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TV Ratings: Craig Ferguson Hits Two-Year High in 'Late Late' Finish

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Craig Ferguson's exit from CBS' Late Late Show may not have gotten the kind of fanfare as other recent late-night finales, but viewers did tune in. Overnight local ratings have the host hitting a two-year high during the 12:30 a.m. broadcast. Read More Craig Ferguson Gets a Quirky Sendoff Ahead of final numbers, Ferguson's 1.7 rating marked the show's highest local score since September 2012 — a 31 percent bump from the previous week. It was also up a tick from his 2005 debut as host. Ferguson's replacement, James Corden, won't assume the post until March.

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- Michael O'Connell

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Sony Hackers Appear to Mock FBI in Latest Message

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The group responsible for the Sony Pictures hack has apparently sent a new message that mocks the FBI for its investigation into the devastating cyberattack. An email claiming to be from Guardians of Peace, the group that took credit for last month's attack on Sony's systems, was sent to journalists early Saturday. The email, titled "The data you are interested in," included a link to a Pastebin page with a message taunting the law enforcement agency that on Friday officially named North Korea as the source of the hack. "The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you

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- Ryan Gajewski, Tatiana Siegel

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Chinese Newspaper: 'The Interview' Shows Hollywood's "Senseless Cultural Arrogance"

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A state-run Chinese newspaper has slammed Sony's North Korean-baiting comedy The Interview, which it pulled after a cyberattack, saying it was evidence of Hollywood's "senseless cultural arrogance". An editorial in the Global Times newspaper, part of the group that publishes the official Communist Party newspaper, the People's Daily, said making a comedy about the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "tasteless" and "nothing to be proud of." Read more Sony Hit With Fourth and Fifth Class-Action Lawsuits Over Stolen Data (Exclusive) China is North Korea's only significant ally. China supported the North

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- Clifford Coonan

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Sony Hack: North Korea Proposes Joint Investigation

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Seoul, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation. Read more Chinese Newspaper: 'The Interview' Shows Hollywood's "Senseless Cultural Arrogance" U.S. officials blame North Korea

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- The Associated Press

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Madonna Releases 6 Songs from New Album: "Consider These an Early Christmas Gift"

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One Madonna surprise follows another, as the Queen of Pop has dropped her forthcoming album, Rebel Heart — with six new songs immediately available for purchase — onto iTunes for pre-order well ahead of schedule. The arrival of the pre-order and its songs on Dec. 19 follows a flood of leaks earlier in the week, where over 10 demo tracks from the album's sessions found their way to the Internet. "I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring," Madonna said in

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- Keith Caulfield, Billboard

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See Bradley Cooper Play a Reluctant Hero in New 'American Sniper' Clip (Exclusive)

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American Sniper is not off to the sort of start that Warner Bros. wanted for its principal Oscar hopeful this season — after landing a spot on the AFI's year-end top 10 list, it was completely excluded from the SAG and Golden Globe nominations and recognized only in the action movie categories of the Critics' Choice noms — but Oscar nomination voting doesn't begin until Dec. 29, and there is still time for Academy members to catch up with and/or come around on Clint Eastwood's drama about the deadliest American sniper of the Iraq War, Chris Kyle, who is

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- Scott Feinberg

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Rep Sheet Roundup: 'Falling Skies' Star Will Patton Signs With Apa

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Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com. The Skies the limit Falling SkiesWill Patton has signed with Apa. He was previously with Paradigm. Patton plays Colonel Daniel Weaver on the alien drama, which TNT has renewed for a fifth and final season. The veteran actor recently appeared in Relativity’s espionage thriller The November Man, and his screen credits also include Remember the Titans, Armageddon, The Mothman Prophecies, The Postman and No Way Out. On stage, he received Obie

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- Rebecca Sun

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Could Sony Have Released 'The Interview' If It Wanted?

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Although Sony Pictures continues to point the finger at theater owners for its decision to cancel The Interview’s Dec. 25 release, there were alternative distribution strategies, like the type of platform release the studio used for 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty, that the studio could have used, sources familiar with the situation tell The Hollywood Reporter.  While the country’s largest theater circuits — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Carmike — separately all decided by Dec. 17 not to show the film, following the escalating threats of violence issued by the hackers, there were other theaters, like the Austin, Texas-based Alamo

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- Gregg Kilday

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Sony Hires 'Scandal' Crisis Specialist

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Sony has hired crisis management expert Judy Smith — the inspiration for Kerry Washington's Scandal character, Olivia Pope — to help advise Amy Pascal and the studio on its message and next steps, THR has confirmed. On Friday, after President Obama criticized Sony for its decision to cancel The Interview's release, Sony issued a statement elaborating on their choice to pull The Interview from theaters after the nation's largest theater chains decided not to screen the film. "The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the

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- Rebecca Ford

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'Late Late Show' Finale: Craig Ferguson Gets Quirky Sendoff From Jay Leno

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Craig Ferguson said goodbye to The Late Late Show with a little help from guest Jay Leno and a few dozen other stars. The opening featured a star-filled video of Ferguson singing "Bang Your Drum" by Dead Man Falls, with a little help from Samuel L. JacksonJeff Daniels, Steve Carell, Quentin Tarantino, Lisa Kudrow, Marion Cotillard, Betty WhiteRegis Philbin and many more.  But what will likely be talked about was what happened when the horse Secretariat took off his mask for the first time, revealing Bob Newhart was underneath. That led to a meta moment in which Ferguson channeled the controversial series

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- Aaron Couch

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