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AMC Working on Miniseries About Journalist David Carr

With Bob Odenkirk of 'Better Call Saul' playing Carr

(Newser) - A new AMC miniseries will bring the story of the late New York Times writer David Carr onto the small screen, the AP reports. The network is teaming up with Sony Pictures Television to develop a six-episode miniseries on Carr, based on his 2008 memoir The Night of the Gun ... More »

CBS Won't Run Ads for Redford Film Unflattering to CBS

Network won't be accepting advertising for movie based on Dan Rather debacle

(Newser) - CBS has refused to run advertising for Truth, the film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford that revisits a painful episode in the network's past involving a discredited 2004 news story on former President George W. Bush's military service record. CBS has denounced the movie, which opens Friday,... More »

Emails: Sony Changed Concussion to Please NFL

Studio didn't want to 'kick hornet's nest'

(Newser) - Sony execs must be wondering if the fallout from last year's hack will ever end. The trailer for Concussion was released Monday, followed swiftly by reports that Sony Pictures had watered down the Will Smith drama to avoid the NFL's wrath. The movie focuses on the story of... More »

Email: Affleck Told PBS to Hide Slave-Owning Relative

And the pressure appeared to work on 'Finding Your Roots'

(Newser) - An email exchange in the newly published database of hacked Sony documents looks to be embarrassing for Ben Affleck and PBS. Affleck demanded that the show Finding Your Roots withhold the nugget that he had a slave-owning ancestor, reports the Boston Globe . The pressure appeared to be successful, because when... More »

WikiLeaks Publishes Stolen Sony Documents

Searchable database is made public

(Newser) - Remember when Sony Pictures got hacked and dribs and drabs of embarrassing emails were made public? Things are poised to get worse for Sony: WikiLeaks has published more than 170,000 emails and 30,000 other documents obtained in the hack, reports the Hollywood Reporter . They're all available via... More »

Seinfeld Near Huge Deal for Streaming

Expect Hulu, Amazon, or Yahoo to get it, reports Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - Seinfeld is about to strike it rich again. The Wall Street Journal reports that suitors are lining up to acquire the streaming rights in a deal that could exceed $100 million. Netflix has dropped out of the running, reports the Journal, which says that Amazon, Hulu, and Yahoo are the... More »

Amy Pascal Move Foiled by Rogen's Constant Pot Use?

He calls story 'completely untrue,' is offended by term 'stench'

(Newser) - If you are Amy Pascal, and the name "Seth Rogen" comes up in the same galaxy, you'll want to duck because nothing good ever comes of this . Rogen once told an interviewer that he had "a terrible case of I-wanna-smoke-weed-all-day," and sources tell the Hollywood Reporter ... More »

Amy Pascal: 'Angie Didn't Care' About Leaked Emails

She opens up about Sony 'firing'

(Newser) - Sony may not be officially using the word "fired," but soon-to-be-former Sony Pictures head Amy Pascal certainly is. "All the women here are doing incredible things in this world. All I did was get fired," Pascal told Tina Brown Tuesday at San Francisco's Women in... More »

Pascal Out as Head of Sony Pictures

Co-chair was massively embarrassed by leaked emails in Sony hack

(Newser) - Amy Pascal is out as co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the highest profile head to roll in the company's disastrous hack that exposed her private emails and the company's inner workings . But Pascal isn't going far, reports the Hollywood Reporter : She'll head up a new production... More »

Sony: Hack Hasn't Hurt Earnings

Company says attack cost it around $15M

(Newser) - The massive Sony Pictures cyberattack has hurt Sony's ability to release financial results on time, but hasn't made much of a difference to profits, the company says. Not that there are any profits: According to a forecast released today, the company projects a $1.4 billion loss for... More »

Report: US Hacked North Korea Years Ago

Meanwhile, unknown hackers have trashed Kim Jong Un video game

(Newser) - The US was able to pin the Sony Pictures cyberattack on North Korea with confidence because the National Security Agency hacked its way into North Korean systems years earlier, according to the New York Times , which cites American and foreign officials as well as computer experts and a newly disclosed... More »

US Sanctions North Korea Over Sony Hack

White House lays down financial penalties

(Newser) - The US is imposing financial sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the cyberattack against Sony Pictures . The White House says the sanctions affect three North Korean entities, including a government intelligence agency and a North Korean arms dealer. The US also is sanctioning 10 individuals who work for those... More »

Security Firm to FBI: Sony Hack Was Inside Job

Cyberintelligence firm tells federal agents that signs don't point to North Korea

(Newser) - Despite the FBI's firm assertion earlier this month that North Korea was definitely behind the Sony hack attack, not everyone has been satisfied with that conclusion. A Chatham House cybersecurity expert , conservative blogger Charles C. Johnson , a hacking conference security director , and plenty of theorists on Twitter and Reddit... More »

Russia to N. Korea: Interview Freakout 'Understandable'

Foreign Ministry rep says US reaction to Sony hack 'dangerous'

(Newser) - Russia is apparently no fan of Seth Rogen. A Foreign Ministry spokesman today came to the defense of North Korea's rage over The Interview, reports the AP , saying it was "quite understandable" given the content of the movie. Alexander Lukashevich also sent Washington a little Christmas slap in... More »

Amy Adams: 'I Still Don't Understand' Nixed Interview

Didn't want to talk Sony hack on 'Today,' was prepared to do it anyway

(Newser) - Amy Adams says she "was uncomfortable" discussing the Sony hack in an interview Monday that the Today show unceremoniously canceled at the last minute, but she tells USA Today that while "I said I would rather not add my voice to this conversation," that "it was... More »

You Can Watch The Interview Now

Sony releases movie on YouTube, Google Play, Xbox

(Newser) - Turns out you won't even have to leave your house if you want to watch controversial Sony flick The Interview. The company has announced that, as of 1pm Eastern today, the Seth Rogen and James Franco movie about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un is available on YouTube... More »

You Can See The Interview After All

Select theaters announce plans to screen it on Christmas

(Newser) - Theaters including the Plaza in Atlanta and the Texas-based chain of Alamo Drafthouse cinemas will show The Interview after all, they announced on Twitter today. Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled the Seth Rogen- and James Franco-starring movie about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un after Sony got hacked and threats... More »

North Korea's Internet Goes Down

But is this US payback? No one seems sure just yet

(Newser) - Anyone with a North Korean IP is likely chilling offline or punching the keyboard about now, because the country's Internet has been down for a couple of hours. "After 24hrs of increasing instability, North Korean national Internet has been down hard for more than 2hrs," Dyn Research... More »

Pyongyang: We'll Strike US Over 'Reckless' Rumors

Country blames 'cesspool of terrorism' for 'The Interview'

(Newser) - North Korea's call for a joint investigation with the US into the Sony hack may have sounded unusually reasonable, but a statement issued last night is full of the bluster more normally associated with Pyongyang. The statement in state-run media accused the US of being behind the making of... More »

Obama: Hack Was 'Cyber Vandalism,' Not 'Act of War'

Says US reviewing whether N. Korea should be returned to state terror list

(Newser) - With the FBI confirming that North Korea was behind the Sony hack , President Obama tells CNN in an interview airing today that "it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive," not "an act of war." Nevertheless, he says that the US... More »

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