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Don Lemon Dominated 2014

No media personality conquered 2014 quite like CNN’s Don Lemon. The 48-year-old co-host of CNN Tonight kept popping up in the biggest news stories of the year for all the wrong reasons. He repeatedly said the most wrong/offensive/inane thing possible.

Lemon f*cked up with such persistence and perfection that it seemed like it was his super power. In honor of Lemon’s amazingness, below are some of his best moments. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to 2015.

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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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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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Stephen Collins Completes the TMZ News Cycle

tmz-logo-240It is by now a devastatingly familiar entertainment news progression. It starts with TMZ releasing some bombshell audio or video and ends with very serious comment or consequence.

Earlier this year, Donald Sterling lost an NBA team because of TMZ’s reporting. Today, 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins is commenting for the first time (to People magazine) about some horrible revelations contained in a leaked-to-TMZ therapy session audiotape:

“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since…”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Hackers Threaten Violence Over Interview | NYT Layoffs Begin

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Sony Hackers Threaten Violence Over The Interview (Re/code)
A new message from the hackers who have infiltrated Sony Pictures Entertainment appeared to threaten violence at or near movie theaters where the studio plans to show The Interview. The group mentioned the film for the first time by name and threatened to take unspecified actions against its premiere, set for Dec. 25, writing, “The world will be full of fear” and “Remember the 11th of September.” WSJ A Department of Homeland Security official said Tuesday afternoon the agency was aware of the threat but added: “at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States.” Variety “We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment,” the message reads. There have been suspicions that the attack may have been launched by North Korea in retaliation for the Interview’s depiction of an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un. The country has denied involvement but praised the attacks. THR The Sony hackers also made good on their promise to release a so-called Christmas gift by posting an eighth batch of documents to the Internet on Tuesday. The documents appear to be the entire email account of Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. Lynton’s email account contains 12,466 messages, which presumably contains deleted messages, dating from Nov. 12, 2008 to Nov. 21, 2014, three days before the hack was first noticed by the studio. A special screening of the film took place in Los Angeles last week without incident. Deadline Landmark Theatres said Tuesday night that the New York premiere of the film has been canceled. The event was set for Thursday night at the Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side. BuzzFeed The film’s stars, Seth Rogen and James Franco, have withdrawn from all media appearances in the lead-up to the release of the film.

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Beverly Johnson Drops the Hammer on Bill Cosby

ShutterstockBeverlyJohnsonLet’s see how Bill Cosby‘s high-priced lawyer Marty Singer tries to shield his client from this one.

The headline is sickeningly familiar: “Bill Cosby Drugged Me. This Is My Story.” So is the routine of the entertainer, in this particular alleged case in the mid-1980s, of asking a female guest to audition in pretend-drunk fashion.

However, the byline is something altogether new. It belongs to an African-American as impactful on their corner of the entertainment industry as Cosby has been on his.

From the top of supermodel Beverly Johnson‘s devastating Vanity Fair essay:

As I thought of going public with what follows, a voice in my head kept whispering, “Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like you, an African-American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: North Korea Doesn’t Deny Breach | ABC News Debuts GoStream

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North Korea Refuses to Deny Sony Pictures Cyber Attack (BBC News)
Sony is investigating after its computers were attacked and unreleased films were made available on the Internet. When asked if it was involved in the attack, a spokesman for the North Korean government replied: “Wait and see.” THR Asked about the cyber attack, a spokesman for North Korea’s U.N. mission told BBC News, “The hostile forces are relating everything to the DPRK [North Korea]. I kindly advise you to just wait and see.” The FBI said on Tuesday that it is currently part of the investigation into the cyber attack. Variety Among other scenarios, Sony Pictures is looking into the possibility that hackers with ties to North Korea were responsible. That is presumed to be retaliation for the studio’s scheduled Dec. 25 release of The Interview, a geopolitical spoof starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, in which the duo are approached by the CIA about assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. An unofficial North Korean spokesman decried the film earlier this summer. Mashable A group calling itself GOP (Guardian of Peace) hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment’s website last week, taking down nearly all of its internal systems with it. Nearly a week later, the fruits of the raid are beginning to trickle out into the public. More than 27GB of documents that appear to be from internal Sony Pictures Entertainment file servers have already been leaked. NYT The documents contained the pre-bonus annual salaries of senior executives, 17 of whom are shown earning more than $1 million a year. The breach exposed two things the secretive movie industry loathes the most — the piracy of films and details about executive compensation — and sent a ripple of dread across Hollywood. On Pastebin, hackers released what they said were “tens of terabytes” of internal Sony data. The post — titled “Gift of G.O.P.” — included links to various data archives which appeared to contain Sony employees’ passwords, Social Security numbers, salaries and performance reviews. The studio has offered to enroll employees in a fraud protection program.  Executives at the entertainment company said they were also making progress in fighting the apparently related Internet pirating of five complete films, including the unreleased Annie.

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Philadelphia Magazine Writer Crowdfunds Bill Cosby Play

Victor Fiorillo, a senior writer with Philadelphia magazine who has extensively covered the Bill Cosby scandal, has his sights set on next’ fall’s local Fringe Festival. To get there with what he has tentatively titled The Bill Cosby Assault, he is looking for at least $10,000 on Kickstarter.

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From a report on philly.com:

Producing the play independent of Phillymag, Fiorillo has gathered Philadelphia theater personalities like James Ijames, Amy Smith and Jennifer Kidwell to develop The Bill Cosby Assault, which still is only in very early development. It will be Fiorillo’s first professional foray into writing and producing theater.

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People Editor Has a Rough Weekend

For People magazine news editor Stephen M. Silverman, it began Saturday when the Twitterverse started taking notice of a prematurely posted Kirk Douglas obit.

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AARP Magazine Scrubs Cosby Mention from Cover [Corrected]

The October/November issue of AARP magazine is a reminder of just how quickly things have come crashing down for Bill Cosby.

Framing a brief excerpt from Mark Whitaker‘s biography of the entertainer, the publication references the comedian’s Netflix special (indefinitely postponed) and fall 2015 NBC sitcom plans (canceled) under the headline “A Life of Laughter.” The brief intro blurb also suggests that Cosby’s life is “still all about making people smile.”

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