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George Clooney on Sony Hack: We Have a Responsibility to Stand Up Against This

Actor George Clooney at 'Monuments Men' in Paris, France on Feb. 12, 2014.
Actor George Clooney at 'Monuments Men' in Paris, France on Feb. 12, 2014. Julien M. Hekimian—Getty Images

"It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country."

In an interview with Deadline, George Clooney shared his feelings on the Sony hack and the studio’s subsequent cancelation of The Interview‘s release, revealing that he circulated a petition urging others in Hollywood to stand by the studio.

Clooney said the petition “was sent to basically the heads of every place,” adding, that “nobody signed” it. The letter, the full extent of which is available at Deadline, states: “This is not just an attack on Sony. It involves every studio, every network, every business and every individual in this country. That is why we fully support Sony’s decision not to submit to these hackers’ demands. 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 hope these hackers are brought to justice but until they are, we will not stand in fear. We will stand together.”

In the interview, Clooney argued that “we have a responsibility to stand up against this.” He added: “That’s not just Sony, but all of us, including my good friends in the press who have the responsibility to be asking themselves: What was important? What was the important story to be covering here? The hacking is terrible because of the damage they did to all those people. Their medical records, that is a horrible thing, their Social Security numbers. Then, to turn around and threaten to blow people up and kill people, and just by that threat alone we change what we do for a living, that’s the actual definition of terrorism.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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People Names Kate Upton ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

Kate Upton at The PEOPLE Magazine Awards on December 18, 2014.
Kate Upton at The PEOPLE Magazine Awards on December 18, 2014. Jon Kopaloff—FilmMagic/Getty Images

Upton is best known for her modeling work for 'Sports Illustrated'

Usually it’s just the men who get all the attention when People‘s “Sexiest Alive” announcement rolls around each year, but now the magazine is adding ladies to the mix: People named model Kate Upton the “Sexiest Woman Alive” at Thursday’s inaugural People Magazine Awards.

Upton’s best known for her work modeling for Sports Illustrated – she covered the magazine’s 2012 swimsuit issue — but she’s also spent some time on the big screen, most recently in this year’s The Other Woman.

Eric Dane of Grey’s Anatomy and The Last Ship fame introduced Upton, who boarded the stage to give her own definition of what “sexy” means to her: “Sexy to me means somebody who’s confident and happy and that’s the person I always strive to be,” she said. “Thanks to my fans. I’m so, so sorry to my 18-year-old brother. Poor David.”

Upton joins actor Chris Hemsworth, who nabbed the “Sexiest Man Alive” title in November.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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People Magazine Awards Honor Cream of Celebrity Crop

The PEOPLE Magazine Awards - Arrivals
Kate Upton arrives at The PEOPLE Magazine Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 18, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. Jon Kopaloff—FilmMagic/Getty Images

Kate Upton, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Lopez among the winners

People Magazine honored the top celebrities of 2014 on Thursday night, and the red carpet saw a high-voltage turnout.

While many long-established VIPs were celebrated (Gwen Stefani was designated 2014’s Style Icon, Jennifer Lopez its Triple Threat), there were a few fresher faces as well: Billy Eichner of Billy on the Street fame was named Breakout Star of the Year, and Karlie Kloss (close friend of Taylor Swift) was named Model of the Year.

Kate Upton was chosen as People’s Sexiest Woman (naturally) and Jon Hamm was honored for Television Performance of the Year in his role as Don Draper.

Read more about the event at People.

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Minecraft Creator Outbids Beyonce For Beverly Hills Mansion

Tommy Lee, fiancee Sofia Toufa and Markus "Notch" Persson party at XS nightclub in Las Vegas
Skrillex and Markus Persson, right, at XS nightclub in Las Vegas on Sept. 19, 2014. Danny Mahoney—Splash/Corbis

The Swedish billionaire is now the owner of a fully-furnished 23,000 square-foot mansion

Markus Persson, the creator of Minecraft, has won a bidding war for what’s been described as the most expensive home ever in Beverly Hills. For the price of $70 million, Persson outbid superstars like Jay-Z and Beyonce, reports Mashable.

The 23,000 square-foot mansion includes an infinity pool with iPad-controlled fountains, 15 bathrooms, an 18-seat movie theater, three high-definition televisions that can screen panoramic views of Los Angeles from the roof, vodka and tequila bars, a replica of James Dean’s motorcycle, cases of Dom Perignon and two dozen Roberto Cavalli place settings.

The sale was handled by the John Aaroe Group and on the real estate firm’s blog, realtor Katia De Los Reyes writes, “Marcus fell in love with the house, its sleek contemporary design and its spectacular panoramic views that sweep from downtown LA to the Pacific Ocean. The fact that the house also was completely furnished in such great style was another major selling point for him.”

Persson sold his company Mojang — which launched the extremely popular Minecraft in 2009 — to Microsoft for $2.5 billion earlier this year. On Thursday he tweeted a snap of himself enjoying his new pad:


TIME Music

Chris Martin Jokes That Angelina Jolie Told Him to ‘Write Me a Song, or Else’

Chris Martin performs with U2 during a surprise concert in support of World AIDS Day in Times Square in New York City on Dec. 1, 2014 Carlo Allegri—Reuters

"There was also a guy holding a knife to my throat"

Chris Martin was forced into composing the song “Miracles” for Angelina Jolie’s movie Unbroken. At least if we believe the Coldplay singer’s own jocular account.

“I got a message that said: ‘Meet in this undisclosed location,’” Martin explained when Vulture asked him about the song’s backstory at a recent Hollywood luncheon. The message apparently continued: “You’ll be blindfolded and picked up by seven ex-Navy SEALs.”

Martin adds: “So they kidnapped me, hit me over the head, and sprayed me with mace. When I woke up, I was in an office, and Brad Pitt was doing push-ups as Angelina Jolie was just sitting there with her crown on. There was also a guy holding a knife to my throat, and she said, ‘Write me a song, or else.’ And Brad Pitt said, ‘Yeah. What she said.'”

Then followed, according to Martin, an American Idol–esque tryout.

“We wrote a song and then she said, ‘It’s through to the final eight,’ and then we had live eliminations at her house,” Martin continued. “We came in second, but the main guy chickened out.”

Unbroken will be in theaters on Christmas Day.


TIME viral

Watch Tom Hanks Wannabe Nick Jonas Play the Giant Keyboard at FAO Schwartz

Kind of a 'Big' deal

Singer Nick Jonas had a pretty Big moment at the FAO Schwartz in New York City on Tuesday.

Jonas went to the iconic toy store to sing his hit Jealous while playing the giant keyboard:

“I had to pay homage to the man Tom Hanks,” Jonas wrote on Facebook. Hanks made the keyboard famous in the 1988 movie Big:

There were no reports that Jonas played Heart and Soul as an encore.

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15 People Who Were Almost Famous in 2014

The heroes, villains and phenomena that rose, briefly, to the top

  • Alex From Target

    The Internet is constantly improving efficiency. In the past, tween girls had to discover their burgeoning sexuality by having a crush on some nonthreatening, mop-headed, baby-faced singer or actor even though they didn’t care about singing or acting. Now they have Alex Lee, a nonthreatening, mop-headed, baby-faced checkout kid in Texas that some girl took a photo of and posted on Twitter. A day later, he had 300,000 followers, a spot on CNN and a bunch of old people confused.

  • “Human” Hello Kitty

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    The name Hello Kitty may sound absurd, but it definitely implies cat. At least it did until the Internet uncovered the Japanese icon’s official bio, which says her real identity is Kitty White, a “little girl” who lives in London, loves apple pie and has her own pet cat, Charmmy Kitty. That revelation caused a virtual pussy riot, forcing maker Sanrio to issue a statement clarifying that Hello Kitty is anthropomorphized–like Mickey Mouse, or a girl dressed up like a cat. Which makes sense in Japan.

  • Bob Costas’ Eyes

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    For decades, viewers of the Olympics have looked into Costas’ eyes and seen warmth, excitement and the spirit of the Games. But in Sochi, they saw the pus-crusted, cerise-rotted soul of Mephistopheles. To Costas’ credit, he tried to hide his pinkeye infection with glasses. But that didn’t stop his gaze from forcing us to confront the demise of our corporeal shells. He was replaced by Matt Lauer, whose hairline did the same thing.

  • Hot Mug-Shot Guy

    15 Minutes

    At some point, young ladies mature from fantasizing about nonthreatening checkout boys to parolees who were arrested for gun possession. The mug shot of Jeremy Meeks, whose piercing blue eyes, high cheekbones and teardrop tattoo–which means he’s gosh-awfully sorry–made women swoon and guys in the friend zone even more pissed off.

  • Jesse Helt

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    After winning MTV’s Video of the Year, Miley Cyrus brilliantly decided not to make a speech about the artistry of licking mallets and gyrating naked on a wrecking ball. Instead, she sent to the stage her superhandsome date: Helt, a homeless teen who asked people to donate to a Hollywood shelter. Then Oregon police saw him, realized he was violating probation and gave him six months in prison. During which, ironically, he will spend his entire time telling fellow inmates what Miley Cyrus looks like.

  • V. Stiviano

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    Jonathan Alcorn—Reuters

    L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s part-Latino, part-black model mistress secretly audiotaped his racist rants, forcing him to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer and forcing her to wear visors so big, it made one wonder if Sterling had a Jennifer Beals fetish.

  • California Chrome

    15 Minutes
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    After winning the Kentucky Derby by a lot and then winning another race that wasn’t in Kentucky by a lot, California Chrome was expected to win yet another race that wasn’t in Kentucky, something no horse had done since Twitter was invented. He lost.

  • Smarf

    At 4 a.m. on Oct. 28, Adult Swim aired a surrealistic nightmare. The 11-minute short Too Many Cooks–which immediately went viral–is an elongated, cheesy 1980s sitcom opener that morphs into a slasher flick whose breakout star is a puppet that looks like an Alf knockoff that someone bought at a Tijuana flea market and then left in a Tijuana dryer too long. Smarf celebrates, Smarf kills, Smarf dies. And Smarf definitely entered a lot of stoners’ algebra-class doodles.

  • Peter Nyong’o

    When Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres took the most tweeted group selfie in the long history of tweeted group selfies, she arranged a tableau of Meryl Streep, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o–and Nyong’o’s 20-year-old brother Peter, who hopped in at the last minute to photo-bomb everyone. He blocked most of Angelina’s face, which only proves that he is wider than a pencil.

  • Luis Suárez

    15 Minutes
    Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno—Getty Images

    Prior to the World Cup, Uruguay, which fielded one of the top teams, hoped its star player would do two things: score goals and not bite people. Alas, Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, with his smooth shoulder skin the color of just-laid brown eggs, proved too irresistible for the Mike Tyson of soccer.

  • Flappy Bird

    15 Minutes

    Feeling that Angry Birds was way too complicated, Vietnamese video-game developer Nguyen Ha Dong created an alternative version, in which players tap to fly up as they avoid pipes. But once the game hit 50 million downloads and started earning more than $50,000 a day, Dong–who possibly read Infinite Jest or just saw The Ring–decided he did not want people developing a screen addiction and removed it from major app stores. This fixed everything in the world.

  • The Singing Nun

    During 26-year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia’s audition for Italy’s version of The Voice, the judges were shocked to see a millennial with a habit other than constantly Instagramming herself. Scuccia quickly converted her skeptics, though, and went on to win the whole season, belting out hits like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Her first single was a cover of “Like a Virgin.” This new Pope really does allow anything.

  • Thomas Piketty

    15 Minutes
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    The English translation of the liberal French economist’s 685-page proof of the Kuznets curve (when r > g, there’s trouble, dude) became No. 1 on the New York Times’ nonfiction best-seller list and caused rich liberals to be even more boring at dinner parties.

  • “Apparently” Kid

    Armed with the looks of the kid a family sitcom desperately hires in its fifth season after all the original child actors have lost their cuteness through puberty, 5-year-old Noah Ritter used a local TV-news interview at a county fair to abuse both the word apparently and America’s heart. Predictably, Ellen DeGeneres made him a part-time reporter.

  • Charlo Greene

    15 Minutes

    After her report on a medical-marijuana club in Anchorage, the local TV reporter revealed that she was actually the owner, ending her report with “F-ck it, I quit.” There is a fair chance that Noah Ritter will eventually end his Ellen gig the same way.

TIME movies

This is President Obama’s Favorite Movie of 2014

President Obama Speaks At White House Hanukkah Reception
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Hanukkak Party, December 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

The film has already won lots of awards, but perhaps none so fine as the leader the free world's approval

Like everyone else, the President of the United States of America likes to relax with a movie sometimes. And he has a favorite for 2014: Boyhood.

Boyhood was a great movie,” he told People, in a joint interview with Michelle Obama. “That, I think, was my favorite movie this year.”

The movie has been nominated for five Golden Globes, including best picture, and has so far routed this season’s film awards circuit, picking up all kinds of accolades.

The president also talks to People about his current favorite book, the videos his daughters show him online, and “the most astonishing Vine” he saw this year. It involves, naturally, Michelle — plus, a turnip.

Read more at People

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Rapper Bobby Shmurda Has Been Arrested in New York City

Bobby Shmurda is seen at Jimmy Kimmel Live on Dec. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles RB—Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images

He was picked up while outside a recording studio on Seventh Avenue

Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested in New York City on Wednesday, in connection with an investigation into street violence and drug trafficking in the city’s outer borough.

Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, was taken into custody by investigators as he sat in his car outside Quad Recording Studios on Seventh Avenue, the New York Times reported.

The 20-year-old rapper has increasingly had run-ins with law enforcement this year, having been arrested for possession of an illegal firearm in June followed by an October arrest for possession of marijuana. Both arrests took place in Brooklyn, where the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for New York City is conducting an investigation along with the New York Police Department’s newly formed Brooklyn South Violence Reduction Task Force.

More than 12 others have been arrested as part of the investigation, and authorities said further details and charges would be unsealed in court on Thursday.


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