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Congressman offers to screen 'The Interview' on Capitol Hill

After hundreds of theater owners (including George R.R. Martin) vowed to screen The Interview whenever Sony decides to distribute it, they’ve gotten the same offer from Capitol Hill. READ FULL STORY

Joe Cocker dies at 70

Singer Joe Cocker, perhaps best known for recording a famous cover of The Beatles’s “With a Little Help from My Friends,” has died at the age of 70, his agent confirmed to BBC NewsREAD FULL STORY

Casting agent Katherine McKee accuses Bill Cosby of rape

Katherine McKee, a former Vegas showgirl and actress who was once a girlfriend of Sammy Davis Jr, alleges that Bill Cosby raped her in the early 1970s while on tour with Davis.

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Stage and film actress Billie Whitelaw dead at 82

British film and stage actress Billie Whitelaw, known for her work with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett—who once described her as “the perfect actress”—has died at the age of 82.

The Associated Press reports that Whitelaw passed away Sunday at Denville Hall, a London care home used by many retired professional actors.

According to the Guardian, Whitelaw began her entertainment career as a child actress on radio programs and trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The actress began her working relationship with Beckett in 1963 and appeared in several of Beckett’s plays, including PlayNot I, and Footfalls, which Beckett wrote specifically for the actress.

The actress also appeared in over 50 movies, with memorable turns in BAFTA-winning performances in Charlie Bubbles and Twisted Nerve, as well as her role as the possessed nanny, Mrs. Baylock, in The Omen.

Stephen Collins talks molestation on '20/20,' says he was sexually harassed as a kid

On December 19, Stephen Collins appeared on ABC’s 20/20 to talk to Yahoo Global News anchor Katie Couric about the child molestation that surfaced in a leaked recording this October.

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Sony lawyer says 'The Interview' will still be distributed

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The Interview will eventually be released — but Sony doesn’t know how just yet.

Sony lawyer David Boies (pictured above) went on Meet the Press Sunday morning to discuss Sony’s decision to pull the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy out of theaters. “Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed,” he said. “It will be distributed. How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet. But it’s going to be distributed.” READ FULL STORY

TV pioneer Larry Auerbach dies at 91

On Saturday, the television industry lost another one of its giants; TV director Larry Auerbach died at age 91 in La Jolla, California, from complications of glioblastoma.

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Sony responds to Obama's comments, says it had 'no choice'

Responding to President Obama’s comments that the company made a “mistake” in pulling The Interview, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said that Sony has “not backed down” in an interview with CNN. The company also released a statement in which it said that it had “no choice” but to cancel the theatrical release after theaters decided not to screen it.

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Obama says Sony made a mistake pulling 'The Interview'

During his end-of-year press conference today, President Barack Obama said he believes that Sony made a “mistake” in halting the release of their film The Interview, after they came under attack from hackers now linked to North KoreaREAD FULL STORY

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