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Sony cancels Christmas theatrical release of 'The Interview'

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With movie theater chains deciding not screen The Interview, Sony has decided not to release the movie on Christmas as planned. "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," Sony said in a statement. "We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Theater chains cancel 'The Interview' in face of 9/11 threats

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Sony is moving ahead with plans to debut The Interview on Dec. 25, but there might not be many theaters in your neighborhood actually playing it. Not long after the National Association of Theatre Owners released a statement today saying, "individual cinema operators may decide to delay exhibition of the movie so that our guests may enjoy a safe holiday movie season experiencing the many other exciting films we have to offer,” several of the biggest theater chains indicated that they would not be featuring the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Celebs urge seeing Sony's 'The Interview' as act of defiance

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If you don't see The Interview, do the terrorists win? In the wake of Tuesday's unprecedented hacker threat pledging 9/11-style attacks on theaters screening Sony's The Interview, a few Hollywood luminaries are encouraging fans to buy a ticket to the film as an act of defiance. Actor-producer Adam McKay, writer-producer Judd Apatow, and writer-actress Mindy Kaling are among those urging their Twitter followers to support the imperiled Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Currently, the film is scheduled to open nationwide on Christmas. McKay tweeted: »


- James Hibberd

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Study: Children's movies are morbid, morbid things

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Remember that movie where the title character's parents are mauled to death by a wild leopard four minutes in? Or how about the one where the protagonist, only a baby, is left to fend for himself after his mom is murdered? Those traumatizing bummers would be Tarzan and Bambi, respectively. New research reported by The Atlantic reveals that those films are no exception: According to a study published yesterday in The British Medical Journal, children's movies are much more morbid than their adult drama counterparts. »

- Carolyn Todd

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Randall Park discusses playing Kim Jong-un in 'The Interview,' addresses threats against film

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At the heart of the controversy surrounding The Interview is the film's actual plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. But amid all the reactions from stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, little has been heard from the actor portraying Kim—Randall Park. Park spoke with the Los Angeles Times about his role in the film, offering his take on playing the character, what it's been like to deal with the threats made against those involved with the film, and even how he thinks Jong-un might feel about the movie if he were to watch it. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Ten things Andy Serkis can say about 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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"Who does Andy Serkis play in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?" is one of the thousand questions fans have been asking about next year’s Episode VII. And the actor himself seems to be bursting with the desire to talk about which galactic denizen he'll be inhabiting. But Serkis, best known as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings trilogy (and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), the giant ape from Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and the smaller but more sophisticated simian Caesar from the new Planet of the Apes films, has been tight-lipped about Star Wars so far. »


- Anthony Breznican

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Sony to move forward with 'The Interview' release, but theaters have a choice

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Facing terrorist threats from the same group that committed a massive cybersecurity attack of its network and the public dissemination of proprietary content, Sony is moving forward with the release of The Interview, the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un. However, sources close to the film confirm a Deadline report that the studio will support the theater chains' decision whether or not to screen the film when it opens on Dec. 25, in light of potential safety concerns. Carmike Cinemas, one of the country's largest chains with 2,917 screens in 41 states, has »


- Jeff Labrecque

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

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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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Casting Net: Tessa Thompson lands female lead in Rocky spinoff, 'Creed'

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Tessa Thompson, who gained acclaim for this year's Dear White People and Selma, has claimed the female lead in Creed. Fruitvale Station's Ryan Coogler is directing the Rocky spinoff, which also stars Sylvester Stallone, reprising his iconic role as Rocky Balboa, and Michael B. Jordan. The story follows Balboa as he trains the grandson (Jordan) of his fellow boxer, Apollo Creed. Coogler wrote the script with Aaron Covington. [Deadline] • Nicola Peltz has signed on for Universal's untitled low riders project, replacing Lily Collins in the role of Lorelai. The film, which centers on the East L.A. world of lowrider cars and street tagging, »


- C. Molly Smith

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Jason Reitman re-staging 'The Empire Strikes Back' with Aaron Paul and J.K. Simmons -- Exclusive

16 December 2014 12:27 PM, PST

Instead of “Yo, bitch …” now it’s “Yoda, bitch.” (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul will take on the role of Luke Skywalker in director Jason Reitman’s one-night-only live-read of The Empire Strikes Back this Thursday, while fearsome Whiplash star J.K. Simmons will let the hate flow through him as Darth Vader. It’s part of an ongoing series of live performances of movie scripts Reitman stages each month at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, bringing in new actors to create a kind of cover version of beloved films. He has previously staged live-reads of The Princess Bride, »


- Anthony Breznican

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Spielberg casts newcomer to star in 'The Bfg' movie

16 December 2014 6:56 AM, PST

Steven Spielberg has launched the careers of numerous famous child actors, including Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, and Christian Bale. Ruby Barnhill is about to join that exclusive club. The 10-year-old Brit has been cast as Sophie, the young London girl who is the main character in Roald Dahl's beloved children's book, The Bfg. "After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvelous as we do,” Spielberg said in a statement. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Seth Rogen, James Franco talk Sony hack and 'The Interview': 'Haters gonna hate'

15 December 2014 3:03 PM, PST

Seth Rogen and James Franco stopped by EW Radio (SiriusXM 105), where they talked with comedian Lisa Lampanelli (for an interview that will air this Friday) about their upcoming film, The Interview, and all of the drama surrounding the recent Sony hack. Although Rogen said they don't know of any direct connection between the hack and their film, he did voice his opinion on the breach of confidence and how "super f--ed up" it is that people are publicizing "stolen shit." »


- Samantha Highfill

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Cobie Smulders tackles motherhood in Sundance film 'Unexpected' -- exclusive photo

15 December 2014 12:38 PM, PST

What happens when you’re a new mother caught between having to choose between your personal and your professional life? That’s the question Kris Swanberg tackles in her latest film, Unexpected. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival next month and starring How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders, Unexpected tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a high school teacher and a young student, who both find themselves in a similar situation when they get unexpectedly pregnant. Swanberg, who wrote and directed the feature, based the story on her own real life experiences as a new parent »


- Andrea Towers

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10th annual Black List of top screenplays gets the star treatment

15 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST

The 2014 Black List, Franklin Leonard's much-anticipated annual compilation of the "most-liked" unproduced Hollywood screenplays, is being unveiled this afternoon, with notable stars—like Nathan Fillion—and accomplished industry figures announcing this year's class via YouTube. While the full list is still being unfurled, the top script was announced Sunday night in West Hollywood. Kristina Lauren Anderson, who produced Girlfight, wrote Catherine the Great, a period biopic about the famous 18th-century Russian ruler. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Fact-checking the Film: Ridley Scott's 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

15 December 2014 9:15 AM, PST

Oscar season is here, which means a flurry of fact-based movies are on their way to theaters. EW is fact-checking these films—everything from The Theory of Everything to Wild—to see just how true-to-life they turned out. Yes, we know: There’s no way to truly fact-check a movie based on a Bible story, given that the Bible's status as a historical document is, putting it mildly, up for debate. But in any case, the story of Moses, first written in the Old Testament book of Exodus, is a famous one; the new Christian Bale film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, »


- Ashley Fetters & Esther Zuckerman

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'Selma' cast and crew wear 'I can't breathe' shirts to premiere

15 December 2014 7:49 AM, PST

Cast and crew from the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma took a break from Sunday night's New York premiere to put on some T-shirts reading "I Can't Breathe" for a photo-op to bring awareness to the ongoing protests concerning the death of Eric Garner, a man who was killed by a police officer as he repeated "I can't breathe." Garner's July death was determined a homicide, but in early December, the grand jury found "no reasonable cause" to indict the officer who put Garner in the fatal chokehold. Their decision launched nationwide protests, where participants march through streets »


- Ariana Bacle

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Jon Hamm says he's glad he never signed up for a superhero role

15 December 2014 7:47 AM, PST

Though he might look the part of a superhero, Jon Hamm says he's glad he never signed up for a superhero role. In anticipation of his turn on Channel 4's Black Mirror: White Christmas, Hamm spoke to the Radio Times about Hollywood's obsession with the youth demographic—a demographic he says does not find him appealing. (Really though? Really?) Hamm stressed that he feels "old and irrelevant in the current media landscape," citing the Hemworths and the One Directions of the world as what the majority of Hollywood is after. “Ask anyone under the age of 20 if they »


- Teresa Jue

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Mark Hamill on his emotional -- and scruffy -- return as Luke Skywalker

15 December 2014 6:30 AM, PST

Luke Skywalker was a huge part of Mark Hamill's past, and although he still can't talk about the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the actor has opened up to EW about the emotional experience of returning to that far-off galaxy. The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens roused extreme feelings from fans around the world, and Hamill says returning to role of farm boy turned Jedi Luke did the same for him. "I don’t know that I’m even completely recovered from my state of shock," Hamill says. "Part of the experience »


- Anthony Breznican

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