Screen Junkies » evan goldberg http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:57:25 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Seth Rogen And James Franco Planning To Kill North Korea’s PM http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/seth-rogen-and-james-franco-planning-to-kill-north-koreas-pm/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/seth-rogen-and-james-franco-planning-to-kill-north-koreas-pm/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:33:17 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257310 Use your words, guys.

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Having found success every time they get in a room and smoke pot together, Seth Rogen and James Franco have decided to give it another whirl. This time, however, they have a mission — to assassinate the Prime Minister of North Korea. The Interview, the latest comedy from Rogen and Evan Goldberg, will feature Franco and Rogen playing “a talk-show host and his producer who find themselves out of their depths when they participate in a plot to assassinate the prime minister of North Korea.”

Shooting begins this winter so expect to see a teaser where Rogen gets in a slap fight with Ken Jeong set to Cypress Hill’s “How I Could Just Kill A Man” next fall. (THR)

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Seth Rogen And Evan Goldberg To Animate Dick Jokes In ‘Sausage Party’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/seth-rogen-and-evan-goldberg-to-animate-dick-jokes-in-sausage-party/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/seth-rogen-and-evan-goldberg-to-animate-dick-jokes-in-sausage-party/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:46:19 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257212 Finally a cartoon that you can't take the kids to.

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Thanks to the successful dick jokes in This Is The End, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are now permitted to make their dream project, the R-rated animated film Sausage Party. The story follows a sausage that falls out of a shopping cart and quests his way back to his aisle, making friends along the way and learning the reason for his own existence. Though animated, the film will reportedly feature “all the irreverent, insightful and risqué R-rated humor we have come to expect from [Rogen and Goldberg].” Which means we can anticipate finally seeing a sausage smoke pot and probably get jammed in someone’s asshole at some point. It goes where Toy Story pussied out. (/Film)

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Those Mayans Were Totally Right: ‘This Is The End’ Preview http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/those-mayans-were-totally-right-this-is-the-end-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/those-mayans-were-totally-right-this-is-the-end-trailer/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:26:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=252574 We all laughed at the Mayan prediction that the world would come to an end on this date, but now as I type this from the limbo state of eternal...

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We all laughed at the Mayan prediction that the world would come to an end on this date, but now as I type this from the limbo state of eternal damnation I can see that maybe we should have listened better. Same in the case of Seth Rogen and his pals. This preview from next year’s This Is The End shows that they were all just hanging out having an Apatow buddies party when suddenly the world ended and now both Michael Cera and David Krumholtz are dead. Now we’ll never get a Numb3rs reunion special.

Oh God, has anyone checked in on Rob Morrow yet?!!

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Rogen, Levine, Reiser, And Goldberg Getting Together To Hit Up ‘Jamaica’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rogen-levine-reiser-and-goldberg-getting-together-to-hit-up-jamaica/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rogen-levine-reiser-and-goldberg-getting-together-to-hit-up-jamaica/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 22:31:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219173 It's a movie about Jamaica produced by Seth Rogen. Think it's gonna have some weed in it?

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The principals for Jamaica represent a stoner-tastic bunch with the announcement that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have teamed with director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) and writer Will Reiser, who had previously teamed with Rogen on the upcoming “cancer comedy” 50/50. Unfortunately, Rogen and Goldberg will only be serving as producers, rather than writers or actors. The cast has not yet been found/announced.

Jamaica will draw from Will Reiser’s real-life experience of travelling to the island with his grandmother when he was 14. So there might not be as many weed jokes as one would think. But rest easy, stoners, as that probably means there will just be “a lot” as opposed to “a shit ton.”

The project is being fasttracked with Mandate, so unless there’s going to be some huge unforeseen effects here, this should hit theaters in relatively short order. Which is good, because I don’t know how much longer I can hold out without seeing a grandmother in a bathing suit.

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That Nerd Jay Baruchel Spends All Day Reading And Adapting Books http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/that-nerd-jay-baruchel-spends-all-day-reading-and-adapting-books/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/that-nerd-jay-baruchel-spends-all-day-reading-and-adapting-books/#comments Thu, 05 May 2011 06:49:14 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210598 Jay Baruchel is looking to get his Final Draft on by adapting the comic 'Random Acts of Violence' and rewriting 'Exorcism Diaries'.

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In order to get elite status in the Apatow Inner Circle, you also have to write screenplays, like Brother Rogen and Brother Segel. Acting awkward on camera only gets you to level 6. Maybe that’s why Jay Baruchel is looking to get his Final Draft on.

Baruchel and writing partner Jesse Chabot have signed on for two projects. They will adapt Kickstart Comics’ Random Acts of Violence, which is about horror comic book creators on a signing tour, and murders follow them wherever they go. It all centers around their star character, Slasherman. Hold on, does that mean Baruchel and Chabot are gonna become murder magnets when they’re on the press tour? We should all ask Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, the original writers of the comic. Only they know the rules for how that works.

The writing team will also tackle a rewrite on Summit‘s Exorcism Diaries, based on The Real Story Behind The Exorcist by Mark Opsasnick. It’s the story of a reporter who gets the unfortunate attention of a supernatural being while researching the story of history’s most famous exorcism. This is why you have to be careful around Ouija boards, you guys. Let’s just play Sorry instead. No, you’re the one who’s scared.

Baruchel also co-wrote the recently shot hockey comedy Goon with Evan Goldberg. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Nobody Wants To Touch Seth Rogen’s ‘Sausage’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nobody-wants-to-touch-seth-rogens-sausage/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nobody-wants-to-touch-seth-rogens-sausage/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 22:46:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16562 If Sylvester Stallone can throw a sausage party, why can't Seth Rogen? That's what he, Jonah Hill, and Evan Goldberg plan to do.

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If Sylvester Stallone can throw a sausage party, why can’t Seth Rogen? That’s what he, Jonah Hill, and Evan Goldberg plan to do.

Rogen and Goldberg gave insights into the plot of Sausage Party, their foray into hard R-rated animation.

“It’s a movie about sausages in a supermarket that need to get back to their aisle before the fourth of July,” says Rogen.

Goldberg adds, “Their whole goal is to get purchased. And they get lost and they need to get back to their aisle before the Fourth of July starts.”

Despite having Monsters Vs. Aliens and Shrek Forever After director Conrad Vernon and Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne involved, they’re having trouble getting the project off the ground. The problem they’re encountering is the same one that David Fincher is having with The Goon. There’s just not a strong enough audience for non G-rated animated films. That, and Jonah Hill has already blown through the production budget “researching” different sausages. Yeah right, Jonah. “Research.” (via Screenrant and CinemaBlend)

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Interview: Evan Goldberg Talks ‘Green Hornet’, Apocalypses, and ‘Spaceballs’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/interview-evan-goldberg-talks-green-hornet-apocalypses-and-spaceballs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/interview-evan-goldberg-talks-green-hornet-apocalypses-and-spaceballs/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:03:49 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15091 Seth Rogen’s partner in writing walked us through some of the unique aspects of their version of The Green Hornet. He also dishes on Seth and Jay vs. The Apocalypse.

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Seth Rogen’s partner in writing, Evan Goldberg, walked us through some of the unique aspects of their version of The Green Hornet. It begins with Britt Reid (Rogen) really defying his father. When he decides to be a crime fighter, he still wants the media and the bad guys to think they’re criminals too. Britt and Kato (Jay Chou) end up fighting when Kato feels he’s doing the heavy lifting and Britt gets insecure that his sidekick is cooler than he is. It ends in a massive action sequence at Britt’s newspaper, The Daily Sentinel.

In a trailer on the Sony lot, Goldberg answered some potential criticisms and revealed some behind the scenes secrets, like Shane Black’s contribution to The Green Hornet. He also shared some ideas about his upcoming apocalypse comedy and some theories about classic televison.

Q: Did you want to explore real daddy issues with Britt Reid?

Evan Goldberg: Yeah, definitely. It was something we were going for. To us, a lot of the things in this movie, we used to meet with Shane Black because there was a period where he was going to maybe direct the movie. We would sit and chat with him in cafes for hours. When we sat with him, we came to realize through a lot of his helpful guidance that in writing this movie, he was like, “You flipped the hero/sidekick relationship and you almost at that juncture had flipped the hero motivation with the parent thing. Make sure to flip everything. You’ve got to make sure to flip everything.” That’s where we were like: Okay, Batman’s dad inspires him. Superman’s parents inspire him. Spider-Man’s uncle dies and he was such a great man, he wants to live up to that. We were like, what if we make his dad an *sshole and he hates his dad. He gets his motivation from him but it’s a negative motivation that he shouldn’t have. So we just tried to take everything and completely reverse it in that regard. That’s kind of how it came to the big daddy issues that it was.

Q: And Britt mentions how novel it is to be superheroes who are not perceived as good guys, but isn’t that part of Batman and Spider-Man too?

EG: Batman, personally I think it was an extremely weak conclusion in that film. [the dark knight] was a great movie but how in the end, there were so many stories going on and the story never really was is Batman a good guy or a bad guy. In the comic books he’ the dark knight, he’s the darkest of the heroes but he’s a hero, period.

Q: Well, even in Batman Returns he’s framed for a while, and the newspaper in Spider-Man is out to get him.

EG: Yeah, Spider-Man they definitely think is a bad guy. I think the only difference is, I guess for Batman it’s I don’t care what anyone things. For Spider-Man, it’s I really want people to think I’m a hero. In The Green Hornet, it’s like, “We’re villains!” So I guess they’re all shades of the same thing, eh?

Q: Did you want to have more of Britt and Kato in conflict than ended up in the movie?

EG: No, no, I’m very happy with it. When it came to this movie, there’s moments in the other movies we made, Superbad and Pineapple, where you’re really like, “Oh man, these guys, there’s a chasm and they’ve fallen apart. I want them to get back together.” We get into the emotion of it more and really wallow in it. This movie we wanted to be more of just a fun romp, so we didn’t want to spend a lot of time with the two people you love having together not together.

Q: Britt comments that Kato is so cool he can slow down time, so Britt knows that’s what happens in Kato-vision?

EG: I think what it is, is that Britt sees him move so quickly, and he says that one line, “When my heart starts pumping, it’s like time slows down.” So I don’t think so. He’s just going off of what Kato said. I assume in Britt’s eyes, Kato’s just kicking the sh*t out of people in an amazing fashion.

Q: How detailed did you write the finale in The Daily Sentinel?

EG: I mean, we wrote a lot of detail in it but there were a lot of things that we didn’t write. These questions are almost impossible to answer on The Green Hornet because we wrote that they go up there, but we only wrote they go up there because our production designer was like, “If you build a million dollar set, you might as well destroy it.” So we were like all right, we should destroy The Daily Sentinel. The whole time we were writing, we were trying to get back to The Daily Sentinel. Michel wanted to cut the car in two in the elevator and Seth and I were like, “Well, they shoul drive around in the half car.” He was like, “They can’t do that.” So we found some YouTube videos of some people in the south who had done that so then we threw that in. Then the stunt guys were like, “What if we had the guy with the bazooka there and we smashed through the wall and then backed up.” We were like, “Okay, but as long as you’re shooting missiles at the same time.” So really everyone had a little dip into that.

Q: Was the interview scene with Lenore scripted or heavy improv?

EG: No, that was very much written. It was very long and mostly written. There were some nice improvs in there. There were a few good ones but it was an extremely lengthy scene at first so that we knew we’d have enough to cut it down and make it nice.

Q: Are you still working on Seth and Jay Vs. The Apocalypse?

EG: Yeah, we’re outlining it right now. We’re getting that going soon.

Q: What are your favorite aspects or clichés of the end of the world genres that you can play with?

EG: I mean, it’s very specific what we’re going for and it could change as we go along, but right now it’s like the apocalypse happens and it’s the Catholic one. Period. We’re still undecided but we’re pretty sure that the choice is strictly go with one version of the apocalypse and just stick to it. We think we’re going to stick with the Catholic apocalypse and just go with exactly what Catholics think would happen. What we just found so funny is it’s like the end of days occurs and then there’s the rapture. We’re just like what about all these other schmucks who get left behind? Initially it was just like imagine if the rapture happened, all of us Jewish writers would just be stuck here as the world went to hell. It’s not all Jews anymore but that was kind of the initial motivation. If the apocalypse happened, I would just be stuck on earth while hell comes to earth. That’s what some people are thinking is going to go down. And we’re not going to try to mock the Catholic interpretation of the Apocalypse. We’re just doing that one.

Q: I was thinking of all the Will Smith/Roland Emmerich type end of the world movies.

EG: We’re going with biblical apocalypse hardcore.

Q: But even with the character clichés, the wacky scientist, the screw-up who sacrifices himself for the greater good…

EG: In our movie they’re playing themselves. Seth Rogen is Seth Rogen.

Q: Did you write a movie without Seth?

EG: Yeah, me and Jay Baruchel wrote a movie called Goon being directed by Michael Dowse starring Sean William Scott, Liev Schrieber, Allison Pill and Eugene Levy. It’s a movie about a moronic guy who becomes a goon on a hockey team. They just filmed it up in Winnipeg. I went to the set for a little while. As a Canadian it’s really exciting.

Q: Jay is a part of your group, so is it a similar sense of humor as Seth?

EG: Oh, we’re very, very similar. The Apocalypse is going to be a great team-up though because he loves dark horror stuff like that. We don’t so we’ll be able to combine those two things.

Q: You and Seth were clearly screen junkies growing up. What movies did you own on VHS, back when that was rare?

EG: Spaceballs, Three Amigos, Terminator 2 until I wore it out and got another one and another one and another one. Young Guns. Really it was Spaceballs. I think Spaceballs is the greatest comedy ever.

That’s a bold statement, Mr. Goldberg.

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