Japan-North Korea Talks Seen Unaffected By Sony Hack Attack Revelations
As Deadline reported yesterday, the U.S. Justice Department is expected to imminently announce that North Korean leaders did indeed order the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. Among many other things, the attack led to the studio's move to scrap all plans to release The Interview — which features an assassination attempt on North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un. With the dust hardly settled in this ongoing situation, the effect on geopolitics remains a… Read
Scott Pelley Anchors ‘CBS Evening News’ From Havana – Video
Scott Pelley was the only evening news anchor on the ground in Havana tonight, after President Obama announced he would move to normalize relations with Cuba.
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
Well Go USA To Open China’s ‘Taking Of Tiger Mountain’ Stateside On Jan. 2
Well Go USA has taken domestic rights on Tsui Hark's The Taking of Tiger Mountain, an adaptation of QU Bo's Chinese novel Tracks in the Snowy Forest. The film which debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival's European Film Market,is getting a prompt release on Jan. 2 with an eye on 20 theaters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Toronto and Vancouver. Pic will be marketed toward Chinese American audiences with theatrical web landing pages in English… Read
‘The Interview’ Faces Uncertain Future Internationally
American cinemagoers intent on watching Sony's The Interview on Christmas Day could get their wish even if theater chains do decide to pull the film. There's only one catch though: they'll have to travel to Baghdad to do so.
The film is set to open day and date with the U.S. on December 25 in Iraq and Lebanon. Given that both countries have experienced their fair share of conflict, it comes as no surprise that a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco is hardly… Read
‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Checks In With New Trailer
The sequel to Fox Searchlight's 2012 sleeper hit, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, has registered a new trailer today that pulls the curtain back a bit more than the one we saw back in August. Richard Gere, Tamsin Greig and David Strathairn are the newest guests at the Indian inn for the “elderly and beautiful” which Dev Patel and Maggie Smith are successfully running. Patel's Sonny is looking to expand, but it's making more claims on his time than he has available —… Read
Jackie Chan’s Cameraman Drowns While Filming ‘Skiptrace’
A cameraman working on the latest Jackie Chan pic Skiptrace has drowned while filming, according to local reports. Fifty-one-year-old Chan Kwok-hung died after a vessel carrying his film crew capsized off Lantau Island this morning, writes the South China Morning Post.
Chan Kwok-hung and Jackie Chan had previously worked together on Stephen Chow Sing-chi's 1996 comedy God of Cookery. Chan Kwok-hung had also previously worked as an assistant cinematographer for directors… Read
No Credible Intelligence To Support Movie Theater Threat, Says Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security says it has no credible intelligence suggesting a threat this morning against movie theaters showing The Interview: "DHS is aware of a threat made online targeting movie theaters in the United States. We are still analyzing the credibility of these statements, but at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States," the agency said.
This in response to the turn the… Read
Khadija Al-Salami Wins Top Prize At The Dubai Film Festival
Yemeni filmmaker Khadija Al-Salami won the top prize at the Dubai International Film Festival for her powerful I Am Nujoom, Age 10 And Divorced, about Yemeni child brides. Adapted from the book of the same name, the film won a rave review from Jury President Lee Daniels. “I love this film so much,” he commented at the fest's awards ceremony.
The award marks a spectacular redemptive arc for Al-Salami, who was herself a child bride in her native Yemen before escaping the… Read
Jacques Audiard’s Latest Feature Acquired By Sundance Selects
EXCLUSIVE: Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to French director Jacques Audiard's latest, currently untitled, feature film.
The film, currently shooting, centers on a Sri-Lankan Tamil warrior who flees his war-torn country and seeks asylum in France as a political refugee, posing as a husband and father to two fellow escapees. In the suburbs of Paris, he takes up a position as caretaker of a run-down housing block. His attempt to obtain a stable life is… Read
‘Trespass Against Us’ Finds Home With A24
EXCLUSIVE: A24 has acquired U.S. rights to director Adam Smith's anticipated feature debut Trespass Against Us, starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) and Brendan Gleeson (Calvary).
The heist pic charts the fortunes of the outlaw Cutler family led by father and son duo Gleeson and Fessbender. When the law catches up with Fassbender's character, he is torn between adhering to his rowdy father's ways or doing what he believes is best for his… Read
Seth Rogen Wishes North Koreans Could See ‘The Interview’
In the wake of the massive hack of Sony as the studio prepares to open its controversial comedy The Interview, star and co-writer Seth Rogen said he's wondering how much he should “try to insert something that is a little bit above garbage” into his movies.
This in response to a question from George Stephanopoulos as to whether he, like the talk show producer he plays in the movie, is thinking about doing something “more serious” in the wake of the controversy that's… Read