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Why Natalie Portman Says “Star Wars” Actually Hurt Her Career

Why Natalie Portman Says “Star Wars” Actually Hurt Her Career

Merrick Morton/Lucasflim Ltd.(NEW YORK) -- When Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out in 1999, it became one of the highest grossing movies of all-time, but fans of the Star Wars franchise were torn about the series of new prequels.Oscar winner Natalie Portman, who starred in all three of the prequels, said playing the female protagonist Padmé in the franchise actually hurt her career.In an interview with New York magazine, where A-list stars paid tribute to the iconic director Mike Nichols, Portman shared a tale of how the late legend helped get her career back off the ground after Star Wars.Portman, 33, starred in Nichols' Seagull as part of the NY Shakespeare Festival summer season in 2001. Nichols helped get her into other movies like Cold Mountain in 2003."Star Wars had come out around the time of Seagull, and everyone thought I was a horrible actress," she said. "I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me. Mike wrote a letter to Anthony Minghella and said, 'Put her in Cold Mountain, I vouch for her.'"She continued, "And then Anthony passed me on to Tom Tykwer, who passed me on to the Wachowskis. I worked with Milos Forman a few years later. He said, 'Mike saved me. He wrote a letter so that I could get asylum in the U.S.' He did that for 50 people, and it doesn't make any one of us feel less special."Portman would end up winning the Oscar for her work in Black Swan in 2011.

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Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Directing Brad Pitt in Love Scene

Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Directing Brad Pitt in Love Scene

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will be back on screen together in By the Sea, which is set to be released next year and features the famous duo as a couple -- much like their debut movie together in 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith.While promoting her current film Unbroken, Jolie, 39, spoke to MTV news about directing a sex scene with her now husband in the future movie."I was the other person in the love scene, so it wasn't that hard," she quipped. "He knows what I need from him. He's always known."As for people making assumptions of the duo in real life based off what happens in the movie, Jolie said "I haven't thought that way for years. Because then you can't make a creative move if you're conscious of all the different interpretations. We wanted to be free and we wanted to play."She continued about the film, "It's a very creative film. We wanted to try things, so we intentionally made bold decisions...we just wanted to be artists and play."By the Sea, set in 1970s France, centers on a couple who travel and write together. Their relationship is falling apart until they happen upon a small town on the water.

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George Clooney Speaks Out About Lack of Sony Support

George Clooney Speaks Out About Lack of Sony Support

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — In an interview with Deadline published Thursday, George Clooney explained why he feels no one else in the industry stood up for Sony in the wake of the hack attack.Clooney said Hollywood big shots were all scared that they’d be next on the hackers’ list. They were so fearful, in fact, that they refused to sign a petition that Clooney and his agent, CAA’s Bryan Lourd, passed around in support of Sony. The letter was a call for the major studios to stand together with Sony and back their decision to not give in to the hackers’ demands."It was sent to basically the heads of every place,” Clooney said. “They told Bryan Lourd, ‘I can’t sign this.’ What? How can you not sign this? I’m not going to name anyone, that’s not what I’m here to do, but nobody signed the letter.”Sony ultimately decided to cancel the release of The Interview, the comedy at the center of the controversy for its depiction of North Korea and Kim Jong Un. The hackers had threatened to blow up theaters if the film was released.“Sony didn’t pull the movie because they were scared; they pulled the movie because all the theaters said they were not going to run it,” Clooney said. “And they said they were not going to run it because they talked to their lawyers and those lawyers said if somebody dies in one of these, then you’re going to be responsible.”As for where the movie industry goes from here, Clooney says the future remains uncertain. “I’ve seen statements they’ve put out and what the president said and what the response is,” he said. “The truth is, it’s all new territory and nobody knows how to handle it. I don’t think anyone was prepared for it. So now we’ll be prepared for it, hopefully. Everybody was doing their jobs, but somehow, we have allowed North Korea to dictate content, and that is just insane.”Clooney argues that a "good portion" of the media "abdicated its real duty" in the wake of the hack attack: "There was a real story going on. With just a little bit of work, you could have found out that it wasn’t just probably North Korea; it was North Korea."A White House spokesperson on Thursday declined to blame North Korea while addressing reporters Thursday, citing ongoing investigations.

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“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” “Annie” Open Friday; “Wild” Expands

“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” “Annie” Open Friday; “Wild” Expands

"Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" - Fox(NEW YORK) — The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opened on Wednesday, earning an estimated $24.5 million in its first day of release, according to The Hollywood Reporter.A few more new films join The Hobbit in theaters this weekend. Here's a closer look:Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb -- Ben Stiller's security guard character, Larry Daley, and his historical pals head to London for more museum adventures in the third film in the series. The late Robin Williams reprises his role of Teddy Roosevelt. Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson and Ben Kingsley also star. Rated PG.Annie -- Young Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis plays the titular character in the reboot of the famous musical. Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale also star in the film, which was co-produced by Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith, plus Jay Z. Rated PG.And expanding to wide release:Wild -- Reese Witherspoon earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as an emotionally-confused woman who takes a solo hike of more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. The film is based on the book by Cheryl Strayed. Rated R.

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Craig Ferguson to Host Final “Late Late Show” Friday Night

Craig Ferguson to Host Final “Late Late Show” Friday Night

Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — Craig Ferguson is saying his final farewell to CBS' The Late Late Show Friday night, after 10 years at the helm.The 52-year-old Scotsman took over hosting duties from Craig Kilborn in January 2005 and immediately shook up the traditional late-show format. For one thing, his producers never predetermined the topics he would talk about with guests, making for looser, more off-the-cuff interviews.“All I was trying to do with any guest, particularly guests who are very inside the Hollywood machine, was to humanize them…make them loosen up a little bit, to relax, and to have a good time,” Ferguson said in an interview with People. “It's about no-harm TV.”He was also known for being the only late-night host with a robot skeleton -- named Geoff Peterson -- as a sidekick, and a pantomime horse named Secretariat.Ferguson’s proudest moments on the show include when he refused to gossip about Britney Spears’ breakdown, when he had Desmond Tutu on the program, and when he won a Peabody Award in 2010. “Also, reintroducing pantomime horses to American television was a big moment for me,” he added.So why leave now? It was just the right time, he said. “It began to feel repetitive,” he told People. “I will have done more than 2,000 shows by the time I'm done. That's a lot of shows. It's time for a change. I don't know what's next, really, and that feels better. That kind of uncertainty feels quite refreshing after 10 years."Ferguson's last episode will air at 12:35 a.m. ET, with Jay Leno as the final guest, a man who knows a thing or two about retiring from late-night TV. Just don’t expect Ferguson to get teary-eyed. “James Joyce said that sentimentality is unearned emotion, and the media is awash with it,” Ferguson said. “I'm a man who tells jokes. I will continue to do so. I'm very grateful to the people that watch the show, don't get me wrong, and they'll continue to watch it. But you know, it's okay. We're not breaking up. This is not me dumping you. We're just changing our paths."British comedian James Corden will succeed him as host beginning March 23, 2015.Ferguson will continue to host the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game.

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Jennifer Aniston Among the Winners at the First “People” Magazine Awards

Jennifer Aniston Among the Winners at the First “People” Magazine Awards

ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) — The first-ever People Magazine Awards, which took a look back at the year in pop culture, aired live from the Beverly Hilton on NBC Thursday.The two-hour special was hosted by Nick Cannon, who briefly addressed his split from Mariah Carey by joking, "I've been told that I've graced People from time to time....It's not like anything interesting has happened in my life in 2014."Some of the celebrity honorees included Jennifer Aniston and Michael Keaton, who took home Movie Performance of the Year honors for their roles in Cake and Birdman, respectively.Kevin Hart won for Comedy Star of the Year, Kate Hudson was named Celebrity Role Model of the Year and Jennifer Lopez won the Triple Threat award.Presenters included Jeff Bridges, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Josh Groban, Sean Hayes, John Krasinski, Nicole Richie and Melissa Rivers.The evening also included music performances from Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.Here's the complete list of winners:Comedy Star of the YearKevin HartTV Performance of the Year-ActressLisa KudrowModel of the YearKarlie KlossNext Generation StarChloe Grace MoretzTV Performance of the Year-ActorJon HammCelebrity Role Model of the YearKate HudsonSexiest WomanKate UptonTalk Show Host of the YearJimmy FallonMovie Performance of the Year-ActressJennifer AnistonStyle Icon of the YearGwen StefaniBreakout Star of the YearBilly EichnerTV Couple of the YearMindy Kaling and Chris MessinaHero of the YearNora SandigoTriple ThreatJennifer LopezMovie Performance of the Year-ActorMichael Keaton

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Movie Review: “Annie” (Rated PG)

Movie Review: “Annie” (Rated PG)

"Annie" - Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) — An updated musical that already feels dated. Sony’s terrible week is probably about to get worse, because given the train wreck that is its new movie, Annie, I can’t imagine people will be flocking to theaters to catch this updated musical. I’ll skip the jokes about how the hackers should have tried to get Annie pulled, not The Interview, because you can’t go three seconds on Twitter without a similar punchline popping up in your feed. But yeah, Annie’s pretty bad. And it’s bad from the start. The opening musical number, in which our title character (played by youngest Oscar-nominee ever, Quvenzhane Wallis) tries to coax her classroom into clapping to the beat while she sings a school report, is one of those moments that just feels so forced, you’re embarrassed watching it. When people say they don’t like musicals because they feel it’s unnatural and uncomfortable when characters break into song, they’re talking about scenes like this. And it only gets better from there. And by better, I mean worse. In this version, Annie isn’t stuck in an orphanage. Instead, she lives in a pretty nice apartment in Harlem with four other foster kids. They all share one big room with bunk beds, and it kind of seems like every night is a sleep-over party. Through a series of contrived events that just don’t matter, Annie meets billionaire businessman Will Stacks (Jaime Foxx), who decides having Annie live with him would help his mayoral campaign. So the two team up. Wallis, of whom I was a big fan in Beasts of the Southern Wild, seems to have one gear for most of this movie: “charmingly optimistic.” Nothing fazes her version of Annie, to the point where you almost want to grab her and say, “Hey kid, it’s OK to be depressed. You’re an orphan stuck being raised by a witch. Your life kind of sucks.” Her singing is decent, though, and she and Jaime Foxx have good chemistry. I can’t wait to see them together again -- just hopefully not in the sequel of this movie. In fact, it’s the middle of the movie, where Annie and Will Stacks are building their bond, that’s the most enjoyable. There are some fun exchanges between the two, and a very funny satire on the Twilight franchise (yes, you read that right) that’s so good it almost seems out of place. Bonding along with them is Rose Byrne (Neighbors, Bridesmaids), who plays Stacks’ right-hand-gal, Grace, and when she, Wallis and Foxx are on screen in any combination there does tend to be a lot of charm. Another bright spot is Stephanie Kurtzuba (The Wolf of Wall Street). Here she plays an Eastern European social worker and steals every scene. But sadly, those are the only bright spots amid 118 minutes of darkness. Early on in the film, Ms. Hannigan, played by Cameron Diaz, tells one of her foster kids, “Take it down a notch, no one’s going to believe you.” That’s the perfect line to sum up her performance as an alcoholic, washed-up singer who takes in kids just for the government checks. Diaz is so over the top, you have to wonder if director Will Gluck was maybe on a coffee break during her scenes, or perhaps he just didn’t feel comfortable telling the star to tone it down. The acting is hardly the main problem with Annie, though. Most of the blame has to go to the script. In a good musical, songs enter the scene organically – here, they almost always feel crow-barred in. The tone is all over the place: sometimes it’s an over-the-top farce, sometimes it’s a movie of the week, and somehow, it all devolves into an action flick. Also, the updated references take a timeless story and turn it into a dated mess. Sure, the Twilight bit works, but a joke about 1990s dance-pop group C+C Music Factory just tries way too hard. This Annie is trying to be cool, and if you’re trying to be cool, you’re probably not. That said, Annie isn’t aimed at me, a single guy in his mid-30s. It’s aimed at kids and their parents, and in my screening, there were plenty of those.  The kids did seem to laugh in the right spots, though they never joined in singing the songs. Afterward, one of those kids was debating her movie score with her mom, deciding between a seven and an eight. So if you have to go see Annie, chances are your kids will be entertained, even if you’re not. Two out of five stars.

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The Colbert Report Signs Off

The Colbert Report Signs OffComedy Central(NEW YORK) -- After nine years of truthiness, justice, and the American Way, Stephen Colbert signed off as the host of Comedy Central's award winning spoof news show The Colbert Report. Colbert launched his show on October 17, 2005, ...

‘The Colbert Report’ Signs Off

‘The Colbert Report’ Signs Off Comedy Central After nine years of truthiness, justice, and the American Way, Stephen Colbert signed off as the host of Comedy Central's award winning spoof news show The Colbert ReportColbert launched his show on October 17, 2005, after spending seve...

Cosby Lawyer Says Comedian’s Comments ‘Continue to Be Misconstrued’

Cosby Lawyer Says Comedian’s Comments ‘Continue to Be Misconstrued’

Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- An attorney for Bill Cosby on Thursday criticized freelance journalist Stacy Brown on a Friday article in the New York Post in which Cosby's comments "continue to be misconstrued in a way that can only call into question the fair-mindedness of certain commentators."In that article, Brown quoted Cosby as saying, "I only expect our black media to uphold the standards of excellent journalism...and when you do that, you go in with a neutral mind." Cosby's attorney, John P. Schmitt, said that Cosby "did not ask for special treatment from the African-American media."Instead, Schmitt says, "he asked that they adhere to journalistic standards and approach the story in a neutral manner -- without a predisposition on either side of the story." That expectation applies to all media, he noted.Schmitt also noted the "mean-spirited and reckless rhetoric" spouted by MSNBC commentator and Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson. Dyson's comments called Cosby's request for neutrality the comedian's "rape [of the] entire black community."Cosby has been accused by several women in recent weeks of sexual abuse. Earlier this month, a woman named Judy Huth sued Cosby, alleging he molested her in the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old.Last month, Cosby denied the allegations made against him through his attorney.

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Mistrial Declared in Case Against Man Accused of Stalking R&B Singer Ashanti

Mistrial Declared in Case Against Man Accused of Stalking R&B Singer Ashanti

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- A New York criminal court judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case against Devar Hurd, the man accused of stalking R&B singer Ashanti.The mistrial was declared because one of the jurors was too sick to come in for deliberation. Hurd, who represented himself while facing charges of stalking and aggravated harassment, will return to jail and be retried as soon as next month.Between September 2012 and July 2013, Hurd allegedly sent over 100 messages to the singer on Twitter. Some of the messages were sexual in nature, and prosecutors said those messages caused harm to her "mental and emotional health." Hurd also allegedly approached Ashanti's sister, a violation of an order of protection requiring him to stay away.

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Jennifer Aniston Reveals Downside to Letting Herself Go for “Cake”

Jennifer Aniston Reveals Downside to Letting Herself Go for “Cake”

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston is getting some serious Oscar buzz for her role in Cake, but the actress recently said letting herself go for the acclaimed role did come with some negative side effects.On an episode of the Dr. Oz Show that aired on Thursday, Aniston, 45, talked about playing a character -- Claire Simmons -- in the movie, that deals with chronic pain and how she had to stop working out for a while to make the part convincing to the audience.This lack of exercise really affected her in the real world."It really was interesting when you stop working out how you just...my serotonin levels went down. My stamina was shot. I was cranky. I was irritable," she said on the show in a clip obtained by US Weekly. "I found myself short. I was hungry like crazy."She said the role made her realize how important fitness is in her life."[It's] important to our soul, not just being able to fit into skinny jeans," she added. "Just your state of mind, your soul, all of that."

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Stephen Collins Describes ‘Unthinkably Wrong’ Encounter with Girl

Stephen Collins Describes ‘Unthinkably Wrong’ Encounter with Girl

Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actor Stephen Collins’ confession of sexual misconduct with three underage girls in the past has made him an entertainment industry pariah.In an exclusive interview with Yahoo News’ Global Anchor Katie Couric, the man who played a virtuous father and pastor on the hit TV show 7th Heaven, described an inappropriate encounter with one of the girls, saying he knew he had done something “unthinkably wrong” that he couldn't take back.Collins, 67, said there were two times in 1973 where he exposed himself to the “young woman.”According to Collins, the underage girl had come to visit and stay with him and his first wife, and after his wife had gone to sleep, he and the girl were watching TV together.“And I took her hand and moved it in such a way that she was touching me inappropriately,” he said. “I knew that something unthinkably wrong had just happened that I couldn't take back.”Collins also confessed to exposing himself to a teenage girl in 1982 and again in 1994.The actor told Couric that after extensive therapy and religious consultation, he has not had an impulse to act out in such a way since 1994.“I’m a flawed person,” Collins said. “And in the church, it’s actually one of the things I love about the church...it’s really one of the main things about the Christian faith, is you know, Christ said in so many ways, ‘bring me that...which about you is broken, bring it,’ and most people are broken in some way.”Allegations of Collins’ wrongdoing first surfaced in October when a 2012 audio recording of his confession during a marriage counseling session with his estranged wife, Faye Grant, was released by the gossip website TMZ.Collins has lost acting jobs as a result of the revelations and 7th Heaven has been pulled from syndication. He also resigned from national board of SAG-AFTRA, the union that represents people who work in television and radio.In a previous statement to People magazine, Collins had said the marriage counseling sessions were recorded without his or his therapist’s knowledge or consent."This came out. I didn't choose this to come out," Collins told Couric. "I didn't want to have to deal with these things publicly.”“I had dealt with them very, very strongly, and committedly, in my private life, but I think, I’m a human being with flaws and I've done everything to address it,” he said.In a statement issued to ABC News in response to the new interview, Collins' estranged wife, Grant, wrote, "I sincerely hope Steven gets the help he needs."The couple's divorce proceedings have been moved to next year.Watch more of Katie Couric's interview with Stephen Collins on 20/20, Friday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Theaters Now Pull “Team America” Movie One Day After “The Interview”

Theaters Now Pull “Team America” Movie One Day After “The Interview”

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- After a few theaters tried to replace The Interview with another movie highlighting North Korea, Team America has also been pulled from theaters.Paramount Pictures, the studios behind Team America, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment, but the theaters said the company yanked the film only hours after the independent theaters said they would show the 2004 movie in place of the James Franco and Seth Rogen satire."Due to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today," the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas-Fort Worth tweeted Thursday afternoon.Two other theaters -- Capitol Theater in Cleveland and Plaza Atlanta -- did the same, saying Paramount canceled the showings.

Please note: Our Late Shift screening of Team America: World Police has been canceled by Paramount Pictures. pic.twitter.com/TlPVzIeICW

— Capitol Theatre (@CapitolW65th) December 18, 2014

Team America is the second movie pulled from theaters in two days after cyberhackers threatened theaters that planned to show Sony’s The Interview.Alamo Drafthouse Wednesday was the first to post the planned replacement movie, written by the creators of South Park.On its Facebook page, the theater wrote, "For the record, our plan was to still show The Interview ... unfortunately these decisions aren't always ours to make. But in light of these recent events, we only have one thing to say: 'AMERICA F*** YEAH!' ... Join us for a special showing of the TEAM AMERICA QUOTE-ALONG" with subtitles for the film's songs on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m.

"This show is FREE, because you can't spell 'FREEDOM' without 'FREE,'" the theater added.Now, that planned has been shelved.For those who have never seen the decade-old movie, Team America's plot involves Kim Jong-il, the late father of current North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un. It's another satire much like The Interview, but more violent as American forces battle terrorists led by the World Police. But it's filmed using puppets."We're just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation," James Wallace, creative manager and programmer for the Texas theater, told The Hollywood Reporter about the plan to swap out the films.The Alamo Drafthouse did not return ABC News’ request for comment.As for The Interview, Sony pulled the plug on the release date of Dec. 25 after major movie chains like AMC and Regal all chose not to show the movie because of hacker threats."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," Sony said in a statement. "We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."The company added that it stands by the filmmakers and "their right to free expression."

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Angelina Jolie on Bucking the Hollywood Establishment: ‘I Do What I Want to Do’

Angelina Jolie on Bucking the Hollywood Establishment: ‘I Do What I Want to Do’

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie has never played by Hollywood's rules, and she doesn't plan on changing that anytime soon"I never had a plan in my life," the 39-year-old actress-turned-director tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I do what I want to do. And if suddenly tomorrow I couldn't do anything, I could deal with that."

"I'd be happy at home being a mom," she adds.These days, Jolie is most interested in directing, and so far she seems to be one of the few women to earn a place among the A-list stars who have made the transition.Her third directorial effort, By the Sea, seems a bit of an odd choice for the Maleficent star. The film, which she also wrote and stars in with husband Brad Pitt was shot in Malta, right after the famous couple tied the knot. It centers around a husband and wife trying to rekindle their dying marriage during a trip to Europe."Yes, we spent our honeymoon playing two people in a terrible marriage," Jolie tells the industry trade publication, admitting, "I'm sure a therapist would have a field day analyzing the films I choose to do.""But it's been 10 years since Brad and I have worked together, she explains. "It felt like it was time."By the Sea is expected to hit theaters in 2015.  Jolie's directing credits also include the documentary A Place in Time, the 2011 film In the Land of Blood and Honey and her latest, Unbroken, which opens Christmas Day.

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Stephen Colbert Says Goodbye to “The Colbert Report” Thursday Night

Stephen Colbert Says Goodbye to “The Colbert Report” Thursday Night

Comedy Central(NEW YORK) — After nine years as host of The Colbert Report, and with a new gig as David Letterman's replacement on the horizon, Stephen Colbert will sign off from his Comedy Central late-night show on Thursday night.Colbert launched his show on Oct. 17, 2005, after spending several years as a correspondent on another Comedy Central program, The Daily Show. His parody of right-wing TV commentators quickly became a hit, as he popularized terms such as "truthiness."Colbert's highlights during his run include hosting the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2006, launching a fake run for president in 2007, and hosting a handful of episodes of his show from Iraq in 2009.Colbert faced controversy earlier this year, when the Twitter account for his show posted a tweet that was intended to mock Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for the way he handled the complaints regarding his team's nickname, but which some deemed insensitive to the Asian community. The tweet inspired a social media campaign calling for his show to be cancelled. For his part, Colbert said he did not write the tweet.Colbert's guest on The Colbert Report finale, airing at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time, will be Grimmy, a.k.a. The Grim Reaper.Colbert will take over CBS' Late Show from Letterman next September. Comedy Central will fill his current time slot with The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, premiering Jan. 19.

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Charlie Sheen to Reprise “Ferris Bueller” Role for “The Goldbergs”

Charlie Sheen to Reprise “Ferris Bueller” Role for “The Goldbergs”

Frank Ockenfels/FX(NEW YORK) — Charlie Sheen will reprise one of his early roles for a guest appearance on ABC's 1980s-centric comedy The Goldbergs.The Anger Management star will channel his Ferris Bueller's Day Off character -- the unnamed bad boy in the police station -- for an episode airing in early 2015, according to People magazine.Sheen's character in the 1986 movie had a flirtatious conversation with Jennifer Grey's Jeanie, the sister of Ferris Bueller. In the episode of The Goldbergs featuring Sheen, Hayley Orrantia's Erica will essentially fill the Jeanie role.There's been speculation that Sheen will return to the CBS sitcom from which he was fired a few years ago, Two and a Half Men, for its series finale on Feb. 19, but nothing's been confirmed.

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North Korea-Set Thriller Starring Steve Carell Cancelled

North Korea-Set Thriller Starring Steve Carell Cancelled

NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth(LOS ANGELES) — The hack attack on Sony not only altered plans for its comedy The Interview, it also resulted in the cancellation of a movie from a different company that was to have starred Steve Carell.Deadline reports New Regency has pulled the plug on the untitled thriller, which would have been set in North Korea and helmed by Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski. Production would have started in March.Fox had declined to distribute the film, and Deadline's sources say that given the current situation with Sony, it didn't make sense to move forward with it.Verbinski reacted with a statement to Deadline that reads in part, "My thoughts: I find it ironic that fear is eliminating the possibility to tell stories that depict our ability to overcome fear."Sony Pictures announced Wednesday it has cancelled the Christmas Day release date of The Interview, after hackers threatened theaters that planned to show the film. Several movie chains pulled The Interview from its schedule prior to Sony's decision.  Carell tweeted on Wednesday that it was a "sad day for creative expression."

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Opens One Year from Today

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Opens One Year from Today

LucasFilm(NEW YORK) — Dec. 18, 2015 -- one year from today -- will be a day long remembered for Star Wars fans: it's when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters. The film, the first Star Wars movie released since ABC's parent company Disney purchased George Lucas' galaxy far, far away, is the first chapter in a new trilogy.For now, not much is known about the plot of J.J. Abrams' film, so fans the world over have resorted to poring over every frame of the 88-second teaser that was released on Black Friday. Dan Casey, associate editor of the geek culture website Nerdist, says fans are excited about the fact that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, the stars of the original Star Wars films, are returning for this one.

"I think that people were honestly...quite surprised that the original cast was going to be returning, because it didn't seem like something they wanted to do," he said. "It felt like something that they were trying to distance themselves from, actually. So...that was just sort of like icing on the cake. It was -- you know, if people were excited at ten, that kicked it up to eleven."Aside from the returning cast -- which also includes Anthony Daniels as finicky protocol droid C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca -- The Force Awakens also stars series newcomers Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley as Rey, and John Boyega as Finn.The new character names were recently revealed by Abrams, who didn't elaborate more about the newcomers' roles. He was also mum about who Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will be playing.  While some Star Wars fans were disappointed by the three prequel films, Casey insists the movie from lifelong Star Wars fan Abrams seems specifically designed to make disgruntled fans say, "All is forgiven." "Everything I've seen so far has just been like a "Hey, come back to the fold," Casey tells ABC News Radio. "It's sort of like that 'come to Jesus' moment where they recognize some of the faults with the prequel trilogy and they're trying to course correct and from everything I've seen so far, just judging by that trailer, it sounds like they have their heart in the right place."

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Norman Bridwell, Creator of “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” Dead at 86

Norman Bridwell, Creator of “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” Dead at 86

Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The author and illustrator of the Clifford the Big Red Dog series of children's books has died.Norman Bridwell died on Martha's Vineyard, off the Massachusetts coast, on Friday, according to the publisher of his series, Scholastic. He was 86.Bridwell created Clifford the Big Red Dog in 1963, and the character was featured in dozens of books. Two new books, Clifford Goes to Kindergarten and Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah, will be released in 2015.The character also inspired a PBS animated series of the same name.Bridwell is survived by his wife, Norma; a daughter, Emily Elizabeth; a son, Timothy; and three grandchildren.

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