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‘Mr. Turner’ Paints A Solid Box-Office Bow; ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Imitation Game’ Take Top PTAs

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Sony Classics' Mr. Turner had a near masterpiece of a theatrical debut in limited release, creating director Mike Leigh's highest per-theater average for any of his titles opening on multiple screens. But holdovers Inherent Vice from Warner Bros and TWC's The Imitation Game took the highest and second-highest averages this weekend, while Whiplash, Citizenfour and Force Majeure all passed notable milestones in their on-screen runs. Mr. Turner, starring Timothy Spall… Read

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Sony Lawyer Dings Obama For “Blame The Victim” Cyber-Attack Comment – Video

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On today's Meet the PressChuck Todd discussed North Korea's hack attack against Sony with Sony Pictures Entertainment lawyer David Boies, actor (and former White House staffer) Kal Penn, former director of The National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and former ambassador to South Korea Christopher Hill. Boies said The Interview, the Sony comedy that apparently is at the heart of the cyber attack on Sony… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ At Halfway Mark: Reconsidering A Hot Mess

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UPDATE: Saturday Night Live, the show that Deadline commenters love to beat on like it owes them money, last night completed a first half season of shows that improved dramatically over the season opener. I have watched since SNL launched in 1975, and to me it has always been like hitching your wagon to a sports team. Some years, you enjoy winning seasons fueled by great talent rosters; some years you suffer through rebuilding seasons. I trashed the season opener, but… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings On Par With Host Amy Adams

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Saturday Night Live ended its fall run with a 4.0 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 for last night's show hosted by Amy Adams and musical guest One Direction. That was up a tenth in households and even in 18-49 from last week's show hosted by Martin Freeman as SNL stabilized its ratings this fall after a decline the second half of last season when the show was reeling from the exit of a slew of long-time star… Read

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Holiday B.O. Explosion: ‘Five Armies’ Seizes $90M+ Over Five Days – Sunday Update

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Sunday, 10:52AM:  Happy days are here again at the box office. Warner Bros. and industry analysts are both seeing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies with a Wednesday-through-Sunday domestic cume of $90.6M and a FSS of $56.2M. Five Armies' five-day haul beats last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which though a Friday bow, made $86.1M over five. However, Five Armies falls short of the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's five-day run of $100.2M. Five Armies… Read

Business

Obama: Sony Victim Of “Cyber Vandalism,” Not Act Of War – Video

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President Obama says Sony Pictures Entertainment was the victim of  “cyber vandalism” — not an act of war. The topic was the first item in Obama's sit-down with Candy Crowley - his last interview of the year and her last telecast as host of CNN's State of the Union. CNN is running the whole interview this morning. Here is a transcript of that portion of the interview: CANDY CROWLEY, HOST: First of all, happy holidays. Thank you for joining us. BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF… Read

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Dr. Evil Disses Sony, Kim Jong-un, Many Others In Mike Myers’ Surprise ‘SNL’ Return

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In this video clip, Saturday Night Live alum Mike Myers makes a surprise return to the show as Dr. Evil, from his Austin Powers films. In last night's opening, Myers makes fun of the the players in the Sony hacking attack, dishing out the smack talk to North Korean autocrat Kim Jong-un, the so-called Guardians of Peace, the Grand Old Party, James Franco and Sony alike, even reserving a snippet of snark for one dark corner of Myers' own filmography. Take a look and tell us… Read

Business

Fox News, Fox Business Channels Go Dark On Dish As Carriage Talks Stall

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21st Century Fox and Dish pointed the finger at each other tonight as carriage talks between the two failed to produce a deal by midnight, resulting in Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel no longer being available on Dish. Both sides blamed the other for the shutdowns. “It is disappointing that, after nearly two decades without a blackout, Fox News Channel has been blocked by Dish Network,” Tim Carry, EVP Distribution at Fox News Channel said late tonight. “We care… Read

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Sony Execs Have Shown Courage In Ways Most People Aren’t Thinking About

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Those in Hollywood who are citing freedom of expression are missing a bigger picture. Yes, freedom of expression is our cornerstone, but if you aren't around to enjoy those freedoms, it is a moot point. Consider this for a moment — the question everyone faced was simple: Was releasing a movie worth the risk of even one life and the potential liability that comes for the entire industry? There is such a thing as being legally liable if you can anticipate risk of injury to… Read

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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

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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 its 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 admin… Read