The Interview – Sony Pictures Entertainment / THEATRICAL RELEASE DATE CHANGE


I get it; a huge corporation needs to protect itself and it’s customers.

But I hate that terrorists win in this instance. At least so far.

From Sony Pictures Entertainment:

“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

Wanna peek at the titles for next year’s Free Comic Book Day? Right this way…

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(Image: FCBD/Amanda Conner)

Mmm, free comic books.  Yeah, yeah, mah people.  We’ll probably clean up this month, with all the holidayness erupting all over the place.  Mmm, prezzies.  But the folks at Free Comic Book Day have announced the 50 titles that made the cut for the 2015 FCBD!  I know, right?  I’m psyched too.

BTW, like the logo above? It’s the 2015 t-shirt design, by AMANDA CONNER.  Yes, I’m psyched.

My Must Haves for next year’s ‘Day? (All titles have “FCBD 2015″ attached.  I was just too lazy to re-type it all.)

  • Boom! Studios 10 Year Special
  • Dark Circle Comics #1 (the new Archie superhero line launch?  Yeah, I’m on it.)
  • DC Comics Gold Book — like I don’t want a cover that has “Top Secret” written on it?
  • FCBD 2015 Doctor Who Special
  • Savage Dragon Legacy
  • Secret Wars #1 (WOOT!)
  • Avengers #1 (hopefully there’s an Age of Ultron tie-in.  Oh who am I kidding; you know there’ll be one.)
  • And Then Emily Was Gone
  • GFT Wonderland Special Edition One Shot (What?  With their horror miniseries in 2014, GFT is growing on me.)
  • Jurassic Strike Force 5 One Shot
  • Lady Justice
  • The Stuff Of Legend

And okay, the Attack On Titan cover has me wanting to check out the Kodansha Comics Sampler too.  So many…so very many….

Free Comic Book Day 2015 will be May 2, 2015.  Plenty of time to plan your local comic store takeover. Er, visit.  Yeah.  Visit.

Peep the full list at the source, of course!  Clicky to pop to the Free Comic Book Day site!

Salt Lake Comic-Con joins with Indie Lounge at Sundance

Still more reasons why I need to travel more…  This year’s Sundance Film Fest is looking like a nicely nerdy fit with the Indie Lounge and SLCC.  Oh who am I kidding; I just want to sit in a gorgeous place and read comic books.  There, I said it.

And am I the only one hoping that with the use of the term “Fellowship”, that there’ll be hobbits?



Salt Lake Comic Con and the Indie Lounge Unite Forces to Create a Fellowship of Mythological Proportions During the Sundance Film Festival

SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Independent Film Maker’s Lounge announced today an epic partnership with Salt Lake Comic Con to create an Indie Lounge for entertainment and gifting during the opening weekend of the Sundance Film Festival, January 22-25, 2015.

Indie Lounge will host the top tier of celebrity high life, latest musical talents from around the world and entertainers from all over the globe as they enter their fifth year of hosting.

Entrance to the Indie Lounge is an exclusive, invite-only experience designed to indulge A-list celebrities, B-list entertainers and press and media outlets from around the globe with luxury gifting, as well as the opportunity for independent filmmakers, musicians and affluent industry professionals to connect and collaborate. It’s literally the place to #getscene.

Located on Main Street’s coveted Courtyard Summit, the Indie Lounge offers festival attendees an escape from the barrage of movie premieres and meetings. With an iconic presence, the Indie Lounge is widely known for their hospitable environment and full service Snap Daddy’s gourmet catering that is perfectly weaved into this venue’s warm, sanctuary-like atmosphere.

“The excitement surrounding the relationship between Salt Lake Comic Con and the Indie Lounge adds an entirely new dimension in what to expect in gifting and entertainment offered at the festival,” stated Indie Lounge Producers.

Since its debut onto the Sundance scene in September 2013, Salt Lake Comic Con has attracted some of the world’s most notable celebrity guests.

“We’re all about entertainment and celebrities, and together with the Indie Lounge, we believe we can complement all the great events and activities taking place at the Sundance Film Festival and help connect fans to their favorite stars,” said Dan Farr, Salt Lake Comic Con Founder and Show Producer. “I believe that this Indie Lounge will be one of the most sought after and coveted credentials in town.”

For more information about Salt Lake Comic Con and its FanXperience (FanX) on January 29-31, 2015 visit the Salt Lake Comic Con website at

The Independent Filmmakers Lounge during the Sundance Film Festival, more commonly known to the industry as the Indie Lounge, was developed in 2010 as a focal point for established and inspiring filmmakers who attend the Festival. The Indie Lounge has established itself as one of the most highly regarded gifting and entertainment lounges which takes place during the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival. The Indie Lounge specializes in attracting A-list celebrities and B-list entertainers, as well as Producers and Directors from around the world. The hospitality of the lounge, its unique filmmaking forums, live entertainment, gourmet catering and award winning hosts have cemented the #IndieLounge as a mooring of the Sundance experience. Website:

Salt Lake Comic Con is organized by Dan Farr Productions in partnership with ABC4/CW30 of the Nexstar Broadcasting Group. Dan Farr Productions is an event and marketing group devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows and partnering with premium celebrities and brands in the pop culture arena. Dan Farr Productions is dedicated to producing spectacular celebrations of popular culture that lead the market in providing exceptional and rewarding experiences for our consumers, fans, celebrity guests, vendors and partners. Website:,

Review in a Flash – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

the hobbit botfaIt’s the Awards Season Onslaught time! So that can mean only one thing; quickie reviews so you can get out and enjoy the season faster. Feliz Chrismukwanzyulekkah y’all!

Before:  THE HOBBIT!!11!!  Happy that the final installment of this trilogy is finally hitting theaters, but sad that that means the trilogy is at an end.  Been purposefully ignoring the trailers in the hope that I’ll be a wide-eyed Five Armies innocent once it unspools.  Though gotta say that Orlando Bloom still looks airbrushed within an inch of his life in the teasers I’ve eyeballed.  It’s gotta be tough playing a character that’s supposed to be younger than when you played him 10+ years earlier. L.O.L.A. Lola…

During:  I feared that the rambling that PJ did during The Desolation of Smaug would play out further here.  No worries there.  In fact, this film takes place seconds after The Great Wyrm decides to destroy Lake-Town after he gets sick and tired of Thorin and his dwarven compatriots (to say nothing of Bilbo’s trickery…hello inviso-ring!)  Smaug destroying Lake-Town — and Bard trying to destroy Smaug — is, to quote Galadriel’s speech to Frodo in Lord of the Rings, “beautiful and terrible as the dawn!”  Seems a shame to end that bit so (relatively) quickly, but we’ve got things and stuff.

Jackson keeps things going, going and going; the pace is at a roaring clip from the start, so much so that I expected the Energizer Bunny to make an appearance.  Instead, there’s Lee Pace (no weird neck movements this time; he’s bulked up for Guardians of the Galaxy & more stable) riding the biggest freakin’ elk in the universe, a Dwarven leader riding a huge Arkansas Razorback kitted for war, and of course my beloved wargs.  I still want one, even though they’re little more than Orc vehicles here (and no close-ups! Boo!) Kili is still hot, but get your tissues out for the Killi/Tauriel lovefest.  It’s adorably awesome.

What’s also awesome?  The amazing FX — yes, there are plenty of sweeping looks at battles, burning towns and Thorin’s (nee Smaug’s) treasure hold.  But there are plenty of closer looks at the carnage, including a few hero/Big Bad battles that are amazing to behold.  Thank you, WETA Workshop!  As for the storyline, are there bits and pieces that you won’t find in The Hobbit novel?  A’yup.  But they fold in nicely, and almost make up for the serious lack of Beorn-age in this film.  Almost.  (There’s word that there will be more Beorn in the extra scenes come Blu-Ray time.  I look forward to it.)

But ’til the Blu-Ray, I’ma enjoy Legolas, the DEX21 elf of my high school D&D club dreams.  Man, can that elf open a can of whup-ass.  Ditto for Tauriel; Evangeline Lily has breathed life into a character I worried about (newcharacterwreckallthethingsnooooo) but now absolutely adore, and who has fit into movie canon nicely.

After:  Billy Boyd’s “The Last Goodbye”, played over the end credits, is absolutely lovely.  It’s got my vote for Best Song at the Academy Awards.  There’s still something in my eye…damn cold weather.  Peter Jackson said Five Armies is his “favorite” of this trilogy, and I’ve got to agree.  Tons of gorgeous FX, heart-tugging character arcs, and believable situations (not to mention some cool bits I won’t spoil here) makes this the film the penultimate of this trilogy, and right up there with The Two Towers from the first series.  I’m feeling a strange wash of battle amp and bittersweet sadness as it’s now over.

Nutshell:  I give The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies an A-.  A whole lot of fun with a minimum of padding, or at least the action is so relentless-without-being-annoying that I didn’t notice any egregious pacing errors.  Though I’ll have to wait for an extended version to see all the bits and pieces — as PJ typically does with his Tolkien riffs — Five Armies is a pleasant way to spend a cold winters day, 3D or no. (#ProTip: hit the largest screen you can for this one.  You’re welcome.)

Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: The Gambler

the gamblerReady for the holidays?  No?  Well, if you need to impress someone, why not win yourself a pair of passes to The Gambler and take ‘em out on “your dime”?  And by “your dime”, I mean for free.  Though you should probably spring for some popcorn and really blow ‘em over.  Because holiday season ain’t holiday season without popcorn.  Just me?

Anyway.  Wanna know what’s on tap this time, courtesy of our lovely and talented PR folks?  Here’s the synopsis for The Gambler:

Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker.  Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral.  Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake.  He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future.  As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…

Want passes?  Read on…

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Insurgent character posters!

YA movie time!  The Divergent Series: Insurgent is gearing up with some sweet new posters.  There’s also a cool interactive site that you can play with ’til the film hits next March.

Here’s the synopsis:

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite.  Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.  Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

Check out the new shiny:

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UPROXX: Stephen Colbert Interviewed Smaug The Dragon And Got Him To Call Benedict Cumberbatch A Hack


Reblogging this because everyone should see this clip. Not only is Cumberbatch hilarious, but the WETA folks deliver some serious beautiful work.

And of course Colbert is a hoot.


Originally posted on UPROXX:

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Stephen Colbert, as we all know, is departing bastion of impartiality The Colbert Report for some frivolous late night talk show. But before he goes, he’s managed to land a rare, crucial interview with a misunderstood political figure of Middle-Earth. Namely, Smaug.

In a far-reaching interview, Smaug discusses his support of Rand Paul, throws major shade at Orlando Bloom and that hack Benedict Cumberbatch, and lays out the difficulty of motion capture when you’re a three-ton fire drake just trying to make it in Hollywood. Also, he ate the entire cast of The View, so we’re suddenly far more inclined to hear his side of the story.

Joking aside, this is worth watching even if you couldn’t care less about The Hobbit, simply because Cumberbatch so perfectly nails the typical vapid Hollywood movie star. Except he’s a giant dragon. And Cumberbatch can only use his face…

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