This Is The End Clips Feature Outrageous Celebrity Shenanigans

The post-apocalyptic comedy This Is the End may be worth watching just based on the movie’s all-star cast, which includes Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, and more. The film’s premise seems amusing to say the least – a small group of celebrities have their party in the Hollywood Hills interrupted by the end of the world — and the filmmakers involved are generally consistent with their film releases. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) co-wrote and co-directed This Is the End, which is now one of the most anticipated comedies of the summer.

Columbia Pictures released two new clips from This Is the End that feature a video confession from Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel, while the other features the group of celebrities taking inventory of all their supplies at James Franco’s home in Hollywood. It’s funny to see references to James Franco’s past films: the Academy Award-nominated 127 Hours and the under-watched Flyboys.


AMC CEO Wants The Walking Dead To Go On Forever

Rick Grimes In a zombie frenzy on The Walking DeadDespite its story and character problems, The Walking Dead has consistently been a source of high ratings for the cable network AMC. It’s the highest rated TV series the network has ever had, so it’s no surprise that AMC executives want The Walking Dead to stay on its airwaves for as long as possible.

While talking to THR, AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan expressed his interest in seeing The Walking Dead last forever. Sapan said, “We hope that zombies live forever and we’ve just begun to find out what the post-apocalyptic world is like. So that we’ll be sitting here at the Barclays conference in 2022 discussing the fact that Walking Dead is not over.”

If The Walking Dead TV series will be anything like the graphic novel its based on, it’s easy to imagine the zombie series living on for quite some time. Creator Robert Kirkman launched The Walking Dead graphic novel in 2003. Believe it or not, the comic book series is still going strong, with issue #110 released a few weeks ago. New issues of The Walking Dead are released once a month, and there are no signs of it slowing down or wrapping up.

From its origins as a comic series, The Walking Dead has spawned two novel series, video games, merchandise, and, of course, a highly rated cable TV series. Why would AMC or Robert Kirkman ever want to stop The Walking Dead gravy train? It could easily become The Simpsons of long-running live-action TV shows. Let’s just hope it can find some consistency of quality if it plans on sticking around for the long haul.

The Walking Dead returns for season four sometime in October on AMC.


World War Z Early Reactions Are Overwhelmingly Positive

Brad Pitt as Garry LaneMuch has been much made of the production delays, re-shoots, and re-writes of World War Z. The film adaptation of Max Brooks best-selling novel has been riddled with problems as producer/star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster attempted to prevent the zombie disaster film from becoming, well, a disaster. Well, the tweets are in! Believe it or not, early word on World War Z suggests it’s actually a very good action thriller.

Last night, Paramount Pictures screened World War Z in Hoboken, New Jersey. The movie theater was full of celebrities, key members of the press, and fans of the Max Brooks’ novel . It was reported that Brad Pitt was at the screening and introduced the film to the New Jersey audience.

The early reactions are overwhelmingly positive. The degree of positivity varies from “very good” to “great.” It appears that early criticisms of World War Z not being like the book — a mosaic of narratives about the zombie apocalypse — have cooled with the first public screening. While the new movie follows one narrative, World War Z is said to capture the general mood and tone of the book. This sort of reaction certainly bodes well for the film’s overall box office. You can read the early Twitter reactions from celebs and journalists below.


Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Possible Villain Revealed

Ronan the AccuserWith director James Gunn taking Guardians of the Galaxy into production in a few short weeks, there are still a lot of questions about the Marvel movie’s main villain. We know that actor Lee Pace was recently cast to play the villain, but it remains unclear who exactly that will be.

According to JoBlo.com, inside sources within Marvel have stated that the villain in Guardians will be Ronan the Accuser. One of the cosmic villains in Marvel’s Galactic universe, Ronan the Accuser is one of Thanos’ main henchmen.

Ronan is a member of the Kree Empire in the Greater Magellanic Cloud. He’s also a member of the Accuser Corps, Kree’s military governors and jurists. Ronan has the ability of superhuman strength, endurance, speed, and reflexes, and wields a powerful device called the “Universal Weapon,” which uses cosmic energy to do anything its possessor wills.

This rumor from JoBlo conflicts Latino Review’s reports that the villain in Guardians of the Galaxy will instead be The Controller, another of Thanos’ henchmen. Either way, it seems like Guardians of the Galaxy will feature one of Thanos’ henchmen as its main villain, which makes sense given that all of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two will eventually lead to The Avengers 2 in 2015. That film’s director Joss Whedon has teased the eventual appearance of Thanos, who might not wreak havoc on Earth until The Avengers 3.


Star Wars Rebellion/Empire Recruitment Posters Sex Things Up

Rebel1A young lad or lady coming of age in the Star Wars universe has a lot of choices in front of them. Save up for a ship and become a smuggler? Maybe take that correspondence course on bounty hunting? What with the tussles between the Empire and the Rebellion, there are powerful forces that would like nothing more than to slap a blaster in your hands and shove you toward the front lines. But how’s a starry-eyed youth to choose sides? After all, the Rebellion seem to be the good guys, but the Empire gets better health benefits and those awesome accents. As with most marketing campaigns, at some point they’re going to fall back on the old maxim that sex sells.

That’s the thinking behind the sexy Star Wars recruitment posters you can see above and in the gallery below. Both factions are represented, each by a different artist, but both use the same time-honored tactic: luring recruits in with a bit of strategic T & A.


Jurassic Park IV: Could It Be A Reboot Instead?

Dr. Alan GrantA few weeks ago, Universal Studios put the production of Jurassic Park IV on hiatus until director Colin Trevorrow figures out how to capture the scale of the film within the movie studio’s timetable. Although Universal didn’t announce exactly why Jurassic Park IV was on hiatus, it is believed that Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly are re-tooling the film’s script.

According to one of the franchise’s stars, however, the new Jurassic Park might be a reboot instead of a direct sequel like the title would suggest. Sam Neill, who played Dr. Alan Grant in the original Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III, told the Dominion Post that he would not be part of the new film, and that “I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig.”

Sam Neill’s statement would seem to contradict what the film’s producer Frank Marshall said of Jurassic Park IV. Marshall said that the new film would be a direct sequel to Jurassic Park III, and would continue what was built with the prior Jurassic Park films.

Frank Marshall’s view of Jurassic Park IV was before Universal Studios put the film’s production on hiatus, however, so maybe the direction of the film will change once Trevorrow and Connolly figure out what to do with the film’s script. If the new Jurassic Park film turns out to be a reboot of the series, rather than a direct sequel, then it certainly has big shoes to fill. It would be compared to Steven Spielberg’s classic original instead of Joe Johnston’s serviceable third installment. Expectations of the new Jurassic Park would be as big as the dinosaurs Colin Trevorrow is trying to bring to life. On the other hand, Neill could simply have misspoken, or been mistaken.

Universal has postponed Jurassic Park IV’s release date and has yet to set a new one. Hopefully the film will be in theaters sometime in 2014, as originally planned.