Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wasted no time in skewering Hollywood’s most tender subjects at the start of the awards show: the hacking of Sony Pictures over “The Interview,” the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby and television’s rise as a cultural rival to movies.
“The Interview” has opened in several New York City theaters to enthusiastic crowds as interested in the world drama the film produced as anything on the screen.
Hollywood is on high alert as the Sony cyberattack by North Korea continues to reverberate worldwide.
“We can confirm that North Korea engaged in this attack,” Obama said. “I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all-out assault on a movie studio because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogan.”
The cyberattack on Sony Pictures that led to the studio calling off the release of the comedy movie “The Interview” originated in North Korea and was routed through servers in other countries, sources said Thursday.
The hacker group calling themselves Guardians of Peace threatened moviegoers Tuesday and theaters showing the movie with violence reminiscent of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The group also released a trove of data files: what they called the beginning of a “Christmas gift.” But GOP, as the group is known, included a message warning that people should stay away from places where “The Interview” will be shown, including the upcoming premiere. Referencing 9/11, it urged people to leave their homes if located near theaters showing the film.
Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation center to treat his long-time struggle with alcoholism, his agent says.
Rodman apologized Thursday for comments about captive American missionary Kenneth Bae in North Korea: “I take full responsibility for my actions. It had been a very stressful day.”
Wednesday’s basketball game was a new milestone in Rodman’s unusual relationship with Kim, who rarely meets with foreigners and remains a mystery to much of the outside world.
Rodman said Monday that a game he and other former NBA players are planning in North Korea will be a “birthday present” for one of their most unlikely fans: leader Kim Jong Un.
Dennis Rodman held tryouts Friday for a North Korean team to face a dozen NBA veterans in an exhibition game on Kim Jong Un’s birthday next month – though he hasn’t convinced all the players on the American team that it’s safe.
Northern Parkway School’s 90th birthday Thursday was a celebration for the ages.
Rodman plans to return to North Korea in January to play and exhibition game with Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone.
North Korea issued its own warning, saying Japan will be its first target if war breaks out.