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'Black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris Is Writing a 'Good Times' Movie for Sony

Norman Lear's classic '70s sitcom Good Times is getting the big screen treatment. According to Deadline, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris has signed on to write a feature film adaptation of the sitcom, which centers on an African-American family in the Chicago projects in the '60s, for Sony. The studio originally tried to adapt the movie in 2013 with Wreck-It-Ralph's Phil Johnson and Scott Rudin signed on to produce. Rudin is still attached to the project with The Newsroom producer Eli Bush. The original Good Times ran on CBS from 1974-1979.

'The Interview' Has Made $31 Million from Online and VOD Sales

It's been two weeks since the unprecedented box office and internet release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's new film The Interview, and today Sony announced that the film has so far racked up a total of $31 million from online and VOD sales, making it the studio's biggest VOD release to date. Factoring in the $2.9 million the film made during its limited theatrical release, The Interview has grossed almost $34 million overall — still a long way to go to break even with its $45 million budget thanks to major theater chains like Regal and AMC choosing not to release the movie on Christmas Day.

Seth Meyers Tells the Sony Hackers to "Bring It On"

Last night, Seth Meyers took a bold stand against North Korea or whoever hacked Sony Pictures, causing them to cancel the release of The Interview. A bold stance, but seemingly not one that NBC is fully behind.

It's Not Looking Good for a Sixth Season of 'Community'

While it was previously reported that Sony and Hulu were in talks to revive the cancelled Community for a sixth season on the streaming site, TV Line is now reporting that Hulu has given up on the negotiations. There's still a tiny glimmer of a chance that the show could be revived if Sony can find another suitor by next week, when all of the actors' contracts expire, but that seems pretty unlikely at this point.

But hey, they had a good run! Five seasons is three or four seasons more than one could have really expected a show so willfully weird to last on network TV. [...]

Sony Asks You to "Keep 'Community' Alive"

Sony, the studio behind Community, which is on the brink of cancellation once again this season, put out this new promo as a "save our show" campaign for fans. Just like ABC's "Save Happy Endings" campaign earlier this year, this is another example of the folks who make a TV show blatantly telling fans that they need to watch said show in greater numbers to keep it on. TV's all in your hands now, the public!

'The Interview' Will Make Its Netflix Debut on January 24th

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.

Report: 'The Interview' Is Coming to YouTube Tomorrow

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 [...]

Sony Is Reportedly Developing an Animated Spider-Man Comedy and '23 Jump Street'/'Men in Black' Crossover

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 BlackThe crossover doesn't yet have a script attached, but execs are reportedly pushing to release the film as [...]

Reasons Behind Dan Harmon's 'Community' Firing Revealed

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 Is Making More 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

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 [...]

Crackle Renews Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars' and Announces 'Joe Dirt 2' Cast

Sony's video site Crackle just shared two big updates at TCA. First, Jerry Seinfeld's hit web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has landed a sixth season order, though the guests have not yet been revealed. In other Crackle news, David Spade's 2001 comedy Joe Dirt will debut a sequel called Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser on the streaming platform this summer and include supporting cast Christopher Walken, Dennis Miller, Brittany Daniel, Mark McGrath, and Patrick Warburton. Former SNL head writer Fred Wolf, who wrote the original film, returned to direct and co-write the film with Spade.

Sony to Release 'The Interview' After All

Sony has announced that it's reversed its decision to not release The Interview, and instead will kick off a limited theatrical run on Christmas Day alongside a same-day VOD release. Major chains such as Regal and AMC are unlikely to show the movie; instead, art house theaters such as The Plaza Theater in Atlanta and The Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas/Fort Worth have announced that they'll be showing it. Other theaters are likely to announce screenings soon.

It's a rapid about-face from Sony, which has suffered possibly the biggest corporate hack in history and threats of violence at screenings of the movie. But with even President Obama saying that [...]

Leaked Sony Documents Confirm That Adam Sandler Films "Have No More Value"

Sony has been dealing with the effects of a major hack from last week, and among the many leaked documents is a 25-page collection of Sony employee complaints that reveal even the people who make Adam Sandler movies hate Adam Sandler movies. Gawker combed through the complaints and highlighted some of the best digs at Sandler's expense:

Be more focussed and ruthless in directing our resources to businesses that will sustain the long term health of SPE – networks, broadcast TV shows, new movie franchises, digital distibution By the same token, stop or reduce support for areas that have no more value (Sandler movies, DVD)

There is [...]

Report: Dan Harmon Confirms He's Been Asked Back to 'Community'

A report came in earlier this month that Sony is interested in having Dan Harmon to return to Community for the show's fifth season, and now, it looks like Harmon has confirmed the news. Hollywookiee reports that, at the most recent live taping of his podcast Harmontown, the Community creator said this:

Dan Harmon just told the audience of his podcast Harmontown that he has been asked to return to Community! As soon as Dan said it, he asked that it be edited out of the podcast and it was just for us audience members (and I wasn't going to say a word), but soon after that, [...]