For the last two weeks, media outlets ranging from entertainment blogs to respected news sites have been feasting over the seemingly infinite amount emails stolen from Sony's servers. The leaked emails, many of them between high-powered studio execs and the movie stars that anchor their films, have been the source of some very juicy and some very damaging revelations, the most publicized one occurring between SPE co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin, where he called Angelina Jolie a "minimally talented spoiled brat."
Last night at the premiere for Jolie's second directorial effort, Unbroken, her husband Brad Pitt had some choice words for the publications who've been profiting from the stolen information, and a voracious public who's relishing this backstage glimpse into a notoriously insular industry. "I don’t see a difference in News Corp hacking phone calls and hacking e-mails," Pitt said. "I don’t think we should be able to participate. I think someone’s conversation, whether in e-mail or in person, should be private. We shouldn’t be participating and these sites that are disseminating them should stop. They won’t. And we should stop reading them. We won’t. It’s more of an indictment on us, I think."
Celebrities like Aaron Sorkin, Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Howard Stern have also spoken out, but websites like Gawker, who've created an entire microblog devoted to the hacks, have refused to stop pouring over thousands of exposed emails and reporting on their discoveries. Law enforcement is currently investigating the self-proclaimed perpetrators of the hack—a group calling themselves the Guardians of Peace—while many people suspect the attack to be a retaliation by North Korea toward Sony, who'll be releasing the comedy The Interview on Christmas Day. The movie centers on characters played by Seth Rogen and James Franco who are tasked by the CIA to kill the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un. Yesterday, someone leaked the controversial movie's ending, specifically the scene where Kim Jong Un is brutally killed.
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