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Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: ‘Force Majeure’, ‘Ida’ In; ‘White God’, ‘Mommy’ Miss Cut

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the shortlist of nine films that will advance to the next stage in the Foreign Language Film Oscar race. As was widely expected Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, fresh off of five European Film Awards, is in. Also turning up unsurprisingly are Argentina's Wild Tales, Russia's Leviathan and Sweden's Force Majeure (see full list below). But as usual with this particular category, there are no shortage of surprises in the… Read


MPAA Says North Korea Attack On Sony Is “Despicable, Criminal Act”


MPAA chairman and CEO Chris Dodd just issued the following statement in response to the FBI's announcement that North Korea is confirmed to be behind the Sony attack. "The FBI's announcement that North Korea is responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures is confirmation of what we suspected to be the case: that cyber terrorists, bent on wreaking havoc, have violated a major company to steal personal information, company secrets and threaten the American public. It is a… Read


Craig Ferguson Says So Long To ‘Late Late Show’ Tonight


Craig Ferguson's final night as host of Late Late Show airs tonight. It's maybe his toughest gig ever, coming one night after Stephen Colbert said so-long to The Colbert Report so he could move to CBS and take over for David Letterman. SPOILER ALERTS HERE. The audience is warmed up a look back at all the celebrities who've marveled at how unabashedly silly is his show, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu,  telling him, "I think you're crazy," Denis Leary who "thought the… Read


North Korea “Responsible” For Sony Hack, FBI Confirms

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The government of North Korea did instigate the massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment and threats against movie theaters over The Interview, the now-cancelled satire about an imagined assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the FBI said this morning. “As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is… Read

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‘Night At The Museum’ Opens Doors Early With Previews, ‘Hobbit’ Eases Thursday


Update, Friday, 8:50AM: The Hobbit:The Battle of Five Armies made an estimated $9.96M Thursday, down 59%, however, such slides are usual on the second day following a solid Wednesday bow before biz picks up again on Friday. In addition, 20th Century Fox unspooled Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb in 2,531 theaters, posting $491K. Keep in mind, kids were still in school as of Thursday night with only 7% k-12 out for break and 72% out for college per Rentrak. Distribs… Read


Sony Hackers Calling Off Attack For Now?


Threads of this story are popping out all over the place, and here's the latest: CNN reported that an email, purportedly from the hackers, was sent to top Sony execs following the decision to pull The Interview, calling it a “very wise decision”. The email went on to imply that as long as the movie was kept out of theaters and elsewhere, the attacks would end, but it implied a new threat that if the movie was released on VOD or otherwise, that the threats would continue… Read


Jon Stewart Assures Kim Jong Un Hollywood Just Like North Korea – Video

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The Daily Show's Jon Stewart tries to figure out why Sony stood up to the release of “catty emails” and plowed ahead with plans to release The Interview on Christmas day, but capitulated when North Korean hackers threatened and “9/11 style attacks”  against movie theaters. “First of all, when did 9/11 become a 'style of attack'?” Stewart asked. “North Korea — that's why they do! They threaten people with hyperbolic language!” Stewart ranted, wondering if leader Kim Jong Un… Read


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


Updated with video: 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 Re… Read


Chris Rock Tells Jon Stewart ‘The Interview’ Will Come Out – Video


Chris Rock stopped by The Daily Show to plug his new movie Top Five, but, naturally, talk turned to The Interview. Stewart noted there's a “hole” in the Christmas movie lineup in theaters right now. “Apparently there's a movie that's not going to run as planned,”  he began. “I'll say this — my movie is very Korean-friendly,” Rock joked. “We almost don't kill any Koreans. Of all the movies out, we kill the least Koreans…It's the safest Christmas movie there is. It's fun… Read


Hulu Acquires ‘Fargo’ Miniseries In Deal With MGM

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On the heels of its multi-year licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox TV Distribution, Hulu has inked an expanded SVOD deal with MGM, that includes exclusive streaming rights to Emmy winning FX miniseries Fargo. All episodes of the first installment of the series will be available to stream in 2015. The deal also includes licensing rights for all episodes of Seasons 1 and 2 of History drama series Vikings, along with multi-year, non-exclusive licensing rights to over… Read


WME Owned IMG Hit With Latest Intern Class Action Lawsuit


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


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


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