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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.

*Update after the jump.

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PR Weighs in on Sony’s The Interview Move

This morning The New York Post — which happens to be owned by the same company that once owned Sony’s prime competitor, 20th Century Fox — just told us that the scene that caused the world to, in the words of writer/cybersecurity expert Peter Singer, “lose our shit” has leaked.

Here, then, is a screenshot from your Kim Jong Un death scene, set (of course) to Katy Perry:

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That was relatively tame. (And no, the leak isn’t new — it’s just interesting to note that the Post chose to run it.) So what does PR think about the studio’s decision to pull the film entirely?

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Taken 3 Uses LinkedIn to Endorse a Winner’s ‘Particular Set of Skills’

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Typically, the more sequels a movie gets, the more it evokes images of suckage and cash grabs.

Noted franchises like Jaws, Resident Evil, Friday the 13th, and Scream come to mind when considering the carbon copies of movies that should have just tapped out after one or two. This brings us to Liam Neeson’s Taken series.

If you have seen the movie, you know that he plays a man with “a particular set of skills.” Understanding the plight of bad sequels, there needed to be a great stunt to get people interested. And then someone thought of a LinkedIn endorsement by Liam Neeson.

We’re suddenly interested in this movie now!  Read more

Sony Hires Rubenstein, Threatens Journalists Publishing Hacked Data

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Sony Pictures has hired New York’s Rubenstein Communications to handle the fallout from its epic document leak, and the company made its first visible move to limit the ongoing bad press over the weekend by threatening to sue all who report on related materials.

Specifically, the studio’s lawyer David Boies (of Bush v. Gore and many other cases) demanded that all news organizations delete the “stolen data” they already have or will receive and agree to stop reporting on it. Essentially, Boies threatened to sue any organization that publishes future stories drawn from the emails and other materials leaked by hackers.

Sony tried to get the heads of other major studios to sign the letter but they abstained, noting that it might look like “a publicity stunt.”

The real conversation piece, though, is a New York Times op-ed from Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing and The Social Network. In summary, Sorkin tells journalists “You’re Giving Material Aid to Criminals.”

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Frozen Director Finally Apologizes for ‘Let it Go’

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You have seen all the Pixar or Disney greats (or both, since the Mouse bought Pixar). You have fallen in love with the characters. You may have caught yourself singing a couple of those songs in the shower.

And then came Frozen.

Whatever the reason, this billion-dollar blockbuster continues to charm as many minds as it makes into mush. So the director of the colossal animated hit did what any big-time Hollywood director would do…

She apologized.

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Netflix CEO Predicts the Death of TV by 2030

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Many PR people don’t pay attention to national TV ratings, but at Mediabistro it’s part of our job description.

Even those who don’t track Nielsen numbers know that people aren’t watching as much basic cable as they used to because of more channels, more options, more annoyances, and a lack of compelling programs.

Check out the Emmys next time to see how many statues HBO, Showtime and AMC win…and if you’ve seen “House of Cards“ or “Orange is the New Black,” then you know why Netflix is now a powerful player in this conversation.

OK, but the company’s CEO Reed Hastings just predicted that TV as we know it will be dead by 2030.

Agreed?

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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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Scandal Winter Finale: Secrets Are Revealed, Shots Are Fired, Wine Is Spilled

popevspopeAre you ready? You’ll never be ready. We weren’t ready.

Last night was the winter finale for Scandal (and How To Get Away With Murder, if you’re into that), and they left us with quite the cliffhanger. Most notably, we’ve got Papa Pope on the loose. Snipers are looking for him. Jake is on the hunt. And Olivia has joined in, enlisting Mama Pope to help. Remember, she’s been locked up in a hole for the past few episodes, at the very hands of Rowan himself.

When she’s faced with Liv, Mama (Maya? I’m terrible with names) thinks her daughter has come to her rescue.

“Tell them Livvy. Handle them,” says Mama Pope. After all, she’s been locked up without being charged. But Liv has got a few crimes in mind: ”Murder, terrorism, treason,” says Liv. “Charge her and lock her up. As for my father. Find him and kill him.”

Well all righty then!

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Wendy Williams Takes A Ton of Social Media Hits After Aaliyah Lifetime Biopic

aaliyah biopicAll the world loves a Lifetime movie. The stories are never too complex, no matter the issues they may touch upon. If you miss the first 30 minutes, that’s all right. The stories are such that you can catch up pretty easily. And most viewers don’t have particularly high expectations. So if the movie is even halfway decent, you walk away a satisfied viewer. The movie has to be darn awful for people to raise a stink.

That’s exactly what happened after the network aired its biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B this weekend,which focused on the star who was killed in a plane crash at the age of 22 in 2001. And viewers didn’t just lash out at Lifetime for broadcasting a garbage movie. They went all the way off on Wendy Williams for producing it. She was even trending for a while on Saturday night.

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Scandal Recap: Who Will Have Their Chance to Stand in the Sun?

Last night’s episode opened where we left off: caught in the middle of a juicy love triangle between Jake (Capt. Ballard if you’re nasty… that means you Fitz), the president and Olivia in the secret prison bunker. Jake wants Fitz to shut up, wants to kill Rowan and wants to talk to his “girlfriend,” that last one mostly so he can rub Fitz’s face in the fact that they were on the island together. He even shares their little catchphrase: “Standing in the sun.” So romantical.

Ultimately, they’re really on the same side versus Papa Pope, so they decide it’s best to put some of this drama aside. At least for the time being.

“No hard feelings?” asks Fitz.

“No hard feelings,” replies Jake.

There are definitely hard feelings.

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