The week's news has been flooded with updates on the Sony's data leek and terror threats from a rumored North Korean hacking group called Guardians of Peace. In a recent interview with Deadline, George Clooney, had some very strong opinions directed at the treatment of this issue by the media as well as his peers in Hollywood.
Firstly, Clooney expressed his distaste at Sony's decision to withdraw the movie out from any kind of a release - including home-video formats. His stance of having the movie shown in some format, even online, to the masses was elucidated in the interview. “Do whatever you can to get this movie out. Not because everybody has to see the movie, but because I’m not going to be told we can’t see the movie. That’s the most important part. We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f**king people ... we have allowed North Korea to dictate content, and that is just insane.”
The Interview, a film depicting an assassination attempt on North Korea's Kim Jong-un, has been completely discarded from Sony after many theaters refused to show the film. The hackers that have been targeting Sony the past few weeks have promised in a message to invoke a 9/11-style attack on theaters where the film would be shown. The films Christmas Day release will not be happening and it's unclear if the world will ever see the film.
One of the biggest boy bands of the '90s is back with a new documentary. The Backstreet Boys have returned with Backstreet Boys: Show Em What You're Made Of, a film documenting their rise to fame and what they've been up to since their time as the biggest band in the world.
The trailer for the documentary has been officially released, promising to chronicle the height of "the best-selling boy band in history" as well as answer the question, "What do you do when you're a full-grown man in a boy band?"
In light of the threats from the hacker group by the name of “Guardians of Peace,” Sony has decided to pull The Interview, set to be released Christmas day, from all theaters. The controversial comedy, written by Dan Sterling, stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two journalists that land an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong- Un, and are instructed to assassinate him.
Sony’s decision to do so follows the choice of the country’s major movie chains to not show the film. As of earlier today, AMC Entertainment, Regal Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment, Cinemark, and Carmike Cinemas all resolved not to show The Interview in effort to protect moviegoers from any danger. The hackers had threatened, “The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places [that screen the film] at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave). “
You may have caught our interview with the women behind Muffin Top: A Love Story here on Joonbug.com about a year ago. Director, writer, producer, and star Catheryn Michon and her Tony Award winning costar Marissa Jaret Winokur sat down with us to tell us about their feature film, their labor of love. Back then, Muffin Top, the quirky female-driven comedy about body acceptance at any size, was still raising money on Kick Starter. Their film was the first in decades to feature more women both on and off screen in production. Today, you can buy the film on iTunes, Amazon, or Vimeo, as it tours the country with full-feature premieres.
Let it sink in guys, 2014 is almost over. With Thanksgiving and Christmas already on the horizon, 2015 is coming fast. Next year is primed to be a big one when it comes to movies; from summer's slate of comic-book blockbusters to some seriously sexy new faces (Hello, Christian Grey!). One thing is clear – in 2015 it’s going to pay to be a fan of a franchise. Without further ado, here are 10 movies to get excited for in 2015.
Avengers: Age of Ultron – This one may be the most anticipated film of 2015 if movie trailer views mean anything. With 50.6 million YouTube views in its first week the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was the most viewed trailer of the year. Let’s face it – the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a powerhouse, and its movies have become events unto themselves. This time around the Avengers are back together to face off against Ultron, a villainous robot with a whole lot of contempt for the human race. This one comes out on May 1st, so sheck out the trailer below and get ready for the superhero event of 2015.
Pitch Perfect 2 – Not a whole lot is known about this sequel yet, all we know is that it will deal with the themes of growing up and moving out into the world. The original reached cult status after its release in 2012 – Anna Kendrick’s cover of “Cups” in the film even became a radio hit – so it’s safe to say the excitement levels for this one are high. Now we just have to suffer through the tortuous wait until May 15th. No trailer has been released yet, so let’s just relive this glorious moment:
This morning, the Golden Globe nominees were announced by Kate Beckinsale, Paula Patton, Peter Krause, and Jeremy Piven. The long list of nominees includes breakout TV hits like Fargo and True Detective, along with a whole lot of love for films like Birdman and The Theory of Everything. With a few notable snubs (poor Mad Men and Parenthood), this years crop of nominees is brimming with talented stars and the phenomenal films and TV shows they made this year.
The winners of the coveted Golden Globe awards will be announced on January 11th, when America's BFF's Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the awards ceremony. Without further ado, here are your nominees, per Vanity Fair.
Sony is not having a very good week. After several of Sony Pictures films were leaked, many of the company’s in-house emails were also revealed to the public. One particular email thread, between producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal, is making waves. The thread contains several nasty accusations about Angelina Jolie and reveals the drama behind the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs.
The emails seem to center on Pascal and Rudin wanting David Fincher to direct the biopic, but finding it difficult to nab him due to Jolie wanting him to direct her Cleopatra reboot. In the emails Rudin warned Pascal to "SHUT ANGIE DOWN BEFORE SHE MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR DAVID TO DO JOBS." Pascal did not take kindly to the threat and the email thread exploded from there, with the co-chair telling Rudin, "do not f--king threaten me."
And while the two lobbied insults at each other, Jolie receives the brunt of the scorn from the execs. Rudin continued to complain about "the insanity and rampaging spoiled ego of [Angelina Jolie]," referring to her as a "minimally talented spoiled brat."
Jolie wasn't the only celeb discussed in the emails though. Michael Fassbender's, ahem, body of work is mentioned and Rudin calls producer Megan Ellison a "bipolar 28-year-old lunatic." At one point Pascal, after enduring countless email-fits from Rudin, simply writes back, "Why are u punishing me."
Disney Pixar is about to add another name to their ever growing collection of brilliant animated classics. Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up), literally takes us inside the mind of an 11 year old girl as she sets out to face the rugged terrain of growing up.
Starring Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Diane Lane, and Kyle MacLachlan, the film opens in theaters on June 19th, 2015. And if there’s any telling from the creative, humorous, intriguing premise, it will be another great Pixar film to join the books.
We've entered December, which means we can finally give into our desire to watch Christmas movies nonstop. It can be nearly impossible to decide what holiday classic to watch when there are just so many. So when it comes time to snuggle up on the couch and surrender to that Christmas movie marathon keep these 10 films in mind.
1. The Santa Claus: Tim Allen plays Scott Calvin, a man who unwittingly takes over the role of Santa Claus after the man in red falls off his roof. What follows is a story with humor and heart, and whole lot of magic. There are few Christmas movies that are completely watchable all year long - this is definitely one of them. And despite coming out 20 years ago the film still feels completely timeless. Oh, and a quick word of advice: avoid the sequels. No good will come of watching those.