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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Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
As President of the United States, Barack Obama has enough on his plate without trying to keep up with the latest films. Nevertheless, he makes time for a movie night now and then. As the year draws to a close, he’s revealed his favorite movie of 2014.
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This is kind of amazing. We’ve run many episodes of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. We’ve seen quite a few guests squirm uncomfortably as the fake talk show gives Galifianakis a chance to skewer their work and his own persona. But we’ve never seen something quite like an episode that gets President Barack Obama on Between Two Ferns.
Sure, he’s there to plug healthcare.gov, but that doesn’t mean he can’t take potshots at the Hangover movies and promise to keep the First Lady well away from Galifianakis. Obama can deploy a simple “seriously?” like no one else; I wish we could see him throwing that around in political conversations, too, but this is good enough. Read More »
Marvel movies can’t get any more mainstream than they are at this very moment. With a second Avengers in production, two other movies scheduled for release this year and their latest just out on Blu-ray, Marvel is everywhere once again. Plus, the most powerful man in the world is joking about them.
U.S. President Barack Obama made a hilarious reference to Iron Man in a recent speech and we’ve got the video below. Check it out. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
At 3:01 AM Eastern time this morning, Netflix debuted thirteen new episodes of House of Cards. Fans are binging their way through Season 2 as we speak so if you’ve notice a suspicious proportion of your office has gone missing today, there’s a good chance Frank Underwood is to blame.
But not everyone has the luxury of taking the day off to spend 13 consecutive hours on the couch. Some folks have more pressing matters to attend to — like running the country. Yesterday evening, President Barack Obama spoke for TV lovers on both sides of the aisle when he called for binge-watchers to refrain from spoiling the show for the rest of us. Hit the jump to see his comment.
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A current U.S. President on a motion capture stage. That’s not something you see every day. But it happened Tuesday when President Barack Obama visited DreamWorks Animation to talk to the company (which is headed by major Obama contributor and fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg). The President called the entertainment industry “one of the bright spots of our economy” and got a tour of the facility.
One of the stops was the motion capture stage where How to Train Your Dragon 2 director Dean DeBlois explained and demonstrated the technique for the President. And, as a bonus, there’s some new footage from the 2014 sequel. Check out the video below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Get ready to revisit the prequels, Angry Birds-style. Also after the jump:
- Knights of the Old Republic gets a birthday sale
- Star Wars will take over Disney’s Club Penguin
- The Star Tours rides are getting an update in 2015
- George Lucas says Star Trek made Star Wars possible
- President Obama gives George Lucas a hug and an award
- Does anyone in Star Wars actually know how to read?
- Billy Dee Williams leads a Star Wars cantina singalong
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The biggest recent Star Wars news is in regards to its animated future, but there’s plenty more Star Wars to go around. After the jump, read about the following:
- Joss Whedon wouldn’t bring back the original characters if he did Star Wars Episode VII.
- Which Disney universe has more characters: Star Wars or Marvel?
- George Lucas plans to open up an art museum.
- Bad Robot producer Bryan Burk talked about joining Star Wars Episode VII.
- Billy Dee Williams wants your help to bring Lando back.
- President Obama makes light of his recent Star Trek/Star Wars mix-up.
- Poster artist Drew Struzan “has not” been approached for Star Wars Episode VII.
- Jango Fett himself, Temuera Morrison, throws his hat into the ring for a Boba Fett spinoff.
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