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Hollywood Cowardice: George Clooney Explains Why Sony Stood Alone In North Korean Cyberterror Attack

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EXCLUSIVE: As it begins to dawn on everyone in Hollywood the reality that Sony Pictures was the victim of a cyberterrorist act perpetrated by a hostile foreign nation on American soil, questions will be asked about how and why it happened, ending with Sony cancelling the theatrical release of the satirical comedy The Interview because of its depiction of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. One of those issues will be this: Why didn't anybody speak out while Sony Pictures… Read

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WME Owned IMG Hit With Latest Intern Class Action Lawsuit

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Some have been settled, some are being mediated and some are still before the courts but today a new interns complaint from some familiar lawyers has entered the equation. While William Morris Endeavor has been paying its interns for a while, it looks like the Hollywood Agency and Silverlake Partners' $2.2 billion acquisition late last year of talent, management and licensing heavy hitter IMG Worldwide inherited a legal time bomb - and it has gone off this week. "Upon… Read

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Stephen Colbert Immortalized In Final Episode Of ‘The Colbert Report’

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Not only did Stephen Colbert not get killed off by the Grim Reaper tonight, as expected, he became immortal, when he accidentally shot Grimmy during a Prescott Group segment, speaking of lab accidents. "Wait a minute! I just killed Death! I am immortal! Nothing can stop me now!" Colbert raved. He thanked the Nation for “taking some of your rapidly dwindling time on Earth to be with me,” threw out his bucket list and explained, “I'm ending The Colbert Report and I was… Read

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Sony Pictures Acquires Robert Rodriguez & His Frank Frazetta Homage ‘Fire And Ice’

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has acquired a big package that gives the studio a potential franchise. Robert Rodriguez will direct a live-action version of the 1983 animated film Fire And Ice. The film is Rodriguez's homage to his friend, the late legendary animator Frank Frazetta, on whose works Frazetta and Ralph Bakshi based that original film. It's a big buy for Sony Pictures at a rough time for that studio, and a deal that reunites it with Rodriguez; Columbia Pictures… Read

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Variety Claims Exclusive On Day-Old Deadline Scoop On Sony’s ‘The Interview’

Variety today behaved badly by stealing a conference room and disrupting Deadline's weekly editorial meeting in the headquarters we share on Santa Monica Boulevard. They must think this is OK, as now they are stealing one of our stories and bogus-ly calling it their exclusive. Our sister trade is claiming an exclusive tonight by bannering that Sony “could lose $75 million on The Interview.” Last night, in a Deadline scoop on Sony pulling its P&A campaign when the movie… Read

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MPAA Hits “Shameful” Google Over Sony Hacking Revelations – Update

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UPDATED, 7:50 PM: The Motion Picture Association of America tonight struck back at accusations from the tech giant that it was seeking to "censor" the Internet and suppress free speech based on information from emails leaked in the Sony hacking. "Google's effort to position itself as a defender of free speech is shameful,” an MPAA spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline tonight (read the full statement below). A Google executive in a blog post earlier Thursday… Read

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Oscar Hopeful Timothy Spall Heads To Theaters With Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr. Turner’ — Specialty Preview

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Sony Classics is charging ahead despite the insane turmoil at its parent company, opening its Awards-contender Mr. Turner in NYC and L.A. SPC is maintaining its expansion plans as well for fellow awards-hopefuls Foxcatcher and Whiplash into the New Year, according to the company's co-president Michael Barker. Mr. Turner is the weekend's highest profile limited release title to open this weekend. Director Mike Leigh's films have a history of solid starts stateside, but the… Read

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Tours Of Sony’s Culver City Lot Suspended Amid Hack Attack

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With Sony Pictures under a cyber attack that escalated to physical threats, the studio quietly has cancelled the guided tours of its backlot in Culver City. "We're not doing the tours right now," an official in the tours office said today. "We're dealing with a major software issue." The tours are slated to resume on January 5, a rep for the studio said. The two-hour walking tour gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at a working studio, including visits to stages… Read

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David Fincher Shepherding HBO Comedy About 1980s Music Video Industry

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Gone Girl's David Fincher is revisiting his days as a music video director with a half-hour project at HBO. Tentatively titled Living On Video, the project — which had been in the works at HBO for months — was written by Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Bob Stevenson, a friend of Fincher's from his music video days, based on an idea by Fincher, who is expected to direct. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to… Read

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Logan Lerman, David Ayer On The ‘Fury’ Of Battle – Video

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Battle leaves “a fingerprint…on the soul,” says writer/director David Ayer, a military veteran from a family of military veterans, talking in this video above about what he was trying to capture in Fury, his movie about a Sherman tank crew marooned behind enemy lines during WWII. Stars Logan Lerman and Jon Bernthal join Ayer in talking about making the film, including the boot-camp experience the actors were put through to prepare them for the kind of mindset needed to… Read

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‘Hand To God’ Cheerfully Preys On Broadway Apostates – Video First Look

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EXCLUSIVE: Broadway's latest venture in freaky puppetry has been making a virtue of its un-Broadway vices: No stars, not a British import, not a remake of an old movie. Not surprising, given that the producer is Kevin McCollum, a lead producer of Avenue Q, which began life at the Vineyard Theater off-Broadway (Hand To God started off-Broadway as well) and moved to Broadway in 2003, where the handmade-looking show slew the giant Wicked to walk off with the Tony Awards for… Read

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PEN Center To Sony: Distribute ‘The Interview’ “As Far And Wide As Possible” – Update

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UPDATED, 4:49 PM: PEN American Center today expressed “profound regret” about Sony's choice not to release The Interview on any platform. The group of 3,500 American writers who support free expression worldwide also called out New Regency for axing the planned North Korea-set film Pyongyang, which was to be directed by Gore Verbinski and star Steve Carell. “PEN has long documented the chilling effect that threats or acts of violence can have on free speech and creative… Read