the Interview threats

Perpetrators of the Sony hack got a lot more serious today when they issued a threat that went far beyond stealing internal emails and documents.  “Remember the 11th of September 2001,” says the threat. “We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.” In this case, “the places” refers to theaters showing The Interview, the film from writer/directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in which Rogen and James Franco play a couple of media types who are recruited to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

While no link between North Korea’s government and the hackers (who ironically call themselves “Guardians of Peace”) has been proven, the threat stirred up fears of action that goes beyond the digital realm. And even as Franco and Rogen canceled promo appearances meant to pitch The Interview to various audiences, the Department of Homeland Security says there’s no credible info to indicate an actual threat.

Update: Sony has told theaters there won’t be a problem if they decide to drop The Interview, despite any prior bookings.

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Pixels Posters

Columbia Pictures has released five new teaser posters for the upcoming Chris Columbus video game sci-fi comedy Pixels. The plot of the movie is about a group of video game experts who are recruited by the military to fight 1980s-era video game characters attacking our planet. Its been pitched as Ghostbusters, but with classic 80′s video game creatures instead of ghosts. And yes, I’ve actually been hearing good buzz from some people in the know. Until now we’ve only seen photos of the main cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage (who looks to be playing a send-up of King of Kong’s Billy Mitchell). But these Pixels posters give us our first look at the video game baddies that will be attacking our planet in this film. Hit the jump to get a close up look at Pac-man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Centipede in the first Pixels posters — which are very cool looking.

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MoonQuake Lake trailer

Phil Lord and Chris Miller have built up so much goodwill at this point, they could probably get audiences to watch anything. But even they may be testing their limits with MoonQuake Lake, a third-rate Twilight knockoff starring Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Rihanna.

Or rather, they might be pushing it if MoonQuake Lake were a real film instead of a pitch-perfect sendup of the fantasy YA subgenre. It’s the best joke from Annie, the new musical by Will Gluck. Watch Lord and Miller’s MoonQuake Lake trailer — and their tongue-in-cheek reaction to the film’s Golden Globes snub — after the jump.  Read More »

spider-man reboot again

The Sony hack has taught us many things. On the movie side, it has taught us that Sony really does care about Spider-Man. They might not know what to do with him but there’s no doubt everyone is looking at every possible option for the character. You’ve probably already read a bit about the Sony talks with Marvel to get the character to appear in Captain America: Civil War, or of a possible animated movie by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, or of Marvel’s desire to recast Andrew Garfield. Now a few more details have leaked.

Turns out, the discussions with Marvel went a little deeper than we initially thought, with many different angles examined about how that marriage could work. Plus, there was a major internal discussion about how they could possibly reboot the franchise for a third time, avoiding the origin story and maybe even adapting one of the most popular Marvel Comics Spider-Man stories of all time.

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22 Jump Street set

Even as Sony sets up plans for its Ghostbusters reboot, it may have an eye on a Ghostbusters spinoff. Leaked emails from the Sony hack reveal Channing Tatum wants to team with Joe and Anthony Russo (of Captain America: The Winter Soldier) for a new Ghostbusters movie, in which Tatum would star with Chris Pratt. According to Tatum, it’ll be like “a HUGE BATMAN BEGINS MOVIE” in terms of “epicness.”

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Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives

Ryan Gosling has kept a pretty low profile lately, but that could change soon as he is being considered for two major projects. Sony reportedly wants him for Sinister Six, while Gosling himself is interested in Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters reboot.

If he signs on for the latter he may join Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence, who are also among Feig’s wishlist for the cast. More details on the possible Ryan Gosling Sinister Six and Ghostbusters casting after the jump. Read More »

Animated Super Mario Bros movie

The last time a US company made a movie based on Super Mario Bros., things did not go so well. The terrible production, awful film and disappointing results pretty much soured Nintendo on making live-action movies of their characters, period. Still, the popular video game company did continue to make some animated films, mostly based on Pokemon. It seems they were more open to that idea with their iconic roster of characters.

Now, revealed in the mountain of leaked e-mails coming from Sony was the revelation that producer Avi Arad (Spider-Man) was in the process of securing the rights for Sony to make an animated Super Mario Bros movie. Read More »

spiderman recast

The drama over the film future of Spider-Man seemingly never ends. After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to deliver, Sony announced an elaborate plan to spread the franchise out into some very intriguing spin-off films like Sinister Six and Venom. Then rumors began bubbling they’d been in touch with Marvel Studios to try and figure out some kind of mutually beneficial deal. At one point, there was even a discussion of Spider-Man maybe appearing in 2016′s Captain America: Civil War. Those talks broke down, and at the moment, things are still in flux.

The latest update is a few of the details in those now legendary Marvel and Sony talks. Apparently, if a deal was worked out, Marvel’s plan was  to completely distance their version of Spider-Man from everything Sony had done with the character. That means recasting Andrew Garfield. Read More »

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