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Today is the day when, all around the world, fireworks are ignited as people celebrate the departure of 2014 and the arrival of 2015. So it seems only appropriate that we would end our year in cinema with a bang as well:
The Neighbors set comes with plenty of extras, including the expected gag reel. Thereís also notably an Alternate Opening that should be worth taking a look at. In addition to Neighbors, since fall TV is finally upon us, this week continues the trend of home entertainment companies putting out seasons of television.
Ann Hornaday makes a larger point about the absence of female voices in the filmmaking community and the studio system. Which is a larger problem, but not one that easily connects to despicable crimes like the one in Isla Vista, or to the existence of movies like Neighbors.
Rogen produced and starred in Neighbors, which is bound to become his biggest overall hit. But the question now dares asks is: is Seth Rogen now the biggest comedic actor in Hollywood?
Well, the totals are in and the Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors is a big fat hit. Not only did it win rave reviews from critics--with our own Sean O'Connell calling it "fresh, relatable" and "hysterical"--but it also won at the box office, beating out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with a healthy $51 million. That's especially impressive when you consider Neighbors R-rating means it was playing to a narrower audience than the well-established, franchised, PG-13-rated tent pole.
To me, itís the funniest joke in a very funny movie. And itís always interesting to hear the behind-the-scenes information to learn about humor that almost doesnít even make it into the final cut.
Neighbors debuted at a solid number one with $51 million, making it the third largest ever opening for a rated-R comedy (Sex and the City is the highest, opening with $57 million in 2008, and Ted which opened at $54 million in 2012). That's the highest ever live-action opening for Rogen (his previous best was Green Hornet, $33 million in 2011). The same goes for Efron who has struggled to find the box office limelight post High School Musical 3.
Universal has projected just about half that for the Nick Stoller comedy, which reportedly only cost $18 million. But most industry analysts forecast somewhere in the (pun alert) neighborhood of $35-$40 million. A tidy sum, and with two weeks before A Million Ways To Die In The West is unleashed, a solid springboard to $100 million domestic.
Looking to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Belle and Neighbors for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of superhero adventures, romantic period pieces, and hard-R comedies.
ďThereís a joke where Ė Iím still not sure if I ever said it out loud or if I was just thinking it. But during the montage where weíre getting back at Seth and Rose, and we cut their bush into the shape of a guy bending over, I wanted to say the line..."
Itís amusing to learn that the moments from Nicholas Stollerís career that stand out to him involve an off-the-cuff rapper/mogul who talked about infiltrating Jonah Hillís brain with his private parts.
With summer in the air we have some bigger and bigger movies hitting the silver screen. No better way to escape the sunshine, sweet call of birds and fresh air than to get over to your local cinema and spend a few hours in the climate controlled darkness. I love this time of year. This week weíve got bad neighbors, moms hitting the town and Dorothy returning to Oz.
Which is why we've decided to break down most of the summer's offerings, observing exactly what it is about some films that cause them to succeed and fail. This involved number crunching, market analysis, educated guesses, and the application of a few snobby biases.
So far in Neighbors' marketing campaign, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron have been getting the majority of the spotlight, with each representing a warring faction of this parents vs. frat comedy. But the latest featurette puts the focus on the film's littlest stars, Elise and Zoey Vargas, who play baby Stella.
We've handpicked sixteen big summer releases and matched them up with an NBA title contender. Some connect tenuously, superficially. Others have unusual similarities, borderline creepy. But at least it's all at your fingertips.
Dudeís love football. Universal hopes that dudeís will love Neighbors. So even though the movie has nothing to do with sports, the latest commercial for the upcoming comedy goes right after ESPNís target demographic by placing co-stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in a weight room with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
In Neighbors, Zac Efron plays a psychotic frat boy who is waging a turf war with his next-door neighbors--or "neighbours" as they spell it in Australia. The vid up top is the red band trailer out of Australia, where Neighbors is being called Bad Neighbours.
ďIt was really important to me that this movie be funny,Ē Nicholas Stoller told me during a recent interview. ďBut then I wanted it to be cool. I wanted it to feel like you are at a party while you are watching it."
This early clip features Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) introducing themselves to Delta Psi brothers Teddy (Zac Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco), and you can see Christopher Mintz-Plasseís Scoonie in there as well. It seems to be a successful meet, with only the slightest bit of condescending smarm oozing off of the frat brothers - though the bit where he implied that Kelly is a flirt made my stomach twinge.
Stoller could trim the run time of Neighbors, as the back-and-forth between the warring parties goes from inspired to childish and more than a bit exhausting. But the film has multiple, huge laughs. It plays extremely well with a crowd who is plugged in to the anarchistic rivalry.
Neighbors' Dave Franco And Christopher Mintz-Plasse Talk Horse Tranquilizers, Fake Penises And More On Set
The summer season is almost always the best time of year for R-rated comedies, and this year Nicholas Stollerís new movie Neighbors looks to be a part of that long tradition.
Since Iíll be on the ground in Texas covering the daily happenings in Austin, I wanted to dig through the immense line-up with both hands and highlight the 10 movies screening at South By this year that you should care about.
During an evening shoot last May, I had the pleasure of joining a small group of other journalists to visit the set of the new Nicholas Stoller-directed film. During our time on location we not only had the chance to watch some of the movie being filmed, but also talk with the stars and filmmakers behind the production, who shared plenty of funny and interesting info about the upcoming feature.
Neighbors is an odd-couple suburban comedy, but the part that strikes me as funny (and interesting) is that the usual party animal Rogen is transitioning into the stage where he can play a suburban dad who needs to tell the young kids to keep it down.
My two favorite moments shown thus far are carried over into this trailer; one being the giant ballís overstated bopping of Rogenís head, and the second is of course Rogen getting rocketed into the ceiling above his cubicle after the airbag in his seat deployed. Luckily, Stoller is seasoned in over-the-top humor.