UPDATED DECEMBER 24: Approximately 300 independent theatres across the US will screen the controversial comedy on December 25 after Sony Pictures initially pulled the release in response to last week’s refusal by the five major exhibitors to screen it.
In a development that looks set to exacerbate simmering unrest between Sony Pictures and the major exhibitors, the studio has moved ahead with an online platform release for the controversial comedy.
Tony Grisoni added to lineup at TV seminar.
The distributor has picked up North American rights from Cinetic Media to Lawrence Michael Levine’s screwball murder mystery.
International Film Festival Rotterdam festival director Rutger Wolfson has decided to step down from his post after eight years.
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The chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox will be named 2015 Pioneer Of The Year at the Las Vegas convention on April 22.
UK sales of digital movies rise 280% for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
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New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies will see out 2014 as the dominant film as the worldwide tally climbed to $573.6m.
New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stayed top in its second session over the December holiday weekend to reach $169m through Warner Bros, while Sony Picture’s The Interview grossed $2.8m from 331 sites in a day-and-date digital launch that drew 2million rentals and downloads.
Event cinema specialists stage one-off screening in five cities after Sony cancels release of The Interview.