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'The Interview' Takes Over $1 Million On Christmas Day

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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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Seth Rogen and James Franco's new movie 'The Interview' finally saw the light of day in a limited Christmas Day release

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Sony Cancels The Release Of 'The Interview' Amid Hacking Threats

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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.

A comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, its plot followed two bumbling American journalists assigned by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

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James Franco and Seth Rogen had been due to star in The Interview, whose release Sony cancelled today

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Naughty Boy Hopes You'll Enjoy Your Stay At The Hotel Cabana, Promises Grandeur

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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.

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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.

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PS4 Release Date Revealed, So When Are You Getting Yours?


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.

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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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What The Hell Has Happened To M. Night Shyamalan?

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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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Box Office Preview: Woefully Reviewed 'After Earth' Will Struggle For No.1

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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.

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Angry Birds Movie Set For 2016, 'Despicable Me' Producer On-Board


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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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Video - Rhys Ifans' Chance Meeting With Vanessa Redgrave

Actors Rhys Ifans (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1; Notting Hill; Hannibal Rising) and Joely Richardson (The Patriot; Nip/Tuck; The Tudors) attend a press junket of their new film, historical thriller Anonymous. Rhys, who plays the Earl of Oxford, tells a story of how he met Joely's mother, Vanessa Redgrave - who plays Queen Elizabeth I in the film - while working backstage on a production of Antony and Cleopatra. Joely is impressed by the story as she didn't know about the meeting until now.

Anonymous, directed by Roland Emmerich, explores the conspiracy theory that the works of William Shakespeare were not written by the man himself but by someone else - in this case, Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford

Video - The Smurfs Made Hank Azaria Relate To 'Grouchy'

Hank Azaria, the acclaimed comedian and voice actor who plays Gargamel in the recently released 'The Smurfs 3D', claims weeks of filming made him "relate" to 'Grouchy Smurf'. Azaria explained, "I understand Grouchy.if you didn't hate Smurfs beforehand, which is my job to hate Smurfs as Gargamel, by the end of the process, after a few weeks, I was ready to yell at some Smurfs".

The movie, released on 29th July 2011, was considered a box office success and grossed $35.6 million during its opening weekend. Jon Favreau's action flick 'Cowboys and Aliens', with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, grossed just 800k more during the same weekend.

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