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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.
  • Jim Gianopulos Selected for Will Rogers Foundation Honor

    The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation has chosen Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, for its Pioneer of the Year honor. The award will be presented April 22 at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The organization noted that he oversaw...

    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 --...

    Supreme Court Ruling on Aereo Will Be Significant, No Matter Who Wins

    When the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the battle over television streaming service Aereo on April 22, it will be against a backdrop of two competing narratives. Broadcasters warn of the end of free TV as we know it if the start-up company is...

    Warner Bros. Promotes Execs Who Oversaw 'Dark Knight Rises,' 'Lego'

    Warner Bros. has promoted longtime execs Jon Berg, who oversaw "The Dark Knight Rises," and Courtenay Valenti, who supervised "The Lego Movie," to exec VP of development and production. They will report to Greg Silverman, president of creative...