Dec 29, 2014

British chef Jamie Oliver turned down hobbit role

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has revealed that he was offered the role of a hobbit in exchange for cooking director Peter Jackson a birthday meal, but rejected the chance due to a work commitment. The British cook told U.S. actress Kate Hudson about ...

Sony's 'Interview' fetches $15 million online in four days

Dec 29, 2014

Sony's 'Interview' fetches $15 million online in four days

“The Interview” earned more than $15 million in online sales in its first four days of distribution as Sony bypassed a wide theater release amid concerns from major cinema chains about threats of violence. The movie, a farce about a plot to kill the ...

Dec 29, 2014

Egypt bans 'Exodus' over 'racism, untruths'

Egypt on Sunday said it banned Ridley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus: Gods & Kings” because the Hollywood blockbuster distorts Egypt’s history and presents a “racist” image of Jews. The Culture Ministry explained its decision for the first time in a statement issued a few ...

PlayStation Network back online after hack

Dec 28, 2014

PlayStation Network back online after hack

Sony’s PlayStation reported that its network is back online and claimed that it had been attacked, three days after it and Microsoft’s Xbox went down in an outage. An allegedly coordinated Christmas Day hack brought down the gaming consoles, both hot gifts for the ...

Xbox back online but PlayStation still down

Dec 27, 2014

Xbox back online but PlayStation still down

by Stephanie Griffith

Microsoft’s online network for its Xbox game console was restored to nearly full service Friday after an allegedly coordinated Christmas Day hacker attack brought it and Sony’s PlayStation network down. The PlayStation network remained down, while Xbox’s service returned to all except three of ...

Dec 27, 2014

Will 'The Interview' change how Hollywood does business?

“The Interview” was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn’t even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a major studio to release a film in theaters ...

Web outage hardly stirs North Korea

Dec 25, 2014

Web outage hardly stirs North Korea

North Korea’s Internet went down this week after an apparent attack, but most of its citizens will not have noticed the difference in a country that does its level best to block external influences, according to experts. The mysterious blackout has enveloped North Korea ...

Acclaimed film 'Selma' disappoints LBJ historian

Dec 25, 2014

Acclaimed film 'Selma' disappoints LBJ historian

The widely acclaimed movie “Selma” about the 1965 Civil Rights movement has disappointed at least one moviegoer: a leading historian of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The director of the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, which hosted a major civil rights summit this year that ...

Why Sony hack isn't front page news in Japan

Dec 21, 2014

Why Sony hack isn't front page news in Japan

by Tomoko A. Hosaka

The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s biggest newspaper, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn’t about hacking. It was about its struggling tablet business. Over at wire service Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed North Korea for the cyberattack, ...