Berlin Film Festival Ties On ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ International Premiere
Mr Grey will see his first international audiences at the Berlin Film Festival in February. As a Berlinale Special Gala, Universal and Focus Features' highly-anticipated Fifty Shades Of Grey will be screened one-time only on February 11 with director Sam Taylor-Johnson and stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in attendance. Also in Berlin will be author EL James, upon whose erotic mega-seller books the adaptation is based. Although it's not a world premiere, this is the… Read
China Says It’s Against Cyberterrorism; Stays Mum On North Korea, Helping U.S.
In a conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said late Sunday that China is against all forms of cyberattacks and cyberterrorism. A report by the Chinese state-run Xinhua news service says Wang made the remarks after Kerry briefed him on his views on the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack attack. The report includes no direct mention of North Korea, but says Wang affirmed, “China is opposed to any country or any individual to… Read
Actor Booth Colman Dies At 91
Veteran actor Booth Colman - a character actor who appeared on seemingly countless TV shows and in more than 50 films over five decades - has died at the age of 91. He died in his sleep on Dec. 15.
An expert on Shakespeare who typically portrayed authority figures, Colman made frequent appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke, Hogan's Heroes, Perry Mason, Chicago Hope, Lou Grant, Star Trek, The Waltons, Frasier, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Mannix and Marcus Welby, among much… Read
‘Hobbit’ Rules While Chinese, Indian And French Films Make Noise: Intl BO Update
UPDATE, 5:20 PM PT: Depending on how we slice it, the international weekend was down about 13% across the Top 10 studio titles versus last weekend. Then again, it was up about 15% if we factor in big local movies from China and India. Regardless, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies continued its assault on the offshore box office with a $105.5M take in its 2nd frame while the No. 2 (non-studio) title was China's Gone With The Bullets at $36M, and the 3rd major… Read
Oscar Watch: How Will Real Life Events Affect ‘Selma’ Awards March?
With its Christmas Day opening fast approaching, Paramount's acclaimed racial drama Selma finally had its official West Coast Academy screening Saturday afternoon at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in their Beverly Hills headquarters. Reportedly about 250 attendees showed, a slow turnout for the pre-holiday screening (later that night Into The Woods had about double the number) even though director Ava DuVernay, star David Oyelowo and others were advertised for the post… Read
Bart & Fleming: On…What Else? Sony Hack Attack
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.
BART: Here's one lesson to be learned from the Sony scandal - one that should be taken to heart by George Clooney and other artists who are expressing outrage: The multinational corporations that control worldwide entertainment are too vulnerable and too vast to be counted on as defenders… Read
Attention, Hacked And Beleaguered Sony Staffers: Self-Protection Tips
While I worked the past few days with Cyber Security wiz Hemanshu Nigam on today's guest column by the SSP Blue CEO, it was made painfully clear to me that some Sony staffers–I'm talking about the people living paycheck to paycheck, the ones who can least afford to be crime victims–are experiencing strange occurrences in the wake of having private information leaked. It's also clear that some might not know where to turn after the hackers disseminated Social Security… Read
Hollywood Needs Cyber Czar: Guest Column
Deadline has asked Hollywood to spend the holiday contemplating the implications of an unprecedented cyber-terror attack against Sony. When relevant, we will run pieces that might help. Here is one from Hemanshu Nigam, a former Federal Prosecutor Against Online Crime In Los Angeles and former Chief Security Officer for NewsCorp and Fox Interactive Media and VP of Worldwide Internet Enforcement under Jack Valenti's MPAA. He is currently CEO of the Cyber Security Company… Read
Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ Bests His ‘Dhoom 3′ In Record U.S. Bow For Bollywood (Video)
After several strong global releases this year, including Kick with Salman Khan, Bang Bang with Hrithik Roshan and Happy New Year with Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood served up Aamir Khan in comedy/drama PK this weekend (see trailer above). Going out day-and-date in 22 markets - including India, North America and the UK - it released on about 5,000 screens at home and more than 800 overseas.
The total take excluding North America was $22.13M for the frame, says distributor UTV… Read
After Killing ‘The Interview,’ North Korea Works On Sequel: Threatening U.S.
In its harshest rhetoric to date, North Korea is claiming that the U.S. government was behind the making of The Interview. The country is now threatening to attack the "the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland" if the U.S. follows through with President Obama' statement Friday that the the States will "respond proportionally" to the cyber attack on Sony Pictures that the U.S. government said was ordered by the North Korean government in retaliation for… Read
‘Mr. Turner’ Paints A Solid Box-Office Bow; ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Imitation Game’ Take Top PTAs
Sony Classics' Mr. Turner had a near masterpiece of a theatrical debut in limited release, creating director Mike Leigh's highest per-theater average for any of his titles opening on multiple screens. But holdovers Inherent Vice from Warner Bros and TWC's The Imitation Game took the highest and second-highest averages this weekend, while Whiplash, Citizenfour and Force Majeure all passed notable milestones in their on-screen runs.
Mr. Turner, starring Timothy Spall… Read
Sony Lawyer Dings Obama For “Blame The Victim” Cyber-Attack Comment – Video
On today's Meet the Press, Chuck Todd discussed North Korea's hack attack against Sony with Sony Pictures Entertainment lawyer David Boies, actor (and former White House staffer) Kal Penn, former director of The National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and former ambassador to South Korea Christopher Hill.
Boies said The Interview, the Sony comedy that apparently is at the heart of the cyber attack on Sony… Read