Monthly Archives: December 2014

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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