Rewind the clock just over a year. It’s December 10, 2013 and /Film is on the set of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s The Interview. Everyone on set is upbeat, laughing, and more than willing to discuss that this film deals with some big issues. But no one has any idea what will transpire over the next 12 months, turning what should have been a simple, dirty comedy into a mass controversy and eventually a potential shift in the way studios look at movies.
On the set, we saw James Franco and Randall Park film what we didn’t at the time realize was a pivotal scene. It’s set in Kim Jong-Un’s tank where Dave Skylark (Franco) realizes Kim (Park) loves Katy Perry. We ran that article back in October along with an interview with Franco, Rogen and Goldberg. You can read each at those links. But much more happened on set besides that. We talked to the writer, producers, co-stars and more. It just so happens, as is the case with many set visits, lots of times some content feels superfluous.
However, now that The Interview is in theaters and on demand, we felt it might be worthwhile to dust off one of these interviews. A roundtable discussion myself and several journalists conducted with Randall Park, the actor who portrays Kim Jong-Un in the film. He spoke at length about the issues in playing a real person, his thoughts on Kim, what he thinks the dictator would think of the movie and much more. It’s a solid interview that’s even more interesting with the knowledge of what would happen in the next twelve months. Below, we invite you to read our on set Randall Park The Interview interview. Read More »
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There’s little doubt the incredible tale of releasing The Interview is one for the ages. Years down the road, film historians will look back at the stunning chain of events that lead the comedy from being a massive wide release, to being totally cancelled, to being the first major studio film ever released day and date on demand. And that story is still being told. The Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg comedy opened on Christmas Day in over 300 theaters in the US, but hit XBox, YouTube and Google Play the day before. It’s also now on iTunes and may soon go on Netflix. The whole thing has become an experiment about the traditional, theatrical distribution model versus on demand.
Which brings us to the question at hand: The numbers for the opening weekend of The Interview, both in theaters and on demand. In a pretty interesting turn of events, the film grossed five times as much on demand than theaters. Would that’ve been different had it played in major theater chains? And what do the numbers really mean? We’ll discuss The Interview On Demand gross below. Read More »
Star Wars Bits is back with a vengeance. We’ve got The Force Awakens, we’ve got the spinoffs, we’ve got Clone Wars, comic books, art and so much more. Below, read about the following:
- New spin-off rumors suggest it’s about Han Solo, Aaron Paul is involved and filming starts after Spectre.
- Watch a sueded version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.
- The stunt actor playing Chewbacca in The Force Awakens may have been revealed.
- Marvel will rerelease their original Star Wars comics in remastered editions.
- Watch a trailer for the Star Wars Fan Film Awards.
- See the animated Lucasfilm holiday card.
- Matt Lanter recorded some new Anakin Skywalker Clone Wars voice over last week.
- Oscar Isaac got his Star Wars obsessed uncle a role in The Force Awakens.
- A new rumor says Lupita Nyong’o‘s Force Awakens character is nothing like you’ve heard.
- What box office records could Star Wars: The Force Awakens break?
- Han Solo and Chewbacca Force Awakens concept art, villain rumors, Imperial ships and more.
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Maybe one day we’ll get the full story of the behind the scenes drama on Star Trek 3. How people reacted when J.J. Abrams left, the potential directors coming in to pitch, Roberto Orci being hired as a first-time filmmaker, his subsequent departure, a second director search, the hiring of Justin Lin and more. It sounds like plot to a political thriller. Now, another twist has been revealed.
Orci, who was thought to still be writing and producing the film, took to a Star Trek message board to reveal, despite working on a script for well over a year, he’s now only producing the film. He also teased his thoughts about what’s going on with the 2016 sequel and defended the first film’s idea of an alternate timeline. Read Orci’s quotes about the Star Trek 3 script below. Read More »
Briefly: Fifty lucky people are going to get a late Christmas gift this weekend. The Treehouse Theater in New York City has announced they’ll host a live-read of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s controversial film, The Interview, at 7 p.m. December 27. Members of the Upright Citizens Brigade will play all the rolls and though the event is free, it’ll be held in a 50 city black box theater. So you better get in line early. More Interview live read here. Thanks to Page Six.
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Everyone assums Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is some kind of bridge movie to set up a big crossover in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2. The release date, which comes exactly one year before Infinity War Part I, certainly suggests that, as does the probability of Thanos playing in role in both movies. But writer/director James Gunn wants to be very clear about this. That’s simply not the case. Read Gunn’s Avengers 3 prequel quote below. Read More »
They say any publicity is good publicity, and apparently that’s even the case if your movie starts an international incident. Thanks to Sony’s delay of The Interview, interest in not only that film, but other similar ones, has risen exponentially. For example, Trey Parker and Matt Stone‘s 2004 comedy Team America: World Police (which Paramount wouldn’t allow to be screened in the middle of this controversy) sold out on Amazon.com. Plus, though the large majority of people haven’t seen The Interview, tens of thousands of them have voted the film up on IMDB. At one point, it was rated a staggering 10 out of 10. Read more about each below. Read More »
The irony of social and political tension is that it can be created not just by large and important actions, but by anything at all. And so, today, we heard President Barack Obama deadpanning “I think it says something about North Korea” that the country would “mount an all-out attack over a satirical film… starring Seth Rogen.”
This is the world we’re in now, where entertainment news and geopolitics are the same thing, where the leader of the United States devotes time in a press conference to a comedy movie.
In the wake of Sony scrapping the release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s film The Interview, arguments have erupted over the wisdom behind the move. The Sony hackers — now identified by the FBI as elements of the North Korean government — responded with a new message saying that retaliation would follow if Sony released The Interview in any form, ever. Responding to a question about the hack and the decision to pull the film, Obama says Sony made a mistake pulling the movie, and that retaliation will follow.
UPDATE: Sony responded to the President’s claims later in the afternoon. In the statement, they say “It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.” Unfortunately, every VOD outlet has turned them down. Read the full statement below.
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Previously, the #1 reason why the Alamo Drafthouse is the coolest theater chain in the country probably would’ve been its no talking or texting policy. However, that reason just got knocked off the top spot.
Fresh off the disappointing news that Sony Pictures has cancelled the December 25th release of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy, The Interview, the Alamo Drafthouse announced that, in its place, they’ll screen Matt Parker and Trey Stone‘s Team America: World Police.
This won’t be at every theater for every screening unfortunately. In fact, as of right now, it’s just one night, one show, at one theater. But it’s a clever, wonderful piece of programming from a chain known for that kind of thing. Read more about the Team America The Interview screening below.
UPDATE: Paramount Pictures is shutting down this and any other planned screenings of Team America. Read more below.
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