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Aaron Sorkin Says Media ‘Morally Treasonous’ in Sony Hack

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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin arrives for the premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Nov. 17, 2014. Nina Prommer—EPA

The Newsroom creator says media outlets covering the cyberattack are "spectacularly dishonorable"

Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has harsh words for media outlets who published information revealed in the leaked emails from the recent Sony Pictures hack.

“As a screenwriter in Hollywood who’s only two generations removed from probably being blacklisted, I’m not crazy about Americans calling other Americans un-American, so let’s just say that every news outlet that did the bidding of the Guardians of Peace is morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable,” Sorkin wrote in a New York Times op-ed published Sunday night.

Sorkin, who created The West Wing and the recently concluded The Newsroom, says said media outlets reporting information form the hack are helping the hacker group that, in addition to carrying out the cyberattack that exposed confidential personal information such as medical records, also threatened the safety of Sony Pictures’ employees’ families.

MORE: Meet the Sony executive at the center of the worst corporate hack ever

A group calling itself the Guardians of Peace had threatened to reveal the documents it obtained if the studio went forward with The Interview, a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that follows a fictional assassination attempt on North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

Sorkin’s name has come up in stories about the leaked emails, as several of them concern what he calls behind-the-scenes “squabbling” about the Steve Jobs biopic he’s writing. But Sorkin says justifying coverage of the stolen documents’ content as “newsworthy” is misguided.

“I understand that news outlets routinely use stolen information,” Sorkin writes. “That’s how we got the Pentagon Papers, to use an oft-used argument. But there is nothing in these documents remotely rising to the level of public interest of the information found in the Pentagon Papers.”

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Channing Tatum’s Leaked Email Is the Most Adorable Violation of Email Etiquette Ever

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Channing Tatum Evan Agostini—Invision/AP

Only the Foxcatcher star could get away with abusing the caps lock in this way

The Sony Pictures hack has provided plenty of news about upcoming projects as well as Mean Girls-levels of behind-the-scenes drama, but it’s also revealed how the stars of Hollywood communicate online. In leaked email exchanges that exposed Sony’s plans for a Jump Street-Men in Black crossover film, Jonah Hill wrote, “i think that’s clean and rad and powerful”—capital letters be damned.

But Hill’s Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum appears to have a completely different approach to email. In a conversation with Hill, Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and other Sony executives, Tatum hit caps lock and didn’t look back as he celebrated the opening weekend of 22 Jump Street, which had the second-best debut for an R-rated comedy in history.

MORE: Meet the Sony executive at the center of the worst corporate hack ever

Below, via Gawker’s Defamer blog, is Tatum’s email, which is a flagrant violation of several of Google exec Eric Schmidt’s 9 rules for email. Then again, Channing Tatum could forward a chain email with instructing you to pass it along to 15 friends by midnight to avoid getting killed by a ghost, and it’d still be charming.

On Jun 14, 2014, at 2:19 PM, “33& out inc C/O FULTON & MEY” <[EMAIL REDACTED]> wrote:



It goes on for way longer than that, but you get the idea.



Jon Hamm Says He Is Happy He Never Played a Superhero

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Jon Hamm attends "The 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards" at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Dec. 1, 2014. LAN/Corbis

The "Mad Men" actor says the deals involved with superhero films are "draconian"

Jon Hamm has taken on some fascinating roles in the past but in a new interview with the Radio Times the Mad Men actor revealed there’s one role he’s glad he’s never said yes to: the superhero.

Hamm noted he’s “been in contention for quite a few of those” superhero starring roles, but maintained he made the “right decision” in turning them down. He went on to say:

“The deals that they make you do are so draconian. And, of course, you are signed on for not only the movie that you are signed on for… but at least two more that you haven’t read and you have no idea what they are going to be and all the crossover ones you are going to have to do. For me to sign on now to do a superhero movie would mean I would be working until I am fifty as that particular superhero. It’s a lot of work at one thing which is not necessarily the reason I got into the business which is to do many things. If you want to spend all day pressing the same key that… seems an odd choice.”

Yet Hamm also acknowledges the downside of opting out of the superhero genre, especially as Hollywood gears up for an onslaught of Marvel films. “[If] you don’t wear a cape and tights for a living, you literally have a hard time making an impression,” he said. “Ask anyone under the age of twenty if they have heard of me and they will go ‘no, that guy looks like my dad.’”

Not that Hamm should be beating himself up. Fans of all ages are getting excited for his appearance in the British dystopia Black Mirror: White Christmas special, which will air in the U.K. on Tuesday.

[Radio Times]

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Kourtney Kardashian Welcomes a Son

Kourtney Kardashian in West Hollywood, Calif., Oct. 23, 2014.
Kourtney Kardashian in West Hollywood, Calif., Oct. 23, 2014. Jason Merritt—Getty Images for De Re Gallery

The same day that son Mason Dash turned 5

Kourtney Kardashian just gave her son a pretty great birthday gift: a little brother!

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and Scott Disick welcomed their third child, a boy, on Sunday, Dec. 14, PEOPLE confirms — the same day their son Mason Dash turned 5.

The new baby also joins big sister Penelope Scotland, 2.

Kardashian, 35, revealed she was having a boy on last week’s episode of Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons on E!

As for Mason, he still got a special birthday celebration. His famous family, including aunts Khloé Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, threw him an early Nightmare Before Christmas-themed bash in November.

– Michele Corriston with reporting by Jennifer Garcia

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Bill Cosby Briefly Breaks His Silence

Bill Cosby during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington. ON NOV. 6, 2014.
Bill Cosby during an interview about the upcoming exhibit "Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue," at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. on Nov. 6, 2014 Evan Vucci—AP

He explains why he hasn't responded sex assault allegations

Over the past four weeks, multiple women have come forward claiming Bill Cosby drugged and/or sexually assaulted them. But the comedian hasn’t issued any sort of response to these claims—because, predictably, his lawyers don’t want him to. “They don’t want me talking to the media,” Cosby said in a brief phone interview with Page Six Friday.

In that interview, the comedian did briefly touch on the accusations, albeit vaguely: “Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism, and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” he told Page Six.

This isn’t the first time Cosby’s had some words for the media—in November, he told Florida Today that people need to “fact check.”

“I know people are tired of me not saying anything,” he told the newspaper. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Aaron Sorkin Defends Amy Pascal in Sony Hack

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Writer Aaron Sorkin attends the premiere of "The Newsroom" at DGA Theater on November 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic

The director of The Social Network stands by the beleaguered Pascal

Aaron Sorkin, George Clooney and others in Hollywood have voiced support for Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal in the wake of a devastating cyber attack on her studio.

Pascal has faced a series of humiliating revelations in recent weeks as internal company emails were dumped online after a massive hack against Sony. Pascal and producer Scott Rudin exchanged racially insensitive emails about President Barack Obama, for which she has since apologized, and Sony has been accused of poorly securing its data.

Sorkin, who wrote The Social Network (2010) and the upcoming Jobs told The Hollywood Reporter that Pascal’s apology was sincere.

“Amy knows more than a lot of people what it’s like to battle stereotypes. She’s a woman at a large corporation who worked her way from assistant to the chairman’s office,” Sorkin said. “Amy would rather cut off her own hand than intentionally hurt someone.”

George Clooney and Creative Artists Agency partner Bryan Lourd have privately expressed support for Pascal, according to the Reporter. Seth Rogen said to an audience at the premiere of The Interview on December 11, “I’d like to thank Amy Pascal for having the balls to make this movie.”

MORE: Who is Amy Pascal?

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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Celebrate Taylor Swift’s Birthday With 25 Instagrams in 25 Seconds

Her new album, 1989, was named for the year of her birth

Taylor Swift loves the No. 13, and not just because it’s lucky—she also was born on Dec. 13 in 1989, the year that inspired the name of her new album. Because the “Blank Space” singer turns an iconic age Saturday—Taylor Swift is now a quarter-century old even if she’s feeling 22—TIME went through her Instagram to find her most iconic snapshots, from award shows and arena shows to quiet moments of down time.

Considering all the famous friends who show up in her Instagram—Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Ariana Grande—she’ll no doubt celebrate her birthday in “Style.”

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What Could Beyoncé and Taylor Swift Be Talking About in This Photo?

The two pop stars crossed paths Friday

Pop music’s two biggest stars—the only two musicians to have graced TIME‘s cover in 2014—met up Friday at Billboard‘s Women in Music event. It’s not the first time Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have interacted—remember the Kanye West incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards?—but it’s rare that such pop powerhouses are in the same room, let alone taking a moment to catch up.

Allow us to speculate about what they could have talked about:

  • Taylor was thanking Beyoncé for releasing her surprise album on her birthday, because what do you get for the girl who has everything? Try 17 new Beyoncé videos.
  • They were having a thoughtful debate about Spotify and their respective decisions to leave it and embrace it.
  • Beyoncé recently watched The Fault in Our Stars and wanted to know what Taylor and John Green talked about the other day.
  • They were discussing the “7/11″ video. “Wait, so it’s not about the convenience store chain?” Taylor asks. “Also, spinning on one foot with my hands up is really hard.”

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Lindsay Lohan Just Released an App Called ‘The Price of Fame’

Look out, Kim Kardashian!

Lindsay Lohan has teamed up with Space Inch game developers to get her own piece of Kim Kardashian’s Hollywood by releasing her own app, Lindsay Lohan’s Price of Fame.

According to a press release, the game is “designed as a parody on celebrity culture and paparazzi,” which reveals that La Lohan is now self-aware enough to poke fun at her own place in pop culture. Much like Kardashian’s wildly successful celebrity culture app, Lindsay Lohan’s Price of Fame lets players act like world famous professional celebrities by creating an avatar that can purchase outfits, accessories, toys and even pets.

“I love this game and am happy to be part of it. It’s so much fun!” said Lohan, who recently filed a lawsuit against the makers of Grand Theft Auto for allegedly incorporating her likeness into the game. She will undoubtedly love Lindsay Lohan’s Price of Fame even more if the game earns even a fraction of what Kardashian’s app has brought in. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is estimated to bring in $200 million annually, with $85 million of that reportedly going to Ms. Kardashian herself.

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Who Is Amy Pascal? Meet the Exec Tangled Up in Sony’s Leaked Emails

The Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment has been the executive behind successful movies like Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty

Sony executive Amy Pascal found herself in the headlines this week after her company was hit by hackers, exposing emails ranging from racially insensitive exchanges about President Obama to reports that she served as an intermediary between the company’s brass and Seth Rogen in toning down Kim Jong-un’s death scene in The Interview (though Rogen has thanked Pascal for having “the balls” to make the movie at its Thursday premiere).

Though Pascal’s name may be unfamiliar to some readers, her films surely are not: she’s overseen major blockbusters from When Harry Met Sally to The Da Vinci Code.

Pascal is currently the Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group, the division responsible for the company’s film production. Alongside Michael Lynton, she’s also co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), the umbrella over the Motion Picture Group, the Television Group, Networks and other operations. Lynton is CEO of SPE, and as such is Pascal’s boss.

Pascal began her career as a Hollywood secretary and soon climbed the ranks to become Vice President of Production at 20th Century Fox. She joined Columbia Pictures, a division of SPE, in 1988, overseeing movies like Groundhog Day and A League of Their Own. She left in 1994 to become President of Production at Turner Pictures, but returned to Columbia two years later as President. She was promoted to Chairman of SPE’s Motion Picture Group in 2003, and became Co-Chairman of SPE in 2006.

Pascal and Lynton have had a fruitful relationship as business partners, with Pascal acting as the intuitive pro at picking scripts likely to succeed and Lynton functioning as her business-minded counterpart. According to a 2009 New York Times story, Lynton couldn’t fathom Superbad becoming a profitable film when he read the script, but since it wasn’t very high-budget, Pascal was able to convince him they should take it on. It was a good bet: the movie cost only $18 million to make, but yielded $120 million at the domestic box office.

Though Pascal engaged in racially inappropriate emails with producer Scott Rudin (for which Pascal apologized), speculating on President Obama’s taste in films with African-American narratives, she’s been a generous donor to Obama and other Democrats.

Pascal is on Forbes’ 50 Most Powerful Women list and was elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board of governors last year.

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