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    Last Update on December 19, 2014 08:05 GMT

    "THE INTERVIEW" - FALLOUT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Now that Sony has made the bombshell decision to scrap "The Interview" -- the fallout is starting to spread. Actors, directors and writers are wondering if the move may mean they may end up at the mercy of a movie studio that bails on a project because of the potential for controversy. What makes the issue more challenging is that Hollywood has been struggling to get people in the theaters. With rising costs and more people having access to home entertainment systems, some insiders wonder if the pulling of "The Interview" will be seen as a sign that Hollywood might be willing to abandon creative freedom because of political concerns.

    "THE INTERVIEW" SUBSTITUTE YANKED

    NEW YORK (AP) -- So much for trying to substitute one comedy about North Korea for another. Some theaters had floated the idea of playing the 2004 movie "Team America: World Police" in place of "The Interview," which Sony pulled after a massive computer hack attack. But Paramount Pictures says it won't let the film be released. "Team America" is a puppet film that mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. "The Interview" is a comedy that sees Seth Rogen and James Franco being recruited to kill Kim's son, the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.

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

    <<CUT ..010 (12/19/14)>> 00:33 ""

    Excerpt of clip from "Team America: World Police"

    Here's a little bit of a clip from "Team America: World Police" -- a movie some theater considered as a replacement for "The Interview."

    ANOTHER NORTH KOREAN FILM SCUTTLED

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Interview" isn't the only film set in North Korea that is biting the dust. Fox is pulling the plug on "Pyongyang" -- the adaptation of a novel. The movie is about an animator who goes to North Korea for work -- and ends up being accused of being a spy. Director Gore Verbinski says he saw the project as a starring vehicle for Steve Carell. In a statement to the trade Web site Deadline, Verbinski says it's ironic that fear is eliminating the chance to tell stories that show how people can overcome fear. The director says the decision to pull the film is related to the fallout over the Sony hacking.

    STEPHEN COLBERT SIGNS OFF

    UNDATED (AP) -- Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR') is gone -- and so is Stephen Colbert. The Comedy Central star has left his show and his character behind. Colbert hosted "The Colbert Report" (kohl-BAYR' ree-POHR') for nine years and he never broke character as an outraged conservative commentator. He hosted his final Comedy Central show last night. The studio audience gave him a standing ovation at the start and chanted "Stephen, Stephen, Stephen." Colbert told viewers that if this was their first time tuning into the Colbert Report, he had some "terrible news." Dozens of celebrities from Willie Nelson to Big Bird joined Colbert for a send-off with "We'll Meet Again." Even former President Bill Clinton made a cameo appearance, texting Colbert a farewell message. Colbert is moving to CBS. He'll take over the "Late Show" after David Letterman retires next year.

    "The Colbert Report" theme. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((mandatory on-air credit))

    <<CUT ..003 (12/19/14)>> 00:14 "you so much (cheers)"

    Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR'), host

    The crowd gives Stephen Colber a standing ovation as he begins his last show. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((mandatory on-air credit))

    <<CUT ..004 (12/19/14)>> 00:15 "The Colbert Report (2nd reference)"

    Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR'), host

    Stephen Colbert has some bad news for first time viewers. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((mandatory on-air credit))

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    Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR'), host, and scores of celebirties, sing "We'll Meet Again"

    Dozens of celebrities, from Big Bird to Willie Nelson, give Stephen Colbert a musical send-off. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((mandatory on-air credit))

    <<CUT ..006 (12/19/14)>> 00:16 "make something special"

    Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR'), host

    Stephen Colbert signs off with some thank-yous. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((mandatory on-air credit))

    <<CUT ..007 (12/19/14)>> 00:20 "I'm Stephen Colbert"

    Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR'), host

    Stephen Colbert thanks the fans for their support. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((not length of cut)) ((mandatory on-air credit))

    KRIS AND BRUCE JENNER DIVORCE

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has signed off on the divorce paperwork for Kris and Bruce Jenner. The deed ends the couple's 23-year marriage. While the "death do us part" part no longer applies, they technically won't be parted legally until March. That's because California law requires couples to wait six months before being officially divorced. The couple filed for a split back in September.

    PEOPLE MAGAZINE AWARDS

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Jennifer Aniston is getting some love from People magazine. She's been given its award for movie performance of the year - actress. It was the top honor handed out at last night's first ever People Magazine Awards. Other winners include Michael Keaton for movie performance of the year by an actor, John Hamm for TV performance of the year, Kevin Hart as comedy star of the year and Kate Hudson as role model.

    Rewind Time

    December 20, 2014 08:09 GMT

    Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2014. There are 11 days left in the year.

    Today's Highlight in History:

    On Dec. 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union as all 169 delegates to a special convention in Charleston voted in favor of separation.

    On this date:

    In 1790, the first successful cotton mill in the United States began operating at Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

    In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed as ownership of the territory was formally transferred from France to the United States.

    In 1812, German authors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of the first edition of their collection of folk stories, "Children's and Household Tales."

    In 1864, Confederate forces evacuated Savannah, Georgia, as Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman nearly completed his "March to the Sea."

    In 1924, Adolf Hitler was released from prison after serving nine months for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch; during his time behind bars, he'd written his autobiographical screed, "Mein Kampf."

    In 1945, the Office of Price Administration announced the end of tire rationing, effective Jan. 1, 1946.

    In 1963, the Berlin Wall was opened for the first time to West Berliners, who were allowed one-day visits to relatives in the Eastern sector for the holidays.

    In 1973, singer-songwriter Bobby Darin died in Los Angeles following open-heart surgery; he was 37.

    In 1987, more than 4,300 people were killed when the Dona Paz, a Philippine passenger ship, collided with the tanker Vector off Mindoro island.

    In 1989, the United States launched Operation Just Cause, sending troops into Panama to topple the government of Gen. Manuel Noriega.

    In 1994, former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk, 85, died in Athens, Georgia.

    In 1999, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples were entitled to the same benefits and protections as wedded couples of the opposite sex. Country music legend Hank Snow died in Nashville at age 85.

    Ten years ago: In a sobering assessment of the Iraq war, President George W. Bush acknowledged during a news conference that Americans' resolve had been shaken by grisly scenes of death and destruction, and he pointedly criticized the performance of U.S.-trained Iraqi troops. Attorneys presented opening statements in the Robert Blake murder trial in Los Angeles. (Blake was later acquitted of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, but was found liable in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Bakley's family.)

    Five years ago: Relatives reported the death of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, 87, the spiritual father of Iran's reform movement. Actress Brittany Murphy, who'd starred in "Clueless" and "8 Mile," died at age 32. Character actor Arnold Stang died in Newton, Massachusetts, at age 91.

    One year ago: Russian President Vladimir Putin pardoned jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky (mih-hah-EEL' khoh-dohr-KAHV'-skee), who had spent 10 years in prison on charges of tax evasion and embezzlement. A federal judge struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage.

    Today's Birthdays: Former South Korean President Kim Young-sam is 87. Actor John Hillerman is 82. Original Mouseketeer Tommy Cole (TV: "The Mickey Mouse Club") is 73. Rock musician-music producer Bobby Colomby is 70. Rock musician Peter Criss is 69. Psychic/illusionist Uri Geller is 68. Producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order") is 68. Rock musician Alan Parsons is 66. Actress Jenny Agutter is 62. Actor Michael Badalucco is 60. Actress Blanche Baker is 58. Rock singer Billy Bragg is 57. Rock singer-musician Mike Watt (The Secondmen, Minutemen, fIREHOSE) is 57. Actor Joel Gretsch is 51. Country singer Kris Tyler is 50. Rock singer Chris Robinson is 48. Actress Nicole deBoer is 44. Movie director Todd Phillips is 44. Singer David Cook ("American Idol") is 32. Actor Jonah Hill is 31. Singer JoJo is 24.

    Thought for Today: "Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye, particularly if he adds a firm handshake, is hiding something." -- Clifton Fadiman, American author, editor and radio personality (1904-1999).

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