Kristen Wiig says she was 'terrified' to shoot Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

Kristen Wiig says she was 'terrified' to shoot Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'

She's reuniting on a new script with her 'Bridesmaids' co-writer that will be her directorial debut

Kristen Wiig is taking the road less traveled, and after a bumpy start, it's starting to show signs of life. 

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Sony hack: Sorkin back at it, slams 'easily distracted members of the American press'

Sony hack: Sorkin back at it, slams 'easily distracted members of the American press'

The 'Newsroom' creator issues statement following revelation of North Korea's involvement

The Sony hack story is going to keep unfolding and there will be no shortage of opinions and takeaways. Writer Aaron Sorkin already took aim at the media for its behavior in the early days of the dust-up, sentiments echoed by "Nightcrawler" writer/director Dan Gilroy, whose film is very much about ethical slippage in journalism. Well, the "Newsroom" creator and "Social Network" screenwriter fired back yet again today after news broke that North Korea was, according to the FBI, "centrally involved" in the hack.

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'Nightcrawler' director Dan Gilroy calls out media behavior in the wake of Sony hack

'Nightcrawler' director Dan Gilroy calls out media behavior in the wake of Sony hack

'I think it shows you how far down the road we are on this.'

At this point we're pretty far along on the Sony hack story. But a number of morally and ethically suspect pieces were published a week ago and, of course, news organizations rationalized their behavior. Since then, things have taken a darker turn with terrorist threats and the decision, first by theater owners and then by a corporate giant, to bow to those whims. But before all that started happening, I got "Nightcrawler" writer and director Dan Gilroy on the phone earlier this week to talk about the media's role and responsibilities when something like that arises. Reporters devouring a hacked carcass, scavenging for ratings under the thin guise of integrity — I was, to say the least, quite reminded of his film.

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Following terrorist threat, Sony officially cancels 'The Interview' release

Following terrorist threat, Sony officially cancels 'The Interview' release

Decision follows numerous theater chains opting out of showing the film

I imagine you've been paying attention since yesterday as theater chain after theater chain has opted out (with Sony's blessing) of showing the Seth Rogen/James Franco film "The Interview" in the wake of terrorist threats. With major chains like AMC and Regal joining others like Arclight, Bow Tie and Cinemark, perhaps the studio was left with little choice but to pull the film from release. Some might argue, though, that a day-and-date VOD release would be a good way of getting a film out there that clearly someone (supposedly) wants suppressed, but for now, Sony has simply decided not to move forward with the Christmas Day release. Read the official statement below.

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Angelina Jolie says the Coen brothers brought a lack of sentimentality to 'Unbroken'

Angelina Jolie says the Coen brothers brought a lack of sentimentality to 'Unbroken'

Also: The thinking behind taking risks on unknowns in central roles

HOLLYWOOD — "Unbroken" is Angelina Jolie's second directorial effort to date, but she bit off a whole lot more than she expected to chew. The production became a huge undertaking, particularly at the script stage when a number of various elements could have been included from the epic life of Louis Zamperini. So it was as important as ever to do a lot of heavy lifting on the page.

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'Dear White People,' 'Selma' lead 15th annual Black Reel Awards nominations

'Dear White People,' 'Selma' lead 15th annual Black Reel Awards nominations

'Belle,' 'Beyond the Lights' and 'Top Five' round out best film category

The Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) announced its nominees for the 15th Annual Black Reel Awards Wednesday morning. Justin Simien's "Dear White People" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma" led the way with 10 nominations each. They were joined by "Belle," "Beyond the Lights" and "Top Five" in the organization's best picture category.

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Dublin critics award 'Boyhood,' 'Frank,' Jake Gyllenhaal and Marion Cotillard

Dublin critics award 'Boyhood,' 'Frank,' Jake Gyllenhaal and Marion Cotillard

Jack O'Connell lauded for breakthrough work

Critics in the UK obviously aren't immune to the charms of "Boyhood," as the film did well with the London Film Critics Circle. Now the Dublin Film Critics Circle has named it the year's best across the channel. The group also revealed its long lists throughout the categories, giving you some insight into which films were in the running. (Personal shout-out to my friends who made the documentary "Showrunners," which got a little love on the documentary list.)

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Austin critics love 'Boyhood,' single out 'Joe' star Gary Poulter

Austin critics love 'Boyhood,' single out 'Joe' star Gary Poulter

Lots of love for 'Nightcrawler,' too

Yeah, the Austin Film Critics Association naturally dug the Austin-set "Boyhood," and yeah, they showed a lot of love for "Nightcrawler." But the single coolest thing they did Wednesday in their awards announcement was single out "Joe" star Gary Poulter, a homeless local non-actor who tragically died after completing work on the David Gordon Green film but who delivered one of the most startling performances of the year. He belongs on any supporting actor ballot, in my humble opinion.

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The Big Lebowski
Credit: Gramercy Pictures

'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry

This year's list includes everything from 3-D horror to lost silent era shorts

Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

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Snowpiercer
Credit: Radius-TWC

See Tilda Swinton transform, rehearse in new 'Snowpiercer' behind-the-scenes feature

One of 2014’s more eccentric characters comes to life before your eyes

During her Gotham Awards tribute speech, Tilda Swinton name-checked one unexpected collaborator just before exiting stage: Chris Lyons, the man behind Fangs FX. A prosthetic effects company specializing in dental wonders, Swinton personally rang Lyons for four films that played in 2014: "Only Lovers Left Alive," "Zero Theorem," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and "Snowpiercer." For Swinton, the makeover is part of the job. If she can use special effects makeup to inch just a little closer to her vision of the character, she’ll leap at the chance. A new behind-the-scenes video gives those who bow at the Swinton altar a chance to see her undergo this metamorphosis, going from "Snowpiercer" makeup chair to on-set rehearsal with director Bong Joon-ho.

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