This is your Week In Geek recap for week ending December 21, 2014!
In Theaters This Week
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
In the third part of Peter Jackson extended rendition of one of Tolkens earlier works, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies completes the epic tale of Bilbo Baggins, as played by Martin Freeman. Along with Bilbo are the cast of characters including Gandalf, Legolas, Bard, Tauriel, Thorin, Thandrul, and the dreadful menace of Smaug. We follow the middle earth tale which culminates in a battle against the forces of darkness. With a run time of 2 hours and 24 minutes, this movie is rated PG-13 for violence and potential bladder injury.
Annie (2014) Nationwide
This 1981 beloved musical gets rebooted with this Overbrook Entertainment/Sony Pictures production surrounding a rags-to-riches orphan played by Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhane Wallis. The Film also co-stars Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Ben Stiller and director Shawn Levy return for more after-hours mayhem in this third outing of the successful Night at the Museum series. When the magic that brings the exhibits to life begins to fade, Larry (Ben Stiller) rallies his historical friends for a trip to London and the adventure of a lifetime. Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, and Rebel Wilson co-star, and features one of the last on screen performances of Robin Williams.
In this remake of the James Caan 1974 vehicle The Gambler, a college professor who is also a compulsive gambler finds that the only people who will have anything to do with him are those to whom he owes money. This film stars Mark Walberg, Jessica Lang, John Godman and Brie Larson, this movie is Rated R for language and for sexual nudity.
Staring Timothy Spall as the great British painter J. M. W. Turner, this film is A look at the last quarter century of the artists life. Profoundly affected by the death of his father and loved by his housekeeper, Hannah Danby, whom he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.
Top Five Weekend Box Office
1- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $54,724,334
2- Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb $17,100,520
3- Annie (2014) $15,861,939
4- Exodus: Gods and Kings $8,105,681
5- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 $7,879,421
Sony’s Woes Continue Regarding The Interview
This week the news is all about Sony Pictures The Interview. As you know Sony has been the target of a hacking group calling themselves the Guardian of Peace, who demanded that Sony scrap the December 25th release of the film.
However things escalated quickly when threats of 9-11 style attacks were levied against any movie theater screening the film. Even with The Department of Homeland Security saying it has no credible intelligence suggesting a threat against movie theaters showing The Interview, the major theater chains opted not to show the movie on their screens, in a cowardly display of submission. In a move that could only be described as a chicken-shit spinelessness, Sony decided to make things worse by announcing that the release had been cancelled. Move over Hollywood the hackers have won.
The public opinion backlash was immediate and almost unilateral in it’s condemnation of the decision. Even president Obama stated:
…and that is really what this is about – another country attempting to impose censorship in our country under threats of force. It remains to be seen how this will play out but in my opinion if Sony doesn’t have the spine to distribute the film – release it online to the torrent sites and let them handle your business for you.
What do you think about the situation with the interview? Let us know in the comments below!
Sony pictures has reversed their position – sort of. instead of releasing nationwide, I limited number of theaters will be getting the film. In a statement from Sony they said:
Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that The Interview will have a limited theatrical release in the United States on Christmas Day.
“We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment. “At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.”
“I want to thank our talent on The Interview and our employees, who have worked tirelessly through the many challenges we have all faced over the last month. While we hope this is only the first step of the film’s release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech.”
While I still feel that they made a terrible decision for originally pulling the film, I commend them on at least attempting a release.
Go to the next page for a list of theaters that will be screening the film on Christmas Day!