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SONY: No VOD Distributor Will Release 'The Interview'

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Sony CEO Michael Lynton wasn't pleased when Obama stated Friday in a press conference that the studio "made a mistake" by pulling "The Interview" from theaters after threats from North Korean hackers.

michael lynton cnnLynton responded by telling CNN's Fareed Zakaria that Sony "did not cave" and that "The president, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened."

The Sony exec explains the studio was forced to temporarily scrap the flick after major theater chains pulled out of showing the controversial film depicting the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Despite telling Deadline on Wednesday that Sony Pictures had "no further" release plans for "The Interview," Lynton told CNN Friday: "We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie."

The problem, says Lynton, is that "There has not been one major VOD or one major ecommerce site that has said they are willing to step forward and distribute this movie." 

But he will need help from distributors willing to release it. "Again, we don’t have that direct interface with the American public so we need to go through an intermediary to do that."

While Lynton is presumably referring to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, Sony also owns streaming platform Crackle.

"There are a number of options open to us and we have considered those, and are considering them," Lynton said. "It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so."

Watch Lynton's full conversation with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria below:

 

SEE ALSO: SONY FIRES BACK AT OBAMA: 'We Are Still Looking Into Release On Other Platforms'

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Here's Sony's List Of Future Movies Through 2017

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Since the massive Sony hack— which has compromised numerous executive emails to leak online  we've learned about a few rumored movie projects at Sony from a "Men in Black"/"Jump Street" crossover to another collaboration between "Zorro" and "Django Unchained."

Among the leaked inbox of Sony Pictures cochair Amy Pascal are several drafts of future movie plans and release schedules for the studio through 2017 from the past few weeks. 

As of Nov. 12, here's an apparent list of Sony's movies for 2016 and 2017 in addition to those already planned. The notations in brackets are our own.

2016
Uncharted [The popular Naughty Dog video game adaptation.]
Sinister [most likely referring to "Spider-Man" spin-off "Sinister Six"]
Ghostbusters (or 2017)
Angry Birds [set for July 1 release]
Mib/jump street (2017) [crossover movie between "Men in Black" and "Jump Street"]
Greyman [based on Mark Greaney's novel "The Gray Man"]
Winters knight
Fifth wave [adaptation of Rick Yancey book "The 5th Wave"]
Inferno [adaptation of Dan Brown's most recent book in "The Da Vinci Code" series]
Billy Lynn [adaption of Ben Fountain's novel "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"]
Baby driver [movie Edgar Wright is working on]
Little woman [remake]

2017
Cleopatra [potential Angelina Jolie movie]
SPIDERMAN [not clear whether this is a spin-off or new movie all together]
DJANGO zorro 
Bond
Ghostbusters
Jump street 
Monkeys [unclear what this is]
Girl team up [unclear what this is]

Another email titled "planing the future" lists a few additional movies including a "Barbie" film, "The Craft,""Lisa Joy," a Bloodshot movie, something labeled "girl #2"— which may or may not refer to "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series — "Sausage Party," an animated comedy from Seth Rogen, "Pride and Prejudice Zombies," and something called "ghost house horror movie."

"Grown Ups 3," a sequel to Adam Sandler's 2013 comedy also appears on the list.

Another email dated Nov. 16 outlines production notes on 29 of Sony's potential future movies. Included on there are mentions of a possible sequel to Angelina Jolie's 2010 hit "Salt," a "Jumanji" reboot, a sequel to "Hotel Transylvania," and another "Smurfs" movie.

There was also a note about receiving the script for the "Sinister Six" Spider-Man movie possibly the week of Dec. 8.

Also mentioned is a sequel to Denzel Washington's fall hit "The Equalizer." According to the email, Sony was promised a script by early Dec. and is expecting director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington to return to hopefully film next summer so the film can have a fall 2016 release.

Regarding "Jump Street," it sounds like Sony is considering 3D for "23 Jump Street" and rating the film PG-13.

SEE ALSO: A "Django Unchained" / "Zorro" movie is in the works

AND: The new James Bond movie script leaks online

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The Final 'Hobbit' Movie Had A Huge Opening Weekend

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It was a big weekend for "The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies" at the box office.

The final film in director Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy debuted to $90.6 million since Wed., making it one of the best openings of the year.

The other two releases this weekend didn't come close to "The Hobbit" opening.

Sony's "Annie," which leaked online ahead of release, made $16.3 million opening weekend while the third installment of "Night at the Museum"— Robin Williams' final film appearance — debuted to $17.3 million.

Compared to the other two "Hobbit" films, the final film made less than the previous two over the three-day weekend. "The Battle of the Five Armies" made $56.2 million from Friday to Sunday. In comparison, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" made $84.6 million in that same time frame. Last year's "Desolation of Smaug" opened to $73.6 million over three days.

The trend shows an ongoing decline in the interest of "Hobbit"-related films as the series played out.

An adaptation of one book, the "Hobbit" was stretched from two movies into three.

The first "Hobbit" movie made over $1 billion worldwide. Last year's film made $958 million.

SEE ALSO: Our review of "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

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These Will Be The 12 Biggest Movies Of 2015

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avengers age of ultron captain america thor2015 is going to be one of the biggest years at the box office in a long time.

Not only are we getting a new "Star Wars" movie, but we'll finally see the next "Avengers" grouping, which has been nearly three years in the making. 

Those two movies alone have the potential of being billion-dollar films.

In comparison, 2014 only had one movie gross $1 billion— "Transformers: Age of Extinction."

Through plenty of sequels and reboots, we're counting down the movies that will be the biggest at theaters next year. It's going to feel like the early '90s with Arnold Schwarzenegger back as the Terminator and dinosaurs roaming around in "Jurassic World."

Mark these dates down in your calendar.

12. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' (Universal/Focus Features)

Release date:
Feb. 13, 2015

Why it will be huge: This will be the movie every guy will be dragged to see.

The best-selling book series dubbed "mommy porn" is making its big screen debut Valentine's Day weekend. There couldn't be a better release date for the erotica film about a naive college girl (Dakota Johnson) who becomes involved in a BDSM relationship with a billionaire named Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).

While the film's trailer was the most-viewed all year, there are two reasons "Fifty Shades" is lower on our list. 1. Big blockbusters rarely come out in this month. "Passion of the Christ" currently holds the record for largest Feb. gross ($611.9 million). 2. Erotica movies are usually a niche group. 1992's "Basic Instinct" is the highest-grossing film in the genre making $352.9 million worldwide.



11. 'Ted 2' (Universal)

Release date:
June 26, 2015

Why it will be huge: "Ted," featuring Seth MacFarlane's foul-mouthed teddy bear and Mark Wahlberg, became the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy ever in 2012. It surpassed the record previously held by the first "Hangover.""Ted" made $549 million worldwide.



10. 'Inside Out' (Pixar/Disney)

Release date: 
June 19, 2015

Why it will be huge: Pixar's reputation speaks for itself. The studio hasn't made a bad film yet (except perhaps the poorly-reviewed "Cars 2"). Regardless, none of them have been bombs and the majority of Pixar's animated movies make at least $500 million worldwide at theaters. 

Buzz about its next animated picture, "Inside Out," is already growing. While the movie's concept about the inner workings of the brain and our emotions may sound a bit confusing, an early sneak peek of the film was very well received at the Animation Film Festival in France back in June.



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Here's The Crafty Way Angelina Jolie Convinced Universal Execs To Let Her Direct 'Unbroken'

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Angelina Jolie sat down with Tom Brokaw on the "Today" show in February to discuss "Unbroken," the upcoming Christmas Day movie she directed about the incredible life of former Olympic runner and legendary World War II hero, Louis Zamperini.

Angelina Jolie tech room tom brokaw"This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done," Jolie revealed.

So how did the actress, with just one director credit under her belt, land the directing gig of the film adaptation of the best-selling book of the same name? 

"I had all the hours of phone calls and things and made all these boards, I took my glue and tape and pictures off the internet — and I put all my boards in a garbage bag and I carried them to Universal myself and put them out and I pitched my butt off!"

"I felt such a huge responsibility to get it right," Jolie said. "I love him [Zamperini] so much and he’s helped me so much in my life."

Ironically, the 39-year-old Hollywood starlet and the late Zamperini were closer to each other before filming than they even realized. Zamperini’s home overlooked Jolie’s in the Hollywood Hills.

"I imagine that for the last 10-something years, he’s been sitting there having a coffee in the morning and wondering who’s going to make this movie!" Jolie exclaimed. "And I’ve been sitting in my room laying there thinking, 'What am I supposed to be doing with my life? I wanna do something important. I need some help. I need some guidance. Where is it?' And it was right outside my window."

Watch Tom Brokaw interview Angelina Jolie and Louis Zamperini below.

SEE ALSO: Sony Hack: Producer Called Angelina Jolie A 'Minimally Talented Spoiled Brat'

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It Sounds Like ‘The Interview’ May Not Be Released On Sony’s Streaming Site Crackle

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According to Sony, we’ll see “The Interview” soon, but probably not on its free streaming platform Crackle.

Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton told NPR they are “actively exploring” ways to release the controversial film about two journalists who head to North Korea on a secret mission to assassinate leader Kim Jong-Un. 

Sony canceled the Dec. 25 release of the film after receiving a message from hackers threatening harm to theaters showing the film. Subsequently, multiple big theater chains decided to pull the comedy.

Here's what Lynton said on NPR's "All Things Considered" Friday when asked about a video-on-demand release for the film:

We don't have any takers — neither on the video demand side nor on the e-commerce side. People have been generally fearful about the possibility of their systems being corrupted, and so there have been a lot of conversations about the robustness of various systems to be able to make sure they're not hacked, if and when we put the movie out digitally.

I shouldn't say if — when. We would very much like that to happen. But we do need partners to make that happen. We ourselves do not have a distribution platform to put the movie out.

That last line is curious considering Sony owns a streaming distribution platform called Crackle which is similar to Hulu.

The New York Post suggested Sony would release the film on Crackle for free, citing unnamed sources.

However, since Crackle is a free service, funded completely by ads and commercials, that may not be the best option for Sony who could lose close to $200 million on "The Interview,"according to a report from Bloomberg.

Another possibility would be distributing "The Interview" through Sony's PlayStation console systems. PlayStation has its own store which could rent or sell the film for users to download.

Lynton told NPR that's another avenue "that can be explored."

Releasing the film through Sony's PlayStation Network may alienate many people without a PlayStation from seeing the film. The PlayStation Network has also been susceptible to hacks as recent as earlier this month.

"I think in general we need to bring together a coalition of platforms to make this operate properly," Lynton added.

Sony Pictures Entertainment lawyer David Boies also said the film will be distributed on Sunday's "Meet the Press," but showed uncertainty in how it will be delivered to the public. 

"It will be distributed," said Boies. "How it's going to be distributed I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed." 

You can listen to Lynton's full NPR interview here.

SEE ALSO: Sony and the White House are telling different versions of the same story

AND: More than 50 Sony movie scripts leak online

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Liam Neeson's 'Taken' Character Has A LinkedIn Profile And It's Awesome

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liam neeson tak3nWhen we first get to know who Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills really is in Pierre Morel's Taken, it's basically because he's delivering his resume over the phone to a bunch of kidnappers.

We all know the line: "If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you."

Well, with Taken 3 on the horizon, 20th Century Fox has taken it to the next level by actually giving Bryan Mills his own LinkedIn profile. 

Set up with the profile name "Bryan Mills Security," the page is fully filled out to sell Bryan Mills as one hell of a professional ass-kicker. Selling himself as a "security consultant," the profile explains that he is looking for covert operations work and can be very useful when employed by the right people. As it says in the "Summary" section: 

My decades of hands-on experience has given me a particular set of skills. Skills that make me very useful - or very dangerous - to certain people. People like you. 

But there are some situations which I cannot foresee. Situations that will require a particular set of skills that I don't possess. Skills that would make you very useful to a man like me. 

Be very specific. Tell me everything you believe might be of assistance in evaluating your effectiveness. You will only have one opportunity to reach me and connect with my network. 

Good luck.

Most impressive, however, is the depth of his resume, which provides background on Bryan Mills that dates back in July 1990. Due to the nature of the work, he can't go into full detail about exactly what he has done over the course of his career, but he still comes across as quite impressive. It's also quite strange to learn that he has extreme confidence in speaking Pashto, labeling himself as having "Full professional proficiency," while his skills in Russian, Albanian and Arabic are a bit weaker. 

The profile also has some opportunity for interaction for Taken fans. Like all LinkedIn pages, if you connect with a person's profile, you can recommend their skills in certain areas. At this time fans have already given Bryan Mills top marks in fields like security, firearms, international relations, security management, and physical security. 

Closing out the Taken trilogy, Olivier Megaton's Taken 3 - or Tak3n - will be arriving in theaters on January 9th, and in addition to the returning Famke Janssen, and Maggie Grace, the new movie will also star franchise newcomers Forest Whitaker, Dogray Scott, Sam Spruell, and Leland Orser.

SEE ALSO: Why Liam Neeson movies are a guaranteed success at the box office

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Don't Expect The 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' To Team Up With 'The Avengers' Any Time Soon

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guardians of the galaxyJames Gunn has been, and continues to be, one of the most vocal members of the Marvel stable, giving multiple interviews about his first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and remaining relatively open about his process in developing the sequel. Although he has a few years before Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be in theaters, Gunn has seen the future plans of his parent company, Marvel Studios, and he has some strong opinions about where he thinks his beloved characters can, should and will fall. 

For instance, many fans feel that James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie will exist as a set up to the much larger The Avengers: Infinity War that the studio has earmarked for 2018 and 2019. And yet, on The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, Gunn continued to beat the drum that his franchise "isn’t all about leading towards Avengers. We’re not subservient to The Avengers." And fans waiting for a team up might want to be very, very patient. Gunn said:

Whether or not at some point, some Guardians and some Avengers meet up and meet somewhere in the world, whether it’s two years from now, three years from now, four years from now, fifteen years from now…I’m not going to say. But Guardians of the Galaxy does not exist as a prequel to Avengers 3 and 4. They have their own thing that they’re involved in. They have their own mythos that they’re involved in. They have their own stories that are equally important."

In the same podcast, James Gunn talks about how he views the role of the Guardians movies, for now, as a means to expanding the Marvel Cosmic side, which makes sense when you realize that the studio is placing focus on the characters of Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel as Phase Three rolls along. I actually think that we will see the Guardians interacting with THOSE characters before we get to see Peter Quill and Rocket trading quips with Captain America and Hawkeye. 

The future of comic book properties seems bright. As you can see by this fantastic mash up video, fans are clamoring for bigger and better team up scenarios. If I had to place a bet, I’d guess that Marvel has big plans for crossovers by the time they get to Infinity War, so that heroes like Spider-Man, the X-Men and The Fantastic Four can chip in during the fight against Thanos. But as for the Guardians? Don’t hold your breath just yet.

SEE ALSO: These will be the 12 biggest movies of 2015

AND: 14 movies to see this winter

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Sony Reportedly Tried To Get Dish Network To Release 'The Interview'

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Sony is actively pursuing a way to release its shelved Christmas movie "The Interview."

Fox Business News reports Sony attempted to work out a deal with Dish Network over the weekend to release the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy.

However, Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen passed on the deal for "unspecified reasons."

The release would have allowed the film to be available by Christmas Day, according to FBN.

Sony pulled the Dec. 25 theatrical release of "The Interview," about two journalists on a mission to assassinate Kim Jong-un, after receiving threats of harm to theaters screening the film.

Since then, Sony has been pursuing an outlet on which to distribute the comedy.

Sony Pictures lawyer David Boies told "Meet the Press" Sunday the film will be eventually be released.

Monday, a group of independent theaters known as The Art House Convergence expressed interest to Sony in an open letter to screen the film.

"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin has also offered his independent theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico to screen the movie.

SEE ALSO: George R.R. Martin slams Sony for canceling "The Interview"

AND: It sounds like "The Interview" may not be released on Sony's streaming site Crackle

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8 Movies Are Coming Out Christmas Day — Here Are The Ones You Should See

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Christmas is one of the biggest movie days of the year.

This year, eight movies will come out on Dec. 25.

If you're heading to theaters, and aren't sure what to see, we've compiled which films are worth checking out and which you should wait for on DVD. 

1. Pass: "Unbroken"

unbroken angelina jolie movieWhat it's about: Based on a true life story, the World War II movie follows former track star Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) as he spends over two years in Japanese prisoner of war camps after surviving a plane crash.

Why to see it: The survival story is Angelina Jolie's third time behind the director's chair with a script from the Oscar-winning team of Joel and Ethan Coen ("Fargo").

Why to pass: While the film covers a lot of ground, reviews suggest the movie doesn't completely capture the essence of Zamperini while shortchanging on a few significant scenes from Laura Hillenbrand's book of the same name.

The film failed to gain any big nods at the Golden Globes which doesn't bode well for the film at the Oscars.

2. Must See: "The Imitation Game"

the imitation game benedict cumberbatchWhat it's about: The World War II film follows mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) as he leads a secret team on a mission to crack a code that will allow the British to decipher secret German codes and help win the war. The film is getting its wide release on Christmas.

Why it's a must-see: See the film for Cumberbatch and co-star Keira Knightley alone. Both are masterful on screen. Cumberbatch has a knack for playing awkwardly humorous geniuses on screen.

The story of Turing and how he helped win the war was a long held government secret that took a tragic turn due to the mathematician's homosexuality which was illegal at the time. This part of the film feels slightly rushed through.

Both Cumberbatch and Knightley received Golden Globe nominations for their roles. Cumberbatch is almost certainly a lock for an Oscar nomination.

3. See: "Selma"

selma mlkWhat it's about: The film follows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) as he attempts to lead a voting march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

Why to see it: Powerful and emotional, it's impossible to watch this film without thinking of the parallels between the protests today in light of the Eric Garner and Ferguson cases. David Oyelowo is the perfect embodiment of Dr. King.

One scene that sticks out in particular is a hard-to-watch portrayal of Bloody Sunday in which 600 marchers were brutally attacked.

As our reporter Brett Arnold points out in his review, it's an important film not only to see where we came from but to help show how much farther we need to go as a nation. 

4. For the family/musical lover: "Into the Woods"

into the woods bakersWhat it's about: The adaptation of the book and musical of the same name follows a group of fairy-tale characters from "Cinderella,""Jack and the Beanstalk,""Rapunzel," and "Little Red Riding Hood" after a curse is placed upon a baker and his wife by an evil witch (Meryl Streep).

Why to see it: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and more singing. Need we say more?

Disney not only has an all-star cast, but composer Stephen Sondheim, the lyricist behind plays including "West Side Story,""Sweeney Todd," and "Into the Woods."

The four other movies coming out Christmas Day:

5. "Big Eyes": Tim Burton's comedic drama based on the true-life story of artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) whose husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) started taking credit for her successful paintings of characters with big eyes. Both actors were nominated for Golden Globes. See it.

6. "The Gambler": Mark Wahlberg stars as a professor who has a double life as a gambler and gets involved with a student. Skip.

7. "American Sniper": Clint Eastwood's second film this year ("Jersey Boys") is based on the New York Times' best-seller of the same name starring Bradley Cooper as United States Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who was known as the deadliest sniper in US history. See it.

8. "Leviathan": The Russian drama is about a man fighting against a corrupt mayor to retain ownership of his property. The film is currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with over 30 positive reviews The film won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival this year. A good alternative from the ordinary.

Other films to check out:

If you don't want to see any of those movies, here are a few recent releases you should consider seeing over the holidays.

"Top Five"

top five chris rockRelease date: Dec. 12

Chris Rock's return to theaters is both funny and and an introspective look at fame. Rock plays Andre Allen, a washed-up actor known for a franchise in which he plays a cop in a bear suit called "Hammy the Bear." Years later, Allen tries to rejuvenate his career with a more serious role; however, most reporters just want to talk about his old franchise. In many ways, the film echoes this year's earlier film "Birdman," starring Michael Keaton but without the feeling of a dramatic one-shot. 

Fans hoping to see Kevin Hart, who has been a regular in promos for the film, will be disappointed by a short cameo from the comedian. However, there are a few other big cameos in the film to make up for it.

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

gandalf thranduil the hobbitRelease date: Dec. 17

The best of "The Hobbit" trilogy, director Peter Jackson's final installment takes us back to Middle Earth one last time to battle a dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) and a handful of armies who descend upon a mountain filled with treasure.

While not perfect, this is the movie with the majority of the action that fans have been waiting for through two other installments. The film is already performing very well overseas and should end up with one of the largest hauls at the box office this year by the end of its run.

"The Theory of Everything"

theory of everything stephen hawkingRelease date: Nov. 7

Eddie Redmayne's magnificent portrayal of Stephen Hawking not only earned him a Golden Globes nomination, but also wowed Hawking himself. As a result, he allowed filmmakers to swap out a synthetic voice they created for Hawking's character with his own trademarked version.

Redmayne trained for four months to play the cosmologist, reading everything and watching every video he could find on the theoretical physicist. He also regularly worked with a choreographer and visited a neurology clinic where he spoke to patients. 

Not only does the film narrates Hawking's life, but also the hardships it brought upon his relationship with wife Jane, beautifully played by Felicity Jones.

"Inherent Vice"

inherent vice joaquin phoenixRelease date: Dec. 12 (limited). Wide release is Jan. 9

Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon reunite in a wacky detective tale where Larry "Doc" Sportello (Phoenix) investigates the disappearance of an ex girlfriend.

Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, our own Brett Arnold says the film is worth a watch for Phoenix's performance alone as a "pot-smoking hippie who obliviously stumbles from one major clue to the next."

Phoenix received a Golden Globe nod for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.

SEE ALSO: 14 movies to see this winter

AND: These will be the 12 biggest movies of 2015

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The 15 Coolest Fan Edits Of Popular Movies

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Do you ever finish watching a movie and wish it had been done slightly differently? You're not alone.

There are hundreds of people working together online to create unofficial fan edits out of movie, modifying them in clever — and frequently bizarre —  ways to create something totally new.

15. Bateman Begins: An American Psycho

Most fan edits correct errors in movies, or add in deleted scenes. However, some ambitious people edit different movies together to make something totally new. This fan edit combines footage from 'American Psycho', 'Batman Begins', 'The Dark Knight' and 'The Machinist' and creates one long story. 

It's difficult to describe the plot of 'Bateman Begins', but it uses the rough outline of 'Batman Begins' as the movie's beginning, and then Christian Bale is shown to become more deranged and violent using footage from 'American Psycho' and 'The Machinist'. It sounds bizarre, and it is, but it makes for an entertaining watch.

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14. AARRSSTW-WTSSRRAA

In case you hadn't guessed, this is the original 1977 'Star Wars' movie re-sorted by shot length. That's right, some eager 'Star Wars' fans made exact measurements of how long each camera angle lasts for and rearranged the entire movie. 

Is it watchable? No, not really, it's difficult to make sense of the movie now. But it does show just how dedicated 'Star Wars' fans are, and forces you to look at the movie in an entirely different way.

You can watch the whole movie here.



13. Caddyshack: No Respect

'Caddyshack: No Respect' is an unofficial fan edit of classic 1980 cult comedy movie 'Caddyshack' which cuts out the character of Al Czervik as much as possible. 

Here's the creator of the fan edit explaining why he made the changes:

"I hate Rodney Dangerfield. With a passion. He is not funny. Never was. His annoying presence stands out even more in Caddyshack next to comedic greats like Bill Murray and Chevy Chase."



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Larry Flynt Is Making A Porn Version Of 'The Interview': 'If Kim Jong Un And His Henchmen Were Upset Before, Wait Till They See This'

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Sony may not yet have a way to distribute"The Interview," but Hustler head Larry Flynt wants to bring a version of the movie to the public. A porn version, that is, titled "This Ain’t the Interview XXX."

Hustler Video  which has also produced porn parodies of "Game of Thrones,""The Simpsons," and "Glee" will begin shooting an adult-video spoof of the Seth Rogen and James Franco North Korea-based comedy in early 2015.

Just as in "The Interview," the story line will revolve around two civilians recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. 

Larry FlyntWhen Sony pulled "The Interview" from theaters last week after threats from hackers, Flynt — who fought for his own creative freedom in the Supreme Court  was especially bothered.

He tells The Hollywood Reporter:

"I've spent a lifetime fighting for the First Amendment, and no foreign dictator is going to take away my right to free speech. If Kim Jong Un and his henchmen were upset before, wait till they see the movie we're going to make."

Flynt is no stranger to the issues surrounding creative expression. As explained by CinemaBlend:

The case, Hustler Magazine vs. Falwell was brought to the Supreme Court in 1988. The suit was in response to a parody of Jerry Falwell’s first sexual encounter, and the unanimous court decision was that the parody was in grounds of the First Amendment’s free-speech guarantee and that Jerry Falwell was not entitled to any compensation for "intentionally inflicted emotional distress." This case is now taught in law schools in regards to freedom of expression. 

Sony has said that it was forced to pull"The Interview" after major theater chains backed out of showing the film, but the studio's CEO Michael Lynton assures that Sony is looking into "alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform."

The studio added in a statement: "It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so."

SEE ALSO: We Saw 'The Interview' Weeks Ago, And It's Clear Why North Korea Hates It

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A New York City Theater Is Planning A Live-Read Of 'The Interview'

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the interviewIf you’re like us, you’ve been religiously tracking the Sony hacking scandal involving Seth Rogen and Evan Golberg’s The Interview for any and all developments and the latest bit of news is one of the more intriguing bits we've heard. 

While Sony continues to figure out exactly when and how they're going to distribute the comedy, a New York-based theater has made plans to put on a live reading of The Interview's script just two days after Christmas.

Yes, it sounds farfetched, but according to an event listing on the Treehouse Theater’s website, the show will go on. "This is an opportunity for people to come together in the name of free speech, in defiance of all who have threatened it," the site reads.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Benny Scheckner, one of the live read’s producers, obtained a draft of the movie’s script under mysterious circumstances. We say "mysterious" because no one seems to know how he got it - not even the artistic director Rob Reese. The listing states "the script is close to the final version," though the accuracy of this assertion remains unclear.

The Interview live read is free to the public, so there’s no harm, no foul if you attend. The event touts "some of the finest performers from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade," and will be followed by a charity event, called F--- You Kim Jong-un, benefiting the citizens of North Korea.

As nice as this may sound to some, we’d be surprised if these guys actually pulled this off. Yes, it’s all in the interest of free speech and patriotism, but at the same time the circumstances surrounding the live read are suspect at best. For instance, how did they come across the script? And even if the material is legit enough, we don’t think Sony would give their blessing to something like this.

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After all, The Interview is still their intellectual property, and ever since President Obama took a shot at their ego for succumbing to the hackers’ threats, they announced that they still hope to release the film in one form or another. This live read isn't going to help Sony's cause in any way, shape or form, so it's a bit hard to imagine that they'll actually let it happen.

The funniest thing about all of this has got to be the fact that The Interview is said to be far less entertaining than the controversy surrounding it. But at this point, it doesn’t matter. If you tell people they can’t see a movie, chances are they’ll do everything in their power to do it. Hey, at least we have the porn version to look forward to, right?

SEE ALSO: Obama May Have Forced Sony To Release 'The Interview'

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Jennifer Lawrence's Character Was Supposed To Have A Bigger Part In 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

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x-men days of future past mystique jennifer lawrenceEven though X-Men: Days of Future Past combined the casts of the original trilogy and X-Men: First Class, certain characters had much more importance than others to the story. Most notable was Mystique, who was not only responsible for creating the X-Men’s dystopian future, but was also the source of the future Sentinels’ power mimicry abilities. However, if X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn had stayed on the film rather than passing to work on Kingsman: The Secret Service, Mystique’s role would have been even bigger. 

While chatting with Collider, Vaughn mentioned that while 90% of his original X-Men: Days of Future Past story made it into the final product, there were still a few changes made, among them the idea that the future Sentinels would actually look like the notorious blue shapeshifter.

Said Vaughn, "My idea was the sentinels at the end, I wanted them to look like Mystique.  I thought there should be thousands of mystiques attacking them in the future.

Instead, Singer and company decided to go in this direction:

Future Sentinels, xmen days of future pastWhile the 1970s Sentinels in the film looked similar to their comic book incarnations, the future Sentinels evolved to a point where they looked almost organic, with their shape-shifting abilities and scaly exteriors. Would making them all Mystique lookalikes have made much of a difference? In anything, it might have made that final scene where the Sentinels are annihilating all the X-Men less cool-looking. Still, as with many What-If? scenarios in the movie industry, it might have been interesting to see Vaughn’s entire vision for X-Men: Days of Future Past on the big screen (this version also had Juggernaut breaking into the Pentagon instead of Quicksilver). 

In the main timeline of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is to say what led to the future apocalypse, Mystique killed Bolivar Trask in revenge for the brutal experiments he conducted on mutants. This set into motion the events that would lead to most mutants (and humans) being wiped out by the Sentinels. The mutant-killing machines were upgraded with Mystique’s DNA, allowing them to adapt and use mutant powers. With the new timeline in effect though, mutants have nothing to worry about from the Sentinels. Since Mystique spared Trask’s life and stopped Magneto from killing President Nixon, the Sentinel project was been shut down, and everything is all fine and dandy in the future. She went from being the person who unwittingly causes the end of the world to someone who helped improve public opinion of mutants.That’s quite the turnaround. 

Jennifer Lawrence will reprise her role as Mystique in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and if recent reports are any indication, her role may even be bigger than it was in X-Men: Days of Future Past. We'll be sure to hear much more about it as we get closer to the start of production next year. 

SEE ALSO: Here are the 25 new shows coming to TV in 2015

AND: 8 movies are coming out Christmas Day — Here are the ones you should see

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'Fast and Furious' Director Will Take Over The Next 'Star Trek' Movie

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So far Star Trek 3 has had its fair share of losses in its making. J.J. Abrams, who directed Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness, had to bounce from the project because he had to direct a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Initially it seemed like the franchise would be left in good hands, though, as Abrams passed the director’s chair onto Roberto Orci, who produced both Fringe and Star Trek: Into Darkness with Abrams, so he seemed capable and a good second choice. 

But then, Orci decided to leave the project, as well, for what seems like reasons unknown. Maybe he just didn’t think he could live up to the work of his mentor Abrams? Couldn’t get along with Chris Pine? Who knows.

Thankfully, the film will, in fact, have a director. On Monday, The Wrap reported that Justin Lin had signed on to direct the project. Perhaps he doesn’t have the sci-fi chops that Abrams has (it’s hard to get to that level, let’s be real), Lin’s got some good stuff on his resume so far that will help him out directing Star Trek 3. He’s either directed or produced almost all of the films in the Fast/ Furious franchise, and most recently he directed two episodes of True Detective. 

Hopefully Lin stays on—the movie is slated to be released in 2016, which is plenty of time in the normal world, but when you account for making a $150 million movie, time probably flies when you’re spending dough. At least all of the cast has signed on so we can have dreamy Quinto-Spock again.

SEE ALSO: A Tech Entrepreneur Is Selling His Incredible 'Star Trek' House For $35 Million

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Sony Confirms It Will Let Theaters Show 'The Interview' On Christmas Day After All

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Sony has authorized screenings of "The Interview" on Christmas Day in the latest twist in the showdown with North Korean hackers.

The movie will have a limited theatrical release in the US. According to The Wrap, Sony may also announce a video-on-demand release for the film.

"We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day," said Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, in a statement. "At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.

"I want to thank our talent on The Interview and our employees, who have worked tirelessly through the many challenges we have all faced over the last month," he added. "While we hope this is only the first step of the film's release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech."

The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, and The Plaza Atlanta in Georgia are among theaters that will release the film Christmas Day.

Director and star Seth Rogen and costar James Franco are claiming victory on Twitter:

The White House has also released a statement supporting Sony's decision to release the film:

"The Interview" is a comedy featuring Franco and Rogen as journalists visiting North Korea to interview dictator Kim Jong Un. The film culminates in the leader's fictional assassination.

Ahead of the movie's planned release, hackers targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment in an unprecedented and devastating cyber attack, which led to the release of thousands of sensitive emails of Sony executives and threats that the hackers would release more if the film's release wasn't canceled.

Everything from movie scripts to celebrity aliases and Sony employee salaries, medical records, and social security numbers were among the data leaked online. 

You can see a list of leaked items here.

Hackers also targeted family members of Sony employees and theaters that planned to show the movie. As a result, big movie chains canceled screenings leading Sony to make the decision to pull the film from release on Dec. 25.

In a news conference last Friday, President Obama said Sony had made a "mistake" pulling "The Interview."

Since then, Sony has been looking for an outlet to distribute the comedy.

A deal to get the movie onto Dish Network fell apart for undisclosed reasons.

Earlier reports suggested Sony may have considered releasing the film on its free streaming platform, Crackle.

NOW WATCH: The Trailer For 'The Interview'

 

SEE ALSO: Obama: Sony "made a mistake"

AND: Sony tried to get Dish to release "The Interview"

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Here Are All The Theaters Showing 'The Interview' Christmas Day

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Sony announced Tuesday it will give a limited release to “The Interview” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen on Christmas Day.

The film's initial release was canceled by big theater chains after hackers threatened movie theaters planning to screen the film.

This is going to be one of the hottest tickets on Christmas Day; however, not every theater will be showing the controversial film about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. 

Where can you see it?

According to TheWrap, 300 theaters will be showing "The Interview" nationwideBelow is a list of theaters that will be showing the film on Dec. 25. 

For even more theaters showing the film on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, head here.

Alabama

Clark Theatre 3, Andalusia
Edge 12, Birmingham
Boaz Cinema 9, Boaz
Clark Cinema 1 & 2, Enterprise
Fort Payne Cinemas 6, Fort Payne
Edge Cinema 8, Greenville
Madison Square Stadium 8, Huntsville
Continental Cinema, Troy

Arizona

Lake Havasu Cinema 10, Lake Havasu
AK-Chin 12, Maricopa
Sawmill Theatres, Payson
Ultraluxe Scottsdale Pavillions 11, Scottsdale
WME Theatre, Show Low
Uptown 3 Theatre, Sierra Vista
Harkin's Valley Art, Tempe
The Loft Cinema, Tucson

Arkansas

Silver Screen Cinemas 8, Cabot
Stars Cinema 6, El Dorado
Behind the Mall Cinema 5, Hot Springs
Riverdale 10, Little Rock
Cinema 8, Searcy

California

Agoura Hills Stadium 8, Agoura Hills
Angel Cinema 6, Angels Camp
Avenal Theatre, Avenal
Foothill Cinema Stadium 10, Azusa
Maya Bakersfield 16 Cinemas, Bakersfield
East Hills Mall, Bakersfield
Barstow Station 6, Barstow
Elmwood 3 Theatres, Berkeley
Mary Pickford Theatre, Cathedral City
Commerce 14, City of Commerce
Cinémas Palme D'Or, Coachella Valley
Fairfax 6 Theatres, Fairfax
Palladio 16 Cinemas, Folsom
Fontana 8, Fontana
Fortuna 6, Fortuna
4 Star Cinemas, Garden Grove
Granada Hills 9, Granada Hills 
Civic Plaza 12, Hesperia
Boulevard Cinemas 3, Lancaster
Livermore Cinemas, Livermore
Los Feliz 3, Los Angeles
Contra Costa Cinemas 8, Martinez
Osio Plaza Theatre 6, Monterey
Tennant Station Stadium Cinemas, Morgan Hill
Laemmle Theatre, North Hollywood (starting Dec. 31)
Cinemas Palme D'or, Palm Desert
Camelot 3, Palm Springs
Perris 10, Perris
Boulevard Cinemas 14, Petaluma
Maya Century Plaza 16, Pittsburg
Prime Cinema 6, Red Bluff
Jurupa Stadium 14, Riverside
Mission Grove Theater, Riverside
University Village 10, Riverside
Maya Salinas 14, Salina
Arlington, Santa Barbara
Sterling 6, San Bernadino
Del Mar Theatre 3, Santa Cruz
Camera Three Cinemas, San Jose
Almaden 7, San Jose
Santa Paula 7, Santa Paula
Scotts Valley 10 Cinema, Scotts Valley
Sebastopol Cinemas 9, Sebastopol
Sonoma Cinema 9, Sonoma
Janss Marketplace 9, Thousand Oaks 
Van Nuys Plant 16, Van Nuys
Westminster 10, Westminster
Crest, Westwood

Colorado

Alamo Drafthouse, Littleton

Connecticut

Spotlight Theatres Front Street Stadium, Hartford
Apple Cinemas, Waterbury

 

Delaware

Penn Cinemas Riverfront, Wilmington
Westown Movies, Middleton
Movies at Midway 14, Rehoboth Beach

Florida

Prado Stadium 12, Bonita Springs
Swap Shop 13 Screen Drive-In Theater, Fort Lauderdale
Edison Park 8, Fort Myers
Sunray Cinema, Jacksonville
Tropic 4 Cinema, Key West
Swap Shop Drive-In Theater, Lake Worth
Touchstar Cinemas Southchase 7, Orlando
Nova Cinemas of Palm Bay
Robinson Center, Shreveport
Funlan Drive-In 4, Tampa
Satellite Cinema 10, Titusville
Treehouse Cinema, Gulf Breeze

Georgia

The Plaza, Atlanta
Cordele Stadium 5 Cinemas, Cordele
Parkside Main Stadium 8, Greensboro
Royal 13 W IMAX, Pooler
Aurora Cineplex 10, Roswell
Eisenhower Cinema 6, Savannah

Iowa

Cedar Rapids Galaxy 16 Cine, Cedar Rapids

Idaho

Village Cinema, Meridian
Bonner Mall Cinemas 6, Ponderay
Magic Valley Cinema 13, Twin Falls

Illinois

Arlington Heights
Bloomington Galaxy 14 Cine, Bloomington
Buffalo Grove Theatre 5
O'Fallon 15 Cine, O'Fallon
Roxy Cinemas 6, Ottawa
Willow Knolls 14, Peoria
Reynolds Landmark 10, Peoria
Savoy 16, Savoy
Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, Woodbridge
Art Theater Co-Op, Champaign (Starting Jan. 2)

Indiana

Bones Theatre 4, Columbia City
Greendale Cinema 10, Greendale
Wolf 10 Theatres, Greensburg
Georgetown 14 Digital Cinemas, Indianapolis
Jasper 8 Theatres, Jasper
Portage 16 IMAX, Portage

Kansas

Cinetopia 17, Overland Park

Kentucky

Theatres of Georgetown, Georgetown
Village 8 Theatre, Louisville
Riverfill Cinemas 10, Pikeville

Louisiana

Chalmette Cinema 6, Chalmette
Hollywood Cinemas 7, La Place
Robinson Film Center, Shreveport will screen for a week

Maine

Hollywood Cinemas, Bangor
Caribou Cinema 4, Caribou

Maryland

Eastpoint Movies 10, Baltimore
Xscape 14, Brandywine
Leitersburg Cinemas, Hagerstown

Massachusetts

Apple Cinemas, Cambridge
Hollywood Hits, Danvers
Cinema Pub, North Attleboro
Cinema 95, Salisbury

 

Michigan

Quality 16, Ann Arbor
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
Cloverland 4 Cinema, Ironwood
Alamo, Kalamazoo (Starting Dec. 26)
Bijou by the Bay, Traverse City
Wayne Theatre 4, Wayne State

Minnesota

Cambridge 5 Cinemas, Cambridge
Premiere Theatre 6, Cloquet
Quarry Cold Spring 5 Cinema, Cold Spring
Fairmont 5, Fairmont
Cine 5 Theatre, International Falls
St. Anthony Main, Minneapolis—St. Paul
North Branch Cinema 7, North Branch
Grand Makwa 4 Cinema, Onamia
Rochester Galaxy 14 Cine, Rochester
Main Street Cinema 6, Sauk Centre

Missouri

Arnold 14 Cine, Arnold
Blue Springs Eight, Blue Springs
Cape West 14 Cine, Cape Girardeau
Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine, Chesterfield
Pharaoh Cinema 4, Independence
Alamo Drafthouse, Kansas City
Chase Park Plaza, St. Louis
Galleria 6, St. Louis
Des Peres 14, St. Louis
MX Movies, St. Louis (Starting Jan. 2)
Warrenton 8 Cinemas, Warrenton
Glass Sword Cinema Six, West Plains

Montana

Pharaohplex 6, Hamilton

New Hampshire

Keene Cinemas, Keene

New Jersey

Allwood Cinemas 6, Clifton
Maplewood Theaters, Maplewood
City Plex 12, Newark
Columbia Park 12, North Bergen
Middlebrook Cinema 10, Ocean Township
Fabian 8, Paterson
Rutgers Cinema, Piscataway (starting Jan. 1)

New Mexico

Starmax, Deming

Nevada

Mesquite Stadium 6, Mesquite
Ironwood Stadium Cinema 8, Minden

New York

Movieplex 10, Auburn
Movietime Cinemas 10, Canadaigua
American 5, Canton
Cortland Plaza Theatre, Cortland
Movieplex 59, Dunkirk
Main Street 6, Flushing
Movieplex 8, Hudson
Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington
Williamsburg Theater, Brooklyn (starts Jan. 2)
MovieWorld, Douglaston (starts Jan. 2)
Kew Gardens Cinemas, Kew Gardens
Flix Stadium 10, Lancaster
Cinema Village, Manhattan
Quad Cinema 4, New York
Island Cinemas, Mastic
Massena Movieplex 8, Massena
Merrick Cinemas, Merrick
New Windsor 12, New Windsor
Crystal Cinema 8, Painted Post
Orpheum Triples, Saugerties
Center Fiveplex, Sunnyside
Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers

North Carolina

Northgate Stadium 10, Durham
Neuse Theatre, New Bern
Palace Pointe, Roxboro
Smithfield 10, Smithfield
Quin Theatre 4, Sylva
Carousel Cinemas 15, Greensboro

North Dakota

Fargo Theatre 2, Fargo
Grand Theatre 6, Williston

Ohio

Esquire 6, Cincinnati
Tower City Cinemas, Cleveland
Gateway Film Center, Columbus
Grandview Theatre, Columbus
Movies 10, Nelsonville

Oklahoma

Heritage Park 7, Altus
Valley View Cinema 6, Chickasha
Riverwalk Movies 8, Jenks
Circle, Tulsa
Showest 4, Weatherford

Oregon

Cinetopia Progress Ridge 14, Beaverton
Darkside Cinema 4, Corvallis
Bijou Art Cinemas 2, Eugene
Hollywood Theatre 3, Portland

Pennsylvania

Dependable Drive-In, Coraopolis
Pocono Community Theater, East Stroudsburg
Movie Town Cinemas 6, Elizabethtown
Richland Cinemas, Johnston
Mahoning Valley Cinemas 8, Lehighton
Miller 6 Cinemas, Lewistown
Pocono Movieplex, Marshalls Creek
Majestic Cinemas 7, Matamoras
Pittsburgh Southside Works

Rhode Island

Cable Car Cinema, Providence

South Carolina

Terrace Theater, Charleston
Nickelodeon Theatre, Columbia
Crown 2, Lancaster

Tennessee

Montana Drive-in, Estill Springs
Franklin Theatre, Franklin
Premiere 6, Murfreesboro
The Belcourt Theater, Nashville

Texas

Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, Austin
Alamo Ritz Theatre 2, Austin
Alamo Slaughter Lane 8, Austin
Alamo South Lamar, Austin
Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park 7, Houston
Almo Mason Park 7, Katy
Alamo Drafthouse, Lubbock
Alamo Drafthouse, Richardson
Alamo Drafthouse 6 Stone Oaks, San Antonio
Alamo Park North 8, San Antonio
Alamo Westlakes 9 Drafthouse Cinema, San Antonio

Other Theaters in Texas

Town & Country Drive In, Abilene
Venetian 8 Bar & Grill, Carrollton
Pine Hollow 6, Conroe
Look Cinemas, Dallas
Texas Theatre, Dallas
Galaxy Drive-in 5, Ennis
D-MAX 6, Gainesville
Star Cinema Grill, Missouri City
Mt. Pleasant Southside 6, Mt. Pleasant
Marketplace Cinema 12, New Braunfels
North Shore Cinema 8, Portland
Rialto Bistro 9, San Antonio
City Base Cinema, San Antonio
Mayan Palace 13, San Antonio
Silverado 19 w/ IMAX, Tomball
Star Cinema 6, Webster

Utah

Historic Cedar Theatre, Cedar City
Moviegrille, Ogden
Park City Film Series, Park City
Walker Cinema 8, Perry
Brewvies Cinemas Pub
, Salt Lake City
Megaplex Theatres, South Jordan
Main Street Cinema 6, St. George

Virginia

21st Century Cinemas 12, Abingdon
The Alamo Drafthouse, Ashburn
Sunchase Cinema 8, Farmville
York River Crossing Cinema, Hayes
Manassas 4 Cinemas, Manassas
Hollywood Cinema, Martinsville
Cinema City Stadium 9, Norton

Washington

Bainbridge Cinemas 5, Bainbridge Island
Olympic Cinemas, Bremerton
Grand Meridian, Ellensburg
Plaza 3 Cinemas, Oak Harbor
Stanwood Cinemas 5, Stanwood
Cinetopia 8, Vancouver
Cinetopia Vancouver Mall, Vancouver
Yelm Cinemas 8, Yelm
Ark Lodge Cinemas, Seattle
Grand Tacoma 4, Tacoma

Washington, DC

West End Cinema
Angelika Pop-Up

Wisconsin

Bay 6 Theatre, Ashland
Beloit Luxury 10, Beloit
Vilas Cinemas 4, Eagle River
Fond Du Lac Theatre
Hartford Cinemas 6, Hartford
Hayward Cinema 4, Hayward
Movies 16 Theatre, Janesville
Grand Theatre 4, New London
Millennium 6 Cinema, Platteville
Shawano Theatres 4, Shawano
Sparta Cinema 6
Sturgeon Bay Cinemas 6, Sturgeon Bay

West Virginia

Elkins Cinema 8
Tygart Valley 7, Fairmont

Wyoming

Jackson Hole Cinema 2, Jackson
The Movies 3, Rawlins
Gem Theatres, Riverton

For more theaters showing the film on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, head here.

Know a theater showing "The Interview" that isn't on this list? Send me an email kacuna[at]businessinsider[dot]com.

SEE ALSO: Sony confirms it will let theaters show #TheInterview on Christmas Day after all

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Sony Asked Apple To Show 'The Interview' On iTunes, But Apple Said No (AAPL)

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Following its decision to pull "The Interview" from most theaters, Sony reached out to Apple to distribute the movie on iTunes, according to a report by The New York Times.

Apple said no.

It's unclear from the Times report if Apple didn't want to show the movie because of hacking concerns, but the story does mention that the quick time crunch might have been a factor. Sony also asked the White House to help it find alternative methods of distribution.

From the Times report:

It remained unclear, however, whether any on-demand service would take “The Interview.” According to people briefed on the matter, Sony had in recent days asked the White House for help in lining up a single technology partner — Apple, which operates iTunes — but the tech company was not interested, at least not on a speedy time table. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

Even though the major movie theater chains won't show the movie, about 200 independent theaters in the US will show "The Interview" on Christmas Day

SEE ALSO: All the theaters showing "The Interview" on Christmas

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Adam Sandler Leads Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors

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adam sandler blendedAdam Sandler didn't exactly have the greatest 2014. 

Blended performed nowhere near the level of the actor's past big releases, and both of his recent attempts at more serious fair - Men, Women & Children and The Cobbler - got largely negative responses following their premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

As though that weren't bad enough, now he has been declared the most overpaid actor in Hollywood for the second year in a row. 

Forbes has released their annual list of stars who have been getting way too much money for under-performing projects, and Sandler has once again taken the top spot thanks to a ratio that sees him only earning the studios $3.20 for every dollar he is paid in salary.

This is actually worse than his statistic from last year, which said that he was bringing in $3.40 for every dollar. That's definitely not great news for the comedian. What's more, Sandler's score is a good deal worse than anyone else on the list. Earning nearly a full dollar more for film investors and sitting at number two on the list is Johnny Depp - who has seen recent flops like Transcendence and The Lone Ranger severely hurt his score. You can see the full top 10, as well as their numbers, listed below: 

1. Adam Sandler - $3.20 for every $1
2. Johnny Depp - $4.10 for every $1
3. Ben Stiller - $4.80 for every $1
4. Ryan Reynolds - $4.90 for every $1
5. Tom Hanks - $5.20 for every $1
6. Will Ferrell - $6.60 for every $1
7. Channing Tatum - $6.70 for every $1
8. Denzel Washington - $6.90 for every $1
9. Sandra Bullock - $9 for every $1
10. Ben Affleck - $9.37 for every $1

If you're confused as to why two huge stars like Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock would be on this list after so much success this past year, the strange answer is that the studios have become victims of their own success where those two stars are concerned.

Forbes notes that the money actors earn on the back end of a film's release are factored into the methodology to determine who is underpaid, and this means that as a movie's profit soars, so does the actor's cut. Sony and Warner Bros. surely loved the success that they saw with movies like 22 Jump Street and Gravity, but they probably didn't love cutting huge checks to Tatum and Bullock. Still, as Forbes notes, this is a version of overpayment that they don't necessarily mind. 

At the very least, Adam Sandler can perhaps take some solace in that his ratios haven't actually been the worst we've seen in recent years. Back in 2012 it was fellow Saturday Night Live alum Eddie Murphy who was being declared as Hollywood's most overpaid actor, and at that time he was only bringing in $2.30 for every $1 he was being paid in salary. Still, Sandler should definitely see this as a wake up call that he needs to start making some better, more memorable films. 

SEE ALSO: The 10 Highest Paid Moguls In Hollywood

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'Inherent Vice' Breakout Star Katherine Waterston Lands Lead In Steve Jobs Biopic

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EXCLUSIVE: Following her breakout performance in the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed "Inherent Vice," Katherine Waterston has landed a lead in the Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs film.

She has been offered the role of Chrisann, Jobs’ first wife. The pic gets underway next year.

Michael Fassbender plays Jobs, "The Interview's" Seth Rogen plays Steve Wozniak, and Michael Stuhlbarg plays Andy Hertzfeld, the computer scientist and inventor who was part of the original Apple development team that came up with Macintosh Operating System. He worked closely with Jobs until he left for Google in 2005. Aaron Sorkin wrote the script, and Scott Rudin is producing with Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady and Christian Colson. The movie is being put into production next year by Universal, which took over the picture after Sony exited. Waterston is repped by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment.

Watch Waterston in the trailer for "Inherent Vice" below.

SEE ALSO: Paul Thomas Anderson's New Movie 'Inherent Vice' Is Unlike Anything We've Ever Seen

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