Obama Administration Denies Advising on Decision to Pull ‘The Interview’

December 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

President Obama sat for an interview Friday with CNN and rebutted any notion that Sony Pictures consulted with the White House on pulling “The Interview” from theaters after the news channel aired excerpts of a separate interview in which the studio’s chairman, Michael Lynton, described reaching out to the Administration. In addition, a source close... Read more

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London-Based Secret Cinema Sets Screenings to Protest Pulling of “The Interview”

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

U.K.-based Secret Cinema, which stages events that combine live performances involving audience participation with the screening of a film, is staging a one-off Secret Screening in London on Sunday, Dec. 21, to protest the attack on “The Interview” by hackers and the subsequent pulling of the film from theaters by Sony Pictures. All proceeds from... Read more

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Craig Ferguson: Latenight’s Uniquely Intimate Host Signs Off, For Now

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A year of big transitions in latenight TV comes to a close tonight with Craig Ferguson’s sign off of CBS’ “The Late Late Show.” The shuffle of talent and shows that will continue into next year has brought new comedic flair to the sturdy latenight talkshow format. But even with more variations on the latenight... Read more

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David Schurmann Advances on ‘Little Secret’ Shoot

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MADRID – Brazilian film director David Schurmann is shooting “Little Secret,” inspired by the life of his adopted sister Kat Schurmann, written by Marcos Bernstein, scribe of Walter Salles’ Oscar-nominated “Central Station,” and one of the most ambitious and unusual fiction films to have moved this year into production in Brazil. Brazilians Julia Lemmertz (“My... Read more

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Sony Japan Plays Down Hack, While Social Media Skews Nationalistic

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Cyber attack on Sony has largely been treated as an American problem

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‘The Interview’ Cancellation Slammed by WGA East Exec Director

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America East, has come out swinging against Sony’s decision to pull “The Interview” from release. “Obviously, most of the blame goes to the hackers who made the violent threats, and we share everyone’s immediate and real concerns about safety,” he told Variety. “But we are also... Read more

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Sony Could Lose $75 Million on ‘The Interview’ (EXCLUSIVE)

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sony Pictures Entertainment could lose $75 million over the cancellation of its planned Christmas release “The Interview” after theater owners refused to play the picture amid threats of violence from cyber-terrorists who hacked the studio. That figure includes the $44 million that Sony spent producing the film, as well as the $30 million it shelled out... Read more

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FCC Dismisses Effort to Sanction Stations That Use ‘Redskins’ as D.C. Team Name

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The FCC has rejected a petition to deny the license to a Virginia radio station owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder on the grounds that the term “Redskins” is an “offensive demeaning racial swear word.” Even though FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has said he considered the name “Redskins” “offensive and derogatory,” the agency’s Media... Read more

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Channing Tatum Returns for 3rd Team Oscar Competition

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Channing Tatum, along with Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, have announced the return of Team Oscar, a short-video competition seeking young filmmakers, with the winners to appear onstage at the 2015 Oscars. Unlike previous years, in which only college students were eligible, this year’s competition is open to any U.S. citizen between 18 and 30... Read more

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Dear Twitter: Sony and Theater Owners Aren’t to Blame

December 19, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s been a rough month for Sony Pictures Entertainment, to say the least. First came the calamitous hack, then came damaging leaks, which were amplified by massive media coverage and, finally, the withdrawal of “The Interview” from theaters (and any other kind of release). All of this was unavoidable. But what came next wasn’t. News... Read more

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