Seth Rogen's The Interview Harnesses the Power of Butthole Jokes [UPDATE]

Categories: Movies

Ryan Orange
Seth Rogen finds the absurd in North Korea in The Interview.
Update: Sony has officially canceled the theatrical release of The Interview following terrorist threats against theaters -- and the announcement that several major theater chains had opted not to exhibit the film. Here's Sony's official statement on the decision:

In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers. Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale - all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.

Sony assumed North Korea would hate the movie. The question was: What would it do? Pyongyang had just tested its atom bomb and threatened "preemptive nuclear attack." And the Supreme Leader with his finger on the trigger was barely over 30, with less than two years of experience.

But Kim Jong-un didn't care about Olympus Has Fallen, even though the violently anti–North Korean 2013 film showed his people strangling women, murdering unarmed men, kidnapping the U.S. president and even executing their fellow citizens. That wasn't worth a fight.

A year later, North Korea had a bigger enemy: Seth Rogen.

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Bosnian Woman Made Up Report of Hate Crime: Police

Categories: Crime

Seherzada Dzanic.
A 26-year-old woman admits she was lying when she told police a group of black men targeted and assaulted her because she is Bosnian, according to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Seherzada Dzanic was charged with making a false report, a Class B misdemeanor, Monday after investigating officers found surveillance footage showing she was not attacked.

"The video showed her vehicle stopped in the middle of the street, nobody approaching the vehicle, no suspects," Chief Sam Dotson tells St. Louis Public Radio. "So when we confronted the victim at this point with the video, she admitted fabricating the story. She admitted she lied."

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Hey Dogtown, This is Why Your Sewers Smell Awful (Hint: It's Not Poop)

Categories: Community

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No, St. Louis isn't being attacked by Ghostbusters 2 ooze -- but that smell in Dogtown is definitely sewer related.
There's something stinky in Dogtown.

Residents of the quaint neighborhood south of Forest Park have been whiffing the mystery odor for several days, describing it as a sort of toxic, permanent-marker-type smell. Some have reported the stench in their homes.

It turns out the odor is coming from the sewer, although not for the usual poop-related reasons.

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St. Louis Named Top 5 City for Young Veterans

Categories: News

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Thank you for your service. Now come move to St. Louis!
St. Louis' recent downtown revitalization and low housing costs are just two of the reasons why young veterans should consider moving here after service, according to a study.

The USAA, which provides insurance and financial services to 10.4 million current and former members of the U.S. military, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation released a list of ten of the top cities where young vets can transition out of military life and into a civilian career. St. Louis ranks No. 5 this year, after not making the list at all in 2013.

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Holiday Gift Guide: $30 Fake Girlfriend or Boyfriend Comes with Real Voicemails, Notes

Categories: Tech

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She doesn't, really, but she'll pretend to for $29.99.
It's the most wonderful time of the year...unless you're single and your parents/grandparents/cousins/annoying family members want to ask you a million questions about it.

Before the winter holidays start in earnest and the barrage of questions about your personal life is unleashed ("Why haven't you met someone? Is it because you dress like that? Don't you smile more?"), Daily RFT thought we'd share one of the most unique holiday gift ideas we've seen this season -- something conceived and built by a St. Louis startup.

Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend, the winners of the 2013 Startup Weekend St. Louis, are selling a "Girlfriend/Boyfriend-in-a-Box," a one-month subscription to the startup's fake love services -- including fake texts, voicemails and handwritten notes -- for $29.99. The startup partnered with Greetabl greeting card company, so every girlfriend-in-a-box comes with a special gift box and a handwritten message from the sender.

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Study: White Missourians Are Pretty Racist And Don't Even Know It

Categories: Racism

Project Implicit
The more red your state, the more implicitly racist it is.
After months of reeling from turmoil after the fatal police shooting of unarmed Ferguson teen Michael Brown, St. Louis has had an u- close and personal look at implicit racism lately.

And we're not talking about overt, explicit racism -- the type that wears a klan hood, uses the n-word or photoshops pictures into viral memes about black crime. (Though there's plenty of that here, too.)

We're talking about uncontrolled or unrealized bias against people of color, like the Sullivan High School senior girls who were "very embarrassed and shocked" last month to learn that wearing blackface to look more threatening during powder-puff football came across as excruciatingly racist.

See also: Wearing Blackface, Sullivan High School Seniors Play Powder-Puff Football Game

Implicit bias is an important, though little-discussed, factor in police shootings. In parts of St. Louis where mostly white police officers patrol mostly black neighborhoods, implicit biases "influence split-second law enforcement decisions" and "could have life or death consequences," according to the Washington Post.

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Report: No NFL Team, Not Even St. Louis Rams, Likely to Move to LA in 2015

Categories: Sports

Theo Welling
Don't worry, St. Louis Rams fans. Rumor has it the team will stick around for a while.
The chances of the St. Louis Rams or another NFL franchise moving to Los Angeles next season and ending that city's two-decade-long football drought are becoming increasingly unlikely, according to a new report from the New York Times.

St. Louis has been fighting to keep its NFL team in town even as rumors spread that owner and Walmart heir billionaire Stan Kroenke committed to moving to LA after buying a 60-acre plot there for a brand-new stadium.

The Rams move to a year-to-year lease on the Edward Jones Dome in 2015 after negotiations over stadium improvements stalled. But even though St. Louis' blue-and-gold could leave for Los Angeles, news coming out of the NFL seems to indicate they won't...yet.

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Missouri Weed Legalization Proposal Includes No Age Restrictions, Immunity from DUIs

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Will Missouri be the next state to legalize weed?
Even in states where marijuana is recreationally legal, it's no free-for-all.

Age restrictions, public-intoxication laws, high taxes -- the rules for legal recreational pot use in Colorado, Washington (and soon, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C.) resemble rules aimed at legal intoxicants, such as nicotine or alcohol.

But team behind the newest proposal to legalize marijuana in Missouri wants to change all that.

Author and cannabis activist Mark Pedersen doesn't think marijuana needs the same strict rules as alcohol or cigarettes. A better comparison, Pedersen tells Daily RFT, is to food, and he calls cannabis a "superfood."

"I believe that cannabis needs to be as legal as corn or wheat," Pedersen says. "We don't want to discourage use of cannabis because it is less toxic than baby aspirin. It would be like putting an age limit on corn."

See also: Why 2016 Could Be the Year Missouri Legalizes Marijuana

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[PHOTOS] Christmas Carolers Bring Cheer to Ferguson After City Cancels Holiday Parade

Categories: Ferguson

All photos by Kelly Glueck
Liam Maupin helps spread the Christmas cheer in front of the Ferguson Fire Station on South Florissant Road.
The Internet is awash with images of Ferguson burning, of police cracking down on demonstrations, of protesters making their stands in the streets. The months-long protests have drawn national attention to policing issues, race relations and to the St. Louis suburb where it all started.

There's more to this vibrant, diverse town than unrest and violence, so when a group of St. Louis-area volunteers organized a night of Christmas caroling in Ferguson last weekend, they were met with cheers and applause by those who call Ferguson home.

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High-Flying Pippin Brings Magic to the Peabody

Categories: Arts

Terry Shapiro
The cast of Pippin.
Rolling into the Peabody Opera House, the touring production of Pippin is a show that seeks to delight on every front, delivering a lush sensory experience where song, story, costume and choreography compete for attention. The rollicking tuner, whose Broadway incarnation won last year's Tony Award for "Best Revival of a Musical," can be almost overwhelming at times with the sheer amount of action that unfolds onstage.

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