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'The Interview'

Hackers Make New Demands

On Sony Pictures

12/19/2014 8:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Sony hackers are not satisfied -- they've unleashed a new threat ... trying to ensure "The Interview" NEVER gets released in any format.

Several top level execs at Sony Pictures got the new message which reportedly said, "We want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately."

They also demanded "The Interview" never come out on DVD, pay-per-view, or V.O.D.

CNN first reported the latest message ... which also reminds the Sony execs the hackers still have all of their "private and sensitive data."

The hackers told execs they'd made a "very wise" decision to cancel the release, and shouldn't make any new trouble for themselves.

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Michael Phelps

Pleads Guilty to DUI

Gets Probation

15 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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1219-michael-phelps-nicole-getty-01Michael Phelps showed up to a Baltimore court Friday morning where he pled guilty to driving under the influence.

Phelps was given a one-year suspended sentence and 18 months probation ... meaning if he screws up in the next 18 months, he goes behind bars for a year. 

The Olympic hero arrived with his mom, sister and girlfriend -- Miss California 2010 Nicole Johnson.

We broke the story... Phelps was busted on September 30 at 1:40 AM for DUI. His B.A.C. was nearly twice the legal limit.

He checked himself into rehab following the arrest.

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'The Interview'

North Korea Behind the Hack

... FBI Says

24 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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The FBI is confirming North Korea is responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures -- and it has a ton of evidence to back it up.

The agency says the North Korean government's fingerprints are all over the attack -- which used specific malware and IP addresses connected to previous attacks ... that it knows were carried out by N. Korea. 

The FBI is treating the hack as an act of terrorism intended to "inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves."

Additionally ... the FBI gives Sony a major pat on the back for reporting the attack within hours.

George Clooney

F*** Kim Jong-un

Hollywood Showed NO Balls

12/19/2014 6:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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George Clooney sent a petition to the most powerful people in Hollywood -- asking them to take a stand against the cyber-terrorists and in favor of freedom -- yet not a single person would sign.

Clooney wrote his petition before Sony pulled the plug on "The Interview." It reads, "We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty ... we will not stand in fear."

The actor told Deadline, no one wanted to be the first to sign their name, and it was clearly out of blind fear. A frustrated Clooney said, "We cannot be told we can't see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f***ing people."

Clooney believes what was really going on is that everyone was afraid their emails would be hacked, so they compromised freedom of expression to save their own hides.

Clooney would not name names.

Kenny Anderson

Having Met Kim Jong-un ...

I Know Sony Should Back Off

12/19/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1218-kenny-anderson-the-interview-01Former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson says Sony Pictures absolutely did the right thing by pulling "The Interview" out of theaters ... and adds he can't figure out why they made it in the first place.

Kenny actually met Kim Jong-un when he went to North Korea in January as part of Dennis Rodman's goodwill team of ex-NBA players. He tells TMZ Sports ... "I was trippin' when I saw the movie preview. Why would they want to ruffle their feathers? They already hate America."

Kenny says Kim Jong-un actually treated him very well while he was there -- but admits he was ignorant to the atrocities committed by Kim's regime ... until he got back stateside. 

He says he's confused about the plan to greenlight 'Interview' .. but adds, "I think they might've been trying to make Americans aware of some of the stuff that happens over there."

As for the financial hit Sony stands to take -- Kenny says the money's not as important as human lives. As he puts it, "Sometimes it's best to cut your losses."

Kylie Jenner & Tyga

Car Trouble

at Bev Hills Date Night

12/19/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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121914_kylie_tyga_launchKylie Jenner and her bf Tyga tried to make a quick exit during their first date night in front of the paparazzi -- but the valet ... and Tyga's fancy car had other plans.

Tylie (yeah, we said it) have been all over Instagram together, but have never been out together at a big L.A. hot spot ... until Thursday night.  

Kylie tried to bolt for the passenger door, while covering her face ... but unfortunately for her ... the valet could not figure out how to open the doors on Tyga's Lambo.

They do eventually make their getaway -- but you gotta see the keystone cops routine while they try to figure out how to get in their ride. 

Oh, and she's still 17 and he's still 25. Just for the record.

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Stephen Collins

'I Am Not a Pedophile'

12/19/2014 6:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Stephen Collins says he's not a pedophile, but rather someone who had a "distortion" in his thinking. 

Collins told Katie Couric ... he does not fit the "clinical or dictionary definition" of a pedophile ... so concluded his therapist. That same therapist, Collins says, told him that if Collins really was a pedophile ... he would have repeated the misdeed way more than he did. 

Collins told Couric he has no attraction toward children and that the incident in 1973 -- where he made physical contact with one of the victims -- stopped him dead in his tracks ... saying, "It was the opposite of excitement or gratification."

TMZ spoke with that victim on Wednesday ... who feels Collins is downplaying the incident and doesn't buy his decision not to apologize to her.

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Amanda Bynes

I Want to be a Trojan Shrink

12/19/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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has her sights set on USC and the psychology department ... but this time not as a patient.

Amanda took a VIP tour of the campus Wednesday and we're told she told the folks with whom she interacted she wanted to enroll in the school as a psych major.

It makes sense ... Amanda has had more than her share of interactions with shrinks over the last two years. A staffer from the admissions department told TMZ ... the school does not hold mental illness against any applicant ... if they're qualified and able to engage in studies, that's all that matters.

As for her tour ... several students saw her on the golf cart tooling around campus with headphones, singing "Roar" by Katy Perry

A USC staffer tells us the earliest she could be admitted is next Fall.

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Nicki Minaj's Ex-BF

Becoming Suicidal Over Breakup

12/19/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1218-nicki-minaj-tmz-sbstunts-instagram-01The ex-boyfriend of Nicki Minaj is taking their break-up INCREDIBLY hard ... to the point he's having suicidal thoughts. 

Safaree Samuels is confiding in friends that he's an emotional wreck over his breakup with Nicki after a 12-year relationship. He's become a shut-in, spends days and nights smoking weed, and has talked openly about suicide.

Safaree is telling friends he won't get in touch with Nicki because she's now hooked up with Meek Mill. He says it's torture for him, because he believes Meek Mill destroyed his relationship with Nicki over false claims he cheated.

Safaree's friends say they're scared these are more than idle threats. They've urged him to see a shrink. The problem ... he's seeing one whom he says has been giving him meds that make him even more emotional.

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You Walked Outside Wearing What?!

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Can she get away with this look?

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Justin Bieber

Blazin' Again ...

But Not Like That

12/19/2014 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber was caught speeding in the valley and it's cost him thousands ... which is just how he planned it.

Biebs was down for a little late night go-kart action Wednesday night for a bud's b-day ... and dropped a few grand for an after-hours, all-access adrenaline session at MB2 Raceway.

We're told ... JB arrived with a dozen friends -- including Hailey Baldwin. We're told he dropped $2,700 ... the cost of burning rubber for 2 hours.

The staff gladly stuck around ...  Justin threw them an extra $500.

Go Biebs Racer ... Go!

Soulja Boy

I Scored a Deal

For My Loaded Gun Case

12/19/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Soulja Boy DealSoulja Boy cut a deal Thursday ... but he wasn't signed to a new record label -- the rapper copped a plea in his loaded gun case ... and the gun in question will soon be history.

Soulja pled no contest Thursday to carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle ... in return, the possession charge was dropped.

Soulja was also sentenced to 24 months summary probation and 170 hours of community service.

As for the gun ... according to the deal it will be destroyed.

Case closed.

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Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Hey Sony,

You Owe America 'The Interview'

12/19/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Hunstman, Jr. isn't scared of North Korea and doesn't think Sony should be either ... and he thinks Sony screwed up by shelving 'The Interview.'

Our D.C. photog felt Hunstman was the perfect person to ask, since he's North Korea adjacent, having served as U.S. Ambassador to both Singapore and China.

The former presidential hopeful had some friendly advice for Sony: Don't let anybody stand in the way of what you do best ... making movies.

Has he seen 'White House Down?'

"TOY SOLDIERS"

SINGER MARTIKA

'MEMBA HER?!

12/19/2014 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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After a stint on the TV show "Kids Incorporated" -- Martika gained fame for singing the chart topping 1989 song "Toy Soldiers" and the not as popular songs "More Than You Know" and "I Feel The Earth Move." Guess what she looks like now!

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