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    Sony has decided to pull the plug on The Interview in light of the terrorist threats from their hackers which led to most of the major theater chains in the U.S. back out of running the film. Several news outlets are reporting that pressure from other studios also contributed to their decision.

    The studio released a statement saying, "In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

    • According to The Wrap, other studios put pressure on Sony because they were concerned that the hacker threats against theaters playing the movie would also keep people from going to the movies to see other films being released that day including The Gambler, Into the Woods, and Unbroken.
    • Theater chains including Regal, AMC, Cinemark,Cineplex, Carmike, and Arclight decided not to show the movie before Sony officially made their decision.
    • Seth Rogen recently addressed the controversy in a radio interview saying, "I'm just going to go and try not to think about any of this stuff for a few days. I've been playing mental acrobatics. It's a very funny movie and amidst all the stuff surrounding it, it's just a comedy. Its prime goal was not to be controversial."


    Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.

    — Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014

    . @JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent.

    — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 17, 2014

    Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I'd also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.

    — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014

    All joking aside, we just gave a comfy foothold to censorship & it doesn't get any better from this point on. #TheInterview

    — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 18, 2014 #TrumpVlog #TheInterviewMovie A sad day for freedom of speech-

    A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Dec 12, 2014 at 2:54pm PST


    A newly leaked Sony email reveals a producer's opinion that international audiences are less likely to see a movie with African American actors in the lead roles. The unnamed producer allegedly sent the email shortly after the release of The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington.

    The email stated, "No, I am not saying The Equalizer should not have been made or that African American actors should not have been used (I personally think Denzel is the best actor of his generation,) Casting him is saying we're ok with a double if the picture works. He's reliable at the domestic box office, safe, but has not had a huge success in years. I believe whenever possible the non-event pictures, extra 'bets' should have a large inherent upside and be made for the right price. Here there isn't a large inherent upside." The producer continued, "I believe that the international motion picture audience is racist -- in general pictures with an African American lead don't play well overseas. But Sony sometimes seems to disregard that a picture must work well internationally to both maximize returns and reduce risk, especially pics with decent size budgets."

    • According to Radar Online, The Equalizer earned $191 million globally -- 47% of that was overseas. Most films score at least 65% of their earnings outside of the U.S.


    CHRIS PRATT WASN'T EXPECTING 'GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY' TO SUCCEED: Chris Pratt admits in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter that he didn't think Guardians of the Galaxy was going to do well. He explains, "Every rule said, 'You don't make a movie with a talking tree.' 'You don't spend this much money on a raccoon with a gun.' For me, I was like, 'Oh, so this movie is going to bomb. Done. This is the end of my career.'" Guardians is the highest-grossing movie of the year after taking in nearly $400,000,000 in the U.S. alone.

    DREW BARRYMORE DOESN'T WANT TO BE MARTHA STEWART: Drew Barrymore insists that she isn't trying to be Martha Stewart or Gwyneth Paltrow even though she has her own wine, makeup, and fragrance collections. She denies that she is trying to build a lifestyle empire. Drew explained the reason why E! News saying, "Lifestyle seems to me, 'I'm really good at a lot of things. Let me show you how to do them.' I don't feel like I'm that at all. In fact, I'm not good at a lot of things. I'm not like, 'Let me cook and host the perfect dinner.'" The Blended star continued, "I'm not sure if I would succeed at lifestyle. What I do like is a curation. I'm interested in a lot of things and I want to make wine and I love beauty. I've been in a makeup chair my whole life so I love doing a makeup line. And it's more conducive to my life than movies right now, which I'll do few and far between or I'm not going to see my children. I can't accept that for myself right now. It's not an option."

    UPCOMING STEVE CARELL MOVIE ABOUT NORTH KOREA GETS AXED: An upcoming thriller about North Korea starring Steve Carell will no longer be moving forward because of the terrorist threats against Sony Pictures over The Interview. Production was expected to being in March with Gore Verbinski set to direct but insiders tell Deadline that New Regency has scrapped the plans. They are apparently not looking into the idea of relocating the setting of the story.

    CHARLIE SHEEN TO APPEAR ON 'THE GOLDBERGS': Charlie Sheen will be making a cameo on an upcoming episode of ABC's The Goldbergs as his character from the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The episode airing in 2015 will follow older sibling Barry, played by Troy Gentile, faking a sick day to try and create his own adventurous day similar to Ferris Bueller. Sheen played "boy in police station" in the film and appeared in a scene opposite Jennifer Grey.

    BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD MAY APPEAR IN 'PETE'S DRAGON' REMAKE: Bryce Dallas Howard is reportedly in negotiations to co-star in a remake of the 1977 Disney movie Pete's Dragon. Robert Redford is also attached to star with David Lowery set as director. Production is expected to begin soon in New Zealand.


    Jake Gyllenhaal hints about his past relationship experiences in the January issue of Vogue magazine. The magazine features a conversation between the 33-year-old and Ruth Wilson -- his co-star in the upcoming Broadway show Constellations.

    Jake explains what drew him to the play saying, "It makes me think of all the permutations of relationships. Times when I've approached somebody and they haven't been interested, or someone's approached me and I haven't been interested, or maybe things felt really, really right but it still didn't work out -- every incarnation possible. We've all had those moments."

    • Jake has been linked to Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, and Kirsten Dunst in the past. There were rumors earlier this year that he started dating Rachel McAdams while filming Southpaw together.

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