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Sony Backtracks, Will Release The Interview After All

via James Franco's IG. Caption: CELEBRATING!!!!! “The Interview” starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco saved by President Obacco! I MEAN PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!! Sorry!!!

via James Franco’s Instagram. Caption: CELEBRATING!!!!! “The Interview” starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco saved by President Obacco! I MEAN PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!! Sorry!!!

We all got our wish and The Interview will be available in limited release on Christmas Day. Hooray! Go home elves… you have nothing more that we want.

Well actually, we would want it to play in a few more theaters perhaps. So far, Alamo Drafthouse seems to be the only theater confirming that they’ll run the movie in a few states, with showtimes and everything being offered. We’re going to re-state our prediction that there will also be some sort of on-demand option coming from Sony soon.

So everyone will watch this movie, right? It’s now your patriotic duty.

*Updates after the jump.

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After #ObamaPresser, Sony Says The Interview Will Be Available… Somehow

Interview-posterPresident Obama shocked a lot of people when he came right out and said during Friday’s epic year-end press conference  that Sony made a “mistake” by pulling The Interview.

“We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” the President added. Oh snap!

It didn’t have much of an impact when Hollywood cried “foul” over the decision. But the President? Now Sony had one more problem to add to the other 99 on its plate.

So what do you do when the President calls you out in front of the world? Throw the message machine in reverse.

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Obama on Sony Hackers: ‘I Wish They Had Spoken to Me First’

U.S. President Obama listens to Britain's PM Cameron speak during the U.N. Security Council meeting in New YorkAlthough this headshot of our president was not made for the Sony Pictures ballyhoo (shout out to Reuters), he was probably looking like this when he got the word that the mighty U.S.A. had kowtowed to the dude with the jacked-up haircut from North Korea.

You see, a president of this country should never take the back seat to anyone, let alone someone who disappeared for 40 days and convinced an entire country that he was on vacation.

So, Mr. President, we feel you.

The whole hack job aversion to halt The Interview would have our knickers in a twist…if we didn’t think the whole thing was ridiculous (from a PR standpoint) in the first place. Turns out that Obama is quite concerned that Sony Pictures didn’t consult him first.

Because he’s the president…that’s why!  Read more

Judy Smith Advising Sony Over Decision To Drop The Interview

judy smithTMZ says it has learned that Judy Smith, the crisis expert who inspired Olivia Pope on Scandalis advising Sony on how to handle the criticism it has received over pulling The Interview.

“Our sources tell us Smith has been especially helpful to Sony because of her deep contacts with the government, and she has been involved on both the D.C. and Hollywood fronts,” the site says.

The story goes on to say that Smith and her firm, Smith & Company, has been helping with the messaging, “that this is not just a Sony issue but an industry issue,” and the idea that this is an industry issue, not just a Sony issue.

“We’re told the ultimate mission is to somehow contain the PR fallout and navigate a way forward,” the site says.

That task is not made easier by today’s #ObamaPresser.

Hollywood Sounds Off on Decision to Cancel The Interview

Every time something big happens in the world, there’s some sort of round up of Hollywood reaction on social media. On most occasions, it’s kind of like, “Who cares?” We don’t need to know what Selena Gomez thinks about falling oil prices or the elections in some faraway land. But Hollywood is sounding off on the decision to pull The Interview from theaters and this is something that is right in their wheelhouse.

The group (or country) behind the massive Sony hack that’s been topping the headlines sent out a warning that there would be repercussions for any theater that shows The Interview on its screens. Sony said they would respect whatever decision the theater companies made in response. Right away, the largest theater companies, from AMC Entertainment to Regal Entertainment and beyond, said they wouldn’t show the film. (In Dallas, they’re replacing The Interview with Team America*, which is why it’s trending on Twitter.) So Sony killed the whole thing.

The outrage from Hollywood has been fast and furious on Twitter, with many expressing anger and disappointment that there wouldn’t be a bigger stand for freedom of expression.  Read more

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay Explains How Her PR Background Helped Her Movie Career

selmaAmong the many movies being released on Christmas Day this year is Selma, which recounts the three months of the civil-rights movement leading up to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Among the stars are David Oyelowo, who’s getting advanced buzz for playing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Oprah Winfrey.

The director of that movie is Ava DuVernay, who was given the director’s chair to the film after Lee Daniels dropped out. This is the first time DuVernay has ever directed a film with a budget as large as Selma, $20 million. Her other notable directorial work was for the independent film Middle of Nowhere, which was released in 2012 and had a $200,000 budget. She’s otherwise done a few other smaller projects like a clip starring Gabrielle Union for Prada and a documentary for ESPN called Venus Vs. about tennis champ Venus Williams.

Prior to becoming a filmmaker DuVernay was an entertainment publicist with her own firm, working on the big-budget films she may now be making. Among those were 2011 Oscar winner The Help, Dreamgirls (another Oscar winner for Jennifer Hudson) and Invictus with Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as a star South African rugby player. DuVernay says her experience as a publicist was useful background for her film career.

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The Force ‘Awakens’ a Whole New Realm of Movie Publicity

Star Wars 7Marvel does it. DC Comics is learning it. Star Trek did it. But there is no movie series in history that has created the kind of hype as the Star Wars saga.

The year was 1977, and some “stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerfherder” named George Lucas came up with the odd idea to begin hyping a movie months before it hit theaters.

At the time, observers considered the three-month-long teaser period even more ambitious than the movie itself, but the film did okay — it’s still number six all time on the top-grossing flick list.

That teaser campaign created a new model for publicizing movies…one closely followed by Lucas’ successor, J.J. Abrams.

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Prince Is Not Thankful for His Online Fans

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Talk about a “controversy” making people “delirious.”

In the record span of two months, the enigmatic-genius-symbol currently known as Prince did the unthinkable — he gave his fans what they wanted and then took it all away…along with his entire video collection online.

And then he drove away in his Little Red Corvette and made all the doves cry.

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Sting Joining the Cast of his Broadway Show ‘The Last Ship’ To Boost Ticket Sales

sting last shipWhere once Broadway stages were populated by a breed of actor that focused on work in the theater, you can now find some of the biggest names from television, Hollywood and music on marquees all over Midtown Manhattan. Indeed, trying to get a ticket to a show with a celebrity involved will cost theatergoers big bucks. The last time we checked for tickets to see Hugh Jackman in “The River,” there was nothing for less than about $280.

Hoping to turn around the fortunes of his flailing show “The Last Ship,” Sting will headline the production for five weeks starting December 9. Sting wrote the music to the show, which is about a young man who leaves his English shipping community only to return 15 years later to find that the shipyard is at risk and his childhood love is engaged to another man.

To announce the special engagement, Sting appeared on the Today show this morning. And The New York Times ran a story yesterday. So the show sees the opportunity and is looking to make the most of it.

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National Media Runs with Fake Lisa Bonet Tweet About Cosby

lisa-bonetRemember her?

For years, she was seen on posters in pre-pubescent boys’ school lockers. Lately, she may as well be seen on milk cartons because Lisa Bonet has not made much of an appearance beyond a guest spot on Portlandia and the whole “getting married to Khal Drogo” thing.

Of course, now that her former boss has encountered a wave of negative publicity, many people in the media are looking for a quote, a wink, even a shrug that may irrefutably deny or confirm the narrative. In fact, the media is so hungry for confirmation from the former Cosby Show crew that they might fail to focus on whether the “people” in question are real.

That’s exactly what happened this weekend.

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