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Industry sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that Rogen has emerged as the leading candidate to play Jobs's early collaborator, although no deal has been reached.
His next film The Interview - which is slated to open at Christmas - is a comedic take on a North Korean assassination plot.
Wozniak was previously played on the big screen by Josh Gad in a critically-panned 2013 film.
Last year when directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were filming The Interview (their directorial follow up to This is The End) in Vancouver, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. As most of you know from the extremely funny red and green band trailers, James Franco plays a vapid talk show host who, along with his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen), lands an interview with Kim Jong-un (Randall Park). But their attempt at hard news gets upended when the CIA asks the duo to assassinate the North Korean leader. During a break in filming, I participated in a group interview with Randall Park. He talked about how he landed the role, the fact that he was supposed to wear prosthetics but days before filming they decided he should put on weight, how the script changed, Kim Jong-un's preoccupation with trying to be manly due to his father saying he's too feminine, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,
Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films.
To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »
- Mily Dunbar
James Franco is currently shooting an adaptation of Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel Zeroville, and it has just been announced that he’s added a host of stars to the cast of the film, which tells the story of a movie buff who heads to Hollywood in the late 1960s.
Set to join Franco and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) in the cast are This Is the End co-stars Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Horatio Sanz (Wreck-It Ralph), Joey King (The Sound and the Fury) and Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
As yet, there’s no word on a release date for Zeroville, but expect it some time next year. Meanwhile, Franco will next been seen alongside Seth Rogen in The Interview, which opens in the States on Christmas Day.
- Gary Collinson
Zeroville is an adaptation of the Steve Erikson 2007 novel set in the late 1960s.
He travels to Hollywood and finds himself swept up into the film business after being mistaken for a member of the Charles Manson Family.
Jacki Weaver was recently added to the lineup.
James Franco has been on a run of adapting novels recently, and for his latest directorial job, he’s turning Steve Erickson’s 2007 book Zeroville into a film. The new project will find him turning the tables (and cameras) on his This Is The End co-star/director Seth Rogen, with Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Horatio Sanz, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson and Will Ferrell all also aboard.Zeroville, which Paul Felton and Ian Olds have scripted, finds Franco as a young, movie-obsessed architecture student arriving in Hollywood in 1969 and almost immediately mistaken for one of the perpetrators in the Charles Manson murders.He’s plunged into a world of sex, fame and drugs as the old guard movie studios decline and the renegade directors rise, and he’s present for the big changes in the 1980s.Rogen will be Viking Man, an eccentric, cigar-loving, surf-happy hippy who acts as »
Talk about creepy! James Franco posted a photo posing next to a bloody Megan Fox via Instagram on Tuesday. In the shot, a bald Franco holds onto the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" star who's wearing a white nightgown with fake blood splattered across her stomach. "Megan Foxy is the best!," James captioned the gory snap. We're not sure if this is for an upcoming project, or if the famous friends are just getting into the Halloween spirit. The brunette beauty and the "This Is The End" star have collaborated before, though. Franco and Fox joined forces for the environmental documentary "Na Nai'a Legend of the Dolphins" back in 2011. What do you think of the actor's latest candid? Sound off below and click "Launch Gallery" above to see more awesome celebrity Halloween costumes! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Zeb Larson reviews Wicked + Divine #5…
The Wicked + The Divine #5 is yet another enjoyable issue, but not for the reasons that Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie might have intended. This is the end of the first story arc for Wicked + Divine, and the creators are determined to send it out with a bang. For once, I feel like I can discuss this issue without delving deeply into spoilers, so read on without fear of having the story spoiled.
The basic premise of the issue is the showdown between Lucifer and the other gods. Lucifer seems to be giving the middle finger to all of existence as she duels Sakhmet and Baal. Laura wants to help Luci at any cost, though Luci is truthfully beyond her help at this point. Even Morrigan can’t really make a difference here. This may be a conclusion of this particular story arc, but it »
- Gary Collinson
Do you remember when Paramount Pictures decided to create a double feature of Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z last year? The primary motivation for this double feature was to get World War Z to cross $200 million at the domestic box office, because the films that hit that box office milestone allow studios to ask for more money from cable networks for the rights to air the movie on television. The same thing happened with This is The End last year, and now Columbia Pictures has their eye on the $200 million mark as they're bringing 22 Jump Street starring Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill back to theaters on Friday. It's not a bad move since the film won't be available on Digital HD until October 28th (next Tuesday) and doesn't hit Blu-Ray or DVD until November 18th. Rory Bruer, president, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, "There's nothing like laughing »
- Ethan Anderton
Fox has picked up an original film idea called Thrill Ride from Neighbors scribes Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. The movie is a horror comedy, and Cohen is set to direct it. The actual script for the movie will be written by Peter Warren.
When horror and comedy are brought together in a smart and engaging way they make for a completely awesome movie. Some of my favorites include Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, Young Frankenstein, and The Burbs just to name a few.
The move is described as being in the vein of This Is The End and Scream. I absolutely love the concept and think it could make for an amazingly fun flick. According to Deadline, the story "takes place at a particularly cruel high school where bullying has become the norm. At Senior Night, the school rents out an amusement park for the entire senior »
- Joey Paur
The directorial debut of Jason Stone (best known for being co-writer on inspiration for This is the End, short movie Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse) The Calling sees Hazel Micallef (Susan Sarandon), a police detective in the small Canadian town of Fort Dundas, investigating the brutal murder of one of the towns inhabitants. When one body leads to another and another, Micallef and her team, including new recruit Ben (Topher Grace), come to realize the religious fanatic (Christopher Heyerdhal) behind the murders is only just beginning. A totally engaging police prcedural, The Calling makes great use of the gloomy Canadian wilderness, all dense forests and barren, snow covered fields , to instill a nice sense of dread into proceedings. It hits the ground running, with the first act more concerned with personal lives of Micallef and those who surround her. It does a great job of building up the characters, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Fox is set to take us on a Thrill Ride after acquiring an original story idea by Neighbors screenwriters Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. The new project is a horror-comedy being billed as Scream meets This Is the End, wherein a high school class’ bullies get their comeuppance inside a theme park. Peter Warren will write the script, which focuses on gory set pieces (the rides are rigged to kill the bullies in demented ways) and laughs. Kids from various social cliques will be forced to work together to fight for their survival and figure out who wants them dead. My money’s already on the quiet kid from Honors Physics. Theme parks make for pretty good horror-film settings – the dangerous rides, all the places to hide, and their sprawling layouts (not...
- Mike Bracken
The writing and producing duo of Andrew Jay Cohen & Brendan O'Brien delivered one hell of a great comedy this past summer with Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Now the two are poised to make their feature film directorial debut with a horror comedy called Thrill Ride. This time, Cohen and O'Brien didn't write the script, with Peter Warren (who will also produce the film) working on the pages, and this sounds like a really cool idea. Described as being in the same vein as Scream and This is The End, the story takes place at a theme park where students from a nearby high school start dying elaborately. Deadline says the film begins at a cruel high school where bullying is just something that gets ignored. The seniors are planning their annual party night by renting out an amusement park for the class, and that's where they all »
- Ethan Anderton
After scripting and producing some of the biggest comedy hits of the past few years, Andrew Jay Cohen is ready to try helming one. He’s set to make his feature directing debut on Thrill Ride, a horror comedy described as being “in the vein of This Is The End and Scream.” Hit the jump for […]
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- Angie Han
20th Century Fox has acquired Cohen and Brendan O'Brien's project, reports Deadline.
The film has been compared to This Is the End and Scream.
It is set in a high school in which bullying has become endemic.
On senior night, an amusement park is hired out for the senior class. They discover that they are locked in as students start dying in elaborate ways.
Cohen and O'Brien will produce from the script by Peter Warren.
Following the success of Bad Neighbours, writer Andrew Jay Cohen has wrangled himself a promotion for his next gig. He'll step up to direct Thrill Ride, based on a pitch that he and his writing cohort Brendan O'Brien have cooked up.Fox bought the idea, and Cohen and O'Brien will also produce along with Chernin Entertainment. The story involves the senior class at a high school where bullying is rife. They're given the run of an amusement park for a night, but soon find that the exits are sealed and a killer is among them, causing inventive deaths on the rides. The mutually hostile kids have to form alliances to survive.Deadline says the film will be a horror comedy along the lines of This Is The End and Scream, which is interesting because those two examples aren't at all alike.The specifics have yet to be thrashed out, however, »
This horror comedy, which is being compared to This Is the End and Scream, follows a group of students at a school where bullying has become an everyday occurrence. The school rents out an amusement park for Senior Night, where the kids can experience all of the rides and games without the hassle of long lines. When students begin to die in complex ways, they learn a serial killer is stalking all of the different senior bullies and other bad seeds at school, forcing opposing cliques to join forces and stop this killer before it's too late.
Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, the writing team behind Neighbors, are directing Thrill Ride based on their script. The trades - in this case Deadline - and the studio PR will spin the film's concept in many ways, but in essence, this sounds like a straight-up old school slasher film. That excites me.
It's being described as a comedy-horror in the vein of This is the End, and, it has elements of Scream.
The post Neighbors Team to Deliver What Sounds Like a Bloody Thrill Ride appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
What’s this? An “original” idea for a horror film? With comparisons to This Is the End and Scream, a new horror comedy is heading our way directed by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, the writers of Neighbors. Here’s your… Continue Reading →
The post Fox Is Ready to Take Us on a Thrill Ride appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
Fox has snapped up a pitch from Neighbors scribes Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien called Thrill Ride. The pair are set to direct the flick, which Deadline reports will be a “comedy-horror in the vein of This Is The End and Scream.” Consider our interest officially piqued!
With the deal having only just struck, it’s a surprise that we’ve actually got a lot of information about the story already. With horror, and in particular horror comedies, continuing to draw in audiences at the box office it’ll be nifty to see how production on this rolls out.
Here’s the initial synopsis:
[Thrill Ride] takes place at a particularly cruel high school where bullying has become the norm. At Senior Night, the school rents out an amusement park for the entire senior class where everyone rides the rides and plays the games as much as they want with no lines and no rules. »
- Gem Seddon
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