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'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.

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 [...]

'SNL' Review: James Franco Delivers in an Episode That Doesn't

Let's face it: over the 40 years SNL has been on the air, the majority of its sketches have not made us laugh. For every "Cowbell," there are a dozen forgotten flat-liners you'd never see on the "Best of Will Ferrell" DVD. At best, the show can hope for a 1:1 hit ratio. That's not meant as a knock against SNL, but as an acknowledgement of its difficulty level. By now, we've gone through enough behind-the-scenes documentaries and oral histories to appreciate the show's demanding six-day production period and the risks of live broadcasts. Regular viewers accept a mixed bag as par for the course.

This season has served as evidence of that inconsistency. SNL has produced some real [...]

Sony Is Making Alterations to Seth Rogen's 'The Interview' Before Its Christmas Release

It turns out that North Korea's missiles and complaints about Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's newest assassination comedy The Interview being "an act of war" that "shows the desperation of the US government and American society" have been taken seriously by Sony, because THR reports today that the film will undergo a bunch of changes prior to its release on December 25th. According to the report, the studio is not only "digitally altering thousands of buttons worn by characters … because they depict the actual hardware worn by the North Korean military" that honor Kim Jong-un and his father Kim Jong-il, but they're also reconsidering [...]

North Korea Condemns Rogen/Franco Movie 'The Interview' But Kim Jong-un Will Probably Watch It Anyway

The recently released trailer for Seth Rogen's new movie The Interview (due out October 10th) has already made waves with its main plot and joke target North Korea in the form of an official condemnation of the film. According to Variety, the executive director of the Centre for North Korea-U.S. Peace was "dismissive" in an interview with the Telegraph about the movie: "There is a special irony in this storyline," he said, "as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society." He added, however, that dictator Kim Jong-un — who is played in the film by Randall Park — would "probably watch the [...]

'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.

'The Interview' Screenwriter Dan Sterling: "Comedians Shouldn't Be Held Accountable for Acts of Violence"

"Comedians shouldn't be held accountable for acts of violence – and those we satirize shouldn't be silenced. Sarah Palin is hilarious, and I would never want her silenced. It informs the debate. The problem is the people who make the threats. If Iran made a comedy titled Eat Shit and Die, America, I’d be the first guy in line – but then again I have a Pollyanna view. If all countries made satirical movies about each other, and that was the only way we all fought – what a great world we'd live in."

- Former Daily Show co-executive producer and The Interview screenwriter Dan Sterling comments on the recent [...]

Here's the Final Trailer for Seth Rogen and James Franco's 'The Interview'

After angering North Korea, making some big edits, and getting a later premiere date, Seth Rogen and James Franco's latest film The Interview now has a final trailer. Unlike the previous sneak peeks, this time around there seems to be a lot less anti-Kim Jong-un sentiment and a lot more — direct quote — "I think he's not a bad guy!" Hopefully the real Kim Jong-un keeps his promise and watches the movie when it's out — not for the catchy Katy Perry songs but to watch "the desperation of the US government and American society" play out onscreen.

Seth Rogen's Movie 'The Interview' Comes Out in Theaters on December 25th

Despite the fact that it's made North Korea very angry, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's newest film The Interview has been given a new release date. Rogen announced on Twitter today that The Interview will be released in theaters this Christmas; the film was originally slated for a release in October but was pushed back by Sony. "The combination of Seth, Evan, and James [Franco] is pure comedic magic," said Sony exec Rory Bruer. "In our early screenings of The Interview, we've seen that they've delivered yet again, and we're thrilled to be making the move to Christmas — one of the most important moviegoing days [...]

Seth Rogen and James Franco Are Unlikely Assassins in 'The Interview' Trailer

Here's the trailer for The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as celebrity tabloid reporters who score an interview with Kim Jong-un (played by Randall Park) only to get recruited by the CIA in an attempt to assassinate him.

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 [...]

All Five Top Theater Chains Drop 'The Interview'

It's a sad day for comedy, free speech, and people who hate losing against terrorists. According to THR, all five major movie theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas, and Cineplex Entertainment — have announced that they've decided to not release Seth Rogen and James Franco's new film The Interview, which was scheduled to premiere in theaters on Christmas Day. "Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres," Regal said to [...]

Watch the Latest Trailer for Seth Rogen's New Movie 'The Interview'

Seth Rogen's new movie The Interview has been given a new premiere date, new edits, and now a new trailer, which features Rogen and James Franco leaving their Hollywood gig to interview and ultimately assassinate Kim Jong-un. Hopefully when the North Korean leader finally sees the full movie he gives it two out of three missiles.

Did North Korea Launch Three Missiles Because of Seth Rogen?

Yesterday, North Korea said that the upcoming Rogen/Franco comedy The Interview, in which the two plan to secretly assassinate Kim Jung-Un, was an "act of war." Just a bunch of bluster from a famously blustery country, right? Uh, well… North Korea fired three short-range projectiles off its east coast on Thursday, a day after it warned of retaliation against the release of an American comedy film involving a plot to kill its leader, Kim Jong-un.

That's from the New York Times. The missiles were a test, and landed somewhere in the water between North Korea and Japan. It's not clear what type of missiles they were just [...]