Sony clean version

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: Sony’s new clean version initiative is a stupid and bad idea.)

Sony Pictures has announced a “Clean Version” initiative that will present edited versions of some of the studio’s films for home video purchases. To be fair, the new censored version won’t replace the regular theatrical version, but will instead be added on as an extra bonus feature. But you know that slippery slope you’re always hearing about? Editing content to make it more appropriate for families is teetering right on the edge of it.
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Breaking Bad - RV

We’re still in the midst of the Peak TV era, and while our television screens are practically bursting with a multitude of fantastic new television shows seemingly every day, one show still stands above the rest for me. I consider Breaking Bad to be a major contender for the title of the greatest television show of all time. But as much as I love it, I’m hesitant about ever seeing a revival of the series; I’d much rather see something like Better Call Saul, a spin-off set in the same universe that’s allowed to carve out its own identity.

But a virtual reality experience? That’s a different story. Now we have word that showrunner Vince Gilligan is developing a piece of VR storytelling that might continue the saga of drug kingpin Walter White and the tormented Jesse Pinkman. Read everything we know about the Breaking Bad VR experience below.
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Spider-Man 3 editor's cut

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 debuted ten years ago this month, and though the movie pulled in $890 million worldwide (more than $100 million more than its predecessor), it was largely seen as a misstep in the franchise by fans and critics. Since then, the maligned sequel has experienced a bit of a critical reappraisal and now seems as close to cult status as a mainstream film with a $258 million budget can be.

Over the weekend, a new “Editor’s Cut” of the 2007 sequel made its way online over at Amazon, only to be unceremoniously pulled from the digital shelves because it debuted too soon. Below, read all about the Spider-Man 3 editor’s cut and when you’ll have the opportunity to see it again.
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Black Cat and Silver Sable

There’s more than enough Spider-Man content to go around in Hollywood – at least that’s the mentality of Sony Pictures, who owns the cinematic rights to many of the characters within Spidey’s universe. The studio has already given a green light to Venom movie starring Tom Hardy, and now they’ve proven they’re serious about bringing another Spider-Man spin-off to the big screen as quickly as possible.

The studio has just hired The Secret Life of Bees, Love and Basketball, and Beyond the Lights director Gina Prince-Bythewood to direct their Black Cat and Silver Sable movie, which now has an official title. Get the latest info below.
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robinhood_posterIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley ring in their 100th episode by discussing piracy, movie adaptations of plotless games and toys, and the plot/casting of Rian Johnson’s upcoming film, Looper. Rian Johnson joins us for this episode, with his unique banjo stylings and photoshop skills. Rian’s episode of Breaking Bad airs this Sunday on AMC at 10 PM EST.

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Discovery Communications will partner with Sony and IMAX to launch a cable channel that will be the first dedicated 3D TV network, airing 3D content 24/7. A press release announcing the new joint venture explains:

The new 3D network will feature high-quality premium content from genres that are most appealing in 3D, including natural history, space, exploration, adventure, engineering, science and technology, motion pictures and children’s programming from Discovery, Sony Pictures Entertainment, IMAX and other third-party providers.

The three companies will have equal stakes in the venture.
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Armored

Somebody over at Sony is surely going to get spanked today. At some point yesterday afternoon, Nimrod Antal’s Armored — a film which is still in theaters (and distributed by Sony Pictures) — was released on the Playstation Store in both Playstation 3 and PSP formats. Worst of all, they didn’t even make any money from the blunder — the film was free to download for any sharp-eyed PS3 owner. It was pulled after about five hours, but in that time it was downloaded by many.

Sony has yet to comment on the blunder, but I think it could hint at some of their future plans for digital offerings. Specifically, it reminds me of their plan to offer Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on Sony televisions and Blu-ray players a month before it’s supposed to hit DVD and Blu-ray.

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New Up Clip From Sony Keynote

You read that right – it was Sony showcasing Pixar’s latest, not Disney/Pixar themselves, or even Apple (the event also had a Dreamworks moment, but that’s nothing to do with this).

The exclusive Up trailer – embedded below – showed some brilliant new material from the one film I hope we’re all looking forward to this Summer (okay – I also hope we’re all looking forward to Inglourious Basterds and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, but I don’t want to appear overly optimistic, even about release dates let alone widespread anticipation). Every new image, every new scene, every new tidbit of plot or spoiler information just makes me want this film more.

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