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'This is the End' premiere: Seth Rogen & Co. debate whether they have what it takes to survive the apocalypse

In This is the End, James Franco and Seth Rogen try to get through the apocalypse with a little help from their famous friends. The world is literally imploding, which really puts a damper on the killer shindig Franco was hosting. Rihanna is there, Mindy Kaling is horny, and Michael Cera is totally out of control. The cast — which also includes Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Emma Watson — plays caricatures of their own public personas, an experience Rogen, who co-wrote and co-directed with Evan Goldberg, found cathartic. “The studio was a little freaked out by the notion of it, but we like referential meta humor like Seinfeld or the Garry Shandling Show,” Rogen said. “I think it is a risk, but it is always something I thought was really funny. The actors were psyched so we just kind of went for it.”

Watching warped versions of these Hollywood stars go all Lord of the Flies on each other begs the question: Which of them have the skills to survive the end of times, when pure Darwinistic instincts take over? At last night’s premiere in Westwood, Calif., the cast was brutally honest about their chances should hell open up, the sky start to fall, and a demon-penis (Yes, demon-penis) attack humanity.

Bottom line: It doesn’t look like the post-apocalyptic world will have any jesters. Read below for the cast’s thoughts on what survival skills might keep them alive when the fit finally hits the shan:

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James Franco's 'As I Lay Dying' trailer: Depression-era Mississippi and Tim Blake Nelson

When James Franco, the sometimes over committed but admirably ambitious multihyphenate, claimed that he was going to direct an adaptation of As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner’s classic novel about a family’s journey to honor the request of their dying mother, we were cautiously optimistic.

The multi-character, stream-of-consciousness novel seemed out of reach for any director. But Franco has given it a go, and assembled an enviable cast including Danny McBride (Tropic Thunder), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus). Though it’s too early to judge the outcome, we finally got a glimpse at his vision in the first trailer, which lingers on the bucolic Mississippi landscape before escalating the tension with the helpful narration of a prescient innocent. It’s mercifully unsentimental and does not take pains to put the viewer at ease. Check it out for yourself below.

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Casting Net: Andrew Garfield teams up with Scorsese; Plus James Franco joins 3-D Wim Wenders drama, more

• Martin Scorsese has found a new leading man in Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) for his feature Silence, based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 Japanese-language novel. The fictional story follows a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionary to Japan. Ken Watanabe (Inception) also stars in the film, which will be largely shot in Japanese. At one point, Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro were going to star in the film. [Variety]

• James Franco is set to join Paris, Texas director Wim Wenders’  upcoming drama Everything Will Be Fine, about a writer who kills a child accidentally. The story will follow Thomas (Franco) for 12 years after the accident as he attempts to live a normal life. Sarah Polley (Splice) also stars. Wenders plans to make the film in 3-D — his second using the format. His first was the 2011 Oscar-nominated documentary Pina. [THR]

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Casting Net: Michael Fassbender for 'Macbeth'; Plus, Jamie Foxx in talks for 'Annie', more

• Michael Fassbender (Shame) is attached to play the title role in a film update of Macbeth, William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about a scheming nobleman intent on ruling Scotland. The play has been adapted for the big screen a number of times, including Orson Welles’ 1948 version in which he also played the character of Macbeth, and Roman Polanski’s 1971 version which starred Jon Finch. Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) will direct the Fassbender update which will reportedly use the original language. The part of Lady Macbeth has not been cast yet. [Screen Daily]

• Jamie Foxx is in talks to star in Will Gluck’s (Easy A) film update of Annie, alongside Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis. The Django Unchained star would play Benjamin Stacks, an update on the Daddy Warbucks character, famously played by Albert Finney in the 1982 John Huston film. Foxx is no stranger to musicals, having appeared in both Dreamgirls and Ray. Will Smith and Jay-Z are producing the film, which is aiming for a 2014 release. [THR]

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First Look: James Franco in William Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

James Franco and True Blood‘s Jim Parrack star in As I Lay Dying, the first-ever screen adaptation of William Faulkner’s 1930 literary classic that will debut at Cannes next month. True to his renaissance reputation, Franco doesn’t just star — as the book’s initial narrator Darl Bundren — he adapted the novel and directed it, as well. Franco had been haunted by the story, about a Mississippi family whose journey to honor their deceased mother’s dying wishes for burial is interrupted by all sorts of calamity, ever since he read it as a teenager. “As I Lay Dying was a book that my father gave me and I can remember spending a weekend reading late into Friday night and Saturday night, when all of my friends were out partying,” Franco said. “It was a difficult book back then. I just tried to understand every line of it. It stayed with me.” READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Scarlett Johansson to star in Luc Besson film; Plus James Franco, Nicki Minaj, more

• French director Luc Besson, who introduced the world to Natalie Portman in The Professional, has cast Scarlett Johansson as his lead in his newest film, Lucy. In the film, Lucy is forced to be a drug mule. But, when the drug gets into her system, she turns into a super-being with telekinesis abilities, martial arts skills, and the helpful bonus of being immune to pain. Johansson is certainly finding a new life as an action star ever since she took on the role of Natasha Romanoff for the Marvel universe. She also stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut (and festival favorite) Don Jon, which finally hits theaters on October 18. [THR]

• James Franco is continuing his auteur tour, and may sign on to star in Werner Herzog’s (Grizzly Man) Queen of the Desert about Gertrude Bell, the turn of the 20th century British adventurer. Jude Law was attached to star but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. The report says that Ridley Scott may also have a Gertrude Bell in the works that Angelina Jolie is interested in. There is no word yet on which actress would play Bell in Herzog’s version. [Deadline]

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Own 'Spring Breakers' foreverrr: DVD/Blu-ray comes out in July -- EXCLUSIVE

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You’ve got designer t-shirts. You’ve got gold bullets. You’ve got Calvin Klein Escape. You’ve got shorts in every f–in’ color. But you don’t have Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers on DVD or Blu-ray; in fact, you don’t even know when you’ll be able to buy it.

Or at least you didn’t… until now.

EW can reveal that discs of Korine’s candy-colored crime spree flick will hit shelves July 9. The film comes packaged with a behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes and outtakes (oh please, let it include James Franco’s Alien listing more of the things he owns!), a VICE featurette that gives “an inside look at the ATL Twins and real life partying in Panama City Beach,” and “an insightful look at the music of Spring Breakers,” which hopefully means even more footage of stars Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Rachel Korine singing Britney Spears songs.

Clearly, our excitement about this release can be expressed only in the form of GIFs:

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Casting Net: James Franco, Omar Sy are 'Good People'; Plus Anna Kendrick, Tom Hiddleston, more

• James Franco, Omar Sy (the breakout star of The Intouchables), and Kate Hudson are set to star in the thriller Good People. Franco has been circling the project since late November 2012. Based on Marcus Sakey’s 2009 novel, the story is about a young couple burdened with crippling debt. They think they’ve found an out when their downstairs neighbor dies and leaves $370,000 in cash just sitting around. Suddenly they begin to encounter all sorts of unsavory characters. Danish director Henrik Genz will be making his English-language debut with the film. The Millennium Films project is expected to begin production in London at the end of May. The original story, like most of Sakey’s novels, was set in Chicago. [Deadline]

• Oscar-nominee and Pitch Perfect lead Anna Kendrick is set to star in the psychological thriller The Voices, alongside Ryan Reynolds. Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) has also joined the cast. In the film, Reynolds plays Jerry, a lonely bathtub factory worker with an evil talking cat and a kind talking dog. Persepolis author and director Marjane Satrapi is set to direct. [Deadline]

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Tribeca Film Festival: 'The Director' takes fashion fans behind the scenes of Gucci -- VIDEO

James Franco is a pretty fashionable guy, so it makes sense that he’s involved with the anticipated Tribeca documentary The Director, about Italian fashion house Gucci, which is set to premiere at the annual NYC film fest on April 21.

The Director tells the story of iconic brand under the creative direction of Frida Giannini. The doc covers 18 months behind-the-scenes at Gucci with Giannini, exploring how her unique vision is brought to life in the brand’s models, designs, and shows.

Franco is also one of the documentary’s producers, and also appears in the film. He’s seen in the new trailer readying for one of the ad campaigns he’s shot for the brand.

Check out The Director trailer below.

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'This is the End' clip: Would Jonah Hill, James Franco, and Seth Rogen survive the apocalypse? -- VIDEO

Before this year’s MTV Movie Awards (hosted by Rebel Wilson, April 14 at 9 p.m.), MTV has been releasing a slew of clips from upcoming filming, including an exclusive new scene from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s apocalypse comedy This is the End starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Jay Baruchel.

In the scene, the gang debates what to do when L.A. officials declare martial law after an earthquake. But there are more questions than answers, such as… would you want to die at James Franco’s house? If actors were actually saved first from natural disasters, which of these guys would survive? What do we really think of Jonah Hill’s diamond earring?

Decide for yourself as you watch below.

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