Here’s a new look at the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed drama American Sniper—just a warning, it’s an intense way to start your day. The movie tells the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in American military history. As is evident from the clip, Bradley Cooper has already been generating Oscar buzz for the performance. The movie hits theaters on Christmas day ... Discuss
The mysterious saga of the Sony hacks took a foreboding turn earlier this week when anonymous hackers threatened a 9/11-type attack on theaters screening The Interview—Seth Rogen and James Franco's comedy about reporters visiting North Korea. It seems theaters are taking the threats seriously, with America’s five biggest theater chains (Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment ) all dropping the movie. Several smaller chains have also dropped the film, which was set to release Christmas day and had a budget of $44 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony still plans to release the film on time, but it remains to be seen whether any theaters will play it ... Discuss
Up to this point, the Sony hacks have been, in turns, amusing, befuddling, offensive—but largely harmless (depending on who you ask). However, things just got a lot more serious. The hackers have threatened a 9/11-type attack on any theaters that screen The Interview—Seth Rogen and James Franco's North Korea comedy that seems to have sparked the hack. The hackers have also promised a new "Christmas gift" of files titled "Michael Lynton" (Sony's CEO), in addition to this warning:
We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY.
Just who the Sony hackers are remains a mystery, but when issuing threats like this, you can bet the government is paying much closer attention ... Discuss
Frozen director Jennifer Lee was recently interviewed in The Hollywood Reporter, and she offered a funny anecdote about Disney’s most notorious earworm, “Let It Go.” She explained to THR, “A year ago, I’d meet people who, when they found out who I was, they’d say, ‘Oh, we love the songs! We sing them all the time.’” The only thing is, it’s been months, and those parents haven’t been able to stop singing it for a single second. "I've gone from, 'Thank you,' to, 'Sorry!'" Lee shouldn’t feel too bad though: Frozen recently became the fifth highest-grossing movie ever ... Discuss
When the Golden Globes nominees were announced last week, a little bit of history was made. Ava DuVernay, director for her Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma, became the first black woman to be nominated for best director. DuVernay is actually only the fifth woman of any race to be nominated for best director (and only one woman has ever won—Barbra Streisand for Yentl). Kathryn Bigelow has been nominated twice (for Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty). Steisand was nominated again for The Prince of Tides. Jane Campion was nominated in 1993 for The Piano and Sofia Coppola was nominated in 2003 for Lost in Translation.
Truth be told, the lack of female nominations stems from the lack of female directors accepted in the industry in general. In 2013, only 6 percent of the top 250-grossing films were directed by women. Against this backdrop, DuVernay's achievement is even more incredible ... Discuss