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Box office preview: 'The Hobbit,' 'Annie,' and 'Night at the Museum' arrive

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

It's the battle of the three wide releases at this weekend's box office: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesNight at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Annie are all opening in at least 3,000 theaters each. These huge releases will kick some of the top five mainstays, like The Hunger Games and Penguins of Madagascar, down on the list, and will kick off what's likely to be a successful couple weeks at the box office: Unbroken, The Gambler, and Into the Woods—all films opening in at least 2,000 theaters each—are all opening Christmas week. While Night at the Museum »


- Ariana Bacle

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‘The Interview’ Replaced at Dallas Theater by ‘Team America: World Police’

18 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Alamo Drafthouse was totally going to show “The Interview,” threats or no threats. But now that Sony Pictures has pulled its Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy completely, the Dallas theater is going with Plan B: a free screening of “Team America: World Police.”

The Texas movie house provided a pretty simple explanation for the substitution via Twitter: “Because America, F Yeah,” it wrote.

Sony yanked the Christmas release — and any possibilities of a future offering — of its newest comedy on Wednesday, »


- Tony Maglio

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Sony Making Live-Action ‘Fire and Ice’ with Robert Rodriguez Directing

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

Sony Pictures has set up a live-action version of Ralph Bakshi’s  animated  “Fire And Ice” with Robert Rodriguez directing.

The original 1983 film, based on characters created by Bakshi and Frank Frazetta, used rotoscoping with scenes shot in live action and traced on to animation cells. Fox released the film, which grossed less than $1 million.

The story originated in a village destroyed by a surging glacier, the domain for an Ice Lord. The only survivor vows to avenge this act of destruction.

Bold FilmsGary Michael Walters, Matthew Rhodes and Michel Litvak have funded development of drafts with Rodriguez.

The filmmaker’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” generated moderate returns this fall with worldwide grosses of $38 million.

The deal for “Fire and Ice” was made with Sony Pictures Entertainment still reeling from the fall out over the massive hacking of its computers, leading to the studio pulling the »


- Dave McNary

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Some Oscar Surprises Still Puzzle Awards-Watchers

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Carping at surprise best picture contenders is a favorite indoor sport among many Oscar mavens. (Confidently handicapping the field and getting picks wrong is their second favorite.)

Some controversies have legs that lasted decades. 1968 outrage over the muscled-out “2001: A Space Odyssey” may even be greater now that the Kubrick epic’s legendary status is sealed. Jaws still drop to discover “North by Northwest” was edged out by “The Nun’s Story” and “African Queen” was pushed aside for “Quo Vadis.”

“Huh?” moments — as in, “They named ‘Ivanhoe’ instead of ‘Singin’ in the Rain?’ ” — are legion, although that bizarre turn of events in 1952, when Robert Taylor’s medieval muddle knocked out Gene Kelly’s timeless tuner, remains a low-water mark for many veteran Oscar watchers.

For instance, fluff like 1935’s “Naughty Marietta” routinely contended with enduring classics. When “Three Smart Girls” (1936) is given a shot at the top trophy, no »


- Bob Verini

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A Pissed Off George R.R. Martin Says He'll Screen The Interview Himself

2 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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 »

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb—Movie Review

2 hours ago | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Third time turns out to be the charm for Ben Stiller and the animated figures from the Museum of Natural History. Having worked their wonders in a family-friendly 2006 box-office smash, then squandered that good will in a laborious 2008 sequel, Stiller, director Shawn Levy, and a new team of screenwriters have redeemed themselves with this lively, entertaining fantasy yarn. The second film almost collapsed under its own weight, while the latest effort favors simplicity, to its benefit. Assuming that we’ve seen the earlier movies, little time is wasted on exposition. Stiller is back on staff at the Museum in Manhattan. A crisis arises when a magical tablet in the Egyptian exhibit threatens...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Annie—Movie Review

3 hours ago | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

I was dreading this movie; my expectations were as low as they could possibly be. Perhaps that’s why I came away from Annie thinking it wasn’t bad. This is a thoroughly modernized, urbanized version of the Broadway musical, with hip-hop beats and new songs along with the old standbys. Some of the reinvention works well, and some is laid on with a heavy hand. But the key to any rendition of this material is the star, and Quvenzhané Wallis has the main requisite for success: a thousand-watt personality. She’s the primary reason I think kids (and families) will find this Annie appealing. Director Will Gluck, who cowrote the screenplay (with Aline Brosh McKenna), has...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Mark Wahlberg Has Big, Long-Term Transformers Plans

4 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction this past summer, the giant fighting robot franchise did a bit of rebooting work. While it wasn't overall job, audiences did say goodbye to the likes of Shia Labeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and others as new human characters played by Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor were introduced. Now that the franchise is moving forward with a fifth Transformers movie, many have been wondering if the new gang will be carrying over to the next sequel - and now we know the answer is yes for at least one of them. Mark Wahlberg is currently out promoting his new film The Gambler, and while speaking to MTV he confirmed that he is locked up in a long term contract with Paramount Pictures that will see him starring in Transformer movies for many years to come. Asked if his time being »

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The Staggering Amount Of Money Sony Could Lose On The Interview

4 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Over the past 24 hours, The Interview has dominated the pop culture landscape, as the situation dealing with the film's release has gone from bad to worse. Indeed, Sony's decision to drop the film's Christmas Day release date is one that has sent shockwaves running throughout the entertainment world, with untold costs waiting to be incurred by said decision. At least, those costs were untold until now. Variety has an exclusive rundown on just how much failing to release The Interview will cost Sony, and it's a hefty $75 million. Now keep in mind, that figure is mostly made up of the $44 million budget that The Interview rang up during production. However, the more surprising part of the equation is the estimated $30 million Sony and Columbia put out to market the film. If you're ever curious as to why films have to make the "budget and a half" figure to make a »

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Watch: Directors Reveal Themselves at the THR Awards Roundtable

4 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Watch this THR interview roundtable, and guess what? The one who comes off the best is the most likely to be nominated: American indie Linklater, whose "Boyhood" is clearly admired by the others in the group, especially Leigh, Tyldum and Nolan, who give him cred for having the balls to not only conceive but commit to this 12-year low-budget feat, which demanded that he abandon being in control or knowing the outcome.  Brit Nolan and Norwegian outsider Tyldum come off as the most intense and demanding of the bunch. Jolie laughs as Nolan, who reveres Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott and George Lucas, recounts having a blast filming on a glacier in 100-mile-an-hour winds in Iceland as his crew complained bitterly. Tyldum describes his total commitment when he shoots--and the bizarre intimacy he has with his lead actor. It's not always the nice guys who finish first when it comes to directing. »


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Sony Pictures shares new trailer for The Interview then quickly pulls it

4 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sony Pictures appeared to have mistakenly published a new trailer for The Interview late last night (December 18).

The 30-second clip was shared on the company's official YouTube channel before being quickly set to private, but featured some coincidental references towards recent events.

Firstly the trailer stated, "In Franco and Rogen We Trust", while the video's description read, "Only one movie has the whole world talking".

Furthermore, a character in the clip can be heard saying, "How many times can the Us make the same mistake?"

A December 25 release date is also mentioned at the end of the video, despite the studio's decision to pull the film following terrorist threats.

It's not clear whether Sony intends to release the film in some capacity after all or whether Sony forgot to remove the trailer from auto-publish.

Some are speculating that the movie could be moved to a VOD release instead, even though »


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Director Matthew Vaughn Says “I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Shoot Film Again”

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

The ongoing slide from film to digital has resulted in the vast majority of movies being shot on the latter, newer format.  While I still think there's a noticeable aesthetic difference between the two mediums, the cost benefits of shooting on digital (along with the time-saving benefits since time really is money, especially on a film set) have definitely made a dent in the budgeting process for most projects.  Still, some directors have the clout to shoot on celluloid.  Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan come to mind and even Ti West was able to shoot In a Valley of Violence the old fashioned way.  With the amount of hits under his belt, one assumes that Kingsman: The Secret Service director Matthew Vaughn has some say in this matter when it comes to his projects, and he claims he's made the switch to digital.  Permanently. Steve recently learned this when he »

- Evan Dickson

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Tours Of Sony’s Culver City Lot Suspended Amid Hack Attack

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

With Sony Pictures under a cyber attack that escalated to physical threats, the studio quietly has cancelled the guided tours of its backlot in Culver City. “We’re not doing the tours right now,” an official in the tours office said today. “We’re dealing with a major software issue.” The tours are slated to resume on January 5, a rep for the studio said. The two-hour walking tour gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at a working studio, including visits to stages where The Wizard Of Oz and Spider-Man were filmed and where Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are taped.

Despite Sony’s unprecedented move to cancel the release of The Interview because of terrorist threats to blow up theaters, security is still surprisingly lax at Sony Pictures Plaza, the beautiful glass pyramid building that had been the starting point for the tours, a visit to the building showed. The tour »


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Katherine Waterston Talks Inherent Vice, Working With Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix, Referring to Pynchon’s Book During Shooting, More

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

If Joaquin Phoenix's character Doc Sportello bears witness to the end of the 60's in Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Inherent Vice, then Katherine Waterston's Shasta Fay Hepworth is what he bears witness to.  Aside from being the engine that sets the story in motion, she utterly embodies the change that occurred in the culture as free love gave way to greed and paranoia (Shasta herself being a victim of these things, not an avatar for them).  Along with a handful of other journalists, I recently had a chance to sit down with Waterston to discuss her role, and what it's like working with such a singular director. Hit the jump for our interview with Katherine Waterston.  Inherent Vice is now playing in limited release before going wide on January 9th.  It also stars Josh BrolinOwen WilsonReese WitherspoonBenicio Del ToroEric RobertsMartin Short, »

- Evan Dickson

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‘The Interview’ Cancellation Slammed by WGA East Exec Director

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

Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America East, has come out swinging against Sony’s decision to pull “The Interview” from release.

“Obviously, most of the blame goes to the hackers who made the violent threats, and we share everyone’s immediate and real concerns about safety,” he told Variety. “But we are also alarmed that studios might constrict the range of issues addressed in their movies. Good stories often make powerful people angry, or inspire powerful feelings in people who might now feel emboldened to make threats of their own.”

Peterson appeared on a variety of outlets on Wednesday and Thursday — including “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell,” “Good Morning America,” “Ronan Farrow Daily,” “Closing Bell With Liz Claman,” “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams” and “BBC Radio 4 pm News.” The studio ditched the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in the wake of threats »


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The 15 Songs Guardians Of The Galaxy Was Originally Planning To Use

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Are you like Peter Quill and have been listening to the .Awesome Mix Vol. 1. from Guardians of the Galaxy over and over and over again? Well, we have some great news for you. It turns out that there were other five tracks that writer/director James Gunn had planned to use in the Marvel Studios movie, but wasn.t able to after script revisions and edits. And now the full track list has been revealed. Check it out below! (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by James Gunn. As you probably noticed, this list has come to us directly from James Gunn.s personal Facebook page, and in addition to providing the new track names, »

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Sony Could Lose $75 Million on ‘The Interview’ (Exclusive)

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

Sony Pictures Entertainment could lose $75 million over the cancellation of its planned Christmas release “The Interview” after theater owners refused to play the picture amid threats of violence from cyber-terrorists who hacked the studio.

That figure includes the $44 million that Sony spent producing the film, as well as the $30 million it shelled out to promote it, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. One of those sources said that Sony had originally planned on spending $36 million to market the picture domestically and was eight days away from premiering it in theaters when it was shelved. That meant most of its billboards, posters, other promotional materials and TV ad spend were already in place.

Insurance will cover a portion of the costs, but not the full amount, these people said.

The studio might eventually succeed in selling off the picture to another party that could release it via video-on-demand »


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David Fincher’s HBO Series With James Ellroy Titled Shakedown; Will Also Direct Living On Noise for the Network

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

Back in September we reported that David Fincher and James Ellroy were collaborating on a Los Angeles-set 1950s crime noir series for HBO and now that show has a title, Shakedown.  Remember when Fincher had those five fallow years between Panic Room and Zodiac?  Boy am I glad he's not repeating that, he's one of our master filmmakers so I'll take pretty much whatever he's serving up. Fincher will also direct another pilot for HBO called Living On Noise.  That series will reportedly center around the director's involvement in the 1980's music video scene (you probably already know that he shot videos for Paula Abdul, Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, and Aerosmith back in the day).  Hit the jump for more on David Fincher's involvement in Shakedown and Living On Noise. Per Deadline, Shakedown is "set in the tabloid world and the underbelly of Los Angeles in the 1950s and »

- Evan Dickson

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Channing Tatum Returns for 3rd Team Oscar Competition

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

Channing Tatum, along with Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, have announced the return of Team Oscar, a short-video competition seeking young filmmakers, with the winners to appear onstage at the 2015 Oscars.

Unlike previous years, in which only college students were eligible, this year’s competition is open to any U.S. citizen between 18 and 30 years old. Filmmakers can submit a 60-second video to the Academy’s Facebook page addressing the topic “The best piece of advice I’ve ever received.”

Up to six winners, to be announced in early 2015, will be flown to Los Angeles and deliver Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters. Deadline is 9 p.m. Pt on Jan. 12.

“I’m honored to be returning to launch the Team Oscar competition and encourage the next generation of filmmakers to join me onstage at this year’s Oscars,” said Tatum. “It’s inspiring to see how these young filmmakers rise to the challenge, »


- Kevin Noonan

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Using Thanos Didn't Help Guardians Of The Galaxy, According To James Gunn

6 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Ronan the Accuser was the main antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy, but audiences were also treated to an appearance from Thanos in the film. The Mad Titan was seen chilling in his space chair ordering Ronan to find an Infinity Stone, but that was the only time he showed up in person. Thanos may be the Marvel Cinematic Universe.s big villain who will be tearing it up in the Avengers: Infinity WarGuardians of the Galaxy, he didn.t serve much of a purpose. It turns out the director of the movie shares that sentiment. During an interview with Vulture, James Gunn revealed that the hardest scenes to write in the film were the character introductions, specifically because they kept changing during different points of the creative process. However, the character proved the most difficult challenge overall was Thanos. Said Gunn: "There.s pressure with Thanos because you.re »

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