December 28, 2014 |
Joyce Carol Oates has a point. The eminent writer was on Twitter Wednesday, discussing the political demonstrations throughout the country this year. She tweeted: "Critics of 'social media' need to acknowledge how, for all its flaws, this is a revolutionary new consciousness. " That's no writerly exaggeration. In a tumultuous year, much of the tumult was relayed, focused, stoked, and distributed through media channels other than newspapers, radio, TV, or film. From Hong Kong to Ferguson, from Mexico City to Philadelphia, social media repeatedly were harnessed to inform, create groups that shared goals and values, express outrage, solidarity, and aspiration, and organize protests.
December 24, 2014 |
TALK ABOUT blurring the lines between real life and reel life. Sony Pictures, which is having a Month From Hell for the ages, has enlisted the help of the spin-mistress who was the inspiration for the ABC prime-time soaper "Scandal. " The company that produced (and won't release) "The Interview" has asked Judy Smith to help with damage control in the wake of the cyberattack it suffered (apparently at the hands of North Korea), and its subsequent decision to keep the Seth Rogen - James Franco comedy about killing North Korean Big Cheese Kim Jong Un from public display.
December 22, 2014 |
CYBER TERRORISM reached Hollywood big time this past week, what with a group of hackers, believe to orginate from North Korea, taunting Sony Pictures Entertainment by releasing information, emails, etc. stolen from the company and threating employees and their families if the movie studio didn't stop the release of the controversial movie "The Interview. " Sony pulled the flick resulting in a debate over free speech in Hollywood and the rest of the country. Enjoy the trip to Celebrityville.
December 18, 2014
THERE'S NO QUESTION the massive breach of Sony Pictures' computer system has provided a degree of titillation and amusement along with massive grief and paranoia for all concerned. But things took a dark and frightening turn yesterday when those behind the unprecedented hack (self-identified in an Orwellian manner as the "Guardians of Peace") threatened a "9/11"-style attack on movie theaters that screen "The Interview. " The film, which rolls out nationwide on Christmas Day, stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as TV gossip-show reporters who land an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un , only to be asked by the CIA to assassinate him. It is generally believed that Sony's financing of the comedy is what provoked the Guardians to hack and leak the company's computer files.
December 15, 2014 |
SO MUCH NEWS this week we didn't get into such as the ongoing collateral damage resulting from the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Hackers revealed actress Jennifer Lawrence received a lower salary than her male "American Hustle" co-stars and posted emails between Sony co-chair Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin joking about President Obama 's favorite films. They sounded a little bit racist to some. Read on for more celeb news. Yesterday Scott Stapp , the troubled former Creed front man, claimed to be a CIA agent with one mission in mind: assassinate President Obama , according to a 9-1-1 recording obtained by TMZ. The singer's estranged wife, Jaclyn Stapp , and his sister-in-law called 9-1-1 frantically late last month after he left the house shirtless and began to ride around his Boca Raton, Fla., neighborhood saying he wanted to assassinate Obama, according to a recording released by TMZ. Police determined Stapp didn't show enough signs of mental instability so they did not place him on a psych-hold.
December 12, 2014 |
A LOT of industries may be downsizing but if you're looking for areas of employment growth, you need look no further than Bill Cosby 's legal team. If they're not hiring now, they will be. Tamara Green , who accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the comedian, alleging he "publicly branded" her a liar through statements made by his lawyer and publicist when she spoke out about his alleged conduct in 2005. Green said in the suit filed in federal court in Springfield, Mass., that Cosby drugged and assaulted her when she was an aspiring model and singer.
December 12, 2014 |
"YOU ARE a motherf---er, aren't you?" If the day comes when women stop coming forward accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, that may be the takeaway line. It was said to the Cos by Beverly Johnson , Vogue 's first African-American cover girl, when she claims he drugged her and tried to sexually assault her in his NYC brownstone in the mid-1980s. Johnson, 62, wrote about the alleged incident on VanityFair.com yesterday. Johnson says she ended up at Chez Cosby when he invited her to rehearse with him for a part on "The Cosby Show.
December 10, 2014 |
T OM HANKS , Sting , Lily Tomlin , Al Green and ballerina Patricia McBride were feted at this year's Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday night, in Washington, D.C. For the first time, the show was hosted by Stephen Colbert , although it did perfectly fine without a host in the years since Walter Cronkite was emcee. But Colbert is coming to CBS, and CBS airs the show (Dec. 30), so it was either him or the cast of "NCIS. " David Letterman , Steven Spielberg and filmmaker George Stevens Jr. saluted Hanks.
December 8, 2014 |
Whatever they did, it seems Temple University's board of trustees couldn't win. Their most famous and loyal member, Bill Cosby, was the subject of an escalating string of ugly accusations of decades-old sexual assaults. Many of the board members are lawyers or judges, upholders of a system where one is presumed innocent until proved otherwise. And Cosby has never been found guilty of any sexual impropriety. So board members took their time, weighing what to do. While that annoyed some people, others expected nothing less.
December 5, 2014 |
FORMER NAVAL HOSPITAL corpsman third-class Bill Cosby 's career has been torpedoed recently by numerous allegations of sexual abuse. Now the U.S. Navy is getting into the act. According to the Washington Post , the Navy is taking the honorary title it bestowed upon the Cos in 2011 and dropping an anchor on it. The Navy announced yesterday that Cosby will no longer be an honorary chief petty officer. "The Navy is taking this action because allegations against Mr. Cosby are very serious and are in conflict with the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment," it said in a press release.