• Rob Lowe is set to play a large role in Apocalypse Slough, a 10-part British series ordered by Sky 1. Lowe will play Father Jude in this witty, end-of-days drama, where a group of people “hunker beneath the town of Slough, about 20 miles west of London, to watch the end of the world on TV.” Father Jude holds the position of Devil’s Advocate in the Vatican and is a “charismatic, irreverent, rebellious but also deeply moral man.” [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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James Franco and Seth Rogen were a part of many Christmases this year: The Interview has made over $15 million in online rentals or sales, Sony announced.
The movie, in which Franco and Rogen play a television host and producer assigned to kill Kim Jong-un, was made available Christmas Eve on a variety of online platforms including YouTube and Google Play, costing $5.99 to rent and $14.99 to buy. According to Sony, the movie was rented or purchased more than two million times through Saturday. READ FULL STORY
Sure, you could celebrate freedom of speech by watching The Interview in the comfort of your own home. But if you head to one of the independent theaters showing the controversial movie, you might just get a surprise visit from one of the film’s auteurs—provided you live in Los Angeles, that is.
Seth Rogen—The Interview‘s co-star, co-writer, and co-director—and his partner Evan Goldberg (co-writer, co-director) made a surprise appearance at a 12:30 a.m. screening of the film in Los Angeles last night. “Thank you so f—ing much for coming. We thought this might not happen at all,” Rogen told a roaring crowd at the Cinefamily theater. He and Goldberg also demonstrated their uncanny ability to finish each other’s
sandwiches sentences: “The fact that you guys came out…” Goldberg began, only for Rogen to finish: “…is super f—ing exciting.”
James Franco and Jonah Hill have tackled both comedic and dramatic roles, but there’s nary a laugh in sight in the This Is the End co-stars’ next project: True Story, in which Hill plays a journalist and Franco plays the murderer who stole his identity. READ FULL STORY
Sony is moving ahead with plans to debut The Interview on Dec. 25, but there might not be many theaters in your neighborhood actually playing it. Not long after the National Association of Theatre Owners released a statement today saying, “individual cinema operators may decide to delay exhibition of the movie so that our guests may enjoy a safe holiday movie season experiencing the many other exciting films we have to offer,” several of the biggest theater chains indicated that they would not be featuring the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un due to the terrorist threats made by the Guardians of Peace hackers.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Cineplex theaters have followed the lead of the Carmike and Bow Tie chains and will not be screening The Interview. Sony declined to comment on the new development, but since those six theater chains are made up of more than 1,700 theaters in North America, it will be difficult for the studio to mount a significant theatrical release at this time.
“Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres,” read Regal’s official statement. READ FULL STORY
At the heart of the controversy surrounding The Interview is the film’s actual plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. But amid all the reactions from stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, little has been heard from the actor portraying Kim—Randall Park.
Park spoke with the Los Angeles Times about his role in the film, offering his take on playing the character, what it’s been like to deal with the threats made against those involved with the film, and even how he thinks Jong-un might feel about the movie if he were to watch it.
Facing terrorist threats from the same group that committed a massive cybersecurity attack of its network and the public dissemination of proprietary content, Sony is moving forward with the release of The Interview, the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un.
However, sources close to the film confirm a Deadline report that the studio will support the theater chains’ decision whether or not to screen the film when it opens on Dec. 25, in light of potential safety concerns. Carmike Cinemas, one of the country’s largest chains with 2,917 screens in 41 states, has already decided to pull The Interview from its theaters, and the Landmark theater in Manhattan cancelled its plans to host the New York premiere of the film on Thursday night. In addition, Bow Tie Cinemas, which has 350 screens in six states, has also announced it will not screen the film. READ FULL STORY
The New York premiere of The Interview has been scrapped. The event was supposed to take place Thursday at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema in New York’s Lower East Side, but was canceled by Landmark, a representative for Landmark Theatres confirmed to EW. READ FULL STORY
Seth Rogen and James Franco stopped by EW Radio (SiriusXM 105), where they talked with comedian Lisa Lampanelli (for an interview that will air this Friday) about their upcoming film, The Interview, and all of the drama surrounding the recent Sony hack.
Although Rogen said they don’t know of any direct connection between the hack and their film, he did voice his opinion on the breach of confidence and how “super f—ed up” it is that people are publicizing “stolen shit.” READ FULL STORY
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