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Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas release of “The Interview.”

In announcing the decision to cancel the holiday debut, Sony hit back at the hackers who threatened movie theaters and moviegoers and who have terrorized the studio and its employees for weeks.

“Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like,” the statement reads.

“We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public,” it continues. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

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Steve Carell’s North Korea-Set Project Dropped by New Regency

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Regency has ditched plans to produce a paranoid thriller starring Steve Carell that was to be set in North Korea.

The decision came after a group of hackers called the Guardians of Peace threatened to attack theaters showing “The Interview,” which centers on an assassination attempt against dictator Kim Jong-un. The country has denied involvement but praised the hackers.

New Regency is 20% owned by News Corp., parent of 20th Century Fox. The studio had indicated to New Regency that it would not release the project.

New Regency announced the project in October with plans for director Gore Verbinski to start shooting in March. The untitled film was the first in a multiyear deal between Verbinski’s Blind Wink and New Regency.

Steve Conrad (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) was writing the screenplay.

News was first reported by Deadline.com.

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- Dave McNary

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‘The Interview’ Yanked By Regal, AMC & Other Major Chains

4 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

2Nd Update, 3:49 Pm: Carmike yesterday became the first theater chain to announce that it was scrapping plans to screen The Interview. Now the Georgia-based exhibitor has released a statement: “The top priority for Carmike Cinemas is to ensure that our valued guests may enjoy the entertainment of their choosing in a safe and comfortable environment. Carmike must take threats against movie theatres very seriously and the recent unprecedented cyber-attacks against Sony Pictures are no exception. Therefore, in an abundance of caution, Carmike will delay the exhibition of The Interview. There are many additional excellent movie titles to choose from this holiday season, and we look forward to welcoming our patrons.”

Updated, 1:34 Pm: AMC and Cineplex has made their pulling of The Interview official. Said AMC: “As friends and families make plans for the upcoming holidays, AMC has received many questions about which movies we are playing in the weeks ahead. »


- Jen Yamato and Dominic Patten

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Joss Whedon Talks Hesitation to Return, New Additions to the Team, Collaborating with Marvel, and More on the Set of Avengers: Age Of Ultron

8 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

When Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron was filming in London last summer, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters.   Like most Marvel set visits, they let us talk to the entire cast and watch filming.  While the production was guarded about what they were willing to tell us, we learned a ton of cool secrets behind what’s bound to be one of the biggest films of 2015.  In The Avengers sequel, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite to stop Ultron (James Spader) from carrying out his sinister plan.  The film also stars  Elizabeth OlsenAaron Taylor-JohnsonPaul BettanyDon Cheadle,Andy Serkis, and Samuel L. Jackson. While on set, I participated in a great group interview with Joss Whedon.  He talked about how making The Avengers »


- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Jamie Dornan visited a sex dungeon to prepare for 'Fifty Shades'

8 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

When an actor gets cast as a cop, he or she might go for a ride along with a real-life cop to prepare. Or when an actor gets cast as a lawyer, he or she might shadow a lawyer. So what happens when you get cast as the world's prettiest man who also happens to be a major fan of S&M? Well, you hit the gym ... and then visit a sex dungeon on your way home. Jamie Dornan, who will play Christian Grey in the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey, recently revealed to Elle UK that his research process »


- Samantha Highfill

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Jim Carrey, ‘Dumb And Dumber To’ Producers Eye Reteam On ‘Deep Cover’

24 minutes ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: After November’s Dumb And Dumber To scored $128 million worldwide (and counting), it’s a no-brainer that Red Granite would want to stay in the Jim Carrey business. I hear the finance and production shingle led by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland has snapped up comedy pitch Deep Cover from writer Johnny Rosenthal. If deal sticks it’ll be a starring vehicle for Carrey, continuing his successful relationship with Red Granite, while Carrey would also produce alongside Michael Aguilar for their Some Kind Of Garden banner.

Plot details of the original pitch are being kept under wraps. This summer Rosenthal sold The Three Tenors to Lionsgate. He’s also got action comedy Iron Jack in development at Sony and wrote Bad Santa 2 for Dimension.

Red Granite (Friends With Kids, Out of the Furnace, Horns) opened its doors in 2010 and came out swinging last year with Martin Scorsese’s »


- Jen Yamato

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Judd Apatow On ‘The Interview’ Being Pulled: “Disgraceful”

26 minutes ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Judd Apatow is weighing in on the controversy swirling around Sony’s The Interview. Last night, he tweeted: “I am not going to let a terrorist threat shut down freedom of speech. I am going to The Interview.” But today the filmmaker aimed his anger at theater owners:

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

He followed that up with three more missives, all sent before Sony officially pulled the plug on the film’s planned Christmas Day release:

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

We also don't know that it isn't a disgruntled employee or a hacker. Do we think North Korea has troops on the ground in the Us? »


- The Deadline Team

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Sony Has ‘No Further Release Plans’ for ‘The Interview’

36 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony has decided against releasing “The Interview” in any form — including VOD or DVD.

“Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” a spokesman said Wednesday.

The studio issued the statement a few hours after pulling the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview” in response to the hackers who threatened movie theaters and moviegoers if the comedy were released.

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- Dave McNary

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One Alamo Drafthouse Location Will Play ‘Team America’ In Place Of ‘The Interview’

37 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Previously, the #1 reason why the Alamo Drafthouse is the coolest theater chain in the country probably would’ve been its no talking or texting policy. However, that just got dethroned. Fresh off the disappointing news that Sony Pictures has cancelled the December 25th release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy, The Interview, the Alamo […]

The post One Alamo Drafthouse Location Will Play ‘Team America’ In Place Of ‘The Interview’ appeared first on /Film. »


- Germain Lussier

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Luke Evans Talks The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, What He Would Ask J. R. R. Tolkien, Embarrassing Moments on Set, Deleted Scenes, More

39 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As most of you know, the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is now in theaters.  Unlike the first two installments of The Hobbit, the final chapter is almost non-stop action and features some incredible sequences that fans of The Lord of the Rings will absolutely love.  In addition, if you have the chance to see it in 3D, the added ticket price is worth it for this movie.  The film stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard ArmitageEvangeline LillyLuke EvansBenedict CumberbatchStephen FryCate BlanchettIan HolmChristopher LeeHugo WeavingKen StottJames Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. At last week’s London press junket I landed an exclusive video interview with Luke Evans.  He talked about what he would ask J. R. R. Tolkien, deleted scenes and what might be included in the extended cut, embarrassing moments from the set, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Evangeline Lilly Is Way More Important To Ant-Man Than We Thought

39 minutes ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Marvel.s Ant-Man is seven months away from release, and while we know who most of the characters are, it.s still unclear what specifically several of them will be doing in the film. One of the biggest mysteries is Hope Van Dyne, played by Evangeline Lilly. Aside from being the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, Hope.s role in the film has been kept on the down low, but now we have a better idea of what to expect from her in the 2015 blockbuster. While talking with CNN, Lilly gave some information on her character, describing her as "a very talented, intelligent, capable woman and a force to be reckoned with." However, she also dropped a nugget of information regarding what she.ll be doing. It turns out that she.s crucial to the film.s driving force. This one is very much a heist film. »

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Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ Release, Has No Plans For VOD/DVD; U.S. Links North Korea to Sony Hacking

41 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Yesterday, the hackers that exposed Sony’s internal workings went a step further and issued a big threat, invoking 9/11 in a statement that promised action against theaters showing The Interview. But the Department of Homeland Security — a group that really doesn’t mess around when it comes to this sort of thing — said there was […]

The post Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ Release, Has No Plans For VOD/DVD; U.S. Links North Korea to Sony Hacking appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Andy Serkis Responds to Rumors About His ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Character

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was filled with so many visual stimulants, it’s funny how the auditory one has become the most interesting point of conversation. After some debate, we found it was Andy Serkis delivering the clip’s chilling monologue. Not only was it chilling because of the voice itself; it was the words […]

The post Andy Serkis Responds to Rumors About His ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Character appeared first on /Film. »


- Germain Lussier

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