• Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:52:46 +0000
    “The Interview” will see the light of day, according to Sony lawyer David Boies. Boies appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday and claimed that Sony’s controversial comedy “The Interview” “will be distributed.” How it will be distributed, however, he admitted is unclear right now. “Sony only delayed this,” Boies told “Meet the Press”... Read more »
  • Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:27:53 +0000
    “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” bested all comers at the foreign box office this weekend, charging to the top of the charts with $105.5 million. The Middle Earth finale has racked up $355.6 million worldwide since it began its foreign rollout last week. Of note, the film opened in first place in... Read more »
  • Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:03:45 +0000
    Halfway through 2014, our top three critics found themselves in a rare moment of agreement: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was one of the year’s best films so far. Several months later, Wes Anderson’s delightful comic caper still ranks high on two lists, while rating an honorable mention on a third — a sign, perhaps, of the impossibility of total unanimity in a... Read more »
  • Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:17:43 +0000
    Hollywood isn’t feeling particularly festive with Christmas just around the corner. Despite a massive debut for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” and two big budget openings in “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” ticket sales this weekend were down more than 4%. Year-to-date the movie business is off... Read more »
  • Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:01:27 +0000
    If there are such a thing as textbooks in the field of crisis management, the Sony Pictures hack might end up in the chapter labeled “Worst Case Scenario.” But as much as Sony seemed to mishandle its sorry situation in recent days, the severity of the circumstances Sony faced are so extreme that it begs... Read more »
  • Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:52:44 +0000
    Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who helped lead the 1965 voting rights march in Selma, Ala., that became known as “Bloody Sunday,” said Ava DuVernay’s new movie “Selma” is “long overdue.” “The movie is good timing with what is going on in Ferguson, and I was so pleased to see in the movie there was a... Read more »
  • Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:29:21 +0000
    Stage, screen and TV actor Booth Colman, who appeared as ape scientist Dr. Zaius in the later films of the original “Planet of the Apes” series, died in his sleep on Dec. 15 in Los Angeles. He was 91. Colman (pictured above with Lois Laurel, the daughter of Stan Laurel) was a Shakespearean authority who... Read more »
  • Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:02:34 +0000
    On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) countered President Obama’s characterization of the hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment as “cyber-vandalism.” “The president does not understand that this is … a manifestation of a new form of warfare,” McCain told Candy Crowley. “When you destroy economies, when you are able to impose... Read more »
  • Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:00:05 +0000
    The number of prestige pics produced by the majors has declined. Traditional adult audiences flock to cable. Ancillary revenue streams remain uncertain. All of which means that the always-challenging Oscar film market is more challenging than ever. When questioned by Variety’s co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller about the future of low-cost, prestige dramas like “Million Dollar Arm”... Read more »
  • Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:52:40 +0000
    President Barack Obama told CNN that North Korea’s hack attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is an act of “cyber-vandalism,” not an act of war. Despite the tens of millions of dollars in damage to the studio’s business operations and threats of violence, the president said he wished that Sony had not canceled the Christmas release... Read more »
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