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Last Update on December 18, 2014 08:09 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- In the showdown over "The Interview," Sony has blinked. The studio has taken the unprecedented step of pulling the comedy from theaters -- a little more than a week before it was supposed to make its debut. The move was made in the wave of a huge data hack at the studio and threats from the hackers that there'd be 9/11 type attacks at theaters that show it. The U.S. government says it has traced the hacking attack to North Korea. The movie depicts a planned assassination attempt against that country's communist leader. As the threat of a possible attack continued, Sony told theater chains they would allow them to pass on showing the film. And yesterday, as a number of chains decided to take Sony's hint, the studio announced it was pulling the release.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the move to shelve "The Interview" caps a challenging period for executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It has never happened before. Now Sony gets to write the book on what to do with a feature release that never makes it into theaters. Given the circumstances under which "The Interview" was pulled, the studio isn't saying much about its plans for the film. There's talk that Sony may find an outlet for the movie through video-on-demand. In the past, studios have been reluctant to send big-time movies directly to the VOD pipeline, because theaters would be cut out of the mix. Sony would lose tens of millions by not releasing the film to theaters. The film had a budget of about $40 million -- and it was expected to recoup about 75 percent of that with its first weekend in theaters.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It seems everyone has something to say about Sony's decision to pull the plug on "The Interview." Director Michael Moore expressed his dissatisfaction online. In a tweet addressed to the "Sony Hackers," Moore says: "Now that u run Hollywood, I'd also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers. Also, Sony Hackers - I really liked Tyler Perry in "Gone Girl" so hold off on doing anything yet with Madea." Donald Trump denounced Sony execs as having "absolutely no courage or guts." Steve Carell calls it a "sad day for creative expression." Late night comedy show host Jimmy Kimmel describes the pulling of "The Interview" as "an un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent." And Judd Apatow predicts the pulling "only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on Earth than it would have before. Legally or illegally all will see it."

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some say Sony was cowardly to cave in to pressure. Others wonder why the studio would even make the movie in the first place. Just some of the reaction on the street to the news that "The Interview" is being pulled from movie screens because of threats made by a hacker group. Mousa Jatta says as far as the hackers go, she is "pretty sure they won" the showdown. But Sharon Watts says if they movie was going to be released, she "would take the chance" and go. Rudy Breedy questioned the very making of the movie, noting "if another country or place had made a movie about this similar plot of killing the President of the United States we'd all be upset."

In New York, movie-goer Mousa Jaffa says with the cancellation of "The Interview," the Sony hackers got what they wanted.

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Sharon Watts, movie-goer

Movie-goer Sharon Watts says she wouldn't have been afraid to see the movie "The Interview."

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Scene from movie "The Interview"

This is a scene from the movie "The Interview," which had its release canceled by Sony Pictures.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Oscars won't just be about established filmmakers. Producers for the Academy Awards ceremony say as many as six aspiring filmmakers will appear in next year's Oscar's event. Channing Tatum will serve as spokesman for the project, called Team Oscar, which invites young filmmakers to help with the production. Those who want to take part can submit a 60-second video through the Oscars' Facebook page to audition. Winners will get a trip to Los Angeles -- and take part in the awards ceremony by being Oscar toters.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- One of the stars of "Sons of Guns" is facing some serious legal trouble. A grand jury in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, has indicted Will Hayden on three counts of rape. The charges involve two victims. The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge reports Hayden faces two counts of aggravated rape and one count of forcible rape. The indictment says one of the cases involves assaults that allegedly began a few days after one victim turned 11. Hayden is also accused of raping a woman in the early 1990s. That incident resulted in a charge of forcible rape.

Entertainment History

December 18, 2014 08:09 GMT

On December 18th, 1957, the film "Bridge On The River Kwai" premiered in New York.

In 1964, funeral services were held in Chicago for singer Sam Cooke, who had been shot and killed in Los Angeles. Fans broke glass and caused other damage to the funeral home where Cooke's body was displayed in a glass-covered coffin.

In 1971, Jerry Lee Lewis divorced his cousin, Myra Gale Brown. They had married in 1957 when she was 13.

In 1983, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards married model Patti Hansen in Mexico, on his 40th birthday. Mick Jagger was his best man.

In 1984, actress Jamie Lee Curtis married comedian Christopher Guest of "Saturday Night Live" in Rob Reiner's home in Los Angeles.

In 1991, actor Deforest Kelley, know for his role as Dr. McCoy on "Star Trek," got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1995, Kenny G and his family escaped a fire that caused $275,000 dollars damage to their home in suburban Los Angeles.

In 1997, comedian Chris Farley was found dead in his apartment in Chicago of a cocaine and morphine overdose. He was 33.

In 2003, Michael Jackson was formally charged with seven counts of lewd or lascivious acts up on a child and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent. He was acquitted of the charges.

Today's birthdays: Actor Roger Smith is 82. Blues guitarist Lonnie Brooks is 81. Actor Roger Mosley ("Magnum, P.I.") is 76. Guitarist Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is 71. Director Steven Spielberg is 68. Movie critic Leonard Maltin is 64. Guitarist Elliot Easton of The Cars is 61. Actor Ray Liotta is 59. Actor Brad Pitt is 51. Actress Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers and Sisters," "Six Feet Under") is 46. Country singer Cowboy Troy is 44. Rapper DMX is 43. DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit is 42. Singer Sia (SEE'-ah) is 39. Country singer Randy Houser is 38. Actor Josh Dallas ("Once Upon A Time") is 36. Actress Katie Holmes ("Dawson's Creek") is 36. Singer Christina Aguilera (ag-yoo-LEHR'-ah) is 34. Actress Ashley Benson ("Pretty Little Liars") is 25. Actress-singer Bridgit Mendler is 22. Actress Isabella Cramp ("The Neighbors") is 10.

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