Pineapple Express

When Harry Met Sally Chinese Couple

The story of Harry and Sally is fine and all, but there are better couples in Rob Reiner‘s 1989 rom-com classic. And I’m not talking about Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher, either. For the 25th anniversary of When Harry Met Sally, I’d like to shine a light on the characters only credited as “documentary couples.” These seven pairs of adorable elderly folk are based on true stories, each one said to have been plucked from real people by screenwriter Nora Ephron. But we don’t know anything more about any of them. The actual couples don’t appear in the film but instead are portrayed by actors. Wonderful, old actors. Some of whom are still alive! Before we get to know each of these actors, let’s watch their appearances in WHMS and once again enjoy the tales of fated spouses.

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Yes, April Fools jokes are, by and large, just kinda silly and essentially pointless in movie-land (except for this one!), but every now and then, a good one comes along. Such is the case with this fake trailer for Pineapple Express 2, a little slice of movie trickery that actually functions as trailer for this year’s Seth Rogen and James Franco team-up, their apocalyptic comedy This is the End. With Pineapple Express co-star Danny McBride also starring in This is the End, no wonder the team felt the need to cook up a couple minutes of laughs that make us jones for such a sequel. Very clever. Check out the special April Fools trailer for Pineapple Express 2 (aka This is the End) after the break, and relive the glory of McBride saying “thug life,” Franco and Rogen professing their love for each other, and the sweet sounds of music that relies on gunshots for nearly one-half of its runtime.

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It seems that when it comes to tales of good and evil – we often see anything besides good winning and evil losing as some kind of a cop out. Like… we’d rather see the villain fall to their death or be eaten by hyenas than learn the error of their ways -something that’s more than evident in Disney films, which have featured both killer hyenas and high places. But, you know – when a bad guy ultimately turns good, if done right, it’s way better to watch. More often than not they still usually end up dying horrible, so there’s that too, but at least they die good. There’s probably going to be a lot of spoilers below.

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David Gordon Green is one of those rare filmmakers who has the comic power to make fairly despicable or unlikable characters oddly sympathetic, and oddly, likable . While Green believes everyone in the world is likable – and how he thinks that I have no idea – he certainly seems to love his antiheroes. Very few David Gordon Green characters one would want to hang out with in real life, but on the big screen, he makes oblivious, frustrating, and moronic fools highly watchable. Hopefully that’ll remain the case with his latest R-rated comedy, The Sitter. Thanks to David Gordon Green being able to say a 1,000 words a minute, similarly to Danny McBride, in my 15-minute conversation we were able to cover a lot of ground. From the greatness of breakfast tacos, a topic I didn’t foresee being discussed, to Soul Surfer topping Your Highness earlier this year, Green goes in every direction possible with any mentioned topic. Here’s what The Sitter director had to say about why one should live in Austin, going through hell with actors, dealing with ego, and when too much Sam Rockwell crying becomes self-indulgent.

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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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Once again, nudity wins. Pineapple Express star Amber Heard’s inhibitions about being nude on film may have just landed her a role next to Johnny Depp, pulling the rug out from under Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley.

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DVDs I Bought This Week!

Brian Gibson loves to buy DVDs. Come with him on his weekly journey into the depths of credit card debt as he tells you what to buy, rent and avoid.

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Earlier today I posted 2008: The Cinescape, a fan made dedication to some of the more iconic films of 2008. This afternoon I received word that another such video has appeared online, from YouTubian Kees van Dijkhuizen.

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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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Freaks of the Heartland, by Steve Niles

Two of my favorite people in the industry, Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green and 30 Days of Night writer Steve Niles are teaming up in a big way for Overture Films.

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Amber Heard: Topless Photo Shoot

Today’s Afternoon Delight is courtesy of actress Amber Heard. You may remember her as Seth Rogen’s 18-year old high school girlfriend from Pineapple Express.

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The Reject Report: July 18

Every weekend it seems as if some new movie comes along to try and challenge the weekend domination of The Dark Knight. And every weekend, the same thing happens: the challenge ends up falling short.

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Kevin and Neil attempt to discuss movies that might not even be right for them. Kevin insists he’s not a stoner, and Neil insists he’s not a teenage girl.

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Wowch verses Pineapple Express

Did James Franco and David Gordon Green steal this shirt design? Possibly while high?

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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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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

What can we learn from “Pineapple Express” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants?” More dont’s than do’s.

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You need to be stoned to love Pineapple Express

Let me start off by saying that I’m not a big fan of stoner movies. For that matter, I’m not a big fan of stoners, period. Does that make me an old fart? Perhaps, but at least you know where I’m coming from.

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Holy Crap! It

Let’s just assume that most die-hard fans of the Pineapple Express genre aren’t necessarily going to be drinking while seeing this movie. But for those of you who want to enjoy a stoner action flick whilst drunk, here’s a chance.

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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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