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Sandy Hook: Hollywood scrambles in response to shootings

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Today’s roundup of the pop-culture world finds an ever-cautious Hollywood in the wake of Sandy Hook, a singing contest winner, Hugh Jackman, other things, and the mystery music video.

SCRAMBLE: The USA network postpones some popular shows because of violent content following Sandy Hook, per the New York Times, “USA was following established procedures for a quandary that has become all too common for Hollywood: how to react with compassion to horrific acts of violence while also protecting a business that often capitalizes on violent and crude entertainment. Movie studios and television networks used to confront this balancing act a couple times a decade. But this year alone there have been three incidents that have required a crisis response — the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida last spring; the Aurora, Colo., movie-theater shooting over the summer; and now the Newtown school massacre.” http://nyti.ms/UEeXmP

MEANWHILE: More on the tricky situation, per The Wrap, “From David Letterman's fiery monologue about the school murders to Paramount's decision to downplay firearms in trailers for "Jack Reacher," the entertainment business has been trying to find the best way to be sympathetic to a climate of national grief, while also rolling out several massively expensive films and television shows, many of them violent, in its wake.” http://bit.ly/Yijjp8

AND THIS: More of the same, per E!, “Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" has been yanked from Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM's airwaves, following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The radio station removed the song from its rotation due to the sensitive nature of its lyrics, which tell the story of a boy planning a violent school shooting, a station source confirms to E! News.” http://eonli.ne/UMXLen

SATELLITE RADIO: A new boss, at least for now, per the Los Angeles Times, “Sirius XM Radio has tapped James Meyer as its interim chief executive officer while the search for a permanent replacement for Mel Karmazin continues. Meyer, currently president of sales and operations, has been with the satellite radio broadcaster since 2004. He will also take Karmazin's spot on the Sirius XM board of directors.” http://lat.ms/Ud3GNa

WE HAVE A WINNER: Of chops, per Rolling Stone, “Cassadee Pope was crowned winner of The Voice on the Season Three finale. The 23-year-old native of West Palm Beach, Florida, a member of country singer Blake Shelton's team, beat out runner-up Terry McDermott and third-place finisher Nicholas David.” http://rol.st/ZMpfYb

SEE YA: I’m outta here, per The Hollywood Reporter, “After less than a year in the job, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia CEO Lisa Gersh will step down, the company announced Wednesday. A former NBC Universal cable executive who was instrumental in NBCUni’s acquisition of The Weather Channel, Gersh joined MSLO as president and COO in May 2011.” http://bit.ly/TzjtDI

HUGH JACKMAN: per Entertainment Weekly, “A few weeks ago, director Bryan Singer confirmed that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan would be returning to the X-Men series in the next installment, Days of Future Past, which features a time travel plotline guaranteed to make the franchise’s already-tangled continuity totally not confusing whatsoever. Now, Singer has announced via tweet that an even bigger X-Men power player will join the Future Past squad. “I would officially like to welcome @RealHughJackman to the cast of #Xmen Days of Future Past. Very excited! More to come…” said Singer.” http://bit.ly/ZjfyBr

CIGAR TIME: Just the facts, per People, “James Marsden is a father for the third time. Brazilian model Rose Costa delivered a son, William Luca Costa-Marsden, on Friday, Dec. 14 in Los Angeles, PEOPLE has learned.” http://bit.ly/T80hyv

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://bit.ly/B4tZL

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)

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