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North Korea vows 'merciless' retaliation if U.S. theaters show films mocking its leader

Last week, a spokesman for North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-Un revealed that Kim would probably watch Seth Rogen and James Franco’s film The Interview, about a TV interviewer and his producer who get caught up in a plan to assassinate Kim (played in the film by Randall Park). But even before the supreme leader got a chance to see the film for himself, his government took a harder stance.

Today, a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman announced that the country would consider the release of “a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership” an “act of war.” The spokesman did not mention the project by name, but was more than likely referencing The Interview, which is set to be released in October—barring a political intervention.

“If the U.S. administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken,” the spokesman was quoted by KCNA, the state news agency, as saying.

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Kim Jong-un will probably watch Seth Rogen's comedy about assassinating Kim Jong-un

Last week, Columbia released the first trailer for The Interview, in which a talk-show host (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) land an interview with Kim Jong-un, supreme leader of North Korea (played by Korean-American actor Randall Park) and become miserably underqualified hit men when the CIA enlists their help in assassinating Kim.

It’s a funny enough premise in America, where many are more familiar with Kim as an eternally springing fountain of Internet hilarity than as a real political figure. On Friday, though, a spokesman for Kim told The Daily Telegraph that the supreme leader would probably watch The Interview when it comes out in October. READ FULL STORY

'The Interview' trailer: Seth Rogen and James Franco plan to assassinate Kim Jong Un

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Seth Rogen and James Franco are trading the apocalypse for North Korea.

The duo’s latest comedy, The Interview, finds the stars playing a bumbling journalist (Franco) and his producer (Rogen). When it’s discovered that Kim Jong Un (Randall Park) is a fan of theirs, the two score an interview — but then the CIA asks them to assassinate Jong Un, a job they’re grossly unequipped to handle.

Some might think the goofy action-comedy’s plot sounds like an exaggerated version of what’s going on with Jong Un’s BFF Dennis Rodman. But as Franco previously explained, the movie was in the works before Rodman’s escapades.

“[Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg] wrote a version of this script before Rodman went to North Korea,” Franco told EW. “And then as this movie went into pre-production, Rodman started going over there. So it was a very strange coincidence that I think ultimately will make this movie somehow more legitimate. Our movie is already so crazy, but things like that are actually kind of happening — so now it isn’t that out there. It’ll just make our movie resonate in different ways. It’ll become a few steps away from just being an outrageous comedy towards, I guess, [being] social satire or something.”

Watch the trailer — which features Lizzy Caplan (Freaks and Geeks reunion!) explaining why Jong Un is so dangerous — below: READ FULL STORY

Dave Franco to star in James Franco's movie about 'The Room'

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James Franco has found the man to play actor Greg Sestero in his forthcoming adaptation of Sestero‘s 2013 book The Disaster Artist, which details the author’s involvement in the cult film The Room. Not that Franco had to look very far: According to 3 News, Franco’s brother Dave attended a Los Angeles screening of The Room over the weekend and, during a Q&A with the film’s mercurial writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau, asked him, “How do you feel about me playing Greg Sestero in the movie?” Wiseau responded by declaring, “That’s what I say: It’s a good choice.” James Franco seemed to confirm the casting news when he tweeted a photograph of Wiseau with his brother, which you can see above.

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Mark your calendars for Seth Rogen's 'Sausage Party'

Anyone care for a Sausage Party compliments of Superbad writing team Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg?

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures have slated the raunchy animated comedy for a June 3, 2016 release, the studio announced Thursday. READ FULL STORY

'The Room': James Franco may play Tommy Wiseau in film based on 'The Disaster Artist'

Oh hi, James Franco.

According to pal Seth Rogen, the perpetually misunderstood actor may soon portray Tommy Wiseau, the mysterious Hollywood outsider who wrote, directed, and starred in The Room, the spectacularly bad 2003 film that became a revered cult classic.

Here’s some back story: Franco’s public fascination with Wiseau seems to have begun with an in-depth piece he wrote for Vice back in December (it even features a pic of Franco Photoshopped as the Mickey Rourke-esque Wiseau). In it, he calls the wannabe filmmaker “ageless, muscled, sweet, and scary; he is part vampire, part Hollywood dreamer, part gangster, part Ed Wood, and super lonely.” Franco attempts to dissect the artist desperate to unleash his vision at any cost — The Room reportedly cost $6 million to make — while using Wiseau’s tale as a parable for his own creative drive. READ FULL STORY

Critical Mass: Is 'Neighbors' the season's best comedy?

Most parents would do anything to protect their children from danger. In Neighbors, that danger takes the form of a discarded used condom on a young couple’s front lawn, and the offending party is the raucous fraternity — led by an ab-fab Zac Efron — that just moved in next door. Seth Rogen and Bridemaids‘ Rose Byrne play the young suburban couple whose lives are upended by the frat’s 24-hour antics. And as it turns out, the tit-for-tat battle of wills and pranks that ensues might be the season’s funniest comedy.

Director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) is back in an R-rated groove — after co-writing two Muppets movies — and Neighbors has the polish and personnel of a Judd Apatow joint (though the Knocked Up filmmaker is not involved). There’s Rogen, playing a new dad who can’t help but look longingly at the fun going on next door. There’s Dave Franco and McLovin himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, playing oddly-talented members of the fraternity. And there’s the delightfully surprising Byrne, who plays a young mother struggling with her new role at home with a baby. In fact, though she’s surrounded by larger comic personae, Byrne — who proved she could do comedy in 2011′s Bridesmaids – marks her own territory. “Speaking in her native Aussie twang, Byrne shows that she’s a deadpan comic ace,” writes EW’s Chris Nashawaty. “And thanks to her chemistry with Rogen, Neighbors proves that just because you grow up doesn’t mean you have to be a grown-up.”

Read Nashawaty’s entire review, as well as a round-up of other notable critics, below. READ FULL STORY

Seth Rogen talks Zac Efron's comedy chops (and why you probably won't see a 'Freaks and Geeks' reunion) -- Listen!

Seth Rogen is making headlines for his poor opinion of Justin Bieber, but when he stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio on Tuesday, he had nothing but nice things to say about his Neighbors co-star Zac Efron. Asked by EW Morning Live co-hosts Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw if he had any reservations about working with Efron in the comedy, Rogen explained what it takes to do well in one of his movies: “He’s very self-aware, and that’s almost honestly one of the most important things about doing comedies, is understanding how the audience is receiving you, which he does very well,” Rogen says. “And he was very excited to do it, which meant he would trust us, which is also kinda the most important thing — just to go with the flow, to not second guess every line we throw out there, and to just kinda believe that we know how to make the movies funny at this point and to kinda relinquish some control of your performance into our hands.” Listen to a clip below. READ FULL STORY

NSFW 'Neighbors' trailer: Seth Rogen and Zac Efron fight dirty

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Living next door to Zac Efron sounds like the dream — but in this new, totally NSFW trailer for the upcoming comedy Neighbors, Seth Rogen doesn’t think it’s all it’s cracked up to be.

As previous trailers have revealed, Neighbors revolves around new parents Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne, who move to a neighborhood that’s nice and quiet — until a frat, led by Efron, set up camp next door. Since by now you probably know the movie’s premise, this trailer, naturally, focuses on the hijinks, pranks, and all-out debauchery that follow that ill-fated move.

Watch below, and ponder when exactly Rogen became “the old guy who wants quiet” as opposed to “the guy encouraging another keg stand — stat”:  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Olivia Wilde boards thriller 'Meadowland'; Plus, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen re-team, more

• Olivia Wilde (Drinking Buddies) is set to star in and produce the psychological thriller Meadowland. Reed Morano, the cinematographer on Kill Your Darlings and The Skeleton Twins, will make her directorial debut on the film about a woman who developed a relationship with a neglected boy after her own son disappears. Production will begin this summer, after Wilde gives birth. [Deadline]

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