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Sony Has ‘No Further Release Plans’ for ‘The Interview’

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Sony Pictures Entertainment has chosen to stand down for “The Interview,” deciding against releasing the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in any form — including VOD or DVD, as U.S. officials reportedly link Sony’s massive cyber attack to North Korea. “Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” a spokesman said Wednesday. The studio… Read more »

‘Glee’ Season 6 Photos Released: A Look at the Cast Then & Now

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Class is back in session one last time. In anticipation of the sixth and final season premiere of “Glee,” Fox released the first official cast photos, and Variety has assembled a gallery of the McKinley kids from the very start. Rachel (Lea Michele), Sue (Jane Lynch), Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison), Kurt (Chris Colfer), Blaine (Darren Criss), Mercedes (Amber Riley),… Read more »

ADG Will Give Lifetime Achievement Awards in Four Crafts

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For the first time ever, the Art Directors Guild will bestow its lifetime achievement award in all four of its crafts at its annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton. Senior illustrator Camille Abbott (“Flashdance,” “Battlestar Galactica”), above, left, will receive the Illustrators and matte artists lifetime achievement award…. Read more »

White House Considering ‘Range of Options’ In Sony Attack

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The U.S. government is considering “a range of options in weighing a potential response” to the hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, as reports swirled on Wednesday that investigators have concluded that North Korea is linked to the security breach on the studio. “The United States is investigating attribution and will provide an update at… Read more »

Hollywood Shocked, Disappointed About ‘The Interview’ Cancellation

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Sony pulled the Christmas Day release of “The Interview” on Wednesday after hackers levied threats to attack theaters showing the comedy, causing a slew of exhibitors to say they wouldn’t screen the movie. The decision has already sparked a large variety of opinions, with many angry at the studio and exhibitors for pulling out of… Read more »

Sony Pictures Hastily Pulls TV Spots for ‘The Interview’

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As Sony Pictures tabled the scheduled Dec. 25 release of “The Interview,” the studio is said to be hastily pulling the remaining TV spots booked to promote the James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy. Sony was prepared to spend an estimated $18.5 million in total on TV blurbs to market the movie about two hapless celeb gossips… Read more »

Directors & Their Troops: Christopher Nolan on the ‘Interstellar’ Team

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Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” is state of the art, yet old-fashioned: He filmed in L.A. as much as possible, prefers physical sets to greenscreen and watches the rushes in 35mm. Audiences like the results: The film has passed $620 million so far at the global box office. Here, Nolan talked with Variety about his unique process… Read more »

J. Cole’s ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ Leads U.S. Album Chart, Topples Taylor Swift

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Displacing Taylor Swift’s still-hot “1989,” rapper J. Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive” has ascended to the top of the national album chart. The North Carolina-based performer’s Roc Nation/Columbia set sold 375,000 total units (354,000 of them physical copies) in its debut week, according to Nielsen Music data for the week ending Dec. 14. It is… Read more »

Steve Carell’s North Korea-Set Project Dropped by New Regency

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New Regency has ditched plans to produce “Pyongyang,” a paranoid thriller starring Steve Carell that was to be set in North Korea. The decision came after a group of hackers called the Guardians of Peace threatened to attack theaters showing “The Interview,” which centers on an assassination attempt against dictator Kim Jong-un. The country has… Read more »