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New Featurette Video For ‘TAKEN 3′ Starring Liam Neeson!

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Check out this new features video that 20th Century FOX has released for their highly anticipated sequel, Taken 3 which can be seen down below!

The film hits theaters on January 9, directed by Olivier Megaton, also stars Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker, Dougray Scott, Leland Orser and Sam Spruell.

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now– his daughter.

Sony Pictures Releases Statement on the Hacking

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Following the announcement that Sony Pictures had cancelled the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview, the studio has now released an official statement on the hacking it suffered, what information may have been stolen and the identity theft protection services they are offering to people who may have been impacted:

As being widely reported in the press, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) experienced a significant system disruption on Monday, November 24, 2014. SPE has determined that the cause of the disruption was a brazen cyber attack. After identifying the disruption, SPE took prompt action to contain the cyber attack, engaged recognized security consultants and contacted law enforcement. 

SPE learned on December 1, 2014, that the security of certain personally identifiable information about its current and former employees, and their dependents, that participated in SPE health plans and other benefits, and certain production employees potentially may have been compromised. Although SPE is in the process of investigating the scope of the cyber attack, SPE believes that the following types of personally identifiable information that such individuals provided to SPE potentially may have been obtained by unauthorized individuals: 1 (name), (2) address, (3) social security number, driver’s license number, passport number, and/or other government identifier, (4) bank account information, (5) credit card information for corporate travel and expense (6) username and passwords, (7) compensation and (8) other employment related information. In addition, unauthorized individuals may have obtained (9) HIPAA protected health information, such as name, social security number, claims appeals information submitted to SPE (including diagnosis), date of birth, home address, and member ID number to the extent that the potentially impacted individuals participated in SPE health plans, and (10) health/medical information provided to SPE outside of SPE health plans. 

Also on December 1, 2014, SPE began the process of notifying employees that it would be providing identity protection services to them and to their dependents. SSE has continued to reach out to potentially impacted individuals with notification about this situation, to offer identity protection services and to provide them with information about how to protect themselves from identify theft and other potential loss. SPE is encouraging potentially impacted employees and former employees to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal main scams that ask for personal or sensitive information, as neither SPE nor anyone acting on its behalf would contact them in any way, including by email, asking for credit card number, social security number/government identifies or other personally identifiable information. Individuals asked for this information can be confident SPE is not the entity asking. To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, SPE encourages potentially impacted employees and former employees to remain vigilant, review account statements, monitor credit reports to the extent available, change passwords and to enrolls promptly in the identity theft protection services made available to them by SPE. 

The purpose of this press release is to take further steps to make sure that potentially impacted individuals receive this information.

Potentially affected individuals can review the full text of individual notifications and/or obtain information about ALLClear ID identity protection services that may be available to them at sonypictures.com or by calling the SPE Information and Support Hotline. The U.S toll free number is (866) 361-8961; the international number is: +1 (262) 222-0434.

New Photo From ‘JURASSIC WORLD’ Reveals Chris Pratt & Costar!

Check out this new photo that director Colin Trevorrow has released through Twitter of his highly anticipated film JURASSIC WORLD featuring leading man Chris Pratt (Guardians of the GalaxyParks and Recreation) alongside a pretty excited looking raptor!

The film hits theaters in 3D, 2D and IMAX on June 12, 2015, JURASSIC WORLD offers a terrifying sci-fi adventure set 22 years after the events of Steven Spielberg’s original 1993 Michael Crichton adaption, Jurassic Park.

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“Happy Holidays from the editing room. Do not try this at home.”

 

The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help, Spider-Man 3), Ty Simpkins (Insidious, Iron Man 3), Jake Johnson (Let’s Be Cops, New Girl), Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), BD Wong (Jurassic Park), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Judy Greer (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Katie McGrath (Dracula), Lauren Lapkus (Blended) and Andy Buckley (Bridesmaids).

Sony Has Cancelled the Christmas Release on ‘THE INTERVIEW’ Starring James Franco & Seth Rogen

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UPDATE: CNN reports that investigators have determined that hackers working for North Korea were behind the Sony attack. An announcement from the U.S Justice Department could come early as tomorrow.

UPDATE 2: Sony Pictures has officially cancelled the December 25 release of The Interview. Check out the following official statement:

In the 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 theatre-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.

The story follows:

The five largest theaters in North American announced that they will no longer show Sony Pictures’ The Interview when it’s released on December 25 following a threat by hacker group, which has caused major problems for the studio for weeks now.

According to THRRegal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmine Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment will no longer show the film due to the hacker group “Guardians of Peace” saying:

“Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)

According to The Wall Street Journalthere are about 40,000 screens in the US and Regal, AMC, Cinemark and Carmine account for almost half of them. Cineplex is the largest Canadian chain. In addition, Arclight Cinemas, Classic Cinemas and Bow Tie Cinemas won’t show the film either.

Regal said in a statement:

“Due to the wavering support of the film THE INTERVIEW by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theaters.”

 

Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations of Cineplex Entertainment said:

“After careful consideration of this unprecedented and complex situation, Cineplex Entertainment (Cineplex) will postpone presentation of the Sony Pictures movie, THE INTERVIEW. Cineplex takes seriously its commitment to the freedom of artistic expression, but we want to reassure our guests and staff that their safety and security is our number one priority. We look forward to a time when this situation is resolved and those responsible are apprehended.”

 

The Department of Homeland Security said that there is not “credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States.”

The National Association of Theater Owners, however released the following statement:

“The ability of our guests to enjoy the entertainment they choose in safety and comfort is and will continue to be a priority for theater owners. While we do not discuss security procedures or policies, NATO members are working closely with the appropriate security and law enforcement agencies. We are encouraged that the authorities have made progress in their investigation and we look forward to the time when the responsible criminals are apprehended. Until that happens, individual cinema operators may decide or delay exhibition of the movie so that our guests may enjoy a safe holiday movie season experiencing the many other exciting films we have to offer.”

 

Sony Pictures has not made an official statement yet, but Variety is reporting that the studio is now weighing releasing the film on premium video-on-demand to help recoup some of the film’s $42 million budget as well as the tens of millions more in promotion and advertising expenses.

In the movie, Dave Skylark (Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight”. When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the most unlikely candidates, to ‘take out’ Kim Jong-un.

The hacking of Sony Pictures’ computer systems started in late November. A large amount of information was stolen by the “Guardians of Peace” and has been released on various file sharing sites. Though it has denied any involvement, North Korea is suspected to be involved with the hack.

Director Jon Favreau Gives You A Behind-The-Scenes Look at ‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’

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Always a huge proponent of using social media to give early looks at his production process, director Jon Favreau has been using Instagram to post behind-the-scenes shots from his upcoming live-action take on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and can be seen HERE, including a guest appearance by Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo!

The film hits theaters October 9, 2015 and features the voices of Academy Award winners Ben Kingsley (The Boxtrolls, Iron Man 3), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths, Peter Pan Live!) as Bagheera, Raksha and King Louie, respectively, Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther) as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Lucy) as Kaa, Bill Murray (St. Vincent, The Monuments Men) as Baloo and newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli.

In the story, Mowgli– a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves– embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known.

Offering a combination of live-action and computer animation, THE JUNGLE BOOK is directed by Favreau from a script by Justin Mark.

 

The Poster & Photos For George Lucas’ Animated ‘STRANGE MAGIC’

Check out the poster and photos that Touchstone Pictures and Lucasfilms has released for their upcoming animated film Strange Magic which can be seen down below!

STRANGE MAGIC is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilms Animations Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award-winning film Rango, bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down.

With a story by George Lucas, STRANGE MAGIC is directed by Gary Rydstrom (Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation, Lifted), produced by Mark S. Miller (associated producer Mars Attacks!) and executive produced by Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (Elf), Irene Meechi (Brave, The Lion King) and Rydstrom.

The voice cast includes Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein and Peter Stormare.

STRANGE MAGIC hits theaters on January 23, 2015.

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Legendary Pictures Optioned the Rights To Andrew Pyper’s Novel ‘THE DAMNED’

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Legendary Pictures has optioned the rights to Andrew Pyper’s upcoming novel The Damned, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in February 2015. Legendary’s Alex Hedlund and Tracy Stevens will oversee the project.

The story is an elevated supernatural thriller in the vein of The Sixth Sense and Jacob’s Ladder.

Paper’s past work includes the novel The Demonologist, which is currently in development with Universal Pictures and Imagemovers. UTA handled the film deal on behalf of Anne McDermid & Associates and The Gernert Company.

Legendary’s recent releases include Godzilla, 300: Rise of an Empire and the Guillermo Del Toro’s directed Pacific Rim as well as the Jackie Robinson biopic 43 and Man of Steel with Warner Bros. In addition to Warcraft, highlights from Legendary’s upcoming movies include Blackhat and Crimson Peak. 

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