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Here’s Where You Can Watch The Interview

the-interviewWell, Merry Christmas to everyone — from Gawker to our very own POTUS — who condemned Sony Pictures’ decision to cancel the release of The Interview after the cyber hacks heard ’round the world (aka Sony’s public relations nightmare). The film company has pedaled back and decided to release the Seth Rogan and James Franco flick on Dec. 25 after all — in select independent theaters across the country. According to a statement from Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton on Tuesday, “While we hope this is only the first step of the film’s release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech.” Feeling patriotic yet?

If so, do your duty as an American and make your way to Williamsburg Cinemas or the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers if you’re staying local. Or if you’re away for the holidays, watch at one of these theaters, courtesy of our sister pub, The Hollywood Reporter.

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Eight Months Later, Princess Grace Flick is Still a Turkey

GraceofMonacoThe Daily Telegraph‘s Robbie Collin recently shared all you really need to know about Grace of Monaco, a biographical drama that died an instant death as this year’s Cannes Film Festival gala opener. In his “Five Worst Films of 2014” rundown, here’s how Collin summarizes the action:

Nicole Kidman stumbles through a Lynchian Ferrero Rocher advert, while Derek Jacobi stands on the sidelines with a parrot.

Polly wants a better Rotten Tomatoes rating. But alas, that isn’t going to happen, with the film still not theatrically released in the U.S. and likely to curtsy quietly to Netflix.

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Forbes Names Adam Sandler ‘Most Overpaid Actor’

Adam Sandler GForbes has released its annual Most Overpaid Actor list, and for the second consecutive year, Adam Sandler has earned the top spot. If you don’t agree with this, please watch any of his films (yes, including Happy Gilmore) and get back to us. Here is Forbes’ formula for creating the Overpaid list:

We use earnings estimates from our Celebrity 100 list. We look at the last three films each actor starred in before June 2014, since that was the end of our time frame for the Celeb 100. We don’t include animated films or movies where the actor appears in a cameo or a very small role, or movies that were released on fewer than 2,000 screens.

We then look at the budget and revenue for each film (using numbers from Box Office Mojo and other sources) to come up with operating income. We add together the total compensation for each star on the three movies and the operating income from each movie and then divide to come up with the final return on investment number.

One thing that stands out on Forbes’ list? It’s a dude fest. There is only one woman — sorry Sandra Bullock — in the top 10. In other words, shockingly enough, Hollywood pays men way too much for their shitty movies.

The Winters of Robin Williams’ Circus Tent

What is there left to say about the passing of Robin Williams that has not been Google searched already?

While the two most mentioned bits of video in the wake of the comedian’s death August 11 were his 2001 Inside the Actor’s Studio appearance (voted by viewers as the series favorite) and a 2010 podcast conversation with Mark Maron (taped at the comedian’s home in San Francisco), we’d like to gift you on this Christmas Eve with the following bit of October 19, 1991 The Tonight Show hagiography:

Taped not long before Carson retired, the episode had Williams hanging out on the couch with his muse Jonathan Winters. Winters, in a soldier’s uniform, had earlier that year won his one and only Primetime Emmy Award (for Davis Rules.)

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The Poetry of Philip Seymour Hoffman

All these months later, it still seems incomprehensible. Philip Seymour Hoffman is no longer with us.

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Over the weekend in The Guardian, playwright and very good friend David Bar Katz (he and Hoffman used to have coffee every morning after dropping off their kids to school) shared a prose poem about Hoffman. It is a must-read, spanning Katz’s celebration of the actor’s mastery of the “non-coerced and generous apology,” as well as this foreshadowing:

I saw Phil in his first professional theater role. A production of King Lear at a small theater in the middle of New Jersey.

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The Twelve Days of Cosby

ShutterstockCosbyAmericanComedyAwardsApril2014No entertainment news story was stretched as far across 2014, or with such sickening, cumulative power, as the one involving Bill Cosby. To reflect those facts, we have chosen to recap the trail in the form of a modified holiday song sheet. This is no sing-along; more like a shock-along.

On the first day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
An angry ex-attorney.

On the second day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
A double shot of stand-down comedy.

On the third day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
Three thousand meme mockeries.

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First-Ever People Magazine Awards to Air Tonight on NBC

people-magazine-awardsIn case you thought there were far too few awards shows on TV for the celeb-obsessed, People is debuting a new one. The People Magazine Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon, will celebrate the year in pop culture and feature appearances from stars like Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Lopez. The two-hour event airs tonight on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.

“We are excited to launch our inaugural awards this year on the heels of People’s 40th birthday celebration,” Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly, told FishbowlNY.

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Here’s an Example of How Comedians Are Joking About Cosby

The set-up, shared Monday night December 15 by veteran stand-up comic Dom Irrera from the stage of The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles: “I was raped by Bill.”

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And for those interested, here is the rest of the gag, courtesy of a tipster who was in attendance and showed us the Smartphone video.

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Britney Spears (We Think) Covers Women’s Health

Britney Spears — or at least someone we’re being told is Britney Spears — is Women’s Health’s latest cover star.

We’re not even talking about her body; it’s her face. Spears looks like a completely different person. That’s either a lot of makeup, bad Photoshop, or one hell of a nose job.

Purch Acquires Tech Blog AnandTech

AnandTechLogoIt’s getting harder out there for an independent blog. Even one that has been profitable since inception.

And so, following this summer’s move to Apple by founding EIC Anand Shimpi, the site has decided to join the Purch tech publishing family. The NYC-based acquirer’s numerous other brands include Laptopmag, LiveScience and SPACE. From a blog post by AnandTech EIC Ryan Smith:

Before his departure, Anand spent almost a year meeting with all of the big names in the publishing space, both traditional and new media players. The goal was to find AnandTech a home with a partner that had a sustainable business model (similar to AnandTech’s), but could add the investment and existing reach to allow the site to better realize its potential. That search led to a number of interesting potential partners; it was a refreshing experience to say the least knowing that there are groups in the world who really value good content. Ultimately that search brought AnandTech to Purch.

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