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‘SNL’ Preempted by Dr. Evil Schooling Sony and North Korea (Video)

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NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” didn’t even get past its cold open before addressing the biggest news story in entertainment in years: The Sony Hack Attack, which led to “The Interview” being pulled from theaters.

Mike Myers returned to his old stomping grounds, reprising the role of “Austin Powers” villain Dr. Evil, who told Sony and North Korea to get ready because he’s going to “take you to school.”

Dr. Evil started in on the very premise of terrorism surrounding something as trivial as a movie. “It’s easy to kill a movie,” he said. “Just move it to January. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Madonna Releases 6 New Songs From Upcoming Album ‘Rebel Heart’ in Response to Leak

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Christmas has come early for Madonna fans, who chose to released six new songs after early mixes of 13 tracks found their way online.

The hot songs are off Madonna‘s upcoming 13th album, “Rebel Heart,” which isn’t due until March. When the 13 unfinished songs hit the Web, Madonna moved swiftly and decisively to make six official tracks available on iTunes and other digital retailers.

Another batch of tracks will be made available on Feb. 9 before the album’s official release one month later via Interscope Records.

“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living for Love’ on Valentine »


- Jeff Sneider

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Republican Party Urges Theaters to Show ‘The Interview,’ Offers Support

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Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent a letter on Saturday urging the CEOs of 10 major theater chains to exhibit Sony’s cancelled comedy “The Interview.”

“I want to speak clearly on behalf of the Republican Party: I urge you to show the movie,  he wrote in the letter posted on the Rnc website. “As a sign of my commitment, if you agree to show this movie, I will send a note to the Republican Party’s millions of donors and supporters urging them to buy a ticket — not to support one movie or Hollywood, but to »


- Jeff Sneider

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Kevin Hart Preps Will Ferrell for Prison in ‘Get Hard’ Trailer (Video)

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Hollywood could use a laugh after these last few weeks under siege from North Korean hackers, and fortunately the first trailer for Warner Bros.’ comedy “Get Hard” delivers more than a few.

Will Ferrell stars as a wealthy business convicted of tax fraud who turns to Kevin Hart to prepare him for prison, mistakenly thinking Hart’s character has served time behind bars.

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Get Hard” serves as the directorial debut of “Tropic Thunder” screenwriter Etan Cohen, who allowed both his stars to improvise.

Alison Brie »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Girls’ Star Zosia Mamet to Workshop Reese Witherspoon Role in ‘American Psycho’ Musical (Exclusive)

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Girls” star Zosia Mamet will workshop the role of Patrick Bateman’s girlfriend in the upcoming “American Psycho” musical starring Benjamin Walker, TheWrap has learned.

Rights holder Act 4 Productions and producer Ed Pressman (the “American Psycho” movie) are behind the U.S. musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ classic novel, which could be heading to Broadway in the spring, according to media reports.

Duncan Sheik scored the Rupert Goold-directed London show starring Matt Smith of “Doctor Who” fame, while Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wrote the book.

Also Read: ‘American Psycho’ Sequel Series in the Works at FX

The show’s U. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Bill Cosby Attorney Says CNN Decided Not to Use Interview Challenging Beverly Johnson Accusation

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Attorney for Bill Cosby, Martin Singer, has fired off a heated legal letter to CNN accusing it of a smear campaign against the famous comedian.

In the letter to CNN president Jeffrey Zucker, Singer said that CNN decided not to use an interview with Beverly Johnson’s live-in boyfriend from 2006-2009, Mark Burk, because he didn’t corroborate her story of being drugged by the “Cosby Show” star for an upcoming special planned by the cable news network.

“We continue to be shocked by CNN’s ongoing refusal to investigate and run balanced stories about my client,” Singer wrote in the letter obtained by TMZ. »


- Jethro Nededog

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‘Colbert Report’ vs. ‘Late Late Show’ Finale Musical Numbers: Who Sang It Best? (Poll, Video)

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Both Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson said goodbye to their long-running late-night TV talk shows on Thursday, though CBS waited an extra day to air the latter.

At their respective Thursday tapings, “The Colbert Report” and Comedy Central went with a celebrity-filled version of Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again.” Meanwhile, Ferguson opened his last “Late Show” ever with a combination pre-taped and live “Bang Your Drum.” The taped parts had a ton of famous faces in it, while the live closing included a choir and Ferguson’s most-beloved nutty characters.

In closing down their productions for good, the »


- Tony Maglio

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Sony Deletes ‘The Interview’s’ Social Media Profiles in Wake of Hack, Movie’s Cancellation

19 hours ago

Sony Pictures has wiped its social media profiles for “The Interview,” including the film’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

While the Twitter account still exists, it says “@TheInterview hasn’t tweeted yet,” which means that Sony deleted all of the previous tweets from that account. At last count, the account had approximately 35,000 followers on Twitter.

Also Read: Sony Hacking: North Korea Denies Cyber Attack, Warns U.S and Offers to Join Joint Probe

A Facebook page for “The Interview” was deleted completely. The page had more than 366,000 fans at the time it was erased.

Sony’s decisions to eradicate »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Hobbit’ Finale Heads for $85 Million After $16.5 Million Friday at Box Office

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” powered to with $16.5 million at the Friday box office, and the finale in Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth trilogy is heading for a five-day total in the $85 million range for Warner Bros.

The weekend’s two other wide openers — “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and the Sony musical “Annie” – were battling for second. The Fox comedy sequel took in $5.6 million on Friday, a little ahead of the big-screen version of the Broadway hit, which brought in $5.3 million. That puts both on track for a $17 million-$18 million weekend total.

That’s better news for “Annie, »


- Todd Cunningham

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Sony Hacking: North Korea Denies Cyber Attack, Warns U.S and Offers to Join Joint Probe

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Denying it was behind the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures, North Korea warned the U.S. on Saturday that it would face “serious consequences” if it retaliates.

To prove its innocence, North Korea said it would be willing be part of a joint investigation with the U.S. to find and identify the hackers behind the hacking.

The message comes in response to President Obama’s statement Friday that the U.S. would retaliate for the hack attack, and was carried on North Korea’s state-run news service and attributed to a Foreign Ministry spokesman.

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- Todd Cunningham

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Craig Ferguson Wakes Up in Bed With Drew Carey on Final ‘Late Late Show’ (Video)

19 December 2014 10:38 PM, PST

Stephen Colbert wasn’t the only late-night TV talk show host to say goodbye on Thursday night.

Craig Ferguson, the longest-tenured host of “The Late Late Show,” bid his staff and studio audience adieu at the Thursday taping, which aired on Friday night (technically Saturday morning, if you’re a stickler). TheWrap was at the taping, but one special moment was held back from both Ferguson’s final crowd and the press — until now, of course.

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At the end of the final Ferguson show, after the Scottish comedian revealed TV »


- Tony Maglio

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‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ Producer Rob Lee on When to Tweak a Long-Running Series

19 December 2014 8:40 PM, PST

Over the past two decades, veteran producer and president of Bayonne Entertainment, Rob Lee, has produced more than 500 hours of scripted and non-scripted programming, including Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” and “Euros of Hollywood,” and Own’s “Love In The City.” Previously, he produced “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew” for MTV, and NuvoTV’s “House Of Joy.”

If that’s not enough to make you dizzy, Lee is also producing several pilot presentations, including “Fountain of Youth” for HBO, “The Post Game” for USA, and “Family Love” for Bravo.

Lee spoke with TheWrap about what it takes to keep a long-running show fresh, »


- Jethro Nededog

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NBCUniversal Digital President on Radius: ‘It’s a Netflix for Fitness’

19 December 2014 6:54 PM, PST

NBCUniversal launched “Radius” earlier this month, its new fitness brand available across all digital platforms.

“Radius is really a fully convergent fitness media brand,” said NBCUniversal Digital president Nick Lehman. “The core of the experience is a digital platform… It’s a Netflix for fitness, then what we’re doing is we’ve built a layer of personalization technology.”

The on-demand service is likened to a virtual trainer. Subscribers can select workouts and programs in order to meet their individual goals. With each log-in, Radius tracks workouts, progress and calories burned. Badges are built into the program for achievements. Radius »


- Alicia Banks

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‘The Amazing Race’ Has a New Twist: Blind Date Couples (Video)

19 December 2014 6:05 PM, PST

CBS’s 10-time Emmy winning “The Amazing Race” is changing formats for its 26th season.

When the franchise returns in February, there will be no parent-children teams, no siblings, and no best friends lugging backpacks and passports.

Instead, the new season is all dating couples, five of whom are on a blind date race around the world.

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That makes it not just a shotgun start to the race, but a shotgun start to five romances. CBS made the announcement on Friday night at the tail end of the »


- Mikey Glazer

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New Video of Ray Rice Assault Shows Couple Kissing, Cuffed After Elevator Attack (Video)

19 December 2014 5:13 PM, PST

Video of Ray Rice dragging his unconscious then-fiancee from an elevator sparked a domestic abuse crisis in the NFL, and new footage released on Friday shows the emotional aftermath of the attack.

According to ABC, nearly 45 minutes of never-before-seen footage shows Janay Palmer (now Rice) looking clearly distraught and refusing to talk to the NFL star who had allegedly violently beaten her in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino in February.

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In the black-and-white surveillance video, Palmer pushes Rice away as he tries to calm her, »


- Debbie Emery

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TLC to Air ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’ Special in January (Exclusive Video)

19 December 2014 4:39 PM, PST

TLC will air a special in January called “My Husband’s Not Gay” that follows four men living in Salt Lake City, Utah, who don’t identify themselves as homosexual despite having an attraction to men.

The show focuses on three married couples: Jeff and Tanya, Pret and Megan, and Curtis and Tera. Joining the cast is 35-year-old Tom, the bachelor of the group who enjoys fishing and baseball andserved as a missionary in Long Beach.

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All cast members are devout Mormons belonging to »


- Alicia Banks

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TheWrap Screening: ‘Selma’ Tackles ‘Timely’ Race Issues Say Cast, Director (Video)

19 December 2014 4:09 PM, PST

British actor David Oyelowo, who plays Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Golden Globe Best Picture-nominee “Selma,” was the “rainmaker” and “champion” of the film, director Ava DuVernay told TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman on Thursday.

The film, nominated in four Golden Globe categories — for best picture, director, actor in a motion picture drama, and song — was screened at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles as the final 2014 installment in TheWrap Screening Series. “Selma” tells the story of three tumultuous months in 1965 Selma, Alabama, when King led activists and locals in protests against insidious efforts on the part of Gov. »


- Deborah Day

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New York Post Writer Agrees With Bill Cosby: ‘Black Media’ Comments Are Being ‘Totally Misconstrued’

19 December 2014 3:34 PM, PST

Stacy Brown, the freelance reporter who got Bill Cosby to break his silence says the comedian’s comments are being “totally misconstrued.”

“He was not asking for any favors, he was asking for fairness,” Brown told TheWrap. “He knew he was talking to an African-American reporter who writes for African-American newspapers. It’s a shame that all those in the black press were so quick to take insult when there was no reason to be insulted.”

In a surprising move, the embattled comedian talked to Brown on December 14, after Brown picked up the phone and called Cosby’s house.

Also »


- Itay Hod

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David Schwimmer to Play Robert Kardashian on FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

19 December 2014 3:32 PM, PST

David Schwimmer will play, ironically, the least famous Kardashian.

The “Friends” actor will play Robert Kardashian, friend and attorney to O.J. Simpson, on the FX miniseries “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Best known for playing Ross on NBC’s “Friends” from 1994-2004, Schwimmer has since appeared in a recurring roles on Showtime’s “Web Therapy” and HBO’s “Band of Brothers” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” He has also guest starred on an episode of NBC’s “30 Rock.”

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His film credits include the voice role for »


- Jethro Nededog

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Current Cybersecurity Disaster Is an Industry Call to Action (Guest Blog)

19 December 2014 3:17 PM, PST

The latest Hollywood disaster epic has pushed cybersecurity and piracy issues to the top of the entertainment industry’s agenda.

The massive cybersecurity attack (or is it terrorism?) is a powerful call to action for the industry’s leadership to develop strategic initiatives against a common foe. The breach — the second to rock Hollywood in the past six months — has forced us to focus as never before on effective methods to mitigate the risks posed to our most valuable resources: our people and our intellectual property.

In the face of these extraordinary, headline-grabbing circumstances, now is the time to come »


- Nil Shah

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