Seth Rogen

‘A Kim Jong-Il Production’ Is an Incredible True Story About North Korea and Film

In December 2014, the imminent release of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s idiots-take-North Korea comedy The Interview set off both the Sony Pictures hacking scandal and the terrorist threat that any theaters showing the film would be attacked: “The world will be full of fear,” the hackers wrote. It was still a strange, surreal, largely online controversy that was hard for the average American citizen to see and feel the effects of in their day-to-day life. For me, the clearest example of a world with and without The Interview was when I was walking past a days-in-the-making painted mural advertising the movie in Williamsburg; the day after the film was officially pulled from theaters, that ad was, once again, a white wall. … Read More

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10 Sexy Netflix Streaming Movies to Warm Up Your Snow Day

There’s nothing better than a snow day — except perhaps a snow day with a companion. (Let’s just pretend that Juno was the crazy blizzard we were promised.) Whether alone or together, you can stay warm throughout the aftermath of the storm with this killer collection of the best romantic, steamy, and sensual films currently available on Netflix… Read More

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‘American Sniper’ Is Not Your Culture-War Talking Point

Last night, in a typically loathsome and infuriating appearance on The Daily Show, Mike Huckabee laid out, for all us dense coastal elite liberal types, the problem with our worldview. “There’s a real clash of cultures and there’s a disconnect between people who live in the ‘bubbles’ of New York, Washington, and Hollywood, versus the people who live in the land of the ‘Bubbas,’” he explained, which Stewart interpreted as a contention that “people who live on the coasts are not ‘real.’” It was, in a nutshell, Huckabee (and the book he was there to promote) attempting to jump-start that reliably contentious pseudo-political issue, the culture war. And, Huckabee insisted, the fault lies with the people in the “bubbles,” because “those of us who live in ‘Bubba-ville,’ we get the people in the bubbles — because television shows and movies are all about the people in the bubbles.” Yet according to the paper of record, “Bubba-ville” got its very own motion picture this weekend, and a controversy to go with it — all of which would be much more convenient if the film in question actually were the simplistic flag-waver that it’s being labeled as, on both sides of the political/cultural divide. … Read More

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From ‘Broad City’ to Fey and Poehler: When Female Comedians Tell Rape Jokes

“Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them,” goes the famous and profound quote attributed to Margaret Atwood. But what to make of a situation in which women artists, by acting like men, are trying to make us laugh at the threat men pose to women? … Read More

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‘Broad City’ Season 2 Premiere Recap: “In Heat”

Summer in New York City can be both the best and the worst thing. The excitement about being able to hang outside and enjoy the warmth quickly morphs into a hatred of being sticky on the subway platform, sweating on the sidewalks, being catcalled in shorts, and having air conditioners drip on you. Broad City understands the plight of summer heat, especially the biggest one: Getting a cheap air conditioner.  … Read More

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‘Broad City’ Starts Season 2 With a Burst of Delightfully Familiar Flatulence

Broad City‘s second season begins by plunging viewers into the guts of its funhouse-mirrored New York City: the subway. As Ilana (Glazer) and Abbi (Jacobson) try to make their way toward the nearest door to their stop’s exit, each car reveals an exaggeratedly hellish version of an experience with which any New York commuter can empathize. The scene is also relevant to non-New Yorkers, as each car seems to introduce the themes of the upcoming season. Thankfully, they don’t diverge — at all — from those of the first. Said themes are: stuff that comes from butts, stuff that comes from whatever other places on the body might produce comedic “stuff,” stuff that comes from New York’s own grotesque body, and stuff that happens when your life doesn’t seem to have a schedule, when you give few enough shits to make a life out of simply doing random “stuff” with your BFF. … Read More

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See ‘The Interview,’ Or Don’t — Neither Option Makes You a Hero

Some people like to spend their holidays surrounded by presents, family, and an inadvisable amount of sugar cookies. And some people — Texans, obviously — like to spend their holidays not only seeing The Interview, the bro comedy that inadvertently made Amy Pascal America’s favorite poet, but singing “Proud to Be an American” at the screening. This, like many reactions to The Interview and its release, is dumb.  … Read More

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