Evan Goldberg

Striking a balance between humor and humility is one of the toughest things to do in any form of storytelling, but just with this trailer, director Jonathan Levine and a cast that includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anna Kendrick look like they’ve done just that. Plus, they’ve done it while mocking the big baddie of the disease world. Formerly titled I’m with Cancer, 50/50 is a title that keeps the odds of the main character living front and center (even if they basically spoil that point in the opening part of the trailer), and the rest is filled with heads being shaved with questionable trimmers, therapy sessions, and foolish attempts at cancer-based pick-up lines.

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The Green Hornet hasn’t been treated all too kindly on the interwebs for a while now. Ever since the announcement of Seth Rogen starring in the film, overly sensitive message board regulars have been crying foul. There’s been less-than-flattering rumors regarding the film, most of which were untrue, but what does writer Evan Goldberg think of this? Well, he doesn’t spend a whole lot of time online, but he recognizes and knows the unfair buzz. Goldberg even name dropped an IMDB message board regular who he spent a lot of time antagonizing. Now that the film is out, perhaps those skeptics will give the film a fair shake. The one thing about The Green Hornet that most will take notice to is how much Goldberg and Rogen did the opposite of standard superhero tropes. The lead, Britt Reid, isn’t your usual superhero and is a completely dislikable moron. The love interest isn’t even a love interest. The villain is more sympathetic than the idiotic hero. Britt Reid makes Tony Stark seem like a total boy scout in comparison. Rogen and Goldberg, without a doubt, have created one of the most unconventional and (lovably) unlikable superhero leads ever to grace the screen.

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Depending on what image just popped into your fragile mind, this might exactly what you thinking or the exact opposite. But probably nothing in between. If you imagined, “a Rated-R, super dirty, mockery of a Pixar movie about sausages in a supermarket that need to get back to their aisle before the fourth of July,” then you were right, because that’s how screenwriter Evan Goldberg described the project (one of many) that he and Seth Rogen are currently working on. Goldberg spoke to ScreenRant recently about The Green Hornet, not seeing The Godfather III, his hesitation about making Pineapple Express 2, and about the possibilities of seeing their hockey movie The Goon and movie about Jay and Seth battling against the Apocalypse (Jay and Seth vs The Apocalypse) ending up as actual words on paper. However, the project that caught my attention the most was the animated potential of seeing a bunch of filthy sausages go on an adventure in the dairy aisle. Sounds great, right?

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If you were twiddling your thumbs, getting all down heart by reading the marquee at your local theater, and wondering when the hell you’ll be able to feast your eyes on the theoretical comic genius of Pineapple Express 2 – be prepared to be disappointed. There are two things standing in the way. One is the reality of schedules. Now that Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Franco, and Danny McBride are getting phone calls every 10 seconds for new work, it makes it difficult to get the gang back together. Still, if Danny Ocean can bring a baker’s dozen together, these comedians can most likely make the time. The second thing is Evan Goldberg. The co-writer of Pineapple Express is incredibly hesitant to go down the sequel road because of the damage it could do if it failed. That damage most likely translates to their career prospects and to the memory of the characters, but it’s not a bad point. Some movies just aren’t made for sequels, and it’s nice to see a filmmaker giving some intense thought to it instead of jumping in blindly. On that same note, though, Goldberg should definitely take his time, and then decide to make the sequel. It would have fun characters on another wacky adventure, and there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it might be a better version of a Three Stooges movie than the actual planned Three Stooges movie. [Cinema Blend]

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The Green Hornet isn’t getting the buzz it deserves. It’s a Michel Gondry superhero film – how does that not draw excitement? Or how about the fact it’s written by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen? They both share writing credits for Pineapple Express and Superbad which are, arguably, the best Apatow produced features. It’s an odd combination for sure, but at least it sounds and looks different than most superhero films currently in the pipeline. While the first trailer wasn’t the show stopper it should have been, it shouldn’t tamper one’s excitement. The one thing I really wanted to know, though: how much of a Michel Gondry film will this be? That’s one of the many things I asked Golberg when I sat down with him last week at Comic-Con.

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Boiling Point

In honor of Hung’s usage of two titles per episode, this week’s Boiling Point is actually called In Defense of the Nerd Kingdom or How Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Wrote the Weakest, Most Uninspired Comic Con Article of All Time. You can see how the the second title is a bit long. You may also be asking yourself “what exactly is this moron talking about?” Well, when the San Diego Comic Convention rolls around, the biggest of its kind, you can always count on a few articles or arguments against it. They’re generally playful, but my problem is that they’re vastly unoriginal and mostly unwarranted. No doubt you’ve already read some article that says something along the lines of “Nerds smell and need deodorant.” Usually its said like “Memo: Nerds, put down your dice and figure out the magic spell of deodorant.” Actually, that’s too clever, but you get the point.

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With Jay Baruchel’s upcoming project Goon, he and fellow writer Evan Goldberg are looking to incorporate the grittiness of Raging Bull into a comedy about hockey. Which is basically his way of saying he wants to remake D3: The Mighty Ducks without pissing off the Emilio Estevez fanbase.

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Check out this big gallery of photos of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Michel Gondry unveiling the Black Beauty from their upcoming movie, The Green Hornet.

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Universal Pictures has released a full-length red band trailer for Judd Apatow’s upcoming comedy Funny People today, which fails to feel very red band, but does deliver some laughs.

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Sometime within the next fifteen years, it’s possible that Seth Rogen may or may not embark on a road trip with Barbara Streisand and someone will film it. Yes, this is the highest level of accuracy and detail we can give you, but admit that you’re intrigued.

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Seth Rogen

Actor/Screenwriter Seth Rogen may have found his calling in the world of porn — and who can blame him.

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Stephen Chow in CJ7

Write this down: The Green Hornet is officially one of the most anticipated films of 2010. Sure, there will be Iron Man 2 and plenty of other cool tentpoles, but none of them will have the magical touch of Stephen Chow.

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James Franco and Seth Rogen in Pineapple Express

FSR newcomer Conrad Rothbaum was sent out, on assignment to see Pineapple Express on one condition: no pregame smoke. As it turns out, no herbal enhancements were needed to enjoy the film.

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Seth Rogen and James Franco in Pineapple Express

“You should make a weed action movie,” Judd Apatow said to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and thus was birthed Pineapple Express.

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The Cast of Pineapple Express

I sat and watched Pineapple Express at a special screening last night. First off, it was just as funny as you might expect. Secondly, the film was followed by a Q&A with the film’s stars, director and producer.

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Seth Rogen and two sexy women

The future is so bright for Seth Rogen that he’s going to need Aviator sunglasses. He’ll also need a taser and an ill-fitting pair of Dickie’s to step into the role of a mall rent-a-cop in the tentatively titled Observe and Report. Of course, it’s weird to say that his future is bright when, you know, his present is pretty blinding as well.

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Pineapple Express Movie Logo

Generally, stoner comedies can be characterized by their inaction, or the lack of motivation that their characters have once they have smoked up all the green. But Pineapple Express seems to be more about getting some action, making it the first stoner action comedy — at least as far as I can recall this early in the morning.

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Yesterday we got our first look at The Pineapple Express with a picture. Today we have a video.

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Seth Rogen is a busy, busy man. You may have seen him this year — he’s been popping up all over the place.

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