Seth Rogen has laughed off protests from the North Korean government after it warned the U.S. faces "merciless" retaliation if his upcoming film The Interview is released.
The Knocked Up actor is at the centre of a political storm over his new action-comedy movie, about an American journalist who is recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The film is due to hit cinemas around the world from October (14), and a foreign ministry spokesperson for the Asian country has issued a series of complaints ahead of its release.
Speaking through the state-run KCNA news agency, the representative brands The Interview a "wanton act of terror", adding, "Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated. "If the U.S. administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken."
However, Rogen has refused to take the situation seriously, taking to Twitter.com to joke, "People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it (sic)."
Veteran Hollywood producer Frank Marshall has dismissed rumours suggesting the next installment in the Bourne film franchise was delayed by a year to accommodate a return by Matt Damon. The actor played title character Jason Bourne in the first three movies of the action spy series, before bowing out and making way for Jeremy Renner to take over as new lead Aaron Cross in 2012's The Bourne Legacy.
Its sequel was due to hit cinemas in 2015, but producers at Universal Pictures have announced the film has since been pushed back to the summer of 2016.
Some reports suggested the move was to make way for the new N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, while others speculated the date change was made to fit filming in with Damon's schedule, allowing his character to return to the big screen.
However, Marshall has since shot down the claims, revealing director Justin Lin's script simply wasn't ready to go into production.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "It's simply not true.
"Justin Lin is working with Andrew Baldwin on an Aaron Cross script/story that they pitched us a few months ago. I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It's a summer movie, and if we don't start preproduction now, we can't make next summer. Therefore, it's a wise decision to move to 2016."
Damon had previously insisted he would be open to reprising his Bourne role if Paul Greengrass, who directed him in 2004's The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, signed on as filmmaker.
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We might have to wait a little longer for the next installment in the Jason Bourne franchise, but if the rumors are true, it might just be worth the wait. Tentative reports over at Latino Review say that the reason that the fifth Bourne movie was moved from its original August 2015 release date to one in July 2016 is because director Justin Lin is planning to bring back Jason Bourne himself: Matt Damon. Though the actor and national treasure has long said that he wouldn’t reprise the role without director Paul Greengrass on board, it seems that the revised script by Andrew Baldwin might have been enough to get him to change his mind.
The site also states that Damon might be considering a return to the Bourne franchise as a way of bouncing back from recent poor box office performance, but considering that both Elysium and The Monuments Men did reasonably well, we think Damon’s still got what it takes to open a blockbuster. So, if Damon is looking to return, it seems more likely that his motivation is love of the character, rather than kick starting his career, which means that the real question isn’t whether Damon will make another Bourne movie. The real question is whether or not he should.
There’s no denying that another Damon-fronted Bourne film would be exciting. Though The Bourne Legacy did its best to tell a new, interesting story, Damon is really the heart of the franchise. Without him as the lead, the films fall apart. Plus, Damon’s involvement with the new film would ensure that every single detail would be on point, since there’s no way that he would ever sign on for another Bourne adventure unless both the script and vision met the high bar set by the first three. It’s always rare to get a smart, well-crafted action film – let alone a trilogy! – but since Damon delivered them with the Bourne trilogy, it’s basically a guarantee that we’d have another exciting, high-quality blockbuster ready to hit theaters.
But even though moviegoers might want one, Damon doesn’t need to make another Bourne movie. Elysium and The Monuments Men might not have done as well as predicted, but they were still very successful films, and his name still has a great impact on box office results. His career isn’t in a slump, and he’s got a few high-profile projects lined up, including The Martian, a Whitey Bulger biopic that he is producing with Ben Affleck, a role in Interstellar, and several big television projects. He has more than enough interesting, original works lined up to keep him busy, and allow him to explore other creative endeavors like writing and producing.
Part of the reason that Damon has been able to have such a successful career is because he chooses diverse projects. Sure, he made three Bournes and three Ocean’s movies, but he followed each of them up with films that allowed him to play a completely different role. It wouldn’t make sense for him to now backtrack and go back to playing Jason Bourne now that he’s spent so much time and had so much success exploring different types of characters. Besides, Damon would be 45 by the time filming begins. If the fifth Bourne is a success, the studio will probably want him back for a sixth. That’s a long time to be tied to a franchise, and even though it’s not as intimidating as Affleck’s proposed tenure as Batman, it’s still going to interfere with a lot of the projects he has lined up.
In the end, the Bourne franchise needs Damon much more than he need to step back into Jason Bourne’s shoes. He’s still one of the biggest stars in the world, still carrying major films to success and he’s still the most well-liked man in Hollywood. As much as we’d love to see more of Jason Bourne, Damon will be just fine if he stays away. At this point, that’s probably his best move. After all, if things ever do go downhill for him, he can just reboot it as an older-man action franchise, like Liam Neeson and Bruce Willis. They seem to be doing pretty well for themselves.
Rapper Dmx has been ordered to hand over $15,000 (£9,375)-a-month in child support payments to his estranged wife. The sum will be taken from royalty money the star receives from Universal Music Publishing and directed to Tashera Simmons.
Editors at TMZ.com report the payment scheme was agreed after a legal battle over child support for the former couple's four kids.
The pair wed in 1999, but split in 2010. Simmons filed for divorce from the Party Up (Up In Here) hitmaker in 2012.
The cast of the Harry Potter films reunited in Florida on Wednesday (18Jun14) to unveil a new theme park attraction inspired by the wizard series. Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Felton, who played villains Draco Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange in the franchise, were among the stars who came together at the VIP preview of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando park.
Matthew Lewis, James and Oliver Phelps, Robbie Coltrane and Warwick Davis were among the other castmembers who turned out for the event, which marks the upcoming launch of the theme park attraction on 8 July (14).
Felton said, "It's great seeing everyone again. We've all been catching up - I love it."
Leading actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson did not attend the event. The final film in the eight-part series was released in 2011.
Bosses at Universal movie studios have confirmed Corey Hawkins, O'shea Jackson, Jr. and Jason Mitchell will lead the cast of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Reports suggesting newcomer Marcus Callender had been cast as rapper Dr. Dre in the film surfaced earlier this week (begs16Jun14), but on Wednesday (18Jun14), movie executives revealed Non-Stop star Hawkins would take on the role.
As previously reported, Mitchell and Ice Cube's son Jackson, Jr. will portray the late Eazy-E and Ice Cube, respectively. F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
The movie is scheduled to hit theatres in August, 2015.
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Rapper/actor Ludacris was forced to miss a live TV promotion for his new talent show Rising Star on Monday night (16Jun14) because he wasn't allowed to leave the set of the latest Fast & Furious film.
Host Josh Groban and talent judges Brad Paisley and Kesha were part of the live ad for the show, which begins airing in America on Sunday (22Jun14), but Ludacris couldn't make it due to his filming schedule.
He explains, "This is a date that has been on the books for the longest, and they would not let me off set. "When dealing with multi-millions of dollars, it was just one of those times that I was not able to make it..."
Groban admits he was nervous when the rap star was a no-show, adding, "I'm up there having to explain where Ludacris is and it was explained to me before I went on live across the country that Ludacris was in a helicopter and couldn't land. I was thinking, 'Man, that is bad-a**'."
There's nothing sexier than a hip young gent with a sweet ride, leather duds, a clean shave, and a silent glower that says, "I buy American." At least that's what the promotional team behind Fifty Shades of Grey seems to think... perhaps misunderstanding the title as '50s Shades of Grey, as they've stuck star Jamie Dornan in a still that's family friendly even by the standards of my grandmother who still insists that I shouldn't be listening to that awful Bill Haley.
The pic keeps in step with the confirmation that director Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades will be R-rated, as opposed to the NC-17 that the book's material would more naturally call for, leaving us to expect as tame and tepid a movie about sadomasochism can conceivably be. If you have your doubts, take another look at the photo. It doesn't even seem like Dornan's Christian Grey is driving, rather sitting in park until the devil-may-care youths breaching the speed limit are safely beyond the horizon. Lousy kids.
Dornan and Dakota Johnson will take to the big screen with their mutual first step to film stardom next Valentine's Day, a date appropriately void of organic passion.
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A one-night-only production of American composer Cole Porter's variety show The Ambassador Revue is set to be staged in New York, 85 years after it debuted in Paris, France. The original 1929 show featured singers like Morton Downey and Evelyn Hoey performing a collection of Porter tunes, but the production closed after a few months and the tracks were never heard outside of Europe.
The songwriter went on to return to the U.S. and find fame with hits like I Get a Kick Out of You from Broadway musical Anything Goes, What Is This Thing Called Love from Wake Up and Dream, and one of his most popular releases, Night and Day, which was covered by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Eartha Kitt, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.
The revue songs were long thought lost until musical theatre historian Ken Bloom and bandleader Vince Giordano discovered the missing compositions in an archive at Universal Music's offices in Milan, Italy, and tunes like Boulevard Break and Blue Hours were heard in a revived production in Paris in 2012.
Now the pair is taking The Ambassador Revue to the Big Apple, where Porter fans will be treated to a collection of 'lost' tracks with singers, tap dancers and showgirls taking part in the one-off show at The Town Hall in New York on 27 June (14).
Former The Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat will star, while Bloom will direct and Giordano, who arranged the show, will perform with his band the Nighthawks.
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Comedienne Maya Rudolph is reuniting with her former Saturday Night Live co-stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in upcoming film The Nest.
The Bridesmaids star joins the movie as a childhood friend of Fey and Poehler, who play sisters devastated to find out their parents are selling the house they grew up in, and decide to spend one last wild weekend in their childhood home.
The Nest script was penned by Paula Pell, who was a writer at Saturday Night Live during the comediennes' tenure on the U.S. sketch comedy show.
Rudolph worked on Saturday Night Live from 2000 to 2007.