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Sony Hack Deepens Rift Between Film & Television Group

Sony Has “No Further Release Plans” For ‘The Interview’ On VOD Or Elsewhere

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The Interview is over - really and truly. Despite reports floating around other outlets, Sony Pictures will not be putting the now-shuttered pic out on VOD, DVD or any other platform, at least not any time soon. “Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” a studio spokesperson told me today. The hacked-apart Sony pulled the James Franco and Seth Rogen film from its December 25 debut date earlier today. That not-unexpected move came after Regal, AMC and… Read


Aaron Sorkin On Free Speech As Casualty In ‘The Interview’ Cancellation

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Aaron Sorkin, one of the most vocal parties in the ongoing Sony hack attack, has weighed in after Sony announced it has scrapped a Christmas theatrical run for The Interview after theater chains rejected the movie over threats of possible violence in theaters. Sorkin echoes the sentiments of many in Hollywood, that this is a sad day for America. But he lays the blame at the feet of media outlets that helped empower the cyber-terrorists. Said Sorkin: “Today the U.S. succumb Read


Sony Hack Deepens Rift Between Film & Television Group


Sony's film and television groups have not had a harmonious relationship, and it has been further exacerbated by the recent hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, linked to the Sony feature The Interview. For the most part, television has been taking a back seat at SPE, viewed primarily as a workhorse contributing to the bottom line, even after SPE CEO Michael Lynton announced a year ago that the c… Read


North Korea Behind Massive Cyber Attack Against Sony, Feds Say

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North Korean leaders ordered the attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, the U.S, Justice Department is expected to announce as early as tomorrow, sources tell Deadline. The attack that began November 24, and continued to unfold nearly daily, came to a climax today with Sony cancelling the scheduled December 25 release of The Interview A mysterious group calling itself Guardians of Peace had claimed credit for the attack on the studio over the movie — a comedy about… Read


It’s Official: Sony Scraps ‘The Interview’

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Sony Pictures has made official what has been painfully obvious to everybody since yesterday morning, when hackers threatened to blow up movie theaters if The Interview was released next week. The studio has officially scrapped its release plans. Sony had little choice here, after the major theater chains announced earlier today they would not display the film given the threatening circumstances. Here's the statement: “In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibi… Read


Michael Stuhlbarg Joins Steve Jobs Pic

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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Stuhlbarg is joining Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen on the Steve Jobs movie that Danny Boyle is directing for Universal Pictures. He'll play the role of Andy Hertzfeld, the computer scientist and inventor who was part of the original Apple development team that came up with Macintosh Operating System. He worked closely with Jobs until he left for Google in 2005. Aaron Sorkin wrote the script and Scott Rudin is producing with Mark Gordon, Guymon… Read


Movie Theater Stocks Rebound After Chains Jettison ‘The Interview’

Markets Open One Day After Dow's Biggest Drop In A Year

To be sure, a lot of stocks did well today: The Federal Reserve said it's in no hurry to tighten credit, contributing to a 2% rise in the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500. But shares of exhibition chains beat the pack as industry leaders said they won't show Sony's The Interview after a mysterious hacker threatened to attack venues that present the comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. AMC Entertainment led with a 5% gain followed by… Read


HBO Joins Networks Insisting Press Abandon Live + Same Day Ratings Reports

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One day after HBO reported numbers for the series finale of The Newsroom based on early viewing stats, the premium channel announced to The Reporters Who Cover Television: Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, HBO will no longer be distributing or confirming LIVE+SD viewership for our programming.  HBO subscribers have available to them an array of entry points to watch our programming - HBO linear feeds, DVR, HBO On Demand and HBO GO -and a single airing is no longer representative of… Read


‘The Interview’ Press Screenings In NYC & DC Now Cancelled; NATO OKs Theaters “Delay” Showing Pic – Update

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UPDATE, 1:24 PM: With big theater chains including Regal, AMC and Cinemark today canceling plans to start showing The Interview on December 25, more media screenings are shutting down too. Movie houses in Austin, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Detroit pulled the plug on press screenings earlier today, and now the screening set for 8 PM ET at the AMC Loews on West 34th in Manhattan is no longer on. The December 18 NYC premiere was axed on Tuesday. Screenings that were supposed… Read


‘The Hobbit: Five Armies’ Review: Pete Hammond On The Journey’s End

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Peter Jackson's great journey there and back again with J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy tales comes to an action-filled and excellent end in The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armiesas I say in my video review above. This one features, of course, series regulars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Richard Armitage, Christopher Lee and Evangeline Lilly. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the acquisitive and vengeful dragon Smaug. Jackson… Read


North Korea-Based Thriller With Gore Verbinski And Steve Carell Canceled


EXCLUSIVE: The chilling effect of the Sony Pictures hack and terrorist threats against The Interview are reverberating. New Regency has scrapped another project that was to be set in North Korea. The untitled thriller, set up in October, was being developed by director Gore Verbinski as a star vehicle for Foxcatcher star Steve Carell. The paranoid thriller written by Steve Conrad was going to start production in March. Insiders tell me that under the current… Read