** On December 10th, 2014, a group of critics were invited by Sony Pictures to watch – THE INTERVIEW. I was one of them. Here are my thoughts on the now historic and controversial action-comedy, which most likely will never be seen.
The “1-4-0″: #TheInterviewMovie is an above average comedy which though isn’t a masterpiece, it did provide some hearty laughs and a memorably cool Kim Jung-un character. Read More
Los mejores momentos de la comedia de ciencia ficción, The Watch, se encuentra en los avances. El resto del filme es un refrito de varias películas como Men In Black, que conduce solo al aburrimiento. Cuando una película une a Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill uno espera carcajadas a la libra, pero ellos son víctimas de un guión flojo y sin inspiración por parte de Seth Rogen y compañía. Nuestros protagonistas no tienen que comprobarse ya que su trayectoria de grandes logros hablan por si mismos (excepto por Richard Ayoade). Por lo que vi, se nota que los actores querían hacer más, pero no hay donde ir con esta ordinaria trama.
La premisa se desarrolla en un barrio en el que se crea una patrulla de vigilancia tras aparecer asesinado uno de sus habitantes. Al final, sus integrantes terminarán descubriendo una trama alienígena para destruir el mundo.
El gran problema con esta cinta son los chistes y su desordenada confabulación. El director Akiva Schaffer no es un maestro del arte de reír y fracasa penosamente aquí. En lugar de entregarnos una película fresca al estilo “Ghostbusters”, experimentamos una historia sin rumbo, alejandose de la historia principal en momentos, por ejemplo, cuando los muchachos repentinamente se encuentran en una orgía y otro sobre Stiller incapaz de preñar a su mujer. ¿Que tiene que ver esto con alienígenas? Sólo Hill y sus improvisaciones le traen un poco de vida a este problema cómico.
“The Watch”, igual que otro film de Stiller, “The Heartbreak Kid”, contiene momentos latinos. En esta ocasión un guardia de seguridad (Joe Nuñez) de la tienda de Stiller acabó de recibir sus papeles de ciudadanía, pero lo que no se espera es que sea devorado y destrozado por un extraterrestre. Luego de la muerte del hombre, Stiller se le ve deprimido escuchando a una canción mexicana en su carro a solas. Muy gracioso. Pero hay que notar que Stiller ve al cultura latina como graciosa y siempre merecedor de chistes, estereotipos. ¿No hay algo errado con eso?
No todo es terrible, pero los momentos jocosos son tan ocasionales que ¿en verdad vale pagar dinero para ver un producto así? Claro que no, especialmente cuando uno aun puede ver en cartelera y bluray las dos mejores comedias del año – “Ted” y “21 Jump Street” respectivamente. Mejor vean esos, y no se deje engañar por el trailer de ésta que debería de ser esperada en DVD.
2011 brings us the first superheroe movie of the new year in The Green Hornet. Seth Rogen stars as the Hornet joined along a great cast of actors such as Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz and Tom Wilkinson. The premise follows the life of a young, rich playboy who following the death of his father, teams up with his late dad’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.
ShowBizCafe.com sat down with the new, slimmer, Seth Rogen in New York to discuss the conception of The Green Hornet, cracking the superheroe movie code, his weight loss and his response to Judd Apatows ‘Knocked Up 2’.
Have a look.
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Don’t know if you remember the comedy ‘Knocked Up’ from director Judd Apatow back in 2007. The film became part of the new Apatow comedy movement in Hollywood and grossed worldwide approximately $150 million at the box office, something extraordinary for a film in the genre of comedy. Now comes news that the sequel, Knocked Up 2, is being prepared by Apatow himself where he will helm and write the script.
In an interview with Hitfix, Apatow talked about whether he saw the film as a prequel or sequel, “It’s just a story about the current lives of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann). Many people identified with these characters and their problems. I felt there was much to explore in them both. We we will be shooting in July and it will be released next June,” said Apatow.
The exact release date will be June 1, 2012, and Apatow has plans to spread the information little by little. “There are some fun details that I will not reveal yet, but I’ll let you know slowly. It’s more fun that way.”
Although it is unknown if Seth Rogen will return in a cameo (we’ll ask him personally today since we’ll be interviewing him for The Green Hornet), what will be a surprise is to see Katherine Heigl back. She blasted the film back in the day and might be persona non-grata. Let’s see.
The mere idea of Seth Rogen being a part of a sequel to any of his movies sounds a bit too sudden. I mean his first real movie was ‘40 Year Old Virgin’ in 2005. Nevertheless, that is exactly what he might be doing in July of this year on the set of Judd Apatow’s ‘Knocked Up 2.’
Rogen was in New York to promote ‘The Green Hornet’, his new movie about a rich playboy who fights crime and injustice with Kato, his masked sidekick. I had a chance to chat with him, and of course, ask him about Apatow’ sequel to ‘Knocked Up’ with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann (Apatow’s wife) as the leads. Is Rogen to be part of the cast? Was he coming back with Heigl? If he does return, would it be a cameo? To clear up the uncertainty in the air, I asked him if he would be a part of the sequel.
“It’s a good question,” said Rogen. “I just heard about myself. He mentioned it to me, like a year ago maybe, that he was gonna start writing it, but I literally haven’t talked to him about it in any way.”
When I asked if he wanted to do it regardless of not having official talks with Apatow so far, he said yes. “Yeah, I would like to, why not, I’ve done anything Judd asks”.
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DreamWorks Animation’s action comedy “Monsters vs. Aliens,” which features creatures from 1950s flicks in a showdown with invading extraterrestrials, launched itself into the No. 1 spot with a $58.2 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.
It was the biggest debut so far in 2009, topping the $55.2 million first weekend of “Watchmen” in early March.
Opening in second place was Lionsgate’s ghost story “The Haunting in Connecticut” with $23 million in ticket sales.
The previous weekend’s top movie, Summit Entertainment’s apocalyptic thriller “Knowing,” slipped to third with $14.7 million, raising its 10-day total to $46.2 million.
The big opening for “Monsters vs. Aliens” boosted Hollywood revenues after a couple of down weekends.
“Monsters vs. Aliens” was the latest success story for digital 3-D projection. While the 2,080 3-D screens accounted for just 28 percent of the roughly 7,300 on which the movie played, they made up 56 percent of its total box-office haul, said Anne Globe, head of marketing for DreamWorks Animation.
Tickets for 3-D movies typically cost a few dollars more than the 2-D version.
Columbia has set Michel Gondry to direct “The Green Hornet,” and the studio has set a June 25, 2010, release date for the film.
Seth Rogen plays the title character, and Stephen Chow will play his sidekick, Kato.
Rogen wrote the script with Evan Goldberg. Neal Moritz is producing through is Original Film banner.
Gondry, best known for far-out fare like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Science of Sleep” and “Human Nature,” brings an unusual sensibility to what will be the most overtly commercial film of his career.
He got the job after presenting a vision that wowed production presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach. They had been looking for a director since late last year, when Chow (“Kung Fu Hustle”) bowed out over creative differences (Daily Variety, Dec. 19).
Chow decided at that time to remain in the picture playing the Kato role (made famous by Bruce Lee), and that remains the case despite rampant Internet speculation that he ankled completely.
“The Green Hornet,” which began on the radio in the 1930s and is best remembered for an incarnation as a ’60s TV show, has had a long, tortured track to the bigscreen.
At one time, George Clooney was pay or play at Universal to star as the masked hero, only to have Steven Spielberg pry him loose so that Clooney could star in DreamWorks’ first live-action feature, the 1997 drama “The Peacemaker.”
Rogen and Goldberg are executive producers.
Gondry most recently helmed “Be Kind Rewind” and his next film, “Tokyo!” will be released March 6.
Rated: R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence. Release Date: 2008-08-08 Starring: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Judd Apatow (historia) Director(s): Distributor: Film Genre: Country:USA Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/pineappleexpress/
The title “Pineapple Express” refers to one plot element that turns out to be perhaps the movie’s most influential character: an especially potent kind of marijuana. It’s Pineapple Express that Saul Silver (James Franco) sells to Dale Denton (Seth Rogen), a sample that only Silver has. And it’s Pineapple Express that Dale is smoking when he witnesses a murder. And it’s due to drug cartels warring over Pineapple Express that that murder takes place. Now the killers, played by Gary Cole and the Puerto Rican actress Rosie Perez, spot the Pineapple Express that Dale dropped when he fled in terror, and they set out to kill Saul and his customer.
“Pineapple Express,” the movie, is an unexpected and interesting combination of three different genres, only one of which comes across in the synopsis I just gave you. It’s a hilarious comedy; it’s a buddy picture, about two friends adventuring and bonding; and, as you can gather from the above paragraph, it’s a crime story that eventually becomes excessively violent. That may just be this movie’s biggest surprise: that a Judd Apatow-produced comedy with the usual cast and improvisational style – usually associated with comedies about boy-men growing up like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “Superbad” – suddenly climaxes in shootouts, explosions, dead bodies and tons of blood. But, jeez, they sure do make that violence funny.