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Sony Has ‘No Further Release Plans’ for ‘The Interview’

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony has decided against releasing “The Interview” in any form — including VOD or DVD.

“Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” a spokesman said Wednesday.

The studio issued the statement a few hours after pulling the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview” in response to the hackers who threatened movie theaters and moviegoers if the comedy were released.

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Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

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With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas release of “The Interview.”

In announcing the decision to cancel the holiday debut, Sony hit back at the hackers who threatened movie theaters and moviegoers and who have terrorized the studio and its employees for weeks.

“Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like,” the statement reads.

“We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public,” it continues. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

The comedy centers on a hapless television host who is »


- Brent Lang

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Stephen Collins Confesses Sexual Abuse of Underage Girls to People: 'I Did Something Terribly Wrong'

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Stephen Collins shares a vividly detailed confession with People in which he admits he had inappropriate sexual contact with underage girls. Embattled actor Stephen Collins has released a lengthy statement to People in which he admits to inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors. The 67-year-old - who has remained out of the public eye ever since a recording of him confessing to child molestation was released to TMZ - goes into detail about the incidents that occurred over a 20-year time span. In vivid detail, Collins explains how there »


- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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Shonda Rhimes to Receive WGA Achievement Award

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Television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes—the creative force behind ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder"—will receive the Writers Guild of America, West's 2015 Paddy Chayefsy Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement. Rhimes' vocal commitment (as also seen on her Twitter) to diversifying race and women onscreen will be recognized at an upcoming ceremony on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Her many accolades including a PGA Award, a WGA Award, an AFI Award, a Peabody Award, a Golden Globe, a Lucy Award for Excellence in Television from Women in Film, and numerous NAACP Image Awards for her writing and show-running. In 2013, Rhimes was appointed by President Obama to serve as Trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Read More: Will Shonda Rhimes Make Viola Davis a Star with "How to Get Away with Murder"? Named after one of the most. »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Sony Cancels 'Interview' New York Premiere Amid Terror Threats

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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, »


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Steve Carell’s North Korea-Set Project Dropped by New Regency

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Regency has ditched plans to produce a paranoid thriller starring Steve Carell that was to be set in North Korea.

The decision came after a group of hackers called the Guardians of Peace threatened to attack theaters showing “The Interview,” which centers on an assassination attempt against dictator Kim Jong-un. The country has denied involvement but praised the hackers.

New Regency is 20% owned by News Corp., parent of 20th Century Fox. The studio had indicated to New Regency that it would not release the project.

New Regency announced the project in October with plans for director Gore Verbinski to start shooting in March. The untitled film was the first in a multiyear deal between Verbinski’s Blind Wink and New Regency.

Steve Conrad (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) was writing the screenplay.

News was first reported by Deadline.com.

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Prosecutors Will Not Charge Bill Cosby in Sexual Assault Lawsuit

16 December 2014 7:50 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

L.A. prosecutors will not charge Bill Cosby after a woman recently accused the comedian of sexually assaulting her 40 years ago, People has confirmed. In a lawsuit, Judy Huth alleges that Cosby sexually assaulted her when she was 15 years old, and that the incident has led to "mental anguish" and "significant problems throughout her life." According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office her request for prosecution was declined due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. In papers filed in L.A. Superior Court on Dec. 3 Cosby's lawyer, Martin Singer, says Huth's claims "are absolutely false »


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U.S. Says North Korea Was 'Centrally Involved' in Sony Hack

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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 »


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American Horror Story's Emma Roberts On This Week's Episode and Her Crystal Balls

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Con artist and fortune teller Maggie Esmerelda has been dealing with quite the moral dilemma on this season's American Horror Story: Freak Show. Will she betray her true love or her partner-in-crime? Will the freaks ever be able to accept her as one of their own -- and trust the fact that she might actually be able to help them? This week's episode had Maggie coming clean, but who knows whether or not she'll stay that way. We spoke to actress Emma Roberts, who plays the not-so-magical crystal ball reader about her very own magical tendencies and how, as an Ahs superfan, the seasons are all tied together. Your character’s big moment last night seemed to be coming clean. She really decided to turn that corner.  I think one of my favorite parts about this episode is the flashback scene with Stanley and I and how we met. What »


- Lindsey Weber

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‘Team America: World Police’ Replaces ‘The Interview’ at Dallas Theater

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Sony’s decision to cancel release of “The Interview” has prompted The Alamo Drafthouse to show 2004’s “Team America: World Police” on Dec. 27.

The Dallas-Fort Worth theater made the announcement on Twitter.

For The Record: We were still going to show #TheInterviewMovie…

— Alamo Drafthouse Dfw (@AlamoDFW) December 17, 2014

…but now we'll be showing Team America in it's place…for Free(Dom). Because America, F Yeah. http://t.co/7A7p6ApIIE pic.twitter.com/U3EEqQU1Px

— Alamo Drafthouse Dfw (@AlamoDFW) December 17, 2014

“Team America” was co-written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Pam Brady and directed by Parker.

Using marionettes, the plot centered on an American paramilitary group stopping a terrorist plot by the late Kim Jong Il, the father of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

The Interview” revolves around Seth Rogen and James Franco’s characters assassinating Kim Jong Un.

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Survivor: San Juan Del Sur Crowns a Winner

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Although Survivor: San Juan Del Sur was an uneven entry in the long-running reality show, the season finale had its share of blindsides and backstabbing - and, ultimately, a satisfying winner. At the beginning of the final episode, it looked as though former Miss Michigan USA Jaclyn Schulz would be the next to go - and she would have been, had perennial CBS reality star Natalie Anderson not saved her with her immunity idol. After Schulz won the final immunity challenge, the tribe voted out likable Louisiana firefighter Keith Nale, leaving an all-female final 3. At the final tribal council, »


- Steve Helling, @stevehelling

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Sony Hack: Studio Offers DGA, WGA Members Identity Theft Protection

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Entertainment has offered identity theft protection to directors and writers who have worked for the studio and may have had their confidential information stolen and leaked.

Sony made the offer in messages sent Wednesday to members of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America West.

The protection service is offered through AllClear ID — the same service that Sony offered its own employees in the wake of a massive leak including the personal data and Social Security Numbers of 3,803 employees.

“The DGA supports Sony in its efforts to combat any ill effects of the attack on DGA members,” the DGA said. “We do not know whether or whose personal information may have been compromised, but Sony is offering one year of identity protection at no charge to any present or former employee who requests it.”

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Stevie Wonder, 64, Welcomes Baby No. 9—Get the Details!

1 hour ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Stevie Wonder got his Christmas present early. The 64-year-old legendary musician welcomed his ninth (!) child, and second child with girlfriend Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, a baby girl named Nia, his rep confirms to Us Weekly. No other details on the couple's new bundle of joy have been released. E! News has reached out for comment. In November, Wonder was at the center of baby rumors after a Page Six reported that the "Superstition" singer is expecting triplets with Bracy, bringing his offspring count to 11. Wonder appeared on The View shortly afterward, where he was asked about the recent speculation, and after laughing off the report, he opted to set the record straight and spill some exciting »


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Pregnant Kimora Lee Simmons Debuts Her Baby Bump While Enjoying Family Vacation in St. Barths

1 hour ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Oh baby, baby! As Kimora Lee Simmons eagerly waits to welcome her fourth child, the actress has managed to find the perfect place to rest and unwind. Joined by her darling dog, the fashion designer soaked up the sun in beautiful St. Barths. Wearing a black T-shirt that extended into a dress, Simmons just so happened to debut her baby bump for the very first time since E! News confirmed she was expecting in October. Just a few hours later, the 39-year-old gave fans another view of her growing belly while on the water. "Sunset Silhouette... #StBarths #BigOleBelly," she tweeted. According to an eyewitness, Simmons is doing what any expectant mom deserves to be doing on »


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Did Clarke Really Just Kill [Spoiler]?! The 100's Eliza Taylor Dishes All About That Shocking Choice

1 hour ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Sorry, but The 100 has rendered us completely speechless. Our minds are completely blown. We have no liquid left to cry out of our face holes. No words left in our brains to write. That's how devastating the CW's post-apocalyptic drama's midseason finale was. We should know by now never to underestimate the power of any episode of The 100, let alone a finale, but oooooooh man, this was an especially tough one. Brb, gotta cry some more! Warning: Major Spoilers Below. Avert your eyes if you have yet to watch "Spacewalker." You have been sufficiently warned! We knew going into the hour that Finn's (Thomas McDonell) fate was looking grim, but we had no idea what was really in store for »


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Every 'Serial' Theory, From Most to Least Plausible

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On February 26. 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of his ex-girlfriend Have Min Lee. If Sarah Koenig has done anything in the first 11 weeks of "Serial," it's complicate that hypothesis. The podcast's final episode probably won't — and can't — tie up every loose end once and for all, but that's just made its legions of obsessed fans even more convinced they can crack the case on their own. Here are their theories for what really happened the day Hae was killed, ranked from most to least plausible.Adnan Killed Hae, Either Premeditatedly or in a Fit of Rage, and Jay Helped Him Cover It UpOccam's Razor still says it's the most likely explanation. Otherwise, Adnan Syed is the victim of a massively complex frame job in which every facet worked perfectly, and every party involved kept silent for 15 years. The state's case »


- Nate Jones

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President Obama: Boyhood Was 'My Favorite Movie' of the Year

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The Obamas open up about raising their daughters, the impact of stereotypes, and what's on the Potus dance party playlist. Subscribe now for instant access to the exclusive People interview!President Obama gave People his own "Best of 2014" list, and the groundbreaking 12-year saga Boyhood tops the presidential picks. "Boyhood was a great movie. That, I think, was my favorite movie this year," he told People in a joint interview with First Lady Michelle Obama for this week's issue. On the presidential nightstand right now? "I'm in the middle of a wonderful book that was recently released called Redeployment, by Phil Klay, »


- Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, @sswestfall

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President Obama: ''Boyhood" Was 'My Favorite Movie' of the Year

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The Obamas open up about raising their daughters, the impact of stereotypes, and what's on the Potus dance party playlist. Subscribe now for instant access to the exclusive People interview!President Obama gave People his own "Best of 2014" list, and the groundbreaking 12-year saga Boyhood tops the presidential picks. "Boyhood was a great movie. That, I think, was my favorite movie this year," he told People in a joint interview with First Lady Michelle Obama for this week's issue. On the presidential nightstand right now? "I'm in the middle of a wonderful book that was recently released called Redeployment, by Phil Klay, »


- Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, @sswestfall

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Funny or Die Reveals Mock Ending to Serial Podcast

1 hour ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

No need to tune in to the season finale of the hit podcast Serial on Thursday - the guys over at Funny or Die have cracked the case! This American Life's Sarah Koenig has brought out the detective in all of us over the past few months with her captivating (and addicting) investigation into the murder of 17-year-old Hae Min Lee back in 1999 - a crime for which her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, is currently serving a life sentence. But did Syed really do it? And if not, who did? These are the questions that many of Koenig's millions of »


- Michael Miller

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Gisele Bündchen Stuns in Vogue Australia—See the Gorgeous Pics!

1 hour ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Not that this is new news, but Gisele Bündchen is absolutely gorgeous. The supermodel flaunted her enviable features on the cover of Vogue Australia for their January issue, which was shot by famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier to celebrate her Chanel No 5 collaboration with Baz Luhrmann. Bündchen gave fans a sneak peek at her cover recently when she Instagrammed the beautiful image and wrote, "The new @vogueaustralia cover of January 2015 photographed by #PatrickDemarchelier , hair by @harryjoshhair, makeup by @hungvanngo." The snapshot features a glowing Gisele rocking a form-fitting sequin dress and denim jacket that falls slightly off of her shoulders. Paired with her expert smize »


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