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Dec 21, 2014

Final ‘Hobbit’ film draws holiday season crowds at box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The last movie of Peter Jackson’s three “Hobbit” films rode to the top of U.S. and Canadian weekend box office charts, selling an estimated $56.2 million worth of tickets and boosting the holiday movie season that is crucial to Hollywood.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” grabbed another $34.4 million from Wednesday and Thursday screenings for a combined debut of $90.6 million over its first five days, distributor Warner Bros. said on Sunday.

Dec 17, 2014

Lions Gate tried to discuss merger with Sony, leaked emails show

LOS ANGELES, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Movie maker Lions Gate
Entertainment Corp executives last summer tried to meet
with Sony Corp CEO Kazuo Hirai to discuss a possible
merger or acquisition, according to emails found in documents
stolen by hackers.

Hirai eventually declined a meeting although he expressed
interest in possible cooperation on operational matters, the
documents showed.

Dec 15, 2014

Sony demands halt to reporting from leaked documents, some media outlets say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Pictures Entertainment told certain news organizations on Sunday to stop publishing information contained in documents stolen by hackers who attacked the movie studio’s computer network last month, three media groups reported.

    The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety published stories reporting that they had each received a letter from David Boies, an attorney for Sony, demanding that the outlets stop reporting information contained in the documents and immediately destroy them.

Dec 14, 2014

Biblical epic ‘Exodus’ leads U.S., Canada box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Exodus: Gods and Kings”, an action-filled epic starring Christian Bale as Biblical leader Moses, marched to the top of U.S. and Canadian movie charts collecting $24.5 million in ticket sales over the weekend.

The flock of moviegoers for “Exodus” knocked “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ to second place, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak. The third film in the dystopian thriller series starring Jennifer Lawrence earned $13.2 million at domestic theaters, bringing its total to $277.4 million.

Dec 13, 2014

Sony executive may face call from Sharpton to resign over emails about race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton will meet next week with Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal and decide whether her emails about President Barack Obama’s race warrant calling for her resignation.

Pascal is under pressure after her private emails were exposed by hackers who attacked the computer network of the Hollywood movie studio, a unit of Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Dec 12, 2014

Sony executive apologises for ‘insensitive’ emails about Obama’s race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal apologised on Thursday for “insensitive” jokes she made about President Barack Obama in emails that were stolen by hackers who recently attacked the studio’s computer network.

The emails were exchanged between Pascal and film producer Scott Rudin, according to a report on the BuzzFeed website. Ahead of a breakfast event with the president, the pair joked about the type of movies Obama might like, mentioning films with African-American themes or stars.

Dec 11, 2014

Sony exec apologizes for ‘insensitive’ emails about Obama’s race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal apologized on Thursday for “insensitive” jokes she made about President Barack Obama in emails that were stolen by hackers who recently attacked the studio’s computer network.

The emails were exchanged between Pascal and film producer Scott Rudin, according to a report on the BuzzFeed website. Ahead of a breakfast event with the president, the pair joked about the type of movies Obama might like, mentioning films with African-American themes or stars.

Dec 9, 2014

Cyber attack could cost Sony studio as much as $100 million

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Corp’s (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) movie studio could face tens of millions of dollars in costs from the massive computer hack that hobbled its operations and exposed sensitive data, according to cybersecurity experts who have studied past breaches.

The tab will be less than the $171 million Sony estimated for the breach of its Playstation Network in 2011 because it does not appear to involve customer data, the experts said.

Dec 8, 2014

Group claiming Sony hack demands ‘The Interview’ not be released

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON (Reuters) – A group that claimed to be responsible for the massive computer hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment demanded that the company cancel the release of “The Interview,” a comedy that depicts an assassination plot against North Korea’s leader.

A letter posted on a file-sharing site on Monday asked Sony to “stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War!” It was signed by GOP, the nickname for the “Guardians of Peace” group that says it is responsible for a cyber attack at Sony that began Nov. 24.

Dec 7, 2014

Sony investigator says cyber attack was ‘unparalleled’ crime

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Forensics experts
hired by Sony Corp to investigate the massive cyber
attack at its Hollywood studio said the breach was
unprecedented, well-planned and carried out by an “organized
group,” according to an email obtained by Reuters on Saturday.

Kevin Mandia, the top executive at FireEye Inc’s
Mandiant forensics unit, made the comments in an email to
Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment
(SPE).