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Sony Cancels December 25th Release of The Interview

In light of the threats from the hacker group by the name of “Guardians of Peace,” Sony has decided to pull The Interview, set to be released Christmas day, from all theaters. The controversial comedy, written by Dan Sterling, stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two journalists that land an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong- Un, and are instructed to assassinate him.

Sony’s decision to do so follows the choice of the country’s major movie chains to not show the film. As of earlier today, AMC Entertainment, Regal Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment, Cinemark, and Carmike Cinemas all resolved not to show The Interview in effort to protect moviegoers from any danger. The hackers had threatened, “The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places [that screen the film] at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave). “

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Britney Spears Reveals How She Stays Fit

Britney Spears shares how she stays fit in the January/February 2015 issue of Women’s Health magazine. The mom of two graces the cover in a two piece peach bikini showing off her toned abs.

The singer reveals in the magazine that she is able to stay in shape and motivated without the help of a personal trainer. “Daily exercise is important for me both mentally and physically. I don’t mind working out. Trainers keep you motivated, but I don’t have a problem being motivated,” Spears told the magazine.

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Muffin Top: A Love Story, and a Must See

You may have caught our interview with the women behind Muffin Top: A Love Story here on Joonbug.com about a year ago. Director, writer, producer, and star Catheryn Michon and her Tony Award winning costar Marissa Jaret Winokur sat down with us to tell us about their feature film, their labor of love. Back then, Muffin Top, the quirky female-driven comedy about body acceptance at any size, was still raising money on Kick Starter. Their film was the first in decades to feature more women both on and off screen in production. Today, you can buy the film on iTunes, Amazon, or Vimeo, as it tours the country with full-feature premieres.

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10 Movies to Get Excited About in 2015

Let it sink in guys, 2014 is almost over. With Thanksgiving and Christmas already on the horizon, 2015 is coming fast. Next year is primed to be a big one when it comes to movies; from summer's slate of comic-book blockbusters to some seriously sexy new faces (Hello, Christian Grey!). One thing is clear – in 2015 it’s going to pay to be a fan of a franchise. Without further ado, here are 10 movies to get excited for in 2015.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – This one may be the most anticipated film of 2015 if movie trailer views mean anything. With 50.6 million YouTube views in its first week the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was the most viewed trailer of the year. Let’s face it – the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a powerhouse, and its movies have become events unto themselves. This time around the Avengers are back together to face off against Ultron, a villainous robot with a whole lot of contempt for the human race. This one comes out on May 1st, so sheck out the trailer below and get ready for the superhero event of 2015.

Pitch Perfect 2 – Not a whole lot is known about this sequel yet, all we know is that it will deal with the themes of growing up and moving out into the world. The original reached cult status after its release in 2012 – Anna Kendrick’s cover of “Cups” in the film even became a radio hit – so it’s safe to say the excitement levels for this one are high. Now we just have to suffer through the tortuous wait until May 15th. No trailer has been released yet, so let’s just relive this glorious moment:







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Jai Courtney Graces the Cover of MANHATTAN Magazine

The December issue of MANHATTAN Magazine features Jai Courtney, the Australian actor of Divergent fame. In the issue Courtney addresses various struggles he faced as an actor starting out and how he found his path to success. He also talks about his upcoming projects, such as his role in the Terminator reboot. Watch the set video below, and check out a few select quotes from the interview.

On his epiphany during his first job cleaning camping equipment that he wanted to pursue acting:

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Real Housewives' Star Sonja Morgan Celebrates the Launch of Her Clothing Line

This past Wednesday, Sonja Morgan of the Real Housewives of New York hosted a private soiree in the heart of Manhattan to celebrate the launch of her new clothing line. As the cover model of the Latina Magazine's "Anniversary Issue," she has much to celebrate. As Sonja’s floor length gown trailed behind her, she was all smiles as she greeted friends walking through the door. She also debuted her new boy toy, a young male model who easily turned a few heads himself. Kristin Taekman, also of the reality shows success, was present to support her friend as she donned one of her own creations. Other partygoers included former White House periodontist Dr. Nicholas Toscano, celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, Seriously Funny Gowns founder Jody Barrett and actress Leesa Rowland.

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Melissa Rivers Breaks Her Silence About Joan

After losing her mother unexpectedly in September, Melissa Rivers broker her silence and spoke publicly about her late mother at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast.

Before Melissa took the stage to remember her mother, comedian Sarah Silverman introduced a video clip package of the late comedian and shared some of her thoughts about her. “At 81 she lived a life that could jam pack ten lifetimes, but she wasn't done, she left us unfinished,” Silverman said.

Melissa then spoke about her late mother saying, “My mother was fearless. And I don't mean she didn't have any fears, I mean that even though she was only 5'2, she stood tall and walked through it. And that's what made her such a brilliant performer.”

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Amy Schumer to Host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

It was announced last night that comedian Amy Schumer will be hosting the 2015 MTV Movie Awards which are set to take place on April 12th at 9pm live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

Schumer took over all of MTV’s social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Tumblr and Snapchat teasing fans with the big announcement. The comedian said in a statement, “I am honored to be hosting the awards. I will carry the audience with me like a teen mom #breaktheinternet #breakmywater.”

She is best known for her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer which is set to have its third season premiere in April 2015.

The nominees for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards are set to be announced at a later date.

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'King of Instagram' Dan Bilzerian Arrested at LAX

Internet celeb Dan Bilzerian was arrested at LAX on Tuesday December 9th for allegedly stockpiling the components needed to make a bomb. TMZ has learned that Bilzerian has in his possession ammonium, aluminum powder, and ammonium nitrate mix - ingredients that when combined can act like "pure TNT."

According to documents, a warrant was issued for Bilzerian in connection with explosives possession over a month ago, but remained confidential preceding his arrest. He was released from police custody on Wednesday afternoon, with charges still to be determined.

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Golden Globes Nominees Announced


This morning, the Golden Globe nominees were announced by Kate Beckinsale, Paula Patton, Peter Krause, and Jeremy Piven. The long list of nominees includes breakout TV hits like Fargo and True Detective, along with a whole lot of love for films like Birdman and The Theory of Everything. With a few notable snubs (poor Mad Men and Parenthood), this years crop of nominees is brimming with talented stars and the phenomenal films and TV shows they made this year.

The winners of the coveted Golden Globe awards will be announced on January 11th, when America's BFF's Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the awards ceremony. Without further ado, here are your nominees, per Vanity Fair.

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Angelina Jolie Slammed by Sony Producer

Sony is not having a very good week. After several of Sony Pictures films were leaked, many of the company’s in-house emails were also revealed to the public. One particular email thread, between producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal, is making waves. The thread contains several nasty accusations about Angelina Jolie and reveals the drama behind the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs.

The emails seem to center on Pascal and Rudin wanting David Fincher to direct the biopic, but finding it difficult to nab him due to Jolie wanting him to direct her Cleopatra reboot. In the emails Rudin warned Pascal to "SHUT ANGIE DOWN BEFORE SHE MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR DAVID TO DO JOBS." Pascal did not take kindly to the threat and the email thread exploded from there, with the co-chair telling Rudin, "do not f--king threaten me."

And while the two lobbied insults at each other, Jolie receives the brunt of the scorn from the execs. Rudin continued to complain about "the insanity and rampaging spoiled ego of [Angelina Jolie]," referring to her as a "minimally talented spoiled brat."

Jolie wasn't the only celeb discussed in the emails though. Michael Fassbender's, ahem, body of work is mentioned and Rudin calls producer Megan Ellison a "bipolar 28-year-old lunatic." At one point Pascal, after enduring countless email-fits from Rudin, simply writes back, "Why are u punishing me."