Sony Pictures announced formally today that it will not now and maybe ever release the movie they'd scheduled for a Christmas debut, The Interview.
The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as some newsmen recruited by the CIA to assassinate the leader of North Korea, drew the ire of North Korea's current ruler, who said its release would be considered an act of war.
More recently, someone hacked into Sony's servers, releasing sensitive information and threatening some drastic action if the film were released as planned.
Some interesting folks are not happy at all. Like Donald Trump...
Meanwhile, the pope celebrated his birthday the way you'd expect this down-to-earth guy to do it. He invited some homeless men and his household staff to sit and have breakfast with him after morning mass.
It may seem like you're hearing about holiday stress and relationship drama everywhere. Well, apparently that's normal! Here's five holiday fights that all couples have! You have been warned!
The holiday fight #1: You hardly ever see your family, but your husband gets moody when he has to spend the holidays with them, so you end up feeling resentful.
The holiday fight #2: You love traditions, but your husband could care less. You tell him he's taking away from your holiday spirit, but nothing ever changes.
The holiday fight #3: You and your husband are on totally different pages about gift-giving. He wants to spend big when you're working to pay down debt.
The holiday fight #4: His mother knows just what to say to push your buttons, and then your husband gets mad at you for losing it on her.
The holiday fight #5: You feel like you always shoulder the bulk of the holiday duties--from making cookies, to gift shopping, to buying plane tickets--and start to take it out on your husband by getting short.
The Voice wrapped up its seventh season last night! Your final four were Team Adam Levine's Chris Jamison, Matt McAndrew and Damien Lawson and then Team Blake's Craig Wayne Boyd. The winner of The Voice's seventh season wound up being Team Blake's Craig Wayne Boyd! The underdog! Congratulations!
The meltdown continues! Mariah Carey got emotional during her first of six holiday concerts this week. At one point on stage, Mariah Carey unexpectedly lost a shoe but continued singing as she held onto it with her hand. Then when she sang her song "Hero," Mariah Carey sounded amazing, but started crying. No one know what she was actually crying about, but I'm thinking it has something to do with this Christmas being Mariah Carey's first Christmas as a single mom and dealing with a divorce. Oh and after composing herself, her microphone pack fell off her glittery gown. Mariah Carey actually stopped and said, "Really? I'm sorry -- cut!" An assistant ducked out to help her with the brief malfunction. Rough night!
There are many things that Angelina Jolie is amazing at, but cooking isn't one of them. When she was asked who the chef in the family was, Angelina Jolie let it be known that it's definitely NOT her. She said,"Pax loves to cook." In fact, at her summer wedding, her son Pax baked the cake that the guests enjoyed at the reception! An 11 year old made the cake! As far as breakfast, Angelina Jolie's hubbie Brad Pitt even has her beat there. She said that if asked to choose, her six kids would say, "Daddy makes better pancakes than Mommy." Hey, in her defense, pancakes are hard to make!
American Idol continues to fall. Yesterday I was telling you that they show was being cut to one night a week. Well now you won't see those giant Coke cups when the show returns for its fourteenth season this January. That's because Coca-Cola has cut ties with the show, and they've been a sponsor since the show started in 2001! A 13-year partnership, over just like that! It looks like Coca-Cola is ready to explore better pastures!
Bill Cosby just can't catch a break! On the Today show yesterday, Kathie Lee Gifford made a surprising revelation about her longtime friend Bill Cosby who she toured with in the '70s. On top of all the sexual assault allegations that Bill Cosby faces, now Kathie Lee Gifford is saying that the last time she saw him, he tried to kiss her! Kathie Lee Gifford said, "I, along with so many Americans and people around the world, don't want these accusations to be true… I said, 'No, Bill, no, we're friends,' and he said, 'OK, good night,' and I said, 'Good night,' and I went into my room, and he went into his room.I'm not saying these women's allegations are not true. From my own personal experiences, it didn't happen." AWKWARD!
James Franco and Seth Rogan are having a bad day. That's because the hackers behind the leaked Sony emails have threatened a 9/11-like attack on movie theaters that screen Seth Rogen and James Franco's movie The Interview. The plot is about the attempted assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and apparently that's the reason for the hack. Here's some of the threat, "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." James Franco and Seth Rogen have pulled out of doing any press this week because of the threat. North Korean officials have denied having any involvement in the hack. Can you blame them for being scared?
Did Joey Fatone let the cat out of the bag? It sounds like he's confirmed that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are expecting their first child together! Justin Timberlake's 'NYSNC bandmate said to InTouch, "He told me a while ago, and I kept my mouth shut. But now I can talk about it! Jessica is awesome, and Justin is a kid at heart. They'll have fun." One issue: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel haven't publicly confirmed the pregnancy news! Joey Fatone even told People that he thinks JT is going to be a great dad and that he'll be very hands-on! Whoops!
Christian Bale's newest film, Exodus: Gods & Kings, hasn't even been out for two weeks, and already, folks are talking about his next film.
The trailer for Knight of Cups was released this week, and while the film's language is English - I understand all the words - I think I'm going to have to have an interpreter with me if I plan to sit and watch it.
It's not that anyone's unintelligible - there's no Stallone/Schwarzenegger component to the movie - it's just that I have no idea what's going on.
Sure, trailers are supposed to tease you and even titillate you, so you'll be interested in seeing the movie.
This one looks like a bad acid trip caught on film.