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For those who thought the Hollywood Film Awards were a bit too virtuous, People Magazine decided 2014 was the year to throw a hat into the awards ring, conjuring its own set of accolades to hand out during a star-studded gala event. Thursday night, the winners of the first annual The People Magazine Awards were announced during a two-hour NBC special hosted by Nick Cannon. Completely comprised of talent-based honors, Jennifer Aniston took home the show’s Movie Performance of the Year — Actress award for her work in "Cake," while Michael Keaton earned the Male equivalent for his turn in "Birdman." Hey, People is following the awards circuit! After squeezing her way into the SAG and Golden Globes, the People award marks Anison’s win for "Cake," and the first award she has won for feature film work. Which is nice in an Al-Pacino-wins-for-"Scent of a Woman"-plus-every-other-contribution-to-the-medium kind of way. »
- Matt Patches
It’s been a rough month for Sony Pictures Entertainment, to say the least.
First came the calamitous hack, then came damaging leaks, which were amplified by massive media coverage and, finally, the withdrawal of “The Interview” from theaters (and any other kind of release).
All of this was unavoidable. But what came next wasn’t.
News of the pullout was greeted by a flurry of derisive tweets from high-profile talent who ripped the decision for many different reasons. Comedy stars should know a thing or two about bad timing, but it came across as insensitive given that the studio — as well as the exhibitors — were trying to do the right thing.
Take your pick of the nitpicking (some excerpted below): An act of cowardice. A victory for censorship and a loss for freedom of speech. A bad setting of precedent that invited other terrorists to do same.
They’re entitled to their opinions, »
- Andrew Wallenstein
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 »
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
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 Pictures gave in to demands today and pulled The Interview from theaters, after hackers threatened a 9-11-style attack on any theater showing the film. Despite the fact that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a statement stating there was no evidence of a terrorist plot against U.S. movie theaters that are screening The Interview, Sony gave theater owners the option to break contractual agreements and pull the film, most of which chose to do so. Later, Sony said they were choosing to cancel The Interview "in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors to not show the film."
"Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale - »
Reaction from the show business community to Sony scrapping the theatrical release for The Interview has been swift and largely negative. Judd Apatow took to Twitter to vent his outrage over the move, calling it “disgraceful,” and Jimmy Kimmel replied to that tweet, calling the decision to pull the pic was “an un-American act of cowardice.” Steve Carell, who saw New Regency cancel his North Korea-set movie project today, said it’s a “sad day for creative expression.”
No shortage of other Hollywood types are airing their views in 140 characters or less. We’ll update this post, so refresh for the latest:
All joking aside, we just gave a comfy foothold to censorship & it doesn't get any better from this point on. #TheInterview
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 18, 2014
Really hard to believe this is the response to a threat to freedom of expression here in America. #TheInterview
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) December »
- The Deadline Team
Unless you're dead, you probably know that Sony Pictures has officially pulled the theatrical release of "The Interview" following threats of terrorist action by the Sony hackers (who, according to a number of media outlets including the New York Times, have been linked to the North Korean government). Needless to say, America isn't happy about this and Hollywood especially isn't happy about this, judging by responses from a number of entertainment luminaries on Twitter. Below you can find a roundup of snap reactions to this complex, unprecedented situation by Tinseltown's elite. Judd Apatow: 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 Jimmy Kimmel: . @JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent. — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 17, 2014 Rob Lowe: Wow. »
- Chris Eggertsen
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
The Weinstein Company has acquired the rights to the next novel by The Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick, and they’ve now got the talent to bring it to the screen. Hot off the back of his writing-directing debut, St. Vincent, Ted Melfi has been snapped up to lens Every Exquisite Thing.
If the name doesn’t ring any bells, that’s because while TWC secured the adaptation rights to the novel – it won’t be published until 2016. So, depending on how fast production rolls out, we could be seeing a movie and its source material reach the public at the same time. Storywise, the film will follow a young girl who reaches out to her favourite author and along the way discovers a whole new side to herself.
Before he settles into the director’s chair on Exquisite, Melfi will be tackling the scripting duties on the Zach Braff-directed remake, »
- Gem Seddon
Just days after the Golden Globes announced their nominees in the Best Original Song category, the Academy Awards revealed their 79-song shortlist of candidates that'll vie for an Oscar at the 87th annual ceremony. Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, the Shins, Bon Iver, Lorde, Alicia Keys with Kendrick Lamar and Glen Campbell are all in the running before the Best Original Song nominees are officially announced along with the rest of the Oscar hopefuls on January 15th.
All five tracks nominated for the Best Original Song Golden Globe made the Oscar »
Paul Thomas Anderson’s legion of fans will get their chance to see the filmmaker’s latest Inherent Vice – at least those in New York and L.A. after a long build-up of anticipation. Studio Warner Bros. is handling the director’s latest, set in a drug-laced L.A. in the 1970s. Barring some unforeseen cataclysm, the feature is easily going to be this week’s b.o. superstar and likely one of the year’s biggest per screen debuts. How it will fare against other fall b.o. knock-outs like Searchlight’s Birdman or TWC’s The Imitation Game remains to be seen. A slew of Specialty openers will coincide with the Inherent Vice juggernaut. A24 will open Oscar-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s The Captive day and date after an early fall bow in the director’s native Canada. Sundance Selects will expose Free The Nipple in New York »
- Brian Brooks
This is a reprint of our review from the 2012 Rome Film Festival where "The Color Of Time" screened under its original title "Tar." It's difficult to know quite what to make of "Tar," a multi-authored project seemingly coaxed into being by the sheer force of James Franco's current artistic cachet. Playing In Competition in the Xxi sidebar of the Rome Film Festival, the film represents the work of twelve newbie directors -- Nyu film students all -- and attempts to create an impressionistic interpretation of the work of poet Ck Williams, who himself appears occasionally, reading from his collection. Championed by and starring Franco, amongst a starry cast including Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Henry Hopper, Bruce Campbell and Zach Braff, the film shifts around in time and mood, using four different actors (Franco one of them) to depict Williams at different stages in his life, with the scenes sometimes »
- Jessica Kiang
James Franco was mum about the Sony Pictures Entertainment hacking debacle, with his publicist shunning all questions regarding the incident while talking to reporters at the Cinema Society and Montblanc screening of his student project-turned-feature film “The Color of Time” in New York on Tuesday.
The actor was calm and collected considering that hackers recently threatened the studio to cancel the release of upcoming film “The Interview,” in which Franco stars with Seth Rogen, calling it “the movie of terrorism,” or face further consequences. Franco has not publicly commented on the hacking, but has joked about the attacks on “Saturday Night Live” by sharing leaked photos as part of a skit with Rogen.
A topic Franco is open to discussing is his film “The Color of Time,” starring Jessica Chastain, Mila Kunis and Zach Braff. “The film was a student project that started at Nyu. I’ve been teaching for five years now, »
- Paul Chi
One of the things I like about James Franco is that he seems to constantly be thinking about art, and he takes advantage of the opportunities he is presented in a way that feels genuine to me. Take, for example, "The Color Of Time." You can purchase the film on digital stores right now, like iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, or Google Play, but you probably have never heard of it. He's got a pretty great cast in it. Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, and even Bruce Campbell are part of the movie, which was adapted from the poetry of Ck Williams. Franco's used the real life of Ck Williams and his poetry to craft a storyline that follows the poet through his real life, spanning almost 40 years. What's really remarkable about the film is that it exists at al, though. The film was made on the sly and on »
- Drew McWeeny
On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 8-14 The Captive Eight years after the event, a man finds himself immersed in a complex web that surrounds the mysterious disappearance of his daughter in this psychological thriller. Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman (R, 1:52) 12/12 Available same day as theatrical release. The Color of Time James Franco, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, and Zach Braff star in this tale of an artist struggling to reconcile his past. Based on the life of Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams. (R, 1:16) 12/9 Pre-dvd release. Dolphin Tale 2 Rejoin Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail, in her Florida home. Sawyer, Hazel … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
NBC's telecast of Peter Pan Live! Thursday was a communal experience on social media - and nowhere was that more evident than on Twitter, where a whole subset of viewers shared their instantaneous reviews. There also were a whole bunch of celebrities like Anna Kendrick, Zach Braff and Carrie Underwood became just like us, and Tweeted their 140-character thoughts about the live production that featured Allison Williams as the boy who wouldn't grow up. Here's a sampling: Finally! A guy with a bigger pirate hat than me. #PeterPanLive #ChristopherWalken pic.twitter.com/AsDdxgDd8p— Judge Reinhold (@JudgeReinhold) December 5, 2014 Honestly all »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
Half the fun of watching TV these days? Paying more attention to what people are saying on Twitter than what's actually happening on-screen! Though Allison Williams didn't want people hate-watching Peter Pan Live!, NBC's latest live event on Thursday night, she didn't say anything about live-tweeting. And live-tweet the crap out of the special the Internet did. Even celebrities made sure to get in on the live-tweeting/snarking fun during the three-hour event, and we won't lie, we totally want to be besties with Anna Kendrick after reading her hilarious tweets. Also making us laugh with their 140-characters-or-less thoughts? Billy Eichner, Zach Braff and more... (NBC and E! Online are both »
Looks like Allison Williams was right: it is hard to hate-watch Peter Pan Live! on NBC. The live musical — also starring Christopher Walken, Christian Borle, Kelli O'Hara and Minnie Driver — had Hollywood happily intrigued by tap-dancing, wire-flying and sword-fighting on Thursday night. Zach Braff pointed out how attractive Williams is as a teenage boy, and Ktla's Sam Rubin couldn't help but point out the Girls' star's stellar set of teeth. (Probably because of that very stark tan.) Read more 'Peter Pan' Producers Reveal Emergency Plan, Casting Challenges and Upside of Snarky Tweets While a handful
- Ashley Lee
Over the years, the popularity of the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has grown, leading to well-known artists such as Zach Braff and well-known projects such as a film continuation of Veronica Mars, finding their way on to the site in search of public backing. One such artist was acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee, who decided to put his next project up for public funding as well. Aided by a $10,000 contribution from fellow filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, the movie surpassed its $1.25 million target, finishing with a total of nearly $1.5 million.
Titled Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, the film is a remake of the 1973 feature Ganja and Hess, the movie focuses on people who are addicted to blood, and stars Stephen Tyrone Williams and Zaraah Abrahams in the main roles, with a supporting cast that includes Rami Malek and Felicia ‘Snoop’ Pearson. Ahead of the film’s Us theatrical and VOD release on February 13, the »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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