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
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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]
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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:
'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.
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.
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Sony Pictures rolled out a preview of some of their most anticipated spring and summer films Saturday at WonderCon: the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, the Sam Raimi produced Evil Dead update, and the apocalyptic buddy comedy This is the End. Moderated by EW’s own Dalton Ross, the clips were bloody, the panels lively, and the audience invested.
Check out some of the highlights from each of the films below. Just a quick warning, though: There are a few spoilers for Evil Dead and This is the End.
MTV has announced the first wave of presenters for the 22nd annual MTV Movie Awards. The docket includes Steve Carell, Melissa McCarthy, Zac Efron, Kerry Washington, Amanda Seyfried, This Is the End‘s Seth Rogen and Danny McBride, Grown Ups 2 stars Chris Rock and Adam Sandler, and Star Trek Into Darkness headliners Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, and Zachary Quinto.
Rebel Wilson is set to host the ceremony, which has already confirmed appearances by Will Ferrell, who’ll receive the inaugural Comedic Genius Award, and MTV Trailblazer recipient Emma Watson.
The MTV Movie Awards will be broadcast live April 14 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.
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Casting Net: Seth Rogen to direct, produce, star in 'The Interview'; Plus 'Hercules' adds to its cast, more
• Seth Rogen just got a whole lot busier. The This Is the End actor and director has signed on to direct, produce, and star in a comedy that he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg — Rogen’s collaborator on Superbad, Pineapple Express, and The Watch, among others. The Interview is about a talk show host and a producer (Rogen) who somehow find themselves involved in an attempt to assassinate the North Korean prime minister. This will be Rogen’s second time in the director’s chair. And, don’t get too excited just yet, but apparently Columbia Pictures wants James Franco to star as the talk show host. [THR]
• Brett Ratner’s Hercules added a host of actors to the cast, Thursday, including Ian McShane (Jack the Giant Slayer), Rufus Sewell (The Holiday), Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story), and John Hurt (Melancholia). According to the press release announcing the news, the revisionist film is set in a world where the supernatural doesn’t exist. The Dwayne Johnson vehicle is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, and is expected to be released in theaters on July 25, 2014.
• Magic Mike’s Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) have signed on to star in Endless Love. Scott Spencer’s 1979 book tells the story of David Axelrod and Jade Butterfield, who are desperately in love with one another. When Jade’s father forbids David from their home, he sets fire to it, hoping that they’ll forgive him when he rescues all of them. Franco Zeffirelli directed a 1981 adaptation of the novel with Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. [Variety]
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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
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