‘Mrs Brown’s Boys” Tops U.K.’s Christmas Ratings
Mrs Brown Boy's, Irish comedian Brendan O'Carrell's titular foul-mouthed Irish matriarch, once again came out on top as the most watched programme in the U.K. on Christmas Day. The special episode of the sitcom, which also boasted Christmas 2013's most popular show, drew 7.61 million viewers and a share of 32.2 percent.
Earlier in the day, the festive episode of the BBC's Doctor Who beat ITV's Downton Abbey, with the Peter Capaldi sci-fi show drawing 6.34 million viewers… Read
Pirates Spread ‘The Interview’ Worldwide; China Particularly Curious — Update
UPDATE, FRIDAY 2:35 AM PT: After hitting torrent sites within an hour of being made legally available on Sony's official partner platforms in the U.S. on Wednesday, The Interview was a fast target for illegal downloads. Torrent Freak has updated figures saying the film was accessed more than 750,000 times around the world in the first 20 hours. While it's not clear if that includes statistics out of Asia, Reuters is now reporting that the film was viewed at least 300,000… Read
‘Unbroken’ Flexes Indomitable Strength, ‘Interview’ Eyes $1M – Christmas B.O.
Update, 12:07AM: Word of mouth is on fire: Universal-Legendary's Unbroken smashed through the onslaught of studio wide releases and holdovers on Christmas day and is looking to take No. 1 with $15.6M according to industry estimates, racing past Disney's musical Into the Woods, which according to noon estimates was expected to finish first. As such, it comes as no surprise to learn that Unbroken earned an A- Cinemascore. Into the Woods, with a B, should land second with… Read
Christmas Coal Continues: Sony PlayStation Network ‘No ETA’ For Return To Service – 3rd UPDATE
3Rd UPDATE 6:20 PM: Sony just posted on one of its main Twitter feeds, acknowledging that the PlayStation Network continues to be offline and that it has 'no ETA' for when the service will return to operation. Meanwhile, attacks appear to have renewed in the past two hours on Microsoft's competing Xbox Live network. UPDATE: Five hours later, there has been little progress on the PSN front. “Our engineers are continuing to work hard to resolve the network issues users have… Read
‘The Interview’ Draws Crowds, Laughs & Media At Opening-Day Screening In L.A.
Dennis Lavalle had a special reason to be one of the first in line to see The Interview on its opening day in theaters. His brother-in-law, Capt. John Ogonowski, was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center on 9/11. He told Deadline that he feels it's his patriotic duty to see the film. "I'm not going to have a dictator tell me what I can see and not see," Lavalle said, "especially one whose media regularly depicts the… Read
‘The Interview’ Top Seller On Google’s Play Store, YouTube Movies Sites
The online version of The Interview is topping the movie sales chart on the Google Play store, and leads the “Top Selling” playlist on the YouTube Movies site, according to charts on both Google-owned sites.
Neither Sony nor Google representatives were disclosing actual sales numbers on the Google sites. Sony also wasn't disclosing numbers for its custom site created this week to sell the site there. A fourth outlet selling and renting The Interview online, the Xbox Live… Read
‘The Interview’ Hits Theaters: Alamo Drafthouse Austin Screenings Sold Out
Refresh for latest news on The Interview hitting theaters today.
UPDATE, 9:15 AM: The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin is reporting that every showing of The Interview today is sold out. KXAN in Austin says Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League will be introducing the film at the 1 PM screening. "This is the best Christmas gift anyone could give us," said League earlier in a statement. "We, both distributors and exhibitors, have collectively stood firm to our principles and for the… Read
‘The Gambler’ Review: Pete Hammond On Mark Wahlberg’s Big Bet
Mark Wahlberg stars in this remake of James Caan's 1974 original about a compulsive gambler in over his head. He stars alongside Jessica Lange, Brie Larson and a very good John Goodman. It was indeed, as I say in my video review above, a bit of a gamble to remake the movie 40 years later, and this Christmas Day debut doesn't quite pay off at the window.
The film is directed by Rupert Wyatt from a script by William Monahan based in James Toback's 1974 original. Producers… Read
‘The Interview’ Review: Seth Rogen & James Franco’s Christmas Turkey
UPDATED 5:30 AM Christmas morning, adding more information:
The Interview isn't the worst movie ever made. It's not even the worst movie Sony released this holiday season.
To: Amy/So how far do we let the boys go with the Kim-has-no-butthole business??//ml
To: Michael/I don't know, six jokes max? The test auds loved it! did you remember to get the rights to that katy perry song?//ap
To: Amy/Sheesh, Ames, I totally forgot, glad you reminded me, gosh we could have been in s… Read
North Korean Hack Makes For Strange Bedfellows
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, who previously pledged to send a note to GOP donors urging them to go see Seth Rogen's The Interview if theaters would screen it, today tweeted his support of the movie's release online and upcoming screening in indie movie theaters.
This was the right decision: "The Interview" will be released! If you're interested, celebrate America's freedom by watching.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) December 24, 2014… Read
‘Selma’ & ‘American Sniper’ To Bow As ‘The Interview’ Moves In: Specialty Preview
Kim Jong-un could not contain a gaggle of indie theater owners including those in the Art House Convergence, Tim League and others to unleash The Interview as the Christmas holiday weekend opened. The much talked about hacking scandal that lead to the film's demise, then resurgence, is clearly the week's big news story (even on the likes of CNN), even garnering the attention of the POTUS on his vacation in Hawaii. The Interview falls rather ironically into the limited… Read
Fall TV 2014: What Worked, What Didn’t & What Lies Ahead In Midseason
As the broadcast networks are taking a breather before they reboot their lineups for midseason, it's a good time to evaluate this year's fall season and look ahead at what comes next.
It was an OK fall for the broadcast networks. There were several breakouts — ABC drama How To Get Away With Murder and comedy Black-ish, CBS drama Scorpion, Fox drama Gotham and the CW's The Flash.
There were no DOA flops like Fox's Lone Star or ABC's Lucky 7 to warrant immediate… Read