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The 7 Most Outrageous Things We Learned From the Sony Hack

'The Interview' Barcelona Photocall
Robert Marquardt—Getty Images Seth Rogen (L) and Evan Goldberg pose during a photocall for their latest film 'The Interview' at the Hotel Mandarin on June 18, 2014

From dissatisfaction with Adam Sandler to embarrassing gender statistics

The breach that crippled Sony at the end of November is not over yet. On Dec. 8, the aliases of 11 Hollywood celebrities were leaked, and internal information continues to leak about about the beleaguered company—from unreleased films to employee salaries to actors’ cover identities. And the hackers responsible are reportedly making increasingly threatening demands on Sony. Dubbed the Guardians of Peace, the hackers have allegedly called for monetary compensation, told Sony to stop the release of The Interview, and threatened employees’ families. Here are 7 of the craziest things hackers hitched from Sony.

Seth Rogen made more money than James Franco for The Interview. The hackers wormed into the studio’s movie budgets, and found that The Interview cost $44 million to make. Rogen is making $8.4 million and Franco is raking in $6.5 million. The two actors are co-stars, but Rogen (who is four years younger) also co-directed the film, which may be the reason for the salary differential.

Some people at Sony are not Adam Sandler fans. Based on a trove of workplace complaints discovered by Gawker, there’s some dissatisfaction with the 48-year-old comedian. “There is a general “blah-ness” to the films we produce. Althought [sic] we manage to produce an innovative film once in awhile, Social Network, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we continue to be saddled with the mundane, formulaic Adam Sandler films,” said one Sony employee. “And will we still be paying for Adam Sandler? Why?”

Only one female Sony employee earns more than $1 million. The $1-million-and-over club at Sony is male and white. Just one woman, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal, is in the group.

You can watch unreleased Sony movies online. The hackers managed to leak files of major Sony films that are set to be released this year, including Annie, Mr. Turner and Still Alice.

Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow’s social security numbers are on the Internet as a result of the hack. So is their compensation, along with the salaries and personal information of a lot of other celebrities.

Tom Hanks, Jessica Alba and Natalie Portman have alter egos …and they sound kind of odd. The stars use aliases to do normal people things. Hanks is “Johnny Madrid,” Tobey Maguire is “Neil Deep,” Jessical Alba is “Cash Money,” Natalie Portman is “Lauren Brown” and Rob Schneider goes by “Nazzo Good.”

A script by the creator of “Breaking Bad” leaked, too. Vince Gilligan, the creator of “Breaking Bad” had an unreleased pilot of in the works, and hackers got a hold of that, too, according to Buzzfeed.

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