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In new message, hackers appear to demand Sony halt 'The Interview'

A note that purports to come from the group that hacked Sony Pictures seems to demand that Sony stop showing the James Franco-Seth Rogen movie, The Interview, which involves a plot to kill Kim Jong-un. “Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War!” the note readsREAD FULL STORY

'Addams Family' actor Ken Weatherwax dies at 59

Actor Ken Weatherwax, who played Pugsley on The Addams Family series, has died.

His niece, Shanyn Vieira, confirmed on her Facebook page that Weatherwax died from a heart attack. He was 59.

After portraying the son of John Astin’s Gomez and Carolyn Jones’ Morticia Addams on the 1964-1966 Addams Family series, he lent his voice to the animated series in the mid-70s and later portrayed Pugsley Sr. in the TV movie Halloween with the New Addams Family.

According to TMZ, there will be two funeralsone for his family, another for his fans.

Green Day guitarist Jason White diagnosed with tonsil cancer

Green Day announced that the band’s guitarist, Jason White, was diagnosed with a treatable form of tonsil cancer after a routine tonsillectomy.

The band wrote the following statement on their website:

“We have some news to report regarding our brother Jason White, and wanted you to hear it from us before word spread. Jason recently underwent a routine tonsillectomy, and his doctors discovered a treatable form of tonsil cancer. Thankfully they caught it early and he should make a full and speedy recovery.”

White joined the band in 1999 as a touring member of the group, and became an official member of the group in 2012. The band, which was formed in 1987, recently made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame list of nominees.

Sony employees receive threatening email from alleged hackers

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The hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has taken a frightening turn: According to several reports, a number of employees received a menacing email from the alleged hackers that threatened their families.

The email allegedly came from a member of the GOP, short for Guardians of Peace, the group that claims to be behind last week’s attack, which resulted in the leak of five of the company’s films and information about some employees’ salaries.

According to Variety, the email read:

I am the head of GOP who made you worry.

Removing Sony Pictures on earth is a very tiny work for our group, which is a worldwide organization. And what we have done so far is only a small part of our further plan. It’s your false if you if you think this crisis will be over after some time. All hope will leave you, and Sony Pictures will collapse. This situation is only due to Sony Pictures. Sony Pictures is responsible for whatever the result is. Sony Pictures clings to what is good to nobody from the beginning. It’s silly to expect in Sony Pictures to take off us. Sony Pictures makes only useless efforts. One beside you can be our member.

Many things beyond imagination will happen at many places of the world. Our agents find themselves act in necessary places. Please sign your name to object the false of the company at the email address below if you don’t want to suffer damage. If you don’t, not only you but your family will be in danger.

Nobody can prevent us, but the only way is to follow our demand. If you want to prevent us, make your company behave wisely.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, a Sony rep said: “We understand that some of our employees have received an email claiming to be from GOP. We are aware of the situation and working with law enforcement.”

Earlier this week, the company announced that it had hired cybersecurity firm Mandiant to respond to the attack and said the FBI is investigating.

A representative for Sony did not immediately respond to EW‘s request for comment.

Rapper Beanie Sigel shot near New Jersey home

Rapper Beanie Sigel was shot early Friday morning after an apparent fight outside his home in Pleasantville, New Jersey. READ FULL STORY

Someone vandalized Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

After multiple women have come forward alleging that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them at some point in their lives, Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has reportedly been vandalized.

In a photo from Houston’s FOX 26, the word “rapist” covers the star, which Cosby earned in 1977 following his success with The Bill Cosby Show, among other projects (but before his days on The Cosby Show).

According to People, the star has since been cleaned.

AC/DC's Phil Rudd charged with threatening to kill

In November, it was reported that AC/DC’s Phil Rudd was off the hook for his murder-for-hire charges due to insufficient evidence. But now, the Associated Press is reporting that the case’s New Zealand-based prosecution has finally revealed its case.

According to the prosecution, Rudd called a man who had worked for him and threatened to kill both him and his daughter. Because of that, he’s being charged with “threatening to kill,” along with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, which was found when the police searched Rudd’s Tauranga home on Nov. 6. The maximum prison sentence for threatening to kill is seven years.

The prosecution claims that Rudd called a “business associate” to talk about “what he wanted done” before eventually calling the man himself and making threats. Rudd says he did not threaten anyone.

Most recently, Rudd was detained by the police after a scuffle with a witness in his case. He has since been released and will face a judge-only trial next year.

'Biggest Loser' alum Damien Gurganious dies at 38; NBC to air in memoriam

Biggest Loser alum Damien Gurganious died on Nov. 24 after suffering Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, an autoimmune disorder that causes bleeding in the brain. He was 38. READ FULL STORY

Emmy-winning television writer Ann Marcus dies at 93

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Television writer Ann Marcus, most widely known for her work as an Emmy-winning head writer on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Days of Our Lives, died on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the age of 93. READ FULL STORY

Bill Cosby loses honorary title from Navy amid allegations

The U.S. Navy has announced that it will be revoking the honorary title of Chief Petty Officer given to Bill Cosby in light of the sexual abuse allegations against him.

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