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The Interview Review

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The Interview, now infamous as the comedy heard around the world, has made its way into the mainstream, against seemingly overwhelming odds. Embattled studio Sony Pictures Entertainment, despite originally pulling the movie and announcing that it had no further plans to distribute it in light of threats and a crippling hack from the so-called Guardians of Peace, executed a stunning U-turn just a few days ago and began plotting a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release for the controversial film. The launch today was a success, victory having been snatched from the jaws of defeat – or at least at this juncture, that’s how it appears. So, now that The Interview is here, what was all the fuss about? As it turns out, not much.

Unfortunately, no amount of build-up can change the quickly perceptible truth that The Interview »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Tell us what you thought of 'The Interview'

14 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Here's hoping all our credit cards don't get hacked. But seriously, though… Sony Pictures has, after initially cancelling all release plans, allowed theater chains willing to release "The Interview" to do so, but in advance of tomorrow's release date, the studio has made the film available via video-on-demand services like YouTube Movies, Google Play, Xbox and a dedicated website: I just watched it from my couch while eating a breakfast burrito in my Tmnt pajama pants. America, fuck yeah, I guess. Anyway, as someone who deigned to put "This is the End" on my top 10 list last year, take this for what you will, but I certainly laughed my ass off. It's Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg right in their wheelhouse, over the top, outrageous, with a little something to say underneath. I also found the underriding thematic idea of journalism's descent into entertainment to be particularly compelling »

- Kristopher Tapley

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'The Interview' TV Spots: Franco and Rogen Are Back!

21 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Interview has had quite a storied path to release. Originally set to debut in theaters this past October, it was pulled so that it wouldn't correspond with North Korea's Party Foundation Day, as the film depicts the assassination of the country's leader Kim Jong-un. It was moved to Christmas day, but then pulled again because of a terrorist threat against theaters set to show the movie. But now, The Interview will screen in over 300 independent theaters across the country. To celebrate its return, Sony has released three new TV spots.

These latest previews come after the Studio spent a lot of time, energy and money completely wiping out all promotional materials for the film, including billboards and posters, and all video assetts. Sony also scrubbed The Interview's social media presence. It took down both its Facebook page and Twitter account. But now, the studio is working to set everything back in place. »

- MovieWeb

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Find Out Where You Can See The Interview on Christmas Day; Plus Sony Re-Releases Final “In Franco & Rogen We Trust” Trailer

23 December 2014 6:32 PM, PST | | See recent news »

It’s been a genuinely crazy past couple of weeks, but at long last The Interview is indeed opening in theaters on Christmas Day.  After the five biggest theater chains in the country refused to show the film due to threats from the North Korean hackers, Sony pulled directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s follow-up to last year’s This Is the End from theaters, prompting the President of the United States himself to chime in and say the movie should still be released.  Sony Pictures announced today that they’ve reversed their decision and will open The Interview on Christmas Day in any theater willing to play it, but this puts those major theater chains in an unenviable position in that they’ve already sold tickets to Christmas showings of other films and thus can’t fit The Interview in. Regardless, smaller theaters are starting to chime in »

- Adam Chitwood

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James Franco Gets Serious With Jonah Hill in Searchlight’s ‘True Story’ Trailer (Video)

22 December 2014 6:53 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

James Franco is a very serious murderer playing games with a very serious Jonah Hill in the first trailer for serious drama “True Story.”

The upcoming Fox Searchlight release stars the “This Is the End” friends as real-life people Christian Longo (Franco) — a murderer who was on the FBI Most Wanted list for killing his family — and journalist Michael Finkel (Hill), who discovers Longo had been using his good name while on the run from the law.

Also Read: Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Will Be Distributed Despite Hackers’ Threats, Attorney Says (Video)

The drama, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month, »

- Greg Gilman

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How The Interview Got Made: A Timeline

18 December 2014 3:38 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

On Wednesday, Sony canceled the theatrical release of The Interview after hackers linked to North Korea threatened violent reprisals against any theater caught screening the film. It was an unprecedented step, made all the more bizarre by the fact that the film at the center of the mess was just a goofy comedy from the guys who made This Is the End. How did two stoner comedians end up at the center of a serious geopolitical incident? Here's a timeline:Some emails have been edited for spelling and clarity. Around 2010 Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg start knocking around an idea for a movie about a journalist who’s tasked with assassinating a foreign dictator. "I feel like it's a conversation a lot of people have," Rogen tells Rolling Stone later. "Like, 'Oh, Barbara Walters could have killed Bin Laden,' or whatever." Rogen and Goldberg eventually decide to »

- Nate Jones

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Audiences are missing out on a funny film in Seth Rogen’s “The Interview”

18 December 2014 12:48 PM, PST | | See recent news »

I’m sure by now all of you are aware of the massive hacking situation going on over at Sony. Sadly, there’s a cinematic casualty in Seth Rogen’s The Interview. Rogen’s sophomore feature (he co-writes and co-directs with filmmaking partner Evan Goldberg) was already screening for press, myself included, and was getting set for a Christmas release, but that’s no more. The powers that be at Sony have decided to cancel the release of the movie, which is a shame on multiple levels. For one thing, it’s sort of letting the terrorists win (though I’ll stop myself from going on a rant). More simply however, its preventing audiences from seeing one of 2014′s funniest films, and that’s a real shame. Having been one of the few to actually see the flick, I can vouch for how amusing it is. Though not quite as »

- Joey Magidson

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'True Story' Trailer Starring James Franco and Jonah Hill

18 December 2014 12:36 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the first look photo that debuted earlier this week, Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the trailer for True Story ahead of its debut at the Sundance Film Festival next month. This Is the End stars Jonah Hill and James Franco reunite for a gripping drama that is, naturally, based on an incredible true story that puts a whole new spin on "identity theft."

Jonah Hill stars as New York Times journalist Rupert Goold, whose career at the newspaper came to an end after he falsified accounts in a story about impoverished teenagers in West Africa. It's worth noting that Finkel's admission didn't quite make huge headlines, since one week later, the New York Times was embroiled in the Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal. James Franco stars as Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel's name. After he is imprisoned for killing his wife, »

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First Trailer For True Story

18 December 2014 11:22 AM, PST | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

The last time we saw Jonah Hill and James Franco was in the end of the world comedy This is the End. So it should be quite the experience watching the first trailer for Rupert Goold's True Story, as the two are flexing their dramatic muscles in an extremely impressive way. They both have proven themselves as dramatic actors, and they seem well served here by a compelling real life story, that promises so many twists and turns. Released: April 10th 2015 (U.S.)/ ? (Irl/U.K.) Synopsis: When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat-and-mouse.  Based on actual events, Finkel’s relentless pursuit of Longo’s true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption. »

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First True Story Trailer: Jonah Hill and James Franco Go Dramatic in Dark Thriller

18 December 2014 10:05 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Fox Searchlight has released the first True Story trailer for director Rupert Goold's upcoming drama.  Based on real events, the film stars Jonah Hill as disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel, who strikes up a head-spinning relationship with accused murderer Christian Longo, played by James Franco.  After watching them play off each other in such hilarious fashion onscreen in This Is the End, I'll admit there's a bit of whiplash in seeing Hill and Franco play opposite each other in something as dark and serious as this.  That said, both actors have separately proven themselves to be formidable dramatic talents and the story here is incredibly compelling, so I'm really looking forward to catching this one next month at Sundance. Hit the jump to watch the True Story trailer.  The film also stars Felicity JonesTrue Story will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and opens in theaters April 10, 2015. Via Yahoo! »

- Adam Chitwood

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If 'The Interview' were a prestige pic, how would this have gone?

17 December 2014 3:27 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

No one is arguing that The Interview is a great film—or, having talked to some people who have seen it, even a good film. But over the past few weeks, it has stumbled into being a capital-i Important Film in spite of itself—one people should have the option to see in a theater, on its usual release day, like any other film that isn’t causing an international incident. But how would the conversation around The Interview have been different if Seth Rogen and James Franco's movie were a prestige pic? If it were more like Hotel Rwanda »

- Kyle Ryan

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‘The Interview’ Pulled By Theaters and Why Sony Should Release It Online

17 December 2014 1:13 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Update: Since the publication of this article, Sony has announced that it will not move forward with the release of the film on Christmas day. This further proves that an online release would be the best option at this point. What is Sony Pictures going to do with The Interview? The film, which has been cited as the reason why an online group perpetrated a massive hack and subsequent leak of corporate documents, emails and even several films, is due to be released in the United States on Christmas Day. Those who follow the world of film closely know that it’s just another bromance comedy for Seth Rogen and James Franco, who decided to follow up their Hollywood-set apocalypse tale This Is The End with something based in the real world. It just happens to be about one of the world’s most ruthless and least humorous regimes. Early word about the film itself is that »

- Neil Miller

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James Gunn And Chris Pratt On "3Am Nightmares" While Making Guardians Of The Galaxy

17 December 2014 10:40 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn says he was pretty confident while shooting Guardians of the Galaxy, however, occasionally, he'd have a few sleepless nights. "I actually felt that [Guardians of the Galaxy] was something that people needed, they just didn't know it yet. They needed the humor, they needed the fun. So, I felt confident, but there were those nights at 3Am where I would wake up and be like, 'Oh my God, what am I doing. If this goes wrong, my life is screwed. I'll be a pariah'". Pratt chimed in, "Every rule said, 'You don't make a movie with a talking tree,' 'You don't spend this much money on a raccoon with a gun.' For me, I was like, 'Oh, so this movie is going to bomb. Done. This is the end of my career." Sometimes in life, it pays to roll the dice. Guardians of the Galaxy »

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First Look at Jonah Hill and James Franco in 'True Story'

16 December 2014 7:30 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One of the more intriguing true life crime dramas in recent years comes screaming back to life on the big screen in True Story. Fox Searchlight Pictures and Regency Enterprises have released the first images, which feature This Is the End co-stars James Franco and Jonah Hill reuniting for a much more serious topic. Directed by Rupert Goold (Macbeth), the film is based on the book by Michael Finkel.

When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco), who has taken on Finkel's identity, his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat-and-mouse.&#160 Based on actual events, Finkel's relentless pursuit of Longo's true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption.

True Story will be in theaters this spring. Felicity Jones co-stars in the film, produced by&#160Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas, and executive produced by Brad Pitt and Arnon Milchan. »

- MovieWeb

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'The Interview' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About the Controversial Comedy

12 December 2014 10:04 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It's rare to think of the release of studio comedy as being particularly brave. Most of the time these films are boring, formulaic, and dumb, the result of untold meetings and brainstorming sessions. But given the fact that Sony's release of "The Interview" could have potentially been responsible for a huge systematic hack of the company's computer system, leaking employees' personal information (including email addresses and Social Security numbers), screeners of unreleased films, and countless internal memos, well, it's hard to think of the release of "The Interview" as anything else but brave.

To explain: "The Interview" is about a pair of dim bulb journalists (played by Seth Rogen and James Franco), who travel to North Korea to interview (and assassinate) Kim Jong-un (Randall Park). North Korea, a country never known for its sense of humor (instead people tend to focus on pesky issues like concentration camps and lack of »

- Drew Taylor

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Film Review: ‘The Interview’

12 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

North Korea can rest easy: America comes off looking at least as bad as the Dprk in “The Interview,” an alleged satire that’s about as funny as a communist food shortage, and just as protracted. For all its pre-release hullabaloo — including two big thumbs down from Sony hackers the Guardians of Peace — this half-baked burlesque about a couple of cable-news bottom-feeders tasked with assassinating Korean dictator Kim Jong-un won’t bring global diplomacy to its knees, but should feel like a kind of terror attack to any audience with a limited tolerance for anal penetration jokes. Extreme devotees of stars James Franco and Seth Rogen (who also co-directed with Evan Goldberg) may give this Christmas offering a pass, but all others be advised: An evening of cinematic waterboarding awaits.

Rogen and Goldberg, who made their combined directorial debut on last year’s shrewdly funny Jewish apocalypse romp, “This Is the End, »

- Scott Foundas

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Review: James Franco and Seth Rogen anchor the violently funny 'The Interview'

12 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Interview" should not exist. One of the things I find most interesting about the careers of comic actors is the way they make choices as their career gets into the ten or twenty or fifty year range. Comic performers have to evolve and grow over time if they hope to keep the audience engaged. In some cases, they keep distilling their essential identity until they are left with something that is almost reflexive, like Bill Murray, for example. In other cases, they just start shaking it up, throwing everything at the wall just to see what sticks. Seth Rogen is still, relatively speaking, a young performer. Sure, he's been working since "Freaks and Geeks," but as a movie star, we're still talking about someone who hasn't reached the ten year mark. "Knocked Up" was 2007, and I still remember the conversations on the set of that film, where Judd Apatow »

- Drew McWeeny

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Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See The Interview

11 December 2014 11:03 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The Interview could be the cure for the common awards season.  While I like that the end of the year brings more adult-oriented fare, I also love some good, hard-r comedy, and since Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s follow-up to This Is the End was pushed back from October to December, that means my holiday season will probably have some delightfully filthy and vulgar jokes.  At any time of year, The Interview would look like a must-see film, but I’m particularly glad to have it land in the calendar right now. I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 admit-two passes to The Interview.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film stars James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, and Randall ParkThe Interview opens December 25th. To enter for a chance to win an admit-two pass, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Henry Jackman Creates An Epic Action Score for The Interview

11 December 2014 3:46 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Award-winning composer Henry Jackman delivers an epic score to North Korea’s favorite comedy The Interview, directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen.

Jackman’s score is ironically-serious and over-the-top, qualities the directors enjoyed from the score for their previous film, This Is The End.

In The Interview, journalists Dave Skylark (James Franco) and Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) land an interview with North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, for their popular tabloid-tv show. As the duo prepare for their journey, the CIA enlists them to carry out an incredible mission: Assassinate Kim Jong Un.

This film marks the second collaboration between Jackman and the film’s directors Goldberg and Rogen, previously scoring their apocalypse comedy This Is The End.

The Interview opens in theaters on December 25th. The soundtrack will be released on January 13th 2015 by La-La Land Records.

Jackman began his solo career in 2009, and in just five years, »

- Michelle McCue

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Sony's tortured plans for 'Spider-Man' are just the latest details leaked in the Sony hacking

9 December 2014 9:50 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When I recently reported on the possibility of Spider-Man making an appearance in an official Marvel movie, the news was greeted with no small amount of skepticism. Tonight, thanks to the massive hack of Sony's internal networks, the Wall Street Journal has published a piece that details many of the conversations that have happened about the future of the iconic comic book character. The problem is that while I'm certainly curious to read about Sony's plans, I am deeply uncomfortable with the way the media has responded to the Sony hack. These massive infodumps that are happening are obviously designed to hurt the company, and it feels like much of the coverage of the leak so far has been playing right into that goal. Then again, much of what I do is based on the way I protect my own sources of information, and it depends on me being able »

- Drew McWeeny

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