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N. Korea compares Obama to monkey in hacking row
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview."...

Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday....

Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap
TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it's apparent that Sony Corp. has not attained the magic synergy it was hoping for....

Will 'The Interview' change how Hollywood does business?
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Interview" was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn't even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a major studio to release a film in theaters and on digital platforms simultaneously....

Creator of 'Tail! Spin!' talks about power, truth
NEW YORK (AP) -- One had a "wide stance" and another was "hiking the Appalachian Trail."...

1990s TV star 'Screech' charged in bar stabbing
Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," was charged Friday with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas....

At 89, enigmatic Angela Lansbury is back in the 'Spirit'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Angela Lansbury has moved yet again....

Texas movie set used by John Wayne fading away
BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Time and Mother Nature are threatening to dismantle the Alamo. Not the original, but the replica 18th-century Spanish mission and Old West movie set John Wayne built for his Oscar-nominated 1960 movie and that for decades was a tourist mecca and film production site....

Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry
ATLANTA (AP) -- Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release....

5 things to know about Alamo Village
BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A Texas businessman wants to revive Alamo Village, the movie set built by John Wayne for his epic film about the historic Alamo siege. It's been closed since 2009. Here are five things to know about the 400-acre park's history:...

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