Davos Panelists Foresee the Death of Privacy


Eric Schmidt is the former software engineer who rose to become executive chairman of Google.

Schmidt recently spoke to the top political, business, and financial minds gathered together at the World Economic Forum. The global event was held at the fashionable Swiss municipality of Davos.

Schmidt’s speech carried a prediction regarding the Internet; that being, the World Wide Web as we know it is essentially destined to fade to black. Responding to a question about the web’s future, Schmidt said, “I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear.”

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`American Sniper` Wins in a Box-office Landslide

Clint Eastwood’s, “American Sniper,” has Hollywood insiders in a virtual state of shock.

Eastwood’s directorial masterpiece has picked up six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor. With more than $90 million in box-office revenue over the past weekend and an estimated $105 million take for the four-day Martin Luther King holiday, the film has exceeded expectations while decimating previous ticket sales records.

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The Significance of the Golden Globe Awards


The awards season is in high gear, and the time period leading up to the Oscars is now replete with shows that look and feel very much like the upcoming Academy Awards.

The most recent 72nd Golden Globe Awards, as well as the upcoming Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Critic’s Choice Movie Awards, are likely to have a significant impact on the ultimate Academy Award winners.

The effects, however, may be manifesting themselves in very different ways. Various guild awards typically assert influence on individual categories; for example, the Directors Guild Awards should expectedly play a large role in determining the winner of the Academy’s Best Director category.

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The Rest of the `Unbroken` Story

Alfred Hitchcock once said that the drama in movies is like “life with the dull bits cut out.”

Along the lines of Hitchcock’s quote, some of life’s dull bits are indeed cut out of Angelina Jolie’s inspiring directorial triumph, “Unbroken,” which opened on the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

However, while Jolie’s film was careful to exclude some of life’s more mundane moments, one unfortunate writing and editing move made by the “Unbroken” decision makers was to not include, within the dramatic narrative about Louie Zamperini, the most important event in the World War II veteran and former Olympian’s remarkable life story.

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Box-office Winners and Losers of 2014

For Hollywood executives in charge of running the world’s biggest entertainment factories, 2014 turned out to be the most anxiety-inducing ever.

The summer was an unsettling one in which the box office take for the season was down 25% from the previous year. To top it off, entertainment business execs wound up the year by having to endure the day-to-day news of a major studio, Sony, attempting to cope with a crushing cyber-attack that was launched over the content of a film.

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The Obama-Sony Blame Game

There is apparently no love lost between Sony Pictures and the Obama administration these days.

The fingers of blame have been pointing back and forth, while the barbs between the studio and the president have continued to fly amid a bona fide national security crisis, which happens to have a real villain, North Korea.

During his year-end news conference, Pres. Obama chided Sony, joining in with countless critics of the movie studio’s decision to cancel the release of the film “The Interview,” which had been scheduled for a Christmas Day debut.

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Ridley Scott`s `Exodus` Has Something to Alienate Everyone


Another ambitious attempt by Hollywood to produce a scripturally based film appears to have missed the mark in a major way.

Director Ridley Scott’s “Exodus Gods and Kings” has managed to rile political liberals, disappoint film critics, and offend members of the three primary religions that adhere to the Old Testament, an astounding feat considering its big-screen Bible-based forerunner, director Cecil DeMille’s 1956 film “The Ten Commandments,” was a critically acclaimed box-office success, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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Could the Hack of Sony Pictures Be an Act of War?

The hacking of Sony Pictures has taken on a new dimension of late.

There are reasons to believe that the cyber-attack against the entertainment company sought the actual destruction of technology and data as opposed to the mere taking of information. There is also a mounting stack of evidence, which suggests that the totalitarian communist dictatorship of North Korea was involved in the launching of the attack.

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Sony Investigates Possible North Korean Involvement in Cyber Attack

Major Hollywood powerhouse Sony Pictures is involved in an ongoing investigation of a recent hack attack, which knocked out the studio’s network and resulted in all of its employees’ computer monitors being able to only display an image of a glowing red skeleton along with some vague demands.

This may not have been an ordinary cyber onslaught. Sources told the tech site Re/code that Sony executives are looking into whether the attack is somehow connected to the government of North Korea via operatives in China.

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Will It Be a Snub or an Honor for Clint Eastwood?

It’s that time of year again, the Oscar season, that is, and the Hollywood campaigns are in full swing.

The Academy requires a film to be released prior to the end of the year in question in order to qualify for an award, and because of this a slew of Oscar-seeking cinema is just about to hit the theaters.

Interestingly, to compete for an Academy Award, movies are also required to be up on screens for a full week within the year of consideration, which means the last chance for any would-be Oscar contender to be released is on Christmas Day.

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