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Obama: Sony Made A Mistake Not Releasing ‘The Interview’; Studio Responds
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The Interview

Sony Pictures currently has no plans on releasing The Interview in any format. But this is not just about the studio canceling the release of a movie; the current situation in Hollywood has gained international attention. U.S. Intelligence confirmed that the hackers who broke into the studio’s computer network, leaking emails and acquiring confidential and personal data, were the North Koreans. Though NATO applauded Sony for pulling the film’s release for the safety of audiences after the hackers threatened “9/11-style attacks” on any theaters showing the film, celebrities and a majority of moviegoers were displeased with the decision. Many say that this is an attack on our freedom of speech and that it sends a message that the U.S. is willing to let foreign tyrants dictate to and censor us.

In his final press conference of 2014, President Barack Obama talked about the recent controversy, saying that Sony “made a mistake” not releasing James Franco and Seth Rogen‘s political comedy, which involves a plot to assassinate the current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Meanwhile, the studio has pulled all promotions of the film, trailers, clips, posters, and banners after the hackers made a new threat.

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Robert Rodriguez Sets Up His Fantasy Adventure ‘Fire & Ice’ At Sony Pictures
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Fire & Ice

The live-action remake of the 1983 animated fantasy-adventure Fire & Ice that filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has been developing for years has finally found a home at Sony Pictures, according to Mike Fleming Jr. at Deadline.

Rodriguez will direct the film based upon his own screenplay and the production company Bold Films, which in the past has brought us such features as Drive and Nightcrawler, will take an important role behind the scenes.

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Movie Review: Foxcatcher
Adam Frazier   |  

Foxcatcher Movie Review

Foxcatcher
Director: Bennett Miller
Screenwriters: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave
Sony Pictures Classics
Rated R | 134 Minutes
Release Date: December 19, 2014

“Some rich guy calls you on the phone, ‘I want Mark Schultz to come visit me.’ Well, I’m a – I’m a wrestling coach. And I have a deep love for the sport of wrestling. And I wanted to speak with you about your future, about what you hope to achieve. What do you hope to achieve, Mark?”

Directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball), Foxcatcher is the story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and paranoid-schizophrenic millionaire coach John du Pont (Steve Carell), who murdered Schultz’s brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), in 1996.

In 1984, both Mark and Dave Schultz won Olympic Gold in wrestling events. After the ’84 Olympics, Mark began training for the ’88 Olympics in Seoul with little support. Being a wrestling enthusiast, du Pont invited the struggling athlete to his lavish estate, where Mark would live in order to train full-time.

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Must See: ‘Star Wars’-Themed Christmas Lights Show (Video)
The Movie God   |  

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Christmas Lightsaber

Everyone can appreciate a good Christmas lights and decorations display. It takes a lot of time and effort to put them all together, and they help greatly in getting everyone who sees them in more of a festive mood, which is nice.

But if you really want to win Christmas, it takes something truly special. Like, oh, say…a full lights show set to the best of John Williams‘ musical score for the Star Wars movies, for example. Someone did just that, and even included a couple of light beams having a lightsaber battle in the middle of the must-see display.

Click on over to the other side to watch a video of the show.

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See The First Image From ‘Crimson Peak,’ Guillermo del Toro’s Upcoming Gothic Horror
The Movie God   |  

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The first image from Hellboy and Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro‘s much-anticipated upcoming gothic horror flick Crimson Peak has found its way online.

The image is simple, showing star Jessica Chastain in costume standing on some stairs, but it gives you a good idea of the style of the movie and that’s something that will be exciting for fans of the horror genre. Del Toro has described the movie as much closer to his Spanish-language films such as The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth—arguably his two best works to date—something he hasn’t been able to do in his English-language titles.

You can read more about the movie and check out the first image below.

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‘The Interview’ Teaser: Despite Controversy Sony Still Releasing Promos For Poltical Satire
eelyajekiM   |  

James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview

Covering the film news in last few days have been very strange to say least. From the threats, to theaters pulling The Interview, to Sony cancelling the film completely, all hope seemed lost. The studio still has no plans on showing the political satire in any format, but wants to remind us that it is still out there by releasing a new teaser trailer with a slight propaganda spin to it and the Christmas Day release still attached to it.

The latter might not mean much considering the teaser could have been created in anticipation for the film’s release, and if that is the case, it is strangely coincidental that the teaser would have the “In Franco and Rogen We Trust” tag attached to it. Does this mean VOD is on the way?

Hit the jump to watch the teaser.

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Disney In Depth: 25 Ways To Celebrate ‘The Little Mermaid’
Brett Nachman   |  

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Twenty-five years ago, one teenage character helped revive the Disney animation brand. Thanks to the success and quality of The Little Mermaid, an enduring title in the Disney library, animated films gained mainstream attention after years of disappointments by various studios. The movie’s significance in multiple genres (animation, musicals, coming-of-age) and its ability to win over audiences worldwide was something to celebrate.

In celebrating the film’s 25th anniversary, it is imperative that any Disney or Mermaid fan follows one of these steps to honor Ariel, Sebastian, and the clan.

Here are 25 Ways To Celebrate The Little Mermaid.

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’: James Gunn’s Shortlist For Peter Quill’s Dad
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J'son of Spartax

The header photo should no way indicate or confirm that J’Son of Spartax is Peter Quill’s father in Guardians Of The Galaxy. In the film, Peter’s mother says that his father was an angel of light. Yondu didn’t provide many other clues either as all he said was that he was hired by Peter’s father to retrieve him after Peter’s mother died.

Many suspected that J’Son would be the father, but Gunn confirmed that it wouldn’t be the character in the comics, and that only a few people knew who it is. Now, the director, who is working on a sequel, has revealed a shortlist, and has already crossed off a name, narrowing it down a bit.

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Scratch That: Paramount Pulls Planned ‘Team America’ Theater Showings
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Team America: World Police

This week, Sony canceled the release of The Interview, the highly controversial political satire starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, after North Korean hackers threatened 9/11-style attacks on any theaters that screened the film this Christmas.

Once The Interview was pulled, the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas announced its plans to show instead Team America: World Police, the 2004 satirical comedy from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s that featured a world police team on a mission to combat a terrorist plot led by Kim Jong-il, the father of current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (Marionettes are used in the film instead of actors.) Now, Paramount Pictures has reportedly pulled the planned Team America screenings.

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‘Home Alone’: 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know (Video)
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Home Alone

Yes, indeed, Santa Claus arrives in just one short week. So if you’ve not already begun binge watching all of your favorite Christmas movies and specials now is most definitely the time to start.

If you haven’t watched 1990′s Home Alone this year, a new video from the fine folks over at CineFix offers you a collection of fun facts about the movie maybe didn’t know. Nine of them, to be specific!

You can watch the video below.

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