The upcoming comedy, The Interview, with James Franco and Seth Rogen has already stirred-up plenty of controversy before it’s even reached it’s release date. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, went so far as to declare the movie’s public release an “act of war,” and a group of hackers called the Guardians of Peace have released several Sony Pictures corporate documents that they attained after hacking the company’s computer database last month in an effort to stop the release. But thus far Sony has given no public statement saying that they will pull the film from theaters, so as far as we all know, it is still scheduled for release this Christmas Day. The plot of the movie revolves around a pair of reporters who are recruited by the CIA to infiltrate North Korea under the guise of interviewing Kim Jong Un, and then assassinate Un at their first opportunity. Seth Rogen co-directed the movie with Evan Goldberg (This Is The End, Neighbors), and the film also stars Lizzy Caplan (127 Hours, Hot Tub Time Machine) and Randall Park (Dinner For Schmucks, Sex Tape). Screenwriter Dan Sterling (The Sarah Silverman Project, The Office) wrote the screenplay with Rogen and Goldberg. You can watch the trailer here on MADE, and if going to the movies on Christmas Day is a family thing (or just your thing!) then by all means, go and see it this December 25th.
Director Jonathan Levine, who directed Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the 2011 dramedy 50/50, is currently working on a new Christmas comedy at Sony Pictures with both actors and a newcomer to comedy Anthony Mackie. Mackie, who has appeared in such films as Gangster Squad, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and The Adjustment Bureau, would be taking on the third lead role in a story that follows three childhood friends reuniting for a night of fun in New York City on Christmas Eve. Seth Rogen, who is producing this one with his long-running film partner Evan Goldberg, has stated that production will begin this summer with pre-production already underway, and with Levine directing the project, it should make for a successful endeavor. Stay tuned for more news.
Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg are once again collaborating on a new project after the huge popularity of their last film, This Is The End, which the two co-wrote together and which featured all of their celebrity co-stars playing themselves, including Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, James Franco, and Danny McBride. Now the two are working on an animated comedy-film, titled Sausage Party, that follows a sausage and his pales who must navigate their way through the super-market and get back to their proper location on the shelf before the big Fourth of July sale. The movie will once again feature Franco, Hill, and Cera, as well as Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, and David Krumholtz all providing voices for the R-rated characters, but now there is news that Salma Hayek will also be joining the cast. Rogan and Goldberg are currently writing the project, but the two will not be in the director’s chair this time around. Instead, experienced animation directors Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan will be taking over the responsibility, but we’ll have to wait for more news before we know anything else. The movie has not official release date, but it will most likely be ready for release sometime in 2015.
Check out the new trailer for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie starring Megan Fox as April O’Neil and Johnny Knoxville as the voice of Leonardo. Golden Globe winner Tony Shalhoub will also be featured as the voice of Splinter, and William Fichtner will appear in the film as The Shredder. The movie is set for release this August and is directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Battle: Los Angeles) from a script by Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec, and Evan Daugherty. Enjoy!
Comedian Seth Rogen has been working with writer and producer Evan Goldberg since 2007, when Knocked Up and Super Bad helped bring Rogen into the Hollywood spotlight, and they have continued their collaborative efforts with hits including Pineapple Express (2008), Funny People (2009), 50/50 (2011), and most recently, last year’s outrageous apocalypse-spoof This Is The End. They are presently finishing production on Neighbors and The Interview, both which are due out later this year, while simultaneously working on their upcoming animated comedy Sausage Party and producing another film called Cherries. Needless to say they keep themselves pretty busy, and they plan on keeping themselves busy. The two will be adapting a book called Console Wars by Blake J. Harris, with Scott Rudin also helping out with production duties. The book is the story of Tom Kalinske, who brought the Sega industry to the same level as Nintendo and sparked a corporate controversy that spanned the entire globe for the duration of the 1990s, as the two companies brought their competition all the way to the U.S. Congress. No idea when this one will be coming out, but it might be worth seeing.
Last week we heard that Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino had decided to drop his next project, The Hateful Eight, until he decided how to proceed with the newly finished script. The script was leaked onto the internet after Tarantino had given several copies to potential actors he was interested in for the new film. A few names he mentioned included actors Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, and Tim Roth, who have all worked with the director on several of past projects. Now Tarantino has filed several lawsuits against Gawker Media for copyright infringement, each suit priced at a hefty one million dollars. The suit claims “Gawker Media knowingly and actively acted as a promoter of copyright pirates, and, itself, did directly cause, contribute to, enable, and facilitate copyright infringement.” Gawker posted a URL link to their site that allowed viewers to download the script. Tarantino also stated that Gawker “crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire screenplay immediately,” and slammed the site for promoting illegal pirating and immoral journalism. The director is being represented by Martin Singer, Henry Self, and Evan Spiegel at Lavely & Singer.