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Seth Rogen: Hobby Lobby, “The Interview”, “…The End”

    October 5, 2013
    Kristen M. Foster
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Seth Rogen may well rank among the busiest guys in Hollywood. This week, the star is grabbing the headlines over Hobby Lobby turmoil, casting for his new film and the DVD release of his hit, This Is The End.

For his Twitter followers, Rogen is keeping the arts and crafts big box store Hobby Lobby in the hot seat over accusations of anti-Semitism. The turmoil apparently started over an offensive comment made by an employee, for which the company has apologized, and a distinct lack of merchandise celebrating or supporting the Jewish faith, for which the company is promising test market items in New York and New Jersey, according to the Hobby Lobby Facebook page.

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Capitalizing yet again on his Freaks and Geeks network, Rogen and James Franco are taking the lead in a new Sony comedy, The Interview, and as of this week they may recruit another alumnus, Lizzy Caplan, who is in talks to play the female lead. The Interview, written and directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, embroils a talk show host (Franco) and his producer (Rogen) in a plot of international intrigue and assassinations. Caplan is slated to play a steamy CIA agent who schemes for Franco to kill the prime minister of North Korea.

This project comes off Rogen’s directorial debut, This Is the End, which nabbed over $100 million at box offices (somewhat helped by a re-release). The apocalypse comedy is just out in stores and Rogen is promoting the outtakes, available at YouTube. Please note, the content is not appropriate for all audiences.

Rogen and Goldberg have been long-time writing partners, penning Superbad (2007) and Pineapple Express (2008). The duo is also developing an R-rated animated film, Sausage Party, which Goldberg boasts (one presumes, tongue-in-cheek), “I’m going to confidently say it’s the most important film ever produced… It will change the world, like the movie ‘Ghandi.’”

[Image via Seth Rogen official Twitter.]

  • FURogen

    FU seth rogen – why do christians always have to make sure to include jewish decorations when we celebrate christmas – I don’t see any jewish people going out of their way and rolling out the red carpets for any of us – Merry Christmas @$$HOLE

  • Dee

    For future reference:
    Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman,
    Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk,
    Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton
    Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal
    Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin
    Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht, Halston Sage, Seth
    Gabel, Alden Ehrenreich.

    Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave
    Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy
    Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Jonathan Keltz.

    Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either
    raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Gwyneth
    Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki
    Reed, Zac Efron.

    Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism
    -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia
    Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

  • Dee

    For future reference:
    Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman,
    Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk,
    Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton
    Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal
    Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin
    Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht, Halston Sage, Seth
    Gabel, Alden Ehrenreich.

    Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave
    Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy
    Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman.

    Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either
    raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Gwyneth
    Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki
    Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz.

    Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism
    -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia
    Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.