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 many, many millions of dollars that this hack has cost them with just this movie, but this does have the potential to have The Interview be seen by even more people than it would have with just a traditional theatrical release. Oops, Kim Jong-Un! It backfired!
UPDATE: Looks like it's actually coming out this afternoon at 1pm – it'll be $6 to rent and $15 to own through YouTube, Google Play, and Xbox Vide.. Check out SeeTheInterview.com for all of the details.
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 they shouldn't give in to the demands of North Korea, its great to see that The Interview will see the light of day. Even if it might not be very good.
Here's the latest set of promos for this weekend's SNL, featuring Amy Adams doing as good a job as can be expected of not freaking out and being creepy towards One Direction. OK, maybe she's a little creepy.
With The Colbert Report officially gone, it's only a matter of time before The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore debuts in its timeslot. But during that awkward period before then, Chris Hardwick and @midnight will take over the 11:30pm timeslot on Comedy Central. From January 5th through the 19th you can go to bed a half hour earlier without missing your precious hashtag games. Enjoy it while you can!
ESPN and Grantland sent Hannibal Buress to a Cavs/Pelicans game to try to report on unibrowed superstar Anthony Davis. Unfortunately, Davis was injured and left the game after only seven minutes, but Hannibal managed to make the most of his courtside access anyways. Even if Lebron refused to answer his questions.
David Fincher, director of such hilarious comedies as Gone Girl, Se7en, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is now developing a new half-hour comedy for HBO. Tentatively titled Living on Video, here's the synopsis:
Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to Hollywood with dreams of directing a sci-fi epic. He lands a job as a PA for a company making music videos. In the vein of HBO’s Entourage, the series revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry — directors, record executives and crew members, many of them dabbling in drugs — through the eyes of the newcomer.
Entourage directed by David Fincher! You know, it sounds on the surface like it makes no sense, but I really do think that Entourage would've been greatly improved if E murdered Turtle in a really gruesome fashion. So I'm on board with this.
Nick Offerman was on The Tonight Show last night, and he talked with Fallon about the final day of shooting Parks and Rec. It sounds like it was pretty sad, but at least he and Aziz were able to weasel their way into having one last line.
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.
The final episode of The Colbert Report aired last night, and in it Stephen killed death himself and ascended into eternity – with Alex Trebek, naturally. But before flying off into another realm, he had some of his best pals join him in song. Everybody from Jon Stewart and Michael Stipe to Henry Kissinger and Samantha Powers to Bryan Cranston and James Franco and literally dozens of others. It was a pretty great — and surprisingly touching — way to send this incredible show off. Below, watch Colbert's final Word, him cheat death, and his final sendoff. Click here to watch the entire episode. READ MORE
Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein, co-creators of the late animated Comedy Central comedy Drawn Together, are working on a new project for Fox: Meet the Kellers. There's not a ton of info about it just yet, and apparently Fox is keeping it "top secret", but it's apparently going to be "a half-hour family sitcom that is part scripted and part hidden camera." Now just what the hell does that mean? Your guess is as good as mine, but it certainly sounds more interesting than your standard, broad network sitcom. We'll see if it makes it out of development.
On last Friday's Late Show, Jamie Foxx sat down with Letterman and discussed the fact that his name isn't actually Jamie Foxx — he was born as Eric Bishop. He changed his name to Jamie just to make it sound gender-neutral so the guys running the open mic at the Comedy Store would think he was a woman and call him up. So if you've been having a hard time getting stage time, now you know the secret: you just need to change your given name. Totally worth it.
It's been a rough season for new network sitcoms. The latest show to get the axe is ABC's Selfie, which follows the cancellation of its former time slot-partner Manhattan Love Story. Selfie will air a new episode next Tuesday, but beyond that it's not clear if any of the remaining episodes in its 13-episode season will see the light of day — ABC will be airing holiday specials in its time slot throughout all of December. Receiving a mediocre Metacritic score of 57, Selfie never really endeared itself to either critics or viewers. So long, Selfie.
Megan Amram's new book Science…For Her! comes out on November 4th, so in order to get ladies jazzed up to learn about science, she enlisted three of the hunkiest hunks in comedy: Nick Offerman, Rich Fulcher, and Steve Agee to shoot a video to promote it. If those three studs gyrating and lip syncing don't get your juices flowing, check your pulse.
This coming Monday night we're throwin' a party at the UCB East in NYC. Yes, it's Splitsider's Dog and Pony Show, hosted by Halle Keifer and Joe Stanton. This month's guests are Robert Dean (Caroline's), Jena Friedman (The Daily Show), Lucas Connolly (Caroline's), and Rus Gutin (The Comedy Store). It's all happening at 8pm and for five measly bucks. Reserve your tickets here, and we'll see you on Monday.