The Best Performances of 2014

Selma trailer

The right director and the right script don’t mean anything without the right actor. Performers are the ones who bridge the gap between the minds behind the camera and the ones in front of the screen. It is their personalities that draw us in, their expressions that tell the story, and their faces that we remember.

There were no shortage of great performances this year, across all genres and all budgets. Inevitably, a few stood out above the rest. See our list of the best performances of 2014 after the jump. Read More »

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Team America the interview

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.

UPDATEParamount Pictures is shutting down this and any other planned screenings of Team America. Read more below.

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The Interview pulled

Tuesday, the hackers that exposed Sony’s internal workings went a step further and issued a big threat, invoking 9/11 in a statement that promised action against theaters showing The Interview. But the Department of Homeland Security — a group that really doesn’t mess around when it comes to this sort of thing — said there was no credible information to indicate an actual threat. Sony was fairly magnanimous about the situation, saying it would allow theaters to make the decision to show the film or not, even if bookings had already been locked in.

Last night Carmike Cinemas and Bow Tie Cinemas pulled the film, and today in a precedent-setting move, the five major theater chains in the US and Canada all dropped The Interview.

Update: Sony is now considering a VOD release of the film; more info below.

Update #2: Sony has canceled the December theatrical release of The Interview. Full statement below.

Update #3: Sony has now confirmed they have “no further release plans” for the film while American Intelligence has officially linked North Korea to the Sony hack. Details below

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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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Interview Final trailer

We know the basic story of The Interview: a buffoonish TV personality (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) are given the chance to interview North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but are recruited by US intelligence agencies to assassinate the dictator. Things aren’t as easy as all that, of course. One problem may be that Franco’s character and the reclusive North Korean leader get along better than anyone thought they would. This new trailer shows how something as minor as a Katy Perry song can be a big between cultures — and who knows what effect that might have on the nefarious mission these guys have accepted?

Check out the final The Interview trailer below. Read More »

The Interview movie interview

On the set of The Interview, talking to James Franco, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg really isn’t much of an interview. It’s more like three really good friends joking around with journalists trying to direct the conversation. The trio are incredibly familiar with each other. They’ve worked together on Pineapple Express, This Is the End, and now the December 25th release The Interview. In this most recent film, Franco and Rogen star as an entertainment journalist and producer respectively who head to North Korea to interview an evil dictator. However, the CIA has asked them to kill the leader while they’re over there.

Much like their last collaboration, This is the End, Rogen is serving quadruple duty here star and co-director, producer and writer along with his long time partner Goldberg. We’ve already written about all the shenanigans that went on on set back in December 2013 and now, you can read the full transcript of our “interview” with the trio. Read More »

the interview set visit

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” screams one of the most evil men in the world. “Me and David Skylark, in my tank, blasting Katy Perry!” The horrific dictator is right. The mix of pop music, foul language and male machinery is just about the perfect amount of awesome on a cold, snowy Vancouver day.

David Skylark is a character played by James Franco in The Interview, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s follow-up to the massive 2013 hit This is the End. The faux entertainment journalist is driving in the tank of Kim Jong Un (played by Randall Park), the North Korean dictator who is preparing to be interviewed by Skylark. Oh, and by the way, the CIA has asked Skylark and his producer Aaron (Rogen) to kill him.

Though the tank and North Korean setting are fabricated on a soundstage in Rogen and Goldberg’s hometown of Burnaby, British Columbia (just outside of Vancouver) that Katy Perry love isn’t fabricated. Everyone on set is singing, laughing, and that’s just the beginning of the madness that went down on December 10, 2013, the 42nd and final day of shooting on The Interview, which hits theaters December 25. Read More »

Seth Rogen;James Franco;Lizzy Caplan

Chances are, if you’re in the target audience for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s The Interview, you’re not the type to be easily offended by a bit of nudity and some salty language. Still, maybe you prefer to keep things tamer while you’re at the office. Or maybe you just want to save the wildest jokes for the movie itself. So Sony has released a new The Interview green band trailer, which manages to be pretty funny even without the NSFW stuff. Watch it after the jump.

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