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U.S. Says North Korea Should Compensate Sony For Attack But Offers No Details

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The U.S. government has called on North Korea compensate Sony Pictures for the cyber attack that has cost the studio millions of dollars and crippled its operations. North Korea insists it was not behind the attack, but a State Department spokeswoman says that's par for the course. "The government of North Korea has a long history of denying responsibility for this destructive and provocative actions," Marie Harf said during a news conference today, "and if they want to… Read

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Star Trek 3’s New Director Will Be ‘Fast & Furious 6′ Helmer Justin Lin

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and JJ Abrams' Bad Robot just set Justin Lin to direct Star Trek 3, filling the biggest open directing assignment out there with the filmmaker credited with reviving the Fast And The Furious series. Lin helmed a trio of the films that grossed $1.7 billion in worldwide box office. He replaces Robert Orci, who got that job after being involved as co-writer of the revamped Star Trek series. The first two installments were… Read

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‘Today’ Show Boots Amy Adams – Just Because She Didn’t Want To Discuss Sony Hacking

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EXCLUSIVE: The Sony Pictures cyber terror attack has made everybody punchy. Amy Adams is in New York to promote the Tim Burton-directed Big Eyes, and after hosting Saturday Night Live, she stayed to do an interview segment on Today. I'm told that the attempt ended with the show pulling the segment, and left the Big Eyes star feeling sad-eyed by the way she was manhandled. All because she wasn't comfortable answering questions about a Sony Pictures hack attack that had… Read

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‘Hobbit’, ‘Annie’, ‘Museum’ Lose Loot On Soft Sunday – B.O. Actuals

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3RD UPDATE, MONDAY, 3:15 PM: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies dropped some gold coins on its way to the bank today to deposit its actual results. The finale of Peter Jackson's epic trilogy was off 1.7% from its Sunday five-day estimate of $90.6M, for a current reported cume of $89.1M.  That figure still beats the first five days of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ($86.1M). The Warner Bros./New Line/MGM film wasn't the only one off from its Sunday: Sony's Annie… Read

Business

SeaChange Buys TV Social-Media Toolmaker Timeline Labs

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SeaChange International, the big TV software-services company, has scooped up Timeline Labs for $22 million in cash and shares, with another $2.5 million in possible additional stock payouts based on future performance. Just last week Timeline and SeaChange announced NewCoin, an initiative to better measure local TV ratings, through a joint venture that also includes Fox TV Stations, Univision and Tribune Media. Timeline's software tools pull together stories and posts on… Read

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FCC’s Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Review Halted Again

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The FCC today said it has stopped the clock on its informal 180-day Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger review for a third time after TWC said it had discovered 31,000 responsive documents it had not produced for the commission. The cable company cited vendor error and that it would have the docs to the FCC by December 30. After FCC staff in a letter “expressed concern about the delays in production of the missing documents and the privilege log,” TWC said it would produce… Read

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HBO Year-Ender Teases ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Veep’, More — Video

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HBO recaps programming highlights from the past year and gives us a few glimpses of what's coming up in 2015 in its annual year-ender video. The new season and series previews start after the 1:38 mark. Among the clips are the new seasons of Veep, including a quick shot of Hugh Laurie who is recurring on Season 4, Game Of Thrones, Leftovers and Girls and new series Togetherness, The Brink, Westworld and HBO Films' biopic Bessie starring Queen Latifah. Check out the video… Read

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IATSE Warns L.A. Stage Workers To Stop Stealing On The Job

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Backstage theft at Los Angeles music and theater venues has become so widespread that the union representing stagehands has had to warn members to stop stealing on the job. The union, IATSE Stage Technician Local 33, reps stage workers at such venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Staples Center, Pantages Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ahmanson, Greek Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and the Dolby Theatre. "Theft in the workplace has been happening regularly at the various… Read

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Mayor De Blasio Blasts Media For Coverage Of Police Protests In New York

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Mayor Bill de Blasio let the media have it today, in re its coverage of police protests in New York, blaming them for focusing on what he described as a small number of protesters who have been shown hurling insults at the police and/or calling for violence: "They, my friend, are not the majority. Stop portraying them as the majority," he told a reporter at his afternoon news conference with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, after the reporter asked a question about just… Read

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Jeremy Renner On The CIA Plot Behind ‘Kill The Messenger’ – The Contenders

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Star Jeremy Renner and producer Scott Stuber talk about Kill the Messenger, their film about Gary Webb, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter. Webb uncovered a CIA plot in the 1980s that funneled cocaine into the United States to finance arms purchases and other operations in Central America, then faced a campaign to undermine and deny his work. Renner and Stuber talk about discovering Webb's true story at the heart of the movie, which they made for $10.4… Read

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Marvel Confirms Mike Colter As Luke Cage In ‘Jessica Jones’ Netflix Series

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Marvel today officially confirmed Deadline's scoop that The Good Wife's Mike Colter will play Luke Cage opposite Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones in A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel's second 13-episode series to debut on Netflix in 2015, following Daredevil. Colter will introduce Luke Cage as the male lead in A.K.A. Jessica Jones before the character headlines the third in Marvel's four-series package for Netflix, which also includes a miniseries conclusion. After a tragic… Read

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Did U.S. Strike Back For Sony Hack? Massive North Korea Internet Outages Reported

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North Korea's already shaky Internet has gone fully dark, several media outlets are reporting today, citing experts and sources inside the country. The shutdown, if that's what it is, comes just days after President Barack Obama said the U.S. "will respond proportionally" to North Korea's cyber attack on Sony Pictures. The Associated Press reported today that the White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible for the… Read