It’s kind of a strange thing to write about ‘The Interview’ now, right? Its place in culture will always be defined by the Sony hacks that preceded the movie’s release. Is any other film defined so sharply by events that were out of that movie’s control?
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By now it’s quite clear: Sony is not releasing ‘The Interview’ in theaters any time soon. In the wake of the terrorist threats made against theaters that planned to screen the controversial film, and in the subsequent wake of numerous theater chains (including AMC Entertainment, Regal Entertainment, and Cinemark) canceling their planned runs of the movie, Sony decided to cancel the film’s release outright. It will not be a very merry Christmas for Seth Rogen and James Franco.
Earlier we showed you the trailer for one of the best films from this year’s SXSW, and now we’re thrilled to show you the trailer for one of the best films from neighboring Austin film festival Fantastic Fest. Behold, the first trailer for ‘The Duke of Burgundy,’ a film that renders ‘50 Shades of Grey’ even more unnecessary than it already was. From the filmmakers behind ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ comes this seductive and brilliant new film that will definitely give you something to talk about.
This week in sequels you weren’t aware that you wanted, comic book imprint IDW Publishing is releasing ‘The Fly: Outbreak,’ a follow-up to David Cronenberg’s 1986 film—which was based on a 1957 short story of the same name, which was also made into a film in 1958. A sequel to Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’ was released in 1989 without the involvement of the director, and it doesn’t appear that he had much—if anything—to do with this new comic book sequel, either.
Today hasn’t been a great day in film news, so let’s focus on something happier! Director Jon Favreau has unleashed lots of photos from behind the scenes of his upcoming live-action ‘Jungle Book’ film. Favreau is working with a bunch of very awesome, very talented people for the new Disney film, and many of them make appearances in these photos, including a surprise visit from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo.
When the first teaser trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hit the Internet, no one could have predicted that so much attention would be focused on whose voice was actually narrating the trailer. Arguments between journalists and fans alike permeated the discussion around the teaser before it was ultimately confirmed that yes, that was totally Andy Serkis’ voice. Following that whole ordeal came rumors that Serkis would be playing not one, but two characters in the film, similar to the work he provided on ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’—but now the actor has spoken up to clarify his role in ‘The Force Awakens.’
One of the best films from this year’s SXSW film festival is undoubtedly ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,’ in which ‘Pacific Rim’ star Rinko Kikuchi plays a young woman from Tokyo who believes that the Coen brothers film ‘Fargo’ is actually a true story. The first official teaser trailer for ‘Kumiko’ has arrived online today, just as haunting and beautiful as the film itself.
On the heels of theater owners deciding to opt out of showing ‘The Interview,’ Sony unfortunately cancelled the Christmas Day release of the film entirely. While we patiently wait to find out if, when and how Sony might eventually release the film, the hacking incident and its related terrorist threats have also affected plans for another film. New Regency has just pulled the plug on ‘Pyongyang,’ an upcoming North Korea comedy set to star Steve Carell.
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