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Will You Spend Your Christmas with "The Interview"?

It looks like you'll be able to see The Interview after all.

It's the Seth Rogen/ James Franco movie that Sony decided not to release because movie theater chains wouldn't play it because of threats from the Sony hackers.

Now, some independent movie theaters will run it.

Sony released a statement. "We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day. At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience."

They're also talking about a video-on-demand release for the movie.

Seth Rogen, who also wrote the movie, is delighted.

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Maybe Meryl's Invisible on Instagram

Ellen Degeneres had the ladies from Into The Woods - Emily Blount, Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep - on her show the other day.

Ellen took the moment to grab a picture for Instagram.

"I brought my phone out because the selfie that we took at the Oscars, the whole idea was I was going to get a selfie with Meryl and everyone else jumped in," Ellen told eonline.com. "Meryl was hardly in the selfie."

You'll remember that picture (it's at the bottom). It caused Instagram to crash for a bit.

Anyway, the Into The Woods selfie didn't exactly have the desired effect. You can see even LESS of Meryl than you could in the first one.

I guess Ellen will just have to keep trying.


Who likes a selfie during Oscars? Apparently... everyone does #oscars

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The History of Tracking Santa

Most folks know about the offical Santa Tracker courtesy of the North American Aerospace Defense Command - aka, NORAD.

On Christmas Eve, all you have to do is log on to NORAD Tracks Santa, and they'll tell you where the Jolly Old Elf can be found.

The tradition began quite by accident back in 1955, when Sears published an ad that told kids to call Santa at ME2-6681 (back then, the first two characters in a phone number were letters for the phone exchange).

"Call me on my private phone, and I will talk to you personally, any time, day or night, or come visit me at Sears Toyland," read the ad. It showed a drawing of Santa, and the phone number.

Turns out that phone number belonged to Continental Air Defense Command (the precursor to NORAD) and it was the hotline, known only to two people.

The United States was in the middle of the Cold War, so when the hotline rang, the commander was expecting the worse when he answered the phone.

Imagine his surprise when a little boy said, "Is this Santa Claus?"

The phone calls kept coming, and the commander put some airmen on the phones to play Santa Claus.

From there, the tradition grew.

And if you want to call NORAD to find out what's going on with Santa's progress tonight, dial 1-877-HI-NORAD.



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Reporter Gets a Little Too Close to His Story

The subject matter isn't funny.

But the results are hilarious.

BBC reporter Quentin Somerville was covering a drug seizure in Afghanistan, and reporting on the burning of eight-and-a-half tons of heroin, opium and hashish.

Looks like he got a little too close to the inferno.

Check out the video - and see if you can avoid laughing...

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Amy Adams Hacked from Today Show

Amy Adams was supposed to appear on The Today Show to promote her soon-to-be-released film, Big Eyes.

But she reportedly told the show's producers that she didn't want to talk about the hack of Sony Pictures, because she didn't want to contribute to the media coverage of the event.

Her name is one of many that came out of the hack, specifically about how she was paid less than Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper to do American Hustle.

And because of that, The Today Show cancelled her appearance.

They issued a statement to set things straight. "As a news program, the Today show doesn't allow guests to put restrictions on interviews. In this case, after hours of discussion we felt uncomfortable with the demands being made and we determined the best course of action for all parties involved was to cancel the interview. "

Isn't that cute?

The Today Show thinks it's a "news program."
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Happy Holidays: Oakland Raider Comes Up Huge for Little Girl

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports has a program called Touchdown Dreams where he uses his contacts in the NFL to help brighten the lives of kids struggling with life-threatening illnesses.

Over the weekend, he helped arrange a visit for 4-year-old Ava Urrea with the Oakland Raiders.

The greeted her with signed helmets and footballs, and made her the team's captain for the day.

But one player - offensive lineman Menelik Watson - did all that one better.

He handed his game check to Ava's dad, and told him that he wanted to be sure that Ava had the best holidays ever.

According to those who know, that's more than $36,000.

An amazing story...

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Happy Holidays: Hells Angels to the Top of the Nice List

What a warm feeling.

The video is from the beginning of the month, when some members of the local Hells Angels club visited the Wal-Mart in Fresno, California to buy up some bikes on sale for their annual toy drive to help the Poverello House.

The Poverello House is a local non-profit, dedicated to helping the homeless and needy.

Great lesson in not judging a book by its cover.

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Bang the Drum, Craig Ferguson

On Friday night, two late night talk hosts signed off - Stephen Colber wrapped up The Colbert Report to prepare for taking over David Letterman's show when David retires in May.

The other was Craig Feguson, who's ably helmed The Late Late Show, with Letterman's show as a lead-in.

No word - yet - where Craig is headed.

But like Colbert, he decided on a musical send-off.

Singing "Bang the Drum" by Dead Man Fall, a Scottish band from Craig's home town, Craig was joined on percussion by some of his favorite guests.

Check it out as we wish him a bon voyage as well...

It's a two-parter, so be sure to check each of them!



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Rest Well, Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker, singer, musician, passed away yesterday at the age of 70.

His performance style was quirky to say the least, and he certainly left his mark on the music industry.

In 1983, he won a Grammy for his duet with Jennifer Warrens, "Up Where We Belong."

But in 1976, he did a very different sort of duet - sort of a duet of one - with John Belushi on Saturday Night Live.

At the time, some said that Belushi out-Cockered Cocker. He sure had his movements down.

Check it out, as we mark Joe's passing.

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Hey, Cardinals, Let's Talk "Spiritual Alzheimer's"

Yesterday, Pope Francis issued what you might call a State of the Vatican address in front of the Curia - the bureaucrats of the Vatican, the cardinals, bishops and priests who help him run the Roman Catholic Church.

It was his Christmas message to his employees, basically, and it did not resemble a Rockwell painting.

According to CBSNews.com, the Pope said that some:
  • "lust for power at all costs"
  • "live hypocritical double lives;" and
  • "suffer from 'spiritual Alzheimer's' that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God"
In all, 15 "sins of the Curia" that the pope would like to see fixed in 2015.

If you got a Dunkin' Donuts gift card from your boss, be happy, folks!


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