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Oscar Buzz for Jennifer Aniston in Cake

The Oscar buzz surrounding Jennifer Aniston for her role in Cake is getting louder each day.

Ms Aniston made an unlikely press stop by the Dr. Oz Show where she talked about playing Claire Simmons, who deals with chronic pain by taking illegal drugs.

Jennifer talked about the changes that took effect when she stopped working out to transform for this role.

“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.”

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Sony Pulls the Plug

Threats from the Sony Corp. hackers has forced the shelving of the The Interview starring James Franco and Seth Rogen.

“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,” the company 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.”

When asked about a digital or video on demand release, a Sony spokesperson said “Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film”.

The decision by Sony came after all the big chain theaters announced they would not be show the film due to the threat of an impending attack on theaters that showed the film.

The comedy-horror film was set for a Dec. 25 release.

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The Most Liked Celebrity of 2014 is…

Actor Morgan Freeman has appeared in such films as Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven and Batman Begins.

This wasn’t a counting of Facebook likes, the list of “Most Liked Celebrities” was determined by a survey of people ages 13 to 49 by E-Score, a Los Angeles based research service.

Here is the complete top-25:

1. Morgan Freeman
2. Tom Hanks
3. Sandra Bullock
4. Betty White
5. Will Smith
6. Clint Eastwood
7. Bruce Willis
8. Julia Roberts
9. Leonardo DiCaprio
10. Jennifer Aniston
11. Ben Stiller
12. George Clooney
13. Ellen DeGeneres
14. Eddie Murphy
15. Dolly Parton
16. Nicolas Cage
17. John Travolta
18. Whoopi Goldberg
19. Sylvester Stallone
20. Taylor Swift
21. David Letterman
22. Oprah Winfrey
23. Jay Leno
24. Alec Baldwin
25. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Movies Opening This Week – Dec. 17 and 19, 2014

This is a very special weekend for a couple of reasons…  Sadly, this is the final big screen live action performance of the beloved Robin Williams in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.  With a career spanning just 3 years shy of 4 decades (Source:  IMDb), Robin has taken us along with him on his journey and given us a glimpse into a type of humor we didn’t know existed.  He delivered many wonderful performances that made us laugh, and sometimes cry, but in the end it will be the man that I’m sure most of us will remember.  Here is an article (Source:  NY Times) that was written by Robin last year about the memorable Jonathan Winters, Robin’s comedic mentor… enjoy.  Lastly, on an epic up note, this is the final installment of Peter Jackson’s saga, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  The film opens early this week starting on Wednesday.  So far Rotten Tomatoes is giving it a 59%, but that doesn’t matter if you’re a fan.  Have a great time at the movies!  I know I will!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) – [Opens 12/17/14]
[PG-13] 144 min – Adventure | Fantasy
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett

Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth. [watch trailer]

Annie (2014)
[PG] 118 min – Comedy | Drama | Family | Musical
Director: Will Gluck
Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne

A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. [watch trailer]

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
[PG] 97 min – Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dick Van Dyke

Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. [watch trailer]

Mr. Turner (2014)
[R] 150 min – Biography | Drama | History
Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s life. [watch trailer]

Goodbye to All That (2014)
87 min – Comedy | Drama
Director: Angus MacLachlan
Stars: Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey, Anna Camp, Heather Graham

When his wife unexpectedly informs him that she wants a divorce, well-meaning but oblivious husband Otto Wall finds himself thrust back into bachelorhood, where he searches for the real thing amidst a string of one night stands. [watch trailer]

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Sony Pictures Employees Offered An Out

The Sony Pictures hack has taken another weird twist.   The hackers, Guardians of Peace or #GOP, have apparently offered to withhold data stolen from the company’s employees.

The group of hackers encouraged employees to contact them to if they didn’t want any of their emails released to the media.

“Message to SPE Staffers,” it read. “We have a plan to release emails and privacy of the Sony Pictures employees. If you don’t want your privacy to be released, tell us your name and business title to take off your data.”

There is no way of knowing how many, if any, have taken the GOP up on their offer, and if it is a valid offer.

Here is what we can tell you, always remember that emails, instant messages, and txt messages are never truly private.  The folks at Sony Pictures are learning that lesson the hard way.

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