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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.

Dec 11, 2014

‘Birdman’ lands seven Golden Globe nominations

By Mary Milliken and Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – The 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 frontrunner early in the Hollywood awards season.

The story of a washed-up actor played by Michael Keaton attempting a comeback on the Broadway stage, “Birdman” will compete in the best comedy or musical category with “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Into the Woods,” “Pride” and “St. Vincent.”

Dec 4, 2014

A Minute With: Filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee on preserving ‘Wild’

LOS ANGELES, Dec 3 (Reuters) – When Jean-Marc Vallee went to
accept the breakthrough director honor at the Hollywood Film
Awards last month, the French Canadian laughed about being a
breakthrough at the age of 51.

It is his latest film, “Wild,” which opens this week in U.S.
theaters, that has definitively opened the doors to Hollywood.
He was hired by its producer and star Reese Witherspoon, who
bought the rights to the best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed
and her 1,100-mile hike toward self-discovery.

Dec 2, 2014

In ‘Wild,’ Reese Witherspoon embarks on path to self-fulfillment

LOS ANGELES, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Reese Witherspoon could
probably still claim the title of America’s sweetheart, but
Hollywood’s overachiever might be the more accurate moniker for
the 38-year-old actress these days.

Sitting amid the wilderness above Beverly Hills, Witherspoon
talks about finding “the most true honest expression of who I
really am” in her new film “Wild,” opening this week in U.S.

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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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