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Rob Lowe

If Sony Ran WWII

Hitler Would Have Won

52 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

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just blasted Sony, calling the movie company a spineless sellout and comparing it to the famous British Prime Minister who caved in to Hitler.

Lowe reacted to Sony's decision to pull "The Interview," saying, "Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today."

Chamberlain famously conceded Czechoslovakia to the Nazis in 1938. His policy of appeasement became synonymous with cowardice.   

So far no word from Seth Rogen on whether he embraces Rob's statement.

And Newt Gingrich got into the act, tweeting "@RobLowe, No one should kid themselves. With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar.  This is a very very dangerous precedent."

To which Rob retweeted "It wasn't the hackers who won, it was the terrorists and almost certainly the North Korean dictatorship, this was an act of war."

Michael Moore just fired his own salvo saying, "Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I'd also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers."

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Sony

Pulls the Plug on 'The Interview'

12/17/2014 2:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Sony has pulled the plug on the XMAS release of "The Interview," after a number of theater chains bailed.

TMZ broke the story Thursday morning ... Sony execs felt their out was if distributors yanked the film because of safety concerns. That would give Sony an out without directly bending to the hackers.

Sony just released a statement, saying, "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 statement goes on, saying, "We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public."

The execs are underscoring the distinction between pulling the film because of the distributors rather than out of fear, saying, "We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."  

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Ray McDonald

Cut By 49ers

'He's Made Poor Decisions'

12/17/2014 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The San Francisco 49ers are done dealing with Ray McDonald and police reports -- they've cut him from the team on the heels of him being named a suspect in a rape investigation.

General Manger Trent Baalke just held a news conference, saying the decision to drop McDonald was not solely based on the latest investigation, but instead it was due to a "pattern of poor decision making."

Baalke said a "plan was put in place" with Ray and the alleged rape case went "against that plan."
He didn't elaborate but it sounded like the team had warned McDonald -- after the alleged domestic violence incident with his fiancee in August -- to keep his nose clean, or else.

He added this was a team decision, and had nothing to do with the league.

Baalke said he was "extremely disappointed" ... but stressed it wasn't about guilt or innocence, and McDonald deserved to have his day in court.

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Stephen Collins

Victim Says Apology NOT Accepted

12/17/2014 1:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The woman who was just 10 when Stephen Collins molested her and placed her hand on his penis says she's not buying his belated apology.

The woman -- now in her 50s -- is telling family members, "Stephen is minimizing the incident. It was not just a spontaneous touching ... that aggression resulted in him ejaculating."   

She also scoffs at Collins decision not to apologize to her and another one of his victims, saying, "His assertion that he wanted to avoid reopening an old wound seems nonsensical to me."

She doesn't believe there are only 3 victims -- the ones he confessed to on audio.   

The woman has filed a police report with the NYPD and an investigation is underway, but we're told any case would be rejected because of the statute of limitations.

She clearly wants more than a mea culpa, asking, "Why isn't he donating any disposable income, beyond what he needs to survive, to a child-abuse charity?"  And shes says, "Maybe he should at least try apologizing to his victims."

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Bryan Singer Accuser

Indicted For Fraud

12/17/2014 11:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Egan -- the man who accused "X-Men" director, Bryan Singer, and mega producer Garth Ancier of repeatedly sexually assaulting him when he was 15 years old -- has been criminally indicted for securities and wire fraud. 

Egan made a spectacle of his allegations by holding a news conference in which he described in lurid detail what he claimed to be an organized sex ring at various pool parties.

Egan abruptly withdrew his lawsuits after his case began crumbling. The feds indicted Egan Thursday for allegedly defrauding investors by promising to invest money in Halloween-themed ventures, but instead pocketing the cash to pay for personal expenses.

According to the indictment Egan lied about owning parts of Vegas hotels and casinos and knowing the CEO of a major bank. He also allegedly duped an attorney into telling his investors that he had $13 million in assets when in reality he had less then $11K to his name.

If convicted he could face up to 20 years in prison and $5 million dollars in fines.

Bobby Shmurda

Arrested in Sting

Involving Drugs and Shootings

12/17/2014 11:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0828-bobby-shmurda-tmz-01Rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested Tuesday night during a sting involving multiple shootings and drug trafficking ... TMZ has confirmed.

The indictment is sealed and the specific charges have not been disclosed, but we know it's part of a long-term investigation conducted by the NYPD and a special narcotics prosecutor.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Shmurda was under surveillance by police and was arrested while he sat in a car outside a NYC recording studio.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday. 

Shumurda was arrested in October for smoking a joint with two friends while double parked on a Brooklyn street ... and in June for possession of a weapon.

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Sony

We Know How to Make This Movie Go Away

12/17/2014 8:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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2:00 PM PT -- AMC Theaters has decided to pull the plug as well, saying, "At this time, to best enable AMC guests to plan their holiday movie-going with certainty and confidence, AMC is programming its theatres without 'The Interview.'"

1:15 PM PT -- Canada's top theater chain, Cineplex, has postponed screening "The Interview."

12:10 PM PT -- Two more major movie chains -- Regal Entertainment and Carmike Cinemas -- have now decided to drop the film as well.

10:10 AM PT -- Bow Tie Cinemas became the second major chain to announce they will not be showing the film on any of their 350 screens. Bow Tie CEO Ben Moss said "the safety and comfort of our patrons is foremost in our minds."update_grey_gray_barSony execs think there's a way to yank "The Interview" and still not give in to the cyber-terrorists.

Industry insiders with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... studio heads are now banking on a flurry of cancellations from the various movie distributors across the country ... to the point where it would not make economic sense to release it.

We're told the execs are actually viewing the latest threat as having a silver lining ... the threat of a 9/11-type attack will make so many theaters pull the flick themselves -- and Sony won't have to do it. One movie chain has already reportedly folded -- the Carmike Cinemas. ArcLight is mulling over what to do.

We're told Sony execs want the bleeding to stop ... especially attacks against mid and low-level employees whose lives, finances and health issues have been exposed.  

Surprisingly ... there's talk about the movie getting play on some sort of pay-per-view platform, but that seems odd if they want the hacking to stop.

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James Franco

Rolls Out Beefy New Protection

... Just in Case

12/17/2014 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

James Franco BodyguardWith the Sony hackers now threatening violence -- James Franco is applying the old theory go big or go home ... when it comes to the security guard tailing him around NYC. 

Franco was leaving a restaurant in Manhattan Tuesday night with his new muscle in tow. He was in town to promote "The Interview" and attend the premiere ... which Sony ended up cancelling last night.

They say the best defense is a strong offense -- and that dude looks like he can offend, if necessary.

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Gayle King

Surprised by Oprah ...

Sooo Much Cake to Camera

12/17/2014 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1217_gayle_king_60th_birthday_launchOprah Winfrey isn't surprising a talk show audience with lavish gifts ... but she can still uncork a great one for her BFF!

We're told Gayle King arrived with Oprah Tuesday night to Pier 59 Studios in NYC with a roomful of close friends and family -- all to celebrate Gayle's 60th birthday. Everyone was wearing 2 of Gayle's faves ... yellow and clogs (now that's love). 

Best part of the surprise though -- cake ... tons of cake! Oprah brought in 960 cupcakes from Baked by Melissa to spell out "Sweet 60th." That would be plenty for anyone else -- but this is Oprah and Gayle -- so the Melt Shop made custom grilled cheeses ... a truffle melt and a maple bacon melt.

Most delicious birthday ... ever!

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Amy Pascal

I'm Going Nowhere

12/17/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal will NOT step down ... and we're told there has been a groundswell of celebrity support for her to keep her job.

Our industry sources tell TMZ ... more than 50 showbiz bigwigs -- many of whom are celebrities -- have contacted Pascal and other honchos at Sony voicing support for her. Ironically, a number of the supporters voice their sentiment via email to various execs at Sony.

We're told the celebs who have come forward include Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth PaltrowJohn Singleton, Jack Nicholson and Tyler Perry. As for that pic of Jolie with the steely look as Pascal hugged her ... we're told it was just a moment in time.

We're told Pascal is winning some points by spending much of her time in the last few days focusing on the security and safety of the employees.

Pascal is under fire for her emails with producer Scott Rudin about Prez Obama's film preferences, which Rudin said ranged from "12 Years a Slave" to "Ride Along."

The people voicing support have gone out of their way to say they do not think Pascal is racist.

Cuba Gooding Jr.

I've Reached A Verdict on O.J.

12/17/2014 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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121714_cuba_gooding_jr_launch_v2Cuba Gooding Jr. is already stepping into OJ Simpson's Bruno Magli's ... and he's made up his mind about whether the Juice is guilty of murder. 

Outside the Paley Center in NYC ... Cuba told us he's excited about playing Simpson in Ryan Murphy's miniseries “American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson." But to really nail the role, Cuba says he has to go all in -- which raises the million dollar question.

So, does that mean believing OJ did it ... believing he didn't ... or KNOWING he did, and then lying to yourself?

Watch the video -- Cuba gives us an answer. It's cryptic, but telling.

So, we gotta ask ...

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Stephen Collins

Confesses to Sexual Abuse

'I Did Something Terribly Wrong'

12/17/2014 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1007-stephen-collins-tmz-11-1Stephen Collins is publicly acknowledging he sexually abused three underage girls, but he says, "I have not had an impulse to act out in any such way" in the last 20 years.

Collins made his comments to People -- and will sit down for an interview with Katie Couric -- where he will discuss his confession about molesting and/or exposing himself to 3 underage girls decades ago.

He writes, "Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since."

Collins says he apologized to one of the victims 15 years ago, but decided against contacting the other two because he thought it "could actually make things worse for them by opening old wounds."

Law enforcement has been investigating the incidents, but our sources say the cases will go nowhere because the statute of limitations has long since run.

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Cody Simpson

Patrick Schwarzenegger's Fooling Everyone ...

He's a Party Animal

12/17/2014 5:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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121714_cody_simpson_launchMiley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger took Miami by storm together, but don't get it twisted -- one of them is fueling that party train more than the other... according to their pal Cody Simpson.

The Aussie pop star was shopping at Cotton On in Santa Monica, and talking about his New Year's party plan (he's got a great one) ... which got us on Patrick, Miley, and Cody's raging times at Art Basel last week on South Beach.

We asked who goes harder in the club -- and he backs up what TMZ first told you a couple weeks ago.

You gotta hear Cody gush about Patrick though -- bromance in full bloom. 

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