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Actor Seth Rogen adapts to new life in ‘Neighbors’ ‘Star Wars’ trilogy no ties to Expanded Universe

NEW YORK, April 27, (Agencies): Seven years after Seth Rogen memorably struggled with the prospect of child birth in “Knocked Up,” he’s moved on to the anxieties of young parenthood in “Neighbors.” In the comedy, which Universal Pictures will release May 9, Rogen plays the father of a newborn who, with his wife (Rose Byrne), is adapting to their new life. “It didn’t escape us as we were making it,” says Rogen of the connection from “Knocked Up” to “Neighbors.” ‘’If you caught up with this guy the next year, there’s a chance this is kind of a version of what his life would be like.” The young parents are challenged when a hard-partying fraternity (led by Zac Efron) moves in next door. But the rivalry that ensues is really a manifestation of their own issues: They still want to party, but they can’t like they used to. “Honestly, it was kind of one of the most relatable ideas that I’ve ever had anything to do with in a weird way,” Rogen said in a recent interview. “No one’s made a movie about a couple struggling with the fact that they have a baby and they can’t party anymore. It might be one of the single most relatable moments in humankind.”

Rogen has gotten accustomed to vying amid the blockbusters of summer with original comedies. Last year, he and his writing partner Evan Goldberg released the hit “This Is the End,” an apocalyptic comedy that essentially parodied the disaster movies that so often populate the summer. He and Goldberg will again put their twist on a movie genre later this year with “The Interview,” due out Oct. 10. It’s about a talk-show host (James Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who lands an interview with North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un and asked by the CIA to assassinate him. “It’s really our take on a spy, espionage, journalist thriller, but distinctly starring idiots,” he says. But the experience making “Neighbors” hasn’t driven the 32-year-old Rogen (who is married to the actress and screenwriter Lauren Miller) any closer to parenthood, himself, despite the cuteness of the babies used for the film. “I kept saying on set, if you gave me one of those babies, I would have just taken it,” says Rogen. “Those were good babies. They were cute; they were well behaved; they liked me. But overall, it probably drove me further from having a baby.”

Our long, global crisis is finally over: The new “Star Wars” trilogy will not have any ties to the Expanded Universe post-”Return of the Jedi.” “In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe,” Lucasfilm announced in a press release on Friday. Fans have long speculated that director JJ Abrams’ “Episode VII” would have ties to the popular post-”Jedi” universe, but Lucasfilm President - and “Episode VII” producer Kathleen Kennedy — has other plans.

For the first time ever, the company has formed “a story group to oversee and coordinate all Star Wars creative development,” according to site. “We have an unprecedented slate of new Star Wars entertainment on the horizon,” Kennedy said in the press release. “We’re set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen, and continue the adventure through games, books, comics, and new formats that are just emerging.  This future of interconnected storytelling will allow fans to explore this galaxy in deeper ways than ever before.” The offspring belonging to Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia have significant roles in the official EU canon. But just because those specific iterations will be absent from Abrams’ film, that doesn’t mean a version of them won’t make an appearance. Current rumors persist that “Episode VII” centers on the original films’ lead trio and a few — or all — of their children. Audiences will see for themselves when the film hits theaters Dec 18, 2015.

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