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Sony hack, nude pics leak: It was internet vs Hollywood in 2014

Hollywood stands rattled at the end of 2014 with several cyber attacks by the internet geeks. Right from indiscreet videos going public to personal and professional data leaks by hackers, the film industry was hit hard this year.

hollywood Updated: Dec 23, 2014 15:35 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
Sony hack,nude pics leak: It was internet vs Hollywood in 2014

Hollywood actor and TV show host Ellen DeGeneres broke the record for the most number of retweets with a selfie that included the likes of stars like Brad Pitt, Jared Leto and Bradley Cooper, among others, during this year’s Oscar ceremony.

But little did Hollywood know that the love on the internet will hit them hard, in every possible way towards the end of the year.

Apart from the videos of pub brawls (Shia LaBeouf), Orlando Bloom dancing right after divorcing supermodel Miranda Kerr, the “terrorists” of the virtual world outmuscled the starry world of Hollywood on both, professional and personal fronts in 2014. We look at some events that showed Hollywood the big bad world of the Net.

The Disclosure
Sony Pictures Hack: Recently, a group of hackers, Guardians of Peace (later identified to be from North Korea), leaked several “highly confidential” e-mails of Sony Pictures. Actor Angelina Jolie blasted by producer Scott Rudin as “Minimally talented spoiled brat”, Leonardo DiCaprio called “Despicable” by Sony Head, George Clooney’a case of insomnia with his flops, and the leak of the upcoming James Bond film script — were some of the e-mails that made headlines.

No More Interview!
After the hacks, the same hackers gave Sony another mini heart attack when they threatened to destroy thetheatres “9/11 style”, where they were to release the James Franco and Seth Rogen starrer, The Interview. The production house took the unpopular decision to not release the film, even though US President Barack Obama said, “I’d want the people to go to the movies”.

The September Issue
In September, another group of hackers broke into private accounts of many stars and leaked many nude pictures. This “Celebgate” included Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, actors Kaley Cuoco and Kirsten Dunst, among others.

Machos Lose To Geeks
In August, the multi-starrer action flick, The Expendables 3, was leaked all over the Net just before its release. The third in the series, it could only fetch a mere $39 million in the US, against $85 and $103 million for the previous ones respectively.

First Published: Dec 23, 2014 15:16 IST