Seth Rogen: ‘Pineapple Express sequel was killed over big budget’

Seth Rogen is disappointed a sequel to Pineapple Express was dropped over budget concerns.The 2008 comedy, which was directed by David Gordon Green and starred Rogen and James Franco, raked in more than $100 million (£77 million) at the worldwide box …

Seth Rogen is disappointed a sequel to Pineapple Express was dropped over budget concerns.

The 2008 comedy, which was directed by David Gordon Green and starred Rogen and James Franco, raked in more than $100 million (£77 million) at the worldwide box office, but a follow-up never hit the big screen.

Now, the 38-year-old funnyman has revealed the real reason why a sequel never emerged, and it was all down to money.

“We tried to make one,” Rogen said during an interview on The Howard Stern Show. “Thanks to the Sony hack, you can actually find the email when Sony decided to kill the movie and not make it. It was something we were very open to several years ago, but Sony was not that interested in it.”

He went on to explain that then Sony boss Amy Pascal killed any plans for a sequel after producer Judd Apatow asked for too much money.

“I think we probably wanted too much money,” Rogen laughed. “Studios… they don’t like giving away money.”

According to The Daily Beast, the Sony hack leaked details of emails between Apatow and Pascal, in which the producer wanted $50 million (£38 million) for a budget, but Sony executives refused to budge on their $45 million (£35 million) price tag.

Elsewhere in the interview, Rogen confirmed speculation that he was hired to try and make the script for 2020 film Dolittle funnier.

“They were having problems with the movie and were calling in people to help kind of get to the bottom of it,” he confessed. “On the grand scale of being a writer, it’s a cushy position to be in. Stakes are low for you in that role, which is nice, but also you want to help.

“I like movies and I like the actors in that movie. I genuinely want to make things better if I can.”

Despite his comedic talent, the Robert Downey Jr. movie was mauled by critics, and has a score of 14 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Seth Rogen and Luca Guadagnino team up for Scotty Bowers biopic

Seth Rogen and Luca Guadagnino have teamed up for a Scotty Bowers biopic.The Call Me by Your Name director will helm the project, while the Knocked Up star will write the script, alongside longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg, according to Deadline.The …

Seth Rogen and Luca Guadagnino have teamed up for a Scotty Bowers biopic.

The Call Me by Your Name director will helm the project, while the Knocked Up star will write the script, alongside longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg, according to Deadline.

The as-yet-untitled movie is based on the 2017 documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood by Matt Tyrnauer, which focused on Bowers’ time spent as a male hustler and liaison arranger for Hollywood movie stars from the 1940s until the 1980s.

Tyrnauer will also serve as producer, alongside Rogen, Goldberg and Corey Reeser, with Richard Ruiz as executive producer.

World War II veteran Bowers, who fought at the Battle of Iwo Jima, released his memoirs Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars in 2012, which documented his time as a bisexual male hustler and revealed his alleged pimp sideline of arranging dates for Hollywood stars, including Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Rock Hudson.

Bowers reportedly helped keep the secrets of big name stars – both straight and gay – who were bound by morality clauses in their studio contracts back in the 1950s, and once claimed he had he slept with former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

A character based on Bowers during the heyday of his operation is portrayed by Dylan McDermott in Ryan Murphy’s miniseries Hollywood.

He passed away from natural causes last year at the age of 96.

Rogen’s next project is comedy An American Pickle, in which he stars as a man searching for his family after being brined in a vat of pickles for 100 years.

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Chris Evans freaked out while auditioning for Seth Rogen

Chris Evans was so nervous auditioning for Seth Rogen that he lost out on a role in one of the funnyman’s movie.The Captain America star recalled the embarrassing incident as he discussed how he was keen to move on from his role as Johnny Storm/Human T…

Chris Evans was so nervous auditioning for Seth Rogen that he lost out on a role in one of the funnyman’s movie.

The Captain America star recalled the embarrassing incident as he discussed how he was keen to move on from his role as Johnny Storm/Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies in the mid-2000s.

He told Backstage magazine that he went along to audition for Rogen’s offbeat comedy Observe and Report, which was released in 2009, and followed the story of a mentally unstable vigilante mall cop who wants to join the police academy.

“I walked in the room, and there were Seth and the director and a producer, and for some reason, my brain just started shrieking, just screaming, ‘No, no, no.’ I began my audition, and about three lines in, I got this wave of sweats and my face went red. Mid-audition, I said, ‘I’m sorry, guys. I’m sorry. I’ve got to stop,'” Evans shared.

“I go into the hallway, I collect my thoughts. I’m laughing at myself. Go back in, we start up again, and it f**king happens again. My face just goes so red. I start sweating and I have to stop again.”

Evans then headed home from the audition, but called his agent and asked for another chance, promising he would get a handle on his nerves.

“They got me back in a couple of days later and I’m back in. Don’t you f**king know, it happened again!” the Knives Out star laughed. “There’s a wave of heat and sweat and I had to stop again. And I just say, ‘Guys, I’m so sorry…I’m just going to go.’ I did not get that role.”

Rogen eventually starred as the mall cop, alongside Anna Faris and Ray Liotta.

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Edgar Wright: ‘Seth Rogen almost played Scott Pilgrim’

Seth Rogen almost landed the titular role in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, according to director Edgar Wright.The British filmmaker recently marked the upcoming 10th anniversary of the cult classic with an in-depth interview about making the action-come…

Seth Rogen almost landed the titular role in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, according to director Edgar Wright.

The British filmmaker recently marked the upcoming 10th anniversary of the cult classic with an in-depth interview about making the action-comedy with Entertainment Weekly, and he revealed that at one point, the film could’ve been completely different.

Wright recalled that Donna Langley, who was Universal Pictures’ president of production at the time, pitched Rogen to play geeky Scott, who falls in love with the mysterious Ramona, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

But while the Hot Fuzz director loved the Knocked Up funnyman, he “couldn’t get (his) head around” the casting decision.

“Michael Cera was the only person who came to mind,” Wright said about casting the role of Scott. “I loved Arrested Development, he’s Canadian, he’s scrawny, he plays guitar, and the idea of Michael as a Romeo is just inherently amusing.”

Cera went on to portray the lovestruck bassist, who has to fight off seven of Ramona’s evil ex-boyfriends, who were played by the likes of Chris Evans, Brandon Routh, and Jason Schwartzman.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 46-year-old filmmaker recalled being sent an encouraging email from Universal’s then co-president of marketing Michael Moses after Scott Pilgrim bombed at the box office.

“Monday morning Michael Moses sent an email with three words,” Wright explained. “It was one of the sweetest emails I’ve ever gotten from anybody in the industry. It said, ‘Years, not days.'”

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Jonah Hill ‘humbled’ after surpassing Samuel L. Jackson’s onscreen cursing record

Jonah Hill has been “humbled” to learn he has surpassed Samuel L. Jackson’s onscreen cursing record.The Superbad actor took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a screenshot of an article on The Wrap with the headline, “Jonah Hill Passes Samuel L Jackson …

Jonah Hill has been “humbled” to learn he has surpassed Samuel L. Jackson’s onscreen cursing record.

The Superbad actor took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a screenshot of an article on The Wrap with the headline, “Jonah Hill Passes Samuel L Jackson With Most F**king Swear Words on Film.”

In the accompanying caption, Jonah celebrated the news by thanking his The Wolf of Wall Street director Martin Scorsese for helping him to achieve the record.

“So many people to thank. @martinscorsese_ thanks for pushing me over the edge. And of course the great @samuelljackson. Humbled,” he wrote, adding: “(Also ‘new report’? Lol what team of scientists cracked this one?). Lots of love.”

According to the new Profanity on Film report from Buzz Bingo, Hill has collectively said the most swear words in all the movies he’s appeared in, with a total of 376 profanities. He was followed by his The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Leonardo DiCaprio in the rankings, who has 361 curse words recorded, and Jackson, who had 301.

Jackson has become well known for using curse words in films, especially in flicks like Jackie Brown and Snakes on a Plane.

Other celebrities on the list included Adam Sandler, Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, Billy Bob Thornton, Seth Rogen, Bradley Cooper, and Danny McBride.

Responding to Hill’s Instagram post, his friend and frequent collaborator Rogen simply commented, “The dream.”

And in response, the 36-year-old wrote: “We should make a last dance (2020 series about Michael Jordan’s basketball career) style doc of me exhausted getting to the final f**k. ‘I can’t do it anymore!'”

Buzz Bingo’s analysts studied over 3,500 movie scripts for their report.

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Seth Rogen’s An American Pickle to be released on HBO Max

Seth Rogen’s comedy An American Pickle is heading straight for a worldwide release on upcoming streaming service HBO Max.HBO officials acquired the rights to the upcoming movie from Sony Pictures so the film wouldn’t be delayed in light of the current …

Seth Rogen’s comedy An American Pickle is heading straight for a worldwide release on upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

HBO officials acquired the rights to the upcoming movie from Sony Pictures so the film wouldn’t be delayed in light of the current cinema chain closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

An American Pickle, which is directed by Brandon Trost, is an adaptation of Simon Rich’s four-part novella series Sell Out, which was published in the New Yorker magazine in 2013. The author also penned the script and served as an executive producer on the project, according to Variety.

In the unusual comedy, Rogen stars as Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling labourer who travels to America in 1920 in the hope he can build a better life for his family.

However, while working at his job in a factory, Herschel falls into a vat of pickles and is preserved perfectly in the brine for 100 years. He is discovered in the jar and emerges in present-day Brooklyn, and tries to find his beloved family, but discovers his only surviving relative is his great grandson, a mild-mannered computer coder, who is also played by Rogen.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with HBO Max to release this film,” the 38-year-old said in statement. “We worked very hard and put as much of ourselves in this story as possible. We’re very proud of the end result and we can’t wait for people to get to see it.”

Rogen previously worked with Trost on This Is the End and The Interview, and will serve as producer alongside Evan Goldberg and James Weaver, with executive producers Alex McAtee and Ted Gidlow.

The HBO Max video-on-demand streaming platform is set to launch on 27 May.

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New Green Hornet movie in the works

Universal bosses are developing a new movie about The Green Hornet and his sidekick Kato. Producers announced on Thursday that they are partnering with executives at Amasia Entertainment on The Green Hornet and Kato, after they won the feature film fr…

Universal bosses are developing a new movie about The Green Hornet and his sidekick Kato.

Producers announced on Thursday that they are partnering with executives at Amasia Entertainment on The Green Hornet and Kato, after they won the feature film franchise rights to The Green Hornet in January.

The masked crime-fighting vigilante, also known as Britt Reid, originated in a radio show during the 1930s and has since appeared in numerous TV shows and films, most notably the 1966 TV series which introduced Bruce Lee to Hollywood audiences as Reid’s masked sidekick and driver Kato, and Sony’s 2011 comedy film starring Seth Rogen.

“The Green Hornet is one of the most iconic and beloved superhero tales ever created, and it has entertained generations of fans in every form of storytelling,” said Peter Cramer, president of Universal Pictures, in a statement. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Michael, Bradley, and the entire Amasia team to launch an exciting new cinematic world for Britt Reid, Kato, and the (car) Black Beauty, and we can’t wait to share it with global audiences soon.”

Amasia co-founders Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo will produce the movie, and they are thrilled to team up with Universal, which was the original distributor of The Green Hornet movie serials in the 1940s.

“Our goal is to make a film that existing fans will love, and new fans will love to discover. With Universal, it feels like we are merging the past and the future, creating a contemporary version of the franchise that is fresh and exciting while respecting its long legacy and history. I can’t wait!” Helfant added.

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Seth Rogen live-tweets as he watches Cats for the first time

Seth Rogen kept fans entertained on Tuesday night by tweeting a live commentary on the movie Cats as he watched it for the first time. Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, which starred the likes of Judi Dench, Idris Elb…

Seth Rogen kept fans entertained on Tuesday night by tweeting a live commentary on the movie Cats as he watched it for the first time.

Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, which starred the likes of Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, and Rebel Wilson, was slated by critics in December and subsequently became a box office flop.

While self-isolating due to the coronavirus, Rogen decided to spend his time catching up with the much-ridiculed film, and he decided to live-tweet his reaction to it, much to the delight of his followers.

“I’m pretty stoned and watching Cats. I’ve never seen the Broadway show. It is truly trippy. Am I supposed to know what a Jellicle (cat) is? They’ve said it 200,000 times but I don’t know what’s happening haha,” he began, referring to the fictional type of cats which star in the film. “Also the scale is bizarre. The behind the scenes features, which are amazing, said the set is 2.5 times scale but that would mean cats are like 60 pounds in real life!”

The Knocked Up star continued to note his issues with the scale of the piece, which was designed to make the human actors look cat-sized, as well as certain wardrobe decisions, such as only certain cats wearing high heels or trousers.

“These cats are like 2 feet tall in this world. That’s a huge f**king cat,” he wrote, while another highlight included, “Judi Dench is in a cat fur coat which I can only assume is socially APPALLING in this world.”

He also poked fun in the content of the movie, by writing, “‘Let’s make 35 nonsense songs introducing cats!’ – The makers of cats,” as well as the special effects, by posting, “Ian Mckellan (sic) just straight up has normal fingers.”

However, he decided to leave one particular actor out of his critique – “Out of respect, I’ll leave Idris out of all this.”

During his commentary, a follower shared that her friend, who works in special effects, was hired to remove CGI buttholes from the cats, and Seth responded, “Release the Butthole Cut of Cats!!”

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Seth Rogen helped Judd Apatow rewrite Bad Boys II

Seth Rogen has revealed he helped Judd Apatow rewrite Michael Bay’s action sequel Bad Boys II.The epic follow-up to 1995’s Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has become a cult classic since its release in 2003, thanks to its enormous se…

Seth Rogen has revealed he helped Judd Apatow rewrite Michael Bay’s action sequel Bad Boys II.

The epic follow-up to 1995’s Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has become a cult classic since its release in 2003, thanks to its enormous set-pieces, a fast-paced storyline, and plenty of comedy gags.

On Tuesday, days before the release of Bad Boys For Life, film writer Eric Vespe debated the pros and cons of the hit sequel with his followers, which prompted Rogen to join in and make his surprising confession.

“I helped rewrite bad boys 2,” he replied, leading to scores of Twitter users demanding more information from the Long Shot star.

Rogen went on to explain in a follow-up tweet that he and longtime writing partner Evan Goldberg were hired by director and friend Apatow to help him out with the script.

“Judd was rewriting it and me and Evan were broke so he gave us a bit of money to help,” he added. “I don’t remember much but we all definitely wrote the joke where they don’t know the words to the song, and where Martin shoots the machine gun in the car by accident. And probably many more…”

The script for Bad Boys II was originally written by Ron Shelton, who penned other classics such as White Men Can’t Jump, along with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation writer Jerry Stahl. Apatow was not officially credited for his work.

Apatow first began working with Rogen and Goldberg on the short-lived 2001 Fox sitcom Undeclared, in which the Knocked Up star appeared in alongside Jay Baruchel and Charlie Hunnam.

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Zac Efron replacing Seth Rogen in King of the Jungle film

Zac Efron is set to replace Seth Rogen in upcoming comedy drama King of the Jungle.According to editors at Deadline, the 32-year-old will now star in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s film about the technology magnate John McAfee, the creator of the McAfe…

Zac Efron is set to replace Seth Rogen in upcoming comedy drama King of the Jungle.

According to editors at Deadline, the 32-year-old will now star in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s film about the technology magnate John McAfee, the creator of the McAfee Antivirus software.

Award-winning screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will pen the script, which is based on an article by Wired journalist Joshua Davis.

Efron will play Wired reporter Ari Furman, who accepts an assignment to interview McAfee – with the businessman having cashed in his fortune and left civilisation to live in the depths of the Belize jungle.

But once Furman arrives, he discovers a compound similar to that of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now and is pulled into McAfee’s web of paranoia and murder.

Rogen was initially signed up to play Furman, with Michael Keaton set to play McAfee, however, the project has since moved in a different direction and both roles are being recast.

Principal photography will begin in early 2020, once Ficarra and Requa find an actor to play the eccentric McAfee.

Keaton reportedly quit the project after signing up to star alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, and Mark Rylance in Aaron Sorkin’s Trial of the Chicago 7.

Meanwhile, Efron is set to star as Fred in the live-action movie Scoob!, based on the hit 1970s TV show Scooby-Doo, following his turn as serial killer Ted Bundy in Netflix’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

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