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Movie chains won’t premiere Sony Pictures “The Interview” after hacking and threats

By Maya Felts

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Most of the country’s largest theater chains have decided not to show Sony’s “The Interview,” according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

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A spokesperson for the Malco Theater chain said they had no comment about whether the movie will be show in its theaters.

As of now on the Malco website, the movie is still listed to premier December 25.

The decision follows a strange warning on Tuesday from anonymous hackers, possibly from North Korea, that people should avoid going to theaters where “The Interview” is playing.

“The Interview” has become controversial because its plot involves the attempted assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Sony does not plan to pull the film altogether, but the studio has indicated it won’t object if theaters decide not to show the film, a second source said.

Among the top chains that have decided to not show the movie are Regal, Cinemark,  Carmike Cinemas, Arclight and Southern.

Another smaller chain, Bow Tie Cinemas, has also dropped its plans to show the film.

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“It is our mission to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests and employees,” the company said in a statement.

Bow Tie operates 55 theaters, mostly in the Northeast.

The film’s Los Angeles premiere went off without a hitch last week, but the New York premiere planned for Thursday was called off after the new threat on Tuesday.

Sony Pictures has been devastated by a cyber attack that appears motivated by anger over the film.

So now theater owners have to decide whether to reject the online threats and show the film, or succumb to the pressure.

The controversy raises profound questions about freedom of artistic expression — even though “The Interview” might just be a mediocre comedy.

“The possibility that people will avoid theaters altogether is the problem,” the person said. In other words, it’s not just “The Interview” that could be hurt, it’s other Christmas releases like Disney’s “Into The Woods” and Universal’s “Unbroken.”

The people insisted on anonymity because Sony has not commented publicly.

Furthermore, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “exhibitors are wary of becoming liable if they show the movie and any violence occurs.”

To many observers, however, that sounds like a far-fetched scenario.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said on CNN’s “New Day” that “this is essentially a heckler’s veto” of the film.

While Sony and U.S. government officials have not explicitly accused North Korea of being behind the hacking attacks, he said this seems to be “a foreign power engaging in a cyber-attack against a private actor, a private company, in order to squelch freedom of expression.”

The FBI is investigating the hack, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that “there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States.”

All the attention is causing some people to pledge to see the film.

“I am not going to let a terrorist threat shut down freedom of speech. I am going to The Interview,” screenwriter and director Judd Apatow wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

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Brad Pitt ‘attacked by Vitalii Sediuk’ at Maleficent premiere

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie -- Getty Image

Meet the prankster who hit Brad Pitt (via CNN Video)

Crotch-hugging, mankini-wearing fool faces Pitt-fall for lunging at Brad Pitt. CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports.

 

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Review: The Expendables 2 (2012)



Review: The Expendables 2 (2012) (via http://justyes.net)

“The Expendables 2″ — starring action superstars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others — took in $10.5 million Friday, putting it on track for about a $27 The Expendables 2 holds the top spot at the box…

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The Movie Maniac San Diego Comic-Con Preview – DAY ONE

Stay connected to EOTM! Online & EOTM Radio for live coverage of San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

By Greg Reifsteck – Follow on Twitter @moviemaniaceotm & Facebook @Movie Maniac

The Good, the Bad-Ass and the Undead.

Going to San Diego Comic-Con used to be a different experience.  It wasn’t about getting a big bag of swag and lining up at 4 a.m. to see some big name celebrities in Hall H. It used to be a social experience to meet up with the same comic book fans year after year back, and be with like-minded people.

(c) 2012 Lionsgate Films

Now with the overcrowding of 120,000 comic book, movie and TV buffs squeezing into the exhibit halls and corridors of the San Diego convention center, and all of the movie and TV studios plugging their latest projects, Comic-Con has become a sociological experiment unlike any other.

Being the Movie Maniac, I will be bringing you up-to-the-minute online updates of the cinematic action going on at the Con on the EOTM Blog.

I will also be doing a round-up, including interviews from the convention on my new internet radio show Greg Reifsteck Movie Maniac debuting Sunday July 22, 5 p.m. PST on EOTM Radio.

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Here is part one of a preview of what I feel will be the movie highlights of the Con.

DAY ONE -Thursday, July 12

The first day of the Con looks to be a marathon that won’t let up.  Twihards will collide with Disney freaks and muscle head fans, all parking themselves in Hall H.

11:45 a.m. – Stan Lee’s World of Heroes Panel- Room 6BCF

What a fitting way to start the Con, by bowing down to one of the masters. Stan the Man will be joined by Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill and hottie Adrienne Curry to discuss his latest online venture.

12:45 p.m. – Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Hall H

Twihards will be camped out in the fitting darkness of the early morning to get into this one.  Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and the rest of the blood suckers from the film series finale will be in attendance.

(c) 2012 Summit Entertainment

2:05 p.m.  - Walt Disney Studios Panel- Hall H

It’s a heavy hitter panel with the Mouse House trotting out the two mega directors that will revive the studio after last year’s John Carter from Mars debacle: Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful.  Also being featured will be the animated ode to 8-bit video games Wreck It Ralph, that my sore thumbs are going A,B,A,B, left, right, start over in excitement . Stars John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman will be in attendance.

3:00 p.m. 1982- Greatest Geek Year Ever Panel – Room 5AB

If you cannot get into the Hall from Hell, this lively retro panel will be a highlight for anyone from the MTV generation.

The editors of Geek Magazine along with a panel of other writers will discuss the year that gave us Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Blade Runner, E.T., Tron, Poltergeist, Conan: The Barbarian, The Road Warrior, The Thing, Liquid Sky, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Diner and 48 Hours.

3:00 p.m.  Hotel Transylvania Panel- Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

More alternative programming if you cannot get into the Disney panel. A must-check-out for horror and animation fans, this hilarious-looking film will be presented by its director Genndy Tartakovsky.

4:45 p.m. Expendables 2 Panel- Hall H.

All of the big guys are back in Lionsgate’s sequel to the Sylvester Stallone-directed mega action star mash up. Van Damme, Schwarzenegger, Lundgren, Randy Couture and Terry Crews all will be there in their HGH inflated glory.

5:00 p.m – The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con Panel – Room 7AB

It’s tough to be a woman in the testosterone-fueled action film industry.  Here will be some good estrogen-driven counter programming to the dudes in the Big Hall. Katrina Hill (GeekNation, MTV Geek) has assembled a team of women dangerous in their own right: Leah Cevoli (Robot Chicken), Holly Conrad (Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope), Adrianne Curry (Stan Lee’s World of Heroes), Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Patricia Tallman (Night of the Living Dead) and many others with moderator Bonnie Burton.

8:30 p.m. – Comicon: Episode IV : A Fan’s Hope Screening and Panel- Ballroom 20

Documentarian Morgan Spurlock will put a capper on the day with his take on the Comic-Con phenomenon.

Petco Park Insanity

This year the Con has gotten so ginormous, it has spilled over into Petco Park next door.  From 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and in the daytime on Friday and Saturday, there will be the unbelievable Walking Dead Escape fan experience www.thewalkingdeadescape.com where you can hunt the undead or be a hunted zombie in a wicked looking 35 to 55 minute maze that overtakes parts of three levels of the baseball park. Price levels vary for the type of treachery you want to take in.

At night the first ever Dawn of the Con will take place at the park for Con badge holders only from 5:30 to 11 p.m…  Rob Zombie will be the master of ceremonies, presenting a concert of remixes of his classic songs. There will also be exclusive giveaways every hour, as well as a photo op experience with Zombie’s Dragula car.

 

 

Will Smith slaps reporter who tries to kiss him

Credit: TMZ - Screen grab from TMZ of Will Smith smacking a Ukrainian reporter in Moscow after he tried to kiss him.

Reporters, just don’t understand!

Will Smith slapped reporter Vitalii Sediuk Friday, after he planted a surprise kiss near the actor’s lips at the “Men in Black 3″ premier in Moscow, TMZ.com reported.

“Come on man. What the hell is your problem buddy?” Smith yelped!

After a forceful shove, the “Fresh Prince” gave the  Ukrainian television reporter a left hand to the jaw, chided with him a bit before finishing up the interview.

“Sorry. He kissed me on my mouth,” Smith said as he continued down the red carpet with cameras rolling.

“The joker is lucky I didn’t sucker punch him,” he went on.

“I’m so sorry,” one of his shocked female handlers said.

“No, no. It’s all good,” Smith said with a laugh as he moved on to the next interview.

Two Cuban actors who went missing to seek US asylum



Two Cuban actors who went missing to seek US asylum (via AFP)

Two Cuban cast members of an award-winning film who disappeared en route to New York for a film festival have emerged from hiding and said they will apply for asylum in the United States. “In Cuba we were talking about it, to stay,” actor Javier Nunez Florian told the Miami-based Spanish-language channel…

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Disney Pictures’ Marvel’s”The Avengers” Should Make Up for John Carter

The summer movie season officially kicks off with Walt Disney Pictures’ Marvel’s The Avengers on May 4th and predictions for the opening weekend are huge. Based on pre-release tracking, the movie is expected to earn over $150 million domestically on its opening weekend.That puts it in the company of record-breaking films such as The Dark Knight and the Harry Potter series.

This exciting blockbuster should make up for the John Carter debacle.
The Avengers combines several of the studio’s existing properties, including Iron Man and Captain America, which have been huge successes for the brand.

Great tickets and great prices!

According to Bloomberg Business Week, a lot is riding on this new action flick, which is the first Marvel film Disney has marketed and distributed since buying the comic book company under former Walt Disney Chairman Rich Ross .

Disney spent an estimated $220 million producing The Avengers, it definitely looks like they are taking the necessary steps to ensure that the biggest Marvel super hero movie of ‘all time’ also gets a decent run for its money, let’s hope it’s not another crappy movie adaptation.

Credit: Disney/Marvels

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Act Like a Lady, Go See ‘Think Like a Man’

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Black Book

think like a man

Last week I expressed my sincere desire for more ensemble comedies based on self-help books after I watched the trailer for What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Someone up in Hollywood Heaven loves me, apparently, because Steve Harvey’s 2009 bestseller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is headed to the big screen. Finally, the African-American community gets the He’s Just Not That Into You that it deserves!


A Better Selection at a Better Price!

What separates this from the typical ensemble spectacular full of famous white people hopelessly falling in and out of love? Well, this one is post-modern: the ladies in Think Like a Man take the direction from Steve Harvey himself, who shows up as a character promoting his book. Why shorten the title of the film? They should call it what it actually is: Think Like a Man: The Story of Act Like a Woman, Think Like a Man: The Movie. It’s not too often that movies full of product placement are open about how they’re really just feature-length commercials for whatever products they are shilling. How meta and fresh!

What’s another great way to teach women how to find and keep a solid man? Make Chris Brown a love interest! Good work, Steve Harvey! May all of the women take a break from shoppin’ and focus on taming a pack of guys who ride around in a big bus emblazoned with the phrase “The Ass Factory.” March 9th couldn’t come soon enough!

Read more:

http://www.blackbookmag.com/movies/act-like-a-lady-go-see-think-like-a-man-1.42785

 

Bye Bye Bin Laden Movie Premiere @ Universal City Walk

Red Carpet Highlights @ Infusion Lounge in Universal City – Photo Credit: EOTM Media Group

Bye Bye Bin Laden Movie Stars and other Hollywood Talent Celebrate the Red Carpet Movie Premiere Thursday, September 8th.

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