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Sony Can't Exit "The Interview" Woes as Movie Release Cancelled [Update]

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 17, 2014 11:47 AM

The Interview poster Seth Rogen James Franco

Sony has gotten itself into a bit of a fine mess by producing a film that was supposed to make people laugh while bringing in a few bucks. 

The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a comedy about a TV crew sent to North Korea to assassinate the country’s leader. North Korea, not known for its sense of humor, was not a fan of the film’s concept and sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling the film an “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an act of war.”

While diplomacy with North Korea was not the goal of the film (otherwise Dennis Rodman would have been cast), its producers surely didn’t predict that the film would end up causing the mighty Sony’s knees to quake. Last month, a hacker group busted into Sony’s global IT network and now the same crew is threatening violence against movie theaters that show the film.

Update: Sony isn’t officially pulling has officially pulled the film, with no plans to release it in theaters, on DVD, on VOD or streaming, while U.S. intelligence officials now believe North Korea was behind the cyberattack.Continue reading...

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Sony Hack: Executives Battle to Salvage Movies, PlayStation—and Reputation

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 10, 2014 01:33 PM

Sony The Interview capitalist pigs movie poster Seth Rogen James Franco

(The following story has been updated with comment from Amazon.)

"They did it again," said Brian Strange, attorney with Strange & Carpenter, referring to the massive security breach Japanese electronics conglomerate Sony suffered on Nov. 24th—the second major security violation the company has faced in the past three years. Strange was one of the attorneys on the class action lawsuit that was filed against Sony in 2012 after 77 million members of its PlayStation Network had their personal information stolen by hackers.

Sony settled that suit in July, agreeing to give away $15 million of games and services to those affected. Now, less than six months later, a second class action suit is in the cards from employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment, with current and former employees seeing reams of personal information—including social security numbers, health insurance reimbursements and performance evaluations with salaries—exposed to the world. The data leak affected 47,000 people, including actors and contractors—not to mention Sony's reputation.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Bravo Axes Real Housewives, Pepsi Fattens Cans, Yahoo Weighs Future

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 15, 2011 06:19 PM

Brands to Watch

Bravo fires four Real Housewives of New York cast members (update: Jill Zarin says she's still in talks).

Pepsi fattens up "skinny cans" in UK.

Yahoo meets with potential bidders, as exec confirms talks with AOL and Microsoft for ad sales deal to counter Google.

Adidas and Reebok bring My Coach shoe to India.

Apple TV rumors heat up.

BlackBerry owner RIM earnings plunge by more than half.

Citigroup only hiring "critical" jobs.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf makes New York debut.Continue reading...


At the Movies: Product Placement in X-Men: First Class, Beginners & a Sneak Peek at Bad Teacher

Posted by Abe Sauer on June 3, 2011 06:00 PM

Before we get into this week's brand cameos on the big screen, we thought we'd share this adorable high concept short, in which "George Lucas" is kidnapped after 1980's Empire Strikes Back and an imposter (a Lucalike?) intent on destroying his legacy takes his place.Continue reading...

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Cameron Diaz Leads Cyber Sirens

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 20, 2010 11:15 AM

Antivirus software maker McAfee isn't just going to Intel for a cool $7 billion-plus in cash. It's also warning Web users about the dangers of celebrity-seeking online.

Let's say you're interested in Eat, Pray, Love and searching for the latest on Julia Roberts. Simply searching for her name—or that of a raft of other celebs—attracts phishing attempts and all manner of dastardly Internet scams. But it's not Roberts who's causing all the mayhem online.

That honor goes to Cameron Diaz, who Intuit named as 2010's "most dangerous celebrity in cyberspace" for her personal brand's online allure to fans and criminals alike.

“People love searching for their favorite celebrities but just don’t understand the dangers," says Dave Marcus, McAfee's security researcher who heads up the annual celebrity online-crime study. "We’re not saying don’t search for these celebrities, but there are some risks associated with it.”Continue reading...

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