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‘The Interview’ Is Coming To Netflix Sooner Than You Think

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Seth Feigerman | Mashable:

Netflix is the latest company to offer up The Interview on demand. 

The online video service announced Tuesday that it will offer The Interview, which it dubbed “the controversial comedy,” to its subscribers in the United States and Canada for no additional charge starting on Jan. 24. Google Play, Xbox and Apple TV previously offered the movie for purchase after the movie was pulled from many theaters following threats from hackers.

That’s this weekend.

Glad I waited to watch this, then. From what I’ve heard, paying for this movie would have probably felt like a waste.

 

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20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

20 most anticipated 2015 movies

 

This week on Now Conspiring, Maria and I start off the new year by highlighting which movies we’re looking forward to the most in 2015. We even have a list of movies that aren’t sequels, reboots, or adaptations!

PLUS we talk about the worst movies of 2014 that have been nominated for a Razzie. We share our thoughts on The InterviewInto the Woods and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. And finally, we talk about the new movies coming out this weekend that you might want to check out.

Enjoy the show, and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes if you don’t want to miss a single episode!

Question of the Week:

Which movies are you most excited to see in 2015? 

 

Is Egypt Banning ‘Exodus’ To Make It More Popular?

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BBC | Egypt bans ‘inaccurate’ Exodus film:

The head of the censorship board said these included the film’s depiction of Jews as having built the Pyramids (the Pyramids are believed to have been built about 1,000 years before the story of the Exodus), and that an earthquake, not a miracle by Moses, caused the Red Sea to part.

There have also been reports that the film is banned in Morocco.

I’m honestly worried that this is just a ploy to generate interest in a failing movie, akin to how the Sony hack ended up being “good” for The Interview (at least in terms of popularity).

I know it’s a baseless theory, but some things about this whole thing don’t add up. It seems strange that the movie would be banned outright like this, despite some inconsistencies that are frankly not that big of a deal.

And the timing is suspicious too. Exodus has been out for a few weeks now, and it’s not doing well. The film has only gone on to collect about $100 million worldwide, which isn’t close to the production budget alone. Once you add marketing expenses, Exodus is in big trouble of flopping.

I’m currently researching to find out if there’s a precedent for this in Egypt and Morocco. Is it normal for them to ban an inaccurate adaptation of a true story? That’s what I want to find out ASAP.

Best Middle Earth Movie, Hobbit & Annie Review

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This week on the Now Conspiring podcast, Maria and I try our hardest to determine the “best” Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movie. It might get heated.

We also review and discuss The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies and the 2014 remake of Annie.

Stick around for the end of the show when we discuss the new movies coming out Christmas Day and which ones we recommend, PLUS we talk about the controversy surrounding the pulling of The Interview from theaters.

Enjoy the podcast! Don’t forget to subscribe to Now Conspiring on iTunes if you dig the show.

More North Korea-Based Movies Are Being Canceled Thanks to The Sony Hacks

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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.

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