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In the midst of the aftermath of a massive data breach, at least one thing is going well for Sony Pictures. In only five days after its release through video-on-demand sources, Seth Rogan and James Franco’s movie “The Interview” has made over $15 million in online sales and nearly $3 million in sales through the small collection of theaters that showed the film.
Sony Pictures’, “The Interview”, a comedy starring Seth Rogan and James Franco as two reporters who are sent on a mission by the CIA to assassinate North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has been pulled from its Christmas Day theatrical release. The cancelling of what may be one of the most talked about movies of the season comes after an unknown person or group threatened to attack any theatres that played the film. Several major theatre chains pulled their support for the movie in the past week, prompting Sony to make a decision.
“The Interview” starrring Seth Rogan and James Franco was shown in Tucson.
According to news reports, the North Korean government is angry over the official release of the Seth Rogan film, "The Interview".
While many theaters backed away from showing "The Interview" on the planned Dec. 25 opening after terrorists threats that have reportedly been linked to North Korea, some other theaters have expressed an interest in showing the controversial picture.
The hermit nation of North Korea has recently proclaimed its newest round of threats towards the United States. This time however, the nation is not concerned about military issues or demonstrations, but a Hollywood movie. The always radical and unpredictable country threatens a “resolute and merciless response against the United States” and calls the release of a single film “reckless U.S. provocative insanity”, labeling it an act of war.
The latest cinematic satirical look at the apocalypse, This is the End, comes from the narcissistic angle of Hollywood stars playing themselves, or at least caricatures of themselves, as they deal with the end of the world by getting high and exuding childish humor as if it were just another day on the playground. Some of this is funny, but it’s mostly just pretentious and inane.
In recent years, there have been some really good Oscar hosts like Hugh Jackman, some acceptable hosts like John Stewart, some disappointing hosts like Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin, and some flat-out horrendous hosts like James Franco & Anne Hathaway. Despite the best efforts of some, none have come close to capturing the same wit, timing, and showmanship of reoccurring hosts like Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, or Billy Crystal. At the 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony however, Seth MacFarlane of “Ted” and “Family Guy” emerged as the single most entertaining first-time Oscar host of the 21st century.
While “Knocked Up” established Seth Rogan and Katherine Heigl as major movie stars, it was Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd who stole the entire show. Rogan and Heigl’s characters are nowhere to be found in the sort-of sequel to “Knocked Up.”
In the movie "50/50" there's a 50/50 chance you will like it. Some expected the movie to be funnier, and others found it to be the perfect balance between drama and humor.