Thieves steal wine

Thieves break into the wine room of French Laundry and steal up to $300,000 worth of wine. The majority of the 76 bottles are from the Domaine de la Romanée Conti, including bottles from the fabled Burgundy estate’s Romanée Conti vineyard that are worth at least $15,000 each. The chef and proprietor, Thomas Keller, tweets: […]

Renner, Pacheco split

Pacheco files for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. She wants physical custody of the couple’s daughter and spousal support.

Authorizes limited release

Sony announces a limited theatrical release of The Interview on Christmas Day. The movie will be shown in several hundred independent theaters across the United States. Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, Michael Lynton: We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters […]

Criticizes Sony

Penn joins George Clooney, Judd Apatow, Aaron Sorkin and Barack Obama in criticizing Sony for its decision to cancel The Interview, believing the action to set a disturbing precedent. The damage we do to ourselves typically outweighs the harm caused by outside threats or actions. Then by caving to the outside threat, we make our […]

Drops two Fox channels

Dish Network drops the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network after disagreements about contract terms. Dish accuses Fox of attempting to increase fees across the board for all their channels though they are covered by different contracts. Dish’s senior vice president of programming, Warren Schlichting: It’s like we’re about to close on a house […]

Labor board brings formal charges

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) files a formal charge against McDonald’s, alleging that it violates workers’ rights and threatens retribution against employees who participate in strikes. The charges cover both franchises in 13 cities and the parent company. Labor and employment law expert at the UC Irvine School of Law, Catherine Fisk: The federal […]

Delta born

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard welcome their second child, a baby girl named Delta Bell Shepard. The estrogen has now hit critical mass! Good luck, @daxshepard1. And welcome to the world DELTA BELL SHEPARD 🙂 — Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) December 20, 2014

Plead against death penalty

Robert and Arlene Holmes, parents of James Holmes, plead for him to be spared the death penalty, citing severe mental illness. This is the first time they have commented on their son and the case. We have read postings on the Internet that have likened him to a monster. He is not a monster.

Says not a pedophile

In an interview with Katie Couric, Stephen Collins states that he is not a pedophile. A pedophile is someone who is mainly or wholly attracted to children. I’m not. I had a distortion in my thinking where I acted out in those ways. But I’m absolutely not attracted, physically or sexually attracted to children. I’m […]

Joins American Crime Story cast

David Schwimmer joins the cast of American Crime Story, the newest anthology style series from the creator of American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy. Schwimmer will play defense attorney Robert Kardashian in the season long dramatization of O.J. Simpson’s trial for murder.

Recalls airbags for more than three million vehicles

Chrysler plans to replace defective airbag inflators in just over three million vehicles, all stemming from faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. The recall covers 2.8 million vehicles in the United States, nearly 300,000 in Canada and roughly 65,000 in Mexico, all mainly older Chrysler models.  

Takes plastic

For the first time in its 106 year history, Philippe The Original takes credit cards. Andrew Binder, manager and partner at Philippe: The main thing that prevented us from switching over to accepting cards was the quick service we provide. If you’ve been in the restaurant, you know you’re surrounded by people and long lines. […]

Bass, Turchin marry

Lance Bass and Michael Turchin are married at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Jamie-Lynn Sigler and JoAnna Garcia Swisher became Universal Life ministers to officiate the ceremony. For the couple’s first dance, J. C. Chasez, a former member of ‘N Sync, sang Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love.

DGA defends ‘The Interview’

The president of the Directors Guild of America, Paris Barclay, releases a statement criticizing Sony’s decision to cancel The Interview and indicates he would like to see it distributed. As the events of the past weeks have made painfully clear, we are now living in an age in which the Internet can enable a few […]

Offers style advice to mom

Kardashian emails her mother, Kris Jenner, with fashion advice  – an email that Jenner promptly puts on Instagram.

BitTorrent urges use of its paid service

BitTorrent talks to Sony about releasing The Interview on their new, paid service. The company works as a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, with millions of users running the software to share files, making it nearly impossible for hackers to keep up with the quantity. Chief content officer at BitTorrent Matt Mason: This is a way for […]

Hires Judy Smith

Sony hires Judy Smith, famous for being the inspiration behind the Olivia Pope character on ABC’s Scandal. Smith’s crisis management firm has worked with clients such as Monica Lewinsky, Wesley Snipes, and Michael Vick.    

Child tests negative

The child admitted to the University of Chicago Medical Center after being flagged for a high fever during an O’Hare  screening tests negative for the virus and has been discharged, per a statement released by the hospital. Tests by the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed a negative result for Ebola.

Son mugged

Muggers attack Mayor Emanuel’s 17-year-old son Zach for his cell phone across the street from the family home on the North side of Chicago. His injuries include a chipped tooth and bruised, swollen mouth. The suspects fled the scene.

Calls only on female reporters

President Obama makes history when he takes questions from female reporters only at a White House press conference. Additionally, the eight reporters were from print or radio outlets only; no television. With 8th & last question, it's fact: Obama called only on women at press conf. Women long chafed at dominance of front-row male TV […]

Settles phone-cramming suit for $90 Million

T-Mobile agrees to pay at least $90 million for allowing unauthorized charges to be placed and to remain on customer’s bills – a practice known as cramming. The services including things like horoscopes or celebrity gossip and ran up to $9.99 monthly. The charges, of which T-Mobile kept anywhere from 35% to 40%, often remained […]

Auto-enhance feature

Facebook adds an auto-enhancing feature for pictures taken and uploaded from mobile apps. The enhancing can be altered or removed when the picture is captioned or the feature can be disabled altogether. Facebook director of engineering Brian Cabral explains that the feature is meant to be a clean up tool, only. Pragmatically this means you […]

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit on a quest to save Middle-Earth, in this final installment of the fantasy trilogy directed by Peter Jackson from the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo stands with the dwarves and elves to save Middle-Earth from Smaug. Co-starring Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage. I knew it was going to be […]


Foxx plays Will Stacks, a cell phone mogul, billionaire, and NYC mayoral candidate, in this musical directed by Will Gluck. In an effort to restore his image, Stacks invites foster child Annie to lunch for a photo op but Annie convinces him that he should become her guardian instead. Co-starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Bobby […]


Diaz plays Miss Hannigan, a bitter caretaker of foster children, in this musical directed by Will Gluck. Miss Hannigan, jealous of Annie’s good fortune, conspires with Will Stacks’ adviser to defraud him of a large amount of money by producing Annie’s parents, who are actually imposters. C0-starring Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Quvenzhané […]

Offers self-destructing spy phone

Boeing partners with BlackBerry on the Boeing Black, a secretive, self-destructing smartphone developed for use by U.S. defense and homeland security employees and contractors.The phone is being tested with BlackBerry’s main business enterprise server product, known as BES, which provides software that allows monitoring of devices. BlackBerry chairman and chief executive officer John Chen: We’re […]

Seeks to patent surge pricing

Uber has filed at least 13 patent applications, one of which seeks to protect and patent its surge pricing technology.  The system measures supply and demand and prices fares accordingly. Ten of the applications have been rejected but surge pricing is still in process. John Martin, chief executive officer of Innography Inc., an Austin, Texas-based […]

Removes chemicals from products

Revlon announces that two long-chain parabens and a formaldehyde-releasing chemical would no longer be used as ingredients in its products, after a petition is signed by more than 100,000 people. The petition is organized by the non-partisan nonprofit Environmental Working Group. Environmental Working Group Executive Director Heather White: We are pleased that Revlon has acted […]

Apology for canceled online layaway purchases

Sears and Kmart apologize for canceling a few thousand online layaway contracts after customers received cancellation emails stating their purchased items were out of stock. It was mainly Kmart customers who were affected, though a small number of Sears layaways were also canceled. Refunds are being processed and the stores are searching their inventory for […]

African penguins return

The San Diego Zoo exhibits African penguins for the first time in over 30 years. The two male penguins, about 18 months old, are living temporarily in the Children’s Zoo area while their habitat is being built. The zoo’s curator of birds, Dave Rimlinger: They’ll be here for the next two-and-a-half years while we’re building […]

Consumers can sue over data breach

U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. Paul, Minnesota,  dismisses claims by plaintiffs in certain states but allows consumers to move forward with a class action suit over the 2013 data breach. Plaintiffs’ allegations plausibly allege that they suffered injuries that are ‘fairly traceable’ to Target’s conduct.

GlamGlow purchase

Estee Lauder announces a deal to purchase GlamGlow, a high end skincare brand. The sale is expected to close next month; terms were not disclosed. Chief Executive EsFabrizio Freda: GlamGlow represents the ultimate in innovative facial masks.

Donates 1M cups of yogurt

Chobani donates 1 million cups of yogurt this holiday season, loading up trucks from the Chenango County plant with yogurt bound for City Harvest, a food rescue organization in New York City. A similar donation is coming from its second U.S. plant in Twin Falls, Idaho. Chobani’s brand officer Peter McGuinness: True to our founding […]

Surprises concert attendees

Garth Brooks surprises the audience at a Justin Timberlake concert in Nashville by appearing on stage and joining in Timberlake’s cover of the Brooks classic, Friends in Low Places.

Out magazine interview

Baranski discusses her role as Cinderella’s Stepmother in Rob Marshall’s screen adaptation of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, her long working relationship with Marshall, and why she accepted a small part in the film. The Stepmother is a peripheral character. But frankly, those little musical entrances are very tricky. That’s how she’s introduced: She breezes down the staircase, […]

Into the Woods

Blunt plays The Baker’s Wife, a woman who longs for a child, in this musical directed by Rob Marshall from the stage musical written by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. The Baker and The Baker’s Wife have been cursed into a childless existence by their next door neighbor, The Witch, and go on a quest […]

Into the Woods

Streep plays The Witch, next door neighbor to The Baker and The Baker’s Wife, in this musical directed by Rob Marshall from the stage musical written by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. The Witch has placed a curse on the house of The Baker and The Baker’s Wife and gives them three days to gather […]

Lord Hollywood

Downtown Abbey debuts their short film benefiting the ITV Text Santa Campaign starring Clooney as the honorable George Oceans Gravity, marquis of Hollywood. The campaign is an annual drive that raises awareness for a variety of charities, including Marie Curie Cancer Care and Alzheimer’s Society.

To divest 168 stores

Ahead of their merger next month, Albertsons and Safeway announce they are divesting 168 stores across eight states. The four buyers include Haggen, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Associated Foods Stores, and Supervalu. Safeway president and CEO Robert Edwards: We’re pleased to have found strong buyers for these stores and to have completed this important step toward […]

Introduces one hour delivery

Amazon introduces a new mobile app, Prime Now, providing one or two hour delivery service on thousands of items such as paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries. The service will initially be available only in Manhattan, though Amazon said it hopes to roll it out to additional cities in 2015. SVP of worldwide operations, […]

Listeria outbreak kills four

Four people die and twenty two  more are hospitalized from a Listeria outbreak linked to prepackaged caramel apples. The outbreak also has been linked to three cases of invasive meningitis in healthy children ages 5 to 15. More than 80% of patients said they ate commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples before developing symptoms.

Gives sleeping bags to homeless

Pope Francis celebrates his 78th birthday by handing out hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people living on the streets in Vatican City. His archbishop in charge of charitable giving, Konrad Krajewski, leads a group of volunteers to distribute the bags.

Cutler benched

Coach Marc Tresman benches Jay Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen after a series of poor game performances. The Bears owe Cutler a guaranteed $15.5 million for next season, but a trade isn’t out of the question despite his signing a seven year contract this past January.

Boxes of Love food giveaway

The UAW Ford Brownstown Packaging Depot in Romulus transforms into an assembly plant, with 200 workers putting together boxes of food to make a holiday meal. Each basket has a 12 to 14 pound turkey, boxes of stuffing, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce and corn bread mix, canned vegetables, cake mix and frosting. Bill Dirksen, […]

Considering alternative platforms for ‘The Interview’

Sony releases a statement regarding the possibility of The Interview being released via a platform alternative to movie theaters. Their statement comes after President Obama criticized them for canceling the film. [We are] actively surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform. It is still our hope that anyone who […]

Family steps in at premiere

Pitt, his parents, sons Pax and Maddox and daughter Shiloh represent Jolie at the Unbroken premiere while she takes the night off to deal with a bout of chicken pox. Her spirits are high. A little spotted and a little itchy, but her spirits are high.

Finds an Elizabeth Gallagher

Jordan Axani finds a compatible Elizabeth Gallagher to take over the ticket originally intended for his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Gallagher.  Their around-the-world trip begins on December 21st in New York City and takes them through Milan, Prague, Paris, Bangkok and New Delhi before ending in Toronto on January 12th. Axani: It’s strictly a platonic trip. It’s […]

Second bottlenose dolphin born

A second bottlenose dolphin, a female calf,  is born at the Brookfield Zoo, southwest of Chicago,  to Allie, a 27-year-old dolphin, according to the Chicago Zoological Society which manages the zoo.  The mother and newborn have passed milestones indicating both are healthy and thriving. Rita Stacey, curator of marine mammals for the Society: We are thrilled […]

The Dr. Oz Show interview

Aniston reveals her struggle with chronic insomnia and letting herself go for her role in Cake. I have a hard time sleeping. Sleep is a tough one for me. My brain, the committee in my head, if I wake up at three in the morning I just start having conversations and they won’t shut up […]

Death scene leaked

The controversial death scene of the Kim Jong Un character in the canceled movie The Interview is leaked to the public.