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‘Jobs': Kate Winslet Eyed for Female Lead (Exclusive)

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

Kate Winslet is in negotiations for the female lead in Universal’s “Jobs,” the biopic of the late Steve Jobs.

Michael Fassbender is set to play Jobs, while Seth Rogen is on board to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Danny Boyle will direct.

Aaron Sorkin penned the script with Scott Rudin, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady producing.

The pic is based on the Walter Isaacson biography and was originally set up at Sony before Universal picked it up out of turnaround when Sony let it go.

Jeff Daniels is also circling the role of former Apple president John Scully, though no offer is in place.

Given the pedigree of the pic, it’s no surprise Winslet was drawn to the role. She’s  already garnered six Oscar nominations and one win for best actress for her performance in “The Reader.”

She can be seen next reprising her role as Jeanine »


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President Obama: Sony ‘Made a Mistake’ in Canceling ‘The Interview’

8 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

President Barack Obama held a press conference on Friday, just hours after the Federal Bureau of Investigation named North Korea responsible for the hacking of and brutal threats against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“I think they made a mistake,” Obama told the nation from the White House, referring to Sony’s actions in pulling “The Interview” in the face of the crippling cyberattack.

See photos: Sony Hack Attack Timeline: From First Cyberbreach and Leaks to ‘The Interview’ Dropped

“Sony’s a corporation, it suffered significant damage, there were threats against its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced … having said all that, »


- Travis Reilly, Jordan Chariton and Debbie Emery

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George Clooney Pushes For VOD Release Of 'The Interview,' Calls Out Hollywood For Lack Of Courage

12 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Right now, the biggest movie story in Hollywood isn't about an Oscar contender, or even a movie that will be opening this holiday season. Instead, it's about Seth Rogen and James Franco's "The Interview," which might be the most notorious unreleased film in recent memory. Certainly, everything around the movie has been unprecedented, with exhibitors across the country cancelling their plans to put the movie in their cinemas, following threats by hackers with ties to North Korea invoking 9/11. This in turn forced Sony to drop any and all release plans for "The Interview." And while there seemed to be a glimmer of hope when a new promo for the film appeared on Sony's YouTube channel yesterday, it has since been yanked. So too have all clips from the film. And an unlikely, angry voice has emerged calling out Hollywood's lack of courage. George Clooney took some time to talk to Deadline, »


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David Schwimmer Cast As Robert Kardashian In FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

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“Friends” star David Schwimmer has signed on as Robert Kardashian in FX’s upcoming miniseries, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the network announced Friday.

Schwimmer will play O.J. Simpson’s attorney, starring opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., as O.J. Simpson. Sarah Paulson is set to portray prosecutor Marcia Clark.

The first episode of “The People v. O.J. Simpson” will be directed by “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy. The miniseries, based off of Jeffrey Toobin’s book, “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” will be written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

Murphy, along with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson Scott Alexander, Larry KaraszewskiBrad Falchuk, and Dante Di Loreto are executive producers.

American Crime Story” is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. Production begins in Los Angeles in 2015.

Schwimmer is represented by Gersh and attorney Michael Gendler of Gendler & Kelly, Apc. »


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Michelle Obama Can't 'Let It Go' - Sasha and Malia Are 'Too Old' for Frozen

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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!First lady Michelle Obama may be the only American mom of girls who hasn't had "Let It Go" stuck in her head at one time or another this year. Mrs. Obama told People ruefully that she has not even seen the animated hit Frozen. Daughters Sasha, 13, and Malia, 16, "are a little too old," President Obama explained in an exclusive interview with People for this week's issue. Said Mrs. Obama: "I »


- Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, @sswestfall

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So Anna Kendrick and Eddie Redmayne Used to Have a Thing for Animated Animals—and Liam Neeson Had the Hots for a Cartoon Too!

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Turns out Anna Kendrick and Eddie Redmayne are both big Disney animation fans. During an appearance on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show, the host couldn't wait to bring up Eddie's "two-dimensional" sexual awakening. And the star of The Theory of Everything didn't look too abashed. "I was asked who your first crush is, and...I loved The Lion King when I was younger and I had a weird obsession with Nahla," he admitted. "Look at her face, she's so sweet," he added as the camera flashed to the cartoon lioness, "and she can sing really well!" Riiiight... When Graham asked Eddie about the actor's affinity for Maid Marian from Robin Hood »


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

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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 »


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

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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.

See photos: ‘The Amazing Race’ Celebrates 25 Seasons, 10 Emmys and a Football-Free Timeslot

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 Kids on the Block's Jonathan Knight Will Compete on The Amazing Race

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Does Jonathan Knight have the right stuff to win The Amazing Race? The former New Kids on the Block member and his boyfriend, Harley Rodriguez, have been revealed as one of 11 couples competing on the next season of the CBS reality competition. Knight, 46, and his personal trainer boyfriend, 41, have more than six years' experience traveling together as a couple, which they can draw on as they race around the world, but not all of the competitors will have that same advantage. For the first time in the show's 13 years on the air, five of the teams will be comprised of »


- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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New Kids on the Block's Jonathan Knight Will Compete on The Amazing Race

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Does Jonathan Knight have the right stuff to win The Amazing Race? The former New Kids on the Block member and his boyfriend, Harley Rodriguez, have been revealed as one of 11 couples competing on the next season of the CBS reality competition. Knight, 46, and his personal trainer boyfriend, 41, have more than six years' experience traveling together as a couple, which they can draw on as they race around the world, but not all of the competitors will have that same advantage. For the first time in the show's 13 years on the air, five of teams will be comprised of strangers »


- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Farewell, Seen!

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And … good night! This is, sad to say, the very last post of Seen, the limited-run art site we launched November 17, with Jerry Saltz’s essay on the art world’s new conservatism. It closes today with his conversation with Matthew Weinstein about “Gaga’s law” and how art culture has eaten pop culture (which Lady Gaga actually retweeted — approvingly!). Along the way, we had a total blast, and before we turn the lights off for good, we thought we’d highlight a bunch of our favorite stuff from our 33 days in the art world ... There were fantastic slideshows of art, from a show curated by Eric Fischl about America’s doll obsession to Todd Oldham’s outsider art collection to Oliver Wasow's found-object art of people standing next to televisions. And even a slideshow of tattoos of art. We had fantastic video, including an exclusive clip Kara Walker secretly »


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Ray Rice and Future Wife Janay Palmer Kissed While in Handcuffs in Aftermath of Elevator Fight: New Surveillance Footage Released

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

Shocking? Not shocking? How about no comment? ABC News has obtained never-before-seen surveillance footage captured in the aftermath of Ray Rice's physical altercation with his then-fiancée-and-now-wife Janay Rice in February, video that shows Janay in tears at first and then, roughly 45 minutes later, sharing a kiss with Ray in an elevator while they were both in handcuffs. Both Ray and Janay were arrested on simple assault charges immediately following the fight at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, with the football player's attorney characterizing their blow-up as a "minor physical altercation." The charge against Janay was dropped but the charge against Rice was upgraded to aggravated »


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Sony Pictures’ Michael Lynton Thanks Employees for Work During ‘Incredibly Taxing’ Period

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In a note before the holiday break, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has thanked studio employees for their work in the wake of the massive cyber attack that forced the cancellation of “The Interview” release.

“I am enormously grateful for all of the hard work you’ve done these last few weeks and know that it has been incredibly taxing,” he said.

The note was sent Friday afternoon in the wake of the FBI confirming that North Korea was behind the hacking and President Obama’s assertion that it was a “mistake” to not release “The Interview.”

Sony had declared on Wednesday that there were “no further release plans” for “The Interview” following terrorist threats by the hackers. Lynton has insisted that the decision to ditch the theatrical release stemmed from theater owners refusing to show the film; on Friday, he asserted that Sony “immediately began actively surveying alternatives »


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'The Hobbit' is as big a hit as 'Lord of the Rings,' so why no Oscars love?

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"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third and final installment in Peter Jackson's trilogy, is already a hit: it opened Wednesday with an impressive $24 million first-day haul. The previous two films in the franchise were also blockbusters – "An Unexpected Journey" (2012) made more than $1 billion worldwide, and "The Desolation of Smaug" (2013) earned nearly that much – but even though the films have made money on par with Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, they have not fared nearly as well with critics and awards voters. -Break- 'Interstellar,' 'Hobbit,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy' on Oscars shortlist for Visual Effects The three "Hobbit" films have averaged a respectable 61 on MetaCritic (58 for "Journey," 66 for "Smaug," and 59 for "Battle") and 67% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes (64% for "Journey," 74% for "Smau..." »


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

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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.

See photos: Shootings, Stabbings, Dog Fighting: 11 NFL Scandals That Rocked the League (Photos)

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


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Quiz: Which of These Works of Art Is Worth More?

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Over the past five years, the market for contemporary art has ballooned. Whether the reason is supply or shifting taste (or, more likely, a combination of both), we live in a world where you can buy an entire Old Master paintings sale at Sotheby’s for less than the cost of one Jeff Koons balloon dog. Of course, there are outliers: Exceptional objects in categories as unsexy as carpets can still fetch eye-popping sums. And price is not always equivalent to cultural value. Major 20th-century works by African-American and women artists, for example, rarely surpass lesser works by their white, male contemporaries. On the heels of the record-shattering postwar- and contemporary-art auctions in New York last month, can you guess which works sold (over the last five years) for the highest price? »


- Julia Halperin

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The Duck Dynasty Family Christmas Card Is Here and the Robertsons All Have Dancing With the Stars Fever!

2 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

No need to go hunting for the Robertson family Christmas card—it's right here! E! News has exclusively obtained Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson-and-fam's holiday greeting and, apparently, the whole clan is having a little trouble putting Sadie Robertson's successful run on Dancing With the Stars behind them. On one side of the card, Willie, wife Korie, their five kids—John Luke, Sadie, Bella, Will and Rebecca—and John Luke's fiancée, Mary Kate McEacharn, are keeping it simple. Dad's got his bandanna and they're all in colorful, casual-yet-just-trendy-enough winterwear. But on the other side, everyone is dressed like Sadie and her DWTS partner Mark »


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Sony Rejected Theaters’ Proposal to Debut ‘The Interview’ in Limited Release

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

As threats of violence imperiled the Christmas debut of “The Interview,” Canadian exhibitor Cineplex and other U.S. chains urged Sony Pictures earlier this week to consider opening the comedy in roughly 20 theaters before releasing it more broadly.

They believed the limited-release strategy could have helped the studio and theater owners assess if the hackers who evoked the possibility of a 9/11-style attack were serious about following through on their warnings. But Sony rejected that proposal, according to two individuals with knowledge of the talks.

The studio had used a similar strategy to release “Zero Dark Thirty” in 2012. The film about the successful operation to kill Osama bin Laden courted controversy, and there were concerns that it might inspire some kind of terrorist action. The film was originally  slated to open on Dec. 19, but Sony delayed the wide release of “Zero Dark Thirty” until Jan. 11, opening the film in New York and Los Angeles instead. »


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Academy’s Music Branch Still Wrestles With Rules Change

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Last year’s much-talked-about disqualification of a song nominee prompted rule changes for the 2014 Oscars, but they remain controversial for some of the Academy’s 240-member music branch.

Alone Yet Not Alone,” from a little-seen, faith-based film, was yanked from the 2013 competition when word leaked that its composer, former branch governor Bruce Broughton, had emailed fellow composers and songwriters calling attention to the tune (one of 75 eligible from the 2013 batch).

In June, Acad governors amended the campaign regulations to state: “Music branch members may not contact other music branch members to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, including via mail, email, telephone or social media account.”

Composers and songwriters were, and still are, divided over the idea that you can’t inform your friends, who toil in the same business, about your own work.

“Everybody’s working it,” says one Oscar-nominated songwriter who did not want to be identified. »


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What's the One Thing Mulaney Star Martin Short Likes to Cook?

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Martin Short stars on Fox's comedy series Mulaney and the film, Inherent Vice but the 64-year-old actor still gets recognized as the voice of Clifford. He admitted he hates to cook, can't resist singing in the shower, and a few other things when he chatted with People this week about "one last thing" ...Last Time I Sang Out LoudIn the shower! I sing all the time. I can go from opera to Sinatra. I’ve sung a lot in my career. I like to vocalize for the pure sake of vocalizing. Last Time I DancedI danced at my nephew’s »


- Gillian Telling, @gilliantelling

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