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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

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David Schwimmer To Play Robert Kardashian In FX’s ‘American Crime Story: People Vs. O.J.’

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FX has cast another key player in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the first installment of Ryan Murphy's new anthology miniseries, an offshoot of his hit American Horror Story FX franchise. David Schwimmer is set to star in the project based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. The miniseries takes a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and… Read

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‘Unbroken’ Review: Pete Hammond On Angelina Jolie’s Directorial “Triumph”

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It probably will be hard to break Unbroken's record for development time in getting to the screen. Universal had optioned World War II hero Louis Zamperini's own story  in 1957 as a vehicle for Tony Curtis, who was going to star but chose to do Spartacus instead. The project languished for decades until Laura Hillenbrand's eight-years-in-the-making best-selling book made Zamperini a hot film property again. Angelina Jolie took quick interest in the story, got to know… Read

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Historic 2.5 Million Watch Colbert Immortalized On Series Finale

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The series finale of The Colbert Report was the most-watched episode in its history with 2.5 million viewers. For comparison sake: Earlier this month, when Colbert rushed in where Democrats feared to tread — hosting President Obama not long after the midterm elections — he'd been rewarded with what was then considered a really big turnout, audience-wise. With POTUS as his guest (and The WORD anchor), Colbert's show jumped nearly 50 percent compared to its season average… Read

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HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ To Receive PGA’s Stanley Kramer Award

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The Producers Guild of America has chosen HBO's The Normal Heart to receive the 2015 Stanley Kramer Award, which honors a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. It will be presented at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Here's today's release: LOS ANGELES (December 19, 2014) - The Producers Guild of America (PGA)… Read

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Sarah Jessica Parker Poised To Star In HBO Divorce Comedy Pilot

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A decade after the end of Sex And The City, series star Sarah Jessica Parker is nearing a return to HBO with a new half-hour comedy. HBO is finalizing deals for the single-camera project, which Parker is expected to star in and executive produce. Titled Divorce, the project, which is awaiting a formal pilot green light, is being written by British writer-actress Sharon Horgan. It tells the story of a very, very long divorce and is expected to be produced in New York where… Read

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Sony Responds To President Obama’s Criticism: “We Had No Choice,” Still Hope To Release ‘The Interview’

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UPDATE, 2:00PM: Following a very public rebuke from President Obama for caving to terrorist demands, Sony Pictures said today it is committed to getting The Interview seen by audiences. Two days ago, a studio spokesperson basically said the movie was dead, telling Deadline, “Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film." Here's the studio's official statement, on the heels of CEO Michael Lynton's defensive appearance on CNN (read his remarks below): “Sony… Read

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Ernie Hudson To Play Poseidon On ‘Once Upon a Time’

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Ernie Hudson has been cast as King Poseidon in ABC's Once Upon A Time. He will appear in episode 15 of the fairytale drama's current fourth season. In a twist, in addition to being the the powerful deity of legend, in the OUAT world, we will also discover that Poseidon is the father of the villainous Ursula, played by Merrin Dungey. The two will be joined by JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who will be reprising her role as… Read