Co-directed by Schaffer and Taccone, the comedy from producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, upcoming Trainwreck) will be set in the world of music.
Taccone, Samberg and Schaffer have been friends since junior high school in Berkeley, California. In 2000, the trio began writing, directing and producing its own brand of comedy and showcasing it on www.thelonelyisland.com. The three writing partners are responsible for creating the popular SNL “Digital Shorts,” which reinvigorated the series and spurred many water-cooler moments over the past decade.
Some of the most notable shorts include their Emmy-winning “D**k in a Box” (with Justin Timberlake), “Lazy Sunday” (a rap about The Chronicles of Narnia) and “The Natalie Portman Rap,” “Yolo
Taccone, Samberg and Schaffer have been friends since junior high school in Berkeley, California. In 2000, the trio began writing, directing and producing its own brand of comedy and showcasing it on TheLonelyIsland.com. The three writing partners are responsible for creating the popular SNL "Digital Shorts," which reinvigorated the series and spurred many water-cooler moments over the past decade.
Some of the most notable shorts include their Emmy-winning "D**k in a Box" (with Justin Timberlake), "Lazy Sunday" (a rap about The Chronicles of Narnia) and "The Natalie Portman Rap,
Editors Zene Baker and Evan Henke have spoken out against claims which suggested the editors were forced to censor particular scenes in order for the film to adhere to its Christmas release. This was despite the fact there were a few alterations, including dropping a gay-orgy which Baker told CineMontage “never existed other than in the draft of the script that got leaked.”
Kim-Jung Un’s graphic death scene was also edited so it less resembled the Raiders of the Lost Ark face melting scene. Henke and Baker have stated that these changes were all made as creative choices and had nothing to do with fears of antagonizing political situations. Baker also stated they were
Was This Is the End the funniest movie of the summer? Definitely. Will it end up being the funniest movie of the year? It will be a close race, that's for sure. What sounded like a vanity project for some of this generation's biggest and brightest stars actually proves to be one of the most inventive, scary, and downright hysterical comedies of all time. Its this millennium's Ghostbusters, and it finds Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and James Franco all living in a house together, trying to survive the apocalypse.
The film marks the directorial debut of writing partners Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who brought us the now classic Superbad and its equally iconic follow-up Pineapple Express. We recently caught up with Evan to talk about the evolution of the film,
In a too-near future, apartment-building neighbors Dodge and Penny (Steve Carell and Keira Knightley), react in their own unique ways to the announcement that a 70-mile-wide asteroid is en route to Earth. He wants to return to his first love. She wants to get back to her family. As the unlikely
Cast, crew set for pre-apocalyptic comedy.
Production begins this week on Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria. The pre-apocalyptic comedy stars Golden Globe Award winner Steve Carell and Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley.
Confirmed as joining the two lead actors in the cast are . in alphabetical order . Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Adam Brody (Damsels in Distress), Roger Aaron Brown (The District), Tonita Castro (The Sarah Silverman Program), Rob Corddry (Mandate.s Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), two-time Academy Award nominee Melinda Dillon (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Rob Huebel (Human Giant), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Derek Luke (Focus. Catch a Fire), Melanie Lynskey (Focus. Away We Go), T.J. Miller (Cloverfield), Mark Moses (Desperate Housewives), Patton Oswalt (United States of Tara), William Petersen (CSI), Lindsay Sloane (Horrible Bosses), and
Confirmed as joining the two lead actors in the cast are - in alphabetical order - Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Adam Brody (Damsels in Distress), Roger Aaron Brown (The District), Tonita Castro (The Sarah Silverman Program), Rob Corddry (Mandate's Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo), two-time Academy Award nominee Melinda Dillon (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Rob Huebel (Human Giant), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Derek Luke (Focus' Catch a Fire), Melanie Lynskey (Focus' Away We Go), T.J. Miller (Cloverfield), Mark Moses (Desperate Housewives), Patton Oswalt (United States of Tara), William Petersen (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Lindsay Sloane (Horrible Bosses), and Bob Stephenson (Jericho).
Two-time Independent Spirit Award nominee Tim Orr is the film's
Undertow is the kind of mistake a young and adventurous director will make. It should not deter him from making many more films that will enjoy acclaim for their subtlety and sensibilities. Even so, Green's rep as a key indie filmmaker might bring this UA release a modest success in adult specialty venues.
Talented English actor Jamie Bell conquers the Southern accent to play Chris, the malcontent son of farmer and taxidermist John (Dermot Mulroney). After his mom died, his dad moved with him and his brother deep into the woods to escape memories. Chris knows there must be more to life than farm chores but is unable to prove it by his current existence. So he spends his free time getting into trouble.
Wanting to attract the attention of a neighbor girl, he throws a huge rock through her window and winds up being chased by an enraged father and dog. Running in his bare feet, he leaps off a rooftop and impales a foot on a nail sticking out of a board. Yet, by God, he continues to run with that board stuck to his foot.
His younger brother, Tim (Devon Alan), is no brighter. He tries to eat things such as paint and mud, perhaps in the belief this will somehow help his ulcer. His idea of a good project is "organizing my books by the way they smell."
Then Dad's prodigal brother Deel (Josh Lucas) turns up. Just out of the pen and casting sly glances at everyone, you know this guy means trouble the minute he strolls onscreen. Only John can't see it. He offers Deel room and board to "help out" with the two boys. The minute Deel asks about their father's gold Mexican coins, you know what shape that trouble will take.
Once Deel has located the coins and killed his brother, the two boys are on the run from their homicidal uncle. Logic might dictate that Chris Call the police, but he dismisses this by mumbling, The cops'll think I did it. Why? you wonder. Who has the prison record here?
The chase is more a random ramble through the woods, where the boys encounter a well-intentioned black couple, who gives them food for work. Then, making their way to a small seaport, they fall in with a bunch of runaway kids about their age. Here Chris develops a crush on the pretty, abused Violet (Shiri Appleby), but before he can act on his impulses his uncle shows up, apparently willing to kill the two boys in broad daylight in front of whoever is willing to witness the murder.
The naturalistic style of the film is completely at odds with the hokey melodrama. The actors do an acceptable job at those long pauses and dialogue deliveries under the breath, but you can't help noticing the effort to play "rural Southern." Green, working from a script he wrote with Joe Conway, might have had the makings of a decent family drama here had the demands of a "balls-to-the-wall" thriller not diverted his attention.
United Artists and ContentFilm presenta Sunflower production
Director: David Gordon Green
Screenwriters: Joe Conway, David Gordon Green
Story by: Lingard Jervey
Producers: Lisa Muskat, Terrence Malick, Edward R. Pressman
Executive producers: John Schmidt, Alessandro Camon
Director of photography: Tim Orr
Production designer: Richard A. Wright
Music: Philip Glass
Additional music: Michael Linnen, David Wingo
Costume designer: Jill Newell
Editors: Zene Baker, Steven Gonzoles
Chris: Jamie Bell
Deel: John Lucas
Tim: Devon Alan
John: Dermot Mulroney
Violet: Shiri Appleby
MPAA rating: R
Running time: 107 minutes
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