Vancouver-born Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg—the co-directors of The Interview—showed up at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles where their new comedy was being screened.

“If it wasn’t for theatres like this and for people like you guys, this literally would not be fucking happening right now,” Rogen, who also wrote and stars in the film, told the audience.

Sony Pictures released the $44-million movie today about a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

The Interview, which also stars James Franco, drew sellout audiences in more than 300 U.S. theatres, though it still hasn't been shown in Canada.

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said he was "proud to make it available to the public".

Today's issue of the Georgia Straight features the top films of the past year chosen by our film critics Ken Eisner, John Lekcih, and Janet Smith, with some honourable mentions by the remaining film critics.

If you can stomach yet another top films list, here are ten more of my top honourable mentions from this past year (in additon The Lunchbox and Vic + Flo Saw a Bear previously mentioned in the top films article's honourable mentions) that may have been overlooked or unseen by others.

Former Georgia Straight music editor Sir Bob Geldof recently launched an online campaign to raise funds for the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Now a Hong Kong horror flick set for release on video this March will take a much less kind and not-even-close-to-gentle approach to drawing attention to the virus.

The film, Ebola Zombies, will be unleashed on DVD by Wild Eye Releasing on March 24. It is described as "The Raid meets Dawn of the Dead".

Here's the official synopsis:

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho has told the Associated Press that Sony Pictures has declined his offer of $100,000 for the rights to The Interview.

The Seth Rogen comedy about the assassination of North Korean despot Kim Jong-un has been pulled from distribution after hackers threatened a 9/11-like incident if it was shown in theatres.

Coelho said his offer was designed to allow Sony not to lose face and allow the film to be shown.

Perhaps you, like me, have dreams of one day hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in the western U.S.?

Either way, you might have read the best-selling book Wild by Cheryl Strayed and watched the movie adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon.

Here's a video that features the real Strayed on camera.

In it, the author talks about her experiences with the Pacific Crest Trail and encourages people to support the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

The PCTA is a Sacramento-based nonprofit that works to "protect, preserve and promote" the trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington.

The chill sent throughout the entertainment industry in the wake of The Interview fallout continues.

Although Canada has been spared having to endure the film due to Sony's cancellation of the film's stinker's film's theatrical release due to safety concerns, another Hollywood film set in North Korea has been canned.

If you’re sad that The Hobbit trilogy is coming to an end with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, fear not.

For not only does life continue on for Bilbo Baggins but also for sales rep Tim Canterbury (not to be confused with the Canterbury Tales) from the original (and, might I argue, superior) version of The Office from the U.K.

In the following clip from The Office: Middle Earth (courtesy of Saturday Night Live), we find that Baggins is now working at a paper company with Gandalf as his boss (Bobby Moynihan in Ricky Gervais' role as the office buffoon David Brent).

Gollum (Taram Killam) is Bilbo's coworker who suffers the Jell-O harassment trick that Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook) once did.

Just because the last horror movie I saw (The Babadook, above) was 2014's best doesn't mean it was a great year for horror. All told, I reviewed 21 fright flicks this year—if you count comedy trash like A Haunted House 2, actioners like RoboCop, and sci-fi/monster epics like Godzilla—and recommended just three of 'em.

Yep, I'm a tough critic.

So here's my ratings, from killer to crap. Please keep in mind that I only reviewed movies that were released in theatres in Vancouver, so all those great horror flicks that weren't released in theatres in Vancouver are not included. Sorry about that.

Vancouver-born Stephanie Moseley, a dancer and aspiring actor, was reported dead on December 8 in Los Angeles in what police have determined to be a murder-suicide.

L.A. police responded to calls about gunshots fired and a woman screaming at an apartment complex. LAPD's SWAT team found the bodies of 30-year-old Moseley and her husband, 34-year-old rapper Earl Hayes.

Moseley had studied dance at Pacific Dance Arts in Vancouver, the Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts in Nanaimo, and Danzmode Productions in Burnaby.

The codirector of The Interview spoke to the Straight this week about a variety of things, including what it’s like to wake up in the morning with gay James Franco in your life. On the subject of the notorious hack—which has plunged Sony Pictures into a deeply embarrassing crisis—the Vancouver-raised filmmaker pleaded ignorance.

“My gut instinct was, ‘Oh no, is it the North Koreans?’” said Goldberg, calling from Los Angeles while he ate a gluten-free sandwich, speaking of gay.

“For two seconds it was the North Koreans, and then the younger guys in our office who know way more about computers were, like, ‘No way. You’d have to know Sony’s network, it has to be somebody on the inside.’"

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