Top Stories for Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sony Hackers Threaten ‘Christmas Gift’, Studio Hires Attorney to Combat Media

From The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Hackers Promise to Deliver Large ‘Christmas Gift'”: “

Someone claiming to be a member of hacking group Guardians of Peace sent an email to journalists that listed two web addresses where new Sony information could be found.

The email also said that a “Christmas gift” would be arriving soon that will “put Sony Pictures into the worst state.” Countless Sony files, revealing everything from embarrassing email threads to salary details, have been released online following a Nov. 24 cyberattack on the studio…

In another newly leaked email, Pascal refers to Leonardo DiCaprio‘s decision to pull out of the Jobs film as “despicable.”

In a third email, head of TriStar productions Tom Rothman forwarded Pascal a link to Will Smith‘s kids’ comments from a recent T Magazine interview. Rothman included this message to Pascal: “1. Read this. 2. they r home schooled: don’t let this family date your movies!!!””

From The New York Times, “Sony Pictures Demands That News Agencies Delete ‘Stolen’ Data”: “In a sharply worded letter sent to news organizations, including The New York Times, David Boies, a prominent lawyer hired by Sony, characterized the documents as “stolen information” and demanded that they be avoided, and destroyed if they had already been downloaded or otherwise acquired.

The studio “does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use” of the information, Mr. Boies wrote in the three-page letter, which was distributed Sunday morning.