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Sony CEO Defends 'Interview' Decision: 'We Have Not Caved'
9 hours ago
Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, says that the situation surrounding the studio's decision to cancel the release of The Interview is more complicated than it seems, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In an interview with CNN that will air later tonight, the exec said that the public was unaware of the amount of resistance Sony was getting on a large scale, regarding the movie's release in the wake of cyber-terrorist threats.
"I think actually the unfortunate part is, in this instance, the president, the press and the »
Barack Obama: Sony Made 'A Mistake' Canceling 'The Interview'
11 hours ago
Following the news that Sony Pictures would indefinitely shelve The Interview following terrorist threats from North Korea–based hackers, everyone from politicians to filmmakers to George R.R. Martin condemned the movie studio for bending to the hackers' demands and setting a precedent in the war against cyber attacks. In Barack Obama's year-end address Friday, amid comments on Cuba and job growth, the President also criticized Sony for pulling the comedy and overreacting to the threats.
"I think [Sony] made a mistake," Obama said. "We cannot have a society where some »
George R.R. Martin Blasts Sony's 'Cowardice' Over 'Interview' Decision
16 hours ago
Sony Pictures' decision to pull The Interview from its December 25th theatrical release date – and put the film in indefinite hiatus – has been met by criticism from both politicians and filmmakers. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has now joined the ever-growing list of people upset with the movie company succumbing to the hackers' demands.
Martin owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico, so the cancellation of The Interview affected him directly. "The level of corporate cowardice here astonishes me," the author wrote on his LiveJournal. »
HBO Details Martin Scorsese's Upcoming Druggy, 'Sex-Fueled' Music Biz Show
16 hours ago
HBO has officially placed a series order for Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's long-in-the-works project about a New York City record executive navigating the changing musical landscape of the 1970s, Collider reports. The network has also revealed the show's cast and their respective roles.
While HBO has been attached to the show for several years now, they hadn't given Scorsese and Jagger the green light until recently. Scorsese will direct the pilot episode for the still-untitled project, and continue to serve as one of the show's executive producers alongside Jagger and others. »
See Stephen Colbert's Epic, Star-Studded Farewell Sing-Along
16 hours ago
When it was announced that Grimmy the Grim Reaper would be Stephen Colbert's final guest on The Colbert Report, fans speculated whether the future Late Show host was killing off his satirical character. Instead, Colbert's Colbert became immortal, and he closed out his nine-year Comedy Central run with a performance for the ages.
The host ended his Report with an all-star performance of Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again," featuring "We Are the World"-style appearances by an incredible cast of singers, actors, politicians and pundits. First out to »
Paul McCartney Reveals Favorite Ringo Starr Songs
18 December 2014 7:10 AM, PST
Before it was announced publicly that Ringo Starr would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Award for Musical Excellence recipient, the former Beatle's onetime bandmate, Paul McCartney, phoned the drummer to give him the good news. McCartney joined The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday to talk about Starr being enshrined in the Rock Hall.
"I was talking to a friend and he said 'Brian Epstein is getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.' I said 'That's great, because he's the Beatles manager, »
See Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Sing Swinging Standards on 'The Tonight Show'
18 December 2014 6:56 AM, PST
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga recently waltzed through The Tonight Show, where they performed a swinging set of standards, "Cheek to Cheek" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," off their recent duets album, Cheek to Cheek.
After Gaga, who looked both glitzy and glittery, opened "Cheek to Cheek" like a love-lorn ballad, she and Bennett, who remained dapper and stoic during the performance, kicked up the Irving Berlin classic, trading lines before belting the last few verses together in harmony. "It Don't Mean a »
Sony Pictures Has 'No Further Release Plans' for 'The Interview'
18 December 2014 5:56 AM, PST
Following news that Sony Pictures had canceled the December 25th theatrical release of The Interview, it was still unclear if the film was simply postponed until a later date while authorities investigate the veracity of the hacker group's threats of terrorism or if it would instead be released via video-on-demand or DVD. Now it appears that Sony Pictures might be shelving the film for good.
"Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film," the studio told Deadline when asked if a home release for The Interview was in »
Watch Stephen Colbert Break Character in Hilarious, 14-Minute Supercut
18 December 2014 5:45 AM, PST
Throughout The Colbert Report’s brilliant, 10-season run, Stephen Colbert has been fully committed to his on-screen persona of a right-wing conservative, almost never breaking character or laughing at his own punch lines. On the rare occasions when the host does crack up, though, it's comedy gold – and thanks to a hilarious, 14-minute supercut from Comedy Central, fans can relive Colbert's most priceless Report laughs.
Plenty of clips find the comedian giggling at his own verbal blunders ("the phlegm-ageddon that has conquered my sinuses") or tongue-tied mispronunciations ("no longer will »
U.S. Says North Korea Was 'Centrally Involved' in Sony Hack
18 December 2014
United States intelligence officials are saying that the North Korean government was "centrally involved" in the hacking of Sony Pictures' computers. The White House is still deciding whether or not to accuse the country publicly of a cyber-terrorism, according to The New York Times. The discovery coincides with Sony's decision to cancel the December 25th theatrical release of The Interview – a movie that depicts an assassination plot on North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un – following terrorist threats.
The Times reports that the hacking, which led to the leaks of upcoming »
'Big Lebowski,' 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Added to National Film Registry
17 December 2014 10:44 AM, PST
The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has selected a new crop of movies that it deems culturally, historically or aesthetically significant enough for preservation. Among the 25 films selected are two cult-favorite slacker adventure epics: the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski and John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The Library praised the "highly quoted" Lebowski's themes of "alienation, inequality and class structure" and for positioning star Jeff Bridges in a career-defining role, and it described Hughes' first film on the registry as a "career highpoint" significant for »
Sony Cancels 'Interview' New York Premiere Amid Terror Threats
17 December 2014 9:03 AM, PST
Update: Sony has canceled the December 25th theatrical release of The Interview, according to Variety, citing several major theatrical chains' decisions not to screen the film as the reason. "We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theatergoers," the company said in a statement.
Seth Rogen and James Franco's assassination-plot romp The Interview has become the most controversial movie in decades. Following terror threats on movie theaters planning on showing the film, Sony, the studio behind it, »
Watch Paul McCartney Goof Off, Discuss 'Hope for the Future' on 'Daily Show'
17 December 2014 8:27 AM, PST
Paul McCartney visited The Daily Show on Tuesday to promote "Hope for the Future," his original song written for video game Destiny. But instead of discussing the track in detail, he and host Jon Stewart mostly goof around about random topics – including McCartney's subpar gaming skills and Stewart's son's preference for Ellen over The Daily Show.
In the above clip, the former Beatle strides onstage to a "thunderous" audience ovation, leading Stewart to make a self-deprecating jab. "I’ve had a lot of jobs where I showed up, no applause, »
Craig Wayne Boyd Wins 'The Voice' Season Seven
17 December 2014 7:54 AM, PST
Craig Wayne Boyd, a 35-year-old Nashville transplant, was named the winner of The Voice's seventh season last night. Naturally, the country-leaning singer was a member of Blake Shelton's team, marking the fourth championship for Team Blake. Shelton's other Voice-winning protégés include soul/R&B singer Jermaine Paul, pop-country singer Cassadee Pope and the show's youngest winner, 18-year-old country darling Danielle Bradbery.
Boyd bested Matt McAndrew during Tuesday night's finale and went on to perform his victory song, "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face," which was written »
Watch Justin Timberlake Join Fallon for Hilarious Summer Camp Sketch
17 December 2014 7:03 AM, PST
Years before they became an Emmy-winning late-night host and global music superstar, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake were just two dorky pre-teens sharing a room at summer camp. Or at least that's the hilarious premise for the "Camp Winnipesaukee" sketch from Tuesday night's Tonight Show, in which the two roomies play an awkward game of Truth or Dare, sing a glorious duet of Third Eye Blind's angst-filled 1997 classic "Jumper" and annoy their counselor, Mr. Fletcher (played by head writer A.D. Miles).
"Hey Justin, are you asleep?" a braces-sporting Fallon asks to open the piece, »
Aaron Paul Cast as Luke Skywalker in 'Empire Strikes Back' Live Read
17 December 2014 6:23 AM, PST
From Quentin Tarantino's all-star Hateful Eight table read to Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin emulating Michael Jordan in Space Jam, live script readings are now the Off-Broadway shows of Hollywood. On Thursday, December 18th, Juno director Jason Reitman will stage a reading of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back at Los Angeles' Ace Hotel with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul taking on the role of Luke Skywalker.
The one-night-only event is the latest in a series of Reitman's monthly live script readings. "The first thing I »
Larry David on 'Curb': 'I No Longer Feel a Need to Wrap Things Up'
17 December 2014 5:36 AM, PST
Larry David admitted the odds are against another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, telling Bill Simmons in a recent chat with Grantland the line is about "six to one." While Simmons suggested one last 90-minute mockumentary to wrap up the beloved HBO series, David seemed unsure, recalling the negative reactions to the infamous Seinfeld finale.
"I got so much grief from the Seinfeld finale, which a lot of people intensely disliked, that I no longer feel a need to wrap things up," David said. When asked if he was still »
'WWE Raw': The Beast Is Back
16 December 2014 7:48 AM, PST
Oh, what a three hours and five minutes it was in Detroit's oft-referenced Joe Louis Arena on Monday night. Faces long in absentia descended, queasy alliances seemed to gel and poor Fandango and Adam Rose were emphatically re-cemented as transitional squash talent.
It's a lot to take in, I know. But neither quiver nor fret, because as always, I've broken the action down into five essential takeaways. And, as a bonus, thrown in a bunch of stuff that may have taught us nothing, but gave everyone something to tweet about. »
Jimmy Fallon, Oprah Winfrey Relive Pitch-Shifted Soap Opera Years
16 December 2014 7:42 AM, PST
Jimmy Fallon and Oprah Winfrey strolled down melodramatic memory lane on The Tonight Show Monday night, presenting several rare clips from their little-known, short-lived and pitch-shifted Eighties soap opera, Midnight Meadows.
While both had fond memories of their time on set, they each remembered the director's peculiar flair for soaking their dialogue in vocal effects. In one episode, Fallon confronts a possibly unfaithful Winfrey, and a high-pitched fight ensues: His harangue about being "a man who knows when he's not being treated like a man," and Winfrey's cackling response, plays »
Bob Seger Brings Country-Tinged 'All of the Roads' to 'Letterman'
16 December 2014 6:36 AM, PST
Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band visited the Late Show With David Letterman Monday to perform the rocker's country-flavored single "All of the Roads" off his latest LP Ride Out. In addition to the performance, Seger sat down to chat with the late night host about his band's name, Motown and the average age of the crowd on Seger's most recent tour.
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