Sony reportedly hires the crisis specialist who inspired ‘Scandal’

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Sony Pictures Entertainment 's not-so-secret weapon against North Korea and bad press? Olivia Pope. Well, sort of. Following a swelling PR nightmare in light of an extensive attack by anonymous hackers, which prompted Sony to cancel the theatrical release of its film The Interview , the company has hired crisis specialist Judy Smith — the woman whose career inspired Kerry Washington's character on hit ABC drama Scandal See also: A complete recap of 'The Interview,' the movie Sony may never show you TMZ broke the news of Smith's involvement with Sony, reporting that she has already begun "quietly advising Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal." The Hollywood Reporter later confirmed news of the hire Read more... More about Sony , Scandal , Entertainment , Film , and Tv Read more »

Who’s really to blame for canceling ‘The Interview’ – and when might we see it?

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LOS ANGELES — Will you ever get to see The Interview ? There's a Rube Goldberg machine of factors between now and the day you get to watch Seth Rogen and James Franco go on a mission to North Korea, bent on assassinating Kim Jong-un — the very guy who, according to the U.S. government , is preventing you from seeing The Interview . SEE ALSO: A complete recap of 'The Interview,' the movie Sony may never show you As of Friday night, we were still in the finger-pointing stage: Sony squarely laid the blame on movie theater chains for chickening out, saying the film was pulled "as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision." Read more... More about Movies , Barack Obama , North Korea , Entertainment , and Film Read more »

‘The Interview’ won’t open, but its posters are a hit

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They range in price from 99 cents to over $1,000. There are nearly 500 of them available on eBay . We're talking posters from the ill-fated The Interview the most talked-about film that may never be officially released. The movie was scheduled to open Christmas Day, but Sony pulled the release after major distributors decided not to show the film. They were reacting to terrorist-style threats from the Guardians of Peace cyber group which hacked Sony's servers . Read more »

‘The hackers won': Celebs are flabbergasted that Sony pulled ‘The Interview’ after hackers’ threat

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Sony Pictures canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" on Wednesday after hackers threatened a Sept. 11-style attack on movie theaters , causing the largest chains in North America to pull the film from their screens. See also: Sony nails 'The Interview' at festive, hack-free world premiere In a statement Wednesday, Sony said it was canceling "The Interview" release "in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film." "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. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome," Sony said, echoing pretty much everyone who took to Twitter to express their disappointment. Read more... More about Twitter , Sony , Hackers , Entertainment , and Film Read more »

‘The Interview’ release date sticks, but New York premiere nixed

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LOS ANGELES — Sony will release The Interview on Christmas Day as planned, leaving it up to individual theater owners to decide whether to show the film in light of new threats of physical attacks from hackers that have devastated the studio, Mashable has confirmed. Despite the push to move ahead as planned, the movie's New York premiere scheduled for Thursday at the Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side was abruptly canceled Tuesday evening. Landmark Theaters, which owns the cinema, announced the decision to nix the premiere, according to Deadline Hollywood . SEE ALSO: How Sony lost the Steve Jobs movie: The inside story from the hacked emails Read more... More about Movies , Entertainment , Film , Sony Hack , and The Interview Read more »

Virtual reality is exploding at this year’s Sundance Film Festival

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LOS ANGELES — As gadget geeks wait for consumer-ready virtual reality sets to get around their heads, a few filmmakers are just getting their heads around how to tell stories with them. To see how far they've come — and in a very short time — look no further than next month's Sundance Film Festival. No less than 12 installations for the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard will be on display this year in Park City, Utah, up from just four last year and none in 2013. They're part of the New Frontiers section, the new-platforms showcase that has been running for nine years but only recently has come to be dominated by VR, with a dozen of its 17 installations from 15 artists falling under the immersion mask. Read more... More about Movies , Virtual Reality , Sundance Film Festival , Entertainment , and Film Read more »

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer almost wasn’t released, Disney CEO says

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The trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens released the day after Thanksgiving is, by now, probably the most-analyzed 88 seconds of celluloid since the Zapruder film . It has gained more than 100 million views online, to say nothing of tickets bought to see it before other features in the theater, and has utterly reignited the long-dormant passion of millions of casual Star Wars fans. But we nearly didn't see it at all, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger See also: Stop overthinking the 'Star Wars' trailer Episode VII director J.J. Abrams is so keen to preserve the mystery around The Force Awakens that he didn't want a trailer, Iger said at a Variety breakfast in Los Angeles on Wednesday. But "the rabid Star Wars fanbase prompted Disney to come up with the brief introduction of what the new film would look like," Variety reported Read more... More about Entertainment and Film Read more »

‘Homeland’ Episode 10 Recap: Time to cut losses

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In acts of war against others — or even against ourselves — when do we give up? When is it time to cut our losses? In “13 Hours in Islamabad,” the 10th episode in Homeland’s fourth season, we find ourselves back in the center of chaotic violence stemming from Haqqani’s attack on the U.S. embassy in Islamabad. Carrie and Saul have survived a series of attacks on their convoy following Saul’s prisoner trade-off, but are now under fire from snipers surrounding the streets. Meanwhile, Haqqani and his men have infiltrated the actual U.S. Read more »

Sony Pictures investigating North Korean links to recent hack, report says

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Sony Pictures Entertainment is reportedly investigating whether the recent hack that downed the company's computer system is linked to North Korea. The thinking is that the hack may be in response to Sony's upcoming film, The Interview , which is premised on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Re/code reports . See also: Massive hack takes down Sony Pictures' computer system Citing Sony and "outside security consultants," the report suggests the hackers may be based in China and carried out the attack as retaliation for the movie. The comedy, which is set to be released on Christmas Day, stars Seth Rogen and James Franco who play entertainment journalists recruited by the CIA to kill Kim after it comes out the two men are planning an interview with the North Korean leader Read more... More about Entertainment , Us , Sony , Hack , and Hackers Read more »

How ‘Star Wars’ trailers have evolved, from ‘A New Hope’ to ‘The Force Awakens’

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On Friday, Lucasfilm dropped the teaser trailer for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. The release date is more than a year away, the excitement is palpable. J.J. Abrams is directing, and Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will all reprise their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, respectively. See also: 'Star Wars' Producer Blasts 'Star Wars' Myths It's been several years since a Star Wars installment has been on the big screen, and there's no better way to see the profound effect time has had on the series (and cinema in general) than by looking at previous trailers. Each year before a release, cinema audiences were treated to a glimpse of what was to come... Read more... Read more »