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Title: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 17, 2014, 02:36:05 pm
Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ Release (http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2014/12/17/sony-cancels-the-interview-release/)

And there you have it, Sony doesn't believe in freedom of speech (and why should they, the company isn't American) and would rather allow dictators of veeeeeeery small stature to dictate what everyone else does in their country. FUUUUUCK YOU SONY!!! And no, my anger has nothing to do with wanting to see the movie (it was very, very, very low on my list), but everything to do with a matter of principle in being able to have the choice to see it or not. Well, that has been taken away from us and I don't like it one bit. And no, I don't buy it one bit that it has anything to do with theater chain owners "boycotting" the movie.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on December 17, 2014, 04:13:39 pm
Well, after the first theater chain decided not to show the flick, the writing was on the wall.  And not showing the flick was totally within their rights, while I doubt that anything terrible would actually happen, I can see managers honestly worrying about another Dark Knight style shooting or something like that.

I've been hearing discussion about how this might be the perfect opportunity to experiment with day-and-date VOD release (I can't seem to find the actual article I read about this in my history, though).  For a long time, the idea of releasing a movie at home and in the theaters was shot down by pressure from theaters.  Not an issue in this case.  And you know that this movie is going to be released, Sony will want to make something back on its investment.  And since they can ONLY release the movie that way, and the budget is so high, they'll have to do some interesting math to make it earn back the budget.  And if they figure that out, that could lead the way for more studio-style direct-to-home movies in the future.  A return of the medium budget movie that Mac and I were lamenting just last night.

The amount of money lost is going to be a big thing in the future, I think.  Outside of the production and promotional cost associated with the flick, I can't even IMAGINE the amount of money that the hack cost the company.  Recovering from that is going to take a lot of work, but the results could be interesting.

Obviously, the security infrastructure and computer systems would have to be upgraded, made more secure, maybe decentralized so you can't get the whole thing from breaking one system.  Sony's a freakin' computer company, they could make really neat new systems so they can run their business more securely.

And that's just inside the system, the release (and the reporting) has given regular people a glimpse into the Hollywood backrooms.  How will that change things?

For example. some of the e-mails lamented big-budget ego-driven projects and Adam Sandler movies that no one likes... now that we know they don't like them either, will there be public pressure not to make those kinds of flicks anymore?  Now that Sony's secrets are out in the open (and let's be honest, most of it we don't know and what we do, we'll eventually forget), they suddenly have a more intimate relationship with the public than any other movie studio.  How can they turn that to an advantage?

I wonder about corporate espionage, as well.  These Sony things were leaked to the public, but does anyone truly think that the studios don't have all this stuff on everyone else?  How did this hack affect that side of things?
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 17, 2014, 04:46:07 pm
THE INTERVIEW BANNED! TERRORISTS WIN!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQxNpNNPurE



Great rant by the guys over at Machinima.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on December 17, 2014, 04:47:26 pm
You know the replacement movie, "The Prepared Statement," just won't have the same energy.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 17, 2014, 06:20:15 pm
Celebrities react to Sony’s canceled release of ‘The Interview’ (http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/12/17/celebrities-react-to-sonys-canceled-release-of-the-interview/)


Great tweets by celebs. Judd Apatow nailed it. This all but guarantees huge numbers.....officially or not.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on December 18, 2014, 12:45:02 am
Article on The Verge saying that Sony should release The Interview online now. (http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/17/7407493/why-sony-pictures-should-release-the-interview-online)
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Mac on December 18, 2014, 07:50:36 am
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Celebrities react to Sony’s canceled release of ‘The Interview’


Great tweets by celebs. Judd Apatow nailed it. This all but guarantees huge numbers.....officially or not.

Can't read any of it. Is it locked to subscribers or something. I just see lines where there should be text, just like I see in Wall Street Journal pages.  >:(
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Mac on December 18, 2014, 07:56:28 am
Personally, I don’t think these ‘leaks’ will have an impact on much. Maybe Sony will get some flack, but I’m not sure the general public don’t care to do anything. They just love to consume (read) sh*t like this.

I’m disappointed too people caved.

I just find that everyday seems to bring more and more frustration with technology, media, etc. It’s the ol be careful what you wish for. Great advantages in the these advances, but there are Achilles heels and people will exploit them.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 18, 2014, 08:53:47 am
Can't read any of it. Is it locked to subscribers or something. I just see lines where there should be text, just like I see in Wall Street Journal pages.  >:(

I'm not subscribed to the page and can read it. Might be an iPad issue.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Mac on December 18, 2014, 09:01:10 am
No iPad this time. PC at work.

I've seen this on occasion. Not sure what's causing it.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 18, 2014, 09:04:29 am
Not sure what's causing it.

Isn't it obvious what's causing it? Kim Jong-un.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Mac on December 18, 2014, 09:42:26 am
That Bastige!!!
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on December 18, 2014, 01:31:39 pm
Article on Uproxx about other high profile movies that have never been released (http://uproxx.com/movies/2014/12/in-good-company-7-high-profile-completed-films-that-havent-been-released/).  I suppose if we live long enough, the copyrights might expire and we might hear about them in some sort of academic exercise.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 18, 2014, 11:52:23 pm
CANCELLED FOREVER?!?! YUP!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgxAzMA8bvo

Rant #2 and just as entertaining as the first one. And yes, Paramount Studios are bunch of  p*ssies as well.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on December 19, 2014, 01:36:59 am
Well, it has to be an absolute cancellation so they can collect the insurance, which might be the best way to make up for that big hit.  Unfortunate for us, but it's not the first time a movie's been shelved.  Heck, even the famous Super Mario Bros movie could have been buried forever, it only got released because, you guessed it, that was the cheaper option.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on December 19, 2014, 04:34:32 pm
Reviews of "The Interview" from the critics who actually got to see it. (http://uproxx.com/movies/2014/12/what-are-critics-saying-about-the-most-controversial-film-of-the-year-the-interview/)

Somehow, I gotta imagine that there's going to be a bootleg.  Someone must have snagged a copy off the Avid, or ripped a screener disc, or copied the projector data in the booth... if anything like that has happened, I'll bet that there will be a copy out there by New Years.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 19, 2014, 06:27:36 pm
There will definitely be a leak eventually. But what I want to see is SONY man up and release it themselves to make a statement. Seriously, we (they) are bowing to Kim Jong-un? What the f*ck! He is a spineless coward and to even give him this "tiny victory" is a slap in the face for all the people that have fought and died in giving us that freedom and all that comes with it.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 19, 2014, 06:29:31 pm
George Clooney: Kim Jong Un can't control us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ-XN0yURos

If Clooney ever runs for President, he's got my vote.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 21, 2014, 02:45:22 pm
Sony Attorney Says ‘The Interview’ Will Be Released After All (http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2014/12/21/sony-attorney-says-the-interview-will-be-released-after-all/)


Unconfirmed reports has Sony releasing The Interview on Crackle. Whoever (Kramer  ;D ) is running Crackle would be the happiest person on the planet given the amount of traffic the movie will generate for them. I WANT this movie released for two reasons: A) Because it's our freedom at stake and B) To shut fat, short dictator's pie-hole and make him eat crow that he can't pull sh*t like this against us.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on December 22, 2014, 04:00:23 pm
December 27th. NYC. The Interview. Live Read. (http://www.slashfilm.com/the-interview-live-read/)

you just can't kill this thing, can you?
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 22, 2014, 04:03:32 pm
That is awesome. It would be even better if Rogen and Franco were part of this, reprising their roles.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 22, 2014, 08:21:40 pm
In Wake Of Sony Attack, North Korea "Mysteriously" Loses Internet Access (http://fb-news.sfglobe.com/2014/12/22/in-wake-of-sony-attack-north-korea-mysteriously-loses-internet-access/?src=share_fb_new_30331)

Hahahahahahahahahaha. If it turns out that we did in fact "turn off their Internet", this will go down as the ONLY thing Obama did right in office.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on December 22, 2014, 08:48:02 pm
I heard about this and my first thought was "really? BOTH computers?"
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on December 23, 2014, 02:30:16 pm
Interview is going to be released theatrically after all. (http://www.aintitcool.com/node/69864)
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 23, 2014, 03:02:08 pm
I heard on IGN News that the Alamo was of the two that would be showing it. Um, didn't they refuse to show it originally as they were part of the exodus along with the other chains? Anyway, this is great news and I will be keeping an eye on the VOD option. That will be my preferred method.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Mac on December 24, 2014, 10:03:55 am
Yea, Sony handling this was wrong in the beginning in so many ways. First it set precedence. Then what? Threats for other movies?

They had plenty of options.

Personally I would have liked to see them distribute this for free... To the world. Stop that N. Korea. Bitches.

But with Korea's Internet going down, hopefully we were behind that and, if not, we need to think about that as an option.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on December 24, 2014, 10:22:32 am
Of course, there is reason to doubt that NK was actually responsible for the hack. (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/24/no-north-korea-didn-t-hack-sony.html)
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 24, 2014, 12:57:23 pm
The Interview: YouTube, Xbox to Stream It - IGN News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLsR_C6TSVs

I have to see if I have any money left in my Xbox account.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 26, 2014, 03:06:19 pm
'The Interview' brings in $1M at box office

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awyKnUMF8jw

Suck it Kim Jong-un! You failed!!
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on December 29, 2014, 04:02:38 pm
Actually, Kim Jong Un is about to fail even more, while North Korea may not have instigated the attack, they're happy to take credit since it deflects from a more serious concern (http://www.vox.com/2014/12/29/7460277/north-korea-sony-icc).
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on December 29, 2014, 08:57:15 pm
And evidently, now the North Koreans want to watch The Interview (http://screenrant.com/north-koreans-watching-the-interview/).  The interesting thing is them putting a ban on what's in the black markets, which... if you can do that, why are there black markets in the first place?
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 29, 2014, 10:27:14 pm
North Korea and the people that run that country are so far out of touch with reality. The fact that he wants to watch it now comes as no surprise. He thinks the movie is gonna make him a Rockstar in the eyes of the world. What is he? Fourteen? Fifteen? Just another spoiled little child that thinks the world revolves around him.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Mac on December 30, 2014, 06:09:25 am
I think there would be a simple solution with technology today. Internet access.

I'm not sure how North Korea is controlling flow of information, but we (the rest of the world) should somehow tear open that wall to let those people see what is real
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on January 07, 2015, 04:48:57 pm
The Interview gets a wide theatrical release in the UK (http://deadline.com/2015/01/the-interview-wide-release-uk-1201342935/).  Which I guess isn't that unusual, they released that Liberace movie in theaters over there.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Neumatic on January 17, 2015, 12:03:37 am
So The Interview is set to lose 30 million bucks (http://uproxx.com/movies/2015/01/the-interview-to-lose-30-million/).  So it's not the game changer everyone thinks it is.  I wonder if they made more than they would have with the insurance claim.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 17, 2015, 12:37:50 am
I wonder if they never released it theatrically, but dropped it on DVD if it would have made more money had THAT been the only way people would have gotten to see it. Probably not.
Title: Re: The Sony Hack Scandal
Post by: Mac on January 21, 2015, 09:59:07 am
Netflix to stream ‘The Interview’ starting Jan. 24

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Netflix will offer Sony Pictures Entertainment's controversial comedy "The Interview" to U.S. and Canadian streaming members beginning Saturday, Jan. 24, the company announced Tuesday.

As previously reported by Variety, Netflix in December entered into talks with Sony about licensing "The Interview" to streaming subscribers after Starz, which has an output deal with the studio, released pay-TV window rights.

But it seems that the studio wanted to maximize digital and VOD sales first before opening up to SVOD: "The Interview" as of Sunday had generated more than $40 million in revenue via more than 5.8 million rentals and sales through digital distributors like Google Play, YouTube and iTunes as well as cable, satellite and telco TV providers, according to Sony Pictures.

The film stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as two bumbling American TV journalists enlisted by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The communist regime, according to U.S. officials, retaliated against SPE in one of the worst cyber-attacks on a private company to date, resulting in the release of internal studio emails, documents and several unreleased movies.

Netflix has exclusive SVOD rights to "The Interview" in the U.S. and Canada. CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells announced the deal in their fourth-quarter 2014 earnings letter to shareholders.

Sony launched digital distribution of "The Interview" on Dec. 24, 2014, a day before it opened in limited theatrical release. That came after SPE had pulled back plans on its original broad U.S. release in movie theaters, following threats by the hackers who attacked the company.

Sony has set Feb. 17 for the "Freedom Edition" release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray.