Here's old audition footage of a bunch of famous actors who tried out for parts on The Office back in the fall of 2003 but were passed over. It's a special feature off the recently-released DVD set for the ninth and final season of the show. It's pretty cool to see Bob Odenkirk (Michael), Seth Rogen (Dwight), Adam Scott (Jim), Kathryn Hahn (Pam), John Cho (Jim), and Eric Stonestreet (Kevin) play these well-known characters and to think about how differently their careers and the show would have been had they gotten these parts.
Check out a list of other people who auditioned for The Office, including Paul Giamatti, [...]
It's been a lackluster year for mainstream comedies, but it looks like Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's directorial debut, This Is The End, is breaking that pattern by actually receiving positive reviews. The movie opens today, starring Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson as fictionalized versions of themselves dealing with the apocalypse. Movie critics have generally praised the This Is the End's vulgar humor while deeming the movie a little self-indulgent and overlong and messy due to excessive improvisation. This Is the End earned a 79% and a 69/100 on review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, respectively, making it the best-reviewed mainstream comedy [...]
In addition to our Arrested Development season 4 review, Splitsider will also be posting episode-by-episode recaps that will cover two episodes at a time. So if you aren’t one of the loyal, unemployed superfans without Memorial Day plans who plowed through all 8 hours of the new season in one sitting, and instead opted for a slower, more leisurely approach to screening the episodes, these weekly recaps should suit your old fashioned and increasingly obsolete lifestyle perfectly.
Those who have seen any of the new episodes will know that, in true Arrested Development form, the episodes become increasingly layered as the season goes on, with information from earlier [...]
Here's a new Funny or Die video Seth Rogen made for an Alzheimer's Association event he's hosting called Hilarity for Charity. Like all good charity videos, it involves the spokesperson committing armed robbery, playing Russian roulette, and making meth with Bryan Cranston.
Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn’t get, and the projects that fell apart altogether. This week, we turn our attention to Seth Rogen, an actor/writer/producer who got a series of early starts in his career. Rogen began doing stand-up at 12, writing movies at 13, starring in network TV shows at 17, writing professionally at 19, and becoming a movie star at 25. Like every actor, Seth Rogen has had his share of close calls with big [...]
You probably could have predicted this one, but Seth Rogen will be James Franco's roasmaster for his upcoming Comedy Central roast. Rogen made the announcement via Twitter today, writing, "I will be 'Roastmaster' at the Franco Roast on Comedy Central. It's to help promote the Russian release of This Is The End." The roast is set to be held in Los Angeles on August 18th and will air on the cable network on Labor Day (September 2nd). The network has yet to announce who the other roasters will be, but a lot of actors from the Apatow gang are likely to turn up with Rogen and Franco both [...]
In almost (gulp) 40 years, I've been to three films where the theater shook from the audience laughing so hard: Borat, Knocked Up, and, now, This is the End. Granted the crowd attending the sneak preview of This the End at the American Film Institute (AFI) were aspiring filmmakers salivating over the careers of the film's auteurs Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Even if you don't dream of being Hollywood's "it" boys, this self-referential buddy comedy is a fun ride thanks to the cast's infectious chemistry.
Comedy's reigning princes Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride star in this rambunctious feature, which hits [...]
In Seth Rogen's two guest spots on FX's The League, he and actor Jason Mantzoukas have proven to be a great team. Rogen has exceled at playing despicable librarian/pornographer Dirty Randy, best friend to Mantzoukas's own dirtbag character Rafi. In an interview with Complex today, Rogen reveals that he and Mantzoukas have had non-serious talks about spinning their characters off into their own story. Here's a clip:
Interviewer: By the way, the Dirty Randy movie needs to happen. Rogen: It does! Mantzoukas and I were actually just talking about it. I saw him on Saturday night. We were like, "We should just do something that focuses on our two characters." [...]
Yesterday, Seth Rogen and company released a fake trailer for Pineapple Express 2 as an April Fool's Day gag, which ended up being a piece of actual promotion for their new apocalypse comedy This Is the End. Now, they've released an actual new trailer for This Is the End, a movie that Rogen co-wrote/co-directed that stars him, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson as themselves. Beware, the trailer's jam-packed with spoilers, revealing some major character deaths and other stuff too.
As if playing Brick Tamland's love interest in Anchorman 2 weren't enough, Kristen Wiig has been added to the cast of another prestigious comedy franchise: Arrested Development. Wiig and Seth Rogen will both have cameos in the upcoming fourth season of AD, which debuts on Netflix in one big 14-episode batch sometime this May. Stop reading this now if you don't want some big spoilers… Vulture reports that Kristen Wiig will be playing a young Lucille Bluth in some kind of flashback sequence, which sounds pretty awesome. No word on who Seth Rogen is playing, but a young George Bluth seems like kind of a stretch. [...]
If you're planning on seeing Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's This Is the End this weekend, you may not know that it was based on the 2007 short film, "Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse." Embedded above is the trailer for the unreleased short film that Rogen starred in with Jay Baruchel, which quickly became a viral hit. Rogen and Goldberg wrote the script with Jason Stone, who directed. They used the short to shop around This Is the End to studios in order to get the movie made but had to change the title because, according to Goldberg, "Steven Spielberg and Fox made Robopocalypse and because of [...]
Seth Rogen and longtime writing partner Evan Goldberg are making their directorial debut with the apocalyptic comedy This Is the End, which comes out next week, and the two revealed today that they were aiming for an NC-17 rating. The movie, which stars Rogen and pals James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson as fictional versions of themselves fighting to survive the end times, features a ton of violence, drug use, and profanity, but the sexual content is what the directors felt was pushing it. Rogen and Goldberg told The LA Times that they purposefully shot for an NC-17 rating by making the movie [...]
YouTube announced today that they'll be holding their first ever "comedy week" next month. The event will feature performers Vince Vaughn, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Ed Helms, Garfunkel & Oates, and Norm Macdonald in a week of stand-up, sketches, music, and live performances. It'll take place the week of May 19th to the 25th, kicking off that Sunday with a live variety show running 90-120 minutes. Silverman and Cera are currently working to create content for the new YouTube comedy channel JASH, while Norm Macdonald hosts a show on YouTube's Video Podcast Network. YouTube's comedy week will be run by Daniel Kellison, who oversees both JASH [...]
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are getting ready to direct their second movie together. THR reports that Rogen and his longtime writing partner Evan Goldberg have signed on to direct, write, and produce a comedy called The Interview, with Rogen playing one of the two lead roles. James Franco is the top choice for the other main character, but he hasn't become involved officially yet. The Interview follows a good-looking talk show host (Franco, if he signs on) and his producer (Rogen) who accidentally get caught up in a plan to assassinate the prime minister of North Korea. Rogen and Goldberg made their directorial debut with [...]
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