Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Nasty Exchanges and Insults

Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Nasty Exchanges
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In the latest fallout from the cyber-attack saga that’s enveloping Sony Pictures, a nasty exchange between studio co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin, and an ugly bashing by the hard-charging producer of key figures in the industry, including Angelina Jolie and financier Megan Ellison, appeared in several emails that leaked online Tuesday.

At the center of the fiery back-and-forth conversation between Pascal and Rudin, from Feb. 27 to Nov. 19 of this year, is the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin. According to the emails, Jolie objected to David Fincher directing the “Jobs” film instead of her big-budget remake of “Cleopatra.” Pascal asked Rudin, a producer on “Jobs,” to talk to the Oscar-winning actress about it, but Rudin said he didn’t “want to waste [his] time on this.”

“YOU BETTER SHUT ANGIE DOWN BEFORE SHE MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR DAVID TO DO JOBS,” Rudin said in one email, presumably referring to Jolie, to which Pascal told him not to threaten her.

He repeatedly criticized the idea of Jolie’s “Cleopatra” movie, calling Jolie a “minimally talented spoiled brat” and said the big-budget project could jeopardize both his and Pascal’s careers.

The Steve Jobs film eventually moved from Sony to Universal Pictures.

“I’m not remotely interested in presiding over a $180m ego bath that we both know will be the career-defining debacle for us both,” reads one email from Rudin. “I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and that we don’t. She’s a camp event and a celebrity and that’s all and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming. We will end up being the laughing stock of our industry and we will deserve it, which is so clearly where this is headed that I cannot believe we are still wasting our time with it.”

Continuing to slam Pascal, Rudin also wrote: “You’ve destroyed your relationships with half the town over how you’ve behaved on this movie,” Rudin wrote to Pascal. “If you don’t think it’s true, wait and see. Let’s see the next filmmaker WME puts in business at Sony or the next piece of star talent. I’ll bet my house I’m right.”

According to Gawker, Pascal forwarded another rant from Rudin about the movie moving to Universal to a colleague, telling that executive: “Get rid of him.” Rudin moved his overall producing deal to Sony, where he had made the 2010 hit “The Social Network,” in June 2011 and has also produced for the studio such movies as “Moneyball,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Captain Phillips” and “The Dictator.”

Rudin’s emails also took aim at Ellison, whose Annapurna Pictures had wanted to finance the Jobs movie when it was at Sony.

He referred to Ellison as a “bipolar 28-year-old lunatic” and implied that she needed to take her “meds” to get the production off the ground.

Ellison responded to Rudin’s rude remark on Twitter, showing a sense of humor.

In one email screenshot published by Gawker, David Fincher jokingly took a shot Adam Driver, calling him a “horrible idea” for the villain role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

With all of these explosive comments made public, it’s possible that crucial relationships involved could be damaged. A group calling itself Guardians of Peace has been targeting Sony Pictures since Nov. 24, resulting in the leak of confidential information about executive and star salaries, movie budgets and employees’ personal information. The group also released five new Sony movies on torrent sites, including the upcoming titles “Annie” and “Still Alice.”

A Sony spokesperson declined comment.

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  1. plastic tuna says:

    I think she needs to think about what she’s done…stop fingering herself!

  2. Gandolf says:

    If they are “minimally talented spoiled brats” should they not run for office. Governor, Senator or even President would be a good fit. Well maybe not President as they get criticised.

  3. frank bosson says:

    we pay these idiots way too much money. We should just stop going to movies…what the heck, I’ve already done that. I think that we as a society should send these morons a message and just stop paying the exorbitant prices to see what is largely a crapfest

  4. AngieFan1 says:

    What’s the big deal?! Individuals are entitled to their opinions. You don’t have to like everyone and everyone doesn’t have to like you–it’s the way of the human race. A little venting is good. As long as they’re professional/respectful when they finally meet to do business. & I think Angelina Jolie is mad talented!

  5. R says:

    If North Korea really, I mean REALLY wants to hurt the film industry as revenge, all they need to do is allow The Pirate Bay to set up a server behind their border.

  6. averagejoe says:

    I only wish I could be sympathetic to their situation.

    But those exposing the unproductive, overcompensated, morality stealing, bigoted sleaze of Hollywood for what they are, doesn’t keep me awake at night. These folks are what they are, and not the creative artists that others in the media club hype them to be.

    The segment of society that claims the art of “playing pretend” is more of a curse on America because of the huge amount of the economy it steals from those that actually perform work in a productive society.

    • averagejoe says:

      Correction: Make that last paragraph…..The segment of society that claims “playing pretend” is an art, actually represent somewhat of a curse on America because of the huge amount of our economy a handful of them get to steal from those millions that actually perform useful work in a productive society.

  7. Anon. says:

    Salacious gossip. Wonderful. But why the shock and the outrage? Did anyone ever think that top movie execs would hype up movie stars when they talk to each other or does anyone think that executives would deliberately go public with not-so-flattering opinions about movie stars abilities?
    This must be faux-outrage. If anyone is genuinely outraged, they’re either deranged or else they’re 15 year old fans.

  8. Brad says:

    Hasn’t anyone learned by now that there is no such thing as a secret? Everything gets found out in the end. The Bible says that every secret thing shall become known. In Ecclesiastes, it says to watch your mouth because a little bird may repeat what you say. Besides, being two-faced is evil. If you hate someone, say it to their face. Don’t be a liar and don’t be a coward. And in this day and age, what makes anyone think that e-mails are secure?? I never, NEVER say anything bad in an e-mail, and work computers are meant for work. If your boss comes along and pink-slips you for your big e-mouth, then you deserve it. All these people at Sony are getting what they deserve.

  9. J. Squires says:

    Jolie is not a very talented woman. As a movie goer, I think she is all hype and like balloon….filled with hot air.

    • Zee Twentyeight says:

      you said it! If she remakes Cleopatra, I sure won’t be going. I have seen the statue believed to be a likeness of the real Cleopatra and she didn’t have “Inner Tube Lips”

  10. karen chapman says:

    It should be illegal for any individual, company or organization to knowingly publish stolen private correspondence, corporate or personal.

    That’s what this is, stolen private mail. It’s a felony with snail mail. A law should be passed by congress asap. Because hacking will continue, but we can ameliorate its effects.

    And Variety and every other reputable publication should immediately stop publishing excerpts of stolen emails. Because next week, it could be theirs that are hacked.

    We must be free to express ideas and thoughts privately before arriving, sometimes via heated conversation, with conclusions. There must be a separation of private and public in a free society.

    • ODCS says:

      They are showing the news, not publishing stolen documents. Stealing and publishing corporate documents is illegal and the people who did it are criminals but it is news organizations jobs to publish the news and this is the news.

      I don’t agree with these emails and documents getting released but I also don’t feel bad for these execs getting the heat on them for saying some pretty shitty things about people that make their industry work.

      In a perfect world laws would stop criminals and this would never be an issue, but in the real world you always need to cover your own butt.

  11. Bo says:

    B.O. It’s the joke

  12. jon says:

    VERY AMUSING!

  13. Yes it involves BIG money..but my god u think these people were saving the planet with all their dramatic banter..

  14. AC says:

    DO not purchase anything for Christmas made by Sony

    • ODCS says:

      So you’re calling for a ban on all Sony products because a few of the big wigs are jerks? If you are basing your shopping plans around companies with really super swell people who never talk bad about others then you better get started on making your own gifts this year.

      Even if it worked and magically it put Sony out of business you wouldn’t be hurting the big wigs anyways, they already have lots of money and would get another job pretty easily, you would be putting thousands of hard working people out of work.

  15. Clearly, show business needs more midgets.

  16. iambicpentamaster says:

    HIPAA violation?

  17. One thing all of these looney Hollywood types have in common is they are all liberal democrats,i think whoever said liberalism is a mental disorder may have been right.

    • ODCS says:

      People who think in terms of “liberal” or “conservative” are idiots who only see people as faceless concepts. If you ever meet a REAL liberal or conservative, meaning that 100% of every thought they have is either liberal or conservative, then congrats you just met a robot.

    • Fre says:

      I believe it was Michael Savage who said that. Has a book by that title yet not sure he originated it.

    • Jim Owen says:

      Fox is neither liberal or conservative.

  18. thussaiththewalrus says:

    OK, let’s assume that we are at the point where just about everything has been discussed and it’s time to make a decision.

    If we agree that Angelina Jolie IS a “minimally talented spoiled brat” and we also agree that Scott Rubin IS a “hi-maintenance spent turd” then where do we go from here?

  19. David Rogers says:

    Sweet!

  20. Gary Johnson says:

    Actors, directors, producers….they’re ALL a bunch of prima donnas. What’s the big deal with this revelation…?

  21. Grizz Mann says:

    Jolie a “minimally talented spoiled brat” . If you feel like that, don’t hire her. Maybe she is really “Truly talented spoiled brat”

  22. Lauren T. says:

    I haven’t heard or thought much about Rudin since leaving entertainment after getting my MBA (thankfully escaping) but that guy was such a major dbag with THE WORST reputation in all of Hollywood (this was fifteen plus years ago). He used to phone with the code ‘string cheese’ and people would jump out of their seat scared of this moron. I said to relax he is just another blow hard dbag like many others but then I met him at a movie premier and he threw a freakin’ tantrum (he was near 40 years old at that point!). I worked on Leno for awhile and avoided this drama and this particular piece of garbage aka: Rudin. I do not presume to know Angelina but whatever she may be ( reported diva) you can bet Rudin is waaaay worse!

  23. I don’t think it’s surprising that Hollywood has its share of egocentric people both in the offices as well as the actors. After all, shy people are not made with the thick skin needed to survive in “the land of fruits and nuts.”

  24. othelzer says:

    nice to get a zionist perspective once in a while

  25. mikeam1978 says:

    Well, it IS true that Angelina Jolie is minimally talented, at best.

  26. IdaTarbell says:

    Her new movie looks like a thumbsucker. Fearful studio execs have shown it repeatedly since Sepember out of fear its a loser. It reminds one terrible of last year’s Railway Man, which itself was a big loser. the Brangelina franchise is faltering in an era when studios no longer care about movie chains, American viewers or reasonable distribution of their product. They’re intent instead on opening China wider and putting the US star system out of business forever

  27. Ben says:

    Just more evidence Hollywood attracts adult size children.

  28. FAKEFRIENDS says:

    “THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT”

  29. Perplexed says:

    Oh, no, no, no! You can’t say that a female isn’t experienced or talented enough to do something. Women are protected from the truth. You must praise them and extoll their talents to the hilt in order to keep them happy and avoid the wrath of feminists.

  30. Harley2002 says:

    Truthfully 99% of the movies out of Hollyweird are CGI garbage with no talent actors. Seems the only good ones are done by Clint and he is an old school talent.

  31. Softshellcrab says:

    My only interest in this report was to see if Jolie will destroy “Unbroken” with her directing. I sincerely hope that the movie stays true to the real life of the book because Mr. Zamperini deserves anything that she can do to not change his story. Frankly, if a movie could be made without arrogant Hollywoodians, I would be very happy.

  32. He could haved called it like it is and said she reminds him of an egotistical Hollywood pos!

  33. Bill Wilson says:

    I enjoy watching leftists eat each other.

  34. Walter says:

    As if anyone was going to rush out to see Annie. We’re sick of re-makes, and making it a Blacksploitation film just makes it worse. Have a new idea m’kay?

  35. jbspryjbspry says:

    “…next piece of star talent”?

  36. mfan2 says:

    We’ve know since high school that the slams and insults directed at others usually are excellent descriptions of the person doing the slamming/insulting.

  37. Dee Win says:

    Sounds to me like the guys are peeved that she’s internationally known, and them, not so much.

  38. AZ says:

    It’s interesting that Scott Rudin would call anyone a spoiled brat. I briefly moonlighted for one of those movie promo companies that have people standing on the street giving out free tickets for movie screenings. The movie we were promoting was Orange County.

    The day of the screening came, people showed up and were seated in the theater. I had no idea Scott Rudin was there until suddenly we were instructed to tell everyone to leave before the movie even started. Apparently there weren’t enough people there for his satisfaction and he threw everyone out, which was probably 40 to 50 people. Rudin then sat in the theater himself and watched the screening alone.

  39. BeEtLjOoZ says:

    Reblogged this on LouisianaWorld.Net | BattleOfOurTimes.Com and commented:
    “He repeatedly criticized the idea of Jolie’s “Cleopatra” movie, calling Jolie a “minimally talented spoiled brat” and said the big-budget project could jeopardize both his and Pascal’s careers.”

    Juicy.

  40. Tim McDonald says:

    Sony, Sony, that name is familiar to me. Oh yeah, they downloaded malware onto my computer 15 years ago. Not bought anything from them since. Smells like……karma to me!

  41. Julie Denson says:

    The SonyPocalypse Highlights So Far:

    Rudin calls Jolie a hack

    Pascal orders Ritalin kickers and expensive needles for her stereo system

    Three big blow-out fights with internal staff are documented and may indicated who hack insiders were

    Pascal’s South Pacific getaway and Ventana nude cliff excursions highlighted

    Why does Pascal “love Michelle”?

    Constant high-school whining between all players

    A reorganization of Sony is discussed

    Pascal’s DO LISTS for her aides and her slang names for people

    Anybody not on A-List must communicate to aides

    Pascal asks, from far away, why her studio is falling apart

    Discussion of “African American’s” in films losing Sony Money and why Denzel Washington should not have been a black Equalizer

    The thank you letters from political funds they gave money to

    Arranging dinners with movie stars for dates

    Discussion of some staffer sabotaging things

    Sorkin’s Molly movie gets tanked but Flash Boys movie gets pushed

    …Oh dear, This is the most fun you can possibly have with Babylon

    • Mrs Libnish says:

      Ohhh…I was hoping the list would go on forever. Very entertaining. Thank you for the synopsis.

      • kellyekell says:

        Harley, you do realize that Michael Jordan is a REAL person and Annie is a fictional character, right? Fictional characters who look one way in comic strips look completely different in movies all the time. Sometimes it’s as simple as changing a character’s hair color. Sometimes, it’s having a traditionally white character being portrayed by “a black.”

      • Harley2002 says:

        Correct the Equalizer was a British show with a middle aged white man. It was a great show. Not some pretty girly boy a middle aged white. The worst was Annie with blacks. My God a red haired white girl played by a black? Maybe we should do a Michael Jordan biography movie with a tall blond white man LOL. Ohhh I forgot the Jackie Gleason classic show the Honeymooners movies had a black cast. This one had to be the dumbest decision ever. It seems going PC makes Hollyweird love flushing money down the drain.

  42. stebo says:

    These are private communications that have been leaked, and now are open for public scrutiny and judgement, kind of like the celeb nudies from a few months ago. Atrocious, appalling and entertaining… If you are someone important, be wary that your technology will likely be the end of you. When you tap out that scathing email, just remember that it could easily become part of the public dialogue on the whim of some unscrupulous scumbag hacker.

    • Florence says:

      This is exactly what has been on my mind! I’m just trying to imagine what it would be like if things I’d said at my worst moments got leaked. Perhaps they are awful people, who knows, but now every Tom, Dick and Harry, who could have said even worse things in real life will sit in judgement. Yes some of these things said are dodgy and quite insultive, but would we all want our private conversations from BBM, facebook messenger, emails or whatsapp to be leaked? Can we all make claims that we haven’t said worse before? I also agree that this is akin to the nude photo leak. It speaks volumes about ‘privacy’ in the age of technology, or the lack thereof.

  43. Shell says:

    Always knew Hollywood was toxic. Satan runs the show over there.

  44. wps says:

    Unnnh, Megan? Most normal people know that “Eccentric” is the term bi-polar lunatics always use to rationalize their behavior.

    • Is it? I always thought it was the term for the interesting guy at work that you talked to when everyone else bored you to tears.

      • Chadwick says:

        Exactly! I would much rather spend my time with the interesting people as opposed to sipping tea with perfectly well-adjusted, boring, upstanding citizens. Life’s too short! I just hope said interesting people are not blasting me in pithy emails when I’m not around…

  45. Gee who’d have thought that actors/actresses/producers etc., could be soooo bit/hy… I am saddened that such titans of proper social decorum would stoop to such depths.
    The betrayals of so many fine upstanding people these last six years has caused me to question the human condition. Where shall we find the people that we want to emulate? Where are the role models? oh woe is me!.

  46. Phipps Canipsio says:

    Sifting through many of the insulting, smug commentary, I am left with the impression that many of you are no better than the Hollywood crowd you feel so superior to.

    • Me In LA says:

      Hell, I’m only laughing until my work emails come out and I get the pink!

    • Valerie says:

      Right? It’s so easy for everyone here to be smug and with their apparently, squeaky clean personal life

      • Harley2002 says:

        Valerie maybe you have many perversions in your life but mine is pretty squeaky clean. Just worked helped raise a family with my wife. No big dramas. Sounds like you have some real perversions to hide..

  47. Rex says:

    Great new way to promote movies…hacking and being upset about leaked personal information…Geez, can’t wait till next hack and release!

  48. Dr. Venture says:

    I’m pretty sure almost all celebrities are spoiled brats. They may not start out tha way, but when you have people constantly catering to your every whim, everyone is always telling you that you are right and just as they bend over backwards for your scraps, it’s just human nature to begin to believe your chit don’t stink.

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