Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images Prolific producer Scott Rudin came under renewed scrutiny last week after a Hollywood Reporter exposé detailed his alleged abusive behavior toward his assistants, including hurling a baked potato at one and smashing a computer monitor on another’s hand . But the EGOT winner’s temperament is not a revelation in the industry, where he has a long-established record of combative conduct — in 1998, Fortune magazine described Rudin as being famous for “his habit of throwing phones, verbally abusing staffers, and expecting 16-hour workdays and seven-day workweeks.” He told The Wall Street Journal in 2005 that he had burned through 119 assistants in five years (some workers estimated the number would be 250 or more if it included those fired during their two-week trial periods). From his pushing people out of moving cars to engaging in a bitter feud with Harvey Weinstein , here are 21 tales about Rudin that helped build his unpleasant … [Read more...] about 21 Notorious Scott Rudin Stories
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Photo: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images Mounting evidence has investigators wondering if North Korean hackers are the computer criminals behind Sony Pictures Entertainment’s cyber-security mishap , which occurred last week. The Wall Street Journal reports that people briefed on the investigation — which include the FBI, Sony, and an IT security company — said the hackers used tools and code eerily similar to those used in March 2013 against South Korean broadcasters and banks. South Korea’s government blamed the attack, known as “Dark Seoul,” on North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, a beefed-up intelligence agency. WSJ added that this month the studio is releasing The Interview , James Franco and Seth Rogen’s comedy about talk-show hosts charged with assassinating the communist country’s leader, Kim Jong-un. (North Korean government officials have threatened the U.S. if it encourages the film’s release and distribution.) A source at Sony, however, told the paper that … [Read more...] about Is North Korea Behind the Sony Pictures Hackings?
Just before American officials arrived in Taiwan at President Joe Biden 's request, China warned it would not rule out the use of military action to keep the island nation from "the interference of external forces." "The signal given by the military drills is that we are determined to stop Taiwan independence, and stop Taiwan from working with the US. We are doing it with action," Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said to reporters on Tuesday. Ma's comments come as former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd and former deputy Secretaries of State Richard Armitage and James Steinberg are headed to Taiwan for a meeting that the White House considers a "personal signal" of Biden's commitment to the island's democracy, according to the South China Morning Post. The Americans' three-day stay in Taiwan will include a meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday, as well as discussion of the two nations' relations. Taiwanese officials … [Read more...] about China Warns It’ll Use Military Action to ‘Stop Taiwan Independence’ as U.S. Officials Visit Island
Though intended as praise, the phrase “fun for the whole family” might be the single most off-putting way to describe just about anything. What it implies, for starters, is that the family unit—not the individual—is the fundamental consumer of experiences. How un-American. On top of that, it’s a lie. “Fun for the whole family” does not mean the alleged fun will be equally had by all. It means the kids will lose their little minds, while the adults, if they try hard enough, might eke out some fraction of forced enjoyment too. For proof, look no further than the medium to which this Chuck E. Cheese sentiment is most routinely applied: animated entertainment. As usual, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated five films in the category of Best Animated Feature this year. Just as usual, all five have been called some version of “fun for the whole family” by critics and/or mommy-bloggers (same thing, nowadays)—as if that’s the best that animated cinema, more than … [Read more...] about 5 New Family-Friendly Movies and 1 Actually Good One
JPMorgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon expects the US economy to grow steadily, with moderate increases in inflation and interest rates, thanks to excess savings, mass vaccination and the possibility of huge infrastructure investment, he wrote in a letter to bank shareholders published on Wednesday. “I have little doubt that with excess savings, new stimulus savings, huge deficit spending, more [quantitative easing], a new potential infrastructure bill, a successful vaccine and euphoria around the end of the pandemic, the US economy will likely boom,” he predicted, adding that growth may last till 2023. According to Dimon, it will depend on “the quality, effectiveness and sustainability of the infrastructure and other government investments” that should be “spent wisely” and with “extraordinary discipline.” Dimon also commented on US President Joe Biden’s controversial $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, called reckless by some in the GOP , as the plan goes far beyond … [Read more...] about JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon Predicts Economic Boom Until 2023