Obama Says Sony “Made a Mistake” By Pulling THE INTERVIEW

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While we’ve been passing up more Sony stories than we’ve been posting this week (since we’re declining to publish gossip-y emails and speculative scoops related to the hack), the fact remains that there is some actual, material news coming out of this situation.  And whenever the President of the United States weighs in on status of the new Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg film, that feels like movie news to me.

On the heels of the FBI’s confirmation that North Korea was behind the cyber-attack on Sony, President Barack Obama took his year-end speech as an opportunity to address the situation, denouncing Sony’s decision to cancel the release (going so far to remove clips of the film from the internet) of The Interview.  And I agree with him almost 100%.  Hit the jump for more on Obama’s comments regarding Sony, The Interview, and not giving in to terrorists.

Cyber-Terrorists Threaten to Attack Movie Theaters Showing THE INTERVIEW

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Earlier this week, Evan posted a great piece about why we at Collider will not be posting any material leaked from the cyber-attack on Sony.  However, we will continue to write about the hack itself, and the cyber-terrorists have issued a new threat against movie theaters that show The Interview, a movie the terrorists believe will cause North Korea to violently retaliated and start “The War”.  While what the terrorists have done to Sony is awful, these ass-clowns are pretty amusing in how they’re trying to kill a movie with threats that look like they were pulled from a rejected B-movie action script.

Their latest threat is directed at “the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere” and references 9/11, which is some level of meta-terrorism where the terrorists are referencing a terrorist attack in order to terrorizing people into being afraid of terrorism.  This is all against a movie where characters talk about “McConaughey goat-fuck.”  Hit the jump for more including the terrorists’ full threat and assault on proper grammar.

Why We’re Not Covering Scoops From the Sony Hack

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About a week ago our own Adam Chitwood, who is an incredibly hard worker and is very mindful about the impact of what he does, posted this piece.  I don’t blame him at all for posting it.  If I was online, I would have done the same thing.  After all,  you have to make insanely fast decisions in order to bring readers news in a manner that remains competitive with the countless other outlets vying for their eyes, and it’s sourced from the Wall Street Journal, and contains exactly – and I mean exactly – the type of content that we’re known for bringing to our readers (not to mention a variety of that content that gets a lot of hits).  Except it came from the Sony hack.

We won’t be posting anything like it again.  This is not to say that we won’t post news about the Sony situation.  But we feel that the real news lies in the fact that the studio and its employees are the victims of a massive invasion of privacy and that the contents of that invasion themselves are not news.  In fact, the exposure of these materials is the very thing that the criminals who perpetrated this attack were using as leverage.  And they were counting on our willingness to publish this stuff to back them up.  We did not let them down, but we won’t help them again.  Hit the jump for why.

Sony Drops Steve Jobs Biopic Scripted by Aaron Sorkin; Universal Likely to Acquire Project

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Aaron Sorkin‘s Steve Jobs biopic script has attracted a lot of attention from the likes of David Fincher, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Seth Rogen, Jessica Chastain, and most recently Michael Fassbender.  Yet even with Oscar winner Danny Boyle on board to direct, Sony apparently had too much trouble trying to get the project off the ground. In a surprising development, Sony has ceased development put the project into turnaround.

Sony briefly shopped the project around and immediately found a buyer in Universal.  More after the jump.

Director Paul Feig Says New GHOSTBUSTERS is a Total Reboot; Details the Benefits of a Female Ensemble

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Yesterday came the major news that Paul Feig was officially directing Ghostbusters 3 (which we’ll now just be referring to as the Ghostbusters reboot since that’s what it really is).  Katie Dippold has been hired to co-write the script with Feig and it will center around a cast of “hilarious women.”  All of this sounds really good to me, as it won’t have anything to do with the tired “handing over of the torch” concept we’d been hearing about for years.

And now it’s also confirmed that this will not be a sequel of any kind, but rather a hard reboot.  It won’t follow the events of the first two films, which I think is a wise choice.  Paul Feig recently opened up about the film and the logic behind the choices he’s making.  Hit the jump for more on the Ghostbusters reboot.

Rumor: Could Marvel and Sony Team Up to Bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

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The Avengers, X-Men and Spider-Man are all Marvel, but that doesn’t mean Marvel Studios, Fox and Sony have to play nice – or play together at all for that matter.  Even though the Deadpool movie was finally officially announced, there has been talk of Marvel Entertainment possibly killing off the character in the comics and, on top of that, the Fantastic Four comic book series might be canceled as well.

However, even though there’s no sign of Marvel warming up to Fox anytime soon, there is a rumor floating around that the studio could join forces with Sony to finally link Spider-Man to the MCU.  Hit the jump for more.

REAL GENIUS Headed to TV, Half Hour Series to be Produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison

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I’m probably too close to Real Genius to make an objective call as to whether it’s a great movie or not, but damn do I love it.  I often used to consider Val Kilmer‘s carefree but brilliant Chris Knight my spirit animal until I realized I was neither brilliant or carefree.  Martha Coolidge‘s 1985 comedy also gave us the great characters of Lazlo (played by Jon Gries), Jordan (Michelle Meyrink) and even Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarret) not to mention two all-timer douchebag villains in William Atherton‘s Jerry Hathaway and Robert Prescott‘s Kent.

I’m itching to watch that movie even as I type this.  Will Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison, Sony TV, 3 Arts and NBC be able to recapture that excitement?  Hard to tell so far, but they’re going to have to try because they’re making Real Genius as a half-hour comedy.  Hit the jump for more on the Real Genius TV Show.

VENOM Movie Reportedly Titled VENOM CARNAGE; Doc Ock Rumored to Lead the SINISTER SIX

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In addition to the news about a female Spider-Man spinoff there were also a few nuggets regarding the rest of Sony’s Spider-Man plans.  While we’ve known about Drew Goddard’s Sinister Six for a while (and learned about its November 11, 2016 release date a few weeks ago), we’re still in the dark in regards to exactly which villains will be appearing since its rogues gallery gets regularly rotated in the comics.  Now it appears that Dr. Octopus will be leading the way for the film adaptation.

It also appears as though the Venom movie Alex Kurtzman has been attached to direct for a while now has a new title, Venom Carnage.  Does that mean we’re getting a Cletus Kasady/Eddie Brock team-up (or showdown)?  Hit the jump for more Venom Carnage and Sinister Six news.

Looking Back at E3 2014 Plus Over 100 Images from the Popular Gaming Expo

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Last week E3 2014 came to a close, but it left plenty to be excited for in the near future.  The “Big 3”, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony, all have their Next Gen systems in consumer hands, so this year was all about proving why you shouldn’t lose faith in their product.  With owners of the Xbox One, Wii U, and Playstation 4 all clamoring for games for their libraries, there are quite a few titles I think you should be on the look out for.  Click on through to see my top games and over a 100 pictures of E3 2014.

CAPTAIN NEMO Spec Script from Alfred Gough and Miles Millar Purchased by Sony/Columbia

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Sony/Columbia is ready to head 20,000 leagues under the sea with a new Captain Nemo spec script purchase from screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.  The Smallville and  Spider-Man 2 writers have reportedly put forward a new take on Jules Verne’s classic antihero, the genius scientist who patrols the ocean’s depths in his formidable submarine, The Nautilus.  Few other details are available on their version at the moment, suffice to say that the duo will executive produce with  Joe Roth and Palak Patel also on board as producers.  Perhaps Sony will have better luck getting their version of “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” off the ground (or under the water?) than Disney; that studio has struggled to keep a director attached to the project McG departing over four years ago, and David Fincher abandoning ship more recently due to budget issues. (Via Heat Vision)

ZOMBIELAND Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to Pen Adaptation of Upcoming Video Game WATCH DOGS

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Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell franchises are already incredibly popular.  They’ve spawned numerous sequels and they show no signs of slowing down.  It’s no surprise they’re being turned into movies.  Assassin’s Creed is set to star Michael Fassbender, Splinter Cell will be led by Tom Hardy, and both are due out in 2015.  But today Ubisoft and New Regency are moving ahead on a new film adaptation from the video game developer–Watch Dogs, which hasn’t been released in stores yet.  It’s got an action-friendly premise wherein you play Aiden Pearce, a grey hat hacker who can bend a hyper-connected Chicago to his will with his ability to hack into everything ranging from traffic lights to bank accounts.  Ubisoft has been planning to adapt Watch Dogs into a movie for almost a year, but now they’re taking a substantial step forwards.

According to Deadline, Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been hired to handle the script.  They’re good writers, so the larger question is whether or not Watch Dogs will be the hit Ubisoft expects.  The game is promising, and I’m eager to play it, but I’m also worried that it’s promising far more than it can deliver.  Hit the jump to check out the latest trailer and see what I mean.  Watch Dogs will be released on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC on May 27th.

TOP 5: DRAFT DAY, Early Reactions to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Colbert Replacing Letterman, Drew Goddard Directing THE SINISTER SIX, STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST

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collider-top-5-sliceFor the first time that I can remember since I started writing for Collider in 2010, director Peter Weir‘s The Truman Show made headlines this week when we learned that Paramount is developing a TV series adaptation of the film. While I won’t waste any space today discussing my feelings on the adaptation (mostly because there aren’t any real details to dissect as of now), I will absolutely take this opportunity to talk about my adoration of the film. The Truman Show ranks among my all-time favorites with ease and, if pressed to name a lone favorite, it would likely make that cut too. I actually didn’t watch it until my second year of college, circa 2007, but I credit that first viewing as a benchmark cinematic experience for me; one that helped me begin to understand the impact that a movie could have on a person’s outlook and perception of the world around them. I would eventually go on to dedicate my graduate school research to the film, during which I watched it at least 15 more times; wrote this semi-boring perceptual effects analysis; and wrote/recorded this somewhat less boring seven song record. On paper, these projects were a way to fulfill requirements towards my degree. In reality, it was an excuse to delve further into the headspace of a work that, for all intents and purposes, changed my life.

All personal reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Draft Day, early reactions to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on CBS’ The Late Show, Sony selecting Drew Goddard to direct The Sinister Six, and the first look at Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Sony Picks up Rights to Max Brooks’ Upcoming Graphic Novel, THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS

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Max Brooks’ last adaptation to hit the screen – World War Z – ended up with a global box office take of over half-a-billion dollars.  Now Sony is hoping lightning strikes twice for Brooks, as they’ve picked up the feature rights to his upcoming graphic novel, The Harlem Hellfighters.  Based on the 369th Infantry Regiment (the first African-American regiment called upon to fight in World War I), the graphic novel follows the soldiers from basic training to the trenches of France, where they spent more time in combat than any other American unit.  Hit the jump for more.

PlayStation 4 Sells One Million Units on Release Date; Still Has No Must-Own Games

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The next generation of consoles has finally arrived (yes, the WiiU was released last year, but no one really seems to care), and PlayStation 4 sold one million units in the U.S. and Canada when it was released this past Friday.  Sony is predicting three million units sold before the end of the year, and that’s a realistic target, especially since shoppers haven’t trampled each other yet for the Black Friday sales (the system won’t be discounted, but it will likely come with bundle offers from retailers).  We’ll see how sales of Xbox One match up when Microsoft’s new console is released this Friday.

However, there are still no must-own games for Sony’s system.  Then again, the PlayStation 3 also didn’t have any, and it cost $600 at launch as opposed to PlayStation 4′s $400 price-tag.  I, for one, would like to thank all the early adopters for discovering the system’s kinks and quirks, and for their willingness to buy games that are also coming out on the current generation of consoles.

ROBOCOP Set for IMAX Release on February 7, 2014

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Director Jose Padilha’s upcoming RoboCop will grace the ginormous IMAX screens when it hits theaters next year.  Sony and MGM announced today that the film will be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX format, giving fans the opportunity to check it out on the big, big screen.  Joel Kinnaman leads the redo, which takes place in 2028 and finds the sleazy OminiCorp putting its drone technology to use on domestic grounds by way of a part-man, part-robot police officer.  The experiment on Kinnaman is meant to be the first of many RoboCops that the company hopes to put in every city around the country, but obviously things don’t go as planned.  Watch the trailer here.

The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.  If you missed Steve’s recent interview with Baruchel about the film, click hereRoboCop opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on February 7, 2014.

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