Sony Officially Cancels the Release of ‘The Interview’ After Threat of Terrorist Attack

Kim Jong-un: Cyber Bully

Thanks to a cyber attack that the U.S. government is unofficially blaming on North Korea, Sony Pictures has cancelled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, thus ruining your plans to have to not actually make small talk with your weird out-of-town cousins.

Of course, the news that Sony was hacked is not new. Unreleased movies and top-secret emails have been leaking onto the web for a week. However, earlier this week a message popped up on desktop computers at Sony offices warning of a 9/11-type attack that will make the world “full of fear” if the movie gets release. When the major theater chains got wind of that, every last one of them announced they would not be showing the movie. Thus, a few hours later, Sony announced the cancellation.

According to The New York Times, the U.S. government is not saying too much about the hack right now, other than that they do believe it is North Korea—and that they have no knowledge of any imminent terrorist attack. However, I for one am sure it the work of Kim Jong-un himself. The Dear Leader is a brilliant man with great knowledge of a many things. It is a certitude Deal Leader is one of the world’s foremost computer scientists, and that when Dear Leader heard about this vile, slanderous movie, he planned this noble attack.

And I for one am 100% behind the wise and powerful Kim Jong-un. How dare Seth Rogen and James Franco joke about assassinating a quasi-divine hero so full of courage and virtue! Have you seen the trailer? While some may call it “funny” or even “piss-your-pants hilarious,” I call it shameful and weak.

(Seriously, North Korea, don’t hack us. We didn’t think Team America was funny, either.)

Apparently Channing Tatum Wants to Do a ‘Ghostbusters’ Spinoff with Christ Pratt

A Ghostbuster, huh?

That’s right, you heard me. According to emails hacked out of the Sony Pictures mainframe (or, more likely, a Sony exec’s iPh—er, Xperia Z3), Channing Tatum really wants to star in a Ghostbusters spinoff with Chris Pratt.

On August 21, Tatum himself sent an email to Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal telling her just how rad said project would be:

Let us show the world The DarkSide and let us fight it with all the glory and epicness of a HUGE BATMAN BEGINS MOVIE. I know we can make this a huge franchise. Fun adventure craziness. COME OONNNN!!!

And Sony took this email very seriously. The very next day, Columbia Pictures (which is owned by Sony) co-president of production Hannah Minghella sent an email to her fellow honchos shedding more light on the proposal. In it she explains that Joel and Anthony Russo of Captain America: The Winter Soldier fame are involved, and she sounds very intrigued, to say the least,:

So… in a curious turn of events – the Russos and Channing want to develop Ghostbusters as a vehicle for Channing and Chris Pratt to do together…The Russos, Channing and Reid have been brainstorming ideas and want to create a whole new mythology that would support multiple movies (the way that Nolan reinvented Batman). To be clear – the Russos want to produce (not direct) and while Channing and Chris are looking for a movie to do together they haven’t mentioned this to him yet because they weren’t sure how we’d react.

Surprise, Chris Pratt!

So what about the previously announced Paul Feig-directed all-female Ghostbusters reboot? Don’t worry. That’s still on. If Sony does go ahead with this Russo/Channing/Pratt project, it would be a spinoff of the Feig movie, which would apparently serve as the foundation of a new, “simultaneously super scary while also super funny…Ghostbusters universe.”

That’s right. Ghostbustsers universe. Ugh.

[Via Screen Rant]

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director Says Don’t Hold Your Breath for a Guardians-Avengers Crossover

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You wouldn’t be alone if you assumed that the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers would eventually meet up in some sort of crossover. There are plenty of reasons to make that assumption, starting with Thanos. He has been in both franchises, and we know he’ll factor into Avengers: Infinity War because he’s the dude who wields the freaking Infinity Gauntlet. Given that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a shared cinematic universe, and that storylines of Avengers and Guardians are tied to Thanos, how could there not be a crossover? Isn’t that sorta the point of all these movies?

Not so fast, says Guardians director James Gunn. As much fun as it would be to see Robert Downy Jr. talking to an anthropomorphic tree, it might not actually happen.

Here’s what Gunn had to say about a possible crossover to the folks over at Screen Rant:

We really are separate from the Avengers, and I don’t think people should assume too many things about the Guardians play in all this. We have our own galaxy to take care of. We have our own galaxy to save. Earth is the Avengers’ province. Thinking that everything is going to come together in a perfect way is not necessarily the way it’s going to happen.

Now, just a few months ago Gunn did an interview suggested there would be a Guardians-Avengers crossover. So either plans have changed, which is possible, or Gunn is backtracking because the overlords at Disney told him to ixnay on the ossovercray.

Your thoughts, internet?

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Trailer: Batsh*t Insane, Totally Awesome

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Let the insanity wash over you...

I was not expecting this at all. It totally came out of nowhere. But I have to say, the new trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road is without a doubt the best trailer of 2014.

That’s right. Better than Star Wars. Better than Avengers. Better than Godzilla. Better than Exodus. Better than Transformers. WAY better than Terminator. And, finally, even better than X-Men. This Mad Max trailer is two minutes of stunning cinematography, insane characters, haunting narration, and glorious post-apocalyptic explosions. It doesn’t even matter that they give no indication as to the direction of the plot, or how this Mad Max film will differ from previous ones, or that you hardly even see Tom Hardy, or that Charlize Theron is almost unrecognizable. All I had to say when it was done was “Holy shitballs when does that come out.”

The answer, incidentally, is May 15, 2015.

Paramount Shows Off Amazing Sense of Humor, Submits ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ to Academy for Best Picture

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In case you didn’t know, not every movie that comes out is automatically eligible for an Oscar nomination. If you want the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to consider your work, you have to submit it to them. And this in turn adds another layer of politics to an awards show your 12-year-old niece actually believes is all about artistic merit.

You see, it’s the studios who decide what movies get submitted for what awards, because they’re the ones who own the rights to distribute the movie. So if a director or producer wants his or her work to be submitted, they have to convince the studio to do so. And this can get tricky. Studios won’t be taken seriously by the academy if they just submit everything. They have to pick and choose and present only the stuff that’s going to make them look good. Moreover, since they’ll have to spend a ton of money on parties and private screenings for Academy members just to make sure they actually see and consider their movies, studios only bother submitting movies in categories they think they have a reasonable chance of winning.

That’s why it’s so utterly amazing that Paramount Pictures has submitted Transformers: Age of Extinction in every category, from cinematography and best achievement in sound editing to best actor, best director, best screenplay, and even best picture.

The movie made a billion dollars worldwide this summer, so obviously it was popular with fans. But it was panned by critics, who are always obsessed with things like “plot” and “quality acting” that are seldem found in Michael Bay films.

So what’s going on here? If I had to take a guess—and maybe this is just wishful thinking—I’d say this is another example of Michael Bay telling his critics they can go f%#& themselves.

[H/T Screen Junkies]

Marvel Movie Casting Roundup: Cumberbatch Is Doctor Strange, Reynolds Is Deadpool

We’ve got two pretty big casting announcements to report today. Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title role in Doctor Strange, while Ryan Reynolds will play the title role in Deadpool. Both are famous Marvel comics characters, of course. But Doctor Strange is part of Marvel Studios’ (i.e. Disney’s) Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Deadpool, a mutant, belongs to Fox.

Neither announcement comes as a huge surprise. Marvel and Cumberbatch were deep into negotiations when Marvel announced Phase 3 of the MCU back in October. However, they couldn’t iron out the kinks in time, so they went ahead and announced the movie before they had their star.

As for Reynolds, the rumors about him playing Deadpool weren’t as fully formed as the Cumberbatch rumors. But seeing as how he played the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and—more importantly—starred in that leaked Deadpool test footage that got the ball rolling on this project, he’s been considered a shoe-in since Fox first announced the movie.

Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson, hits theaters November 2016.

Deadpool, directed by Tim Miller, hits theaters February 2016.

Stop Working and Watch the First Trailer for ‘Terminator: Genisys’

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Watch all the pretty explosions!

Yesterday Paramount gave us a teaser trailer for the trailer. Today they’ve given us the trailer, and our first extended look at the new Sara Conner (Emelia Clarke), the new John Conner (Jason Clarke—no relation), the new Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), and the old Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

The verdict? If you can overlook hopelessly tangled clusterfuck of alternate timelines created by all the time travel across five films, the flick looks pretty sweet.

Seriously, do not try to figure out the timelines. At all. You can’t. None of the time travel stuff in the Terminator movies has ever made any sense, starting with the original, wherein John Conner sends Kyle Reese back in time…to impregnate his mom and become his dad? So really, don’t overthink it. Just sit back and enjoy all your favorite lines, from “come with me if you want to live,” to “I’ll be back.”

Oh, and the explosions! Don’t forget to enjoy the explosions.