‘The Interview’ Press Screenings In NYC & DC Now Cancelled; NATO OKs Theaters “Delay” Showing Pic – Update
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
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 Armies, as 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.
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
Sony Scraps TV Advertising On ‘The Interview’
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures right now is starting the process that will scrap the rest of the TV campaign spend to promote The Interview. This occurred after the major theater chains announced they aren't going to show the movie in theaters, in light of the terror threat that was delivered yesterday as part of the Sony Pictures hack attack. It makes perfect sense: Why promote a movie that audiences aren't going to get to see in theaters?
Sony hasn't gotten far enough to… Read
‘The Interview’ Yanked By Regal, AMC & Other Major Chains
2ND UPDATE, 3:49 PM: Carmike yesterday became the first theater chain to announce that it was scrapping plans to screen The Interview. Now the Georgia-based exhibitor has released a statement: “The top priority for Carmike Cinemas is to ensure that our valued guests may enjoy the entertainment of their choosing in a safe and comfortable environment. Carmike must take threats against movie theatres very seriously and the recent unprecedented cyber-attacks against Sony… Read
Legendary Options Andrew Pyper’s ‘The Damned’
Legendary Pictures has optioned the rights to Andrew Pyper's forthcoming novel The Damned. Described as an elevated supernatural thriller in the vein of The Sixth Sense or Jacob's Ladder, the book will be published by Simon & Schuster in February. Legendary's Alex Hedlund and Tracy Stevens will oversee the project.
Pyper's novel The Demonologist is currently in development with Universal Pictures and Imagemovers. UTA handled the film deal on behalf of Anne McDermid… Read
Capturing Stephen & Jane Hawking’s Emotions: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Film Score
EXCLUSIVE: “The performances in this film are so strong, you don't need a layer of music to heighten it,” exclaims The Theory of Everything composer Johann Johannsson about how he carefully balanced the score to reflect the life of cosmologist Stephen Hawking as he battled ALS. Many of the classical, upbeat cues which Johannsson crafted in Theory were inspired by Hawking's youth and overall vigor in life. Take a look at this Focus Features behind-the-scenes featurette… Read
Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick’s Star Power Hastens Broadway Recoupment
UPDATE 12:03 p.m., adding more information below.
The surprise hit of the new Broadway season, a revival of Terrence McNally's opening-night comedy of bad manners It's Only A Play, has recouped its $3.9 million capitalization, the producers said today, after less than four months at the Shubert-owned Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
"We are delighted that Broadway audiences have embraced the laughter and hijinks of It's Only A Play,” lead producer Tom Kirdahy said in a… Read
Vessel Launches For Video Creators As YouTube Challenger Heads Toward 2015 Debut
The long-gestating Vessel, a subscription-based online-video site backed with big bucks and aggressively recruiting YouTube stars with fat contracts, came out of stealth mode today. In a blog post by CEO Jason Kilar, the company said it is launching a “creator preview” so online video talent can set up a presence on the site ahead of a public launch in “early 2015.”
Despite trying to keep a low profile, the company has been closely tracked in Silicon Valley and across the… Read
Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 1
As the unveiling of the Foreign Language Oscar shortlist approaches, it's time for my annual look at the films that have a shot at making the cut. For the first time, we are splitting the preview into three parts — and listing the films in no particular order. But as with each year, I don't envy the committees that have to whittle down a record number of submissions — 83 this time around — of some truly remarkable films. There's an embarassment of riches out there and… Read
Channing Tatum, Craig Zadan & Neil Meron Launch ‘Team Oscar’
Channing Tatum, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today launched "Team Oscar," an opportunity for young filmmakers to create a short video and vie for a chance to appear onstage during the live Oscar broadcast. Winners will deliver Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters at the 87th Academy Awards on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015.
"We are thrilled to bring the Team Oscar competition back to the show for the… Read
Bryan Singer Sex Abuse Accuser Indicted For Fraud
Michael Egan had his day in court but it had nothing to do with Hollywood directors and executives and sex scandals. The man who accused Bryan Singer and others of sexual molestation back in 1999 now faces up to 20 years behind bars and a more than $5 million fine for securities fraud and wire fraud related to a fraudulent investment scheme.
With a federal indictment handed down on December 16, Egan will next face a magistrate judge on January 13, 2015. After first making… Read