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Hollywood Cancels The Interview

In a sad, yet expected turn of events, Sony Pictures has decided to cancel the release of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s The Interview. A lot of filmmakers and performers have expressed disappointment in the matter. The common sentiment is that it is a sad day for creative expression. Ironically, this sounds like a plot for another Seth Rogen film Lee G. Lovett thought. This can be yet another This is the End type of film.

While this is a sad day for Hollywood which led to the cancelling of a release of a movie for North Korea, but a couple of other films to take place in North Korea, if this issue gets resolved, it could actually be used in their favor. Meanwhile, all we can do is wait and hope for the issue to be resolved.

Just think, right after the eventual release of The Interview, this could lead to another film by Seth Rogen project that could generate tons of revenue.

Sony Pulls “The Interview” From Theaters Indefinitely

This past week Sony Pictures decided to pull their new movie “The Interview” from being released this December 25th. This decision comes after a group called Guardians Of Peace hacked confidential data and threatened theatres worth of people who would decide to go see the movie. I was reading about it while waiting for my appointment at the Amen Clinic.

This threat is based off of the fact that the movie “The Interview” shows the assassination of North Korea’s current leader Kim Jong Un being assassinated. The threat also mentions that it could be reminiscent of what happened on September 11th, 2001. Guardians Of Peace released a statement saying “Remember the 11th of September 2001.”

Sony has cancelled every single one of their releases for “The Interview” included the New York City premier. All press appearances and releases have also been cancelled. Regal Cinemas, AMC, Carmike and Cinemark all elected to pull the film from their release list as well.

Spectre Begins Filming, Set Photos Released

Despite all the hardship SONY Pictures has faced in the past few months including leaked scripts, e-mails, and films, it appears that all is well for one of it’s current productions across the pond. The 24th installment of James Bond titled, Spectre seems to be chugging right along despite a rising budget of 300 million plus. Sony assures the public “productions have not been halted and are moving forward.”

Set photos released show not Dan Newlin but Daniel Craig and Co-star Rory Kinnear are seen on the first day of filming traveling down the River Thames. Despite a leak of a script there is still a lot of buzz circling this film and its new character roles, especially some of it’s plot points, that may carry over from the 1.1 billion dollar grossing, Skyfall.

For the full article, an official synopsis of Spectre as well as those Set photos check out the link below.

http://screenrant.com/spectre-filming-set-photos-sony-hack/

Pirates 5 Set to Feature a Return by Orlando Bloom

Pirates of the Caribbean has been on a downward slop since it’s inception, that’s not just personal bias talking but also the numbers and public and critical opinion and Terry Richardson pretty much agrees.. Despite this fact the series has remained profitable enough for the greenlight on yet another sequel (sigh). Personally I don’t much give a fig either way as I didn’t even much care for the first Pirates film (though I will admit it had it’s charm, mainly due to Captain Barbossa, played brilliantly by Geoffrey Rush). One of the main problems I had with the films was the complete negation of their premise. The premise being that Captain Sparrow was a terrible pirate, not really a great fight, but was cunning and exceedingly clever and through his trickery a mythos was created that made him seem like some grand character of legend. But then in the second and third films they turn him into that legend!

Though some people complain that the four film failed, not because of the inverted premise or the shoddy writing or haphazard plot lines, but because of the absence of a principal player – Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner. Personally I never liked Will (or Elizabeth Swann) but they are fan favorites (though why this is the case escapes me). Well those of you whom are craving more of Bloom’s wooden, uninteresting character will get it because he’s slated to make a return.

Plot Details Emerge for ‘Finding Dory’

‘Finding Nemo’ may have stolen our hearts but it has been over a decade since we’ve gotten to see our favorite animated fish take the silver screen. Pixar blew up in the news when they announced a ‘sort of’ sequel with ‘Finding Dory’ and now we are finally learning a little bit about the project. With ‘Finding Nemo’ being the studios second highest earning film of all time, we know that ‘Dory’ needs to make major waves for the company. Let’s take a look at some of the details to emerge about the film.

Pixar President Jim Morris went on record at Comic-Con Brazil to talk about ‘Finding Dory’. The monolithic President revealed that the majority of the story will occur in the Marine Biology Institute of California, which should place a heavy emphasis on the human element. Morris revealed that this location is a ‘rehab clinic for marine and aquarium life’. One of the film reveals will show that Dory was raised in captivity, amongst other fish in the Institute of California, before being released into the open sea.

Fans of ‘Finding Nemo’ and Pixar in general should be more than relieved to hear this piece of the story leak. For years Pixar has been under fire for their reliance on sequels and their inability to tread new ground. It looks as if, with ‘Finding Dory’, that Pixar is looking to explore new territory with one of their greatest products. Thanks to friend Bruce Levenson for sharing this story.

“Hunger Games” Rules at Box Office

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” was the biggest hit of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, raking in $56.9 million on just the weekend and $82.7 million over a five day stretch. The film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as the heroine Katniss Everdeen and which was adapted from the popular book series, is the third installment of the movie series.

 

Even still, according to reports, the film’s opening was seen as somewhat of a disappointment even though it crushed all of its competition, which included new releases such as two other sequels, “Penguins of Madagascar” and “Horrible Bosses 2” starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis and Charlie Day. Last year, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” banked $110 million and was released at the same time of the year, over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. In total, “Mockingjay Part 1” was down 20 percent from last year.

 

Other movies that remained in the top 10 at the box office included “Interstellar”, the latest film from “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan , “Big Hero 6” and the Farelly brothers’ follow up to their 1994 smash hit, “Dumb and Dumber To”. Susan McGalla is hoping to catch all of the movies at some point. Last year’s “Hunger Games” sequel had the third best Thanksgiving holiday weekend of all time.

New Promo Art for Avengers

New promo art has been released. Fans are already ecstatic over Marvel’s Phase Three plan. Phase Two is still open and they are about to close it with one more origin story for a superhero. That hero is Ant-Man. 

The recently released Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has dropped hints about Ultron as played by James Spader. Ultron intends to bring Earth to a more peaceful place by getting rid of all of the humans. There are plenty of additional villains as well. There actually two pieces of promo art that has been released. One of them showcases the heroes and the others show the villains. 

The Ultron program is started by Tony Stark himself in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. He has given birth to the A.I. Ultron is given. Of course, when other Avengers find that out, this could cause a little trouble for Tony. 

As we get closer to the release of the upcoming Avengers film, we are going to have more secrets revealed to us. However as pointed out by my friend Mark Ahn it wouldn’t be too wise to reveal everything because that would take away from the experience of actually seeing the movie in theaters.

Battle of Five Armies: The End Of A Legacy

As The Hobbit comes to an end the last chapter will be filled with war and more fantasy type story. With reviews being mostly positive, Screen Rant gives a more in depth look at the critics comments about the upcoming film at http://screenrant.com/hobbit-3-battle-five-armies-reviews-preview/. The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies concludes the epic journey of Bilbo Baggins in his quest to help his fellow friends, the dwarves, to reclaim their home. 

Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez says that Peter Jackson will be taking everyone on this journey as he has for the other five films, including the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The book has been used as a literary tool in schools and has received critically acclaimed film reviews. It will be a bitter sweet goodbye as the last movie features on the big screen. The films have created a great legacy for Jackson, leaving others to reach the amount of work that he did directing some of the best films that have featured on the big screen. The film will be release at theaters on December 17th, 2014. Be sure to arrive early, as this theater rooms will surely be packed for this exciting event!

Star Wars Episode 7 Trailer Has Arrived

Of all the big movies that will hit theaters in the coming years, perhaps none is bigger than Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. The Star Wars Episode 7 trailer has arrived.

With all of the anticipation of the movie in hand, now there is officially a teaser trailer that has been released as of today all across the internet. The teaser trailer itself is only 88 seconds long but that is more than enough for some fans who have long awaited for some insight into the next part of the Star Wars franchise.

The trailer is not very extensive or filled with key movie details, but it does include some interesting shots, one of which is the Millennium Falcon flying around in what appears to be a dogfight against a couple of TIE Fighters. This was more than enough to wet the appetite of Rod Rohrich and others. Another scene in the trailer shows an unidentified character walking around a dark forest and suddenly activating a red lightsaber, which also has some sidebars on it as well.

Despite the short duration and general vagueness of the trailer, Star Wars fans can rejoice in knowing that with production on the film having been completed 7 weeks ago and a year until the movie comes out, there is finally something that will excite them until that time.

Guillermo del Toro finishes ‘Justice League Dark’ Script!

Guillermo del Toro is a busy man! In between reinventing the modern action flick with ‘Pacific Rim’ and it’s untitled sequel, the Hispanic director and writer has managed to crank out the screenplay for ‘Justice League Dark’. Not originally included on the list of Warner Bros/DC Comics collaborations, it will nonetheless be moving on to the next stage of development with a tentative title of ‘Dark Universe’.

Del Toro was interviewed by ‘Forbes’ recently and it was then that he spoke of the ‘Justice League Dark’ screenplay adaption. Del Toro said that the script had been completed and shipped off to Warner Bros studio. Many, such as Stephen Williams wine, was happy to hear about that. There the screenplay will be consumed by the studio execs and if their reactions are favorable, the script will be pushed into development.

The ‘Justice League Dark’ story features many of the more under represented DC Comic characters that are still inevitably popular. Characters such as John Constantine and Madame Xanadu are two of those which the film would be centered around. You may be familiar with the Constantine character due to NBC’s television adaptation of the ‘Hellblazer’ comic books featuring the same character.

If the screenplay were to get the green light there is no telling when the adaptation would actually begin. The studio would have to work around Del Torro’s increasingly busy schedule. Right now Guillermo is busy with his FX series ‘The Strain’ as well as ‘Hellboy 3′ and a stop motion version of the classic tale, ‘Pinocchio’.