Posts Tagged ‘Seth Rogen’

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Seth Rogen has come a long way since Freaks and Geeks. After breaking out through several Judd Apatow roles, he most recently played leading man in The Green Hornet and supporting Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50. According to Variety, Rogen is set to produce and star in The B Team, Disney’s spy film. The project, which was developed three years ago, revolves around “a top secreg agent being kidnapped, leaving his tech support team and researchers to rescue him.” He can be seen next in the mother-son road trip comedy “Mo Mother’s Curse” opposite Barbra Streisand.

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James Franco took a lot of heat last year for his uninspired, boring attempt at hosting the Oscars. The Academy Awards were so disappointed with the young-duo of Anne Hathaway and Franco that they went in the complete opposite direction, harking back to the 90s when one man was synonymous with the award show: Billy Crystal. It’s funny that after years and years of the Academy trying to stay relevant, they decided to go with a name few in the younger generation have even heard of. In an interview with Shortlist, however, Seth Rogen stands up for his friend and former Freaks and Geeks co-star.

“I think when you agree to do something like that, you put a certain amount of faith in the institution, hoping that they’ll take care of you, and I feel like they didn’t [take care of him]. Why hire James Franco and then give him Billy Crystal’s monologue? It was like, “Oh, we’ll hire these young hosts and then we’ll just do the same sh*t we do every f*cking year.” Which to me was really odd. I think they just approached it wrong. They didn’t think it through, and they were way underprepared. I think they hung him out to dry. So I wouldn’t do it unless they hired some better writers [laughs].”

Rogen makes a good point, but the blame must be shared. Anne Hathaway at least had fun with it, and James Franco dumbed down the award show to a boring assembly.