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    COCA-COLA SPLITS FROM 'AMERICAN IDOL': Coca-Cola has ended their partnership with American Idol after 13 seasons. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Fox is already negotiating deals with potential new sponsors. The 14th season of the show begins on January 7th.

    'THE WALKING DEAD' SPINOFF TO BE SET IN L.A.: E! News is reporting that AMC's new Walking Dead spinoff will be set in L.A. The official title for the series has not yet been released. Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey have been cast in the lead roles. The original series takes place in Atlanta and the surrounding area.

    ABC FAMILY ORDERS 'RECOVERY ROAD': ABC Family has picked up the drama pilot, Recovery Road, to series. The show is based on the young adult novel of the same name by Blake Nelson and tells the story of a teenage girl dealing with addiction. The pilot was written by Easy A's Bert V. Royal and Ruby & The Rock's Karen DiConcetto.

    TIM BURTON CONFIRMS 'BEETLEJUICE' SEQUEL: Tim Burton has confirmed to MTV News that Beetlejuice 2 is definitely happening and that some familiar faces will be back -- including Winona Ryder whom he recently worked with on a music video for The Killers. He said, "I worked with Ryder, I hadn't seen her in a while...and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her...and that character, I just miss it, there's some freedom about that character that I love." Michael Keaton said back in February that he would return for a sequel if Tim was the director.

    SONY HACKERS MAKE THREATS OVER 'THE INTERVIEW': The Sony hackers have issued a statement threatening 9/11-like attacks on theaters that screen The Interview. The message was sent with a new batch of leaked emails. It reads, "We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places 'The Interview' be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you'd better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY." Sony has not yet responded to the threat.

  • ALEX TREBEK WAS READY TO LEAVE JEOPARDY OVER 'KIDS WEEK' DRAMA

    Alex Trebek was ready to part ways with Jeopardy over an incident that happened during the recent kid's week. Radar Online is reporting that the drama was the subject of a series of emails that were leaked during the Sony hack.

    According to the website, one of the children became upset when she did not have enough money to participate in final jeopardy which prompted her to run back stage where she had to be calmed down by her mother and a producer for the show. The mother later wrote a letter to the show expressing her disappointment that Trebek did nothing to help console on her daughter. Producers wrote an email to the 74-year-old host asking him to reshoot the segment to appease the girl's mother to which he responded, "If you all think I should retape the opening, I will. But I want to say that for 30 years I've defended our show against attacks inside and out. But it doesn't seem to operate both ways. When I'm vilified, corporate -- and certainly legal -- always seems to say 'don't say anything and it'll blow over,' and I'm not feeling support from the producers, and that disappoints the s**t out of me. If I'm making mistakes and saying things you don't like, maybe it's time for me to move on. It's not a threat, but I want to let you know how I'm feeling."

    • Alex is under contract to host Jeopardy until 2016.
    • The show's executive producer, Harry Friedman, later sent an email saying that Trebek eventually calmed down.

    OPRAH WEIGHS IN ON LEAKED EMAILS:

    Oprah recently sat down for a CNN interview where she discussed the leaked email coverage saying, "I would hope that we would not stand in such harsh judgment of a moment in time where somebody was hacked and their private conversations were put before the world. I try and write everything as though it's gonna show up in the New York Times. But there are things you say in your private conversations with your friends and your colleagues that you would not want to be broadcast on CNN."

  • AARON SORKIN WRITES THAT MALE ACTORS WORK HARDER FOR OSCARS IN LEAKED EMAIL

    One of the newly leaked Sony emails reveals Aaron Sorkin's belief that male actors work harder for their Oscars than females. The original exchange was between Aaron and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd regarding her column from March about the lack of female representation and diversity in Hollywood. The email was forwarded to Sony's Amy Pascal from Dowd.

    Aaron wrote, "The degree of difficulty in Blanchett's performance in Blue Jasmine was nothing close to the degree of difficulty to any of the nominated male lead performances that year. That's why year in and year out, the guy who wins the Oscar for Best Actor has a much higher bar to clear than the woman who wins Best Actress. Cate gave a terrific performance in Blue Jasmine but nothing close to the degree of difficulty for any of the five Best Actor nominees. Daniel Day-Lewis had to give the performance he gave in Lincoln to win -- Jennifer Lawrence won for Silver Linings Playbook, in which she did what a professional actress is supposed to be able to do. Colin Firth/Natalie Portman. Phil Hoffman had to transform himself into Truman Capote while Julia Roberts won for being brassy in Erin Brockovich. Sandra Bullock won for The Blind Side and Al Pacino lost for both Godfather movies. Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep can play with the boys but there just aren't that many tour-de-force roles out there for women."

    • Sorkin recently wrote a piece for the Times calling out the media for reporting on the leaked emails by saying they hold as much blame as the hackers themselves.

  • KATHIE LEE GIFFORD CLAIMS BILL COSBY TRIED TO KISS HER

    Kathie Lee Gifford claimed on the Today show on Tuesday morning (December 16th) that Bill Cosby made a move on her the last time she saw him.

    She said, "I will admit, towards the very last times I saw him, he did try to kiss me. I said, 'Bill, no, we're friends' and he said, 'OK, goodnight' and I said, 'Goodnight.' And I went to my room, and he went into his room. A lot of married men come onto single women, but once I said, 'No, absolutely not' he respected it."

    • Kathie Lee also addressed the recent accusations made by model Beverly Johnson saying, "I do know that I got a chill reading Beverly Johnson's story, because every night when we'd come off stage and Bill would be going on-stage, he would have made cappuccinos for all three of us. And I always thought it was such a kindness and it was so sweet, and now you see Beverly Johnson saying that he made her a cappuccino, and I just don't want it to be true, but I'm not saying that the women are liars. I'm just saying I never personally saw it with my own two eyes."
    • Gifford's revelation came out the same time that news broke of a woman who claims Bill drugged her at the Playboy mansion in 2008. She alleges that he led her to a bedroom and she woke up naked to him playing with her feet with his pants around his ankles.
    • Spelman College in Atlanta has suspended their professorship program created in Bill's name back in 1996 in light of the recent allegations.
    • Bob Butler of the National Association of Black Journalist recently spoke with TMZ regarding Cosby's comment that he expects the black media to stay neutral with his story. Butler said, "You don't go easier on a person of color. It's wrong for journalism period. This not a color issue, this is a journalism issue...black people happen to be reporters."
    • Bill's daughter, Evin Cosby, released a statement to Access Hollywood saying, "He is the FATHER you thought you knew. The Cosby Show was my today's tv reality show. Thank you. That's all I would like to say :)."
    • Meanwhile, the L.A. County District Attorney has rejected the case involving Judy Huth, the woman who claimed that Cosby sexually molested her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15. The D.A. said that the statute of limitations has long run on any possible case.

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