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POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 1:41 PM
Roger Stevens of Blind Melon. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown (Getty Images)

Roger Stevens, a first-year associate in the labor and employment group of Philadelphia’s Ballard Spahr LLP, has a pretty great side gig: He’s the guitarist for Blind Melon.

Well, technically the alt-rock guitarist, who came to fame with Blind Melon’s hit “No Rain” in the early '90s, had his music career first, but now has turned to the 9-to-5 lifestyle, playing occasional shows on weekends with the band, who regrouped in 2006.

According to the Legal Intelligencer, the 44-year-old acquired his associate’s degree at Delaware County Community College before securing his bachelor’s from Temple after Blind Melon canceled a sold-out tour in 2008.

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 12:18 PM
A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, December 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The FBI announced on Friday that North Korea was "responsible" for the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

"As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other U.S. Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions," the bureau announced.

The FBI said it based its conclusion on "technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in this attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed. For example, there were similarities in specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks."

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:40 AM
This photo provided by Columbia Pictures - Sony shows, from left, James Franco, as Dave, Lizzy Caplan as Lacey, and Seth Rogen, as Aaron, in Columbia Pictures' "The Interview." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Ed Araquel)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The cyber-terrorists behind the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment sent a message to studio execs late Thursday giving them kudos for the "very wise" decision to not release the "The Interview" in any format, according to a report.

"Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy," the hackers said in a message sent to Sony brass, CNN reported Friday.

The missive, from the group calling itself "Guardians of Peace," also implied that additional data leaks would stop now that Sony has dropped plans to distribute the film, originally slated for Dec. 25 theatrical debut. The hackers warned the studio in the email that "we still have your private and sensitive data" and said they will "ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble," per CNN.

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 10:03 AM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
(L) Rob Lowe, (R) Judd Apatow. (Getty Images)

Celebrities including Judd Apatow and Rob Lowe have expressed their outrage at Sony bosses after they decided to scrap plans to release Seth Rogen and James Franco's controversial new comedy The Interview following threats from hackers.

Executives at the major movie studio announced on Wednesday that the release of the film, about two Americans who set out on a mission to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, would not be released on Christmas Day as scheduled. The move came after activists, who hacked into Sony's database last month, threatened to carry out 9/11-style terrorists attacks on any theaters screening the film.

The concerning email prompted the cancellation of the film's New York premiere on Thursday, as well as all of Franco and Rogen's promotional appearances.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 11:38 AM
Actor Stephen Collins arrives for Los Angeles premiere of 'The Three Stooges' on April 07, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Joe Klamar (AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Stephen Collins, beset by allegations in recent months that he sexually abused young girls over a period of decades, has reportedly admitted for the first time, in an essay, that there were three victims.

The "7th Heaven" star acknowledged "inappropriate sexual contact" with three female minors between 1973 and 1994, according to People magazine, which says it will publish his full essay in its upcoming issue.

The magazine says the actor, who played a pastor and father on the popular family drama, acknowledged that he did "something terribly wrong" but said the allegations that have emerged in the media in recent months go "far beyond" what actually happened.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 12:11 PM
In a segment called "Formidable Opponent," Stephen Colbert debates himself, this time, on an unfortunately familiar topic: torture. (Comedy Central screenshot)

Stephen Colbert kicked off the final week his show “The Colbert Report” with some serious déjà vu.

In a segment called "Formidable Opponent," Colbert debates himself, this time, on an unfortunately familiar topic: torture.

“I looked it up, and you and I debated torturing detainees in the first month of this show more than nine years ago,” said a blue-tie-wearing Colbert to his opponent, his red-tie-wearing self. This time around, blue-tie Colbert debates red-tie Colbert about why the CIA’s reported “enhanced” questioning methods were torture. Red-tie Colbert, with a couple supporting sound bites from war expert Bill O’Reilly, just isn’t buying it.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 9:49 AM
Robin Williams and Jennifer Lawrence topped this year's Google trending searches. (WENN)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Disney's "Frozen" was the only entertainment title to break into Google's top 10 ranking of U.S. trending searches for the year, alongside other major stories of 2014 including the suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams, the World Cup and the Ebola virus outbreak.

Other top-trending movies were "Interstellar," "Divergent" and "Gone Girl," while the top TV shows among U.S. searchers were "Game of Thrones," "No, You Shut Up," "True Detective" and "Orange Is the New Black," according to Google's annual year in search report.

Google's "trending" queries are searches that had the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period in 2014 compared with 2013. According to the search giant, that's more reflective of current popularity than raw number of searches. More info is available at google.com/trends/2014.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 1:03 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip

Justin Timberlake fought back tears when a young male fan gave him an early Christmas present during his concert in New York on Sunday night.

The "Suit & Tie" hitmaker's gig at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn attracted celebrity fans including Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Jay Z, who briefly joined him onstage, but it was a 10-year-old fan in the audience who made Timberlake's night.

During the singer's 20/20 Experience concert, Timberlake noticed the young boy who was dressed in a white tuxedo, and the youngster handed the pop star a small box. Timberlake opened the box and found a bow tie, which he called the "greatest gift ever", and as the star held the gift up to his neck, the young fan began to cry, which prompted Timberlake to exclaim, "Now your mom's mad at me!"



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