Entertainment Entertainment en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:12:07 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Sony Faces Backlash for Canning 'The Interview' Entertainment Thu, 18 Dec 2014 3:14:13 PM NBC News Sony Faces Backlash for Canning 'The Interview'

LOS ANGELES (NBC News) - "The Interview" can't escape the spotlight.

Sony Entertainment has been blasted on social media and in the press for pulling the film in the wake of a hacking attack and threats against its release.

"It's a form of extortion, and companies deal with extortion all the time and backing down is not one of the ways you deal with that," says former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security Robert Liscouski.

Sony Pictures decided the show would not go on after volumes of data were hacked from company computers and released to the public, followed by threats envoking memories of the 9/11 attacks issued against theaters planning to screen the film.

A federal investigation continues.

"It is being treated by those investigative agencies at FBI and DOJ as seriously as you would expect," says White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Meanwhile, officials are weighing the consequences for those involved.

"We are considering a range of options, we consider this a very serious attack," says Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

In the wake of the sony hack a second studio, 20th century fox, has scrapped a steve carell project set in north korea.

Carell responded on twitter with "sad day for creative expression."

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'Team America' Screenings Also Pulled from Theaters Entertainment Thu, 18 Dec 2014 2:34:07 PM Associated Press 'Team America' Screenings Also Pulled from Theaters

NEW YORK (AP) - Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters.

After Sony dropped its planned Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" on Wednesday, a handful of theaters plugged in 10-year anniversary screenings of "Team America," the 2004 puppet film that parodies former North Korea leader Kim Jong Il.

Cleveland's Capitol Theater said its "Team America" screening was canceled by Paramount Pictures, the studio that released the film. Texas' Alamo Drafthouse said it was pulling "Team America" showings on Dec. 27 "due to circumstances beyond our control."

Paramount didn't immediately comment Thursday.

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Sony Cancels 'The Interview' Premiere After Hacker Threat Entertainment Wed, 17 Dec 2014 4:20:04 PM Associated Press Sony Cancels 'The Interview' Premiere After Hacker Threat

NEW YORK (AP) - Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from its screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the "The Interview."

The cancellation, announced Wednesday, was a startling blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken by hacker leaks and intimidations over the last several weeks by an anonymous group calling itself Guardians of Peace.

A U.S. official said Wednesday that federal investigators have now connected the Sony hacking to North Korea and are expected to make an announcement in the near future. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to openly discuss an ongoing criminal case.

Sony said it was cancelling "The Interview" release "in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film." The studio said it respected and shared in the exhibitors' concerns.

"We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public," read the statement. "We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

Earlier Wednesday, Regal Cinemas, AMC Entertainment and Cinemark Theatres - the three top theater chains in North America - announced that they were postponing any showings of "The Interview," a comedy about a TV host (James Franco) and producer (Seth Rogen) tasked by the CIA to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jung-un (played by Randall Park).

Regal said in a statement that it was delaying "The Interview" ''due to wavering support of the film 'The Interview' by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats." AMC noted "the overall confusion and uncertainty" surrounding the film.

Sony had offered theaters the option of bowing out, and when so many of them did (other chains included ArcLight Cinemas, Cineplex Entertainment and Carmike Cinemas), it left Sony little choice for the release of "The Interview."

On Tuesday, the hacking group threatened violence at theaters showing "The Interview." The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security.

"This attack went to the heart and core of Sony's business - and succeeded," said Avivah Litan, a cybersecurity analyst at research firm Gartner. "We haven't seen any attack like this in the annals of U.S. breach history."

Sony did not say what its plans for "The Interview" now are, or whether the film's release could potentially happen at a later date. Conjecture has centered on the possibility of an unprecedented on-demand release that would distribute the film without risk to theater operators. No wide-release studio film has ever been first released on VOD, out of protection of the theater business.

With a modest budget of about $40 million, "The Interview" was predicted to earn around $30 million in its opening weekend before Tuesday's threats and the cancellation of its release. Should the film not be released theatrically, Sony would also lose tens of millions in marketing costs already incurred.

Sony was also under pressure from other studios whose Christmas films could have been concern over movie going safety. Christmas is one of the most important box office weekends of the year. Releases include Universal's "Unbroken," Paramount's "The Gambler," and Disney's "Into the Woods." Sony's musical "Annie," also expected to be a big earner, debuts Friday.

Doug Stone, president of film industry newsletter Box Office Analyst, had predicted that "The Interview" could have made $75 to $100 million. With Sony taking about 55 percent of domestic revenues, that could mean a $41 to $55 million revenue loss, according to Stone.

A video on demand release might be the best option, according to Bock. "This is the right time to do that," he said. "People want to see this film."

Sony's announcement was met with widespread distress across Hollywood and throughout many other realms watching the attack on Sony unfold. A former senior national security official in the George W. Bush administration said Sony made the wrong decision.

"When you are confronted with a bully the idea is not to cave but to punch him in the nose," Fran Townsend, Bush's homeland security adviser, said Wednesday during a previously scheduled appearance in Washington. "This is a horrible, I think, horrible precedent."


Eric Tucker and Darlene Superville in Washington; Lindsey Bahr in Los Angeles; and Mae Anderson in New York contributed to this report.

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'7th Heaven' Actor Publicly Admits to Having Sex with Minors Entertainment Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:57:15 AM '7th Heaven' Actor Publicly Admits to Having Sex with Minors

LOS ANGELES - Actor Stephen Collins publicly admits that he did have inappropriate sexual contact with three female minors.

The 67-year-old has stayed out of the public eye since a recording of the him admitting to the abuse was given to TMZ.

Collins says the recording was made by his then-wife, Faye Grant, during a marriage therapy session without his or the therapist's knowledge or consent.

In the recordings he recounted events that took place between 1973 and 1994. The actor insists there were never any incidents on or off the set during the 11 year run of the television show '7th Heaven'

He says he apologized to one of the victims, but hasn't apologized to the other two after learning during treatment that an apology can do more harm than good.

None of the victims have stepped forward and no criminal charges have been filed against the actor.

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Sony Hackers Make Threats in First Phase of New Leaks Entertainment Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:50:55 PM Associated Press Sony Hackers Make Threats in First Phase of New Leaks

NEW YORK (AP) - Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace made ominous threats Tuesday against movie theaters showing Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" that referred to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The group also released a trove of data files including about 8,000 emails from the inbox of Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.

The data dump was what the hackers called the beginning of a "Christmas gift." But GOP, as the group is known, included a message warning that people should stay away from places where "The Interview" will be shown, including an upcoming premiere. Invoking 9/11, it urged people to leave their homes if located near theaters showing the film.

The Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but noted it was still analyzing the GOP messages. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up security.

"The Interview" is a comedy in which Seth Rogen and James Franco star as television journalists involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Its New York premiere is scheduled for Thursday at Manhattan's Landmark Sunshine, and is expected to hit theaters nationwide on Christmas Day. It premiered in Los Angeles last week.

Rogen and Franco pulled out of all media appearances Tuesday, canceling a Buzzfeed Q&A and Rogen's planned guest spot Thursday on "Late Night With Seth Meyers." The two stars had just appeared Monday on "Good Morning America" and Rogen guested on "The Colbert Report." A representative for Rogen said he had no comment. A spokeswoman for Franco didn't respond to queries Tuesday.

The thousands of documents leaked Tuesday included banal emails about public appearances, dinner invitations and business introductions. But they also included information about casting decisions for upcoming films and sensitive corporate financial records, such as royalties from iTunes, Spotify and Pandora music services.

The FBI said it is aware of the threats and "continues to work collaboratively with our partners to investigate this matter." It declined to comment on whether North Korea or another country was behind the attack. Speculation about a North Korean link to the Sony hacking has centered on that country's angry denunciation of the film. Over the summer, North Korea warned that the film's release would be an "act of war that we will never tolerate." It said the U.S. will face "merciless" retaliation.

The New York Police Department, after coordinating with the FBI and Sony, plans to beef up security at the Manhattan premiere, said John Miller, the NYPD's top counterterrorism official.

"Having read through the threat material myself, it's actually not crystal clear whether it's a cyber response that they are threatening or whether it's a physical attack," Miller said. "That's why we're continuing to evaluate the language of it, and also the source of it. I think our primary posture is going to be is going to have a police presence and a response capability that will reassure people who may have heard about this and have concerns."

Following a commission meeting earlier Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said his department takes the hackers' threats "very seriously" and will be taking extra precautions during the holidays at theaters. Patrick Corcoran, spokesman for the National Association of Theater Owners, wouldn't comment on the threats.

In their warning Tuesday, the hackers suggested Sony employees make contact via several disposable email addresses ending in Frenchman Frederic Leroy, who started up the yopmail site in 2004, was surprised to learn the Sony hackers were using yopmail addresses. He said there was no way he could identify the users.

"I cannot see the identities of people using the address ... there is no name, no first name," he said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. He said yopmail is used around the world but there are "hundreds and hundreds" of other disposable email sites.

Leroy, who lives in Barr, outside Strasbourg in eastern France, said he heard about the Sony hackers yesterday on the radio but knows nothing more. He said he has not been contacted by any authorities.

Since Sony Pictures was hacked by GOP late last month in one of the largest data breaches ever against an American company, everything from financial figures to salacious emails between top Sony executives has been dumped online.

Separately Tuesday, two former Sony film production workers sued Sony Pictures Entertainment over the data breach. They alleged the Culver City, California company waited too long to notify employees that data such as Social Security numbers, salaries and medical records had been stolen.

The filing comes one day after two other former Sony employees filed a suit accusing the company of negligence in not bolstering its defenses against hackers before the attack. It claims emails and other information leaked by the hackers show that Sony's information-technology department and its top lawyer believed its security system was vulnerable to attack, but that company did not act on those warnings.

Both cases seek class-action status to represent current and former Sony employees whose private data was posted online.

Sony has not responded to phone calls for comments about the hacker threat and the suit.


Associated Press writers Eric Tucker in Washington, D.C., Lindsey Bahr in Los Angeles, Jake Coyle and Tom Hays in New York and Elaine Ganley in Paris contributed to this report.

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Sony Threatens to Sue for Publishing Stolen Emails Entertainment Mon, 15 Dec 2014 5:41:05 PM Associated Press Sony Threatens to Sue for Publishing Stolen Emails

WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer representing Sony Pictures Entertainment is warning news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American company.

The Sony materials include studio financial records, employment files and what already has been revealed as salacious gossip by Hollywood executives about President Barack Obama and some of the industry's big stars and upcoming films.

Attorney David Boies, a prominent lawyer hired by the company, demanded Sunday that Sony's "stolen information" - publicly available on the Internet by the gigabytes - should be returned or destroyed immediately because it contains privileged, private information. Boies said the studio could sue for damages or financial losses related to Sony's intellectual property or trade secrets.

Sony "does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information, and to request your cooperation in destroying the stolen information," according to one letter sent to the Hollywood Reporter newspaper and obtained by the website Gawker, which also received a letter.

Boies hinted at legal action if organizations "used or disseminated" the material "in any manner." The New York Times also received a letter, the newspaper reported Sunday.

Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet said on the newspaper's website Monday that it was a "disservice" to pretend the Sony documents weren't revealing and public. But he nonetheless said their newsworthiness didn't rise to the level of the Pentagon Papers or WikiLeaks affairs. Both resulted in disclosures of classified documents about U.S. government activity.

Boies did not immediately return emails requesting comment Monday.

Other highly sensitive material from the Sony hacking is being leaked almost daily, including exchanges between Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin and Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal that contained a frank assessment of Angelina Jolie's talent and racially offensive jokes about Obama's presumed taste in movies.

The leaks also included an early version of the screenplay for the new James Bond movie "SPECTRE." The producers at Britain's EON productions said Saturday they are concerned that third parties who received the screenplay might seek to publish it, and they warned the material is subject to copyright protection around the world.


Associated Press writer Danica Kirka contributed to this report from London.

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Box Office Preview 12/12 Entertainment Fri, 12 Dec 2014 5:14:53 AM Box Office Preview 12/12

Three new movies to hit theaters this weekend:

"Exodus: Gods and Kings"

"Inherent Vice"

"Top Five"


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High Tech Stocking Stuffers Entertainment Fri, 12 Dec 2014 5:07:08 AM High Tech Stocking Stuffers

(NBC News) Still looking for stocking stuffers? There are plenty of high-tech gadgets that will run you less than $50.

For TV fans who have not joined the streaming revolution, the Roku is a possibility. It starts at $49 and can stream hundreds of channels.

For people on the go, wearable fitness bands could be an option. They vary widely in price and features, but the Misfit Flash and the Jawbone Up Move each cost $50.

"They both track all of the fitness that you want," says's Lindsey Turrentine. "They both have apps to help you keep track of what you're eating. The Jawbone, in particular has a really nice app."

If the Christmas Tree is lacking that little extra something, the Jingle Balls wireless
ornament could fill the void. It contains a Bluetooth speaker that plays music streamed from your phone.

For smartphone users who need a little help getting the perfect selfie, the Selfy phone case
might be able to help.

"It actually has a little remote that pops out, so you can set your phone somewhere else and take a picture from afar," Turrentine explains.

The Selfy costs $40 and is available for the iPhone 5, 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the
Galaxy S5.


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Free Movie Screening and Discussion with Director Entertainment Wed, 10 Dec 2014 7:44:10 AM Free Movie Screening and Discussion with Director

CORPUS CHRISTI - A free movie screening and discussion with the filmmaker will be happening this Friday.

South Texas Cinémathèque is hosting the free screening of Seth Grossman's movie Inner Demons this Friday, December 12th at 7pm.

The screening will take place at Art Museum of South Texas.

Following the screening filmmaker Seth Grossman will be holding a Q&A with the audience.

Seth Grossman has won numerous awards and is best known for his work on the drama "A Late Quartet," one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last films.

INNER DEMONS is a horror film that follows an 'Intervention'-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. The movie is an inquiry into the truth about her - with symptoms that straddle the disturbing and scary intersection between insanity, addiction and true possession.

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Come See Scuba Santa at Texas State Aquarium Entertainment Tue, 9 Dec 2014 1:25:15 PM Come See Scuba Santa at Texas State Aquarium

The Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi will feature Scuba Santa in their 'Diver in the Water' show, starting Saturday December 13th thru Christmas Eve.

During this time frame, the purchase of an adult admission gets one child in free. The Scuba Santa showtimes are 11am and 2pm. 

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Rolling Stones' Sax Player Bobby Keys Dead Entertainment Tue, 2 Dec 2014 3:50:26 PM NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Bobby Keys, a saxophonist and lifelong rock 'n' roller who played on recordings by Buddy Holly and John Lennon and performed one of the all-time blowout solos on the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," has died at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. He was 70 years old.

Michael Webb, who played keyboard with Keys, said Keys died Tuesday after a lengthy illness. Keys had been on tour with the Stones earlier this year before his health prevented him from performing.

"The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys," the band said in a statement. "Bobby made a unique musical contribution to the band since the 1960s. He will be greatly missed."

Known for his heavy jowls and raw, raucous style, the Lubbock, Texas, native was born on the same day as Keith Richards - Dec. 18, 1943 - and the Stones guitarist would often cite Keys as a soul mate and favorite musician. Besides "Brown Sugar," Keys also played memorable solos on such Stones favorites as the 7-minute jam "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and the country-styled "Sweet Virginia." Other career highlights included John Lennon's chart-topping "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" and albums by Richards, George Harrison, Barbra Streisand and Eric Clapton.

"I have lost the largest pal in the world, and I can't express the sense of sadness I feel, although Bobby would tell me to cheer up," Richards said in a statement.

Keys' career dated back to the 1950s, when as a teenager he played with fellow Lubbock native Holly and The Crickets. He met the Stones in the mid-'60s while they were on the same bill at a state fair in San Antonio, Texas, and was distraught that the British rockers had recorded a cover of Holly's "Not Fade Away."

"I said, 'Hey, that was Buddy's song,'" Keys recalled in Richards' memoir "Life," published in 2010. "Who are these pasty-faced, funny-talking, skinny-legged guys to come over here and cash in on Buddy's song?"

But once Keys listened more closely, he decided the Stones were playing "actual rock and roll," an opinion the Stones more than shared about Keys. He first recorded with them in the late 1960s and toured and recorded with them off and on over the following decades, his work featured on three of the group's most acclaimed albums: "Let It Bleed," ''Sticky Fingers" and "Exile on Main Street."

In some ways, he was too close to Richards, developing a heroin addiction that led to his temporary estrangement from the group. But he was with them on every major tour over the past quarter century, dependably stepping up for his solo on "Brown Sugar."

Keys' memoir "Every Night's a Saturday Night" was published in 2012, with a foreword by Richards. Keys recalled that he was first exposed to rock 'n' roll through Holly's music - not on the radio, but at the grand opening of a Texas gas station near the home of Keys' grandparents. It was the first time he had heard an electric guitar played live.

"And right then and there I knew I wanted to have something to do with that music," Keys explained. Holly "just kinda lit a fuse that started burning then, and it's still burning now."

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Atari Games Found in New Mexico to be Auctioned Entertainment Tue, 2 Dec 2014 6:25:17 AM Atari Games Found in New Mexico to be Auctioned

NEW MEXICO - Additional Atari game cartridges found in a landfill in New Mexico earlier this year are on the auction block.

Between 300 and 400 games unearthed in an Alamogordo Land Dump in April are now open for auction on eBay.

Games includes, Yars Revenge, Super Breakout and ET The Extra-terrestrial.

Officials for the company that made the discovery say 50 games at a time will be posted on eBay during the next couple of weeks.

Last month, their eBay auction brought in $37,000.


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FBI Looking into Hack of Sony Pictures' Computers Entertainment Mon, 1 Dec 2014 5:13:36 PM Associated Press FBI Looking into Hack of Sony Pictures' Computers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week.

Sony's corporate email and other internal systems were knocked offline, according to reports by Variety and other trade publications. Sony workers reportedly saw a message appear on their computer screens that said "Hacked by #GOP," which may be the initials of a group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Copies of some unreleased Sony films such as "Still Alice," ''Annie," ''Mr. Turner," and "To Write Love on Her Arms" are now being distributed on unauthorized file-sharing websites, as well as the still-in-theaters "Fury," although a direct connection to the hacking hasn't been confirmed.

Culver City, California-based Sony Pictures said in a statement Monday that it is continuing "to work through issues related to what was clearly a cyber attack last week. The company has restored a number of important services to ensure ongoing business continuity and is working closely with law enforcement officials to investigate the matter."

Along with the FBI, Sony has brought in forensic experts from the Mandiant division of FireEye, a Silicon Valley cybersecurity company, according to a source familiar with the case who did not want to be named because the companies have not yet announced the arrangement. Mandiant helps companies determine the extent of breaches and repair damages. The firm has worked on other high-profile computer breaches, including the one at Target last year.


Associated Press Writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report from Washington, D.C.

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Katy Perry Set to "Roar" the Super Bowl Entertainment Mon, 24 Nov 2014 4:28:59 AM Katy Perry Set to

ARIZONA - Pop super star Katy Perry "roars" her way to the Super Bowl half time show.

And expect "fireworks" from the newly-named headliner.

The Super Bowl will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

You can watch it here on NBC.


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Obama to Award Presidential Medal of Freedom Entertainment Mon, 24 Nov 2014 4:24:14 AM Obama to Award Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is awarding the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants, scientists and others.

The distinguished and high-achieving group includes actress Meryl Streep, Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder and Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who is the longest-serving member of Congress. Dingell is retiring at the end of the year.

Others receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom at Monday's White House ceremony are composer Stephen Sondheim, NBC journalist Tom Brokaw and author Isabel Allende.

Obama is awarding posthumous medals to six individuals, including James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.

The civil rights workers were killed in 1964 as they participated in a historic voter registration drive in Mississippi.

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Mike Nichols, Film Director, dies at 83 Entertainment Thu, 20 Nov 2014 6:38:32 AM Mike Nichols, Film Director, dies at 83

NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," ''Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," has died. He was 83.

The death was confirmed by ABC News President James Goldston on Thursday. Nichols died Wednesday evening. Goldston said the family was holding a small private service this week.

Nichols, who was married to TV journalist Diane Sawyer, also was a groundbreaking comedy performer who teamed with Elaine May as a popular act onstage and television.

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NBC and Netflix Reconsider Cosby Projects Entertainment Wed, 19 Nov 2014 6:10:43 AM NBC and Netflix Reconsider Cosby Projects

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project as another sexual assault allegation against the comic has emerged.

NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the project "is no longer under development," and had no further comment.

The announcement came after Netflix announced late Tuesday that it was postponing the Nov. 27 premiere of a new Cosby standup comedy special.

Actress Janice Dickinson became the third woman in recent weeks to allege she'd been assaulted by Cosby when she told "Entertainment Tonight" Tuesday that she was sexually assaulted by the comic in 1982. Cosby's lawyer said Dickinson's charges are "false and outlandish."

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Model Janice Dickinson Accuses Cosby of Sexual Assault Entertainment Wed, 19 Nov 2014 4:57:29 AM Model Janice Dickinson Accuses Cosby of Sexual Assault

NEW YORK (AP) - Model and TV host Janice Dickinson is adding her name to the women who have accused comic Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

In an "Entertainment Tonight" interview that aired Tuesday, Dickinson said that the 1982 incident occurred in Lake Tahoe, California, where he was performing.

Dickinson told "Entertainment Tonight" that she wrote about the assault in her 2002 autobiography, but that Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove the details. She said her new account is a "true story."

The 77-year-old Cosby, who was never criminally charged in any case, settled a civil suit in 2006 with another woman who claimed she was assaulted.

Cosby, who has remained silent, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. His lawyer has called the renewed accusations "discredited."

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Al Roker Goes for The Guinness World Record Entertainment Thu, 13 Nov 2014 6:30:05 AM Al Roker Goes for The Guinness World Record

NEW YORK - Watch Rokerthon live: Al attempts to set weather record

TODAY's Al Roker is attempting to set the Guinness World Record for the longest uninterrupted weather broadcast, forecasting non-stop for 34 hours until 8 a.m. ET Friday. For every 60 minutes completed, Al can take a five-minute break, so don't worry if he goes missing for a few minutes from this live stream. Cheer Al on - and ask your weather questions - using #Rokerthon.


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Singer Meghan Trainor Reschedules Corpus Christi Performance Entertainment Wed, 12 Nov 2014 5:44:50 PM Kirsten Schaffer Singer Meghan Trainor Reschedules Corpus Christi Performance

CORPUS CHRISTI - Singer Meghan Trainor announced Wednesday she will reschedule her Corpus Christi show after canceling in September, due to illness.

Trainor confirmed she will headline the Planet 102.3 Jingle Ball on Dec. 1.

Those who had a ticket for the September show can trade the ticket in for a new one, but tickets must be exchanged by Nov. 21. 

After Nov. 21, the remaining free tickets will be distributed through on-air giveaways. 

The tickets can be exchanged at the Planet 102.3 studios, at 615 North Upper Broadway, Suite 105, in the Wells Fargo Building.

Trainor is known for her hit "All About That Bass" and "Lips Are Movin.'"

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