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  • Internet expert Douglas Thomas on the hacking of Sony Pictures

    Internet expert Douglas Thomas on the hacking of Sony Pictures
    There are myriad ramifications to the hacking of Sony's computers and the domino effect of its yanking "The Interview," in the wake of a murky threat from the North Korean cyber underground. Putting it in perspective is Douglas Thomas' turf. The USC associate communications professor has testified in Congress about cybercrime and security, and a lot of what he detailed in his book "Hacker Culture" is now playing out on the world stage. He sees it shaping law, politics and, yes, Hollywood — unsettlingly —- for decades to come.
  • National Parks May Boost Filming Fees

    When filmmakers shot Fox Searchlight's upcoming "Wild" at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, officials could not have been more helpful, says the movie's location manager, Nancy Haecker. What a contrast from the stereotype of government bureaucracy --...

    Richard Heffner dies at 88; longtime head of movie ratings system

    Richard Heffner dies at 88; longtime head of movie ratings system
    When Jack Valenti, the president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, asked historian and public television host Richard Heffner to oversee the group's controversial movie ratings system, Heffner turned it down, saying his mother "did not raise me to...

    Patt Morrison Asks: Hollywood's pol, Chris Dodd

    Patt Morrison Asks: Hollywood's pol, Chris Dodd
    Hollywood loves comeback stories. Will SOPA/PIPA be one of them? The anti-piracy bills that were working their way through Congress with Hollywood's blessing got tanked by a massive online campaign — petitions, website blackouts, even T-shirts. From...

    High hopes, low notes for film world's NC-17 rating

    In the late '80s a thunderbolt of inspiration struck Jack Valenti, longtime chief of the Motion Picture Assn. of America: What if his organization got rid of the X rating, besmirched by years of misappropriation by hard-core exploitation films, and...