it has been the biggest scandal in hollywood and film-making in a long time. and due to the nature of that industry this is a strong statement to make. despite the seriousness of this case i feel like people arent acknowledging this enough.
we live in an age where most of our communication is done through technology. this makes a huge difference on the way we live our lives compared to how people interacted 50 years ago. Because of this rapid change we still don’t full understand everything there is to know (for a lot of us anyway) there are corners of the world where people dedicate their lives to ensuring the things we do and say on all forms of internet & social media are kept on record. these things are then stored and saved and can be resurfaced at any given time. So despite privacy procedures there are always loop holes in the web and they are commonly used by web savvy hackers like Anonymous. An organisation who try and make statements about the world today via there leaked information which really cause a stir for those involved
This week emails have been leaked from Amy Pascals inbox, as the Co-Chair of Sony Productions there was plennnnnnty of million dollar information in there. Ok so the most critical hits are as followed:
Jennifer Lawrence gate.
In emails between Amy Pascal and a Columbia pictures president the rate of pay was discussed for the main cast of America Hustle. Whilst all the male leads were getting 9% both Amy Adams & Jennifer Lawrence were getting 7%. Thus showing how male stars are STILL being paid more then females purely gender based, despite equal rights movements. Additionally it was shown on a spreadsheet which listed the salaries of 6000 employees that 17 of the employees were making a million or more but only 1 of those was female. Hannah Minghella co-president of Columbia Pictures earns roughly $1million dollars less than her male counterpart who has the same job and same title.
George Clooney Gate
In a discussion with Amy regarding his film the monuments men George Clooney said the following which has set the media on fire with rumour and speculation. The media are the main blame from celebritys such as James Franco and Judd Apatow (Francos movie is the reason that the group have hacked sony in an attempt to get The Interview cancelled.)
“I need some protection from all the reviews,” George reportedly wrote. “Let’s just make it a hit. I haven’t slept in 30 hours. And it’s 7 am.”
Amy wrote back, “We will protect you by making money…that’s the best revenge.”
George later added, “I adore you Amy. You are literally the only person running a studio that loves film. I fear I’ve let you all down. Not my intention. I apologize. I’ve just lost touch…Who knew? Sorry. I won’t do it again.”
Leonardo Di Caprio Gate
Upon Leos decision to leave upcoming biopic “Jobs” Pascal and Jobs producer Mark Gordon spoke of Leos Departure
“was this about the deal…or did he just change his mind.”
“the latter” Pascal replied
“actually despicable” Pascal responded
Jaden & Willow Smith Gate
After forwarding an interview to Pascal, the head of TriStar productions Tom Rothman wrote |1. Read this. 2. they r home schooled: don’t let this family date your movies!!!!”
whilst we probably know which interview they are discussing (T Magazine) and the fact that it is pretty west, I bet the Smith family are totally offended and rolling around in their millions laughing at this right now.
Angelina Jolie Gate
A Thread of emails exchanged between Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin (Movie Producer) unearthed some harsh words said about Angelina Jolie who was at the time working on Cleopatra. The alleged emails relate to the upcoming Steve Jobs movie which Rudin was producing. Angelina was apparently annoyed that David Fincher was directing Jobs instead of her movie.
“[Jolie] is upset about us giving David Jobs. She wants to talk,” Pascal apparently tells Rudin in an email dated 27 February.
“She’ll survive it. I don’t want to waste my time on this.” A few weeks later the following words were sent back to Pascal from Rudin…
“YOU BETTER SHUT ANGIE DOWN BEFORE SHE MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR DAVID TO DO JOBS. There is no movie of Cleopatra to be made (and how that is a bad thing and rampaging spoiled ego of this woman and the cost of the movie is beyond me) and if you won’t tell her that you do not like the script – which, let me remind you, SHE DOESN’T EITHER – this will just spin even further out in Crazyland but let me tell you I have zero appetite for the indulgence of spoiled brats and I will tell her this myself if you don’t. I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and that we don’t. She’s a camp event and a celebrity and that’s all and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming.”
there are a lot more emails on this thread slating Jolie all over which were posted by US site Gawker.
See the moment that three days later Amy and Ange had an unfortunate run in at an event! If looks could kill.
Who knows what the outcome of this fiasco will be and who knows when it will end. Emails are still being leaked daily and James Franco and Seth Rogen have had to cancel all appearances for The Interview due to terror threats. I bet they are absolutely raging right now and I do not blame them at all. I was undecided whether to post some copies of the emails in fear of being a hypocrite but I feel that it is important for people to realise that the film industry is not the glamourous happy go luck environment it can be portrayed as. Whilst hacking these emails are a blatant attack on their privacy it is a good lesson to be learned that we should be extremely careful what is said over the internet.