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Jan 6, 2015

‘Selma’ director makes history before awards are bestowed

LOS ANGELES, Jan 6 (Reuters) – The last film Ava DuVernay
directed cost $200,000, while her new movie “Selma” was 100
times that.

It was a big step up for the former Hollywood publicist,
one that has reaped recognition even before the awards season
takes off at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

Dec 29, 2014

Sony’s ‘The Interview’ makes $18 million in opening weekend

By Liana B. Baker and Mary Milliken

(Reuters) – Sony Pictures (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said “The Interview” has earned more than $15 million in online sales and another $2.8 million in theaters, an impressive return made possible by the publicity surrounding the cyberattack blamed on North Korea.

The raunchy comedy that depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made almost as much money through online distribution and in limited theaters in its opening weekend as it would have in a wide release that was shelved after threats from hackers.

Dec 27, 2014

‘The Interview’ makes $1 million before online revenue rolls in

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Interview” took in more than $1 million in a limited Christmas Day release, a solid showing that could be quickly eclipsed by the money Sony Pictures makes with its groundbreaking online debut of the raunchy comedy.

That the farcical film – which angered North Korea and triggered a devastating cyberattack on the studio – is now a guinea pig for Hollywood’s digital future constitutes another bizarre twist in the month-long Sony Pictures saga.

Dec 25, 2014

Sony puts ‘The Interview’ on YouTube, other digital platforms

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Interview,” the provocative comedy that triggered a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures, went straight to U.S. consumers on Wednesday in an unprecedented online debut after hacker threats prevented its wide release on Christmas day.

The film was available for rental on Google Inc’s YouTube site as of early Wednesday afternoon. Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, a day before the hastily scheduled premiere at some 320 independent theaters. Google Canada is also offering the movie.

Dec 24, 2014

Sony to show ‘The Interview’ on Youtube, other Internet channels

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Pictures will make its controversial comedy, “The Interview,” available starting on Wednesday through online video platforms run by Google Inc (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Sony (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) itself, the studio said.

Sony, which just last week canceled the release of the comedy – about two TV talk show hosts who are sent to North Korea to assassinate its leader Kim Jong Un – is now looking for ways to widen its distribution beyond a small group of some 200 independent theaters.

Dec 23, 2014

Sony Pictures puts ‘The Interview’ back in theaters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Pictures said on Tuesday it will release “The Interview” to a limited number of theaters on Dec. 25, less than a week after it canceled the comedy’s release following a devastating cyberattack blamed on North Korea.

The decision comes after hundreds of independent theaters said they wanted to screen the film, about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, which major theater chains backed out of last week owing to security concerns.

Dec 22, 2014

More Americans disapprove of Sony film cancellation: Reuters/Ipsos poll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nearly half of Americans believe Sony Pictures made the wrong decision by canceling the theatrical release of the comedy “The Interview,” the film that provoked a cyberattack on the studio, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.

Forty-seven percent of respondents said they disagreed with Sony scrapping the film last Wednesday, after several movie theater chains chose not to screen the raunchy satire that depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Dec 20, 2014

Sony trying to find alternatives to release ‘The Interview’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Pictures said on Friday it is looking for alternatives to release “The Interview” after it scrapped the Christmas Day theatrical opening of the screwball comedy at the center of a cyber attack on the studio blamed on North Korea.

After a rare public shaming of a corporation by President Barack Obama, who said Sony Pictures made a mistake in pulling the film and bowing to intimidation, chief executive Michael Lynton told CNN he hoped that the public would see the film but no other platform had shown interest.

Dec 14, 2014

Julianne Moore takes pains to portray early Alzheimer’s

LOS ANGELES, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Early in the film “Still
Alice,” the Columbia University professor played by Julianne
Moore is the picture of health taking a jog through campus,
until she realizes she is completely lost.

Miniscule movements in her pale face betray the panic racing
through her brain, but it will be nothing compared with what is
to come for Alice, or for the audience for that matter.

Dec 12, 2014

‘Birdman’ tests new heights with seven Golden Globe nods

By Mary Milliken and Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Surreal show business satire “Birdman,” a darling of critics for its innovative storytelling, led the Golden Globe Awards film nominations on Thursday, with its seven nods making it a front-runner early in the Hollywood awards season.

More than two months before the Academy Awards, the nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association suggest it could be a battle of “Birdman” against “Boyhood,” which earned five nominations and also pushed cinematic boundaries.

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      "Mary Milliken is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for the Americas since July 2013, based in Los Angeles. In 15 years with Reuters, she been bureau chief in Washington DC, the West Coast and South America and has organized news teams covering everything from presidential elections to economic crises to natural disasters. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese."
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