The reclusive nation has officially declared the Seth Rogen and James Franco film "an act of war," but it's not the first time it's had an extreme response to a Hollywood movie. SEOUL — North Korea has officially condemned The Interview, calling James Franco and Seth Rogen film's plot about a mission to assassinate Kim Jong Un "an act of war." This is not, however, the first time the reclusive country has reacted so strongly to a Hollywood movie. PHOTOS James Franco, Chris O'Dowd Make Their Broadway Debuts in 'Of Mice and Men' Here are five other films that the hermit kingdom has denounced, banned or even used to spread its own political propaganda. 1) 007: Die Another Day (2002) Kim Myong-chol, executive director of the Centre for North Korea-U.S. Peace and an unofficial spokesman for Kim Jong Un's regime, was one of the first to vehemently criticize The Interview and Hollywood cinema in general. In his remarks, he said he was more partial to … [Read more...] about Five Films Before ‘The Interview’ Condemned by North Korea
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Vishwaroopam 2 First Day Collection: Kamal Haasan | Rahul Bose | Pooja Kumar | FilmiBeat Day Box Office Collection (In Rupees) 1 1.50 crores (estimated) Vishwaroop 2 First Day Collection: Kamal Haasan's much awaited film Vishwaroopam 2 hit the theatrical screens on Friday in Tamil, Telugu and Tamil. The Hindi version of the flick titled Vishwaroop 2 failed to impressed the audience and critics alike. If reports are to be believed, then this sequel to 2013 release Vishwaroop has received a poor opening at the box office on Day 1. It is said that Vishwaroop 2 collected around Rs. 1.50 crores on Day 1. Speaking about the Hindi version, trade analyst Girish Johar told Pinkvilla, "It's not up to the mark. It has not done as expected in the Hindi belt. The film has done somewhere around 1.5 crores in Hindi version in the early trends."Speaking about the average review of the film and why the Kamal Haasan's charisma has not worked in North India, Johar told the website, "What I … [Read more...] about Vishwaroop 2 First Day Collection: Hindi Version Of Kamal Haasan Film Opens Poorly!
Why on earth would you volunteer to pour a bucket of ice water on yourself and film it (besides using it as a way to show off your end-of-summer bikini bod)? To benefit charity, obviously. Within the last two weeks, Instagram feeds and Facebook pages across the land have been filled with videos of celebrities and lay people alike engaging in a most curious behavior: pouring a bucket of ice on their heads. And while it seems most social media followers understand that it's somehow connected to charity, the whole thing is still confusing as hell. So, like, what is it? The challenge asks participants to dump a bucket of ice water over his or her head and dare others do the same or make a $100 donation to The ALS Association within 24 hours. To date, the association has raised an unbelievable $4 million in donations — compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year. It's safe to say this is one marketing campaign that works, despite the chilly, wet … [Read more...] about An Idiot’s Guide to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
EXCLUSIVE: Solstice Studios has hired Mark Mulcahy to be Senior Vice President, In-Theatre Marketing, and Tom Sweetser to be Vice President, Operations. Both will report to Shari Hardison, Head of US Distribution. The company continues to staff up in anticipation of its first theatrical release, the road rage thriller Unhinged with Russell Crowe, which is set for August 28, 2020 release. Mulcahy comes to Solstice after has worked in the film business for 38 years at Paramount Pictures, The Weinstein Company and STX Entertainment, as well as in exhibition, with Mann Theatres, Movie Tavern and Syfy. He was instrumental in the U.S. launch of iPic (Gold Class Cinemas) the Australian based concept, and worked with exhibition to develop theatrical digital smart marketing that pinpoints niche audiences and saves studios millions of dollars. Related Story Solstice Studios Hires Veteran Lisa Ellzey As Head Of Production Sweetser most recently was an executive at Comscore Movies … [Read more...] about Solstice Studios Makes Key Marketing/Distribution Exec Hires With Mark Mulcahy & Tom Sweetser
News of the death of Danny Aiello rippled across social media on Friday morning as friends, co-stars, peers and admirers of the 86-year-old character actor shared their thoughts on a body of work that included Do the Right Thing, Moonstruck, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Jacob’s Ladder and Madonna’s music video for “Papa Don’t Preach.” Aiello’s Oscar-nominated performance as Salvatore “Sal” Frangione in Spike Lee’s incendiary 1989 classic Do the Right Thing was mentioned most frequently, a testament to the film’s trenchant achievements and Aiello’s compelling portrait of a pizzeria owner vexed by the changing demographics of his Brooklyn neighborhood. Aiello’s screen career was launched by the 1973 sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly, which also starred a newcomer named Robert De Niro. Aiello joined De Niro for a notable follow-up, when both appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s Best Picture … [Read more...] about Danny Aiello: Spike Lee, Mia Farrow, Cher Remember ‘Do The Right Thing’ & ‘Moonstruck’ Actor