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Box Office: 'The Hobbit' Tops Friday, 'The Interview' Cools Off

26 December 2014 10:22 PM, PST

While The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies rose back to the top of the box-office rankings Friday, The Interview lost some of its box office steam. As the holiday movie-going developed on the day after Christmas, early estimates for the day saw Peter Jackson’s fantasy from Warner Bros., which ranked third on Christmas Day behind Universal’s Unbroken and Disney’s Into the Woods, finish in first place with a Friday gross of about $15 million, setting itself up to collect about $40 million over Friday to Sunday, retaining the box office crown for the second weekend in

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- Gregg Kilday

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Sony Hack: North Korea Calls President Obama "a Monkey"

26 December 2014 8:10 PM, PST

Seoul, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called President Barack Obama "a monkey" and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy The Interview. North Korea has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures but has expressed fury over the comedy depicting an assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un. After Sony Pictures initially called off the release in a decision criticized by Obama, the movie has opened this week. On Saturday, the North's powerful National Defense Commission, the country's top governing body led by Kim, said that

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- The Associated Press

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Eminem Comes Out as Gay in Sony's 'The Interview'

26 December 2014 7:31 PM, PST

Sony gave freedom-loving fans of badly-reviewed comedy films a major Christmas gift this holiday by making the beleaguered film The Interview available not only in select theaters, but on various online streaming services. Anyone who tuned out their family and tuned in The Interview on Xmas day was treated to an Eminem cameo where the rapper — who is frequently accused of homophobia for using the very bad f-word consistently — comes out as gay. Read more 'The Interview' Released on VOD: Twitter Explodes With Reactions Of course, the entire thing is scripted and presumably not real, but Marshall Mathers deadpans the scene convincingly.

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- Joe Lynch, Billboard

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