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Chicago – The tradition of the holiday party gets a workout in “The Night Before,” as three friends take a Christmas Eve walk through the environs of New York City, and make their merry journey an unforgettable night of libation enhancement, magic moments and yes, the Holiday Spirit.
Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie are the three, and in a sense they’re all looking for something on the Eve of the Day. Given that this is essentially a Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg joint (“Pineapple Express”), there is a lot of raunch as well, like cocaine blood that falls in a drink. But the whole affair has a lightness and casual humor that makes it warmer than expected, and every “movie star” worth their salt wants to have the film that will be pulled out (downloaded? implanted?) every November and December. “The Night Before” just might have the holiday »
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‘Tis clearly the season for holiday movies. No sooner did we digest last week’s Christmas flick Love The Coopers along comes another yuletide offering called The Night Before. But if you think this one is going to be full of cheer and good tidings like most movies of this ilk, think again. We are talking here about a Christmas movie starring Seth Rogen! Take away the trappings of this genre and you really have a film much closer in spirit to Pineapple Express, This Is The… »
It.s been seven years since James Franco and Seth Rogen showed the world that they really are BFFs with Pineapple Express, the stoner action comedy that was a delightful romp. But what are the chances that there will actually be a Pineapple Express 2? Well, Seth Rogen is still hopeful that it will happen, but he isn't holding his breath because he also revealed why the sequel was previously stopped from being greenlit. Rogen made this revelation during a Twitter question and answer session to promote his upcoming holiday comedy, The Night Before. User Shane.A decided to take this opportunity to quiz Seth Rogen about the chances of Pineapple Express 2, to which the comedian responded: Will there ever be a Pineapple Express 2? I hope there will be one day. I think in the Sony hack you can literally read the email where one of the executives decides not to »
Director David Gordon Green is proud of “Our Brand Is Crisis” and especially enthused about his collaborators’ work on the film. The Warner Bros. movie, a political satire about two Americans (Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton) consulting on a Bolivian election, opened domestically Oct. 30 to mixed reviews and slim box office returns. In a conversation with Variety, Green praised scripter Peter Straughan (inspired by the 2005 documentary by Rachel Boynton), his cast (including Scoot McNairy, pictured above with the director) and his artisan team. Here, Green talks about some of his key below-the-line collaborators.
Cinematography, Tim Orr
“We’re looking for the right light, the right time of day, the right depth. We filmed in Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Louisiana, Colorado and Los Angeles. There’s different lights in different environments; we had to achieve a ‘Bolivian look’; a lot of our work was about traveling to locations and exploring where to set the production. »
- Tim Gray
Jessica Chastain will serve as honourary chair at Film Independent’s Spirit Awards this year. Chastain was nominated for a Spirit Award for Take Shelter (2012) and A Most Violent Year (2015). John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen will present the 2016 nominees on November 24.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment top brass on Tuesday announced the studio’s first releases in the 4K Ultra HD Disc format that features four times the resolution of HD and includes high dynamic range. The discs will arrive in early 2016 and include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express and The Smurfs 2.
HBO Documentary Films has acquired Us TV rights to Body Team 12 directed by Ryot co-founder David Darg. The film won the Tribeca Film Festival award for best documentary short and was nominated for an International Documentary Association award for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
New Indie: One of my favorite films from last year’s Venice Film Festival came and went from U.S theaters earlier in 2015, so it’s a perfect time to catch up with Manglehorn (IFC Films), which features one of Al Pacino’s finest, subtlest latter-day performances. He stars in the title role as a lonely and embittered locksmith who’s constantly writing letters to a lost love while ignoring the possibility of real-life closeness with his estranged son (played by Chris Messina) and a smitten bank teller (Holly Hunter). Directed by the hard-to-pin-down David Gordon Green — whose work ranges from the delicate George Washington to the bawdy Pineapple Express – Manglehorn has a low-key quality that bleeds into the lead performance; Pacino isn’t...
- Alonso Duralde
Joe Manganiello took a break from wedding planning on Monday night to attend the Virgin America and Airbnb Hawaii launch party. In celebration of the airline's new nonstop flights from San Francisco to Honolulu, Hi, Joe, who is engaged to Sofia Vergara, appears to have taken one of the first trips on the Pineapple Express. Standing in front of a picturesque background with palm trees and lit torches, the sexy actor let loose in the Aloha state, even getting lei'd upon his arrival. Keep scrolling to see more photos from his tropical getaway, and then brush up on all the details of Joe and Sofia's upcoming wedding. »
- Kelsie Gibson
For those hoping for the spontaneous energy a la Pineapple Express or This is the End, you may exit the trailer with a profound feeling of disappointment – or you may feel that regardless of your expectations. You see, this adaptation of William Faulkner’s seminal novel of the same name isn’t nearly as impressionable as it needs to be, and even from our review it’s clear that the Franco-directed adaptation is one you could easily pass up.
Charting the trials and tribulations faced by the Compsons, a once tight-knit Southern family, The Sound and the Fury is, on paper, an understudy on familial drama and the universal challenges that each of us can relate to in our own unique way. »
- Michael Briers
Yes, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride are in a new movie together. However, for those expecting another Pineapple Express or This is the End, you may leave disappointed. The Franco-directed adaptation of William Faulkner‘s The Sound and the Fury premiered at Venice Film Festival last year and now it’s finally getting a theatrical release.
Also starring Jacob Loeb, Ahna O’Reilly, Tim Blake Nelson, Joey King and Loretta Devine, the film follows the lives and passions of the Compsons, a once proud Southern family caught in a tragic spiral of loss and misfortune. While it’s already been in limited release for a little bit, the first trailer has now dropped, which gives us a glimpse at Franco’s passion project and his second Faulkner adaptation following As I Lay Dying, as well as a heavy dose of the Beasts of the Southern Wild score.
Check it out below, »
- Jordan Raup
For the third weekend in a row the conversation concerns new films failing to meet expectations, though this Halloween weekend in particular is even more dire. With newcomers Burnt and Our Brand is Crisis falling well below even the most pessimistic of predictions, this was the worst weekend of 2015 yet with the top twelve tallying an estimated $62 million. That's $3.8 million below the first weekend in September when War Room topped the box office in its second weekend in release with only $9.4 million. However, in more positive news, Sony reports Spectre is breaking records left and right as it hits theaters overseas. Let's get to it... Beginning with the domestic box office, Fox has a bonafide hit on their hands as The Martian finished #1 for the second weekend in a row and the fourth weekend out of the five it has been in theaters. Dropping only 27.5%, adding another $11.4 million to its total, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Our Brand is Crisis, 2015.
Directed by David Gordon Green.
An American woman, well-versed in political campaigns, is sent to the war-torn lands of South America to help install a new leader but is threatened to be thwarted by a long-term rival.
Our Brand is Crisis is more than just the scenario Jane (Sandra Bullock) is selling to the Bolivian public in hopes of bringing her candidate Castillo from a blip on the radar to leading the polls in the presidential election; it’s also a fitting summary for the disjointed tone of the movie that seemingly wants to be an amalgamation of slapstick humor, “intelligent” *cough* obvious political insight, and grounded drama.
Director David Gordon Green has a wide variety of pictures under his belt of varying degrees of »
- Robert Kojder
Three lifelong best friends on the cusp of change get together for one last Christmas Eve blow-out in the brand new trailer for The Night Before.
Seth Rogen reteams with his 50/50 co-star Joseph Gorden-Levitt and Anthony Mackie in The Night Before, a comedy of epic Christmas proportions. Ethan (Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Rogen), and Chris (Mackie) have been celebrating on Christmas Eve for years. Ethan finds himself stuck at a cross-roads while big things are happening for his best buds: Isaac is about to become a dad and Chris making it big in the NFL, meaning their December 24th partying tradition must come to a close with one final and epic night. The only way they can find a fitting end to their past is by seeking out an invite to the year’s hottest – and most elusive – Christmas party.
- Rachel West
Which would you save? ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Star Trek’? Han Solo or Indiana Jones? ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Breaking Bad’? Watch as Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Zoe Kazan, Scoot McNairy and director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) are forced to choose.
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
David Gordon Green‘s career really isn’t that odd. He began his journey as an indie darling, directing intimate dramas with a slightly off-kilter tone. When Pineapple Express came out in 2008, his career took a turn, not a detour. But the director’s two major studio comedies that followed the success of his stoner action-comedy divided his fans. With […]
The post Misery and Laughs: Ranking the Narrative Films of David Gordon Green appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
Seth Rogen is getting into network comedy.
Along with his producing partner Evan Goldberg and scribe Dan Sterling, Rogen will serve as an exec producer on “Citizen Floyd,” a comedy that has landed a put pilot commitment at Fox, Variety has learned.
The half-hour, single camera laffer is described as a workplace comedy with political, action and suspense elements.
Rogen and Goldberg are producing by way of their Point Grey Pictures banner with 20th Century Fox where Sterling is under an overall deal. The Fox project marks a reunion for the trio, as Sterling wrote the “The Interview,” in which Rogen starred alongside James Franco, plus directed and produced with Goldberg. James Weaver of Point Grey will also serve as an Ep on “Citizen Floyd.”
In the television landscape, Rogen and Goldberg are also behind AMC’s “Preacher,” which was recently ordered to series. The duo directed the pilot, which »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition.
But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability – both on and off the campaign trail – Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. Dramatic, rapid-fire and laced with satire, Our Brand Is Crisis reveals the cynical machinations and private »
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New Films International will release James Franco‘s adaptation of William Faulkner‘s novel “The Sound and the Fury” on Oct. 23 in 11 theatrical markets as well as on VOD, the company announced Monday. Franco stars alongside his “Pineapple Express” co-stars Seth Rogen and Danny McBride, as well as Ahna O’Reilly (“The Help”), Scott Haze, Joey King and Tim Blake Nelson. “The Sound and the Fury” is based on Faulkner’s Nobel Prize-winning book of the same name, which was published in 1929. Set in Jefferson, Mississippi, the novel centers around the Compson family, former Southern aristocrats who are struggling to deal with. »
- Jeff Sneider
Directed by Matt Hullum
We’re not a team, we’re a timebomb.
-Bruce Banner in The Avengers
Lazer Team is the story of a dimwitted group of ne’er-do-wells that stumble into the position of defenders of humanity — imagine the burnouts from Pineapple Express or the nerds from Superbad inheriting superpowers and you’re on the right track. The brainchild of the Rooster Teeth crew, Lazer Team features all the raunchy humor and cinematic hi-jinks that has endeared the brand to its wildly devoted fans over the past decade.
In Lazer Team, the American military intercepts an extra-terrestrial signal that warns them of an impending alien threat. So that humanity may stand a fighting chance, a benign alien race sends a ship carrying a suit of power to earth which provides the strength needed to defeat the invaders. »
- Victor Stiff
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Hailing from Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green, the studio’s starry picture places a laser focus on the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. Bullock is on board to play Jane Bodine, a political strategist ushered in to whip a struggling candidate’s campaign into shape. Such a move will mean that Bodine will have to pull herself away from her self-imposed exile, with Bullock’s character earning the nickname “calamity” for a deeply personal reason that is still to be revealed.
Inspired by Rachel Boynton’s well-regarded documentary from 2005, Our Brand is Crisis may lack the marketing push to consider itself a bona fide Oscar contender, but there are elements here to suggest Green’s feature could make a late charge. Joining Bullock for the flick »
- Michael Briers
Amazon’s new comedy Red Oaks is so likable, I wish I liked it more. Overseen by filmmaker David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), with episodes directed by Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Hal Hartley (Trust), and Gregory Jacobs (Magic Mike Xxl), it's about an incoming college sophomore named David (Craig Roberts of Submarine) who spends the summer of 1985 working as an assistant tennis pro at Red Oaks, a New Jersey country club with a mostly Jewish clientele. Like the main character of another current '80s comedy, ABC's The Goldbergs, David wants to be a filmmaker, an ambition that contradicts the wishes of his father, Sam (Richard Kind), who suffers a (thankfully not too severe) heart attack in the pilot's first scene and spends the rest of the series recovering. "There are a lot of wealthy people who are gonna remember you down the road when they pay »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
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