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Paramount Cancels ‘Team America’ Showings, Theaters Say

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Forget those plans by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other theaters to run Team America: World Police in place of The Interview. The Austin-based chain says that Paramount has now decided not to offer South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's 2004 satire that focuses on Kim Jong-il, the late father of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Alamo says that the cancellation at its Dallas theater is “due to circumstances beyond our control” and says it will offer refunds to… Read

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‘American Sniper’ Trailer: Bradley Cooper At His Best?

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In what's being hailed as a career standout turn, Bradley Cooper stars in the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle – family man, one-time rodeo cowboy, and the undisputed most lethal sniper in U.S. history. Clint Eastwood directs Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban and Keir O'Donnell in the Christmas Day drama adapted by Jason Hall from Kyle's memoir. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow premiered the film at AFI Fest on Veterans Day and wrapped… Read

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Sony Hit With Third Hacking Class Action Lawsuit By “Left In The Dark” Ex-Employees

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The Interview may be pulled and the North Koreans may be behind the ravaging hack that has hit Sony but the lawsuits continue. In the space of as many days, the studio this week has been whacked with another class action from former employees over the massive and revealing data breach that has left tens of thousands of social security numbers, medical records, emails and other personal information out on the World Wide Web. Like the two lawsuits this one is seeking a… Read

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Sony Hack Needs Tempered Response, White House Says

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It's important the United States government not play into the hands of those responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment by over-reacting, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at today's White House press briefing. Earnest declined to pin the attack on the North Korean government — an announcement the media is expecting to come today from the Justice Department. The investigation by the FBI and the Department of Justice in to who is… Read

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Amber West To Star In Jarrod Carmichael NBC Comedy Pilot

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Amber West (form. Stevens) has been cast as the female lead opposite Jarrod Carmichael in Go Jerrod Go, NBC's multi-camera comedy pilot written by Carmichael and Nick Stoller.  Described as a irreverent multi-camera comedy inspired by Carmichael's stand-up and his relationships with his girlfriend and family, the project follows a young couple, Jerrod (Carmichael) and Maxine (West), who decide to move in together but when it comes time to tell Jerrod's parents, Jerrod… Read

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Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: A Preview Of Possibilities, Part 3

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Here's the final entry in my annual assessment of movies that have a chance to pass the first stage of the Foreign Language Oscar race. We expect the shortlist to come out tomorrow and I'm expecting a number of the films I've profiled below, and here and here, will make the grade. I spoke with the directors of the films about their inspirations and expectations and I also checked in with the U.S. distributors about why they bought the movies. Below is a look at the final… Read

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Will Bring ‘School of Rock’ Musical To Broadway

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Cuba-U.S. detente has nothing on the hotly competitive Shubert and Nederlander organizations. Broadway's two biggest landlords are suddenly looking like BFF's as co-producers on hoped-for blockbuster shows (not for the first time, it should be noted; in 1981 they famously co-produced The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby, among others. But still…). They're teaming with Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group and the Warner Music Group for the world premier of a new… Read

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Fox News Should Air All Of ‘The Interview,’ Says Kimmel “Campaign” – Video

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Fox News Channel rising star Megyn Kelly was ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's guest last night when the big news was the Justice Department's upcoming announcement that the Sony hacking attack, and subsequent threats to movie theaters, are believed to be the work of the North Korean government, in retaliation for the studio's movie The Interview. Kelly and Kimmel agreed Sony needed to get the movie - a now-mothballed comedy about a bumbling talk show host and his… Read

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Emerson Stone, Long-Time CBS News Radio Executive, Dies At 86

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Former CBS News Executive Emerson Stone, a two-time Peabody Award winner, has died at the age of 86, from complications of a fall in his Greenwich, Conn., home on Sunday. He died Monday at Greenwich Hospital. Stone worked for CBS News nearly 35 years, first in radio, where he brought Charles Osgood to the network, and led it to 24-hour news coverage. He also oversaw the 1977 radio broadcast of Ask President Carter, a live two-hour program hosted by Walter Cronkite. Stone… Read

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Sarah Silverman To Star In HBO Pilot From ‘Secret Diary Of A Call Girl’ Creator

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On the heels of Sarah Silverman's Emmy win for writing her HBO special We Are Miracles, the actress-comedian is headlining a half-hour comedy pilot for the premium cable network. Written by Secret Diary Of A Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble, the untitled project is described as a comic look at a pathologically honest woman having a modern mid-life crisis. Prebble and Silverman executive produce with Ash Atalla, Amy Zvi and Dan Hine. If the pilot goes to series, it… Read

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Hulu Inks Streaming Deal For FX Series, Including ‘Tyrant’, ‘The Strain’ & ‘AHS’

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In one of Hulu's biggest content deals to date, the multi-year licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox TV Distribution will grant the streaming service exclusive SVOD rights to new and upcoming FX and FXX primetime comedy, drama and miniseries produced or co-produced by FX Prods. Under the deal, the first seasons of FX and FXX primetime titles including Tyrant, The Strain, Married, and You're The Worst, will be available exclusively on Hulu Plus ahead of their second… Read

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Byron Pitts Replacing Dan Abrams As ‘Nightline’ Anchor

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Byron Pitts is replacing Dan Abrams as Nightline anchor; Abrams will remain ABC News' chief legal analyst, news division chief James Goldston announced this morning. Pitts came to ABC News in 2013, after serving as chief national correspondent for CBS Evening News and a 60 Minutes contributor. The memo: Team, I want to share big news for two of our key players, Dan Abrams and Byron Pitts. Earlier this year Dan came to talk to me about taking on a new role at ABC News and… Read