Sony Execs Have Shown Courage In Ways Most People Aren’t Thinking About
Those in Hollywood who are citing freedom of expression are missing a bigger picture. Yes, freedom of expression is our cornerstone, but if you aren't around to enjoy those freedoms, it is a moot point. Consider this for a moment — the question everyone faced was simple: Was releasing a movie worth the risk of even one life and the potential liability that comes for the entire industry? There is such a thing as being legally liable if you can anticipate risk of injury to… Read
Republicans To Exhibitors: Play ‘The Interview’
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus encouraged the CEOs of 10 major exhibition chains to book Sony's Seth Rogen and James Franco political comedy The Interview. In a letter obtained by CNN, Priebus directed, “I want to speak clearly on behalf of the Republican Party: I urge you to show the movie.”
“As a sign of my commitment, if you agree to show this movie, I will send a note to the Republican Party's millions of donors and supporters urging them to buy… Read
Sony Hack: Guardians Of Peace YouTube Video Jeering FBI Sent To Journalists
A mysterious email, apparently from the Guardians of Peace, the cyber terrorists who are inflicting harm upon Sony, was sent around to the media this morning with the following message and a YouTube link. “By GOP. The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes. We congratulate you success. FBI is the BEST in the world. You will find the gift for FBI at the following address.” After clicking on the link… Read
Sony Hack: ‘Interview’ Social Media Pulled; Billboards Coming Down In LA
Look s like Sony are taking no chances with The Interview in theaters, online or on the streets. With TV ads for now axed film already canceled, billboards and bus side ads for The Interview have started to come down all over Los Angeles. With dozens of them across the city, a few billboards were still up as of Friday night and Saturday morning.
Also, as of late last night, the official website for The Interview was taken down, re-directing to the landing page for Sony's… Read
Finding Jessica Chastain And ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – The Contenders
Ned Benson talks in the video clip above about his “first fan,” who happened to be Jessica Chastain, who loved a short he created so much that she joined his first feature-length movie, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, all before she became, you know, JESSICA CHASTAIN.
The movie arrived this summer, part of an audacious trilogy of movies cut from the same material from first-timer Benson, telling the story of a couple from each of their perspectives and also from both… Read
Sony Consults With ‘Scandal’-ous Crisis-Management Expert
In a near-case of life imitating art, Amy Pascal and other top Sony executives have had a few meetings with Judy Smith, the crisis-management wiz who inspired the Olivia Pope character on hit ABC drama Scandal, to discuss strategies for dealing with the massive hack attack that led to the controversial pulling of Sony's movie The Interview and made top Sony executives tabloid fodder when their private emails were made public. The Sony Motion Picture Group is… Read
Sony Chief “Disappointed” By Obama Rebuke, Hollywood’s Cowed Silence
UPDATED: Sony CEO Michael Lynton further contradicted President Obama's criticism that Sony had “made a mistake” in handling the release of The Interview in his full sit-down with CNN on Friday. Obama said today that the studio did not come to him for help when cyberterrorists crippled the studio in a November hacking attack ordered by North Korea, but Lynton said the President was the mistaken one. “We definitely spoke to a senior advisor in the White House to talk about… Read
Fox International Ups Kieran Breen To Marketing President Post
Following a record-breaking summer for 20th Century Fox, Kieran Breen has been promoted to President of International Marketing, the company's Worldwide Marketing and Distribution heads Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus announced today. Breen has served as Fox International's EVP, International Marketing since 2006 and has been with the studio since 2000. He started his run with Fox as its UK Marketing Director in the UK and Ireland. In his newly upped post he'll report to… Read
Ben Affleck, Others Stumping For Bradley Cooper’s ‘American Sniper’ Performance
EXCLUSIVE: After all the sinister implications of the Sony hacking scandal, a nice story has emerged among the sharp elbows on the Oscar circuit that is enough to make one feel good about actors who simply love the craft.
Even though he was suffering from the flu, Ben Affleck took the time to speak at an event meant to celebrate American Sniper and Bradley Cooper's performance as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. During a screening of his film Inherent Vice, Josh Brolin could be… Read
Did Sony Or Exhibitors Kill ‘The Interview?’
EXCLUSIVE: The Interview is dead as a theatrical release, but the lingering question of exactly who killed it is fast becoming a Who Killed JR? cliffhanger. After President Obama criticized Sony Pictures today for scrapping the film, Sony quickly laid the blame squarely at the feet of theater owners. Sony claimed it was steadfast in its determination to open the film until a lack of screens made that impossible.
Sources on the exhibition side tell a different story. On… Read
BitTorrent To Sony: Let Us Distribute ‘The Interview’
As part of Sony Picture Entertainment's media blitz today to defend its decision of pulling The Interview after President Barack Obama called the move “a mistake,” SPE CEO told NPR that Sony “very much wanted to keep the picture in release" but "we don't have any takers, neither on the video demand side nor on the e-commerce side."
That is not exactly the case — at least one outlet has volunteered its services to release the Seth Rogen comedy, which triggered one of the… Read
‘The Interview’ Release Would Have Damaged Kim Jong Un Internally, Says Rand Expert Who Saw Movie At Sony’s Request
Rand Corporation senior defense analyst Bruce Bennett, who says he was asked by Sony chief Michael Lynton to look at The Interview, said today the depiction of Kim Jong Un in the movie would have harmed the North Korean leader once the "elite" in his country got hold of the DVD and began sharing it. That's why North Korea hacked Sony, he speculated.
A proportional response, to North Korea's cyber attack on Sony, Bennett said, referencing President Obama's comments this… Read