Set in an alternative universe – similar, but far from identical to ours – where a former TV star becomes president (because he played one on a popular, long-running show), an ultra-right-wing Rupert Murdoch-clone rules the airwaves (among other media), and where a Seth Rogen-looking character (played by Seth Rogen) somehow manages to make the jump from unemployed, lefty journo to head speechwriter for a secretary of state, future presidential candidate, to one-half of an unconventional romantic couple, the Jonathan Levine-directed Long Shot asks a tremendous amount from paying audience members and down-the-road future streamers: To set aside any all reality-world doubt and embrace the sheer wish-fulfillment fantasy inherent in the overused schlub-romances-a-beauty-queen-with-brains premise. If you can buy in, if you can get past what any reasonable person would consider the equivalent of a Big Ask, then Long Shot has a semi-random assortment of party favors and weed-soaked pleasures on offer for sporadic enjoyment and/or entertainment. (more…)
The Lion King remains one of the most profitable and beloved of Disney‘s animated classics, the total package of a great voice cast, great music, and a story with universal appeal. Jon Favreau has his work cut out for him adapting The Lion King for his photorealistic remake, perhaps it’s even more of a challenge that the director’s work on The Jungle Book, given that there are a lot of people out there that grew up with the tale of Simba and his birth, exile and return as the king of the Pride. Well, Favreau’s now cast two of the movie’s trickiest roles, Timon and Pumbaa. (more…)
Robert Kirkman is slowly turning into his own Stan Lee. His most famous comic, The Walking Dead, centering on the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse, is one of cable TV’s highest-rated dramas and is about to go into its 7th season on AMC. The supernatural horror story Outcast focusing on demonic possession is about to start its second season on Cinemax this month. His production company Skybound Entertainment which has produced both TV show as well as other projects, including a remake of An American Werewolf in London. And it looks like they aren’t slowing down anytime soon as another one of his properties is being adapted, this time for the big screen.
The Green Hornet. Legendary comic book character to some, and to others, a terrible Seth Rogen movie. This is a character that once, back in the 60’s, went toe-to-toe in popularity with Batman. Sadly, this emerald colored crimefighter got reduced to stoner material with Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen‘s 2011 superhero comedy. While some enjoyed the laughs and action (“Kato-vision” was also a really neat take on “bullet time.”), it completely failed to bring this once famous character back into the spotlight, and instead, got remembered as the movie where Seth Rogen wasn’t fat anymore.
Well, hey, don’t count a good superhero down. In a world where Spider-Man can get multiple reboots, so can’t every other superhero. The Green Hornet is coming back! This time from a director in much more capable hands. (more…)
Audio commentary for the pilot episode of AMC’s ‘Preacher,’ which debuted this past Sunday, can now be heard in its entirety online. The commentary features the team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, both of whom are executive producers and co-directors of the series.
The episode, which is considered the pilot episode, did quite well in the ratings and received generally positive feedback and remarks for this new show. So the folks over at AMC decided to allow the fans the opportunity to hear commentary by the directors and listen to their thoughts on the series, the struggles in finally bringing the adaptation to the small screen, and a lot of fun and interesting facts about last Sunday’s pilot episode.
Obviously, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg must be feeling pretty good about how well they’ve adapted the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon Vertigo comic book series Preacher, because they are about to tackle another major Ennis title. Preacher premieres on AMC next month, and the early buzz has been very, very positive, so why not next tackle the book that Ennis himself once said he hoped to “out-Preacher Preacher” with. Yes, for their next trick, Rogen and Goldberg are planning on adapting The Boys, an Ennis book released under Wildstorm and Dynamite, for a channel that will loosen even further the cuffs on violence, language and sexuality: Cinemax. (more…)
AMC has just released a new teaser promo video for their upcoming highly anticipated series “Preacher,” set to debut on Sunday, May 22nd at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The new promo raises the blood pressure and intrigue when it comes to the mysterious forces that impacts the life of West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) and the troubled people who populate his world. Check it out below.
Hey, remember Where’s Waldo? You’re school library probably had a ton of them, hours and hours of hide and seek goodness as you scour each page for a bespectacled beatnik in a striped red shirt and hat with a walking stick. Sometimes he’s with a dog and a woman that looks and dresses suspiciously like him, and you, the reader, are asked to find them too. Yeah, well it’s now going to be a movie. Many have tried to bring Where’s Waldo to the big screen before, but now the dynamic duo of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are going to try and find a way to make Waldo a movie. (more…)
After years of hype, more hype and the occasional production hiccup, Garth Ennis’ magnum opus Preacher finally gets a premiere screening date for SXSW 2016. For those unfamiliar with the work, Preacher was a limited series comic book published by Vertigo and it featured the raunchy misadventures of Jesse Custer (superpowered ex-Preacher extraordinaire), Tulip (jilted ex with a handcanon) and Cassidy (fiction’s best-worst vampire). The series used its gratuitous amounts of violence, sexual innuendo and pitch-black humor to answer such questions as: ‘what is the responsibility of God to man and vice versa’ and ‘does absolute power corrupt absolutely, if you aren’t an utter bastard’?
So comic book fans, rejoice! Garth Ennis mega-fans…curb your enthusiasm. Because apparently, the TV adaptation is not going to be the kind of show you were looking for…
AMC couldn’t wait until this Sunday’s premiere of the first trailer for Seth Rogen‘s adaptation of Garth Ennis‘ Preacher starring Dominic Cooper that is set to air during The Walking Dead. A teaser for that trailer has just been released. Check it out below! (more…)