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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Editor Zene Baker on Deleted Scenes, Joining Marvel, and That Runtime Rumor

On Thor: Ragnarok, editors Zene Baker and Joel Negron worked with director Taika Waititi to breathe a new and undeniably hilarious life into the franchise’s third installment. In the film, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself having to get back to Asgard to stop the destruction of his homeworld and the end of civilization there, at the hands of the scarily powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett). Utilizing a refreshing level of humor and fun throughout the story, Thor must get his duplicitous adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) all fighting on …
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Production Begins On Andy Samberg’s Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie; Judd Apatow To Produce

Universal Pictures today announced that production begins this week on Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie, starring digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, who are collectively known as The Lonely Island.

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
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'Lonely Island' Movie Begins Shooting, Secret Plot Revealed

'Lonely Island' Movie Begins Shooting, Secret Plot Revealed
Universal Pictures today announced that production begins this week on the Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Project, starring digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, who are collectively known as The Lonely Island. Co-directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, the comedy from blockbuster 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 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,
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What The Interview Changed To Avoid Controversy Before Release

The team behind The Interview have maintained . throughout the controversy surrounding the film . that they were never pressured to change any part of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.s comedy, even though the content would prove to be incendiary. But an editor who worked on the comedy has now said in an interview about The Interview that one significant scene was toned down, though it was a creative choice, and not one mandated by the studio. This piece has spoilers for The Interview. You have been warned! In a piece that ran over the weekend on EditorsGuild.com, co-editors Evan Henke and Zene Baker opened up about the difficult process that they undertook to find the humorous line in what was sure to be controversial material. The duo swear up and down that they were never censored in the editorial department, and that no one ever demanded that they scale
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The Interview editors say that there was no censorship on the final cut

Entertainment Weekly have reported that the editors who made the final cut on Sony’s The Interview claim there is absolutely no censorship on the final release of the Seth Rogen and James Franco movie.

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
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'The Interview' editors say 'there was absolutely no censorship'

'The Interview' editors say 'there was absolutely no censorship'
When Sony reversed course and released The Interview, the provocative comedy that had become a serious lightning rod for its skewering of North Korea and its dictator, Kim Jong-un, at least one change had already been made to diminish the odds of aggravating an already precarious political situation. Kim's death scene—an up-close explosion in a helicopter—was tinkered with to tamper down disturbing elements. But some tabloids reported that the filmmakers were also pressured to remove certain jokes and other footage—including a gay orgy—to secure the Christmas release. Not so, according to Zene Baker and Evan Henke,
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Review: Seth Rogen and Zac Efron wage a hilarious war as ill-suited 'Neighbors'

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Review: Seth Rogen and Zac Efron wage a hilarious war as ill-suited 'Neighbors'
Austin - Many of the modern comedies that are considered classics become part of the pop culture lexicon, endlessly quoted by fans in all sorts of different contexts. I have a strong suspicion that "Neighbors" is going to be one of those films that is simply absorbed whole by audiences. Not only is it uproariously funny and almost breathtakingly dirty, it is better written than it needs to be on a character level, delivering completely on its premise. Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose) are a young married couple who are adjusting to parenthood, having just moved into their first house. They're at that moment where they still have fresh memories of their party days, but they're settling into a life of responsibility and chafing a bit at the sensation. When the Delta Psy Kappa fraternity buys the house next door to them, Mac and Kelly are determined to try to be the cool neighbors.
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Exclusive: Director Evan Goldberg Talks This Is the End

Exclusive: Director Evan Goldberg Talks This Is the End
Evan Goldberg Talks This is the End, available now on Blu-ray and DVD

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,
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Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World Coming To Blu-ray October 23

An unexpectedly hilarious and touching comedy from Focus Features starring Steve Carell (“The Office”) and Keira Knightley (Atonement), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World explores the crazy and inspired things people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and will be available on Blu-ray.Combo Pack with DVD, UltraViolet., and Digital Copy as well as on DVD, On Demand and Digital Download on October 23, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

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
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Production Begins On Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

Starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley for writer/director Lorene Scafaria.

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
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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Begins Production

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Begins Production
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 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
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'Pretty Bird' DVD trailer. Starring Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, Kristen Wiig

Check out the trailer for Paramount Home Entertainment's "Pretty Bird." The comedy sees DVD release on June 29th and stars Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, Kristen Wiig, David Hornsby and Anna Camp. Actor Paul Schneider makes his directorial debut on the film, writing alongside Zene Baker. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was hominated for the Grand Jury Prize (dramatic). Was adapted from the book The Rocketball Caper: A True Tale of Invention, Obsession and Murder by Paul Brown. At once a humorous look at the folly of human ambition and a parable about the dark side of the American Dream. Featuring an outstanding ensemble cast including Billy Crudup (Public Enemies), Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Kristen Wiig (Knocked Up), David Hornsby (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Anna Camp (“True Blood”), Pretty Bird is based on the outrageous true story of three would-be entrepreneurs who set out
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Undertow

Undertow
TORONTO -- In his first two films, George Washington and All the Real Girls, David Gordon Green emerged as a Southern filmmaker who could ably portray the natural rhythms of life and language of the rural South without resorting to cliches. In his third film, Undertow, those cliches, rather startlingly, are everywhere. In trying to make what he characterizes as "a balls-to-the-wall, get-him-by-the-gut-and-slit-his-throat kind of movie," Green loosens his grip on character. This time he populates his film with sorry white-trash characters possessing room temperature IQs even in the most minor roles.

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.

UNDERTOW

MGM

United Artists and ContentFilm presenta Sunflower production

Credits:

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

Cast:

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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