While the deal has been rumored since December, it's now official: Seth Rogen and James Franco's international conflict-sparking movie The Interview is officially set to hit Netflix in Canada and the US on Saturday, January 24th. According to Variety the film has already made Sony over $40 million in rental and VOD sales, but it still has a little further to go to break even with its $45 million budget.
According to a report by CNN Money, Sony is near a deal with Google to release The Interview as a rental on YouTube tomorrow, the same day it'll be released at thousands of independent movie theaters around the country. The deal still isn't final, and it won't be exclusive, so it's likely that it'll also be available on other streaming/downloading services such as VOD. But it's a groundbreaking move, especially in light of the fact that just a week ago Sony was claiming that it had no plans to release the movie — ever.
Obviously there's no way that Sony is going to make back the [...]
The Sony hack from last month has resulted in a ton of studio leaks lately (including a bunch of anonymous employee complaints about Adam Sandler movies), and one of the newer finds includes two potential new projects from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo behind The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street. According to the leaked emails between Sony executives, the studio is considering the possibility of an animated Spider-Man comedy from Lord and Miller as well as a crossover film combining 23 Jump Street and Men in Black. The crossover doesn't yet have a script attached, but execs are reportedly pushing to release the film as [...]
The Hollywood Reporter has an extensive Dan Harmon profile out today called "The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Dan Harmon," with a ton of new info about the reasons the Community creator was fired and rehired onto his show. Here's a section finally explaining why NBC and Sony let him go last year:
Harmon was forced out — a move the studio had considered making earlier — for a collection of reasons, including erratic behavior and an oddball leadership style, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Many say he regularly showed up hours late to work and on one occasion outright disappeared to San [...]
Jerry Seinfeld's new web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in which he drives around in cars with comedians and gets coffee, was just renewed for a second season – or whatever the web series equivalent of being renewed for a second season is. Produced by Seinfeld and Sony Pictures Television and released via Sony's video site Crackle, the show ran for 10 episodes last year and saw Seinfeld welcoming guests like Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Colin Quinn, Alec Baldwin, Brian Regan, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Michaels Richards. The NY Times reports that the new season will consist of 24 episodes, and Seinfeld is hoping to gain [...]