That’s Charlize Theron. Look at it again, and tell me how that’s possible. Oscar winner Charlize Theron, playing former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in Jay Roach’s comedy drama Bombshell. Not Kelly, herself, playing her own role. Theron. Impossible. She looks exactly like Kelly. It’s uncanny. Here’s the rest of the Bombshell trailer, which just dropped.
And Charlize Theron is just the tip of the awards-worthy iceberg, as you can tell by watching the first, tense Bombshell teaser. Centered around the sexual allegations leveled at the late Roger Ailes, Jay Roach’s Bombshell casts Theron as Fox News Channel staple Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Fox News castoff Gretchen Carlson, and Oscar nominee Margot Robbie as a fictional producer who’ll likely be on the ground floor of the growing scandal.
The Roger Ailes scandal seems ripe for a Hollywood skewering, and the fact that Jay Roach has recruited The Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph to help him make sense of it all implies that Bombshell will aim to educate as it infuriates. The trailer does very little to explain how deep into the scandal the movie will plunge. This truly is a tease, in that we don’t even get to see John Lithgow as Ailes, but that’s coming. But we won’t have too long to wait, as Bombshell boasts a December 2019 release date.
The release window suggests a strong Oscar play for Lionsgate, who swooped in and snatched the rights to Bombshell after Annapurna walked away from the production days before it began filming, reportedly over budget concerns. Again, the teaser trailer for Bombshell doesn’t give us that much to work with. But Charlize Theron is transformative as Megyn Kelly, while Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie are proven dramatic heavyweights. They, alone, should spark a flame of interest around this movie.
In addition to the three ladies mentioned, Bombshell is lining up a savage roster of acting talent. Lithgow plays Roger Ailes. Alice Eve has been cast as Ainsley Earhardt and Alanna Ubach will play Jeanine Pirro. The supporting cast rounds out with Kate McKinnon, Stephen Root, Connie Britton, Ashley Greene and Allison Janney. The movie will be in theaters on December 20.
For avid TV viewers, the fall months present an exciting opportunity. Namely, that their favorite small screen shows are likely to return for new seasons, after the excruciatingly long summer hiatus. That’s also the case with Netflix’s scheduling, but the streaming service also offers a slew of new movies for the subscribers to enjoy at the start of the month. And we’ve recently gotten news regarding which titles are joining the Netflix catalogue in September, and there is a nice mixture of fan favorites an exciting new projects.
Below is the list for all the new content arriving on Netflix in September of 2019. Mark your calendars for each new arrival, and also enjoy the slew of movie titles that will become available on the first of the month.
Week of August 1
300 – 09/01/019 68 Kill – 09/01/019 American Psycho (2000) – 09/01/019 Dante’s Peak – 09/01/019 Elena – 09/01/019 For the Birds – 09/01/019 Igor – 09/01/019 Loo Loo Kids: Johny & Friends Musical Adventures: Season 1 – 09/01/019 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 6 – 09/01/019 Moving Art: Season 3 – 09/01/019 My Sister’s Keeper – 09/01/019 Mystic River – 09/01/019 Olmo & the Seagull – 09/01/019 Open Season – 09/01/019 Rebel in the Rye – 09/01/019 Scream: Season 3 – 09/01/019 Serial Killer with Piers Morgan: Season 1 – 09/01/019 Spookley the Square Pumpkin – 09/01/019 Stripes – 09/01/019 Superbad – 09/01/019 The Lake House – 09/01/019 The Last Exorcism – 09/01/019 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 09/01/019 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – 09/01/019 The Saint – 09/01/019 The Taking of Pelham 123 – 09/01/019 The Walking Dead: Season 9 – 09/01/019 Uncle Naji in UAE – 09/01/019 You Don’t Mess with the Zohan – 09/01/019
The World We Make – 09/04/19 Archibald’s Next Big Thing – NETFLIX FAMILY – 09/06/19 Article 15 – 09/06/19 Elite: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL Hip-Hop Evolution: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/06/19 Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/06/19 The Spy – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/06/19
Week Of September 8
Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure – 09/09/19 Bill Burr: Paper Tiger – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/10/19 Eat Pray Love – 09/10/19 Evelyn – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/10/19 Shameless: Season 9 – 09/10/19 TERRACE HOUSE: TOKYO 2019-2020 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/19/19 The I-Land – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/12/19 The Mind, Explained – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/12/19 Turbo – 09/12/19 The Chef Show: Volume 2- NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/13/19 Head Count – 09/13/19 Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/13/19 I’m Sorry: Season 2 – 09/13/19 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: The Battle of Unato – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/13/19 The Ranch: Part 7 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/13/19 Tall Girl – NETFLIX FILM – 09/13/19 Unbelievable – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/13/19 We Have Always Lived in the Castle – 09/14/19
Week of September 15
Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/15/19 Steal a Pencil for Me – 09/15/19 Surviving R. Kelly: Season 1 – 09/15/19 Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives – 09/17/19 The Last Kids on Earth – NETFLIX FAMILY – 09/17/19 Come and Find Me – 09/18/19 Océans – 09/19/19 Between Two Ferns: The Movie – NETFLIX FILM – 09/20/19 Criminal – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/20/19 Daddy Issues – 09/20/19 Disenchantment: Part 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/20/19 Fastest Car: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/20/19 Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates – NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY – 09/20/19 Las del hockey – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/20/19 Sarah’s Key – 09/21/19
Team Kaylie – NETFLIX FAMILY – 09/23/19 American Horror Story: Apocalypse – 09/24/19 Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself – 09/24/19 Abstract: The Art of Design: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/25/19 Birders – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/25/19 El recluso – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/25/19 Furie – 09/25/19 Glitch: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/25/19 Explained: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/26/19 The Grandmaster – 09/26/19 Bard of Blood – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/27/19 Dragons: Rescue Riders – NETFLIX FAMILY – 09/27/19 El marginal: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/27/19 In the Shadow of the Moon – NETFLIX FILM – 09/27/19 Locked Up: Season 4 – 09/27/19 The Politician – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/27/19 Skylines – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/27/19 Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury – NETFLIX ANIME – 09/27/19 Vis a vis: Season 4 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/27/19
Week Of Sept 29
Gotham: Season 5 – 09/30/19 Mo Gilligan: Momentum – NETFLIX ORIGINAL – 09/30/19
There’s clearly some exciting new titles coming to Netflix in September, for both the small and big screen. The first of the month obviously provides the biggest slew of new programming for the massive streaming service, with plenty of fan favorite movies available for moviegoers to enjoy on their TV or smart device.
For the movie side of things, there’s some classic properties coming to Netflix that will make fans very happy. The second twoLord of the Rings movies will be available to stream on September 1st, although the original movie is noticeably missing from the lineup. You’ll just have to watch a recap in order to remind yourself of the drama on Middle Earth. Christian Bale’s iconic American Psycho will also be available to stream, as well as Zack Snyder’s 300 and the always heart-wrenching My Sister’s Keeper.
As for TV, there will be plenty of exciting shows from last season becoming available, allowing you to binge watch before catching new seasons. The Walking Dead and American Horror Story: Apocalypse are both heading to Netflix next month, as well as the final season of Gotham. Plus, there’s new content in the form of Season 2 of Disenchantment, Season 7 of The Ranch, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s upcoming seriesThe Politician.
Of course, the above schedule is subject to availability and changes ahead of each date. So you may want to check your regional Netflix lineup to make sure each date plays out. But enjoy all the new content, and be sure to check back with CinemaBlend for updates about October’s lineup.
Following Blumhouse’s success with last year’s Halloween rebootquel, horror fans have been wondering what other iconic properties the production company could tackle and return to prominence next. So it was exciting when a report dropped the other day that a Scream reboot was moving forward at Blumhouse. That was apparently premature though, because no, Blumhouse isn’t doing a Scream reboot. Take a look:
Ryan Turek is the VP of Feature Film Development at Blumhouse Productions and has served as producer on films like Happy Death Day, Truth or Dare, Halloween and Ma, so if anyone knows if Blumhouse has a Scream reboot in development, it’s him. Unfortunately though, as he makes clear in his amused tweet responding to the report, that is not the case. Blumhouse is not rebooting Scream.
That said, although it isn’t happening, that doesn’t mean that Ryan Turek doesn’t want it to. He makes it clear that he wishes Blumhouse was working on a Scream film, but that doesn’t make it so; wishes only go so far when money and rights issues are concerned.
In the Twitter thread, someone asked Ryan Turek that if he were working on Scream, would he want to reboot it or do Scream 5, to which he responded “Personally? 5…” So if he had his way, a Blumhouse Scream wouldn’t even be a reboot, it would be a sequel.
Ryan Turek isn’t alone in his wish to work on a new Scream movie. In the past, Jason Blum has expressed a desire to get his hands on the Scream property, as well as Hellraiser and I Know What You Did Last Summer. But he admitted that wanting to do something and getting to are two separate things, and that nothing was happening with those properties because of the tangled rights issues.
The original report about Blumhouse’s Scream reboot has since been updated and now claims that a Scream reboot is indeed in development, just not at Blumhouse. We’ll have to see what happens on that front, but it certainly seems likely that in the midst of the ongoing horror renaissance and given Hollywood’s current obsession with recognizable IPs, most horror properties probably have someone trying to bring them back to the big screen.
Blumhouse didn’t have the rights to make a Halloween sequel until it did, and now we’re getting two sequels, Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. So maybe the horror darling will figure out a way to get its hands on Scream or any of the other iconic horror properties just waiting for a chance to return and be discovered by fans and new audiences alike.
We’ll keep you updated on any news on the Scream front as it develops. In the meantime, check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see what’s headed to theaters this year and let us know what’s your favorite scary movie in the comments below.
Following the jaw-dropping events of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel fans were scrambling to place each of the vast universe’s characters in one of two columns: those who survived and the snapped. It fueled tons of theories about where Endgame would go after audiences witnessed many of their beloved characters turn to dust. When the Avengers faced off against Thanos in the massive Endgame battle just about everyone answered Cap’s “assemble” call and a sigh of relief could be felt across the galaxy.
As we look ahead to the future of the MCU, Endgame still holds weight. In the highly-anticipated Black Panther 2 for example, did Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross make it through those five rough years? Here’s what the Sherlock actor says:
Whew! The Deputy Task Force Commander who fought alongside T’Challa and Wakandan soldiers to take down Killmonger in Black Panther may not have made an appearance in Endgame, but it looks like he’s still alive and well in the MCU. Martin Freeman told Uproxx he thinks his Marvel character survived the snap and the following regarding the development of the sequel:
Although the studio’s Phase Four slate recently revealed at San Diego Comic Con didn’t include Black Panther 2, Marvel chief Kevin Feige confirmed it was in development. The highly-anticipated sequel is still in early stages, as Feige recently said Ryan Coogler had just started working on the script. Black Panther 2 will likely be part of Phase Five, perhaps alongside Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Captain Marvel 2 and Blade.
When we do pick up with the cast of Black Panther for the sequel, it will be exciting to see how the Snap affected life in Wakanda and what Everett Ross was up to during this time. In the comics, he becomes an expert on Wakandan culture and a trusted ally to T’Challa and his family.
Martin Freeman is currently promoting his new romantic comedy with Gotham’s Morena Baccarin, Ode To Joy. The movie is about a man (Freeman) with a neurological disorder that has feelings of joy make him faint. When Baccarin’s character comes into his life, this becomes a bit more of a problem. Ode to Joy is now available to rent.
At the time of this writing, it hasn’t even been a full day since the news broke that Marvel and Sony ended the partnership that saw them working together on Tom Holland’s incarnation of Spider-Man. As a result, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will no longer produce any future Spider-Man movies, subsequently resulting in this version of Web-Slinger not being a major Marvel Cinematic Universe player and appearing in Sony-only films from this point forward.
Needless to say this turn of events sent shockwaves through the entertainment realm, and it’s not just fans expressing dismay at this new status quo. Jeremy Renner, who plays the MCU’s version of Clint Barton/Hawkeye/Ronin, took to social media to request that Sony give Spider-Man back to Marvel, as you’ll see below.
Jeremy Renner picked a good picture of himself for this Instagram post. Here we have Clint Barton at one of his most emotionally moments in Avengers: Endgame… nay, his entire MCU tenure. He just watched Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow throw herself off a cliff on Vormir, and now he’s within the Soul Stone. He accomplished his mission, but the cost was losing his best friend.
Alright, so Spider-Man leaving the MCU ranks lower on the loss scale, but like the rest of us, Jeremy Renner is clearly not happy that Sony is yanking ol’ Web-Head out of this continually-expanding shared universe. And while his pleading to Sony is unlikely to get the brass over there to budge on their current stance, he’s nonetheless making an effort. That said, to quote Clint Barton from earlier in Avengers: Endgame, “Don’t… don’t give me hope.”
For those who were camped out under a rock yesterday and missed out on the big Spider-Man news, it was reported that this Spider-Man shakeup, revolved around, as many things in life do, money. Disney, which has only been getting 5% of first dollar gross on the MCU-Spider-Man movies, wanted a bigger split: 50/50 on co-financing, to be precise. Sony, which has had the Spider-Man film rights for decades (but not the merchandising rights, which Marvel kept), refused that offer, and the two sides decided to go their separate ways.
Sony later officially commented on this matter, saying that it was “disappointed” by what happened, but “respected” Disney’s decision not to have Kevin Feige not continue as a lead producer on the next live action Spider-Man movie. The official statement also suggested that Feige being too busy with everything Disney’s put on his plate, including “all their newly added Marvel properties” (i.e. the X-Men and Fantastic Four), meant he didn’t have time to work on a property Marvel and Disney don’t own.
So what does this mean for Spider-Man’s cinematic future? Well, assuming Disney and Sony don’t return to the proverbial table and come up with a new deal, we won’t be seeing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man interact with other MCU characters again. In fact, it’s unclear if this version of Spidey will even technically still exist in the MCU or if he’ll somehow be excised from it, which could be problem given that this Peter Parker and the main villains he’s faced are closely connected to other corners of this franchise.
What’s the MCU’s loss could also become the Sony Marvel Universe’s gain, which kicked off last year with Venom, and has Venom 2 and Morbius on the way, along with numerous other projects in development. There’s been a lot of talk about if Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Tom Hardy’s Venom could ever cross paths, and now that Spidey isn’t affiliated with the MCU anymore, that presumably leaves him free to take center stage in this franchise that relies on characters connected to him.
This change to live action Spider-Man’s status quo comes after Sony’s had a great year with the Web-Slinging property as a while. While not a critical hit, Venom was a commercial powerhouse, making over $856 million worldwide. Two months later, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse followed and was met with critical acclaim and earned numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. The Into the Spider-Verse franchise will continue with a sequel and spinoff, and there are also numerous tie-in TV shows in development.
And then there’s July’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tom Holland’s fifth appearance as Peter Parker. Like its predecessor, Far From Home received many positive reviews, but it also crossed the billion mark and eventually became Sony’s highest-grossing movie, surpassing 2012’s Skyfall.
Despite this shakeup, Sony reportedly doesn’t plan on pressing pause on the live action Spider-Man front. Two more movies are reportedly in the works, and the studio is aiming to have both Tom Holland and Jon Watts back, though the latter currently doesn’t have a deal in place for a third Spider-Man movie. It remains to be seen if/when Holland and Watts will publicly comment on what’s happened to the Spider-Man film franchise.
As for Jeremy Renner, however this Spider-Man situation turns out, he’ll be sticking around the MCU, just not the film side of it. It was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con that a Hawkeye series is in the works for Disney+, and it’ll see Clint Barton training Kate Bishop to be the new Hawkeye in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. The show will drop sometime in late 2021.
Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for all the latest updates concerning Spider-Man’s film future. In the meantime, browse through our Marvel movies guide to learn what that franchise has coming up. You can also keep track of the rest of this year’s release with our 2019 schedule.
Of the myriad major film franchises, Star Wars is one of the most popular. George Lucas’ colorful space opera has entranced moviegoers for decades, with generations of film fans growing up watching each new episode. Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm helped to expand the galaxy far, far away, with filmmakers able to craft new stories within the beloved property. Rian Johnson did just that with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, making liberal changes to the canon and storytelling risks that didn’t always jive well with the fandom.
The Last Jedi picked up shortly after the events of The Force Awakens, and Rian Johnson’s plot twists subverted fan expectations for the highly anticipated blockbuster. Rey’s parentage, Snoke’s fate, and Leia’s Force abilities threw the collective fandom for a loop, and now the Knives Out director has explained why he took so many risks with his addition to the Star Wars franchise. He said:
The man’s got a point. Filmmaking is all about artistic expression, even when its in major franchises. Rather than doing a color by numbers version of a Star Wars movie, he took risks that will forever change the overall canon. And by doing so, he provided countless surprising moments for cinephiles in theaters.
Rian Johnson’ comments from Creative Processing with Joseph Gordon-Levitt help to illuminate his thought process when approaching Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The collective fandom was shocked by the choices he made for the film’s characters, especially when it came to franchise favorites like Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa.
The Last Jedi shocked fans when it arrived in December of 2017. And while the blockbuster originally was the subject of fan backlash, it’s clear that Lucasfilm and Disney were happy with Rian Johnson’s work. After all, he’s developing his own trilogy of movies, so his perspective on the galaxy isn’t going anywhere.
It should be interesting to see how Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker moves on from the events of The Last Jedi. It was revealed that Leia has Force Abilities, and Rey’s parentage was seemingly revealed by Kylo Ren in the last film’s third act. Fans are also eager to see if Snoke is further explored, following his unceremonious death in Episode VIII.
All will be revealed when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives in theaters on December 20th. CinemaBlend will also keep you updated on Rian Johnson’s upcoming trilogy as details are revealed. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Stephen King’s novel IT is a massive tome weighing in at over 1,000 pages, so when it came time to adapt the epic for the big screen, the story was split into two parts that would play out over two films. Though one day we could see those two parts put back together into one massive film. That’s because IT Chapter Two director Andy Muschietti is open to a director’s cut that combines both movies, as he explained:
So many possibilities! As Andy Muschietti told SFX magazine, there’s the possibility for a version of the film that combines IT and IT Chapter Two into one director’s cut. This supercut, akin to Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, would put the two films together into one massive movie that would give us the whole story of the Loser’s Club and Pennywise. What’s unclear is if such a director’s cut would just be the two films basically running one after the other or if it would all be re-edited.
The first film only featured the Loser’s Club as kids, whereas IT Chapter Two will show the adult Loser’s Club as well as have flashbacks to their younger years. So I wonder if all the flashbacks would be integrated into the first half of the film, or if this supercut would alternate between the two timelines as the novel does. Regardless, it would surely be long and have a runtime that lives up to the book’s page count.
The first film from 2017 is 2 hours and 15 minutes and the upcoming IT Chapter Two is a bladder-busting 2 hours and 45 minutes, a runtime Andy Muschietti has defended as necessary. If you add those up, you get a whopping 5-hour movie. That’s substantially longer than the 3 hour and 12 minute mini-series starring Tim Curry from 1990. And those are just the theatrical cuts!
Andy Muschietti also mentioned the possibility of special director’s cuts of IT and IT Chapter Two, which would presumably be longer than the theatrical cuts. His original cut of IT Chapter Two alone was four hours and he has plans to use that as a starting point to edit his extended, director’s cut of that film, a cut that he encouragingly says is “definitely going to happen.”
It’s not entirely clear from his statement if the supercut that combines Chapter One and Chapter Two would just use the theatrical material or if it would also draw from the special director’s cuts, but I tend to think the latter. Once you’re over 4 hours, you might as well put in everything you want. Frankly, it sounds like IT could get the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition type treatment and while longer isn’t necessarily better, I’d love for us to get the chance to judge for ourselves.
Andy Muschietti seems excited and bullish on these alternate versions of the film and given how much the first movie made and how much the second movie is tracking at, it would be smart to put out as many versions of this film as possible. We’ll have to wait a while to see what happens, but with any luck, when IT Chapter Two arrives on home video we’ll get a director’s cut of the two movies as well as a box set with a supercut of the entire story.
First it has to hit theaters though and IT Chapter Two opens on September 6. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the big movies floating to the big screen the rest of this year.
The Joker comes from one of the most intriguing and twisted corners of the superhero genre. Perhaps this is why the Clown Prince of Crime has inspired unforgettable performances from the likes of Heath Ledger, Mark Hamill and Jack Nicholson. The iconic role has a riches of oddity to explore, so it’s no wonder Oscar-nominee Joaquin Phoenix has stepped into the role for Todd Phillips’ Joker. However, the actor does admit he was originally hesitant. In Phoenix’s words:
It should excite fans to hear Joaquin Phoenix has no regrets about taking on the Joker for the upcoming drama, but at first he was fearful to sign on to the role. As he explained to Gamesradar:
There’s more to playing the Joker than the typical fare Joaquin Phoenix has taken on in the past. He’s a universally recognizable character, so there will inherently be more eyes on the project and it follows years upon years of comic book history and other adaptations fans will be comparing him against. However, writer/director Todd Phillips said Joker doesn’t follow any of the source material and since being a part of the project Phoenix has said he doesn’t care about what people will think about it.
Joker is a psychological drama shot in just a couple months on a $55 million budget. It’s said to be in the vein of Martin Scorsese’s King of Comedy and Taxi Driver and described as a character study of Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck, a man “disregarded by society”. There does seem to be a sprinkle here and there to the character’s roots in the DC universe, but it’s no typical “superhero genre” film.
Joaquin Phoenix has steered away from high-profile blockbuster flicks throughout his career, often signing on to dramas helmed by critically-acclaimed directors. The actor is best known for embodying Johnny Cash in James Mangold’s Walk the Line, along with lead roles in Spike Jonze’s Her, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Inherent Vice. But he found an exciting challenge in the Joker that drew him to new territory. In his words about his Joker character:
The R-rated flick follows further unique exploration for the comic book genre, that Mangold’s Logan and the Deadpool movies has surprised fans prior. Joker will be premiering at the Venice Film Festival next week and screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in September before reaching theaters on October 4.
In the past couple decades, Seth Rogen has transformed into one of the most dependably funny filmmakers working in Hollywood today. The smart and consistently funny actor/writer/director has built his brand off of sophomoric comedies and a lot of jokes based on weed and genitalia. That said, it’s clear that through his surprisingly eclectic resume, he has continued to push himself as a performer and storyteller. That’s allowed his signature brand of comedy to be found in a variety of different genres and allowed himself to find lively, exciting ways to explore his acute worldview in fresh, funny ways.
With the recent release of Good Boys, the latest R-rated comedy produced by the comedian and his working partner, Evan Goldberg, it felt like a good time to look back on Seth Rogen’s filmography and celebrate the actor/writer/director’s greatest triumphs, while also noting his few scattered misfires. Nobody has a perfect track record, after all. But looking at his resume, it’s clear that Seth Rogen has had a hand in some of the most noteworthy and entertaining comedies of the past two decades. Comedy is always subjective, but it’s hard to think of many other comedians who go out of their way to make movies that are as enjoyable, heartfelt and hilarious at a consistent clip. But Seth Rogen has continued to prove himself time and time again.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at Seth Rogen’s best movies, while also taking some time to comment on his, well, less-than-stellar films as well.
The Best Seth Rogen Movies
The Disaster Artist (2017)
In James Franco’s surprisingly touching biopic dramedy, based on cult filmmaker Tommy Wiseau and the making of his so-bad-it’s-great melodrama disasterpiece, The Room, Franco honored the mysterious filmmaker by taking on both acting and directing duties simultaneously, allowing himself to become the oddball guy as both a performer and filmmaker. Thankfully, however, the movie made by James Franco is notably better than what we got from Tommy Wiseau (if not quite as quotable). One big reason why this film worked where so many other films directed by Franco fell apart is knowing that Rogen played a heavy hand as a producer, both on-screen in the role of real-life script supervisor Sandy Schklair, and behind-the-scenes as well.
This is an emotional and tender, but also often funny and entertaining look at the creative process, and how one’s desire to prove themselves and make something big and bold in the art-making process is ultimately more important and meaningful than making something that actually stands up to greatness. The Disaster Artist is a familial effort, allowing Franco to work with his brother, Dave Franco, and his friends, like Seth Rogen and many more. It provides a satirical, yet sympathetic look at what makes the moviemaking process so rewarding — even if the reception isn’t exactly what you’d hope it would be.
A fun and inspired twist on the frat house comedy, Neighbors finally gives us something we didn’t often see from those ’80s comedies: the perspective of the cranky older neighbors trying to mind their own business without being disturbed by their party-loving lawn-sharers. It’s a cheeky reversal that Seth Rogen and director Nicholas Stoller got sufficient mileage from, allowing the perspective of both the recent father (Rogen) and the head of the frat (Zac Efron) to get nearly equal screen-time, allowing neither party (hardy har har) to be either completely antagonistic or totally justified in their stance.
The result is not exactly the best comedy we have gotten from Seth Rogen and his crew, but it’s an often enjoyable and consistently amusing R-rated comedy, one that finds the actor both indulging in the juvenile humor that made his brand while also maturing and recognizing that he is getting older, and that he’s closer to being a functional adult than the party-loving college students living next door. It’s a good transition point for the actor/writer, and it turned into one of his most profitable films to boot. The sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, while solid, didn’t earn the same high attendance.
Observe And Report (2009)
One of the more controversial and divisive titles in Seth Rogen’s filmography, and among the darker and more disturbing of Rogen’s comedies, Jody Hill’s sophomore film, Observe and Report, might not be an easy sell — even for some of Rogen’s diehard enthusiasts. Yet, if you like your comedy to be a little more on the twisted side of the equation, this unhinged, mean-spirited studio comedy is certainly among the bolder movies Rogen has done. And, in my view, it’s one of his strongest and most unflinching performances, proving what the actor could do when he pushes past his likable image.
A film that was inspired by Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver more than anything starring Seth Rogen, prior to its release, Observe and Report had the ugly misfortune of being compared — under rather shallow terms — to Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the Kevin James comedy which came out only a few months before, and it never quite got its due. As I said before, it’s one of the few studio dark comedies that is not afraid to really get into some nasty territory, making it an intentionally uncomfortable sit for many views. I don’t begrudge anyone who has trouble stomaching some of its character turns. But it’s still a stand-out for Seth Rogen, allowing the actor to challenge himself and push himself beyond his usual comfort zone and prove what he can do. It won’t win everyone over, but it’s one that is definitely worth considering and ultimately one of Seth Rogen’s most surprising and underrated titles.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
While The 40-Year-Old Virgin is more of a vehicle for Steve Carrell’s budding film career than a full showcase for Seth Rogen’s comedy prowess, it was one of the actor’s first noteworthy movie appearances. And because he was in quite a few scenes, the rising comedy star arguably stole the show. While certainly the crudest and most foul-mouthed of Carrell’s on-screen companions, Seth Rogen’s Cal is often showing his rather twisted, yet sweet side —doing what he can to tell his office mate get laid for the first time. Among the most outspokenly sexual members of the bunch, Cal does what he can to make sure Carrell’s Andy isn’t holding his V-card for long, and his frank and perverted dialogue provides some of the most raunchy and risqué jokes in the movie.
Ultimately, while it’s the title that launched Judd Apatow’s directorial career and helped Steve Carrell become a marquee name when The Office was starting to become regular viewing for TV viewers around the country, The 40-Year-Old Virgin isn’t necessarily celebrated for Seth Rogen’s involvement. But his contributions to the laugh department shouldn’t be ignored, and his involvement — notably sans shirt — in the “Aquarius” music number towards the very end of the movie alone makes it easy to put this movie on the list of Seth Rogen favorites. He wouldn’t be who he is today without it.
Pineapple Express (2008)
Easily among the most celebrated of Seth Rogen’s comedies, David Gordon Green’s Pineapple Express played a huge part in making the actor a regular at the multiplex. The stoner action-comedy, which was also one of the big movies that helped to crystalize the big screen dynamic between Rogen and his scene-stealing co-star, James Franco, is a light-hearted romp that’s not light on laughs, action, drug consumption or violence.
But the R-rated action-comedy also has a big, beating heart, amid the smoking and shooting, for his scrappy low-life characters who become unlikely action superstars in the midst of the movie’s fast-moving turn-of-events. That fine mix of raunchiness and sweetness became more consistent than ever in Seth Rogen’s resume through this heartfelt, fun-loving comedy, providing Rogen and Franco with another starring vehicle worth cruising at high speeds.
Steve Jobs (2015)
While Danny Boyle’s unconventional biopic Steve Jobs is often celebrated for Michael Fassbender’s exceptional lead performance in the role of the troubled title genius, one would be remiss to overlook the tremendous supporting work of his co-star Seth Rogen, playing Jobs’ disgruntled right wing, Steve Wozniak. It’s an exceptional dramatic performance from the typically-comedic actor, once again showcasing Rogen’s undervalued acting range.
Given the task of playing one of the more subdued yet pivotal roles in the dramatic film, Seth Rogen provides one of the strongest performances in Steve Jobs, which is no easy task considering the high volume of talent attached to this project. His performance often feels raw and reserved, allowing us to see the frustration and also the acceptance that must come from working with some as egotistical yet undeniably brilliant as Steve Jobs — even if, as Steve Wozniak knows, he is the one who is behind some of the greatest inventions in Apple’s history, and even if Steve Jobs will take the credit for his hard work. In the end, then, it’s only fitting that Michael Fassbender got most of the praise while Rogen got overlooked, which is why we wish to celebrate it here.
Funny People (2009)
In some respects, Funny People can either be seen as Judd Apatow’s misunderstood masterpiece or his most indulgent, overlong movie to date. I’m not quite on either side of the extremes, but I am certainly closer to the former than the latter. Judd Apatow’s third film is, once again, a personal and heartfelt examination at lonely, joke-friendly people trying to make it through the tribulations of life as best as they possibly can. With the story focused on a once-respected comedic actor (Adam Sandler) suffering from cancer and potentially months away from his death, however, it’s considerably more heavy than the usual light-hearted films we expect from the prominent writer/director/producer. And while it’s Sandler’s film, Rogen is also quite good.
While Seth Rogen’s Ira Wright is a little more mild-mannered and gentle than some of the other Seth Rogen characters we got before then, it’s still very much a role from Rogen’s enjoyable blend of jokey-but-warm. He is caring and sweet, but he is also believably affable, and it’s one of the roles that is best able to channel the everyman charm that has played a big role in the actor’s appeal in the comedy scene. Paired well with Adam Sandler giving one of his best performances to date, Funny People provides both actors with a highly respectable and likably sincere look at comedy, living in the entertainment industry and what it means to make people laugh, even when you’re crying inside. It lives up to its title, but Funny People is simultaneously a nice comedy and a respectable drama for these typically chuckle-friendly entertainers, and it’s a shame that it didn’t get a warmer reception upon release.
This Is The End (2013)
Having proven themselves as both writers and producers through a variety of hit-making comedies in the past five-to-seven years, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg finally decided to jump into the director’s chairs with the apocalyptic ensemble comedy This Is The End. A horror-comedy with amble room for its talented team of actors to play around with the possibility of being holed up together during the literal apocalypse, This Is The End is both a very fun take on the hangout comedy, one that is given some serious stakes with the world literally ending outside their door, and a nice chance for all the stars to reflect upon their careers — and the highs-and-lows found therein — as they played heightened variations of their celebrity personas.
Benefitted nicely by allowing the talented actors to stay (mostly) restrained to their surroundings, allowing the talented actors to bounce off each other frequently and letting the improvisation comedy come naturally, while never entirely overdoing it in the process, This Is The End was a fine step forward for Seth Rogen as a screenwriter and newly-minted director, as well as another fine showcase of his buddy acting charms working off Jay Baruchel. Even as people are dying left-and-right and dangers lurk outside, there is a softness to the emotional core of the movie, and it was firm proof that Seth Rogen could take his well-proven style of comedy into new genres, expanding himself and his talents in a major way for future projects.
The Night Before (2015)
One of the most underrated movies from Seth Rogen to date, The Night Before was unjustly overlooked upon its release, with its holiday-themed festivities being glazed over in the busy winter holiday movie season. That’s a shame, because at its best, The Night Before represents what can be so jolly and bright about a really solid Seth Rogen vehicle. Particularly when it comes to his warm and tidy buddy dynamic with Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which makes for a delightful reunion with the actor’s solid 50/50 collaborators, including director Jonathan Levine.
A fast-paced, richly-inspired romp that keeps the laughs moving and the warm holiday feelings in mind, The Night Before is a wonderfully well-realized movie about what the importance of the holiday season can be, not merely for what it means to bring people together, but how the holidays are very important reminders of what is lost when we get too caught up in our lives and don’t spend time with the people we love. It’s a familiar message, but it’s one that’s told with a bundle of laughs and a lot of heart to boot. If you’re looking for a fine holiday classic to add to your collection, I’d make a point to check out The Night Before, just in case you get a little tired of watching A Christmas Story or Christmas Vacation later this season.
One of the actor/producer’s richest efforts in the dramedy category, 50/50 (much like Funny People, funny enough) tackles one of the toughest topics —cancer —and turns it into a rich, poignant look at life, friendship, humanity and what it means to be alive, even when you are potentially on the verge of death. It’s a powerful, gently touching movie, and the irreverent-yet-sympathetic comedic styles of Rogen’s well-established brand of comedy prove to be a great combination for this movie, one that is almost effortlessly able to blend laughs and tears into a complete and satisfying package. The result is one tremendously tender triumph, and it’s another showcase for how the movies that allow Rogen to stretch himself warmly become his best.
Benefitting nicely from the firm buddy friendship of Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, while also being paired with screenwriter Will Reiser’s autobiographical screenplay and commendably nuanced direction from Jonathan Levine, 50/50 takes what could’ve easily been too sentimental and saccharine, and turns it into a richly affecting look at life and laughter, resulting — in my opinion — in one of the best films from Seth Rogen to date.
Just a couple short months after Seth Rogen became the new leading man in comedy with his heartfelt and immensely charming lead performance in Knocked Up, Rogen proved that his talents extended behind-the-scenes in addition to in front of it with his screenwriting debut (alongside his regular collaborator Evan Goldberg) in Superbad. The R-rated coming-of-age comedy, which is quite easily among the most personal of his projects to date, focuses on the hardships of learning to say goodbye to your best buddy, and recognizing that sometimes life will take you away from the people you love the most, even if the emotions felt between you are still palpable and strong. It became one of the most sincere, winsome bromances of the ’00s.
That said, the comedy is still as crude as the day is long. And this comedy, which focuses on a day-in-the-life of these socially-awkward high school teenagers trying to find the night of their lives before they find themselves in college several miles away, is both relatable and bombastic, finding a nice mix of realistic and over-the-top while never going too far in either direction. It’s benefitted nicely from the influence of indie director Greg Mottola, who gives the movie its nice blend of heartfelt character beats while staying true to the raunch and silliness you expect from a juvenile comedy in this vein. It remains one of Seth Rogen’s finest accomplishments, and it’s the film that firmly solidified his status as one of Hollywood’s major new comedy makers.
Knocked Up (2007)
When deciding which of Seth Rogen’s movies are the best, there are clearly several different options to choose from. The actor has provided an abundance of riches to the comedy world, and it’s apparent that he is only continuing to find his stride as an actor, writer, director and producer. But if you must pick the best, it’s hard to overlook Knocked Up, the comedy that firmly proved to moviegoers that writer/director Judd Apatow is the real deal and the movie that richly put Seth Rogen into leading man territory. It’s easily one of the smartest, most delightful, most human and heartfelt comedies of the 21st century.
Based on what happened between Judd Apatow and his wife, Leslie Mann, when it came to the birth of their first daughter and the formation of their relationship, Knocked Up finds Seth Rogen in an unlikely one night stand with Katherine Heigl’s Allison Scott, a woman who is ultimately very much out of his league. And together, when they are thrust into a pregnancy that neither of them anticipated, they begin to form a cuddly and likable bond, one that grows stronger as the audience warms up to their dynamic more and more. It’s a romantic comedy that even those who aren’t fans of the genre can appreciate immensely, and that’s benefitted enormously from the wonderful performance from Seth Rogen, which is filled with life, care and an abundance of sympathy and sincerity, even during the most outlandish comedy beats. It’s a highly likable film, and it’s arguably still Rogen’s best.
The Worst Seth Rogen Movies
Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009)
While Seth Rogen has one of the most distinctive voices in Hollywood today, there haven’t been too many movies that have taken advantage of those vocal talents. To be clear, there are several animated movies featuring Seth Rogen, but many of them either have Rogen in a very minor role (Kung Fu Panda, for instance) or they don’t find the actor living up to his full potential (like Sausage Party). Alas, Monsters Vs. Aliens is one of the most underwhelming animated movies in recent years, neither allowing its goofy and promising premise to flourish or let Rogen excel in his voice talents.
As the voice of B.O.B., a one-eyed slimeball who can twist and contort himself in a number of ways, Rogen is at least one of the standouts of the film, getting some of the biggest laughs and providing his likably goofy charm to the animated role. Alas, it’s ultimately just a middling movie with very little living up to its potential. While it gave Seth Rogen a chance to expand himself into both animation and family-friendly entertainment, it is sadly a dud.
The Green Hornet (2011)
As this worst list would suggest, Seth Rogen tends to strike out more than he succeeds whenever he moves outside his R-rated comfort zone. While the actor/writer likes to experiment with genre and tone in a variety of projects, it’s often the ones that land either PG or PG-13 ratings that tend to misfire. It is clear, then, that The Green Hornet was an ambitious, but underwhelming effort for the actor/writer/producer, hoping to expand himself into a blockbuster for his outsized persona, but not cracking the formula right, despite his best efforts. Sony’s superhero project wasn’t very super after all.
Taking on writing in addition to acting duties for this reimagining of the masked crime fighter, Seth Rogen tried to translate his lighthearted charm into this silly, good-natured take on the material. But it felt half-hearted in a way that most Seth Rogen films, whether good or not, often feel entirely whole-hearted. With a confused blend of tones and comedic stylings, the result was the rare lackluster miscalculation from Seth Rogen that’s not so much bad, but entirely mediocre, which in some respects makes it worse. But The Green Hornet‘s failure was one that taught Rogen and Evan Goldberg a very valuable lesson that they continued to apply later: it’s better to make lower budget risks than to try to conform into any big-budget expectations.
The Guilt Trip (2012)
A mother-son road trip dramedy with Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand: what could go wrong? Alas, The Guilt Trip, while almost entirely gentle and good-natured, was a disappointing misfire. Meant to be something in the vein of a James L. Brooks heart-tugger, with a liberal dose of love and laughs, The Guilt Trip isn’t too far removed from some of Rogen’s better movies. Only, this time, it would be more wholesome than dirty comedy. But The Guilt Trip is overly sentimental and saccharine in a way that most Rogen movies tend to avoid being, resulting in a comedy that’s disposable and forgettable in a way that Rogen movies tend not to be, even when they aren’t entirely successful. The result is something you don’t usually get from a Seth Rogen movie: a boring, bland and ultimately middling effort, with nothing in the way of character of personality to make it stand out or succeed.
While it’s nice to have the rare Seth Rogen movie that you can’t take your grandma to see and not feel awkward about it, The Guilt Trip is hopelessly underwhelming, lacking anything resembling distinction or visual flair, even though the movie does have a nice heart in the right moments. While both Rogen and Barbara Streisand have a nice on-screen dynamic, which helps to make some of the listless comedy have a bit of a kick, it’s not enough to make it something worthwhile, resulting in a disappointing and unsuccessful comedy that does go down smooth, but it leaves very little to reflect upon. And worse of all, it’s light in the laughs department, making something that would live out its legacy in Wal-Mart bargain bins, then hopefully forgotten.
There are a few other Seth Rogen movies that didn’t get mentioned here. For instance, Drillbit Taylor, which became another PG-13 misfire from screenwriter Seth Rogen, is best left forgotten. Additionally, Paul, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Like Father,The Spiderwick Chronicles, Zack and MiriMake a Porno and The Interview, are likable enough, but they are neither the best nor worst we’ve seen from Seth Rogen. (Though, that said, there’s something to be noted about The Interview almost starting a war, which isn’t something you can say about a lot comedies out today — good or bad.)
I also liked Take This Waltz, but it does not quite make its way into the top ten for Seth Rogen. And its not exactly a “Seth Rogen movie,” though it is definitely one that I appreciated. I’m also not a fan of The Lion King (2019), but I’m not here to pick fights. And there are a lot of folks here who liked it.
Do you agree or disagree with these selections? Let us know in the comment sections how you feel about this ranking.
As it turns out, Michael Myers is extremely hard to kill. So despite Laurie Strode’s best-laid plans, the Shape will return to do battle with her once again in not one, but two sequel films to last year’s Halloween. The first of those sequels is next year’s HalloweenKills and although that film was just announced last month, it is set to start filming very soon, as co-writer Danny McBride explained:
They’re really not wasting any time are they? The sequel to last year’s Halloween will go before cameras not long after it was officially announced. In less than a month, Halloween Kills will begin filming and while it seemed like it took a while to get confirmation that Halloween was getting a sequel in the first place, once that confirmation came, things were ‘off to the races,’ just as Danny McBride said.
Clearly a lot of the pieces for Halloween Kills must have already been in place prior to the official announcement. That includes the script for the sequel, written by Danny McBride, director David Gordon Green and Scott Teems, which was obviously good to go. We’ve heard from director David Gordon Green that there was always a plan to do more Halloween movies, so that makes sense.
That was one of the cool things about the announcement to begin with. We heard rumors that Halloween was getting a sequel or sequels, but we didn’t know for sure and as soon as we found out, the movies already had titles, directors, writers and release dates and in a few short weeks the first one will be filming.
So if Halloween Kills begins principal photography sometime in September, the filmmakers will have about a year’s time to work on it before next Halloween. And although Universal Pictures announced both Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends at the same time, these two sequels will not be shooting back to back.
As Danny McBride told Polygon, the script for Halloween Ends, which he is writing alongside David Gordon Green, Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier, is almost finished and the plan is to shoot that film in that same late summer/early fall time period next year.
This is highly encouraging for horror fans and fans of the Halloween franchise because it really seems like the creatives and the companies behind these films and this property have a plan in place and know what they are doing with this franchise. Sure there could be rewrites or reshoots, but at the current moment, the way Danny McBride portrays it, things are moving along swimmingly.
The plot to Halloween Kills is still a mystery but we know that it will continue the saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. The film will once again star Jamie Lee Curtis and it is possible that Charles Cypher could also reprise his role as Sheriff Leigh Brackett from the original 1978 film.
Halloween Kills slashes into theaters on October 16, 2020. If you’re interested in seeing Danny McBride onscreen, you can check out his new series The Righteous Gemstones on HBO. For movies still to come this year, keep an eye on our premiere guide.