Despite getting a limited Christmas Day release in just over 300 independent cinemas, the new comedy took over 7 figures in one day.
Despite the controversial circumstances surroundings its (non) release, The Interview has grossed over $1 million in its first day of release. The last-minute decision might have represented something of a gamble, but Sony Corporation seem to have ended a torrid couple of weeks on a high note.
Having cancelled the comedy’s release a week ago amid threats from a cyberhacking group, the studio reversed its decision and rushed out last-minute copies of the film to 320 independent cinemas through the States. Nonetheless, the decision has resulted in an impressive PR coup for the company, who have been accused of caving in to threats to free speech.
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The comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen had been due to open in cinemas on December 25th.
Just a little over a week before its scheduled release date and following apparent threats from hackers, Sony has announced that it has cancelled the release of The Interview.
James Franco and Seth Rogen had been due to star in The Interview, whose release Sony cancelled today
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The 28-year-old producer has his sights set across the pond.
Having broken into music in an unorthodox way – Naughty Boy won £44k on Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal and used the money to set up his own recording space – Naughty Boy has his own album: Hotel Cabana.
From Watford General Hospital to record deals and stroking cats in limos - Naughty Boy
Featuring Gabrielle, Tinie Tempah, George The Poet, Emeli Sande, and Professor Green, it’s clear to see the adventurous musician wanted something big for his debut.
Microsoft's Xbox ONE still doesn't have one
As expected, Sony revealed the release date for their hotly anticipated next generation console, the Playstation 4 at Gamescom this week. And, as predict by most commentators, it falls in November 2013. North America will get it on November 15th, while it hits Europe November 29th.
Announced in June, the PlayStation 4 marks the next phase in video gaming after the Playstation 3 and XBOX 360 dominated console gaming in this one. Going against Sony’s effort will be Microsoft’s Xbox One – a product designed to offer an all round entertainment package.
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Will M. Night Shyamalan ever been trusted with a blockbuster budget again?
How many chances is M. Night Shyamalan going to get to direct a big-budget movie without making it toe-curlingly horrible? The Indian-American filmmaker proved he had the talent to put together an entertaining narrative with The Sixth Sense, though audiences are still waiting for Shyamalan to recreate that magic. They have been waiting for a long time.
There were flashes of quality in his two efforts after the Bruce Willis horror-drama, Signs and Unbreakable, though both suffered from sequences that bordered on the ridiculous. The dip in form continued with The Village (2004) though reached a terrifying low with Lady in the Water (2006) - or so we thought.
The Happening, starring Zooey Deschanel and Mark Wahlberg, prompted the New Republic to assert, "[A]n astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almost wonders whether it was real or imagined," though Shyamalan's career eventually reached its nadir with the infamous Last Airbender (2010) about a 12-year-old boy who provides the last hope of restoring harmony to a land consumed by chaos. "$150,000,000 well wasted. The Last Airbender is an insult to those wanting sophisticated, entertaining or even competent cinema," said Michael Leader of Film4. In his scathing review, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said, "After the first five seconds, it seems as if you have been watching it for around two-and-a-half hours, and that this time has passed in four-and-a-half days."
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Will Smith's 'After Earth' may suffer from ridiculously bad reviews.
The Will and Jaden Smith starring After Earth - which may well be M. Night Shymalan's worst ever movie - should pull in between $35-40 million at the box-office this weekend, though it won't be enough to secure the top spot in its debut week, says Andrew Stewart at Variety.
Sony entrusted over $100 million in Shymalan and The Smiths to make the sci-fi action movie, though reviews have been woeful with one critic opining on whether it may be the worst film ever made. Though a $40 million haul would leave studio executives pretty pleased, failing to secure the top spot will be concerning. That should go to Universal's fabulous 'Fast and Furious 6' with takings of around $50 million. The latest movie in the action franchise is among the best reviewed mainstream movies of the year and should bring its 10-day total to a quite miraculous $175 million.
Angry Birds The Movie hits in 2016, though will audiences still be interested?
Angry Birds Rio!
The Angry Birds movie has finally gotten the go-ahead from Sony for a July 2016 release, with the company announcing on Wednesday (May 15, 2013) that is has acquired the worldwide rights to the ubiquitous game franchise. The 3-D animated movie will be developed and financed by Rovio Entertainment, the hugely successful Finnish gaming company that created Angry Birds. Despicable Me producer John Cohen is also on-board.
Since making its debut in 2009, Angry Birds has been downloaded more than 1.7 billion times. There has also been movie tie-ins, including Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Star Wars, which topped the U.S. iPhone chart two hours after its release in November. A kids animated series Angry Birds Toons premiered in March.
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