March 11, 2016 |
Rita Wilson is grateful Actor and recently minted songwriter Rita Wilson knew exactly what topic she would tackle if she could write her own songs. "It has to do with being grateful," Wilson once told singer-songwriter (and former American Idol judge) Kara DioGuardi , whom she befriended after learning they had both played Roxie Hart in the Broadway revival of Chicago . "I was in awe of her talent," Wilson, 59, tells USA Today. She says DioGuardi encouraged her to write.
March 4, 2016 |
With new channels and lower prices, Sony enhanced its programming Wednesday on PlayStation Vue, a streaming TV service that offers Philadelphia TV viewers a viable alternative to cable or satellite TV. Vue's starter Access channel lineup now includes several Disney group holdouts that were missing at the original launch last March. Among them are local ABC affiliate WPVI-6, ESPN, ESPN2, the Disney Channel and Disney Jr. Newly reduced (by $10) to $39.99 a month, the 60+ Access channel package also boasts live streaming of our local CBS03, NBC10, MyNetwork17, FOX29 and Telemundo62 stations, not available on other "over-the-top" streaming TV services, plus channel packages from Turner (including March Madness favorites TBS and TNT)
December 17, 2015
Rank/Title/Studio Last Week Total Weeks Out Per Location 1. Hunger Games (Lionsgate) $11.4 $244.6 4 $3,126 2. In the Heart of the Sea (Warner Bros.) 11.1 11.1 1 3,562 3. The Good Dinosaur (Disney) 10.3 89.5 3 2,806 4. Creed (Warner Bros.) 10.1 79.3 3 2,890 5. Krampus (Universal) 8.4 28.6 2 2,885 6. The Night Before (Sony)
December 28, 2014 |
Sure, it probably would have made $25 mil had we not been all 9/11-threatened by who-knows-who, but Sony Pictures is grateful The Interview brought in $1 million in ticket sales on Christmas Day. The limited release in 331 theaters got a "fantastic" audience reaction, said Rory Bruer , Sony's president of worldwide distribution. The film, controversial because it depicts a fictional assassination attempt against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un , was also made available through on-demand platforms - YouTube Movies, Google Play, Xbox Video, and its own site www.seetheinterview.com - starting Christmas Eve. Sales figures for the on-demand market were not available.
December 24, 2014 |
TALK ABOUT blurring the lines between real life and reel life. Sony Pictures, which is having a Month From Hell for the ages, has enlisted the help of the spin-mistress who was the inspiration for the ABC prime-time soaper "Scandal. " The company that produced (and won't release) "The Interview" has asked Judy Smith to help with damage control in the wake of the cyberattack it suffered (apparently at the hands of North Korea), and its subsequent decision to keep the Seth Rogen - James Franco comedy about killing North Korean Big Cheese Kim Jong Un from public display.
December 24, 2014
YES, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. That's what the makers of "The Interview" have to be thinking, now that Sony has announced a limited theatrical release of the controversial comedy. After hackers made terror threats, Sony pulled the film. Critics including President Obama cried foul, citing First Amendment issues. Yesterday, moviegoers got word that Sony had done an about-face and had agreed to allow the movie to be shown starting on Christmas Day after all. The movie giant did not immediately say how many theaters would show the film, but it's expected that "The Interview" will open in fewer than the wide release originally planned.
December 22, 2014 |
CYBER TERRORISM reached Hollywood big time this past week, what with a group of hackers, believe to orginate from North Korea, taunting Sony Pictures Entertainment by releasing information, emails, etc. stolen from the company and threating employees and their families if the movie studio didn't stop the release of the controversial movie "The Interview. " Sony pulled the flick resulting in a debate over free speech in Hollywood and the rest of the country. Enjoy the trip to Celebrityville.
December 20, 2014 |
Thanks to Sony's quick and craven cancellation of its release of The Interview , the few critics who saw the movie in advance became not just the stiffs paid to watch this stuff, but also one of Hollywood's most exclusive audiences ever. So what did they think? Scott Foundas wrote in Variety that the film, which has drawn electronic attacks and threats tentatively linked to North Korea, is "about as funny as a communist food shortage, and just as protracted. " Referring to the coarse comedy favored by stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, Jordan Hoffman began his review in the Guardian by addressing "what's front and center on the screen: butts.
December 19, 2014 |
DAN STERLING , "the guy that brought down Sony," is from West Philadelphia. So wrote 24/7 Molly Eichel on philly.com yesterday. Sterling, you see, is the fella who wrote "The Interview," the film at the center of the Sony hacking scandal. The movie, which now may never be seen, stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as TV journalists tasked with assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un . Sony canceled the theatrical release after hacker group Guardians of Peace threatened an attack on theaters screening the film.
December 19, 2014 |
SONY SCHMARONY. This week, when celeb watchers weren't obsessing over Amy Pascal , James Franco , Seth Rogen , Kevin Hart and the guy who played Spider-Man, we were ogling mysterious Jennifer Lawrence associate Justin Riblet , without knowing who he was. Turns out, he's Philly's own hometown hero. Sorta. J-Law and J-Rib turned heads a few days ago when he accompanied her to LAX. Wonderers speculated whether he could be a romantic liaison. Wonderers wondered wrong.