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“The Interview” Writer Speaks Out

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Writer Dan Sterling speaks out against what’s happening with his film “The Interview.”

Of course, we just reported that The Interview is going to be shelved by Sony, but Dan Sterling (who co-wrote the film with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg) is standing his ground in defense of free speech. He said:

“If they want to bomb somebody for their free speech, I would like to be at ground zero, because I don’t want to live in that kind of world.”

That’s a pretty serious statement, but one that feels like it reflects those frustrated by Sony caving in to threats. How do you feel about Sterling’s words?


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Posted Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 2:14pm
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Sony Cancels Theatrical Release of “The Interview”

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Wow, who thought it would come to this?

Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview,” linking the dangerous threats and leaks to a cyber terrorist group linked to North Korea. According to Variety:

“We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public,” Sony said in a statement. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

In announcing the decision to cancel the holiday debut, Sony also stated that the hackers have been making the lives of Sony workers terrible for weeks.

“Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like,” the statement reads.

A few hours post-announcement, a studio spokesman said that Sony had “no further plans” to release the comedy, either on VOD or DVD.

A 42 million dollar movie, gone? Perhaps. The fact is, it would have been hard for theaters to logically screen the movie if they thought it posed a threat to the safety of their patrons (and that definitely seems like a concern- the movie was due out on Christmas).  What do you think? Did Sony do the right thing?

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Posted Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 8:08am
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Young Actresses Line Up For Role In “Pirates 5″

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The question is: who would pair well with young hunk Brenton Thwaites!?

Disney is looking to lock up a lady ASAP for the last major role to be cast in the next installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Variety reports that Disney is testing a handful of actresses over the next week for the female lead of the action-adventure.

So who are they eyeing?  Mostly woman who are working but not too well-known, including “Miss Potter’s” Lucy Boynton, “Endless Love’s” Gabriella Wilde, Jenna Thiam, “Maze Runner’s” Kaya Scodelario and Alexandra Dowling of “The Musketeers.”

The studio just locked in Brenton Thwaites, who will play the role of a British soldier who teams with Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow. Now that Thwaites is officially on board, the studio will do chemistry tests with the actor and a bunch o’ ladies to see who best fits the role.

Who would YOU like to see as the young romantic lead in the next Pirates film? Are they leaving anyone out?

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Posted Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 12:12pm
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Update: Sony Email Hacks

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A bit overwhelmed by the Sony email hacks? Yeah, me too.

I’m gonna break down the latest news in this epic hacker nightmare, and I’m gonna do it quick.  Firstly, the hacking itself is being perpetrated by aomysterious group calling themselves “Guardians of Peace.” They’ve already caused a lot of company damage, leaking employee salaries (revealing a troubling gender pay gap), racist jabs at President Barack Obama and insults at A-listers like Angelina Jolie, Kevin Hart, and Leonardo DiCaprio, to name a few.

So what’s happening right now? A spiderman reboot, female spidey movie and two music biopics: Destiny’s Child and Kanye West!

New leaks reveal a Spider-Man reboot (again),with interesting plans for Peter Parker. In an October 13 email from co-president of production for Columbia Pictures Michael De Luca to co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal, De Luca reveals plans for a Spider-Man three cameo in the third Captain America film, Captain America: Civil War, which is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016.

“I really feel, in my heart of hearts, that the new spiderman [sic] in cap 3 could just appear in his own film, be it sinister six or a kick ass spidey film of his own, after that intro in cap 3 and people would be cool with it,” wrote De Luca via The Daily Beast.

Also, a female spidey movie?! According to The Daily Beast:

In  an email dated September 20, De Luca to Pascal discusses plans for not only a “female spidey movie,” but an Avengers-like superhero extravaganza incorporating characters from different upcoming Spider-Man-related projects—in an attempt to emulate what De Luca reveals is a planned Fox crossover of the X-Men and Fantastic Four teams (X-Men: Apocalypse is due in 2016, while The Fantastic Four hits theaters in 2015).

Also, some big music Biopics were on the docket!  In an email from Screen Gems honcho Clint Culpepper to Pascal on Dec 4th, Culpepper reveals a Destiny’s Child movie in the works.

Matthew Knowles, Beyonce’s Father wants to make the film of Destiny’s Child and came to me first,” wrote Culpepper. “He’s going to Universal next. Do we think it would be a successful film? They’re on Sony label. I’m just not sure that it’s not too soon.

Finally,  in an email dated August 4, 2014, Kanye West’s creative director Elon Rutberg to Pascal discusses a potential pitch for a Kanye West feature film.

“I supervise all of Kanye’s film and media projects, and we have a major film project coming up that involves both cinematic and technological innovation, so I naturally thought Sony and wanted to reach out,” wrote Rutberg. “We premiered a multi-screen cinema experience to great response at Cannes 2012, and are looking to take the storytelling to the next level with a feature length film, shot for an immersive cinema experience.”

Woah.  So many projects exposed. Which ones do you feel are the most exciting? Do you think this email hacking will jeopardize any of these projects?

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Posted Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 9:09am
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