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Attention, Hacked And Beleaguered Sony Staffers: Self-Protection Tips

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While I worked the past few days with Cyber Security wiz Hemanshu Nigam on today's guest column by the SSP Blue CEO, it was made painfully clear to me that some Sony staffers–I'm talking about the people living paycheck to paycheck, the ones who can least afford to be crime victims–are experiencing strange occurrences in the wake of having private information leaked. It's also clear that some might not know where to turn after the hackers disseminated Social Security… Read

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Hollywood Needs Cyber Czar: Guest Column

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Deadline has asked Hollywood to spend the holiday contemplating the implications of an unprecedented cyber-terror attack against Sony. When relevant, we will run pieces that might help. Here is one from Hemanshu Nigam, a former Federal Prosecutor Against Online Crime In Los Angeles and former Chief Security Officer for NewsCorp and Fox Interactive Media and VP of Worldwide Internet Enforcement under Jack Valenti's MPAA. He is currently CEO of the Cyber Security Company… Read

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Glenn Beck’s Hot Reads: Google, Futurism, And More Fuel For A Media Empire

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Each week, Deadline's Hot Reads presents what Hollywood's power players are reading now and what they think is special about each book. Just in time for Christmas, former Fox News TV and radio host, political commentator, filmmaker, and new media mogul Glenn Beck shares the books he's been reading and giving to staffers this holiday season for insight as he grows his news and entertainment hub The Blaze. The libertarian entrepeneur is charging ahead with several film and… Read

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Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ Bests His ‘Dhoom 3′ In Record U.S. Bow For Bollywood (Video)

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After several strong global releases this year, including Kick with Salman Khan, Bang Bang with Hrithik Roshan and Happy New Year with Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood served up Aamir Khan in comedy/drama PK this weekend (see trailer above). Going out day-and-date in 22 markets including India, North America and the UK, it released on about 5,000 screens at home and more than 800 overseas. The total take excluding North America was $22.13M for the frame, says distributor UTV. An… Read

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After Killing ‘The Interview,’ North Korea Works On Sequel: Threatening U.S.

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In its harshest rhetoric to date, North Korea is claiming that the U.S. government was behind the making of The Interview. The country is now threatening to attack the "the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland" if the U.S. follows through with President Obama' statement Friday that the the States will "respond proportionally" to the cyber attack on Sony Pictures that the U.S. government said was ordered by the North Korean government in retaliation for… Read

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‘Hobbit’ Rules; ‘Bullets’ Fire Up China; ‘PK’ Lands; ‘Museum’ Opens Doors: Intl BO

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Highlights: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (WB) at top of the ranks with $105.5M — passes $350M worldwide; Gone With The Bullets cumes $48.5M in four China days; India's PK (UTV) scores record North American bow; Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (FOX) unearths $10.75M; Big Hero 6 (DIS) big in Japan at $5.3M; more… On the march in a further 22 markets this frame, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies grossed $105.5M from 19,315 screens in 59 total… Read

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Fox Blasts Dish For Stalled Carriage Talks: We’re Offering A Mansion; They Want To Pay For A Double Lot

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Fox says it did not try to force Dish to buy a car along with a house, as Dish suggested last last night when carriage talks failed to reach resolution before the midnight deadline. Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel were pulled from the operator shortly before midnight. "We're not asking Dish to do anything we haven't already asked...and gotten agreed to, in contracts with any of our other providers," Tim Carry, EVP Distribution at Fox News Channel told Deadline… Read

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‘Mr. Turner’ Paints A Solid Box-Office Bow; ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Imitation Game’ Take Top PTAs

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Sony Classics' Mr. Turner had a near masterpiece of a theatrical debut in limited release, creating director Mike Leigh's highest per-theater average for any of his titles opening on multiple screens. But holdovers Inherent Vice from Warner Bros and TWC's The Imitation Game took the highest and second-highest averages this weekend, while Whiplash, Citizenfour and Force Majeure all passed notable milestones in their on-screen runs. Mr. Turner, starring Timothy Spall… Read

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Sony Attorney Dings Obama For “Blame The Victim” Comment On North Korea’s Cyber Attack — Video

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On today's Meet the Press Chuck Todd discussed North Korea's hack attack against Sony with Sony Pictures Entertainment lawyer David Boies, actor (and former White House staffer) Kal Penn, former director of The National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter, former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and former ambassador to South Korea Christopher Hill. Partial transcript of Boies' comments: DAVID BOIES: I think we ought to move beyond who was… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ At Halfway Mark: Reconsidering A Hot Mess

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UPDATE: Saturday Night Live, the show that Deadline commenters love to beat on like it owes them money, last night completed a first half season of shows that improved dramatically over the season opener. I have watched since SNL launched in 1975, and to me it has always been like hitching your wagon to a sports team. Some years, you enjoy winning seasons fueled by great talent rosters; some years you suffer through rebuilding seasons. I trashed the season opener, but… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings On Par With Host Amy Adams

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Saturday Night Live ended its fall run with a 4.0 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 for last night's show hosted by Amy Adams and musical guest One Direction. That was up a tenth in households and even in 18-49 from last week's show hosted by Martin Freeman as SNL stabilized its ratings this fall after a decline the second half of last season when the show was reeling from the exit of a slew of long-time star… Read