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Celebrate the non-ending of the world with the red-band trailer for Seth Rogen's 'This is the End' -- VIDEO

This is how the world apparently really ends: not with the fulfillment of some ancient Mayan prophecy but with Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and assorted other members of their comedy posse mercilessly busting on each other and Craig Robinson drinking his own pee. At least that’s the vision of the apocalypse presented in the red-band trailer for This is the End, which features Rogen (who co-directed the movie with his Superbad writing partner Evan Goldberg) and a bunch of his friends playing themselves as the world falls to pieces around them. (RIP Michael Cera.)

Rogen — who introduces the trailer with his Pineapple Express co-star Franco — originally cooked up the idea for a post-apocalyptic comedy with Jay Baruchel back in 2007, and the two even made a fake trailer for the movie (then called Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse). After years of development and a couple of title changes, This is the End will finally theaters in June 2013. Assuming, of course, we make it that far. Watch the NSFW trailer: READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Jack Reacher' leads new releases, but can't compete with 'The Hobbit'


Whether or not the world ends tomorrow, things are looking pretty dire for the four new wide releases entering theaters this weekend: Jack Reacher, This is 40, The Guilt Trip, and Monsters Inc. 3D. Of course, December movies need not earn gargantuan grosses on their debut weekends to eventually end up with respectable totals. In 2010, Yogi Bear opened with a weak $16.4 million, but thanks to easy accessibility over the holiday season, when kids are out of school and adults off of work, the film eventually topped out at $100.2 million.

Studios will be hoping for similar endurance from this week’s crop of newcomers — none of them are tracking particularly well, and all of them will likely be crushed by the second weekend of The Hobbit. Here’s how I think the box office might shake out over the Friday-to-Sunday period:

1. The Hobbit – $37 million

The Warner Bros. release has earned $106.5 million in its first six days (for reference, The Return of the King had earned $137.6 million in the same period of time), and it will likely drop by about 55 percent this weekend to $37 million, which would lift its total to about $150 million after ten days. READ FULL STORY

Q&A: 'The Guilt Trip' writer talks Babs, road trip with his mom -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Dan Fogelman is a mama’s boy at heart.

The screenwriter’s own road trip five and a half years ago with his mother Joyce, winding from her condo in New Jersey to Las Vegas, inspired his script for The Guilt Trip, out in theaters today, starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand.

In the movie, Streisand’s Joyce Brewster lovingly nags Rogen, playing son Andrew, as they embark on various quirky road adventures, including her feasting on an enormous steak. Check out this exclusive featurette, below, with clips from the film and Fogelman narrating video of the road trip he took with his mom, who did in fact attempt to chomp down on a huge steak in Texas herself.


'Ghostbusters' live-read grabs Seth Rogen, Jack Black, and Rainn Wilson -- EXCLUSIVE

There’s no replacing Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as the original Ghostbusters, but if you were staging a one-night-only live version of the classic comedy, well … whom might one contact?

Seth Rogen, Jack Black, and Rainn Wilson are going to cross the streams.

The event is one of the monthly live-reads of a famous movie script organized by Juno and Up in the Air filmmaker Jason Reitman, who  — of course — has a family connection to this story. His father, Ivan Reitman, directed Ghostbusters and he remembers hanging around on the set as a little kid.

But even he was surprised when he went back and looked at the original script of the movie for Thursday night’s reading at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

It turns out, Murray was making it all up as he went along. READ FULL STORY

Barbra Streisand on 'Gypsy': What's age gotta do with it?

Barbra Streisand’s got one thing to say to anyone who thinks she might be too old to play Mamma Rose in the anticipated film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ legendary musical Gypsy: “What’s [age] got to do with anything?”

Ever since Universal announced plans last March for a Gypsy update — written by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes and co-produced and starring Streisand — some critics have drawn attention to the difference between Streisand’s age, 70, and that of the real-life woman portrayed in the musical. The Academy Award-winning actress would not only have to depict a woman who, in parts of the production, is between 30 and 40 years younger than she is, she’d have to play the mother of children who are as many as 60 years younger than she is.

Hollywood Film Awards: Seth Rogen kicks off Oscar season

Awards season can seem a little ridiculous at times. The Oscars are a tradition and the Golden Globes are a party, but there sometimes seem to be about 36 other awards shows vying for attention. Before you know it, they’re going to start handing out awards before the movies even come out. What’s that, you say? The Hollywood Film Awards already steamrolled that notion? How can you possibly honor a film or performance that you haven’t even seen?

It’s a fair question, but that didn’t stop giant Hollywood stars from turning out last night for the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards, the brainchild of a canny promoter named Carlos de Abreu. Dustin Hoffman “won” for Hollywood Breakthrough Director, Bradley Cooper and Marion Cotillard took home acting awards, Quentin Tarantino was named the best screenwriter, presumably for the still unfinished Django Unchained. Perhaps the Hollywood Film Awards are the “official launch of awards season,” but I defer to Seth Rogen, who pointed out some industry truths when he introduced Judd Apatow, who was honored with the Hollywood Comedy Award.

“This is the first stop of the awards season. Or if you work in comedy, it’s known as the last stop of the awards season. READ FULL STORY

Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand are mother/son duo in 'The Guilt Trip' -- VIDEO

Eurotrip this is not.

In an early lead for the most random on-screen pairing of the year (that we think is totally going to work), look no further than the trailer for The Guilt Trip, which stars Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand — headlining her first movie since 1996′s The Mirror Has Two Faces — as a mother/son duo who take an awkward road trip together.

Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), Guilt Trip has Rogen’s character becoming concerned that his mom may be stuck in a rut, so he invites her to join him on a cross-country journey for his job. “8 Days. 3000 Miles” the trailer declares.  What could possibly go wrong? Everything, as you might expect.

Check out the trailer below to find out why you should never pick up hitchhikers, why tapas and topless are not the same thing, and a couple NSFW comments we definitely can’t print here:

Casting Net: Emma Watson, Jason Segel to face the 'End of the World.' Plus: Bernadette Peters, Sandra Oh

• Somewhere, Rachel Berry is losing her mind. Broadway legend Bernadette Peters has joined the 3-D animated feature Dorothy of Oz as, who else, Glinda. Peters will duet with Lea Michele, who plays Dorothy, on the soundtrack. The indie production costars Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Belushi, Martin Short, Megan Hilty, Hugh Dancy, Oliver Platt, and Patrick Stewart. [Variety]

• Emily Watson, Sandra Oh, Nia Vardalos, and Melora Hardin will star in 33 Liberty Lane as friends who start a phone-sex business. Peter Hewitt (The Borrowers) will direct. In other news, I was able to get through this post without once confusing Potter‘s Emily Watson with War Horse‘s Emma Watson. Wait. DAMMIT. [THR]

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'Take This Waltz' trailer: Michelle Williams wonders if she should stay with Seth Rogen?

The last trailer for Take This Waltz was a small masterpiece, dominated mostly by a single monologue from star Michelle Williams that served as a perfect metaphor for the dilemma her character found herself in: Stay with her husband (Seth Rogen), or indulge in an affair with a handsome stranger (Luke Kirby, of HBO’s Tell Me You Love Me).

The new trailer spells out that plot more explicitly, but it still has its charms. Director Sarah Polley’s vibrant visual style is still readily apparent. And I especially like the notion that getting a dog isn’t a starter for a kid, but a starter for a cow. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

A cloud of weed descends on Jason Reitman's live-read of 'The Big Lebowski'

Alexandra Wyman/Getty ImagesThe unmistakable smell of burning marijuana wafted over the audience.

This was the scene at Jason Reitman’s live-read of The Big Lebowski last night, with Seth Rogen on stage recreating the Coen brothers movie alongside Christina Hendricks, Jason Alexander, Rainn Wilson — and surprise guest Sam Elliott, playing the part he originated 15 years ago.

How someone at the reading could get away with smoking a joint in the middle of a packed theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is something we’ll just have to ask the boys down at the crime lab. (Maybe the LAPD should get four more detectives working on the case.) READ FULL STORY

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