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A newly leaked Sony email reveals a producer's opinion that international audiences are less likely to see a movie with African American actors in the lead roles. The unnamed producer allegedly sent the email shortly after the release of The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington.

The email stated, "No, I am not saying The Equalizer should not have been made or that African American actors should not have been used (I personally think Denzel is the best actor of his generation,) Casting him is saying we're ok with a double if the picture works. He's reliable at the domestic box office, safe, but has not had a huge success in years. I believe whenever possible the non-event pictures, extra 'bets' should have a large inherent upside and be made for the right price. Here there isn't a large inherent upside." The producer continued, "I believe that the international motion picture audience is racist -- in general pictures with an African American lead don't play well overseas. But Sony sometimes seems to disregard that a picture must work well internationally to both maximize returns and reduce risk, especially pics with decent size budgets."

  • According to Radar Online, The Equalizer earned $191 million globally -- 47% of that was overseas. Most films score at least 65% of their earnings outside of the U.S.
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Angelina Jolie is not very trusting of the internet.

She reveals in the new issue of People magazine that she chooses to write things down in a journal rather than social media. The mother of six goes on to say how she keeps tabs on what her kids are expose to online adding, "We have someone who monitors that. It's a scary new world. It's so beyond what we understand. We wouldn't even know what to look for."

  • Angelina also joked that she is relieved this stuff wasn't around in her youth saying, "I got in enough trouble -- it just would have been very documented."
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JENNIFER LAWRENCE IS NOT DATING DIRECTOR GABE POLSKY: E! News is shooting down reports that Jennifer Lawrence has a new romance going with director Gabe Polsky. The rumors started after Jennifer was seen spending time at his home last Friday (December 12th) for nearly five hours. Sources attempted to clear up the situation by explaining that Gabe is actually dating one of Jennifer's friends. The Oscar winner ended her summer fling with Chris Martin back in October.

KIM KARDASHIAN ACCEPTED OFFER TO HANG WITH SAUDI ROYALTY: The Daily Mail is reporting that Kim Kardashian has accepted a million dollar offer to hang out with a royal from Saudi Arabia for a night. The prince allegedly proposed the idea in the comment section of one of Kim's selfies. She is supposedly scheduled to meet her end of the deal sometime in January. Kim accepted an offer of $500,000 earlier this year to attend the Vienna Ball Party as a guest of billionaire Richard Jugner.

BRYAN SINGER'S ACCUSER IS BEING INDICTED FOR FRAUD: Michael Egan, the man who accused director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teenager, is being indicted for securities and wire fraud. According to TMZ, Egan supposedly accepted money from investors for a Halloween-themed ventures but kept it all for himself. He is also accused of lying about being part owner of Vegas hotels and casinos and knowing bank CEOs to raise more money. Michael is facing up to 20 years behind bars and millions of dollars in fines if he is convicted.

JAMES FRANCO BEEFS UP SECURITY: James Franco stepped out in New York City on Tuesday night (December 16th) with some added security along for the ride. The precaution is believed to be a response to the recent Sony hacker threats. Both James and Seth Rogen pulled out of all promotional appearances for the movie before Sony also decided to cancel the New York premiere scheduled for tonight (December 18th.)

ZAK WILLIAMS OPENS UP ABOUT HIS FATHER'S DEATH: Robin Williams' 31-year-old son, Zak Williams, opens up about the loss of his dad in the new issue of People. He tells the magazine, "I miss him all the time. Often I see something or if I'm watching a film, I think, 'Oh, man, he would have appreciated this' or 'He would have gotten a laugh out of this.'" Zak also said of his siblings, Zelda and Cody, "There's not a day that goes by that we don't think about our dad."

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Sony has decided to pull the plug on The Interview in light of the terrorist threats from their hackers which led to most of the major theater chains in the U.S. back out of running the film. Several news outlets are reporting that pressure from other studios also contributed to their decision.

The studio released a statement saying, "In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. 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. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

  • According to The Wrap, other studios put pressure on Sony because they were concerned that the hacker threats against theaters playing the movie would also keep people from going to the movies to see other films being released that day including The Gambler, Into the Woods, and Unbroken.
  • Theater chains including Regal, AMC, Cinemark,Cineplex, Carmike, and Arclight decided not to show the movie before Sony officially made their decision.
  • Seth Rogen recently addressed the controversy in a radio interview saying, "I'm just going to go and try not to think about any of this stuff for a few days. I've been playing mental acrobatics. It's a very funny movie and amidst all the stuff surrounding it, it's just a comedy. Its prime goal was not to be controversial."


Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.

— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014

. @JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent.

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 17, 2014

Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I'd also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014

All joking aside, we just gave a comfy foothold to censorship & it doesn't get any better from this point on. #TheInterview

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 18, 2014 #TrumpVlog #TheInterviewMovie A sad day for freedom of speech-

A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Dec 12, 2014 at 2:54pm PST

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CHRIS PRATT WASN'T EXPECTING 'GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY' TO SUCCEED: Chris Pratt admits in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter that he didn't think Guardians of the Galaxy was going to do well. He explains, "Every rule said, 'You don't make a movie with a talking tree.' 'You don't spend this much money on a raccoon with a gun.' For me, I was like, 'Oh, so this movie is going to bomb. Done. This is the end of my career.'" Guardians is the highest-grossing movie of the year after taking in nearly $400,000,000 in the U.S. alone.

DREW BARRYMORE DOESN'T WANT TO BE MARTHA STEWART: Drew Barrymore insists that she isn't trying to be Martha Stewart or Gwyneth Paltrow even though she has her own wine, makeup, and fragrance collections. She denies that she is trying to build a lifestyle empire. Drew explained the reason why E! News saying, "Lifestyle seems to me, 'I'm really good at a lot of things. Let me show you how to do them.' I don't feel like I'm that at all. In fact, I'm not good at a lot of things. I'm not like, 'Let me cook and host the perfect dinner.'" The Blended star continued, "I'm not sure if I would succeed at lifestyle. What I do like is a curation. I'm interested in a lot of things and I want to make wine and I love beauty. I've been in a makeup chair my whole life so I love doing a makeup line. And it's more conducive to my life than movies right now, which I'll do few and far between or I'm not going to see my children. I can't accept that for myself right now. It's not an option."

UPCOMING STEVE CARELL MOVIE ABOUT NORTH KOREA GETS AXED: An upcoming thriller about North Korea starring Steve Carell will no longer be moving forward because of the terrorist threats against Sony Pictures over The Interview. Production was expected to being in March with Gore Verbinski set to direct but insiders tell Deadline that New Regency has scrapped the plans. They are apparently not looking into the idea of relocating the setting of the story.

CHARLIE SHEEN TO APPEAR ON 'THE GOLDBERGS': Charlie Sheen will be making a cameo on an upcoming episode of ABC's The Goldbergs as his character from the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The episode airing in 2015 will follow older sibling Barry, played by Troy Gentile, faking a sick day to try and create his own adventurous day similar to Ferris Bueller. Sheen played "boy in police station" in the film and appeared in a scene opposite Jennifer Grey.

BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD MAY APPEAR IN 'PETE'S DRAGON' REMAKE: Bryce Dallas Howard is reportedly in negotiations to co-star in a remake of the 1977 Disney movie Pete's Dragon. Robert Redford is also attached to star with David Lowery set as director. Production is expected to begin soon in New Zealand.

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Jake Gyllenhaal hints about his past relationship experiences in the January issue of Vogue magazine. The magazine features a conversation between the 33-year-old and Ruth Wilson -- his co-star in the upcoming Broadway show Constellations.

Jake explains what drew him to the play saying, "It makes me think of all the permutations of relationships. Times when I've approached somebody and they haven't been interested, or someone's approached me and I haven't been interested, or maybe things felt really, really right but it still didn't work out -- every incarnation possible. We've all had those moments."

  • Jake has been linked to Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, and Kirsten Dunst in the past. There were rumors earlier this year that he started dating Rachel McAdams while filming Southpaw together.
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JK Rowling discussed the religious diversity in Hogwarts during a Twitter chat with a fan on Tuesday (December 16th.) The fan tweeted, "@jk_rowling my wife said there are no Jews at Hogwarts. I'm a Jew so I assume she said it to be the only magical 1 in the family. Thoughts?"

The author responded, "Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard. To everyone asking whether their religion/belief/non-belief system is represented at Hogwarts: the only people I never imagined there are Wiccans." Rowling later wrote, "OK, let me clarify that! Anthony isn't the first Jewish student, nor is he the only one. I just have reasons for knowing most about him!"

  • The Anthony character first appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and then again in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. A version of him also appeared in the video game of Order of the Phoenix and in the LEGO Harry Potter games.



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