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FBI officially blames North Korea for Sony hack

The FBI has concluded that the crippling computer hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment and subsequent leaking of embarrassing emails and proprietary information—which lead to The Interview being shelved—was ordered by the North Korean government.

NBC Nightly News posted excerpts of the FBI’s update on the investigation, which concludes that “technical analysis of the data deletion malware used in the attack revealed links to other malware that the FBI knows North Korean actors previously developed.”

According to the FBI, the Sony cyberattack also resembled a similar criminal hack of South Korean banks and media outlets that was committed by North Korea in March. In addition, the Guardians of Peace hackers that claimed credit for the attack used several Internet protocol addresses that are known to be associated with North Korean actors. READ FULL STORY

If 'The Interview' were a prestige pic, how would this have gone?

No one is arguing that The Interview is a great film—or, having talked to some people who have seen it, even a good film. But over the past few weeks, it has stumbled into being a capital-I Important Film in spite of itself—one people should have the option to see in a theater, on its usual release day, like any other film that isn’t causing an international incident.

But how would the conversation around The Interview have been different if Seth Rogen and James Franco’s movie were a prestige pic? If it were more like Hotel Rwanda or The Killing Fields and less like Pineapple Express or This is the End? If it were the equivalent of eating your cultural vegetables and not taking down a bacon cheeseburger with fries, would Sony and theater chains have defended it more? READ FULL STORY

Theater chains cancel 'The Interview' in face of 9/11 threats

Sony is moving ahead with plans to debut The Interview on Dec. 25, but there might not be many theaters in your neighborhood actually playing it. Not long after the National Association of Theatre Owners released a statement today saying, “individual cinema operators may decide to delay exhibition of the movie so that our guests may enjoy a safe holiday movie season experiencing the many other exciting films we have to offer,” several of the biggest theater chains indicated that they would not be featuring the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un due to the terrorist threats made by the Guardians of Peace hackers.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Cineplex theaters have followed the lead of the Carmike and Bow Tie chains and will not be screening The Interview. Sony declined to comment on the new development, but since those six theater chains are made up of more than 1,700 theaters in North America, it will be difficult for the studio to mount a significant theatrical release at this time.

“Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres,” read Regal’s official statement. READ FULL STORY

Sony to move forward with 'The Interview' release, but theaters have a choice

Facing terrorist threats from the same group that committed a massive cybersecurity attack of its network and the public dissemination of proprietary content, Sony is moving forward with the release of The Interview, the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un.

However, sources close to the film confirm a Deadline report that the studio will support the theater chains’ decision whether or not to screen the film when it opens on Dec. 25, in light of potential safety concerns. Carmike Cinemas, one of the country’s largest chains with 2,917 screens in 41 states, has already decided to pull The Interview from its theaters, and the Landmark theater in Manhattan cancelled its plans to host the New York premiere of the film on Thursday night. In addition, Bow Tie Cinemas, which has 350 screens in six states, has also announced it will not screen the film. READ FULL STORY

Aaron Sorkin thinks female roles have a lesser 'degree of difficulty'

The Sony hack’s latest revelations include thoughts on the state of women in Hollywood from someone who has a less-than-stellar reputation in creating strong female characters: Aaron Sorkin.

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Scott Rudin, Amy Pascal apologize for comments made in leaked emails

Producer Scott Rudin, who’s worked on films including this year’s Top Five and The Grand Budapest Hotel, made some negative comments about Angelina Jolie (and other movie-related topics) in emails that leaked Wednesday thanks to the Sony hack—and now he’s apologizing for what he said in those emails.

“Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended,” he said in a statement. “I am deeply sorry and apologize for any injury they might have caused.”

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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 hack reveals Seth Rogen, James Franco 'The Interview' salaries

After Sony confirmed it was hacked on Nov. 25, information slowly began trickling out about a number of its films. And according to Bloomberg, some recent information reveals how much Seth Rogen and James Franco made for their upcoming film, The Interview.

Rogen, who co-wrote, co-directed, and stars in the film, took away more than $8.4 million, while Franco received $6.5 million for co-starring. Overall, the film reportedly cost $44 million to make, with $5,000 of that going toward a Kevin Federline cameo (of all things). Also on the budget list? A “table of weed, coke, pills and panties,” which came in at a whopping $241.

The Interview arrives in theaters Dec. 25.

'Zero Dark Thiry' screenwriter boards 'Uncharted'

There are few more recent franchises as significant to the PlayStation brand as the Uncharted series. Across three main games (and a prequel), treasure hunter Nathan Drake has scoured the globe for hidden riches. Sony has been trying to adapt the beloved games into a film since 2008, shortly after the series began.

The Uncharted film has had a number of writers, directors, and actors attached to the project, and there’s now another name to add to the list.

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Christian Bale will not play Steve Jobs

Even though Aaron Sorkin only recently declared that Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming biopic, The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that Bale will not take on the role.  READ FULL STORY

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