Let's face it: over the 40 years SNL has been on the air, the majority of its sketches have not made us laugh. For every "Cowbell," there are a dozen forgotten flat-liners you'd never see on the "Best of Will Ferrell" DVD. At best, the show can hope for a 1:1 hit ratio. That's not meant as a knock against SNL, but as an acknowledgement of its difficulty level. By now, we've gone through enough behind-the-scenes documentaries and oral histories to appreciate the show's demanding six-day production period and the risks of live broadcasts. Regular viewers accept a mixed bag as par for the course.
This season has served as evidence of that inconsistency. SNL has produced some real [...]
It turns out that North Korea's missiles and complaints about Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's newest assassination comedy The Interview being "an act of war" that "shows the desperation of the US government and American society" have been taken seriously by Sony, because THR reports today that the film will undergo a bunch of changes prior to its release on December 25th. According to the report, the studio is not only "digitally altering thousands of buttons worn by characters … because they depict the actual hardware worn by the North Korean military" that honor Kim Jong-un and his father Kim Jong-il, but they're also reconsidering [...]
The recently released trailer for Seth Rogen's new movie The Interview (due out October 10th) has already made waves with its main plot and joke target North Korea in the form of an official condemnation of the film. According to Variety, the executive director of the Centre for North Korea-U.S. Peace was "dismissive" in an interview with the Telegraph about the movie: "There is a special irony in this storyline," he said, "as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society." He added, however, that dictator Kim Jong-un — who is played in the film by Randall Park — would "probably watch the [...]
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 [...]