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The Wolf Of Wall Street the Most Pirated Film of 2014; Film Illegally Downloaded over 30 Million Times

3 hours ago

Pirating movies is wrong.  You can justify it any way you want—movies are too expensive; distribution models are outdated; they didn’t release it in your area—whatever your reason, you’re stealing revenue from people who worked hard on a film, and you’re also devaluing their work because you wanted something and didn’t want to pay for it.  This year’s most-pirated film may have even created a new excuse: it was in the spirit of the plot. According to Yahoo!, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street was the most-pirated film of 2014.  The movie was downloaded illegally “30.035 million times between Jan. 1 and Dec. 23, 2014.”  While I’m sure we can all appreciate the irony of people stealing a movie that’s about an unrepentant crook, that’s over 30 million crummy people.  Interestingly, as Yahoo! points out, two of 2014’s biggest films—Guardians of the Galaxy »

- Matt Goldberg

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The Interview Pulls in $18 Million on Opening Weekend; $15 Million Comes from Online Sales

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On a weekend where both Unbroken and Into the Woods grossed over $30 million, and still lost to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (which made $41 million this weekend), I don’t know how The Interview would have fared as a standard theatrical release.  Boxoffice.com [via Yahoo!] estimates that the $44 million film would have grossed $20 million.  But cyberterrorist threats against movie theaters ultimately led the picture to indie cinemas and VOD, and The Interview ended up scoring $18 million with $15 million of that coming from VOD sales.  VOD numbers aren’t usually released, but it would look suspicious if that part the gross was kept secret since this film has such a high profile.  And really, there would be no reason to keep it secret since The Interview was virtually guaranteed to be the highest grossing VOD release from the studio thanks to all of the controversy.  Additionally, Yahoo! reports that »

- Matt Goldberg

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Rumor: Star Wars Spin-Off to Focus on Young Han Solo; Aaron Paul Interested in Being Involved

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How can we leave 2014 without some more dubious Star Wars rumors?  Last month, we reported that Gareth EdwardsStar Wars spin-off would be a heist film in the vein of The Dirty Dozen, and featuring bounty hunters stealing the plans for the Death Star.  That sounded like a great premise, and I would love to see that Star Wars film assuming it was done well. I don’t want to see a Star Wars film about a young Han Solo, so I’m hoping this new rumor is false.  Hit the jump for more.  The untitled Star Wars spin-off is slated to open on December 16, 2016. According to MakingStarWars.com, the codename for the spinoff is “Luminac Industrial Goods”, which isn’t a big deal.  The other part of their four-part rumor shouldn’t even qualify as “rumor” because it’s obvious: “The filming will eventually overlap with some of Star Wars: Episode VIII. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman Talk Big Eyes, The Casting Process, Working with Tim Burton, Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones and More

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Big Eyes is very much about Walter and Margaret Keane (Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams) and what happens when he decides to claim her artwork as his own, but as is the case with many Tim Burton films, there are a number of supporting cast members who make quite the impression, like Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman.  Ritter steps in as DeeAnn, Margaret’s good friend who watches her suspect relationship with Walter progress and isn’t happy about it while Schwartzman takes on the role of Ruben, a gallery owner who won’t give Walter’s work the time of day and then is rather resentful when the saucer-eyed waifs become a big hit. Prior to Big Eyes’ December 25th limited release, I got the opportunity to sit down with Ritter and Schwartzman to talk about their favorite Tim Burton characters and lines of dialogue, what it was like »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Michael K. Williams Talks The Gambler, His Unique Relationship with Mark Wahlberg’s Character, The Purge 3 and More

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The Gambler is all about Jim Bennett’s (Mark Wahlberg) gambling addiction and his self-destructive habits, but one of the most engaging elements of the film is his relationship with Michael K. Williams’ character, Neville, a local loan shark who gives him a hefty sum to hit the tables.  He isn’t happy when Jim recklessly loses it all and then some, but, at the same time, there’s still something to suggest Neville genuinely wants to see Jim pull himself together. With The Gambler making its way into theaters on December 25th, I got the opportunity to sit down with Williams to talk about that unique relationship, what it was like working with Wahlberg, whether or not he does much gambling himself and the status of The Purge 3.  Hit the jump to check it all out. Michael K. Williams: Is he any good at gambling himself? On the »

- Perri Nemiroff

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