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It Was Them: FBI Says North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack
Sony took the unprecedented step on Wednesday of canceling the Christmas Day release of the film.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

Outspoken Putin Critic Faces 10 Years in Jail
Putin foe Alexei Navalny should be imprisoned for 10 years for stealing $500,000, prosecutors in Russia said Friday/<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

Pope Jokes About Not Being Around for 2024 Olympics
Pope Francis wished Rome good luck in its bid to host 2024 Olympic Games, sparking laughter and applause when he added 'I won't be here.'<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

No Change at Guantanamo Under New Cuba Relationship
President Barack Obama vowed as a candidate to close Guantanamo, but 136 detainees in the U.S. campaign against terrorism are still housed there.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

James Holmes' Parents: 'He Is Not a Monster'
The parents of Holmes, who's accused of massacring 12 people at a Colorado movie theater in 2012, released a letter in their first public comments.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Could Christmas Worsen Ebola's Spread?
Aid experts worry that Christmas travel could spread more than good cheer. They're worried it will spread Ebola.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

Three Things to Look for in Obama's Year-Ender
The White House is viewing this as a kind of victory lap after an eventful lame-duck session.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

Pakistan Kills 77 Militants After School Massacre
Pakistan's army says it killed 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

'Unspeakable': Eight Kids Found Dead in Australia Home
Eight children were found dead after a stabbing at their Australian home Friday, police said in what their country's prime minister described as an "unspeakable crime."<img width='1' height='1'...

Cops Interviewing 'Person of Interest' in Boy's Death
No arrests have been made.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br clear='all'/>Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:34:15 GMT

Wet Christmas: Soaking Storm Brewing for the Holiday
Flight delays are possible at the big airports of the Northeast and at O'Hare and Midway in Chicago, and Interstate 95 could be a mess.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Rerun: Berlin's Going to Party Like It's 1989 (With 'The Hoff')
David Hasselhoff is set to make a homecoming of sorts when he performs in front of hundreds of thousands of people in Berlin.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

End of an Era: Colbert Closes With Star-Studded Sing-Along
Stephen Colbert filed the final episode of "The Colbert Report" on Thursday, bidding farewell to his popular cable television show.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Clooney: N. Korea Shouldn't Dictate What We Watch
George Clooney has called on Hollywood coleagues to push for the immediate online release of "The Interview" despite the Sony hack and other threats.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Awkward Family Photos: 'Tis the Season
Check out these funny and unforgettable photos of folks celebrating the most awkward time of the year.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

American Christian Aid Worker Arrested in China
China arrested on Friday a Korean American Christian aid worker who was being held near the country's border with North Korea.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

WATCH: Smash-and-Grab Thieves Seize $250K in Jewelry
Police have released security video of two suspects in a brazen daylight smash-and-grab at a Brooklyn jewelry store.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

Friday's Top 5 News Stories
From the fallout of the Sony Pictures hack attack to the tragic deaths of eight children in Australia, see the stories we're following.<img width='1' height='1' src=''...

Confiscated Cuba: Land Recovery a Dream for Some
Some Cuban ex-pats and their descendants are hoping that new relations open up the door to reclaiming lost lands.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

Confiscated Cuba: Land Recovery a Dream for Some
Some Cuban ex-pats and their descendants are hoping that new relations open up the door to reclaiming lost lands.<img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/><br...

Entertainment News

The feds may have ruined Christmas at the Giudice house. Radar Online is reporting that officials raided Teresa and Joe's home in New Jersey this week and allegedly took property to satisfy the debt they owe after they failed to set up a payment plans.

A source said, "Plasma televisions, expensive jewelry, cash, and even the kids’ Christmas presents were taken. Teresa was home and was absolutely stunned by the raid. She had no clue they were coming. She was absolutely hysterical, and begging them not to take the girls' Christmas presents." The insider also revealed that agents found cash stocked away in the couple's wine cellar.

  • A spokesman for the New Jersey Disctrict Attorney's office and Teresa's rep are denying that any such raid took place.
  • The property will apparently be auctioned off with any extra money going toward paying off creditors from their bankruptcy case.
  • Teresa is set to start her 15 month prison sentence on January 5th.

Sony will reportedly be losing $90 million for scrapping the release of The Interview. According to The Wrap, the studio's decision to not even offer the film in streaming, video-on-demand, or DVD/Blu-ray format means they will eat the cost of the entire movie.

The website estimates that the production cost about $45 million. Sony also spent $35 million on marketing in the U.S. and an additional $10 to $12 million on overseas marketing. Inside sources also revealed that before the cancellation the studio projected the movie would take in around $80 million in the U.S. and $130 in the rest of the world.

  • Sources also believe that the company can make up five or six million in marketing losses by trading out the ad space for other upcoming titles.
  • According to Huffington Post, movie posters for The Interview are selling on eBay for price tags around $550. However, a movie-poster expert who has appeared on Antique Roadshow explained, "A year from now, you wouldn't be able to get more than $15, maybe $20 for them. These things have no intrinsic value to begin with."

A 23-year-old man named Jordan Parke has spent $150,000 to look like his idol, Kim Kardashian.

According to UK's The Sun, the British make-up artist admits to having had over 50 cosmetic procedures including Botox, lip and cheek fillers, eyebrow tattoos, and laser hair removal to try and resemble the reality star. He told the tabloid, "I love everything about Kim. She's the most gorgeous woman ever. Her skin is perfect, her hair, everything about her." Jordan admits that he has come across plenty of haters saying, "I laugh when people try to insult me by telling me I look plastic or fake. Do they think I'm going for the natural look? If I was, I'd ask for my money back."

  • The superfan says he first fell in love with Kim after watching an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
  • He also admits to spending a lot of his money on the designer purses and luggage that Kim loves.

Jordan's Kardashian Transformation:

Nothing to do with us btw. "Fan of @KimKardashian spends £100,000 to look like his idol."

— SalonAddict (@SALONADDICT) December 18, 2014
Ansel Elgort took to Twitter on Wednesday (December 17th) to clear up rumors that he is gay.

He wrote, "Just in case it isn't clear...I like girls. A lot." The 20-year-old added, "Also let me say if I was gay I wouldn't hide it. Being gay or straight isn't bad or good it just IS. U are who you are. Be true to yourself."

  • Ansel split up from his longtime girlfriend Violetta Komyshan in August.

Gotham star Ben McKenzie may have fame and success from his TV career but it hasn't necessarily helped his love life. The 36-year-old opens up about sex and dating in the new issue of Elle and even addresses the rumors from earlier this year that he hooked up with Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev.

He tells the magazine, "I gave Nina Dobrev a hug! The one time I actually didn't hook up with someone...I'm really shy about that stuff. I really don't like relationships to be played out in public. It creates terrible strain. It creates bizarre dynamics. There's that saying, 'Less said about the bedroom, the better.'" Ben continues, "I like the idea of old-fashioned dating, which at this point is almost heretical. People are genuinely surprised when you ask them out. I've never had a problem being monogamous in a serious relationship. I've also never had a problem dating as I see fit when I'm not in a relationship. The guilt of not being monogamous would be massive. I don't think that I could deal with that. Maybe that's why I'm not in a relationship."

KRIS AND BRUCE JENNER ARE OFFICIALLY DIVORCED: An L.A. county judge has signed the documents that finalize Kris and Bruce Jenner's divorce. TMZ is reporting that the couple didn't have a prenup but they agreed to let Kris have the house and then divided up the bank accounts and other assets. Kris and Bruce first announced their split in June 2013 and Kris officially filed for divorce last September.

NEW BILL COSBY ACCUSER TO APPEAR ON DR. PHIL: A new woman has come forward accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault. She has agreed to tell her story exclusively to Dr. Phil. The woman named Lisa alleges that she was a 21-year-old aspiring model in 1988 when the comedian offered her career support before he offered her a drink at his hotel suite and she woke up at home two days later. Lisa will appear along with the six accusers who are being represented by Gloria Allred. The episode will be airing later today (December 19th.)

LENA DUNHAM IS UPGRADING HER APARTMENT: Lena Dunham has upgraded her housing. According to Radar Online, the Girls creator recently dropped $5 million on a new unit in Brooklyn Heights. The new pad includes four bedrooms, marble counters, and plenty of natural light.

AMANDA BYNES WANTS TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AGAIN: Amanda Bynes took to Twitter on Wednesday (December 17th) to reveal that she wants to go back to school at the University of Southern California. She wrote, "I took a USC campus tour yesterday it was sick! I plan on transferring from FIDM. The campus is sick!" A source at the school told E! News, "She was on a tour, came in and she was just looking around the cafeteria. She was on a cart tour. She was dressed super casually, but she had her big sunglasses on. She was with just a tour guide and an assistant-type of person. I could tell she was really low key about it all. It was hard to tell if she was happy/excited to be there because of the sunglasses, she was covering the side of her face at a point but nothing too dramatic." Several students on campus reported their sightings of her on social media.

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ PHOTOGRAPHED ON CRUTCHES: Chloe Grace Moretz is on crutches after injuring her knee. Her rep has revealed that she has a "slight sprain" that she sustained while filming The Fifth Wave in Atlanta. The publicist revealed that 17-year-old Moretz does all of her own stunts.

SARAH SILVERMAN DEVELOPING SHOW AT HBO: Sarah Silverman is working with HBO to develop a new half-hour comedy that she will star in. According to Deadline, the show is described as "a comic look at a pathologically honest woman having a modern mid-life crisis." The pilot was written by Secret Diary of a Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble. Sarah won an Emmy this year for her HBO special, We Are Miracles.

PARAMOUNT STOPS THEATERS FROM SHOW 'TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE': Paramount Pictures has ordered any movie theaters planning to screen Team America: World Police instead of The Interview to cancel those plans. The Alamo Drafthouse in Texas as well as theaters in Atlanta and Cleveland had announced special screenings of the 2004 comedy but wrote on Twitter that "circumstance beyond our control" forced them to refund all ticket sales. The White House has refused to confirm that North Korea has been found to be responsible for the Sony hacking.

'SMASH' MUSICAL RETURNING FOR CHARITY PERFORMANCE: Bombshell, the fictional musical at the center of the former NBC series Smash, will be staged for a one-night-only charity event. The performance will benefit The Actors Fund. The cast and venue have not been revealed but the show is being produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron -- the folks behind Peter Pan Live! and The Sound of Music Live!.

'SCHOOL OF ROCK' MUSICAL HEADING TO BROADWAY: Andrew Lloyd Webber is producing a musical adaptation of School of Rock for Broadway. The show will be based on the 2003 Jack Black comedy of the same name. Previews will begin on November 2nd, 2015 with an opening night set for December 6th.

WALT BECKER SIGNS ON TO DIRECT 'ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 4': New Regency has hired Walt Becker to direct the fourth installment in the Alvin and the Chipmunks series. Plot and cast details have not been revealed but the script is being worked on by Made of Honor writer Adam Sztykiel. The film will hit theaters on December 23rd, 2015.


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