Seth Rogen on Jonah Hill’s Oscar nomination: “He’s f–king psyched about it”


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When Jonah Hill first was announced as a cast member in Brad Pitt‘s “Moneyball,” it seemed like a strange fit for an actor best known for his comedic roles in films like “Superbad” and “Accepted.” But once the film came out, it was clear that Hill had given his best performance to date. He’s since earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the role, and in our opinion definitely deserves it.

Hill’s good friend and frequent costar Seth Rogen agrees. IFC got a chance to participate in a chat with the upcoming Spirit Awards host and asked him for his thoughts about Hill’s nomination. Rogen said he was more surprised that the Oscars recognized Hill’s great performance than he was that he was nominated.

“All my friends are talented enough to get nominated for awards,” Rogen told IFC. “I just am always surprised when things and people I like are also liked by, you know, things like the Oscars.”

The Oscar nominations were announced at the end of January, and Rogen said he has had a chance to talk to Hill since he found out he was up for an Academy Award. Unsurprisingly, Rogen said Hill is “fucking psyched about it.”

But it wasn’t that moment that made Rogen realize that he and his comedian friends actually had earned the attention of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members. Instead, it was in 2004 when “Million Dollar Baby” took home four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. Rogen recounted to IFC how he and his best bud Jay Baruchel, who was in the movie, were watching the Oscars together that year, and Baruchel got a shout-out from director Clint Eastwood.

“I literally remember we were like stoned off our asses watching the Oscars in my tiny shithole apartment and Clint Eastwood won and thanked Jay, who was sitting right next to me in his underwear on my couch,” Rogen remembered. “That was the first moment that I realized, ‘Oh, me and my friends, the people who do these Oscars are actually kind of aware of these guys I’m friends with and it could kind of break through in some way.'”

Even though Rogen repeatedly separated his tastes from those of the Oscar voters (“It’s always kind of surprising to me when [their preferences align],” he said), he was also quick to add that he actually is an Oscar voter and thus is “one of these people.” It seems fair to assume that Rogen voted for Hill’s performance to be nominated, even though his role in “Moneyball” has earned “21 Jump Street” star a new ultra-famous friend.

“It is a little weird to me that he is now friends with Brad Pitt,” Rogen admitted. “But he’s a friendly dude. He can be friends with Brad Pitt.”

Speaking of the Oscars, the one film that (at least in our opinion) was unfairly snubbed was “50/50,” a movie that Rogen both starred in and produced. Rogen said that it didn’t feel like a snub to him because he never honestly expected that “50/50” would get nominated.

“I feel like overall there’s very few moments when the Oscars tastes intersects directly with my tastes, so I don’t consider it a snub, to be honest. That implies that I assumed it was going to happen,” he said, then joked, “Maybe the sequel will get nominated.”

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.

Were you surprised when Hill was nominated for an Academy Award? Are you disappointed “50/50” didn’t get any Oscar nods? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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