August 6, 2013 |
Back in fall 2003, the producers of the NBC remake of the British hit "The Office" were looking for comic actors to work at their fictional paper company. Eventually, the top roles went to relative unknowns Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski and Steve Carell in the star-making role of Michael Scott. But those actors didn't just waltz into the roles. They auditioned and competed against a large number of other, equally talented performers for the roles. And in the 10 years since those auditions, many of those actors and actresses have gone on to establish successful careers outside of the friendly confines of the Dunder-Mifflin office in Scranton, Pa. Which is probably why the producers of the recently ended hit felt comfortable releasing their original audition tapes.
February 20, 2013 |
If you're one of the three people on Earth not excited about the return of "Arrested Development," premiering on Netflix in May, perhaps this will whet your appetite: "Saturday Night Live" alum Kristen Wiig and stoner extraordinaire Seth Rogen will both join the series as guest stars. The question that naturally follows is who they'll be playing. While a Netflix representative confirmed that both Wiig and Rogen will make appearances in the upcoming season, the company declined to elaborate about their roles.
October 23, 2012 |
When it comes to awards shows, leading men and women sporting high fashion and gushing gratitude are worthy distractions, but isn't it really about the laughs? That's what Seth Rogen proved at Monday evening's Hollywood Film Awards gala, sponsored by the Los Angeles Times and held at the Beverly Hilton, where the funnyman was on hand to present the year's comedy honor to frequent collaborator Judd Apatow. With his honking voice and impeccable delivery, Rogen had A-listers Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Richard Gere rolling in the aisles -- no one laughing harder than Harvey Weinstein.
May 14, 2013 |
"Townies," an upcoming comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, is giving some comic relief to Los Angeles. The Universal Pictures movie , in which Rogen plays a regular family man whose life is upended by the raucous behavior of his frat boy neighbor (Efron), has been lighting up local feature production. The timing couldn't be better for L.A., where location filming for feature films dropped nearly 12% in April compared with the same period last year after a 26% surge in the first quarter, according to data from FilmL.A.
October 25, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before kicking Justin Verlander off my fantasy baseball team. The Skinny: Time to break out the sweaters! Fall is finally here. Thursday's headlines include a standoff between Time Warner Cable, Cox and DirecTV over a new sports channel. Oprah Winfrey is developing a series for HBO and Seth Rogen is going on Home Shopping Network to sell a movie. Daily Dose: Production company FremantleMedia Enterprises is teaming up with Martha Stewart's company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to develop television and online properties.
March 13, 2013 |
As the spring social season gets underway, make no mistake: Angelenos are generous with their support of good causes, and they certainly enjoy a good party. But nowadays, it takes more than a fancy dinner to attract a crowd. The watchword for today's fundraisers is “fun” - with “fresh” and “original” also part of the lexicon. This is especially true if the objective is to reach the up-and-coming younger demographic. The good news is that much of what's ahead on L.A.'s social scene handily fits the bill.