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'Fury' Starring Brad Pitt Closes London Film Festival in Bid for Oscar Contention

David Ayer's "Fury" is a movie I want to see. That's because Ayer is a visceral, innovative director who pulls strong performances from his actors, from Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez in "Harsh Times" to Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in hand-held indie "End of Watch," which made my 2012 Ten Best List. But trying to figure out "Fury" as an Oscar contender is another matter. Clearly Sony is pushing the movie into the awards corridor, moving up its release date from November to October in order to accommodate a closing night berth at the London Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 1:17 PM
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Rogen's Roll Continues as Sony Pushes Bumbling Spy Bromance 'The Interview' to Christmas (VIDEO)

Seth Rogen is on a roll, from comedies "This is the End" to "Neighbors," and now Sony is pushing back the multi-tasker's latest comedy "The Interview" from October to holiday prime time, Christmas Day. Rogen co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed with partner Evan Goldberg, and also stars with equally workaholic James Franco and Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2014 3:39 PM
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Comic-Con Movie Preview: Warner Bros., Sony, Legendary, Paramount, Marvel, 'Sin City' and More

Details are arriving on what movies the studios will showcase at Comic-Con, which launches in San Diego on July 24. Not all of them will be in Show H--more and more, they are traveling off-site to play to press directly, away from the fan hordes.
  • By Anne Thompson and Nick Newman
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  • July 23, 2014 1:41 PM
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Distribution Maestro Jeff Blake Exits Sony After 22 Years: Dynamo and Class Act

The news that Jeff Blake is departing his position as Chairman of Sony Pictures and Vice-Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for the company leaves the industry, at least until his future plans as announced, without one its most revered and honorable executives.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 22, 2014 5:24 PM
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How Sony Imageworks Embraced Challenging Animation, Gritty Realism and Alien Mimics for 'Edge of Tomorrow' (VIDEO)

Sony Pictures Imageworks, which is moving its headquarters from Culver City to Vancouver to stay competitive, embraced gritty, CG photorealism for the first time with Doug Liman's smart and trippy "Edge of Tomorrow." Truly "War of the Worlds" meets "Groundhog Day," with Tom Cruise caught in a nightmarish loop, the aliens he's up against were a strange, tough animation challenge for Imageworks.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 6, 2014 4:27 PM
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Hollywood Isn't Giving Up Its Repetition Disorder Anytime Soon; See 'The Gray Man'

Hollywood is hellbent to find franchises and multi-part literary properties not just because they seek easy-sell established brands with huge fan bases. To state the obvious, the studios have figured out that spending multi-millions to launch a one-off product just doesn't make sense.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2014 12:37 PM
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Sony Takes Rights to Snowden Book 'No Place to Hide'

Sony has secured rights to Glenn Greenwald's "No Place to Hide," the buzzy book on Edward Snowden and what he revealed about US security officials' electronic surveillance.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 14, 2014 1:29 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Clears the Field, But Sets No Records

This year the official summer season launches, as did last, with a Marvel comic sequel. But Sony's costly "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," while it opened $2 million ahead of the expected gross of $90 million, is nowhere close to last year's Marvel entry. While it's scoring overseas, it could face a long road to profitability.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 4, 2014 1:13 PM
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As CinemaCon Wraps, Hollywood Needs to Learn Popcorn Time (Studio Roundups, DEMO VIDEO)

We wrap up studio-by-studio takeaways from the exhibitor convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas, as movie theaters and studios are stuck in an old paradigm. And then there's Popcorn Time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2014 8:58 PM
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Sony's Amy Pascal Adds Michael De Luca as Production President

While Sony motion picture chief Amy Pascal is hanging onto her current staffers for now, Michael De Luca is a heavyweight who will have a strong hand as president of production. We'll see where Columbia president Doug Belgrad and current Columbia production president Hannah Minghella--who can't be thrilled at this admission of weakness--wind up months from now.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2013 1:59 PM
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