Last Update on December 19, 2014 08:05 GMT
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.
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.
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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."
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.
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))
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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))
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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))
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Stephen Colbert signs off with some thank-yous. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Stephen Colbert thanks the fans for their support. COURTESY: Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" ((not length of cut)) ((mandatory on-air credit))
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.
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.
December 19, 2014 08:05 GMT
Today is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014. There are 12 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 19, 1974, Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice president of the United States in the U.S. Senate chamber by Chief Justice Warren Burger with President Gerald R. Ford looking on (in a first for the Senate, the proceeding was televised live).
On this date:
In 1777, Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to camp for the winter.
In 1813, British forces captured Fort Niagara during the War of 1812.
In 1843, "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, was first published in England.
In 1907, 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania.
In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corp. began transmitting overseas with its Empire Service to Australia.
In 1946, war broke out in Indochina as troops under Ho Chi Minh launched widespread attacks against the French.
In 1950, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was named commander of the military forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
In 1961, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., 73, suffered a debilitating stroke while in Palm Beach, Florida.
In 1972, Apollo 17 splashed down in the Pacific, winding up the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
In 1984, a coal fire at the Wilberg Mine near Orangeville, Utah, killed 27 people. Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.
In 1986, Lawrence E. Walsh was appointed independent counsel to investigate the Iran-Contra affair.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached by the Republican-controlled House for perjury and obstruction of justice (he was subsequently acquitted by the Senate).
(Stations: Al Goldstein entry, note title of magazine)
Ten years ago: In Iraq, car bombs tore through a Najaf funeral procession and Karbala's main bus station, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 120 in the two Shiite holy cities. In Baghdad, three Iraqi election officials were killed execution-style by insurgents. Time magazine named President George W. Bush its Person of the Year for the second time. Opera singer Renata Tebaldi died in San Marino at age 82.
Five years ago: A U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen ended with a nonbinding accord to show for two weeks of debate and frustration; the deal was brokered by President Barack Obama, who attended the conference on its final day. A snowstorm paralyzed much of the eastern U.S. on the last holiday shopping weekend.
One year ago: Discount retailer Target announced that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts had been stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend. The ceiling partially collapsed onto a packed audience at the Apollo Theatre in London, injuring almost 80 people, seven of them seriously. Al Goldstein, 77, the publisher of Screw magazine who smashed down legal barriers against pornography, died in New York.
Today's Birthdays: Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens is 94. Actress Cicely Tyson is 90. Former game show contestant Herb Stempel is 88. Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Maurice White (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 73. Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is 73. Actress Elaine Joyce is 71. Actor Tim Reid is 70. Paleontologist Richard E. Leakey is 70. Musician John McEuen is 69. Singer Janie Fricke is 67. Jazz musician Lenny White is 65. Actor Mike Lookinland is 54. Actress Jennifer Beals is 51. Actor Scott Cohen is 50. Actor Robert MacNaughton is 48. Magician Criss Angel is 47. Rock musician Klaus Eichstadt (Ugly Kid Joe) is 47. Actor Ken Marino is 46. Actor Elvis Nolasco is 46. Rock musician Kevin Shepard is 46. Actor Derek Webster is 46. Actress Kristy Swanson is 45. Model Tyson Beckford is 44. Actress Amy Locane is 43. Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is 42. Actress Rosa Blasi is 42. Actress Alyssa Milano is 42. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (JIH'-lihn-hahl) is 34. Actress Marla Sokoloff is 34. Rapper Lady Sovereign is 29. Actor Iain de Caestecker (TV: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D") is 27.
Thought for Today: "Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth, would be to have been young and never dreamed at all." -- Jean Genet (1910-1986).
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