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Sony Pictures Demands News Agencies Delete ‘Stolen’ Data (NYT)
Sony Pictures Entertainment warned media outlets on Sunday against using the mountains of corporate data revealed by hackers who raided the studio’s computer systems in an attack that became public last month. THR Sony Pictures Entertainment lawyer David Boies sent a letter to news organizations Sunday, referring to leaked Sony documents as “stolen information” and demanded that the files be ignored, or destroyed if they had already been downloaded. “We are writing to ensure that you are aware that SPE does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information, and to request your cooperation in destroying the stolen information,” the letter reads. Variety The security breach and subsequent data dump has made public such internal financial documents as film budgets, earnings statements and emails from top Sony executives. It’s also resulted in a series of embarrassing revelations such as an email exchange between Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin in which the two made a series of racially charged jokes about President Barack Obama’s favorite movies. Both Rudin and Pascal have since apologized. Deadline The Sony information continues to be released in batches from unknown sources, including one Sunday in an email to news organizations that included a link to more information cached in online sites and promised an unspecified “Christmas gift” to come. Re/code A group claiming responsibility for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment on Sunday offered to selectively hold back on releasing email correspondence of its employees, provided that they write in and ask. The offer, apparently from the Guardians of Peace, a group that says it has carried out the attacks, marks a new twist in its ongoing campaign of embarrassing leaks of data stolen from the studio’s computers, now entering its third week.

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‘Unprofessional’: Ex-Timesman Bernie Weinraub Fires Back At Times After Scathing Review

Former New York Times Hollywood reporter Bernie Weinraub is furious over a scathing review of his new Off-Broadway play, the Accomplices, by a Times freelancer.

“The reviews keep coming in, virtually of them good to excellent,” Weinraub tells his “close friend” Nikki Finke. “Sure, some of them point out flaws in the play. And frankly I agree with their observations. But this New York Times review is so out of left field. It’s unprofessional and unworthy of the New York Times … It would be one thing if everybody disliked the play, or even the majority of the critics disliked the play. But the only bad review came from only this freelancer who seems to have his own agenda as he wrote what can only be called a diatribe.”

The play, which opened Monday at the Acorn Theater and continues through May 5, was reviewed by the Village Voice‘s David Ng.

It seems rude, even sacrilegious, to fault a Holocaust drama for failing to entertain. Most of us don’t associate genocide with a fun night at the theater after all. But neither should we be expected to endure a mind-numbing history lesson. “The Accomplices,” which opened last night at the Acorn Theater, is a soporific lecture of a play. If humorlessness were the measure of good art, it could rank among the best productions of the year.

  • Why Did NY Times Pan Weinraub’s Play When Most Major Media Gave It Raves? [Deadline Hollywood Daily]