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'Star Wars' round-up: The ball droid is REAL, Sony laments losing filmmakers, TIE Fighter ice crash...


From the galaxy’s deep core to the outer rim, the forests of Endor to the frozen tundras of Hoth, and all the starships in space, let’s go to press. Here’s a round-up of the latest Star Wars news… READ FULL STORY

New James Bond script leaks, with signs of a disappointing third act

The James Bond franchise became the latest victim of Sony’s hacking attack on Friday when the SPECTRE script leaked, along with many emails among studio execs complaining about what appears to be a rather disappointing ending. READ FULL STORY

Sony Pictures hack reveals employee salaries, more

Sony Pictures was targeted by hackers in November, and those hackers are now starting to leak documents from the studio containing information about salaries, budgets, and employee details—and some of these documents show the divide between men and women within the company.

Fusion got a hold of some of those documents, including a spreadsheet containing the salaries of more than 6,000 Sony employees. After sorting through the spreadsheet, they found that 17 Sony Pictures employees have “annual rates” of at least $1 million, and just one of those employees is a woman.

This woman is Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment. According to the spreadsheet, her annual rate is $3 million—just as much as Michael Lynton, Sony Entertainment’s CEO, makes.

Another document titled “Sony_2012_Comments” consists of employee complaints about what the studio is doing and should be doing. Gawker posted some highlights from the file, including this: “There is a general ‘blah-ness’ to the films we produce. Although we manage to produce an innovative film once in awhile, Social Network, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we continue to be saddled with the mundane, formulaic Adam Sandler films.” READ FULL STORY

Sony enlists cybersecurity firm following hacking attack, movie leak

Five new Sony films, including Annie and Fury, leaked online, after the studio was targeted in a hacking attack that began last week. Reuters reported Monday that Sony has hired cybersecurity firm Mandiant to help deal with the aftermath of the attack, and that the FBI is also investigating.  READ FULL STORY

Hacker group threatens to reveal Sony Pictures' 'top secrets'


The GOP—not the Republican Party, but a group called Guardians of Peace—has hacked into Sony Pictures and is now threatening to reveal the company’s secrets.

Sony Pictures employees logged on to their work computers Monday only to find a desktop background featuring an image of an ominous red skeleton glaring back at them, according to an image obtained by Business 2 Community (above), along with a written warning: “We’ve obtained all your internal data including your secrets and top secrets,” the note says. “If you don’t obey us, we’ll release data shown below to the world.”

Will Spider-Man join the Avengers on screen? That's a tangled web ...


Remember when you were a kid and you liked somebody, but you weren’t comfortable asking that person out? So you told a few friends, and maybe they told the friends of the girl or guy you like, and those emissaries determined whether there was mutual interest. If it’s an affirmative, an actual overture could be made without fear of humiliation on either front. If one side isn’t interested, however, the other can safely deny involvement.

The same thing happens at the corporate level. See, for example, the world of Spider-Man, where delicate preliminary conversations between Sony Pictures (which owns the cinematic license on the character) and Marvel Studios (which would like its webslinger back, now that it has its own massively successful string of superhero pictures) are underway.

Will Spidey be joining Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow on the big screen in the near future? No. Sources on both sides confirm that much. But a few years from now… that’s a possibility, at least according to EW’s sources. (Official reps for the two studios both declined to  comment.)

But that’s the extent of it: possibility. There are several variables that need to play out before anything concrete happens. Here are the facts as we hear them from several well-placed sources:


Sony picks up female-led 'The Eden Project', Tobey Maguire to produce

The Eden Project, a secretive sci-fi action film centered on two female characters, has found a home at Sony.

The studio closed a deal for Christina Hodson’s spec script after Material principals Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe brought it to their attention, Sony announced Friday. Columbia Pictures’ Hannah Minghella will oversee the project, which Maguire and Plouffe will produce.

Hodson might not have much to her IMDB page at the moment, but she’s already had two scripts land on the Black List, including Seed, which will be produced by Marty Bowen and Peter Safran. She also penned Unforgettable, a thriller about a woman who sets out to “make hell” for the new wife of her ex-husband that Belle helmer Amma Asante is set to direct for Warner Bros.

According to the release, The Eden Project is the first story in a conceived trilogy.



Sony Pictures plans expanded 'Spider-Man' universe

Spider-Man’s world is about to get bigger.

“We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man. There are a number of scripts in the works,” Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Lynton told investors Thursday. And any character within Spider-Man’s universe is fair game for a spinoff, including villains and girlfriends.


French film 'A Prophet' to get English-language remake

Sony Pictures Entertainment has optioned the rights to create an English-language remake of the Cannes Grand Prix-winning French crime drama A Prophet.

Director Jacques Audiard’s (Rust & Bone) story of a young Algerian man (Tahar Rahim) who gets involved with a ruthless band of mobsters was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Oscars, but lost the prize to Spain’s The Secret in Their Eyes. In the press release announcing the news, Neal Moritz, who will be producing the remake alongside Toby Jaffe for Original Film, said: “This is an epic crime saga with compelling characters and original storytelling. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to make an English language version of the film and I am grateful to have the trust of Jacques Audiard and his producers, as well as the writers Thomas Bidegain, Nicolas Peufaillit, and Abdel Raouf Dafri.”


Casting Net: Cameron Diaz might re-team with Jason Segel for 'Sex Tape'; Plus, Jason Sudekis, more

• Cameron Diaz is in early talks to reunite with her Bad Teacher team, including co-star Jason Segel and director Jake Kasdan (New Girl, Orange County) for the Sony Pictures comedy Sex Tape. The story is about a married couple who makes a sex tape that goes missing by the morning. The Back-Up Plan scribe Kate Angelo wrote the script. [The Wrap]

• Will Smith is making moves. First news broke that he was in final talks to star in Focus from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love, then After Earth got an earlier release date, and now he may be ready to line up a few more projects. Deadline reports that Smith is hoping that Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) might direct him in American Can, the true story of a Gulf War veteran who ends up helping a group of seniors stranded in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He’s also considering the thriller The Accountant about a government bureaucrat who doubles as an assassin. [Deadline]


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