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2008-10-02 18:00:18

By JAHLA SEPPANEN; GN BY JAHLA SEPPANEN GENERATION NEXT What can one say about Pineapple Express pot, pot and more pot. This action-comedy-stoner film stars everyone's favorite Seth Rogen (from the hilarious film Knocked Up) as a 25-year-old stoner whose job is too hard to understand, let alone name. Rogan's character is dating a high-schooler and buys his "delicious green" from James Franco's character. Franco's baked- dealer persona is pee-your-pants hysterical. He delivers...

2008-09-14 00:00:19

By Nicholas Barber Film 2 Pineapple Express David Gordon Green 111 MINS, 15 The Women Diane English 114 MINS, 12A Eden Lake James Watkins 90 MINS, 18 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Mark Herman 94 MINS, 12A Do we really need another comedy produced by Judd Apatow this year? Probably not, but Pineapple Express is the best of them, and it could be the year's best comedy, full stop. It still has the semi- improvised, man-childish banter you'd expect from the Judd Squad; the difference is...

2008-09-09 12:00:22

Hollywood actor James Franco reportedly is set to play iconic Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the bio-picture "Howl." The Hollywood Reporter said David Strathairn, Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd are also attached to the 1950s-era project, which will mark the narrative writing, producing and directing debut of documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The Allen Ginsberg Trust approached Epstein and Friedman to discuss making a film to commemorate the 50th...

2008-09-08 06:00:14

By Siobhan Synnot PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (15) ** Director: David Gordon Green Running time: 111 minutes BE PREPARED to revisit many of the most recognisable House of Judd Apatow obsessions previously exhibited in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Don't Mess With The Zohan, Knocked Up and Superbad - such as young men who display all the smarts of a bear with its head stuck in a honey pot, inventive swearing, the romantic disparity between a chunky, committed couch potato and some hyper, sharp-...

2008-09-04 12:00:25

By Kimberly S Wetzel; Katy Murphy; Jennifer Gokhman California's future may not be so bright after all. Nearly one in four of the state's approximately 6 million students drops out of school, according to the most accurate-ever analysis of dropout data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education. The data -- based for the first time on actual student tracking rather than a "guesstimated" formula as used in the past -- show that an estimated 24.2 percent of students dropped...

2008-08-11 15:00:53

Canadian actor and scribe Seth Rogen says he is working hard to prepare for his upcoming role in "The Green Hornet." "I hear he's been working out (to play the superhero,)" Rogen's "Pineapple Express" co-star James Franco told reporters in New York recently. "I keep telling him. He doesn't believe me, though," Rogen, sitting beside him, said with a laugh. "It's so unnecessary, though, because they'll just give you a muscle suit," added Franco, who co-starred in the three recent...

2008-08-10 00:00:17

By Syantani Chatterjee He played tragic actor James Dean and a villain and friend in "Spider-Man 3," but actor James Franco says he's always loved making people laugh, which is what he hopes his new movie "Pineapple Express" will do. The marijuana-fueled action film which debuted Wednesday, marks a comeback to comedy for Franco, after more serious roles in 2007 war drama "In the Valley of Elah" and 2006 tragic romance "Tristan & Isolde." Well before those roles, Franco, 30, caught...

2008-08-09 09:00:00

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot It wasn't particularly shocking or funny when Cheech and Chong lit up for "Up in Smoke" in 1978. It's still not entertaining with the slacker-stoner, ho-hum comedy "Pineapple Express." The movie assumes that inhaling is sufficiently naughty to spur the prurient and that watching someone else get high is inherently hilarious. Been there. Seen that. As stoner comedies go, it's a good deal sloppier and lacking in invention than the...

2008-08-08 00:00:27

By CHRISTY LEMIRE "Pineapple Express" (R) H H 1/2 The formula is pretty familiar by now in these Judd Apatow- produced comedies. A couple of buddies get into trouble, and as they try to bumble their way out of it, their friendship only grows stronger. Some clever linguistics guru somewhere even came up with a word for this pop-culture phenomenon: the "Bromance." "Pineapple Express" tries to breathe some fresh life into this comic genre by turning it into a serious action movie. But...

2008-08-07 06:00:28

By Phil Villarreal, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Aug. 7--Seth Rogen may be the hottest talent in comedy, but in "The Pineapple Express" he's not even the funniest in the movie. He runs a close second to James Franco, as slack-jawed pot dealer Saul. Franco is Cheech, Chong and Dave Chappelle in "Half Baked," rolled into a joint so comically intoxicating it could be outlawed. "Pineapple Express," named for the super-strain of marijuana Saul and pal Dale (Rogen) smoke, flows with a...