Seth Rogen says no one has “seriously talked about” making a “Freaks and Geeks” movie


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Seth Rogen has a lot of movies potentially in the works, though nothing solid on his slate right now. The film that seems to be the most likely to get off the ground first is also his directorial debut: “The Apocalypse.”

The adaptation of Rogen and Jay Baruchel‘s 2007 short film has been in pre-production for years now, but Rogen confirmed in a recent group interview promoting the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards (airing on IFC on February 25) that “The Apocalypse” is as close to being greenlit as it’s ever going to be.

“It actually seems like it might happen, so that’s really exciting for us. Studios don’t greenlight movies anymore, they just let you slowly realize that you’re making it. But I think if they still did greenlight movies, we would probably be greenlit right now,” he said about “The Apocalypse.” That echoes what he told IFC back in January when he said the movie is in its final stages of “putting everything together.”

Just don’t expect that it will be called “The Apocalypse” for long. Rogen recently learned that the title is actually owned by Fox right now, which means his team will likely have to change the name of their movie. Our vote is for the return of “Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse,” but Rogen seemed to think that the final title would be not as clever.

“If we end up with a shitty title, you can blame Fox,” he joked.

With future projects up for discussion, Rogen was asked about some other hypothetical projects that he could be potentially involved in. A sequel to “Pineapple Express” has been talked about for years, but there hasn’t been much forward momentum on it. Rogen said that could change once “The Apocalypse” — or whatever it will eventually be called — starts shooting.

“‘The Apocalypse’ essentially has the same cast as ‘Pineapple Express,’ so maybe we’ll write it while we’re filming,” he said with a laugh.

Another sequel he could be attached to is a third installment of the “Kung Fu Panda” series. Rogen voices the character Mantis in those movies. “I would like it to, but I don’t know for sure,” he said of his involvement.

But the one movie that likely won’t get made is the long-hoped for big screen treatment of “Freaks and Geeks.” The show that made Rogen a star only ran for 15 episodes and, though it launched the careers of everyone from Judd Apatow and James Franco to Busy Phillips and Jason Segel, didn’t get much love when it was on the air.

“It would be funny if they did but they don’t usually make movies about TV shows that nobody watched for free. I think if they think that like if nobody watched it for free, the odds are people are going to pay $15, leave their house to go see it is probably pretty slim,” Rogen told IFC.

He added, “I don’t even know if like legally they could actually do that. It’s not something that anyone has actually like seriously talked about.”

Still, there’s a chance that one day the film could get made. It wouldn’t be the first time that a cult-favorite TV series got a big screen conclusion. “Arrested Development,” “24” and “Friday Night Lights” movies are in the works, and of course Joss Whedon got to wrap-up his series “Firefly” with the movie “Serenity” back in 2005.

“Yeah, maybe one day,” Rogen said of the chances of a “Freaks and Geeks” movie. “They did a full ‘Firefly’ movie. And it probably didn’t do well enough to justify making a movie out of a failed TV show ever again.”

Fair enough, as “Serenity” only made $25.5 million and its budget was close to “$40 million. But we can still hold out hope.

Watch Seth Rogen host the 2012 Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25 at 10/9c on IFC. And while you’re watching, don’t forget to log into IFC.com chat with our movie experts LIVE via IFC Sync, presented by Capital One.

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Hard Out

Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.


IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Die Hard Dads

Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
Die Hard wedding

Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
Die Hard restroom

Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
Die Hard dance

Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
Die Hard thank you

Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
Die Hard valentines


The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
Die Hard thank you

Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
Die Hard errands

Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
Die Hard office

Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.


Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.


A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.


Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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