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Sony Hack Reveals Concerns Over New Bond Movie’s Script

Sony execs were not happy with its third act

The email leak resulting from the Sony hack is so massive, it has even taken down the world’s favorite superspy.

According to emails released in the leak, which include insider details of the lives of celebrities and embarrassing exchanges between high-profile Hollywood executives, the third and final act of the new James Bond film Spectre was considered so bad by executives that one screenwriter after another was dispatched to rewrite the ending.

“For what it’s worth, I think first 100 pages are fantastic,” MGM executive Jonathan Glickman wrote on October 9, Defamer reports. It’s all downhill from there. ”You guys set me up for a let down on climax,” writes Glickman. “So I was not surprised.”

With a projected budget clocking in at the “mid $300ms”—as revealed by the leak—Spectre is set to be one of the most expensive movies ever made. No small wonder then that the filmmakers were scrambling to fix an ending that readers of the leaked script felt was difficult to follow and at times both nonsensical and bland.

“Also, there needs to be some kind of a twist rather than a series of water chases with guns,” reads one memo attached to the script in August.

If you want to ruin the movie for yourself or an annoying family member over the holidays, you can read more at Defamer.

TIME Crime

Florida Cops Suspected of Deleting Internal Files Won’t Face Charges

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Luiz Felipe Castro—Getty Images

Accused of deleting computer records for officers who were under investigation by Internal Affairs

Two Florida cops suspected of deleting internal police department reports involving themselves or their friends won’t face criminal charges.

Hollywood Assistant Police Chief Ken Haberland and Maj. Norris Redding were accused of deleting computer records for officers who were under investigation by the police department’s Internal Affairs division, the Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

The records, deleted in December 2010 and January 2011, were meant to be kept public in accordance with state law. The officers apparently only deleted the electronic records but failed to get rid of the physical copies.

The two officers have admitted to violating state law and will have to pay a $500 civil fine, as well as to the Broward State Attorney’s Office for the investigation into their actions.

The two officers, initially relieved of duty with pay, won’t return to the Hollywood police department until an internal investigation is completed.

[Sun Sentinel]

TIME Hollywood

Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Joked About Obama’s Race

She and producer Scott Rudin joked about what the president's favorite movies might be

Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Amy Pascal joked with Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin about President Obama’s race, according to leaked emails.

Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, emailed Rudin, who produced movies such as The Social Network and No Country for Old Men, to ask what she should say to Obama at a fundraising breakfast, Buzzfeed reports. “Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?”

“12 YEARS” Rudin replied.

Pascal went on to suggest other prominent films starring African Americans: “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic]”

“Ride-along,” wrote Rudin. “I bet he likes Kevin Hart.”

The emails were the latest in a series of leaks following a high-profile hacking attack by a group calling itself Guardians of Peace.

The leaks have revealed myriad squabbles Pascal has had with various Hollywood bigwigs, as well as precious nuggets regarding a slew of Hollywood stars, including Jonah Hill, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie.

[Buzzfeed]

Correction: The original version of this story was accompanied by a photograph which incorrectly identified its subject as the co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal. The post has since been updated.

Read next: The 7 Most Outrageous Things We Learned From the Sony Hack

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Watch the Trailer for Dwayne Johnson’s Upcoming Earthquake Epic San Andreas

“Where will you be, who will you be with, when everything falls apart?”

The official trailer for Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson’s next film San Andreas is out: and it’s equal parts epic and terrifying.

Johnson posted the trailer on his Twitter account. It shows a massive earthquake laying waste to buildings, roads and dams across Los Angeles and San Francisco, between black screens bearing the words “Where will you be, who will you be with, when everything falls apart?”

The film is scheduled for release on May 29 next year, and also stars Paul Giammati, Archie Panjabi and Carla Gugino.

TIME Hollywood

Walt’s Wild Men: LIFE Behind the Scenes at Disney Studios

In a 1953 article titled 'A Silver Anniversary for Walt and Mickey,' LIFE magazine took its readers behind the scenes at Disney.

For countless people around the world, the appeal of the pop-culture offerings from Walt Disney’s namesake studio has long been underpinned by what LIFE magazine once called “the Disney combination of action and humor, nostalgia and violence.” Those characteristics have largely held sway in Disney’s films for close to a century, from the earliest Mickey Mouse and Steamboat Willie cartoons and classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs right up to the near-perfect Toy Story movies (produced by Pixar, released by Disney) and blockbusters like Frozen.

In the Nov. 2, 1953, issue of LIFE, in an article titled “A Silver Anniversary for Walt and Mickey,” the magazine took its readers behind the scenes at Disney:

The Disney studio is big (it covers 51 acres) and resembles a huge and complicated machine. Up to 400 draftsmen, editors, artists, cameramen, musicians, idea men, special effects men, all kinds of technicians, are required for even the shortest cartoon. There are inventions of great complexity and ingenuity. . . . But being Disney’s, the special stamp of this machine is that it careens along looking as if every screw inside were loose. The wanderer through the studio will come across animators making faces in mirrors to get ideas for the looney animals they are drawing.

Here, in this gallery, are some pictures that ran in that 1953 issue of LIFE — and several that didn’t.


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Jean-Claude Van Damme Joins the Cast of Kickboxer Remake

Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme in Turkey
Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme attends the closing ceremony of the 51st International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival on October 18, 2014 in Antalya, Turkey. Anadolu Agency — Getty Images

The "Muscles from Brussels" returns not as the student, but in the role of Master Chow

The original star of the 1989 martial arts classic Kickboxer, Jean-Claude Van Damme, is set to feature in an upcoming remake of the movie.

Van Damme is currently in final negotiations to join the cast as Master Chow, teaching a talented martial artist — played by Alain Moussi from X-Men: Days of Future Past — who has come to Thailand to learn kickboxing in order to avenge his brother’s death, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“We are so excited to have Kickboxer roll into production and to have JCVD in the role of Master Chow, passing the torch to Alain, to have him lead the franchise to a new generation ” said Ted Field of Radar Films, who is co-producing the movie.

The movie, which starts shooting this week will also feature UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who played Batroc in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Shooting is slated to begin this week and the movie is expected to hit theaters in 2015, reports Rolling Stone.

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Woody Allen: Portraits of the Neurotic as a Young Man

On Woody Allen's 79th birthday, LIFE.com looks back at the filmmaker as a young man in 1967 New York City.

When LIFE magazine profiled Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg) in April 1967, the 31-year-old writer, actor, director and hugely popular stand-up comedian was already a formidable — if utterly insecure and neurotic — creative force. In the article, writer Paul O’Neil discussed just a few of the Bronx-born, Brooklyn-raised filmmaker’s achievements:

He is bursting into pubic view today through every possible medium of expression. His successful Broadway farce, “Don’t Drink the Water,” is the most recent of his dramatic accomplishments. He is the author of two movies (in both of which he also appears): the noisy, big-money “What’s New, Pussy Cat?” and an odd, re-dubbed Japanese spy film, “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” He plays two parts (James Bond’s nephew Little Jimmy Bond and the villain, Noah), in Charles Feldman’s cinematic spoof of Ian Fleming’s “Casino Royale.” He has been the most frequent of guests on television’s “Tonight Show” and last month he again filled in as its master of ceremonies when Johnny Carson was away. He writes humorous essays for the New Yorker and is considered a kind of LSD-Era-All-American-Boy by both Playboy and Esquire, which compete with each other in publishing his picture and are happy to give their readers any smallest fragment of his prose.

Five decades later, Woody Allen — now 79 years old and still working nonstop — remains one of the few major American filmmakers of any age who writes and directs, like clockwork, a feature-length motion picture each and every year. He’s had his clunkers (the flabby, overrated — albeit highly profitable — Midnight in Paris, the unwatchable Anything Else and quite a few others), but he’s also created some of the most celebrated American movies of all time: Take the Money and Run, Sleeper, Annie Hall, Manhattan, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose and more. He’s won Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes and festival awards. He’s written a dozen plays and best-sellers. (Without Feathers is, quite simply, one of the finest collections of humorous short stories ever published. Period.) And he plays a mean jazz clarinet.

It hasn’t all been unalloyed success, though, and Woody Allen is not unfamiliar with scandal: his marriage to his much younger, one-time stepdaughter (“stepdaughter” in fact, if not in law) Soon-Yi Previn shocked an awful lot of his fans and is still fodder for crude jokes. And yet, according to many of those who know the them, in private Allen and Previn are exactly what they appear to be when they’re out in public: a devoted, happily married husband and wife.

And then, of course, there are his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s explosive claims that Allen molested her when she was a child — claims, it should be noted, that Allen has long adamantly denied.

Here, on his 79th birthday (b. Dec. 1, 1935), LIFE.com looks back at a period in Woody Allen’s life in the late 1960s when, already a star, he was hitting his stride as a filmmaker and a pop-culture force to be reckoned with.


Ben Cosgrove is the Editor of LIFE.com

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LizabethRonk.

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Johnny Depp Says Not Caring About His Acting Has Made Him a Better Actor

"Cabaret" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call
Johnny Depp poses backstage during the opening night of Cabaret on Broadway at Studio 54 in New York City on April 24, 2014 Bruce Glikas—FilmMagic/Getty Images

Well, he didn't exactly use the word care

Johnny Depp doesn’t care anymore — not about what you think, nor what his critics think, nor even about what he himself thinks.

But contrary to what it sounds like, the Hollywood superstar told Details in an in-depth interview that letting go of all expectations and obsessions has allowed him to be more free and versatile (if that was possible) with his acting.

“What is really satisfying is, like Marlon, getting to that place where he just didn’t give a f-ck,” said Depp, referring to the late actor, longtime friend and mentor Marlon Brando. “Suddenly you care enough not to give a f-ck, because not giving a f-ck, that’s the total liberation. Being game to try anything.”

And with upcoming roles like the Big Bad Wolf in fairy-tale adaptation Into The Woods, an adventurous art dealer in comedy film Mortdecai and notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, that’s exactly what he’s doing.

Read more at Details

TIME film

Steve McQueen to Make Paul Robeson Biopic

Paul Robeson planned
Oscar winner Steve McQueen, who is planning a film about the life of American singer and actor Paul Robeson. Issue date: Wednesday November 19, 2014. Ian West—PA Wire/Press Association Images

The acclaimed filmmaker of 12 Years a Slave also announced a film version of the UK TV series "Widows"

Director Steve McQueen has announced he is working on a biopic about American actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson.

“His life and legacy was the film I wanted to make the second after Hunger” McQueen said on stage at the Hidden Heroes awards in New York. Hunger was his debut film about an IRA hunger striker. “But I didn’t have the power, I didn’t have the juice,” he said.

The son of an escaped slave, Robeson led an extraordinary life as a lawyer, actor, singer and activist who supported causes such as the Republican in the Spanish Civil War and unemployed Welsh miners. Harry Belafonte is involved in production of the movie, the Guardian reports.

Though the Robeson picture is in the works, McQueen revealed that his next film after the breakout success of his 12 Years a Slave will be a full-length adaptation of the British television series “Widows,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Read more at the Guardian

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Reese Witherspoon Sticks Up For Renee Zellweger After Face-Shaming

Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood.
Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood. David Livingston—Getty Images

Calls sniping "cruel"

Reese Witherspoon is very disappointed in everyone who participated in the kerfuffle over Renee Zellweger’s face.

In the The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual actress round-table with Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Amy Adams, Hilary Swank, Patricia Arquette and Felicity Jones, the conversation turned to Renee Zellweger’s face-shaming last month. Witherspoon stuck up for Zellweger:

It’s horrible. It’s cruel and rude and disrespectful, and I can go on and on and on. It bothers me immensely…I know this is so Pollyanna of me, but why — and it’s particularly women — why do they have to tear women down? And why do we have to tear other women down to build another woman up? It drives me crazy. Like, this one looks great without her makeup but that one doesn’t look good without her makeup, and it’s all just a judgment and assault that I don’t — look, men are prey to it as well. I just don’t think it’s with the same sort of ferocity.

Later in the interview, when she was asked if there was a contemporary woman she wanted to play, Witherspoon said, “Beyonce.”

[THR]

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