The Interview Pulled by Sony. No Theaters, No VOD, No DVD/Blu-ray

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Variety — “With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview.” U.S. officials have reportedly linked a massive cyber attack against Sony to North Korea, which is at the center of the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy.

“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,” Sony said in a statement. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

A few hours after making the announcement, a studio spokesman said that Sony had “no further plans” to release the comedy, either on VOD or DVD.”

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Will San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Be The Greatest Comic-Con Of All Time?

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Although 2014 isn’t over yet and San Diego Comic-Con is over a half a year away, we can’t help but let our imaginations wander ahead to July 2015 where there could potentially be more amazing panels and presentations than ever before inside Hall H and beyond. Read on for a list of the films with the biggest potential to make you salivate inside Hall H next summer…

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Back to Back to the Future – Twin Pines Mall 10-26-14 Meetup A Success!

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On the morning of October 25, 1985, Doctor Emmet L. Brown requested that Marty McFly meet him late that night at the Twin Pines Mall. Doc claimed that he “made a major breakthrough” and would need Marty’s assistance.

Although we are currently living in a different timeline where the mall is known not as “Twin Pines Mall” nor “Lone Pine Mall” but “Puente Hills Mall,” a group of faithful fans of the scientist’s work still honor that red letter late night / early morning when Doc Brown conducted the first successful temporal experiment #1 at 1:20 AM and zero seconds, sending his dog Einstein one minute into…THE FUTURE!

Thanks to all that met up at the mall, and for anyone looking to join up for next year (or just be part of a super cool BTTF fan community), please feel free to join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/twinpinesmall.

See you next time we go BACK to the historical parking lot, late night October 25 (early morning of the 26th)! Or if you just want to check it out:

Puente Hills Mall
1600 South Azusa Ave.
City of Industry, CA 91748

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Scott Pilgrim vs. Frozen

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Last Friday night in Los Angeles, Disney’s El Capitan Theatre again played host to Frozen, bringing the magical animated film back to the big screen for a limited Sing-A-Long engagement. We were there.

On the same evening, the wonderful New Beverly Cinema held one of its regular midnight screenings of Edgar Wright’s 2010 Epic of Epic Epicness, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. We were there as well.

While we revisited these two classics, we couldn’t help but notice some interesting similarities. They might not seem like a fitting double bill… but they just may have more in common than you think (or at least 45 seconds)…

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Composer Christophe Beck Talks About Alternate Musical Directions In FROZEN

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While the big studio Comic-Con panels were wowing Fanboy and Fangirl eyes with their big presentations of upcoming blockbusters in Hall H, we took a detour and gave our eyes a rest in favor of our ears… more specifically, The Second Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero panel, where we had the chance to sit down with composer Christophe Beck. If Mr. Beck is not as much of a household name as the likes of John Williams and Danny Elfman, he soon will be, having recently broken the record for most weeks atop the Billboard 200 albums chart with his FROZEN score, ending the streak for the longest running #1 soundtrack (previously held by Disney’s The Lion King).

While Beck popped onto our radar with his pitch perfect musical accompaniment to Disney’s groundbreaking short, “Paperman,” as well as his work on the two recent Muppet movies, it was his magical score for Walt Disney Feature Animation’s 2013 film that captured our frozen hearts, seamlessly working with Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’ catchy tunes. But how does a musical maestro like Beck conjure up such melodic magic? Mr. Beck shared with us one instance on Frozen, right before “Let It Go,” where his original vision for Anna setting out of Arendelle in pursuit of Elsa was rethought, in the composer’s words, “to be more about determination and family bond than something bad that happened.”

Christoph Beck is currently scoring “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”

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Attention Dogs and Cats! New Star Wars Gear Just For You!

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We here at Entertainment Geekly have realized that we have neglected a core group of our fellow geeks. We have spent so much time reporting on news of geekly interest for fangirls and fanboys over the years, but have never once done a piece on and for FANPETS! Well, that ends today, because, thanks to the fine folks at Petco, new Star Wars toys and apparel are on the way to help all our dog and cat geeks out there rejoice!

Many of our dog and cat readers are probably already aware of the amazing line of Star Wars items available at their local Petco and the Petco online store. Our personal favorite has always been the Chewbacca Hoodie and Princess Leia Cat Headpiece! The newest items from the Star Wars Pet Fans Collection include an Ewok outfit for dogs and amazing vintage retro Episode IV hoodie as well. The new line will be available soon, so all you FanDogs and FanCats out there be sure to tell your owners the great news!

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Phase 3 — What’s Next?

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On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, the opening day of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley, we here at EG were midway through the 8 hours and 51 minutes it would take to ESCAPE FROM GRINGOTTS when we began to wonder about HARRY POTTER PHASE 3.

By this point, most Muggles are aware that Universal’s old JAWS attraction was, umm, blown up(?) to make way for the Diagon Alley expansion. And with less and less real estate available in both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure parks, more existing attractions may need to be eliminated if there is to be more Wizarding Magic to come. And so, as the sun blazed down and melted our brains during that epic wait, we began to fantasize about what’s next…

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley Opening Day Magic!

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The big day has finally arrived and the brick walls of Diagon Alley have opened to Witches, Wizards and Muggles to explore, that is, to those brave and pasionate souls who possess the virtue of patience. Opening day saw wait times of three hours to simply enter the new land inside Universal Studios Orlando, and an additional SIX to NINE hours to experience Diagon Alley’s new centerpiece, Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts, a state-of-the-art thrill ride which paves the way for the future of E-ticket attractions. Having just returned from the scene, we are here to say that, even with those astronomical waits, it’s truly all worth it.

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This new expansion to the Universal Orlando Resort is not only a hit, it’s a game-changer, creating what we feel is the most immersive awe-inspiring physical space inside any theme park on the planet. And that statement alone is unable to do it justice, becuase being inside Diagon Alley, you are not in a theme park… you have left Universal and have been transported inside J.K. Rowling’s imagination, made to instantly forget the trials and tribulations of your reality.

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WonderCon 2014 Cosplay Gallery

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Cosplayers flocked to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend for WonderCon and EG was on the scene to catch up with some of the best. Taking place right across the street from Disneyland seemed to bring out droves of Disney-inspired cosplay — take a look in our Facebook gallery HERE!

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Sabotage Review – Total Garbage

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Arnold Schwarzenegger said he’d be back, and when Arnold speaks, our butts are in the seats. And for every miss like The Last Stand, there’s some good quotable Arnie in Escape Plan… and then there’s Sabotage, the DEA cop thriller by David “End of Watch” Ayers.

The film opens strongly enough with some gun violence, before the two hours we spend with mostly annoying characters, like LOST’s Josh Holloway and The Killing’s Mireille Enos in a role that’s so grating, you may end up offing yourself during the film. Read that carefully: two hours of annoying characters. Well, at least there will be more gunplay right? Would you be surprised if there isn’t as much as the trailers would lead you to believe?

No, Sabotage is a thriller, a “who dunnit” with layers that you don’t give a shit about. Who stole the money? Who really cares, give us something interesting, not cops bantering about their sexual conquests or DEA agents also bantering about their sexual conquests. The pacing is so slow and awkward, balanced poorly with “radical camerawork” like mounting a camera on the muzzle of the gun pointed back at the shooter… FELLINI-ESQUE! And the violence, we keep hearing about how “gory” it is and pushing the limits of the R rating. It doesn’t and it isn’t.

Of the entire cast, it’s Sam Worthington, you know, Avatar’s Jakesully, who gives a real performance, so that should sum up what to expect. Arnold’s fine, but wasted and overall, the film ends up being a letdown and a bore. Skip it completely and pretend it never existed.

ASIDE: And why the F does everybody fire through walls in this movie?

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Into The Storm Teaser Trailer – Bad Weather Ahead!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer – First Look At The New Turtles

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Disney Characters As Walking Dead Survivors

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Hercules Trailer – The Rock Calls It Like He Sees It!

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The Signal Trailer – Something Strange Is Going On

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New Transformers: Age of Extinction Posters – Dangerous Robots Are On The Loose!

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300: Rise Of An Empire Review – FOR SPARTA!!

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While not as good or as revolutionary as its predecessor, this prequel/sequel/side-story has enough action, boobs and violence to make any boy happy. The story is fairly straightforward, without any real twists or turns, but it’s all there to move us from one slo-mo fight sequence to the next one. Actors and characters are largely forgettable, outside of Eva Green’s Artemisia. Even the big bad Xerxes is just a bit player in the whole production.

I should have watched the original 300 before this one, as I hadn’t seen it since theaters, but as a nitpick, the digital blood kinda bugged me. Sure, it was probably intended as artistic, but just seemed a little off. Perhaps this is the same as in its predecessor, up to you how you feel about things like this.

Some lazy CG aside, it was nice to be back in the 300 world, though it felt a little dated.

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For – Rodriguez and Miller Are Back!

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The Raid 2 Review – When Story Met Pencak Silat

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I really loved the original Raid. It caught me completely off-guard and was such a simple movie with wild action. The Raid 2: Berandal is almost the complete opposite: a film with lofty goals in which I had high expectations of more wild action. To keep it simple: Expectations made.

Sure, you have a 2+ hour film telling a fairly familiar crime story of betrayal and daddy issues. But within those two hours you meet interesting characters, albeit characters designed to fight in exciting ways. You’ve also got some very sick fight and action sequences, wonderful cinematography and camera direction, and for a long movie, it never felt long.

In some ways, it’s better than the goofiness of some of Tony Jaa’s work, on the other, it barely holds a candle to iconic scenes in those films. What I respect is that director/writer, Gareth Evans, went for a story bigger than “guys running up a staircase” and in the end, delivered. It may not be The Godfather, but it has its own special sauce… and makes me super excited to see The Raid 3.

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Afflicted Trailer – A Trip Around The World Goes Horribly Wrong

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