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'This Is The End' returning to theaters

Good news for those who were left wanting more after The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco last night: This Is the End, the disaster apocalypse movie starring Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and others playing themselves, will return to theaters Sept. 6, Sony announced today.

The well-reviewed R-rated comedy has made $96.8 million to date at the domestic box office since opening June 12. This re-release is likely a push to get the film over the $100 million benchmark; stars and producers typically have bonus deals in place if a movie hits that amount.

This Is the End really struck a chord with comedy moviegoers this summer,” Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said in a press release. “For everyone who didn’t get a chance to see it — or saw it and loved it and wants to see it again on the big screen — we are thrilled to have it back in theaters.”

'The Neighbors' trailer: Presenting Seth Rogen as a suburban dad


Hollywood is cruel.

In the new trailer for The Neighbors, Seth Rogen can’t even play the cool guy anymore. Instead, he stars as a suburban dad (alongside Rose Byrne) as a couple that moves to a nice neighborhood. The problem? Animal House a fraternity — led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco — move in next door. “Get off my lawn!” Rogen says to the young whippersnappers, no doubt wondering when he was no longer able to play the guy throwing the cool, fun party.

Hijinks between the two groups ensue, and it’s likely viewers can all agree the real loser here is Rogen’s baby, who unintentionally puts a condom in her mouth. Won’t someone please think of the children?

Watch the NSFW trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'This is the End' gets Blu-ray date -- EXCLUSIVE


The End was just the beginning.

This is the End, the apocalyptic comedy starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, and their friends as versions of their real selves, arrives on Blu-ray and other home-viewing formats on Oct. 1. The movie, which has grossed $96.2 million since it opened in June, was the rare summer comedy that the critics loved. Now, you can finally enjoy the movie in the spirit that the end-of-the-world tale engenders: at home in the dark, behind locked doors and bolted windows, with only your closest frenemies and one Milky Way bar.

Fans won’t be disappointed by the extras, which include commentary from co-directors Rogen and Evan Goldberg, a featurette with the cast and crew discussing the delicate feat of playing heightened versions of their Hollywood personas, and the original short that Rogen and Jay Baruchal made that inspired the making of the movie. (Click on Jay & Seth vs. The Apocalypse below after the jump to see its foul-mouthed trailer.) READ FULL STORY

'This Is the End': Seth Rogen on film's warm welcome and subconscious 'Ghostbusters' vibe

For his latest movie, Seth Rogen invited five of his closest friends over to James Franco’s house to hole up for a few weeks as the world crumbled around them. And, in the end, a lot of moviegoers wanted to be a fly on the wall in that house.

This Is the End didn’t quite grab the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend (we all knew how the Superbad-vs.-Superman battle would turn out), but it did score an impressive $33 million-plus debut, holding it down in second place and already recovering its $32 million budget.

In the over-the-top comedy, the film’s six core stars (Rogen, Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride) play “themselves” and fight to survive after the apocalypse strikes their A-list party. It’s a wholly original concept — no sequels, spin-offs or reboots here — that features a familiar flock of funny people and a highly touted string of cameos, including Rihanna and Emma Watson. That combination of new and old clearly resonated with movie audiences and critics (the film has an 85 percent Fresh rating over on Rotten Tomatoes), and Rogen couldn’t be more pleased.

We caught up with the man behind the hit — Rogen co-wrote and co-directed with longtime friend and collaborator Evan Goldberg — to talk about the movie’s positive buzz and how taking the apocalypse seriously made the movie even funnier. (SPOILERS AHEAD if you haven’t seen the movie.)

'This Is the End' is more than just hilarious. It marks the potentially revolutionary moment when the movies met reality TV

For years, Hollywood producers have been cannibalizing television shows to come up with concepts for movies. The trend might have looked like it was on its way out after the low-rent megaplex versions of Starsky & Hutch and The Dukes of Hazzard (the latter of which I actually liked), but no, it’s still very much with us, from The A-Team to Dark Shadows to 21 Jump Street (can Doctor Who be far behind?). Reality TV, on the other hand, is a different animal, resistant by nature to being translated to the big screen. It’s not that you can’t do it. As far back as the late ’60s, when Candid Camera was a seminal early example of reality programming, that show spawned a smuttier-than-the-small-screen movie version, the boob-tube-plus-boobs What Do You Say to a Naked Lady? (1970). And given that a great many reality shows exploit our attraction to salacious subject matter, it would have seemed far from totally absurd if they’d come up with, say, a movie version of Jersey Shore, where the hot-tub cavorting didn’t need to be fuzzed out and The Situation could have gotten into some situations too risqué for TV. READ FULL STORY

After 'The End,' Seth Rogen plots to kill Kim Jong-un with James Franco

What comes after the apocalypse? For Seth Rogen — co-director, co-writer, and co-star of This Is the End — it’s another comedy featuring his old Freaks and Geeks buddy James Franco.

The film is called The Interview, Rogen said on SiriusXM’s EW Morning Live today. It stars Franco as an entertainment journalist — specifically, “a much dumber, more of a joke version of Ryan Seacrest” — who’s tasked with assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Wait — what? Listen to Rogen explain it all in this clip from today’s show, which also features Morning Live hosts Dalton Ross and Jenna Morasca. You can hear the interview on SiriusXM as well: A recap of this week’s best Morning Live moments will run Saturday and Sunday at 2 a.m., 3 p.m., and 8 p.m. ET. Find the EW channel’s full schedule here.


Casting Net: Adam Sandler says 'Hello Ghost,' Melissa McCarthy fights ghosts; Plus Liam Hemsworth, more

Adam Sandler (Just Go With It) is set to star in Hello Ghost, a remake of a Korean comedy directed by Chris Columbus in which a man attempts to kill himself, but instead of dying is visited by four ghosts who refuse to leave him in peace until he grants each of them a wish. [Hollywood Reporter]

• Speaking of ghosts, The Bureau of Otherworldly Operations (B.O.O.) has a new agent — Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) has signed on to voice Watts, an offbeat agent in DreamWorks Animation’s tale of a secret government organization that keeps us all safe from ghosts. McCarthy’s partner in B.O.O. is Jackson Moss, voiced by Seth Rogen (This Is The End). The story is an original idea by co-writer and director Anthony Leonidas, who directed the 2008 animated flick Igor. [Hollywood Reporter]

'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:


'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.


'This is the End' red-band trailer: Rihanna slaps a coked-out Michael Cera -- NSFW VIDEO

It’s the end of the world. What do you do?

Well, if you’ve been kind to others, you get lifted up to heaven. But if you’ve been partying at James Franco’s house and, in Michael Cera’s case, smacking Rihanna’s butt and blowing cocaine in McLovin’s face, you probably won’t be greeted at the pearly gates anytime soon. Plan B? Camp out at Franco’s house with the likes of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and Jay Baruchel, obviously. Because if you don’t, you could end up like Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, or even Jason Segel … dead. Hey, it’s the end of the world. Celebrities die too.

In the new red-band trailer for This is the End, the apocalyptic comedy featuring celebrities playing “themselves,” a Hollywood party goes downhill fast after a gaping hole in Franco’s front yard claims the lives of numerous celebs. What follows is, quite simply, the end of the world, featuring four-legged demons, a very angry Hermione, and exactly one Milky Way.

Check out the red-band trailer for This Is The End below: READ FULL STORY

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