Posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
At the very least, you can’t accuse Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters reboot of simply retreading the original. It’s already bound to set itself apart with an all-female cast, and now Feig adds that he hopes his version will be scarier, too. Hit the jump for the Paul Feig Ghostbusters reboot comments. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 by David Chen
Despite all the controversy around Sony’s handling of The Interview, I quite enjoyed the film and found it to be a worthy of Goldberg/Rogen’s growing body of work. But even more interesting to me was how certain elements of it resembled Total Recall. There are a few vague, surface similarities – both films feature relatively normal people drawn into a world of espionage and intrigue, who are compelled to assassinate people in power and trigger a rebellion against oppressive forces. But there was one other thing that caught my attention. See my latest video essay and learn what I found the two films have in common. Hit the jump to watch my The Interview Total Recall video essay.
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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 »
Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Idris Elba has long been a fan-favorite pick to play the next James Bond, whenever Daniel Craig decides to hand over the mantle. But one of the more interesting reveals from the Sony hack was that fans weren’t alone in their support of Elba. Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal reportedly wanted Elba for Bond as well.
Now the actor has weighed in with his two cents on the matter. Hit the jump to see the Idris Elba Bond rumors response. Read More »
Kat Dennings takes a break from TV with the film To Write Love On Her Arms, which is inspired by the true story of a young woman who founded a charity group after her own battle with addiction and depression. Just as the actual charity, also called To Write Love on Her Arms, is based around outreach through non-traditional means such as music festivals and social networking, the film sees Dennings as a young woman who escapes some of her problems through music — though as the trailer indicates, that’s not necessarily a totally safe haven. The film looks like a blend of realism, fantasy, and light message delivery; watch the To Write Love on Her Arms trailer below.
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It’s been a strange story for The Interview so far, but the film is in theaters now thanks to a last-minute plan by Sony, spurred in part by the efforts of Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League and folks at the Art House Convergence.
And whether or not you’re interested in seeing the film, there’s another good angle to this release: despite being a studio film, the movie is primarily in independent theaters. These are the same businesses that might otherwise struggle as a glut of new releases hits the big chain cinemas. Many of these showings are likely to sell out (tickets might already be gone for Cinefamily in LA), so that’s a good boon for those businesses.
Below is a list of all The Interview theaters — or as close to all of them as we’ve been able to collate so far. There may be a few more, but this is a fairly comprehensive rundown. Read More »
It’s a little awkward for Sony right now with respect to Kevin Hart, but the comic’s new film, with co-star Josh Gad, is still opening in January, and we’ve got the latest trailer to prove it. And what is it with Hart being hired as the guy to make awkward guys’ lives easier? In Get Hard he helps Will Ferrell get ready for prison, and here he helps Josh Gad prepare for his wedding by allowing the guy to act like he has real friends. This new Wedding Ringer UK trailer has a bit of new footage and some jokes that you might not have seen. Read More »
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UPDATE: The Interview is now available to watch on YouTube, Google Play and XBox. Links for each are below.It will also become available on Netflix, though not day and date with this week’s release.
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