Hollywood Hits Twitter To Vent Anger About ‘The Interview’ Being Pulled
Reaction from the show business community to Sony scrapping the theatrical release for The Interview has been swift and largely negative. Judd Apatow took to Twitter to vent his outrage over the move, calling it “disgraceful,” and Jimmy Kimmel replied to that tweet, calling the decision to pull the pic was "an un-American act of cowardice.” Steve Carell, who saw New Regency cancel his North Korea-set movie project today, said it's a “sad day for creative expression.”
Judd Apatow On ‘The Interview’ Being Pulled: “Disgraceful”
Judd Apatow is weighing in on the controversy swirling around Sony's The Interview. Last night, he tweeted: “I am not going to let a terrorist threat shut down freedom of speech. I am going to The Interview.” But today the filmmaker aimed his anger at theater owners:
I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
He followed that up… Read
Sony Has “No Further Release Plans” For ‘The Interview’ On VOD Or Elsewhere
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
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
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
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
‘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 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
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
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
Lionsgate Sought Deal Talks With Sony Hacked Emails Reveal
Are the folks at Lionsgate ready to cash out? Few have thought so as the independent studio reveled in the success of blockbuster movies including The Hunger Games and TV hits such as Mad Men- and laid out ambitious growth plans for film, television, and digital. But the impression may change — and shares are up 1.6% in early trading — after the latest bunch of hacked emails to surface from Sony indicate that Lionsgate approached the Japanese company last summer looking… Read