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Now You Can Stay Home & Watch "The Interview"

Sony Pictures announced yesterday that they're making their controversial film, The Interview, available across the Internet today.

The movie, in case you're interested, will stream between 10 AM Pacific Time and 1 PM Eastern Time on Christmas Day, on platforms like Google Play, YouTube Movies, Xbox Video, and SeeTheInterview.com. You can rent the movie for $5.99, or buy the HD for $14.99.

Sony's official word is that it was always their plan to release the film on a national platform.

And here it is.

But only if you're American.

Seth Rogen apologizes for that.

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The Con is On

A trailer was released this week for Will Smith's new movie, Focus, due out in February.

He plays a veteran con man who takes a recruit under his wing, and falls for her romantically in the process.

It's a comedy and a drama all rolled into one

Good to see some old TV faces in the trailer - Gerald McRaney and BD Wong among them.

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Here's Something You Won't See Every Day

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan gave the world a little gift yesterday on Live with Kelly and Michael.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, in a onesie, singing "Here Comes Santa Claus," doing a passable impression of Elvis Presley.

Definitely not something you'll see every day.

Unless of course you save this clip.

Then you can!

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So This is a Christmas Tree?

Rihanna posted some pix to Instagram to show off her Christmas tree for this year.

Call me silly, but I see five sparkly pyramids piled on top of each other, sitting in a corner.

The stocking leaning against it doesn't reallly make it a Christmas tree.

I don't know - is it just me?

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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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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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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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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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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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