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10 Emerging Stars That Grabbed Our Attention In 2014

December 20th, 2014 3:00pm EST
David Oyelowo
The sun may soon be setting on 2014, but for 10 entertainers—that made us sing, dance, cry and think in those 365 days—their celebrity status has rose. Below are stars we couldn’t help but take notice of in 2014 and are anxious to see what’s next for them in the New Year.

David Oyelowo- Breakout Actor

The British-bred actor was a scene stealer in Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” playing opposite Forrest Whittaker and Oprah Winfrey. Reteaming with the media mogul in “Selma,” the spotlight is mostly on him as he channels Martin Luther King Jr. and it’s not going unrecognized as he’s already nabbed...
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Will The Next James Bond Be Black?

December 20th, 2014 12:10pm EST
Idris Elba
Will Idris Elba be the next 007? Leaked emails reveal that Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal was pushing for the actor to take over the iconic role from Daniel Craig.

According to the Daily Beast, Pascal sent an email to Elizabeth Cantillon, former executive VP of production for Columbia Pictures, which distributes the Bond films, on Jan. 4, 2014, that read, “Idris should be the next bond.”

In the past, Elba admitted he'd jump at playing the role.

The 24th film in the franchise, "Spectre," is opening in theaters in November 2015.

Craig revealed in 2012 that he was ready...
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Sean Penn Slams Sony For Caving In To Hackers

December 20th, 2014 10:44am EST
Sean Penn
Sean Penn has joined President Barack Obama and criticized Sony executives for pulling the Christmas day release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's comedy "The Interview."

The studio canceled the release earlier this week after several movie chains decided not to show the film for fear of repercussions from the hackers, who call themselves Guardians of Peace.

"The Interview" centers on two TV journalists assigned to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

On Friday, President Obama told reporters that Sony executives had "made a mistake" in cancelling the release of the film.

Penn al...
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'The Good Lie' Is Available On DVD & Blu-ray Dec. 23

December 20th, 2014 6:17am EST
The Good Lie
"The Good Lie" centers on Mamere and Theo from Southern Sudan. After the Northern militia destroys their home and kills their parents, Theo is forced to assume the role of chief and lead a group of young survivors, including his sister Abital, to safety.

The rag tag group travels to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Along the way they meet other fleeing children and form friendships with Jeremiah and Paul, whose skills become essential to their survival. Thirteen years later, the young adults move to the United States.

When they arrive in Kansas, they meet Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon), an...
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Is This 'Star Wars' Themed Christmas Light Display The Best Ever?

December 19th, 2014 11:22pm EST
Star Wars Lights
If there wasn't already enough buzz about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" going around, Newark, California's Tom BetGeorge just upped the anticipation level with his latest display of Christmas lights.

BetGeorge, a music teacher and director for the COVA Conservatory in Oakland, created an amazing Christmas display in his front yard, complete with musical instruments that light up, spotlights and even a little smoke, and set up a lightshow that runs with a few different pieces of music, including a mix of the major theme songs from the "Star Wars" trilogies.

BetGeorge built and lit the gia...
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Obama Calls Out Sony For Giving In To Cyberterrorists

December 19th, 2014 9:55pm EST
Obama
President Obama has spoken out about Sony's decision to pull "The Interview" from release, saying that the company did the wrong thing by canceling the film's planned Thursday night premiere (Dec. 18) and then deciding to shelve the film indefinitely in light of last month's hack of the movie studio's network by cyberterrorist group the Guardians of Peace.

During a news conference on Friday, the President said, "I wish they had spoken to me first. I would have told them do not get into a pattern in which you're intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks."

Related: 'Guardians Of Peace'...
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Sony Receives More Threats Over 'The Interview'

December 19th, 2014 6:52pm EST
The Interview
Now that Sony Pictures has given in to the demands of the "Guardians of Peace" and canceled the release of Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy "The Interview," the cyberterrorist group has threatened the company once again, this time demanding that Sony basically destroy everything related to the film.

A new message from the group warns that more private emails and other sensitive materials obtained in their hack of nearly 40 terabytes of data from the company will be made public if Sony doesn't comply. That means no Blu-ray/DVD release, pulling all the trailers for the film from sites like You...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'A Clockwork Orange'

December 19th, 2014 12:20pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'A Clockwork Orange'
We’re keeping in tune with awards season, but with a slight twist this week. With Sony’s unfortunate move pulling the new comedy "The Interview" from theatrical release due to hacker threats it felt like time to take a stand. So controversy is the pick of the day…welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick. The selection this week is a film certainly no stranger to harsh criticism. It was a daring blend of visceral violence, lush visuals, captivating performances and the use of classical music in ways no one had ever seen before. Most of you know this one, but after the sad state of events this ...
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Seth Rogen Hires Special Forces Bodyguard After Threats From North Korea

December 19th, 2014 8:35am EST
Seth Rogen Hires Special Forces Bodyguard After Threats From Nor
This whole "The Interview" thing went from harmless comedy to World War Three in like a week's time.

Here's the latest in our coming armed global conflict over a mediocre Seth Rogen comedy: Rogen has apparently hired a bodyguard in the wake of potential threats from North Korean terrorists.

On Wednesday, Rogen was spotted in LAX alongside a beefy bearded fellow who Perez Hilton reports is ex-special forces. He's also "highly skilled," which is probably the case with most who are ex-special forces.

Terrorist groups linked to North Korea have already made major threats on Sony and the Un...
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Backstreet Boys Documentary Trailer Released (Watch)

December 18th, 2014 4:05pm EST
Backstreet Boys
The new documentary about The Backstreet Boys poses the question, "What do you do when you’re a full-grown man in a boy band?"

"From 1999 to about 2002, we were the biggest band in the world," said Brian Littrell in the new trailer for the documentary.

It was originally conceived as a way to record the band’s reunion, but soon turned into a story about the band's success as part of the Lou Pearlman-helmed boy band craze.

"Lou had seen the success of Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block, and he was like, 'Well, I can do this. I can put together a group,'" BSB member A.J. McLean says in the...
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