North Korea Behind Massive Cyber Attack Against Sony, Feds Say
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
David Muir Asks Obama If He Will Visit Cuba In ABC News Exclusive – Video
ABC News' David Muir snagged an exclusive with President Obama on the day the president announced a major shift in the country's policy toward Cuba. Muir asked if Obama would visit Cuba while in office. Obama reacted coyly… Read
It’s Official: Sony Scraps ‘The Interview’
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
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’
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
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
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