BEST OF THE BAD?
The Interview may have had the whole world talking in recent weeks, but it's still a strong contender to receive the Razzie Award for worst movie of the year.
Rolling Stone reports on the release of this year's Golden Raspberry Awards shortlist, which saw the controversial comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco collecting eight potential nominations.
To rewind briefly: The Interview – in which Rogen and Franco play a producer/host TV duo conscripted to assassinate Korean dictator Kim Jong-un – was originally slated to open on Christmas Day.
Sony Pictures cancelled the film's release after hackers issued ominous threats of violence against U.S. theatres showing the movie. The studio subsequently released The Interview to select theatres and through on-demand format.
All told, The Interview was shortlisted in four Razzie categories, including Worst Picture and Worst Actor honours for Rogen and Franco.
Franco was also tapped twice in the Worst Screen Combo category for his screen work opposite both Rogen and Randall Park, who plays Kim Jong-un in The Interview.
And while it's unlikely to provide much consolation, The Interview appears to have gotten off lightly compared to other Hollywood films up for the ignominious Razzie honours.
The biggest loser: Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's broad western-comedy, A Million Ways To Die in the West, which garnered eight potential nods on the Razzie shortlist, including Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and Worst Actress for one-time Oscar-winner Charlize Theron.
In second place was the comedy Sex Tape, which turned up in five shortlisted Razzie categories including Worst Screen Combo for stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel and Worst Director for Jake Kasdan.
The complete short list for this year's Razzies, which have been in existence since 1981, can be seen here. The official nominations will be released on January 14.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Source: Entertainment Weekly