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How Obama Took Sony’s Crisis From Bad to Worse

variety.com — If there are such a thing as textbooks in the field of crisis management, the Sony Pictures hack might end up in the chapter labeled "Worst Case Scenario." But as much as Sony seemed to mishandle its sorry situation in recent days, the severity of the circumstances Sony faced are so extreme that it begs the question of whether anyone could have handled it better.
Dec 21, 2014

"Blaming the studio also shifts...mounting criticism that the U.S. lacks any coherent cybersecurity strategies..." variety.com/2014/film/opin…

Dec 21, 2014

"Obama’s Sony remarks ratcheted up the pressure on the studio to get this movie released somehow someway soon." buff.ly/1velciY

Sony Lawyer Says ‘The Interview’ ‘Will be Distributed’

variety.com — " The Interview " will see the light of day, according to Sony lawyer David Boies. Boies appeared on NBC's " Meet the Press " on Sunday and claimed that Sony's controversial comedy "The Interview" "will be distributed." How it will be distributed, however, he admitted is unclear right now.

‘The Interview’ Fallout: Theater Owners Angry at Sony for Shifting Blame

variety.com — Theater owners are incensed that Sony Pictures Entertainment has insisted in public statements that they are the major reason the studio canceled the release of " The Interview." Exhibitors believe that they are being made the scapegoat for the cancellation when many of them only wanted the film's premiere to be delayed or modified, three theater industry executives tell Variety.
Dec 21, 2014

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Dec 21, 2014

#TheInterview may get patchwork digital and VOD release by end of 2014. Theater owners mad at Sony tinyurl.com/qycb5fw

Box Office: ‘The Hobbit’ Rules Them All With $90.6 Million

variety.com — Moviegoers helped Peter Jackson bid farewell to Middle Earth in style, pushing "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" to $90.6 million over its first five days in theaters. The franchise finale debuted Wednesday on 3,875 locations and easily trumped tracking which had predicted a debut in the $70 million range.

PopPolitics: John Lewis Says ‘Selma’ Is ‘Long Overdue’

variety.com — Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who helped lead the 1965 voting rights march in Selma, Ala., that became known as "Bloody Sunday," said Ava DuVernay's new movie "Selma" is "long overdue." "The movie is good timing with what is going on in Ferguson, and I was so pleased to see in the movie, there was a mention of Ferguson," Lewis said in an interview on Variety's " PopPolitics " on SiriusXM.

TV pioneer reaches milestone

variety.com — For anyone who appreciates movie and TV history - and especially westerns - perusing Arthur Gardner's filmography is like watching parts of your life flash before your eyes: "The Rifleman." "The Big Valley." The John Wayne vehicles "McQ" and "Brannigan." Burt Lancaster in "The Scalphunters," Elvis Presley in "Clambake," Raquel Welch in "Kansas City Bomber."
Dec 21, 2014

RIP Producer Arthur Gardner. Quite a ride, living to 104. Here's my interview just before his 100th birthday: variety.com/2010/scene/new…

Steve Carell, Rob Marshall Set for Variety Creative Impact Award at Palm Springs Film Fest

variety.com — Steve Carell will receive the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award while "Into the Woods" director Rob Marshall will be honored with the Creative Impact in Directing award at the Palm Springs Film Festival 's 10 Directors to Watch event on January 4.

‘The Hobbit’ Foreign Box Office: Middle Earth Finale Scores $350 Mil

variety.com — " The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies " bested all comers at the global box office this weekend, charging to the top of the charts with $105.5 million. The Middle Earth finale has racked up $355.6 million worldwide since it began its foreign rollout last week.

Best Movies of 2014: Our Critics Pick their Favorites

variety.com — Halfway through 2014, our top three critics found themselves in a rare moment of agreement: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was one of the year's best films so far. Several months later, Wes Anderson's delightful comic caper still ranks high on two lists, while rating an honorable mention on a third - a sign, perhaps, of the impossibility of total unanimity in a year of such rich and diverse cinematic pleasures.

Dish Says 21st Century Fox Blacks Out Fox News, Fox Business

variety.com — Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network are not currently available on satellite-broadcaster Dish Network, the result of an impasse in carriage talks between the two companies. Dish said in a statement early Sunday morning that 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks after Dish balked when rates for other networks owned by the media conglomerate were made a part of the negotiations.
Dec 21, 2014

FOX pulls Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network programming from Dish Network - @variety bit.ly/1z80QJi

Dec 21, 2014

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As Box Office Sputters Towards Christmas, Can Ticket Sales Rebound?

variety.com — Hollywood isn't feeling particularly festive with Christmas just around the corner. Despite a massive debut for " The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" and two big budget openings in " Annie" and " Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," ticket sales this weekend were down more than 4%.

John McCain Calls Hacking Attack ‘A New Form of Warfare’

variety.com — On CNN's "State of the Union," Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) countered President Obama's characterization of the hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment as "cyber vandalism." "The president does not understand that this is ... a manifestation of a new form of warfare," McCain told Candy Crowley.

Obama Calls Sony Hack ‘Cyber Vandalism,’ Not Act of War

variety.com — President Barack Obama told CNN that North Korea's hack attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is an act of "cyber vandalism," not an act of war. Despite the tens of millions of dollars in damage to the studio's business operations and threats of violence, the president said he wished that Sony had not canceled the Christmas release of " The Interview."

Tom Brokaw Says His Cancer is in Remission

variety.com — Tom Brokaw shared some good news with his NBC colleagues on Sunday: his cancer is in remission. "A year ago my future was more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge but now I face the New Year with very encouraging news," he wrote in a note addressed to his "NBC Family."

Sony Hack: ‘The Interview’ Facebook, Twitter Accounts Are Deleted

variety.com — The Facebook and Twitter pages for Sony Pictures Entertainment's " The Interview " - the satirical film at the center of North Korea's alleged attack on the studio - as of Saturday morning were not accessible. It's not clear if Sony deleted the accounts or if hackers had disabled them.
Dec 20, 2014

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Dr. Evil on SNL: Mike Myers Talks North Korea and Sony

variety.com — " SNL " veteran Mike Myers returned to the show on Saturday as Dr. Evil to criticize North Korea's cyber attack on Sony Pictures. The Austin Powers nemesis, who appeared in the show's opening sketch, ripped everyone from the hackers ("There's already a GOP and they're already an evil organization") to Sony, who, according to Dr. Evil "hasn't had a hit since the Walkman."

Republicans Urge Theaters to Show ‘The Interview’

variety.com — The Republican National Committee is urging theater owners to play the "The Interview" following Sony's decision to pull the plug on the controversial comedy, CNN reports. RNC chairman Reince Priebus has send a letter to the CEOs of 10 major theater chains asking them to show the film, which has been the source of hackers' wrath in the last month.
Dec 21, 2014

Republicans Urge Theaters to Show 'Interview': 'We Cannot Be Bullied Into Giving Up Freedom' fb.me/49d0WBnyB

Sony Hack: North Korea Denies Responbility, Proposes Joint Investigation

variety.com — North Korea has once again denied that it was behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures after the FBI announced on Friday that North Korea was "responsible" for the hack. Instead, the country has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack, warning of "serious" consequences if the proposal is rejected, the Associated Press reports.
Dec 20, 2014

Pipsqueak roars: NK threatens "serious consequences" if U.S. rejects proposal for joint investigation #Sonyhack on.variety.com/1wz2mHv

Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

North Korea says "We have a way to prove that we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture..." variety.com/2014/film/news…

Republicans Urge Theaters to Show ‘The Interview’

variety.com — The Republican National Committee is urging theater owners to play the "The Interview" following Sony's decision to pull the plug on the controversial comedy, CNN reports. RNC chairman Reince Priebus has send a letter to the CEOs of 10 major theater chains asking them to show the film, which has been the source of hackers' wrath in the last month.
Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

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