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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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


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

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.