Mike Fleming Jr. | Deadline:
The chilling effect of the Sony Pictures hack and terrorist threats against The Interview are reverberating. New Regency has scrapped another project that was to be set in North Korea. The untitled thriller, set up in October, was being developed by director Gore Verbinski as a star vehicle for Foxcatcher star Steve Carell. The paranoid thriller written by Steve Conrad was going to start production in March. Insiders tell me that under the current circumstances, it just makes no sense to move forward. The location won’t be transplanted. Fox declined to distribute it, per a spokesman.
This entire debacle makes we wonder how we managed to get away with a Red Dawn remake and Team America.
The good news, however, is that not everyone is taking this lightly. President Obama publicly encouraged we “go to the movies,” and George R.R. Martin (author of Game of Thrones) has offered to show The Interview in his own theater to anyone who wants to see it.
And if you’re wondering if The Interview is even any good, you can read Richard Corliss’s review of the film on Time, as he is one of the few outside Sony to have already watched it.
For this week’s podcast, the Now Conspiring team unravel the secrets and surprising “controversy” behind the first trailer for Pixar’s Inside Out.
We also review Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale and Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Which one is worth watching?
If you saw Imitation Game or Exodus, this weekend, please share your thoughts in the comments and we’ll discuss!
And of course, we finish the show with new movie releases and recommendations. Enjoy the show, and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes!
Oh Pixar. We’ve missed you.
Alisha Grauso | Moviepilot:
As the Wall Street Journal reports, an email as recent as October 30th from Sony Pictures president Doug Belgrad to Sony motion pictures president Amy Pascal revealed that the two studios were in talks to work out a deal where Marvel would oversee and produce a new (and hopefully better) trilogy of Spider-Man films that would still allow Sony to retain creative control, along with the marketing and distribution for the trilogy.
Pretty fair deal and one that Sony should take, if you ask me.
But it was another email from Pascal that got my Spidey senses tingling, as it was revealed that Marvel absolutely wanted to include Spider-Man in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
But before you get excited and start planning the “WELCOME HOME, SPIDEY” party, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include the fact that according to sources connected with the situation, unfortunately the talks have broken down between the studios. At the moment, Sony is planning on going it alone with Spider-Man, with an ominous-sounding “Spidey summit” planned for January.
I almost feel bad for Sony at this point. This whole mess makes them look even worse in the eyes of Spider-Man fans who desperately want him in the MCU. In a way, this hack seems strategic.
Chris Morran | The Consumerist:
The Pirate Bay, perhaps the most popular — certainly the best known — destination for anyone looking to score pirated movies, music, books, games, and other digital content, was taken offline earlier today after a raid by police in Stockholm.
TorrentFreak reports that the site, which connects users for peer-to-peer file sharing via BitTorrent, went offline earlier today without notice. Shortly after came news that authorities in the Bay’s home country of Sweden had seized servers and computers from an unspecified location.’
This is a big win for artists. Especially filmmakers.
In the last few days, Pixar has come out with a wealth of new details surrounding two of its most-anticipated films: Finding Dory and Inside Out. I’ve compiled some of the new things we’ve learned below!
Finding Dory: Turns out Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) was born and raised at the Marine Biology Institute of California. She was released into the ocean at a young age, and this Finding Nemo sequel will be about the forgetful fish trying to reunite with her long-lost parents, Continue reading
This week on the Now Conspiring podcast, Maria and I debate all things James Bond in light of the Bond 24 announcement. Which James Bond/James Bond movie is the best? We want to know your thoughts too!
We also discuss TONS of Marvel and D.C. news that flooded the Interwebs this week, including Suicide Squad casting and the official news coming out of the upcoming Deadpool movie. And as always, we list the new movies coming out next week that you don’t want to miss.
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