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‘Hobbit’ Wakes Up Auds; ‘Annie’ Arm Wrestling Ben Stiller For No. 2 – Friday B.O.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Saturday, 2:46AM: Exhibitors and distributors breathed a sigh of relief from the B.O. holiday doldrums over the last two weekends, as Warner Bros./New Line's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies rallied the masses at the multiplex in its third day of release, ringing up $16.1M per industry estimates, a 62% spike from Thursday, and a domestic cume in its third day of $50.5M.  Friday also featured a duke-0ut between the frame's frosh pair of family pics — Sony's  Read

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Sony Consults With ‘Scandal’-ous Crisis-Management Expert

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In a near-case of life imitating art, Amy Pascal and other top Sony executives have had a few meetings with Judy Smith, the crisis-management wiz who inspired the Olivia Pope character on hit ABC drama Scandal, to discuss strategies for dealing with the massive hack attack that led to the controversial pulling of Sony's movie The Interview and made top Sony executives tabloid fodder when their private emails were made public. The Sony Motion Picture Group is… Read

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Sony Chief “Disappointed” By Obama Rebuke, Hollywood’s Cowed Silence

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UPDATED: Sony CEO Michael Lynton further contradicted President Obama's criticism that Sony had “made a mistake” in handling the release of The Interview in his full sit-down with CNN on Friday. Obama said today that the studio did not come to him for help when cyberterrorists crippled the studio in a November hacking attack ordered by North Korea, but Lynton said the President was the mistaken one. “We definitely spoke to a senior advisor in the White House to talk about… Read

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Embeth Davidtz & Jack Noseworthy Join ‘Marilyn’ Miniseries; ‘Lumen’ Pilot Rounds Out Cast

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Mad Men alumna Embeth Davidtz and Jack Noseworthy (Killing Kennedy) have been cast opposite Kelli Garner and Susan Sarandon in Marilyn, Lifetime's upcoming four-hour miniseries about tragic Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, to premiere in 2015. Based on best-selling book The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli, the mini will center on Marilyn (Garner), who walks red carpets in shimmering gowns while fighting a battle against demons she's inherited from her… Read

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Veronica Osorio Inks Talent Deal With Fox

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In a competitive situation, Fox Broadcasting Co. and 20th Century Fox TV have signed a talent holding deal with Veronica Osorio of Upright Citizen's Brigade New York to be cast in a comedy pilot for the network and studio this development season. “We met Veronica and were instantly captivated by her story, drive and passion for comedy,” said Fox SVP casting Tess Sanchez. “She's performed with the very best in sketch and improv, and we're so excited to catch her on the… Read

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Fox International Ups Kieran Breen To Marketing President Post

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Following a record-breaking summer for 20th Century Fox, Kieran Breen has been promoted to President of International Marketing, the company's Worldwide Marketing and Distribution heads Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus announced today. Breen has served as Fox International's EVP, International Marketing since 2006 and has been with the studio since 2000. He started his run with Fox as its UK Marketing Director in the UK and Ireland. In his newly upped post he'll report to… Read

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Ben Affleck, Others Stumping For Bradley Cooper’s ‘American Sniper’ Performance

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EXCLUSIVE: After all the sinister implications of the Sony hacking scandal, a nice story has emerged among the sharp elbows on the Oscar circuit that is enough to make one feel good about actors who simply love the craft. Even though he was suffering from the flu, Ben Affleck took the time to speak at an event meant to celebrate American Sniper and Bradley Cooper's performance as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. During a screening of his film Inherent Vice, Josh Brolin could be… Read

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Did Sony Or Exhibitors Kill ‘The Interview?’

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EXCLUSIVE: The Interview is dead as a theatrical release, but the lingering question of exactly who killed it is fast becoming a Who Killed JR? cliffhanger. After President Obama criticized Sony Pictures today for scrapping the film, Sony quickly laid the blame squarely at the feet of theater owners. Sony claimed it was steadfast in its determination to open the film until a lack of screens made that impossible. Sources on the exhibition side tell a different story. On… Read

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ABC Buys FBI Drama Produced By Jordan Kerner

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ABC and ABC Studios have made a late drama buy, taking in a spec script written by Windfall creator Gwendolyn Parker and executive produced by The Smurfs producer Jordan Kerner. This marks feature producer Kerner's return to ABC where he was a drama development executive in the 1980s. Tentatively titled High Profile, the project tells the story of Shauna McDaniel, the survivor of a high-profile crime as a child, who is now a tough but tormented FBI agent heading up a… Read

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BitTorrent To Sony: Let Us Distribute ‘The Interview’

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As part of Sony Picture Entertainment's media blitz today to defend its decision of pulling The Interview after President Barack Obama called the move “a mistake,” SPE CEO told NPR that Sony “very much wanted to keep the picture in release" but "we don't have any takers, neither on the video demand side nor on the e-commerce side." That is not exactly the case — at least one outlet has volunteered its services to release the Seth Rogen comedy, which triggered one of the… Read

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‘The Interview’ Release Would Have Damaged Kim Jong Un Internally, Says Rand Expert Who Saw Movie At Sony’s Request

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Rand Corporation senior defense analyst Bruce Bennett, who says he was asked by Sony chief Michael Lynton to look at The Interview, said today the depiction of Kim Jong Un in the movie would have harmed the North Korean leader once the "elite" in his country got hold of the DVD and began sharing it. That's why North Korea hacked Sony, he speculated. A proportional response, to North Korea's cyber attack on Sony, Bennett said, referencing President Obama's comments this… Read

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Did We All Help North Korea Hackers Murder Free Speech This Week?

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COMMENTARY: Hollywood heads off today for a much needed holiday vacation in the wake of North Korea's successful cyber-terror attack that stopped the release of the satirical comedy The Interview and had all the cloak and dagger turns of a Homeland episode. I'm going to suggest that Deadline's core readership spend some time in the coming weeks contemplating why and how this happened, and how all of us will conduct business going forward, way beyond being polite in… Read