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Republicans To Exhibitors: Play ‘The Interview’

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Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus encouraged the CEOs of 10 major exhibition chains to book Sony's Seth Rogen and James Franco political comedy The InterviewIn a letter obtained by CNN, Priebus directed, “I want to speak clearly on behalf of the Republican Party: I urge you to show the movie.” “As a sign of my commitment, if you agree to show this movie, I will send a note to the Republican Party's millions of donors and supporters urging them to buy… Read


Hollywood Has Caved Before: Guest Column

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Sony's decision to pull The Interview off its release schedule in order to meet North Korean cyber terrorists' demands isn't an isolated case of Hollywood caving into foreign censorship. In fact, the film industry has been plagued by foreign censors as early as 1914 when the U.S. seized prints of the epic movie 1776 over it's offense to the British, going so far to imprison the film's director. Even as recently as 2006  former President Bill Clinton and members of his admi… Read


North Korea Wants To Work With U.S. To Find Hacker; Obama Admin Asks China For Help – UPDATE

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Update, 2PM: The Obama administration has reached out to China, asking for their help in squashing any North Korea cyber attacks. The Chinese haven't responded per The New York Times, and their help would be crucial given the fact that most of North Korea's telecom lines run through Chinese-operated networks. Previous, 8 AM: After slamming the United States that its regime is responsible for the hack attack on Sony Pictures, North Korea proposed that both countries form a… Read


Sony Hack: Guardians Of Peace YouTube Video Jeering FBI Sent To Journalists


A mysterious email, apparently from the Guardians of Peace, the cyber terrorists who are inflicting harm upon Sony, was sent around to the media this morning with the following message and a YouTube link. “By GOP. The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes. We congratulate you success. FBI is the BEST in the world. You will find the gift for FBI at the following address.” After clicking on the link… Read


Sony Hack: ‘Interview’ Social Media Pulled; Billboards Coming Down In LA


Look s like Sony are taking no chances with The Interview in theaters, online or on the streets. With TV ads for now axed film already canceled, billboards and bus side ads for The Interview have started to come down all over Los Angles. With dozens of them across the city, a few billboards were still up as of Friday night and Saturday morning. Also, as of late last night, the official website for The Interview was taken down, re-directing to the landing page for Sony's… Read


Emmy-Winning Daytime TV Director Larry Auerbach, Dead At 91


Larry Auerbach, considered by many to be a pioneer in daytime television, died today at 91 in La Jolla, Calif. Auerbach helmed CBS's soap Love of Life, from 1951 to 1980.  Such faces as Warren Beatty, Jon Voight,  Christopher Reeve and Roy Scheider would pass through the show during its lengthy time on the air. Given the never-ending cycle of soaps, it's estimated that Auerbach clocked a notable 3,000 hours as a TV director.  Following Love of Life, he helmed a number of… Read


‘Amazing Race’ Ratings Fall In Finale, ‘Caught On Camera’ Debuts OK As NBC Wins Night

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On the eve of the Holiday week , there was a mix bundle under the primetime tree. Something new, something ending and a lot of repeats and news magazine shows. The something new was Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon (0.9/4). Fronting yet another show, one of the busiest men on TV last night premiered the first of this two part pretty self explanatory special series. With second place among adults 18-49 in the time slot and less viewers (4.66 million) than ABC's Last Man St… Read


Finding Jessica Chastain And ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – The Contenders

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Ned Benson talks in the video clip above about his “first fan,” who happened to be Jessica Chastain, who loved a short he created so much that she joined his first feature-length movie, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigbyall before she became, you  know, JESSICA CHASTAIN. The movie arrived this summer, part of an audacious trilogy of movies cut from the same material from first-timer Benson, telling the story of a couple from each of their perspectives and also from both… Read

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‘Hobbit’ Hot No. 1; ‘Museum’ Bows Second, ‘Annie’ Sings Third – Friday UPDATE


Saturday: 7:30AM: Warner Bros. is reporting this morning that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies made $16.575M Friday for a cume of $51M with $2.18M coming from IMAX alone (13% of Friday). IMAX looks to have a 16% of FSS and 3D shows are pulling in about 50% of the gross, which is higher than Smaug,but about the same as An Unexpected Journey. Per some early morning estimates, the weekend showdown for No. 2 between Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie Read


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


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


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