Hackers Send New Message To Sony: Withdraw The Movie!

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“‘Stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can break the regional peace and cause the War!’ the hacking group said, … apparently referring to The Interview, a Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The cyberattack on Sony Pictures has been linked to North Korea by investigators from private companies and government agencies.”

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Hackers Demanded Money From Sony Before Launching Cyber Attack

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“‘We’ve got great damage by Sony Pictures,’ writes ‘God’sApstls’ in the message that was sent Nov. 21 … ‘The compensation for it, monetary compensation we want. Pay the damage, or Sony Pictures will be bombarded as a whole. You know us very well. We never wait long. You’d better behave wisely.'”

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Binge-Watching: How TV Networks Are Programming For Your DVR

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“Perhaps the best example of this phenomenon comes from FXX’s recent Simpsons marathon, which produced astounding results. The network screened more than 500 episodes back-to-back with 25 million unique viewers tuning in at some point and the average viewer watching 23 episodes. The ratings boost launched FXX from the 49th-ranked basic cable network for the 18- to 49-year-old demographic to the No. 1-ranked network for that period.”

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“Serial”: The Syed Family Talks About “Five Million Detectives Trying To Work Out If Adnan Is A Psychopath”

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“The podcast exploring the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, has become a global phenomenon. In an exclusive interview, Adnan’s family talk to Jon Ronson about listening to Serial, toxic Reddit threads and how his imprisonment has destroyed their lives.”

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The Kennedy Center Honors Will Soon See A Changing Of The Guard

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“As is tradition, the artists sat with the president and first lady and watched the evening unfold. But that and other traditions could change. Producer George Stevens Jr., who has been at the event’s helm since 1978, told the audience that this will be his last event — after Kennedy Center officials told him they wanted to reinvigorate the show.”

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Is Getting An Oscar Really Worth All The Expense And Trouble It Takes?

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“How does all the money that goes into these campaigns – estimates run at more than $100 million for the season – measure against the revenue they supposedly generate?” The Times‘s new Carpetbagger blogger “put the question to studio heads, directors, actors and producers, some of whom agreed to chat on the record, others off (several confiding that awards season was something they dreaded and loathed).”

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U.S. TV’s Great Sitcom Recession, And Four Ways To Pull Out Of It

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“Even as TV transforms itself in real time, broadcasters have still managed to find a way to restock their shelves with new drama hits … By contrast, the last time the networks launched an enduring, game-changing comedy smash was way back in 2009″ – Modern Family. Only two sitcoms are among this fall’s 20 most-watched series. “This paucity of half-hour hits has left networks insiders ‘confused’ and reeling.”

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Why The Backlash Against “Serial” Is Plausible – And Wrong

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Conor Friedersdorf grants that “journalism requires its practitioners to delve into unfamiliar subjects, communities, and subcultures. Mistakes happen often and can be difficult for the reporter or audience to discern.” But he goes on to explain, with detailed examples, why the recent “white reporter privilege” objections to Serial, notably in Jay Caspian Kang’s widely-read-critique, simply don’t hold up.

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Americans Have Always Felt Guilty About TV Watching

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“Television’s association with guilt has persisted since the medium’s early days, but the nature and tenor of that guilt has evolved under the influence of several factors, including demographics, time period, technology, program type, and intellectual stimulation.”

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Chinese Theatre Owner Wants To Own Major Hollywood Studio

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“The potential acquisition would accomplish two things: provide a steady stream of popular movies for Chinese theaters, and make Wang’s Dalian Wanda Group a more powerful force in the global entertainment industry. Dalian Wanda also owns AMC Theatres, the No. 2 chain in the U.S.”

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Netflix Wants Nothing Less Than Global Domination

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“Netflix is doubling down on its international bet, preparing to enter markets like Australia and New Zealand next March, and snapping up the global rights for original film and television programs. But perhaps its biggest content wager is ‘Marco Polo,’ its series about the 13th-century traveler’s adventures in the court of Kublai Khan.”

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How Did West Virginia Deal With Its First Queer Film Fest?

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“Historically, both Appalachians and LGBTQ folks have been disenfranchised by society. Both have preconceptions that people believe about them that are largely untrue or at least unfounded. So we wanted to bring these two groups of people in the same space to recognize the similarities between themselves and create a conversation using film as the vessel.”

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How Has “Star Wars” Made $37 Billion??

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“The Star Wars universe now comprises a vast array of products, from movies and TV shows to videogames and toys. But it all started with one movie, Star Wars (later Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope), whose modest $11 million budget was less than the average studio comedy at the time.”

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