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‘Sausage Party’: Why Seth Rogen’s R-Rated Animated Comedy Was Long Overdue

23 August 2016 6:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.

Read More: Seth Rogen’s R-Rated ‘Sausage Party’ Tries to Break Through the Family-Friendly Animation Glass Ceiling

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

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First Zeroville Trailer Sees James Franco And Seth Rogen Bound For Hollywood

19 August 2016 9:53 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

James Franco and Seth Rogen, the creative duo behind such cult comedy hits as The Interview and This is the End, are Hollywood bound in the first trailer for Zeroville, a biting satirical period romp hailing from Franco himself.

It’s pitched as his most ambitious directorial effort to date, and after clocking eyes on the extensive first trailer, we’re inclined to believe those claims. Featuring a host of regular faces in Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride, Zeroville is set against the Tinsel Town of ’69 where Ike “Vikar” Jerome stars out on a journey that offers up tragedy and discovery in equal measure.

Placing a laser focus on celebrity culture and all things Hollywood, Seth Rogen is on board as a character known as Viking Man – “gatekeeper to all the right parties, a cigar-chomping surf hippie; Vikar’s eccentric Hollywood guide” – while the »

- Michael Briers

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Theater News: Rich Cotovsky at Final ‘Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins’ Fest From Aug. 19-21, 2016

19 August 2016 6:04 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s 3am on Saturday night/Sunday morning on August 20th, and you’re just not ready to quit. How about indulging in the 2016 “Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins” Theater Festival? The three-day theater marathon is in its 28th edition, and will be sponsored for the final time by the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, and hosted by the “Godfather of Storefront Theater,” Rich Cotovsky. It all takes place at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee in Chicago (details below).

This is the End: Rich Cotovsky as Abbie Hoffman at the ‘Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins” Theater Festival

Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago.com

The 2016 “Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins” Theater Festival begins on Friday, August 19th, at 7pm with Rich Cotovsky opening the ceremonies portraying Abbie Hoffman, and closes around midnight – with Cotovsky again as Hoffman – on Sunday, August 21st. Between those events are a true variety of theater pieces, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Preview Reel: Will Dogs Bury Kubo and Ben-Hur?

17 August 2016 3:26 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. This week sees the release of three vastly different movies, with the true story war comedy War Dogs, the animated Kubo and the Two Strings, and the remake of the classic film Ben-Hur. None of them are expected to set the box office ablaze, but let’s see if any of them are worthy of your time.

  War Dogs

What we are excited about:

The main thing we are excited about is the two leads, Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Jonah Hill is known for his over-the-top comedy (21 Jump Street, Superbad, This is the End) but he also can pull off some dramatic acting as well (as seen in his Oscar-nominated performance in Moneyball). It looks like War Dogs is asking him to do both, and with the up-and-coming Miles Teller by his side, »

- Scott Davis

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‘Sausage Party’ Behind-The-Scenes Clip: Seth Rogen And Composers Discuss The Film’s Score

16 August 2016 3:39 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The adult animated film “Sausage Party” was released last Friday to initial commercial and critical success. The film follows Frank, a sausage (played by Seth Rogen) who resides in a supermarket aisle, who discovers the truth about what happens when he and the other foods are brought to The Great Beyond, i.e. a kitchen in a customer’s home, and tries to warn all of his friends about their impending doom. While the film has garnered a reputation for its raunchy humor and theological underpinnings, one element that has gone largely unnoticed is its score. Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the film featuring Rogen, co-directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, and composers Alan Menken and Christopher Lennertz discuss the film’s score.

Read More: ‘Sausage Party’ Review: It’s Feast Or Famine In A Grossly Uneven Comedy That Forever Redefines ‘Food Porn’

Alan Menken is best known for »

- Vikram Murthi

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Craig Robinson on 'Mr. Robot,' Indie Dramas and That 'Sausage Party' Role

16 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Craig Robinson rose to prominence playing smooth, laid-back guys – soulful warehouse worker Darryl on The Office, romantic crooner Nick in Hot Tub Time Machine, a slightly-tweaked version of himself for This Is the End. But these days, he's nothing but go-go-go hustle. On Friday, he lends his dulcet tones to a foulmouthed, pot-smoking box of grits in the deranged animated comedy Sausage Party. Next week, he switches his style up with an uncharacteristically heavy turn in Morris from America, a coming-of-age indie about an African-American kid living in Germany (and »

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Singularity: Seth Rogen's sci-fi comedy gets a pilot order

15 August 2016 1:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Chris Longo Aug 16, 2016

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have another TV show in production. Singularity has been picked up by FX...

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have already forecasted our end times (see: This Is The End), but their next project will take them into a bleak, AI-led future. Albeit one with laughs.

The writing partners and producers have reportedly set their sights on a new property, created by comedy writer Sonny Lee, whose credits include It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, 2 Broke Girls, and Silicon Valley.

According to Deadline, FX has ordered a pilot episode of Singularity, a “comedy is set in a future when artificial intelligence greatly surpasses human intelligence, resulting in profound changes to our society.”

Rogen and Goldberg weren’t the only ones to be enamored with Lee’s pitch. The project was reportedly in a bidding war and from the sound of it, FX committed just off the pitch alone. »

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FX to Produce Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sonny Lee’s A.I. Comedy Pilot ‘Singularity’

15 August 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will produce the FX comedy pilot “Singularity” from “Silicon Valley” writer Sonny Lee. The project hit the market in May but just landed at FX recently, Deadline reports. FX ordered the pilot based on just a pitch.

Read More: ‘Sausage Party’ Prank: Seth Rogen Terrifies Grocery Shoppers With Talking Food — Watch

Set in the future, the show features a world where artificial intelligence has taken over many of humans’ daily responsibilities. The tone of the show will be similar to the broad humor of Rogen and Goldberg’s disaster movie “This Is the End.” Lee apparently sought the pair out to get on board due to the shared sensibility between his series idea and the film. Lee will serve as an executive producer on the project, which will be produced by Rogen and Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures and FX Productions.

After writing hit movies like “Superbad, »

- Graham Winfrey

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FX to Produce Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sonny Lee’s A.I. Comedy Pilot ‘Singularity’

15 August 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will produce the FX comedy pilot “Singularity” from “Silicon Valley” writer Sonny Lee. The project hit the market in May but just landed at FX recently, Deadline reports. FX ordered the pilot based on just a pitch.

Read More: ‘Sausage Party’ Prank: Seth Rogen Terrifies Grocery Shoppers With Talking Food — Watch

Set in the future, the show features a world where artificial intelligence has taken over many of humans’ daily responsibilities. The tone of the show will be similar to the broad humor of Rogen and Goldberg’s disaster movie “This Is the End.” Lee apparently sought the pair out to get on board due to the shared sensibility between his series idea and the film. Lee will serve as an executive producer on the project, which will be produced by Rogen and Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures and FX Productions.

After writing hit movies like “Superbad, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: Why ‘Suicide Squad’ Stumbled, ‘Sausage Party’ Soared

15 August 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On its second weekend, “Suicide Squad” was set to repeat at number one. The question was how far Warner Bros.’ latest D.C. franchise bid would drop. The weekend surprise was Sony’s raunchy “Sausage Party” beating out Disney family remake “Pete’s Dragon” among new films.

Overall business is up with a healthy field of offerings in this jammed-up summer. That’s impressive considering competition from the Olympics. Business is surviving this year against them.

The Top Ten

1. Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.) Week 2 – Last weekend #1

$43,770,000 (67-%) in 4,255 theaters (no change); PTA (per theater average): $10,287; Cumulative: $222,875,000

2. Sausage Party (Sony) New – Cinemascore: B; Metacritic: 67; Est. budget: $19 million

$33,600,000 in 3,103 theaters; PTA: $10,828; Cumulative: $33,600,000

3. Pete’s Dragon (Buena Vista) New – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: 72; Est. budget: $65 million

$21,501,000 in 3,702 theaters; PTA: $5,808; Cumulative: $21,501,000

4. Jason Bourne (Universal) Week 3 – Last weekend #2

$13,620,000 (-39%) in 3,528 theaters (-511); PTA: $3,861; Cumulative: $126,782,000

5. Bad Moms (Stx) Week 3 – Last weekend #3

$11,450,000 (-18%) in 3,188 theaters (-27); PTA: »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Review: Sausage Party

14 August 2016 7:28 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tim here. You can't deny that Sausage Party does what it promises. It's a not-quite-parody and not-quite-satire of the Pixar-style premise of a secret world where inanimate objects have an elaborate culture unseen by humans. In this case, it's the life of a supermarket with Seth Rogen as the voice of a heroic hot dog and Kristen Wiig as the hot dog bun he loves. To this, add in a bunch of curse words and outlandishly filthy sex talk, and you've got a solid 70% of the movie.  It's not mine to say whether this is good or bad: there's no point in telling people that what they're laughing at isn't funny, and Sausage Party's audience undoubtedly knows itself.

That audience would be anybody who has loved writers Rogen & Evan Goldberg's previous forays into sex-obsessed philosophy hiding in a thick cloud of pot smoke: Superbad, The Interview, or especially This Is the End, »

- Tim Brayton

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Movie Review – Sausage Party (2016)

13 August 2016 1:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sausage Party, 2016.

Directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon

Featuring the voice talents of Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Anders Holm, Bill Hader, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Salma Hayek, Sugar Lyn Beard, James Franco, and Paul Rudd

Synopsis:

A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.

Three words kept ringing over and over in my head after viewing Sausage Party: “What the fuck”. I mean that as a compliment of the highest order. There really are no words to describe this movie, so here goes nothing.

Sausage Party is a lot of things; it is extremely juvenile featuring loads of offensive material, it is revolting on nearly every level despite its innocent Pixar-reminiscent charm (the directors of the film are most known for Shrek 2 and a bevy of Thomas & Friends episodes, meaning that they clearly understand how »

- Robert Kojder

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Sausage Party Review: What The Hell Did I Just Watch?!

13 August 2016 12:17 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Sausage Party is not for kids. I want to lead off with that, as it is the most important thing I'm gonna say in this review. This animated film, by the minds behind Superbad, This is The End, and Pineapple Express, centers around various forms of food waiting to be purchased to be taken to the promised land outside of the grocery. Unfortunately, halfway through the film, the food learns what we all know, and Sausage Party turns from a journey of self discovery into a war between us and them. Oh, and then it becomes an orgy. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Sausage Party stars Seth Rogen as Frank, a wiener with aspirations to finally get out of his package and get all up in his lady friend, Brenda (Kristen Wiig), a bun. On the annual Red, White, and Blue day, Frank and his friend, Barry (Michael Cera), a stubby, »

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Seth Rogen's Sausage Party Prank Is Hilarious and Terrifying

12 August 2016 5:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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, »

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Michael Cera Talks Sausage Party, Sequels and Severed Heads | Exclusive

12 August 2016 8:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There's one scene in Sausage Party that brings this soiree to a screeching halt. And it features the severed head of a junkie voiced by James Franco, who was tweaking out on bath salts at the time of his demise. The moment is both shocking and funny, shot in a way that is more disturbing than most horror movies. And it's a scene you wouldn't necessarily expect to find in an animated musical comedy that features singing food and swearing douches. Or perhaps it is.

The severed head in question is dropped through a vent in a grocery store by a diminutive hot dog with a deformed head named Barry. He's been through a lot, and his treatment of this bodiless head is borderline psychotic. But poor little Barry doesn't know any better. He's just returning from his first trip into the real world. And what he's seen on the »

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Seth Rogen Kicks Off Variety’s New ‘Playback’ Podcast (Listen)

11 August 2016 6:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Welcome to “Playback,” a new movie-centric podcast at Variety that will tackle industry talking points of the day and bring you intimate conversations with a wide range of Hollywood talent.

In our pilot episode, Variety Deputy Awards and Features Editor Jenelle Riley and I springboard from our mid-year column spotlighting deserving Oscar contenders from the first half of 2016 into a discussion about what films and performances we hope can survive the oncoming awards season crush, where studios bottleneck their prestige movies with an eye on nabbing gold.

Ralph Fiennes in “A Bigger Splash,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman in “10 Cloverfield Lane,” the charming Stephen Frears comedy “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the gruff West Texas indie “Hell or High Water” — there are plenty of players worth championing. And of course early festival hits like “The Birth of a Nation” and “Manchester by the Sea,” set to swing back around in the fall festivals, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Top 5 Seth Rogen Movies

11 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Top 5 Seth Rogen MoviesTop 5 Seth Rogen MoviesAmanda Wood & Adriana Floridia8/11/2016 10:00:00 Am

Canada’s own Seth Rogen has become pretty prolific in the industry these past couple years, with at least one new movie released every year. This month he’s got another movie hitting theatres with Sausage Party.

We don’t know about you, but Sausage Party is one of our most anticipated movies of the summer. There have been lots of good animation movies recently, but this is a little different. It’s not often that we see an animated movie aimed at adults, and Sausage Party certainly isn’t targeted towards kids.

If you haven’t watched the hilariously outrageous trailer, the plot follows a hot dog weiner (voiced by Rogen) who discovers the horrors of the world outside the grocery store and strives to let his food companions know the truth. Literally everybody is in this, »

- Amanda Wood & Adriana Floridia

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Yes, 'Ocean's 8' is really happening. Here's updated casting news.

10 August 2016 11:43 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Warner Bros. says the female-led Ocean's 8 will start filming in October, and they've lined up an interesting cast. But could they not find three more actors? Directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), the film is being produced by Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh with a script from Ross and Olivia Milch. We actually don't  know much at this point how the film itself will play out but Deadline reports on the latest casting news: Aside from the previously identified Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, deals are close with Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina. The latter is the hip hop moniker of Asian American rapper and actress Nora Lum, who most recently had a role in Neighbors 2. And yes, you didn't miscount, that's only seven actors. They'd still need one more to make their title true unless George Clooney is going to jump back in. »

- Jill Pantozzi

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Seth Rogen talks Sausage Party, The Interview and more

10 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Seth Rogen talks Sausage Party, The Interview and moreSeth Rogen talks Sausage Party, The Interview and moreBob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine8/10/2016 10:00:00 Am

Seth Rogen is making trouble again.

Sausage Party may not be the kind of movie that gets a studio hacked to its knees, as the B.C. bad boy’s comedy The Interview did to Sony Pictures two years ago.

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

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[Review] Sausage Party

9 August 2016 1:16 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Within the first few minutes of Sausage Party, a package of horny “virgin” hot dogs boast to a group of neighboring buns how they’ll fulfill their wildest desires when they are finally able to fornicate by sticking themselves inside the flaps of the respective rolls. This opening — after a lavish musical number — serves as a useful litmus test for Seth Rogen’s brainchild: an R-rated animation that isn’t as interested in re-inventing the wheel as it is taking that wheel, lathering it with vulgarity, and spinning it again, and again, and again. While this sounds like a slight, as Sausage Party breaks out of its Pixar-inspired packaging, so to speak, its repetitiveness evolves into a delirious cacophony of obscenities that will terrify the children of unaware parents for decades to come.

The food is alive at the massive supermarket Shopwell’s, but, unlike Toy Story, a human in »

- Jordan Raup

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