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Austin -- There is no more unbeatable comedy duo in Hollywood right now than Seth Rogen and his longtime writing, directing and producing collaborator, Evan Goldberg. The creative partnership of the childhood friends from Vancouver, B.C., first came to fruition with 2007's semi-autobiographical Superbad, a script they had written together as teenagers. They scored again with Pineapple Express (2008), and, after stumbling with The Green Hornet (2011) and The Guilt Trip (2012), returned to form with their apocalyptic comedy, This Is the End, which grossed more than $100 million in the summer of 2013. Video: 'Neighbors' Red Band Trailer The
- Seth Abramovitch
Though it was clear from his days on Freaks and Geeks that Seth Rogen was a comedy talent to watch, few could have predicted that he would go on to become one of the most successful comedy writers—and burgeoning directors—working today. Rogen and his longtime friend Evan Goldberg made their feature screenwriting debut with the 2007 future comedy classic Superbad and followed that up with Pineapple Express in 2008 and The Green Hornet in 2011. The two made the move to directing to enormous success with last year’s excellent This Is the End, and now they have a number of exciting projects in the works as writers, directors, and producers. While attending SXSW in support of the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy Neighbors, which he produced, Goldberg took some time to speak with us about a few of his upcoming projects. He talked about the editing process of his and »
- Adam Chitwood
Along with last year’s Oscar recipients Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway, two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz will present at this year’s Academy Awards, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
Last year Waltz won his second Oscar for his supporting performance in Django Unchained.
He received his first in 2009 for his supporting role in Inglourious Basterds.
The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
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- Michelle McCue
Taiwan’s Jay Chou, who, in my opinion, was sleepwalking through the feature adaptation of The Green Hornet, directs his second feature film, entitled The Rooftop. A vibrant and absurd musical-comedy with light action elements, The Rooftop is one of the more bizarre movies I’ve ever watched.
Not bad, mind you, just genuinely bizarre. I’ve never seen a Taiwanese musical before. Especially one that borrows from American sensibilities while also being wholly Asian. It’s a fun and disjointed film, brimming with promise and exciting moments. Chou can certainly direct the hell out of a movie, that’s for sure.
- Robert Ottone
CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser made the announcement Wednesday, praising the filmmakers’ recent collaborations.
“As writers, producers and directors, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have teamed up to bring audiences around the world some of the most outrageously, insanely funny comedies in recent years. Just take this past summer’s box-office smash ‘This Is the End.’ Do I need to say more?” Neuhauser said in a statement. “When these two team up, hilarity and box office success ensue.”
Goldberg and Rogen, who grew up together in Vancouver, have worn many hats in the biz, from writer to producer and director.
- Andrea Seikaly
Imagine, if you will, that some crazy person had the equally crazy idea to take the technicolor tone of classic TV superheros such as The Green Hornet and the Adam West Batman and re-invent them in the 'service' of fascism. The crazy person in question is Portuguese writer-director Joao Leitao and his very much tongue-in-cheek creation Captain Falcon (Capitao Falcao). We first caught wind of Leitao's brilliantly daft creation back in September of 2011 when he released a promo trailer for a proposed Captain Falcon TV series - you can check that below - and when that series fell apart at the eleventh hour with the network pulling the plug just weeks before it was due to go into production, Leitao snatched victory from the...
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The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Unpopular Opinion: Maybe Harvey Weinstein Should Cut 20 Minutes From Snowpiercer” — Rodrigo Perez at The Playlist makes the case for a saggy movie, defending TWC for wanting to shake off the director’s cut. It’s tough to think of any movie that’s been better served by a studio cut…except maybe Donnie Darko. “Old News: What were movie fans talking about on February 17, 2004?” — Matt Singer digs up a decade-old story about Kevin Smith directing The Green Hornet and follows what really happened. “How Creativity Works: Neil Gaiman on Where Ideas Come From” — Ah, Brain Pickings. Thanks for this. »
- Scott Beggs
Plot details are under wraps other than being set in a world similar to the “Bourne” franchise.
Gazzam’s credits include “21 Jump Street” and an untitled family adventure set in Hawaii for Disney. Sony-based Moritz has produced “21 Jump Street,” “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Total Recall” and “The Green Hornet” for the studio.
Andrea Giannetti is the Sony exec on project.
Gazzam is repped by Paradigm and Industry.
News was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
- Dave McNary
When we last heard about The Ganzfeld Haunting, it was April of last year, and it was still called The Ganzfeld Experiment. But with the new year has come a new title and some early screening news. If you're in or around La, you have a chance to see it soon.
The Ganzfeld Haunting, a bold, erotic psychological thriller from director Michael Oblowitz (The Breed), will premiere on February 6th and then run for an exclusive one-week engagement beginning Friday, February 7th, at Laemmle's Beverly Hills (9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA).
Are you more of a night owl? Then you can attend special midnight shows at Laemmle's NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA) on February 6th and 7th.
The film stars Rumer Willis (Sorority Row), Taylor Cole (The Green Hornet), Ryan Donowho (Altitude), Billy Zane, and Dominic Purcell and follows five college psychology students who set out to perform an Esp experiment. »
- Debi Moore
Feature Simon Brew 5 Feb 2014 - 06:48
Directing a massive blockbuster is the dream, isn't it? Not always, it seems. Here are some directors who've dropped out of big projects...
The explosion of the DVD market, and of the current generation of American and international independent cinema, has sent movie bosses scouring the shelves and the planet for interesting directors. Said studios then try and pair those interesting directors with blockbuster movies (a trend that continues later this year with the rather excellent decision to give Gareth Edwards Godzilla to make). But things don't always work out, and ways are parted before a single frame of footage has been shot.
So then: what we've looked at here are examples of where interesting directors were hired for blockbuster movies, only for them to leave the project before the film in question was complete. We've avoided stories of directors not returning for sequels »
It.s been far too many years since audiences have gotten to see director Michel Gondry.s imagination make it to the screen in unfettered form, as last year.s The We and the I was centered in reality and The Green Hornet before that was not the kind of fantasy film Gondry fans want to see. Luckily, his next film Mood Indigo looks like his most visually ambitious effort yet, and U.S. audiences will soon be able to see it now that Drafthouse Films has acquired the rights. To celebrate the occasion, they also released a new still from the film, seen above, which unfortunately doesn.t involve miniature musicians or swaths of flowers. Mood Indigo is based on the 1947 novel L.Écume des Jours from French author Boris Vian. It centers on the blossoming romance that forms between Colin (Romain Duris) and Chloé (Audrey Tautou), resulting in »
Film and television producer and distributor Laurence “Larry” Joachim died in Beverly Hills on Nov. 17. He was 88.
Joachim was an innovator in the radio and television “plug business,” a term he used for product placement and gifts given or won on gameshows.
In 1974 and 1976 Joachim produced and distributed for and with 20th Century Fox and his companies Trans National Film and Jmj Productions two movie versions of the TV series “The Green Hornet” with Bruce Lee as Kato.
As an independent distributor he founded and ran Trans National Film Corp., Televentures Corp. and Trans Continental Film Corp. He released Chuck Norris action pic “Breaker Breaker,” produced and distributed Jim Kelly starrer “Black Samurai” and distributed Sonny Chiba’s “The Executioner” and “The Assassin.” He also produced and distributed “The Wild West,” a compilation documentary featuring the Republic Pictures Westerns starring John Wayne and others, and he introduced Jackie Chan to a U. »
- Variety Staff
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