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Brad Pitt Leads Hollywood Criticism of Media After Sony Email Leak

"We shouldn't be participating and these sites that are disseminating them should stop."

Correction appended

Hollywood stars are pushing back against the highly-publicized leaking of hacked Sony emails, with Brad Pitt, Seth Rogen and writer Aaron Sorkin blasting the media for reporting sensitive information stolen from the Hollywood studio.

“I was just saying that I don’t see a difference in News Corp hacking phone calls and hacking e-mails. I don’t think we should be able to participate,” Pitt said on Monday, Yahoo reports.

Pitt, who was speaking at the premiere of his wife Angelina Jolie’s new film Unbroken, continued: “I think someone’s conversation, whether in e-mail or in person, should be private. We shouldn’t be participating and these sites that are disseminating them should stop. They won’t. And we should stop reading them. We won’t. It’s more of an indictment on us, I think.”

Jolie was the subject of a particularly scathing email released in the hack, in which producer Scott Rudin called the actress a “minimally talented spoiled brat.”

Pitt’s sentiments echo those of writer Aaron Sorkin, who penned a harsh op-ed in the New York Times against the hackers. On Tuesday, he said the leak was worse than a recent iCloud hack that had led to the leaking of several celebrities’ naked images.

“There are certainly times when the press should, has an obligation to publish things that are stolen,” Sorkin said on the TODAY show. “Is there anything in these emails at all that’s in the public interest? There isn’t, there’s just gossip there.”

A chorus of Hollywood stars have blasted the email leak, including Seth Rogen, whose upcoming movie The Interview, is largely believed to be the reason for the hacking of Sony Pictures’ networks. The film centers on a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Rogen said the media had no right to report on “stolen information” during a recent appearance on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show. “I think it’s f–ked up that anyone is talking about it,” he said. Stern added that if North Korea is behind the leak it’s “no different than a 9/11-type attack.”

“I can’t believe people are just so happy be like, ‘Look at this stolen information,” Rogen went on to say. “[The email authors] are not doing anything illegal. They’re not trying to fool you as the consumer. They’re having private correspondence with one another.”

Correction: This post originally misattributed a quote comparing the Sony Pictures leak to 9/11. Howard Stern made that remark.

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TIME’s Best Portraits of 2014

TIME looks back on a year in portraiture

We know them as head of states, movie stars or athletes. They are forward-thinking, rebellious or controversial. They lead us or challenge us. Yet, behind their extraordinary auras and personalities, they are human beings like the rest of us.

This year, as TIME reinforced its legacy of strong visual storytelling, these newsmakers reveled in the flashes of the magazine’s photographers. From Marco Grob’s playful portrait of Seth Meyer to Yuri Kozyrev’s powerful – and exclusive – shoot with Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of the Pussy Riots, TIME’s commissioned photographers crisscrossed the world to meet with the world’s most influential personalities; culminating in an unprecedented four-country, 12-city photo shoot by Jackie Nickerson and Bryan Schutmaat with TIME’s Person of the Year – the Ebola Fighters.

 

TIME Web

Robin Williams Was Google’s Top Trending Search of 2014

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Robin Williams topped a list that also included the World Cup, Ebola, ISIS and Flappy Bird

Robin Williams topped Google’s list of the top trending searches in 2014.

The comedian and actor, who died in August, led the list of the people, places and things that got the biggest boost in search traffic this year compared to 2013. The list of actual “most searched” terms is actually pretty boring, Google says, because it includes generic terms like “weather” and website names like “Google.”

Overall, the list reflects the way global crises co-mingle with pop culture phenomena on the Internet. Second to Robin Williams was the World Cup, which sparked widespread discussion across the Web. Third was Ebola, the viral epidemic that sparked scares in West Africa and elsewhere around the world as it emerged in different locales. Fourth was Malaysia Airlines, which was in the news first for a plane that mysteriously disappeared in March and later for a second plane that was shot down over Ukraine in July. Rounding out the top five was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in which people recorded themselves being doused in cold water to raise money for charity.

Check out the full Top 10 below:

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. Ebola
  4. Malaysia Airlines
  5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  6. Flappy Bird
  7. Conchita Wurst
  8. ISIS
  9. Frozen
  10. Sochi Olympics
TIME Fine Art

Google Doodle Commemorates Russian Painter Wassily Kandinsky

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The Department Chairman of Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie's, speaks about Wassily Kandinsky's "Strandszene", painted in 1909, on display May 2, 2014 in New York City. Stan Honda—AFP/Getty Images

Known as the first truly abstract artist, he would have been 148 years old today

Renowned Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, the man whose 148th birthday Google is celebrating in its latest Doodle, only started painting when he was 30.

Born in Moscow in 1866, Kandinsky grew up in Odessa and then studied Law and Economics before being offered a professorship at the University of Dorpat, Estonia. He left this position in 1896 and relocated to Munich seeking admission into the city’s Academy of Fine Arts. After initially being shunned, he entered the academy a few years later, where he flourished as a painter and an art theorist.

Kandinsky, who was inspired to take up painting by French impressionist painter Claude Monet’s iconic Haystacks and composer Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin, is known as the first truly abstract artist and often likened painting to music. “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul,” he wrote in his iconic text Concerning the Spiritual In Art.

Kandinsky moved back to his native Russia following the outbreak of World War I in 1914, but returned to Germany in 1921 after being dissatisfied with the official theories of art under the communist regime. In 1933 he emigrated to France, where he lived out the rest of his days until his death in 1944.

TIME movies

Watch the New Trailer for Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups

Terrence Malick's latest film, starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman

Terrence Malick is known for making dark and mysterious films, and the new trailer for his upcoming Knight of Cups suggests this will be no exception.

The trailer provides few details about what actually happens in the movie, which has been cloaked in secrecy. But the two-minute preview places images of sex, partying and general excess over short mysterious phrases like “no one cares about reality anymore,” “you gave me piece, joy, love” and “find your way, from darkness to light.”

The film, which stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman, is set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

TIME Parenting

Jennifer Aniston: People Call Me ‘Selfish’ For Not Being a Mom

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Actress Jennifer Aniston attends the premiere for "Life Of Crime" at Roy Thomson Hall on September 14, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. ( J. Countess--WireImage) J. Countess—WireImage

And correctly defines "feminism"

Even after years of the prying questions and condescending sympathy, it still bothers Jennifer Aniston when people ask her why she’s not a mom.

“I don’t like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women—that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated,” she told Allure for their January issue. “I don’t think it’s fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t mothering—dogs, friends, friends’ children.”

The actress, who has gotten critical praise for her role in the upcoming film Cake, explained that she finds the incessant commentary about her maternal status hurtful. “This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don’t want to be a mother, and how selfish that is…Even saying it gets me a little tight in my throat.”

Aniston also seemed well-prepared to answer the now-omnipresent questions about feminism–and why it’s such a complicated issue. “Because people overcomplicate it,” she said. “It’s simply believing in equality between men and women. Pretty basic.”

[Allure]

TIME celebrities

Camille Cosby Forcefully Defends Her Husband

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Camille Cosby attends the Apollo Theater 75th Anniversary Gala at The Apollo Theater on June 8, 2009 in New York City. Bryan Bedder—Getty Images

Wife of Bill Cosby addresses sexual assault allegations against him

The wife of Bill Cosby fiercely defended her husband in a statement Monday as outrage continues to mount over accusations that he drugged and raped multiple women throughout his career.

Camille Cosby, who has largely remained silent on the allegations, released a letter that compared the accusations against the actor and comedian to Rolling Stone‘s explosive story of an alleged rape at the University of Virginia. Discrepancies that emerged after publication of that story cast doubt on the accuracy of the piece.

“The story was devastating, but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue,” she writes in the comparison. “None of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking a victim,” she adds. “But the question should be asked — who is the victim?”

The entertainer has faced accusations of sexual assault from more than a dozen women and has largely declined to address the claims. In a recent interview with the New York Post, he praised his wife and admitted that his public relations representatives “don’t want me talking to the media.”

TIME Music

No More ‘All About That Bass’ Parodies, Please

A moratorium on specialized takes on the hit song

Last week, NASA’s interns produced a parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” entitled, naturally, “All About That Space.” This followed on the heels of a Star Wars-themed spin on Trainor’s hit entitled “All About That Base,” a family’s Thanksgiving feast set to “All About That Baste,” and a fishing-centric revision entitled “All About That Bass.” (The difference, this time, comes from shortening the “a” in “bass.”)

Enough. These videos are so popular — the “All About That Baste” video has racked up more than 4 million views since Thanksgiving — that it’s reasonable to fear that “Meghan Trainor parody video” is a legitimate genre, at least for a few more months. And yet “All About That Bass” is already a parody of itself. To make a video spoofing it is to miss the point.

To be clear, parodies of hit songs are usually not-great. But there are particular qualities about “All About That Bass” that make it both unusually appealing to the would-be parodist, and unusually insurmountable. That the structure of the hook features repeated emphasis on two common words with a lot of sound-alikes (“bass” and “treble”) encourages amateur songwriters to pick two new common words and go from there. No further thought, it’d seem, is really required before shooting can begin.

Except the very reason “All About That Bass” seems parody-ready is also why its parodies are so irritating. Given the volume of words in the English language that can be substituted for “bass” and “treble” in the song’s hook, and the number of things it can seem “pretty clear” one is not in the first verse, and so on, the parody must justify its existence with an unusually high level of wit. A parody of something technically complex can get by on sheer audacity alone; “Bass,” so uncomplicated that it’s basically a nursery rhyme set to music, lends itself easily to rewritings, but those rewritings are deeply unrewarding. Oh, right, the listener thinks. I guess “space” does rhyme with “bass.”

Then there’s the matter of particular technical qualities of “Bass.” The song works, if it does at all, because of Trainor’s impassioned delivery. She’s not an Adele-caliber vocalist, but, to her credit, she delivers each line with unabashed energy. Because the structure of the song is so ploddingly by-the-numbers, anything less of a Trainorian effort will make the singer sound as if they’re being forced to perform against their will.

Similarly, to change the subject matter from Trainor’s tricky tightrope walk (mocking “skinny bitches” while still urging body positivity for all) necessitates replacing it with something equally complex. Given the wild popularity of “Bass,” it’s very easy to assume that just swapping out words will make for a song that’s interesting and coherent. But the parodies take something at least interesting for a single listen and make it into a list of words used in Star Wars or bass fishing.

There’s an argument to be made that to parody “All About That Bass” is to elide its central point about body-positivity, silencing Trainor, but the ersatz Trainor videos out there aren’t offensive. They’re just trite. Listeners have spent enough time with “Bass” to write their own version, but completely misunderstand why the song worked. They should leave the Meghan Trainor parodies to the person who parodies Meghan Trainor better than anyone: Meghan Trainor.

TIME celebrities

Eddie Redmayne Marries Hannah Bagshawe

Actor Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe at the UK Premiere of "The Theory Of Everything" on Dec. 9, 2014.
Actor Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe at the UK Premiere of "The Theory Of Everything" on Dec. 9, 2014. Mike Marsland—2014 Mike Marsland

A small wedding took place in England

Eddie Redmayne is a married man.

The Theory of Everything star, 32, tied the knot with fiancée Hannah Bagshawe on Monday at Babington House in Somerset, England, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“I am happy to confirm that Hannah and Eddie married today,” the rep says in a statement. “They celebrated with a small number of close family and friends.”

Redmayne and Bagshawe were engaged over Memorial Day weekend.

This article was originally published on People.com

TIME Television

Better Call the Smelling Salts: the Better Call Saul Official Poster Is Out

Here's an addition to your anticipation

What are you doing to build your Better Call Saul anticipation today? You’re checking out the key art that AMC just released for the Breaking Bad spin-off. (Click here for the full-size version.) Look! There’s Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), back in the days when he still went by the name Jimmy McGill! And there were pay phones in the desert!

And to further help you have an A1 day, the network also released a brief teaser involving a car wash, which you can see here.

The 2002-set prequel will follow around Jimmy long before he got involved with Walter White. He’s got some Bad company, too: Jonathan Banks will once again assume the role of fixer Mike. AMC recently released a clip in which those two first cross paths. Their introduction goes not so well.

The show, which has already been picked up for a second season, will debut Feb. 8 at 10 p.m.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly

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