The Interview Pulled From Theaters

After a cyber-attack on Sony and multiple threats of terrorist attacks, Sony Pictures has officially pulled all releases of The Interview. The movie, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco was supposed to release on Christmas Day much to the disappointment of Dr. Daniel Amen. The main premise of The Interview was the assassination of Kim Jong-Un, the leader of North Korea. After trailers were released and the movie moved closer to opening, threats began to poor in to stop the premiere. A group calling themselves Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures to steal information, scripts and movies, then they sent a threatening message to the entire American audience. They referenced 9/11 telling people to not go to the movies on Christmas Day, and if you live near a movie theater, leave for the day. Obviously, they were trying to suggest that they would attack any theaters showing The Interview.

Sony responded to the threats by cancelling all press for the movie. Seth Rogen and James Franco were removed from all media events before the premiere. Then Sony cancelled the New York premiere, and told theaters that they would not punish any theaters for removing the movie from their showings. The largest cinema chains all elected to pull the film, which pushed Sony to eventually completely cancel the release. Sony has not commented on if the movie will ever release, or if it is going to be completely restricted. The future of the film remains yet unknown.

Is The Amazing Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield on the Way Out the Door

Andrew Garfield’s tenure as The Amazing Spider-Man may be coming to an ignoble end. Fan Bruce Levenson laments the possibility on ESPN. Reportedly, Marvel Studios and Sony Studios are reaching an agreement to share the Spider-Man on a 60/40 basis. Marvel wants to move in a different direction with the character and one way to do this is to replace Garfield.

Garfield was placed in a difficult situation. His first turn as Spider-Man saw him appear in a retelling of the web-slinger’s origin. While successful at the box office, the film was nowhere near as well made as the first Tobey Maguire outing. The sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, did disappointing box office. The script was very weak and jammed two villains into the film for no real reason other than to try and debut characters for spinoff movies.

Other problems emerged regarding future projects.

Leaked emails now revealed that the absurd notion Sony wanted to create an “Aunt May prequel spy film” was actually true. Clearly, the Spider-Man franchise was – and is – off the rails.

A new direction is needed. Marvel wants to drop all “teen romance” elements from future Spider-Man movies and focus on more action. Marvel surely wants to integrate Spider-Man in the rest of the Marvel Universe. Plans that Spider-Man would appear in Captain America: Civil War seem to have been scrapped.

Continuing with Garfield as Spider-Man, sadly for the actor, would not make sense. He is associated with two really weak films hampering his ability to bring anything to the table.

Gruesome Beheading Not a Halloween Prank

Patricia Ward, 66, a beloved language arts professor, was brutally murdered by her son in her Farmingdale, N.Y., home late Tuesday.

Onlookers thought it was a Halloween prank when they saw 35-year-old Derek Ward drag his mother’s headless body into the street before kicking her severed head about 20 feet away. He killed himself a short time later by jumping in front of a Long Island Railroad train. His body was found a mile down the track.

In addition to having been arrested previously for criminal mischief and gun possession, Nassau County police sources said Derek Ward had a 10-year psychiatric history and an apparent drug problem. The motive for the killing is unknown.

Patricia Ward, a longtime professor at Farmingdale State College, was a popular and well-respected instructor. I didn’t go to school there, but one of my buddies named Christian did, and I think he may have even had a class with her.