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Sony Backtracks, Will Release The Interview After All (PRNewser)
We all got our wish: The Interview will be available in limited release on Christmas Day. NYT The development gave new life to a film that Sony had pulled from distribution last week, after hackers threatened violence against any theater that played it. Sony also left open the door to video-on-demand availability of the movie, either simultaneously with its debut in theaters, or nearly so. THR Theaters showing The Interview are expected to put added security measures in place. Sony, though, isn’t planning to assist the theaters with added security, leaving it up to theater owners to foot the bill, per normal practice, insiders say. Variety The White House has issued a strong statement of support for Sony Pictures’ decision to release the film on Christmas Day. GalleyCat The PEN American Center sent a letter addressed to the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Michael Lynton, to protest against Sony’s censorship of the film last week. The organization has posted the full piece on its website. FishbowlDC A petition titled ”We the undersigned support Sony” also emerged in which backers claimed to ”support theatrical engagements of The Interview should Sony, at its sole discretion, decide to release it to theaters.”

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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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Declawed | Failed Interview | Weird Connection

Stock Logos: The Toronto Raptors’ raptor is finally extinct. At least they still have Drake.

GalleyCat: Count the PEN American Center among those appalled at the events surrounding The Interview.

AgencySpy: Nothing reminds us more of Brita products than a weirdly muscular Santa Claus.

South Carolina Comedienne Still Recovering from Horrific Subway Accident

LizaDyeHeadshotLet’s first telescope back to the days right before the February 13, 2014 accident that changed everything. At that time, South Carolina native Liza Dye (pictured) was just like so many others in New York City, doggedly pursuing her dreams.

“Despite being homeless, my career was going really well,” she tells FishbowlNY from Greenville, where she continues to recuperate. “I’d just come off a Saturday Night Live audition which landed me an amazing manager. I experienced my first pilot season and then I got hit by a train.”

“But one thing that I made sure of was to never stop writing,” she continues. “I kept a notebook in my [Bellevue] hospital bed and wrote every day. Some stuff was jokes and some wasn’t. I just made sure that I was writing. And I’m still writing. Now, I’m writing a pilot for a TV show about my life and I’m also writing a book. I should note that no money has come from either of those things [yet].”

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News Corp, Columbia, NYU Collaborate on Data-Visualization Tools for Journos

Newscorp-MedialabConsider a new partnership among News Corps and two academic institutions an early Christmas present to journalists who enjoy tinkering with data but may not possess lots of technical knowledge.

A working group consisting of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University and the Integrated Digital Media Program at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, as well as News Corp, promises to build “visual programming tools” designed for journalists who don’t speak hacking languages.

“The idea is to develop a robust tool for the rapid deployment of data-driven storytelling for journalists,” said NYU professor Luke DuBois. “This will be an open source tool that allows journalists to link in a data set, process it using a pipeline of commonly accepted statistical methods, and extract a wide variety of different visualizations that can be easily embedded within a narrative context.” DuBois is overseeing four graduate students who will focus on software development and user experience for this project.

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Hillman Foundation Now Accepting Entries

logoThe Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2015 Hillman Prizes, which celebrate the best in investigative reporting and commentary in the public interest.

The categories include non-fiction book; online or print newspaper reporting; online or print magazine reporting; video or radio broadcast journalism; online journalism (individual or group); and opinion and analysis journalism.

The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2015. Winners will be announced in April of next year.

Scottish Man Hands Himself Over to Police After Offensive Tweet

An unholy furor erupted Monday in Scotland over a tweet by someone we wrote about earlier this year.

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Ross Loraine, who this summer shared an #epicfail newspaper headline involving the World Cup and James Bond, tweeted on Monday something very different: an utterly offensive joke about the horrible runaway garbage truck incident in Glasgow, Scotland that claimed the lives of six people. The reason we’re drawing attention to this is not because of the Twitter storm itself, but rather because of what the tweeter did afterwards:

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “A 19-year-old man from Sunderland handed himself into police on Monday evening and has been arrested on suspicion of making a malicious communication.” He has been bailed pending further inquiries into the incident.

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Time Out New York is 2014′s Cover of The Year

The votes have been tallied and it is official: Time Out New York’s September issue featuring a giant popsicle is FishbowlNY’s Cover of The Year. Congrats to Time Out New York art director Chris Deacon, photographer Stephen Meierding, and the entire Time Out New York creative team.

Time Out New York claimed 30 percent of your votes, beating out some great covers from Businessweek (20 percent), Organic Gardening (19 percent) and The New York Times Magazine (12 percent).

Thanks to everyone who voted. Let’s do it again next year.

60 Journalists Killed in 2014

msyriaAccording to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) annual report, 60 journalists were killed in 2014. That’s less than last year, when 70 reporters lost their lives while on the job, but CPJ is still investigating an additional 18 deaths, so that number may increase.

For the third straight year, Syria was the most dangerous place for journalists. This year 17 reporters were killed while covering the conflict there. Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, 79 journalists have been killed in the region.

Other findings from CPJ’s report:

  • More than 40 percent of journalists killed were specifically targeted, as 31 percent of murdered reporters had claimed they were threatened.
  • About 50 percent of journalists killed died in the Middle East.
  • Roughly 38 percent of journalists killed died in combat or crossfire.
  • 35 percent of those killed were broadcast reporters, followed by photographer and camera operator, at 27 percent.

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