seen James Remar in something. The legendary character actor needs no introduction, but hell, we’re gonna give him one anyway. Remar has been an active bit player for over 30 years, with one of his first credits in Walter Hill’s legendary cult film “The Warriors” as Ajax. He followed this up with parts in “48 Hours” (also directed by Hill), William Friedkin’s “Cruising,” and Francis Ford Coppola’s ill-fated “The Cotton Club.” He’s also been an ubiquitous presence in his more seasoned years, dabbling in everything for voice work for “Ratatouille” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” while also finding time for small but juicy parts in “Pineapple Express” and “Django Unchained.” He’s a tactile, endlessly watchable actor who brings a lived-in »
- Nicholas Laskin
Yes Kellie, there is a Santa Claus. This holiday season, James Franco and Seth Rogen, who have previously appeared together in Freaks and Geeks, Pineapple Express, This is the End (and a Lol Nsfw shot-for-shot recreation of the Kanye West Nsfw music video Bound 2 — the original features a topless, Yeezus-humping Kim Kardashian) will take their bromance one step farther … and get naked. Naked and Afraid. The twosome will allegedly appear together in a special episode of Naked and Afraid that will air Dec. 7 as part of Discovery Channel’s Mega Week. I say “allegedly” because this is … Continue reading →
- Kellie Freeze
Celebrities, they’re just like us: They’ll also get Naked and Afraid. Good Morning America released a sneak peek at the Pineapple Express stars, who will appear alongside each other in the comedy The Interview, stripped down for a special episode of the Discovery Channel series. The real-life friends seem to be surprised they were partnered up. "I was hoping to be teamed up with a woman, but I guess Franco’s the next best thing," Rogen says. Their episode of Naked and Afraid will air on Dec. 7. »
- Natalie Abrams
James Franco’s latest isn’t a part of the films I was sent to Sweden to judge, but in my apparent need to one day become the pre-eminent expert on the 36-year-old’s career, I decided to find time for The Sound and the Fury. His second Faulkner adaptation after last year’s As I Lay Dying shows that Franco is improving as a director when it comes to the creation of coherent and engaging cinematic worlds, but while somebody like the equally fast-moving Xavier Dolan is able to take his inspirations and weave them throughout his own auteurial style, Franco’s films still feel like he’s merely copying what he has seen elsewhere without »
- Glenn Dunks
A “Gilmore Girls” reunion is happening Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino will reunite in June as part of the Atx Television Festival. “So after years of peace and quiet these lunatics have chosen to get the chattiest chicks in the world back under one roof? Really? Okay. You asked for it,” Sherman-Palladino said in a statement. Meanwhile, Graham recently told E! that after watching old “Gilmore” episodes on Netflix, “now I sort of weirdly crave it." Plus: Atx Festival will also reunite "Dawson's Creek" writers, including Did “Too Many Cooks” rip off a USC student film from 2011? Former USC student Erica Rupp made a short film called “Door’s Always Open” that contain many of the same themes as “Too Many Cooks,” including mocking ‘80s and ‘90s sitcom opening credits, an earworm song and an unexpected bloody turn. CNN renews shows starring Mike Rowe, Anthony Bourdain and »
- Norman Weiss
Earlier today, in a section of "Good Morning America" that recounts all the click-y things that are getting picked up on the Internet (hey, did you hear about Kim Kardashian's butt?), the morning show debuted the exclusive first clip from the James Franco/Seth Rogen episode of the Discovery Channel series "Naked and Afraid" (via The Wrap). Yes, there was a lot of blurring involved.
The hilarious clip (it's at the 1:30 mark), which features Franco with a skin-tight buzz cut, the two meet in an open field and begin to awkwardly hug, their genitals supposedly rubbing together. (Based on the odd color of their crotch blurs, we get the impression that they might have been wearing skivvies. Which isn't exactly naked, but certainly close.) What makes the moment even more hilarious and absurd is the fact that they're pretending that the episode isn't just an elaborate marketing gimmick »
- Drew Taylor
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastThe InterviewRelease Date: December 25thStudio: Sony/ColumbiaGenre: ComedyDirector: Seth Rogen & Evan GoldbergWriters: Dan SterlingCast: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy CaplanStudio Description: Dave Skylark (Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (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, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.Analysis: The Interview arrives seven months after Neighbors, which became star Seth Rogen's highest-grossing live-action movie ever with $150.1 million. It also marks the second directorial outing for Rogen and Evan Goldberg after last Summer's This is the End, which also topped $100 million.While the Rogen brand has probably never been stronger, »
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