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It's not every day that an author gets involved directly with the affairs of a film that doesn't involve their own work whatsoever. Every now and then you'll see someone like Stephen King buy out showings of a film like 28 Days Later so he can make sure the house is packed with moviegoers who wouldn't normally seek such a film out. When an author does something like this, it's because they either believe in the message or they see something redeemable in the film's release into the open. The latter is exactly why George R.R. Martin is offering to screen The Interview at his own cinema in Santa Fe. That, and he's seven books past being fed up with how Sony abandoned the film. On Martin's personal Live Journal page, he launched a post entitled "Corporate Cowardice." As you would come to expect from the man who created the »
Did America just lose its first cyberwar?
Sony announced Wednesday that The Interview will not be released after a hack leaked embarrassing executive emails, full-length movies and threatened Americans in theaters with 9/11-like attacks if they went to see it.
The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, and in the comedy, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is assassinated. But the actors need not worry as their famous friends are standing up for them and their right to creative expression.
News: Here is Sony's statement about canceling 'The Interview'
I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on Earth than it »
Ask and You Shall Receive: Burnett’s Adaptation Buoyed By Arresting Performances
Landing somewhere on a spectrum of unraveling female adolescent prototypes that plays like one part Evan Rachel Wood in Pretty Persuasion mixed with two parts Thirteen is Katie Kampenfelt, the heroine of director and novelist Allison Burnett’s latest feature, Ask Me Anything. Adapted from his own novel, Undiscovered Gyrl, his vanilla retitling doesn’t quite sit properly atop his intriguing, if sometimes baffling venture into the psyche of a superficially maladjusted teenage girl, instead sounding like a title you’d expect to grace the NeNe Leaks story. An intriguing, if sometimes questionable supporting cast rally splendidly around a noticeable central performance from Britt Robertson, often making up for the film’s tonal missteps to become a surprisingly entertaining indie feature that will have a hard time rising above the tethers of its mediocre packaging.
Deciding to take »
- Nicholas Bell
A bizarre and unsettling British sci-fi series that no traditional American TV network wanted to touch, “Black Mirror” has vaulted into the cultural zeitgeist Stateside after Netflix bought exclusive U.S. streaming rights for the show, whose two seasons originally aired on the U.K.’s Channel 4.
Netflix’s Dec. 1 domestic debut of the anthology series generated a crackle of excitement on social media — and drew renewed attention in Hollywood circles. Robert Downey Jr. was onboard back in 2013, when his Team Downey production company acquired rights to make a film at Warner Bros. based on the show’s “The Entire History of You” episode.
- Todd Spangler
Christmas isn’t looking too jolly for Seth Rogen and James Franco, stars of The Interview. Sony has canceled the release of the film on all platforms after U.S. movie theaters received threats believed to be from the same group who reportedly hacked the studio’s internal computer systems. As you can imagine, Hollywood is furious.
President Obama reassures us that people should still feel safe to “go to the movies” amidst the threats. But celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel, Dax Shepard and Steve Carell took a different approach to addressing Sony’s major decision.
#TheInterview Is that all it takes – an anonymous threat and the numbers 911 – to throw free expression under the bus? #PussyNation
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) December 17, 2014
Really hard to believe this is the response to a threat to freedom of expression here in America. #TheInterview
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) December 18, 2014
Obama: “Americans should go to the movies.” Absolutely Right. »
- Taylor Ferber
As we wind 2014 down, Tfgp is taking a look at the best games of 2014 leading up to our Cinelinx Game of the Year selection. Today, as a team, we are presenting our five favorite games of the year and why they’re worth consideration for the top honors. Come inside and have a look!
Bugs, glitches and a severe lack of undercooked games have plagued us this year. Some of our most anticipated titles were struck down by this blight. Out of the digital ashes some true hero’s have emerged to truly make this a memorable year in gaming. Here, at the spacious Tfgp HQ we have been mulling over our current Goty nominees. This year we decided to let you in on the process.
Eric “Fathergamer” Gibbs
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Following news that Sony Pictures had canceled the December 25th theatrical release of The Interview, it was still unclear if the film was simply postponed until a later date while authorities investigate the veracity of the hacker group's threats of terrorism or if it would instead be released via video-on-demand or DVD. Now it appears that Sony Pictures might be shelving the film for good.
"Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film," the studio told Deadline when asked if a home release for The Interview was in »
Sony Pictures bowed to pressure yesterday (December 17) and pulled The Interview from its December 25 release.
The big movie chains in the Us gradually dropped the controversial film, following a terror threat from a group known as 'Guardians of Peace', which previously claimed responsibility for the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures.
However, Hollywood has largely expressed disappointment and concern with the decision. Digital Spy rounds up some of the reactions from the stars below:
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014
Let's be real here. No One wanted to see "The Interview" to begin with. It's most likely a crappy movie. Now that it's gone, you want it.
— Lamarr Wilson (@LamarrWilson) December 17, 2014
Cancelling "The Interview »
Sony pulled the Christmas Day release of “The Interview” on Wednesday after hackers levied threats to attack theaters showing the comedy, causing a slew of exhibitors to say they wouldn’t screen the movie.
The decision has already sparked a large variety of opinions, with many angry at the studio and exhibitors for pulling out of the film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as a duo on a mission to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Industry figures including Judd Apatow, Rob Lowe, Jimmy Kimmel and more have taken to social media to weigh in, with several slamming Sony for the decision.
Read a list of tweets below, which will be updated as more come in:
I expect The Interview to turn up online. Because, dig it, you can knock the rock but you can't stop the rock.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 18, 2014
I have enjoyed movies that offended me deeply. »
- Variety Staff
Marvel Comics has announced the third instalment in its series of comic books based upon Stephen King’s dark fantasy epic The Dark Tower, with New York Times Bestselling writers Peter David (Spider-Man 2099) & Robin Furth (The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance) and critically acclaimed artist Piotr Kowalski (Marvel Knights: Hulk) set to launch Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards this coming March. Here’s a look at the cover to the first issue from Julian Totino Tedesco…
The Dark Tower: Drawing Of The Three – House Of Cards marks another milestone for the graphic fiction sensation that’s captivated fans worldwide as the saga moves to the second volume of King’s magnum opus.
The troubled streets of New York City pulse with the beat of desolation and crime. Among the dissidents of the city is Eddie Dean a troubled young man gifted with the ability »
- Gary Collinson
In another Quiet Earth premier, we've got the first trailer for Uncanny, a new science fiction thriller starring Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim), Lucy Griffiths (Winter's Tale, Robin Hood) and even The Office's Rainn Wilson.
The world's first "perfect" Artificial Intelligence begins to exhibit startling and unnerving emergent behavior when a reporter begins a relationship with the scientist who created it.
[Continued ...] »
This interview contains a spoiler for, er, The Snowman.
Airing tonight on Channel 4 is White Christmas, a feature-length episode of Black Mirror that weaves together three tech-paranoia tales set against the backdrop of the festive season. Writer Charlie Brooker likens the special to a selection box - a sound description if you can imagine Cadbury’s substituting Crunchies and Curly Wurlies for tragicomic ruminations on voyeurism, torture and ostracisation.
It’s a terrific ninety minutes; funny, acerbic and eventually horrifying. It feels exactly like watching a condensed series of Black Mirror in a single sitting, which should be both recommendation and warning to fans of the show. However disturbing a reflection of our world Brooker shows us though, in his own words, “There’s nothing in that that »
He is affectionately (and perhaps appropriately) known as “The King of Horror”. For over 40 years Stephen King has been thrilling and chilling his faithful readers with stories that have transcended the fiction world. His books are rich with details that captivate and transport the audience into the worlds that he has created. King is a master at making the reader feel like they are not only reading a book, but are an active participant in the events that are transpiring within the pages.
Perhaps his greatest skill is fleshing out characters that seem to leap off of the pages and grab the reader. We care about them, relate to them, cheer for them and yes, fear them.
Some of the greatest characters that he has created are the ones who cause the reader to place the book down before going to sleep, but, not turn the light out. »
- Scott Barstead
If all the pre-Christmas cheer is getting a bit much for you, then the new Black Mirror special from Charlie Brooker is essential viewing - a tech horror story in three acts, 'White Christmas' explores the dark side of Yuletide.
Brooker, though, insists that the decidedly un-festive special is not intended as a riposte to traditional Christmas programming - even if he objects to the manner in which certain parties exploit sentimentality at this time of year.
"I think it's f**king incredible that a f**king supermarket has turned the First World War into an advert for a f**king chocolate bar - I think it's staggering," he begins.
"Having said that, I quite like Christmas specials - but I missed the tradition of having ghost stories at Christmas.
"It felt like if we were going to be doing a big one-off Black Mirror then Christmas was »
Welcome back everyone for the final day of Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Because it’s been an exceptional year for genre fans, we’re focusing today on recapping more books and films that would make for great gifts this holiday season and are perfect for all fans. We’ve also got another great find from over on Etsy and we’re celebrating a new subscription service from the fine folks over at Waxworks Records.
And be sure to check out today’s final Holiday Horrors trivia question below for your shot at winning some awesome merchandise from our fine sponsors at HorrorDecor.net, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Thanks so much for following along with our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and I hope you guys had as much fun reading the series as I had putting it together!
Vendor Spotlight: Waxwork Records
Waxwork Records specializes in releasing horror, »
- Heather Wixson
Start compiling Top 10 Lists of things you’re gonna miss once David Letterman has hosted his last Late Show, because the date has now been set for his swan song: May 20, 2015.
In making the announcement today (via a press release), CBS president/CEO Leslie Moonves acknowledged that “it’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May.”
That may be putting it mildly, considering that the beloved funnyman is the longest-tenured late-night host in TV history (breaking even Johnny Carson’s record). A »
No one was sure, when "The Green Mile" was released 15 years ago this week (on December 10, 1999), whether lightning could strike twice in the same spot for Frank Darabont. Sure, the writer/director's first Stephen King prison drama, 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption," had gone from commercial failure to beloved classic in five years. But another King prison tale, one that was three hours long and featured some horrific electric-chair executions, bizarre fantasy elements, and a trained mouse?
As it turned out, of course, "Green Mile" became a huge hit, earned four Oscar nominations, put another feather in star Tom Hanks's cap, and made a star of Michael Clarke Duncan, who played miracle-working, self-sacrificing inmate John Coffey. To this day, it remains the most beloved movie adapted from a King tale.
Still, as many times as you've seen it, there's plenty you may not know: how former ditch-digger Clarke got the star-making part, »
- Gary Susman
Try as he might, Stalker‘s Detective Larsen can’t outpace his family issues, a lesson he learns the hard way in tonight’s episode (CBS, 10/9c).
In TVLine’s exclusive sneak peek above, Jack quite literally runs into his son on Ethan’s way to school — and the lad knows Jack’s hiding something major.
“Your mom wouldn’t want you talking to strangers,” Jack insists, to which Ethan replies, “You’re not a stranger.” (Despite what Jack’s exercise regimen may have you believe, the guy isn’t exactly quick on his feet.)
Press Play above for a sneak peek at the episode, »
Reindeer? Snowmen? No, no. We all know the holidays are really about lingerie-clad Angels, and Tuesday’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had ‘em in spades.
CBS’ annual fete may have been recorded in London for the first time, but as per usual, the event felt like The Hunger Games characters decided to drop acid and play Candy Land.
In keeping with tradition, the Angels were joined by the who’s who now of pop music, including Taylor Swift (who also walked the runway like a boss), Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Hozier. (Hozier sings “Take Me to Church.” Look it up. »
Exclusive: Post-apocalyptic comic series Marksmen is eyeing a jump to the screen via Benderspink and Benaroya Pictures, who are teaming to produce a feature adaptation of the action-thriller saga. Marksmen takes place in a dystopian future America where civil war over oil resources has left New San Diego as the last remaining bastion of peace and prosperity, protected by walls by the titular militant guards. Drake McCoy is the best of the Marksmen, who leads his small but skilled team as an invading army from the Lone Star State lays siege to their home in an attempt to steal the city’s energy technology.
It’s the latest comic book property to join the development slate at Benderspink, which optioned rights to Marksmen from Benaroya Publishing, who first issued the comic in 2011. The comic was developed in-house by the Kill Your Darlings and Margin Call company’s publishing arm and was created by Michael Benaroya, »
- Jen Yamato
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