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Hackers to Sony: We’ll Stand Down if You Never Release Movie (CNN)
The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a “very wise” decision to cancel the Christmas day release of The Interview, a source close to the company said. TVNewser The emails, sent Thursday night, included the message “you’ve done the right thing.” The emails suggested information stolen during the hack could be released if Sony fails to ensure that the film is never seen. Re/code In an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press Sunday, David Boies, the studio’s lawyer, said The Interview will be released. “Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed,” he told NBC’s Chuck Todd, adding the studio is still trying to determine the best distribution outlet that would also ensure people’s safety. THR / AP North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation. U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to the North, and have vowed to respond. TMZ According to sources connected with the studio, Judy Smith — the inspiration behind the Olivia Pope character on Scandal – has been quietly advising Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal.
No entertainment news story was stretched as far across 2014, or with such sickening, cumulative power, as the one involving Bill Cosby. To reflect those facts, we have chosen to recap the trail in the form of a modified holiday song sheet. This is no sing-along; more like a shock-along.
On the first day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
An angry ex-attorney.
On the second day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
A double shot of stand-down comedy.
On the third day of Cosby, my newsfeed sent to me.
Three thousand meme mockeries.
This is absolutely the last thing Fusion reporter Tim Pool wanted to be sharing on the Saturday before Christmas. But because he lives on a Brooklyn block next to the intersection where two NYPD cops were brazenly and fatally ambushed this afternoon, he is live streaming at press time via YouTube as he reacts and investigates.
A friend texted Pool this afternoon when the horrific news of the shooting first broke, asking if Pool lived near the incident scene. Pool, via the stream above, explained that once he looked out his window, he realized the shooting had occurred very close to his Myrtle Avenue front doorstep in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Twitter disasters are the quickest source of outrage, and outrage is traffic.
But the one that resonated immediately with us comes a little later:
Justine Sacco had a face that wasn’t made up of pixels.
TVNewser: Stephen Collins, the 7th Heaven actor who was accused sexually assaulting three girls, is not a pedophile. According to Stephen Collins.
FishbowlDC: A DC journalist is suing St. Louis County for his arrest in Ferguson.
AllTwitter: Proving (once again) that cat owners are weird, Friskies is one of the most loved brands on social media.
Every holiday season, New York radio station WLTW (a.k.a. 106.7 Lite FM) tinkers ever so slightly with its rotation of 24/7 Christmas music. If at all.
This season, a new voice is getting airplay alongside the three other artists added for 2014. Joining Band Aid 30, Seth MacFarlane and Idina Menzel is none other than Mediabistro success story Elizabeth Chan, the former Conde Nast employee who we wrote about this time last year.
“Just even learning that WLTW was going to add one of my songs, three years into writing Christmas music but really only two years into starting my company and songwriting business in earnest,” Chan tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “I was floored.”
Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.
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The drinks flowed and the gossip whirled during last night’s launch party at the Daily Mail‘s New York headquarters on Astor Place, celebrating the evolution of MailOnline to the U.S.-friendly DailyMail.com masthead and URL.
Party host Jenny McCarthy (never far from the side of new hubby, Donnie Wahlberg) was beaming. No doubt in part because of her new gig on SiriusXM, Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, which the former co-host of The View described to FishbowlNY as “amazing!” McCarthy doesn’t mince words on her show and was similarly forthcoming about her thoughts on the recently revamped ABC talk show. “Um, I’ve seen it… once,” she told us before quickly adding, “I’m so happy to have my SiriusXM show.”
A couple Revolving Door items for you today, involving Saveur and Bloomberg Media. Details are below.
- Marian Bull has been named associate editor, digital of Saveur. Bull comes to Saveur from Food52, where she served as associate editor. Bull’s appointment is effective January 5, 2015.
- Bloomberg Media has named Nate Lanxon as senior editor for Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Lanxon most recently served as editor of Wired.co.uk. Lanxon will have a senior role at Bloomberg Business when it launches in January.
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