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2008-08-06 15:00:35

Canadian actor-writer-producer Seth Rogen says he likes to make movies that he and his friends would want to actually go out and see. Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg penned last summer's hit comedy, "Superbad," as well as the current release, "Pineapple Express." Rogen has also starred in and produced the big-screen Judd Apatow comedies, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up." "The only thing we think of when we're writing these movies is, 'What do we want to go and see?'...

2008-08-06 12:00:33

By Soren Andersen, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Aug. 6--I see a room. It's full of smoke and the sounds of maniacal giggling. I had a mental image of this room as I watched "Pineapple Express." I imagined it was the place where the picture was hatched. The smoke would be from high-octane locoweed. The laughter would be from people who most definitely did inhale. A lot. Pure conjecture here, to be sure. But "Pineapple" sure gives you the impression that it was made by stoners for...

2008-08-06 12:00:32

By Frank Gabrenya, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 6--I've figured out how the Judd Apatow comedy machine can turn out movies so quickly: Four-letter words take a lot less time to type than 10- or 12-letter words. A lot of profanity and a little heart are found in Pineapple Express, a comedy that advances producer Apatow's brand of rudeness and dudeness. The biggest change is that sex -- a dominant theme of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall --...

2008-08-06 12:00:32

By Michael Smith, Tulsa World, Okla. Aug. 6--So autobiographical were the hormones and humor of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's teen characters in "Superbad" that the men simply had to name them Seth and Evan. With the pals' follow-up, "Pineapple Express," one has to wonder how often the boys used to pretend they were a certain bong-powered comedy film team and fought over this question: Who gets to be Cheech, and who gets to be Chong? Their story is still one of male bonding and the...

2008-08-06 06:00:30

By Craig D. Lindsey, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Aug. 6--For a movie where the gags are mostly delivered through a waft of weed smoke, and blood and bullets are just as liberally sprayed throughout, "Pineapple Express" has to be the most emo action-comedy I've ever seen. I kept expecting tunes from Sunny Day Real Estate and Dashboard Confessional to start playing during the shootouts. "Express" -- also known as this week's Judd Apatow movie -- works on a more highly sensitive...

2008-08-06 03:00:35

By Bob Strauss "Pineapple Express" captures the buzzy stupidity of chronic marijuana use better than any other comedy I've seen. And it gets the unlikely friendships that grow out of the buying and selling of pot remarkably right. Don't ask me how I know. Just rest assured that, as you're laughing your head off at this stoner comedy, it's all grounded in some pretty well-observed behavior. And that's even when it's satirizing drug buddy movie conventions and taking more exaggerated swipes...

2008-08-01 06:00:29

By Susan Wloszczyna, USA TODAY T he superheroes have flown. Send in the clowns. Sure, there have been a few jokers out there this summer besides the one in The Dark Knight. But with all the flashy comic-book derring-do at the multiplex, they've been easy to overlook. But Steve Carell, Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell have all offered up cinematic frivolity with varying degrees of success. However, their tried-and-true tomfoolery will soon seem as quaint as...

2008-07-23 21:00:30

U.S. comedian Seth Meyers has directed and stars in The Line, an original comedy Web series to debut on Crackle.com, Crackle Inc. announced Wednesday. Produced by Broadway Video, the seven-episode series co-stars Bill Hader and Simon Rich, who, along with Meyers, are Saturday Night Live players. The Web series is about two friends, Josh (Hader) and Duffy (Joe Lo Truglio from Superbad,) as they score the coveted first spot in line outside of a movie theater, 11days prior to the world...

2008-07-23 09:00:46

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- "Saturday Night Live's" (SNL) Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Simon Rich have created and will star in THE LINE, an original new comedy web series making its debut on Crackle.com. Produced by Broadway Video, the series was directed by Meyers, who has been a regular on SNL for eight years. The seven-episode series features two friends, Josh (Hader) and Duffy (Joe Lo Truglio - Superbad), as they score the coveted first spot in line outside of a movie...

2008-06-18 12:00:36

It has been a tough summer to be a superstar director or writer. Take Larry and Andy Wachowski, the writer/director brother team behind the Matrix franchise and the creative minds behind Warner Bros.' (TWX) megabust Speed Racer. Or M. Night Shyamalan. The 38-year-old Indian-born writer/director was pilloried by movie critics before the opening of his apocalyptic film The Happening, which did surprisingly well in the face of almost universally stinky reviews. [Of course, it then promptly fell...


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