the interview on VOD

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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Interview Theatrical Release

The Plaza Theater in Atlanta made news last night by claiming it would be screening The Interview beginning on Christmas Day. Initially there was no confirmation that Sony was going allow an Interview theatrical release — and since the film is likely only available as a DCP, showing The Interview without Sony’s cooperation at this point would be basically impossible. But then other reports started to trickle in saying that Sony indeed plans to authorize screenings of the film, and at this point it seems that audiences will have multiple options to see the film in theaters and on VOD later this week.

UPDATE: Sony has issued an official press release, which you can read after the jump. It confirms the limited theatrical release but not the VOD plan. As of Tuesday night the VOD plan still remains tentative, though it seems as if it remains a likely option. Just how that will go down with major theater chains who scrapped the film remains to be seen, but the short phrase would probably be: “not well at all.”

UPDATE 2: Director and star of The InterviewSeth Rogen has finally commented on the situation as has James Franco.

Update 3: We’ve got a partial theater list, but at this point the list has grown to between 200 and 300, so we may not be able to list every one.

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The Interview live read

Briefly: Fifty lucky people are going to get a late Christmas gift this weekend. The Treehouse Theater in New York City has announced they’ll host a live-read of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s controversial film, The Interview, at 7 p.m. December 27. Members of the Upright Citizens Brigade will play all the rolls and though the event is free, it’ll be held in a 50 city black box theater. So you better get in line early. More Interview live read here. Thanks to Page Six.

Team America sold out

They say any publicity is good publicity, and apparently that’s even the case if your movie starts an international incident. Thanks to Sony’s delay of The Interview, interest in not only that film, but other similar ones, has risen exponentially. For example, Trey Parker and Matt Stone‘s 2004 comedy Team America: World Police (which Paramount wouldn’t allow to be screened in the middle of this controversy) sold out on Amazon.com. Plus, though the large majority of people haven’t seen The Interview, tens of thousands of them have voted the film up on IMDB. At one point, it was rated a staggering 10 out of 10. Read more about each below. Read More »

Mike Myers Dr Evil SNL

2002 was the last time Mike Myers graced audiences with a new Austin Powers movie. Which means not only haven’t we seen the shagadellic super spy in over a decade, we haven’t seen his sworn enemy Dr. Evil, either.

Most would agree that it was Evil who really became the break out character of the series. His hairless cat, rebellious son and ludicrous demands were just some of the hilarious running jokes the character provided. Even so, no one who turned on their TV Saturday night would have expected to see him in anything but an Austin Powers rerun. But they caught him on NBC.

During the cold open of the Amy Adams-hosted Saturday Night Live, alum Myers, as the evil dictator, hijacked the skit. And what did the would-be power monger want? To talk about the Sony Hack, North Korea and The Interview, of course. Check out the Dr. Evil SNL video below. Read More »

interview on Crackle

When Sony pulled the planned December 25 release of The Interview last week, there was no certain plan about whether or not the film would ever see the light of day. A follow-up message from the hacker group that has plagued Sony for weeks warned the studio against releasing the film in any form, including “DVD or piracy.” Today one of the company’s primary attorneys said there is definitely a plan to release the film.

When and where will the film show up? There are conflicting reports. One anonymously-sourced report says Sony will drop The Interview on Crackle, for free. But official studio sources say that report is incorrect, backing up Boies’ comments, noting that a decision is still being made. Read More »

Seth Rogen;James Franco;Lizzy Caplan

David chats with Drew McWeeny from Hitfix about his new piece on the Sony hacks, “What we lose when we let fear win over art.

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Obama Says Sony Made a Mistake

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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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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