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Sony Pictures Still Planning to Release 'The Interview' Somewhere?

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If you've been following the news the past few days, you've undoubtedly heard about the debacle concerning the Sony Pictures comedy The Interview from writers and directors Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. The film was set to be released on Christmas Day, but the studio pulled it from release after major theater chains dropped the film following threats by the Guardians of Peace, the same group responsible for hacking into Sony Pictures and leaking thousand of documents and e-mails with private information. But now it seems Sony Pictures may not have completely given up on The Interview seeing the light of day. Read on! First of all, Sony Pictures' lawyer David Boies appeared on the morning news program "Meet the Press" today (via THR) and said, "Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed. How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Dr. Evil Hijacks 'Saturday Night Live' to Berate North Korea & Sony

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With the headlines being dominated this week by the hacking of Sony Pictures leading to terrorist threats by the group calling themselves Guardians of the Peace, which resulted in the studio canceling the theatrical release of The Interview, after major movie theaters chains declined to show the film on Christmas Day, it was pretty much a no-brainer that "Saturday Night Live" would have something to do with the subject matter in their last show of 2014. But we certainly didn't expect this. Legendary madman Dr. Evil, the arch nemesis of Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, hijacked the late night sketch show last night to berate both North Korea and Sony Pictures for all the headline-making events. Watch below! Here's Mike Myers as Dr. Evil on "Saturday Night Live" from last night (via Hulu): This was a really fun way to address this ongoing situation, and I'm even more glad »

- Ethan Anderton

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See How 'The Babadook' Stole Christmas in Horror Holiday Card

19 December 2014 5:28 PM, PST

We just told you how to scare your kids this holiday season by picking up the prop replica of the titular book from the indie horror sensation The Babadook, and now it's time to scare up Christmas a little more. IFC Films has just sent out a chillingly charming animated holiday card featuring the creepy little guy. It seems a little innocuous at first, with a play on "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," but then the sound of The Babadook flying across the sky sends chills down your back, and then you realize just how The 'Dook stole Christmas. Send this to your family members and see how wonderful family dinner will be! Watch below! Here's the holiday card from The Babadook straight from IFC Films: Do you want to die?!” seven-year-old Samuel asks his stressed-out single mother, Amelia. But is it a threat or a warning. After dealing »

- Ethan Anderton

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Sound Off: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' - Thoughts?

19 December 2014 2:50 PM, PST

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Will you follow me, one last time?" Peter Jackson presents his final (supposedly) adventure in Middle Earth, the conclusion of The Hobbit with The Battle of the Five Armies, now playing in theaters. Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo, who must figure out what's next after making his way into the mountain and escaping Smaug the Dragon. Richard Armitage as Thorin takes center stage, along with Luke Evans as Bard, Lee Pace as Thranduil, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, and of course Ian McKellen as Gandalf. So how is it? Better than the other two? Does it live up to the Lord of the Rings movies? Is it even worth seeing in theaters or not? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Pj's grand finale The Battle of the Five Armies. Spoiler Warning: We strongly »

- Alex Billington

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Interview: 'Citizenfour' Director Laura Poitras on Storytelling in Docs

19 December 2014 2:48 PM, PST

One of this year's must see documentaries is Citizenfour, directed by Laura Poitras, an inside look at the story of whistblower Edward Snowden. Poitras was contacted by Snowden early on and was right there with him, filming the entire event, as he leaked the information from Hong Kong about the Nsa's spying program that stunned the world in May of 2013. Poitras has made two other provocative docs previously, The Oath and Flag Wars, and she's back with another one that is a bit more intimate, but still as powerful. I raved about Citizenfour after catching its premiere at the New York Film Festival, and I met up with Laura for an interview in New York City. What follows is a fascinating discussion about the power of storytelling. I wrote in my Nyff review, "The film exceeds on all levels because it is so expertly made by a filmmaker who can »

- Alex Billington

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Cover Page of Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Script Shot into Space

19 December 2014 1:34 PM, PST

While Ridley Scott's Biblical epic Exodus: Gods & Kings is still in theaters, the hype machine has already been started for the director's next film The Martian, and it's literally out of this world. Empire reports that the December 5th launch of Nasa’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (Mpcv), conducted as a 4-hour test flight 5600 miles above the Earth’s surface, had a capsule full of personal objects important to people involved in the project. What's cool is that one of the objects was the cover page of the screenplay for The Martian, written by Cabin in the Woods scribe/director Drew Goddard, with a drawing by Scott himself. Here's the script page with the drawing that ended up flying above the surface of the Earth: For those who haven't kept up, the film follows an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is stranded in a colony on Mars and struggles to survive, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Here's the 9 Films that Made the Academy's Foreign Language Shortlist

19 December 2014 1:20 PM, PST

The awards continue marching on, and the latest development comes straight from The Academy. They have announced (via Variety) the nine official films shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film. That means these nine make the cut, and will proceed forward into the next round of voting before being eliminated again down to five films for the official nominations annoncement on January 15th. On one hand, one of my favorite films of the year, Force Majeure, made the cut along with Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida. However, my other favorites, Xavier Dolan's Mommy and the Dardennes‘ Two Days, One Night, did not make the cut - quite surprisingly since they're both such great films that deserve to be considered. See the full list below. Here are the nine films shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Oscar officially this year: Wild Tales from Argentina - Directed by Damián Szifrón Tangerines (Mandariinid »

- Alex Billington

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President Obama Says Sony Shouldn't Have Pulled 'The Interview'

19 December 2014 1:11 PM, PST

This morning, President Barack Obama participated in a news conference regarding the cyber attack against Sony Pictures after the FBI had officially made a statement implicating North Korea was responsible for the hacking of the motion pictures studio, the leaking of their documents and files online, and also the threat that resulted in Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's comedy The Interview being pulled from a Christmas Day release in theaters in the United States. We've officially reached a place where foreign policy and the entertainment industry go hand in hand. But Obama simply wishes it was handled better. First of all, Sony Pictures decision to pull the film was not the right decision. Obama said, "I wish they had spoken to me first. I would have told them do not get into a pattern in which you're intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks." And while the president indicated that »

- Ethan Anderton

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Simon Pegg Has Assassin Troubles in 'Kill Me Three Times' Trailer

19 December 2014 12:22 PM, PST

"How the fuck did it come to this?" After drunkenly fighting an invading alien race in The World's End and saving Starfleet and San Francisco in Star Trek Into Darkness, this time Simon Pegg is getting a little more grounded in the comedic thriller Kill Me Three Times. In the film from Tiff this year, Pegg plays a mercurial assassin who iscovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren (Alice Braga) of a sun-drenched surfing town. Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey and Sullivan Stapleton all have supporting roles along with the Luke Hemsworth (yes, there's yet another one of those). Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Kriv Stenders' Kill Me Three Times from Magnet (via The Solid State): Kill Me Three Times is directed by Kriv Stenders (Australia's hit Red Dog) and written by newcomer James McFarlan. The story follows Simon Pegg as a professional assassin, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Sarah Michelle Gellar is Mental in 'Veronika Decides to Die' Trailer

19 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST

After facing monsters in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and creepy ghosts in The Grudge, this time Sarah Michelle Gellar finds terror in her own mind. Veronika Decides to Die is an adaptation of Paulo Coelho's book of the same name, and the first trailer for the thriller has arrived, even though the film was shot in 2008 and release internationally in 2009. The story follows a twentysomething woman who decides to kill herself, despite the fact that she seems to have it all: youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But when her sleeping pill fueled suicide attempt finds her waking up in a mental hospital, she's told she only has days to live. Is this a twisted It's a Wonderful Life remake or something? Here's the first trailer for Emily Young's Veronika Decides to Die, originally from Yahoo: Veronika Decides to Die is directed by »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: New Us Trailer for 'It Follows' Playing Theaters March 2015

19 December 2014 11:24 AM, PST

Back at Fantastic Fest, our own Jeremy Kirk gave the indie horror It Follows a pretty rave review. The film has already made the round at several festivals this year, including Cannes, and it'll pop up at Sundance in January too. Now, shortly after the international teaser trailer for the film popped up, the film has been given a spring release by Radius-twc, and a new Us trailer for the horror film has arrived. Maika Monroe stars in the film about a teenager who finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her, all of this following a strange sexual encounter with a boy. Watch below! Here's the Us trailer for David Robert Mitchell's It Follows, straight form Radius-twc: You can still watch the international teaser trailer for David Robert Mitchell's It Follows right here. For 19-year-old Jay (Monroe), fall should be about school, »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Look: Amy Poehler & Tina Fey Shopping at Big Lots as 'Sisters'

19 December 2014 10:59 AM, PST

We've already seen Amy Poehler and Tina Fey make a splash on "Saturday Night Live" but their team-up on the big screen in Baby Mama left something to be desire, despite being moderately amusing. But their next project coming next winter might be just what the doctor ordered. Formerly known as The Nest, the comedy is now called Sisters, and follows the comedienne duo as thirtysomething sisters coming home to find their parents’ house has been put up for sale, so they decide to spend one more wild weekend together there, bonding, feuding and finally growing up. And today, we have the first photo from the film. Look now! Here's the first image from Jason Moore's Sisters from Entertainment Weekly: Sisters (formerly known as The Nest) is directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and written by Paula Pell ("Saturday Night Live"). Tina Fey and Amy Poehler play two thirtysomething »

- Ethan Anderton

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Kevin Hart Prepares Will Ferrell for Prison in Trailer for 'Get Hard'

19 December 2014 10:40 AM, PST

"Please, don't sexually assault me, I'm already to sad." After debuting in theaters with Horrible Bosses 2, the trailer for the Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard has arrived. While I was hopeful that a teaming of Ferrell with Hart might make my distaste for the latter comedy star go away, that's not even my biggest problem with this trailer. Whether this film had Kevin Hart or not, this just doesn't look that funny. There's a couple amusing moments like Ferrell sadly sitting in a massage chair while drinking a glass of wine, but right now this just feels like a "Saturday Night Live" sketch that will go on far too long. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Etan Coen's Get Hard, originally from Yahoo: Get Hard marks the feature directorial debut of Etan Cohen (writer of Men in Black III, Tropic Thunder, Idiocracy) with a script he »

- Ethan Anderton

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George Clooney Wants 'The Interview' VOD, Tried to Rally Hollywood

19 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST

After major movie theater chains opted not to book The Interview to open on Christmas Day amidst threats of terrorism against any theaters showing the film, Sony Pictures decided not to release the film at all, and that includes VOD and home video for now. There's been plenty of discussion and rage about this decision fueled by fear of Kim Jong-un and North Korea, who are believed to be the driving force behind these threats and the hack of Sony Pictures, because of their distaste for the comedy about an attempt to assassinate the leader. Now Hollywood heavy-hitter George Clooney weighs in and highlights an attempt to get Hollywood's key players to rally behind Sony so they didn't have to scrap the film's release out of fear. Deadline spoke to the director and actor who revealed a petition he tried to get people to sign. Here it is: "On November 24 of this year, »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Look: Mark Wahlberg & His Bear Get Ready to Dive in 'Ted 2'

19 December 2014 8:25 AM, PST

Mostly because the special effects on the film are still being done, we haven't yet seen any real first look photos from the forthcoming sequel Ted 2. There was a trailer that leaked briefly awhile back, but it was chock full of unfinished visual effects shots and it was taken down very quickly. However, we finally have the first official photo from the comedy that made it on our list of the 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015. This time Morgan Freeman is coming along for some fun as a high profile civil rights lawyer, though we don't see him in this first look photo. Instead, it's Mark Wahlberg and the title bear getting ready to dive. Here's the first look at Seth MacFarlane's Ted 2 from Entertainment Weekly: You can check out another photo that Mark Wahlberg posted from the set of Ted 2 right here. Ted 2 is directed by Seth MacFarlane, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Anthony Mackie & 'Dear White People' Director Will 'Make a Wish'

19 December 2014 7:48 AM, PST

After making his feature directorial debut with the poignant and hilarious satire Dear White People this year, director Justin Simien is ready to head into more broad comedy. Deadline reports Paramount Pictures has picked up the 2013 Black Listed comedy script Make a Wish from first-time writer Zach Frenkel with Simien attached to direct. In addition, Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie will star in the film as Butchie Jones, a football star who wants to grant the final wish of a dying 14-year-old who adores the athlete. However, his dying wish isn't just to meet the football player. Read on! The real wish from the teenager is that he wants the football player to help him get laid before he dies. That certainly sounds like it could be full of inappropriate but hilarious humor, but maybe even have some heart as well. Mackie has proven to be a »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Kingsman: Secret Service' International Trailer Goes 'Pretty Woman'

19 December 2014 7:32 AM, PST

"What a shame we both had to grow up." After the last explosive and action-packed red band trailer for Mathew Vaughn's fun comic book spy thriller adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service, a new international trailer has arrived. But this one aims to lay out the story of the film a little more clearly, perhaps for those who may not be familiar with all the tropes of spy films and whatnot. Aside from the obvious James Bond references between Colin Firth and the villain played by Samuel L. Jackson, there's plenty of other pop culture riffs here as well, just adding to the full blown entertainment on display. Here's the new international trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service from Empire Movies: You can watch the latest red band trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service right here. Kingsman: The Secret Service is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), who also »

- Ethan Anderton

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J.J. Abrams Thanks Fans from Set of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

18 December 2014 8:52 PM, PST

Long before the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, our first look at the sci-fi sequel came from vidoes release in conjunction with the Star Wars: Force for Change fundraiser that was created in coordination with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef). The end of the fundraiser culminated with a single fan being granted the dream of visiting the set and getting a walk-on role in the film. Well, now director J.J. Abrams has returned from the set of Episode VII to thank everyone who donated and helped raise millions of dollars. You just might see a familiar droid and Wookiee. Watch! Here's the Omaze video with J.J. Abrams thanking those who donated to Star Wars: Force for Change: Thanks to SlashFilm for pointing this out. Check out the previous videos here, here and here. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Big Surprise: Mark Wahlberg Confirms Return for 'Transformers 5'

18 December 2014 3:30 PM, PST

After the disaster that was Transformers: Age of Extinction, we know you're just chomping at the bits to get Mark Wahlberg back on the big screen as an inventor and friend of the Autobots. Well, the good news is that the actor is currently making the publicity rounds for this month's release of The Gambler, and of course he was asked about the future of the toy-selling franchise. MTV asked if he was coming back for the inevitable Transformers 5, and Wahlberg said, "Yeah, I committed to doing a couple more… you know I can’t speak for Mr. Bay, but something tells me we’ll be on the set soon.” Wait, what's that about Bay now? Back in 2012 we heard that Age of Extinction would be the last Transformers movie that Michael Bay would direct (though he said that for Dark of the Moon too). However, just this past spring, »

- Ethan Anderton

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First Look: Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's Untitled Cold War Drama

18 December 2014 3:05 PM, PST

In case you didn't know, Tom Hanks is reteaming with director Steven Spielberg for a fourth time after previously working together on Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal. Two out of three isn't bad, and now the next film on the way is something completely different, a Cold War drama that has been referred to as St. James Place but is officially untitled as of now. The film follows the negotiation to recovering a captured pilot from behind enemy lines. But it's not a battlefield drama as this particular fight was waged by lawyer James Donovan. That's who Hanks is playing, and we have a first look below. Here's the first image from from Steven Spielberg's untitled Cold War drama (via EW): The Untitled War Drama (aka St. James Place) is directed by Steven Spielberg with a script originally by Matt Charman and »

- Ethan Anderton

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