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Bart & Fleming: On…What Else? Sony Hack Attack

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.  BART: Here's one lesson to be learned from the Sony scandal - one that should be taken to heart by George Clooney and other artists who are expressing outrage: The multinational corporations that control worldwide entertainment are too vulnerable and too vast to be counted on as defenders… Read

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Judd Apatow On ‘The Interview’ Being Pulled: “Disgraceful”

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Judd Apatow is weighing in on the controversy swirling around Sony's The Interview. Last night, he tweeted: “I am not going to let a terrorist threat shut down freedom of speech. I am going to The Interview.” But today the filmmaker aimed his anger at theater owners: I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now? — Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014 He followed that up… Read

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Craig Ferguson’s ‘Crazy’ Desmond Tutu Talk Led Him To Leave Show

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A liberating moment in a famous 2009 interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu led to this moment of departure five years later, outgoing Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson said at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills last night, during a celebration of his show. Ferguson, whose last night hosting the CBS late-night program airs this Friday, won a prestigious Peabody Award for that 2009 interview with the Nobel Peace Prize winner. The Peabody selection committee cited… Read

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Google’s Year In Hollywood Search: ‘Frozen,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ JLaw, Robin Williams

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Google has issued so many lists today you almost need a search engine to get through them all. We've pulled together some of the most pertinent ones for Hollywood and the broader entertainment industry below. There are two kinds of lists here. Ones that are “trending” had incredibly heavy search volume for a short period of time as compared to 2013. The “most searched” or “top” lists had the year's most total searches, ranked by sheer volume of queries. The most intensely… Read

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Emma Stone & Her Astounding Peepers Star In ‘Birdman’, ‘Cabaret': Conversations With Jeremy Gerard

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EXCLUSIVE: It's impossible to ignore Emma Stone's eyes. At least until she begins speaking, but we'll get to that. First, not to be reductive, but jeepers, creepers. Even, or especially, on a crummy December day, in office lighting at the taste-free conference room where we've met, them there eyes make me wonder: Are these the uncredited models for Tim Burton's Big Eyes? No, those Keane urchins are all pupil, while Stone is all iris, heather blue leaning toward… Read

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Black Media Should Stay “Neutral” In Covering Rape Controversy, Bill Cosby Says

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In some of his first public comments since an explosion of drugging and rape allegations, Bill Cosby said he expects the “black media” to remain neutral when they're covering charges by more than 20 women going back as much as four decades. The comments were made to a New York Post reporter, Stacy Brown, who reached Cosby by phone at his Massachussetts home. "Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do… Read

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Bart & Fleming: Sony Hack Attack’s Chilling Longterm Effect; Angelina Jolie Serving Up ‘Unbroken’ As Family Fare

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.  BART: Big stories are usually nasty stories - that's one of the realities of the news business. The Sony episode is a prime example; no journalist finds pleasure in recycling information that has been obtained through criminal behavior. But at this point the Sony story is important news… Read

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Amy Schumer Goes Social, Announces She’ll Host MTV Movie Awards

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Comedy Central star Amy Schumer will host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, announcing the job personally through MTV's many social-media accounts reaching what the company estimated are 210 million followers, and continuing to post for about an hour. "I am honored to be hosting the awards," Schumer wrote. "I will carry the audience with me like a teen mom #breaktheinternet #breakmywater." The awards will be held April 12 and broadcast live from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los… Read

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Katherine Waterston On Finding Shasta In PTA’s ‘Inherent Vice’ – The Contenders

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Actress Katherine Waterston talks at Deadline's The Contenders about not getting a part in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, and how it worked out a year later. Despite her skeptical lack of preparation the second time around, Waterston was named to play Shasta in Anderson's newest film, the '70s L.A. noir yarn Inherent Vice, which Anderson wrote based on a Thomas Pynchon novel. The film also stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Taylor Bonin. Producers are Anderson and… Read

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Sony E-Mails Shocker: Amy Pascal, Scott Rudin Have Hollywood-Size Egos! Filmmakers React – Update

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3RD UPDATE: Is Hollywood trying to circle the wagons over the baring of stolen e-mails? Here are three tweets from prominent directors Phil Lord, who with partner Chris Miller directed the 2014 hits 22 Jump Street and The LEGO MovieLooper director Rian Johnson, who'll helm the next two Star Wars films; and the prolific producer-director Judd Apatow. All of them have made movies at Sony and probably know they might surface in e-mails if this sordid business continues… Read

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Stephen Colbert Scares James Corden — Video

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Stephen Colbert and James Corden had their first made-for-TV date, on The Colbert Report. Whenever it is that David Letterman decides he's going to retire — money's on May — the two men will become CBS's new late-night duo, with Corden taking over Late Late Show from Craig Ferguson in March. “I gotta say though, following David Letterman — that must be intimidating. you must have some balls!” Colbert marveled last night. “I'm an hour later. God help that guy. People are… Read