Among other documents, HBO hackers have released a bunch of a top executive's emails
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Among other documents, HBO hackers have released a bunch of a top executive’s emails

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In a day and age where Hollywood’s biggest film studios and distributors have become the prime targets of elaborate hacking schemes, HBO, the premium cable network behind some of television’s most-watched series such as Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, has fallen victim to what could be a cyber attack greater than the one carried out against Sony Pictures in 2014.

It’s been an eventful past couple of weeks for HBO, having had multiple unaired episodes of shows such as Ballers and Room 104 leak on torrent sites across the web, but, today, the hackers took things a step further.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a “publicly accessible link” to an archive of internal documents, which includes what the trade says is “a month’s worth of emails from the inbox of one of the company’s executives,” has been posted online. Perhaps even more interestingly, an email sent to THR contained nine different files with labels like “Confidential” and “Script GOT7.”

While specific details about the contents of the leaked documents are being appropriately withheld, it has been revealed that the files include materials such as marketing spreadsheets, castings, script summaries, and media plans, largely pertaining to Game of Thrones, which has been a primary target of previous HBO leaks (so much so that the network has stopped sending screeners to TV critics for review purposes).

In a statement issued to several different media outlets, an HBO spokesperson said the following:

“HBO believed that further leaks might emerge from this cyber incident when we confirmed it last week,” the network said in a statement to EW. “As we said, the forensic review is ongoing. While it has been reported that a number of emails have been made public, the review to date has not given us a reason to believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised.”

We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest about the HBO cyber attack.

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David Fincher, Robert Towne begin development on ‘Chinatown’ prequel series at Netflix

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A prequel series to Roman Polanski‘s 1974 neo-noir classic Chinatown from David Fincher and Robert Towne is in early development at Netflix, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

Per Deadline, Fincher and Towne — the latter of the two having won an Oscar for his screenplay for the film starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway — have closed deals to begin working on a pilot script for the series.

The duo will also executive produce the project, which centers around “a young Jake Gittes (played by Nicholson in Polanski’s film) as he plies his business in a town where the wealthy and corruption involves areas like land, oil, and gangs.”

Fincher has reportedly expressed interest in directing an episode of the yet-to-be-titled series, though his current deal with the streamer only includes the pilot script and his handling of directorial duties would have to be negotiated into the agreement.

Netflix has developed quite a relationship with Fincher over the past several years, having collaborated with the director on series such as Love, Death & Robots, House of Cards, and Mindhunter.

Fincher’s latest collaboration with Netflix — a feature film about the life of Hollywood screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz titled Mank — stars Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, and Lily Collins, and is expected to begin shooting in Los Angeles later this month.

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‘Avenue 5’ teaser trailer reveals Armando Iannucci’s bonkers new sci-fi comedy series for HBO

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HBO has released the first teaser trailer for Veep creator Armando Iannucci‘s new comedy series Avenue 5, which is set 40 years in the future when traveling the solar system is no longer just a sci-fi fantasy, but a massive, multi-billion dollar industry.

Hugh Laurie stars here as Ryan Clark, the charming and perhaps overconfident captain of Avenue 5, a space cruise ship that features luxury amenities such as gourmet buffets, a spa, an observation deck, and yoga classes.

The ship’s eight-week orbit around Saturday seems to be going as planned until the ship unexpectedly begins to encounter an assortment of technical difficulties, and it’s up to Ryan and his rather disorderly crew to calm the disgruntled passengers.

The show’s cast also includes Josh Gad as billionaire Herman Judd, the creator of Avenue 5; Zach Woods as Matt Spencer, the head of customer relations; Rebecca Front as Karen Kelly, a strong-willed passenger; Suzy Nakamura as Iris Kimura, Judd’s right-hand woman; Lenora Crichlow as Billie McEvoy, the ship’s engineer; Nikki Amuka-Bird as Rav Mulcair, head of Judd Mission Control; and Ethan Phillips as Spike Martin, a space enthusiast and former astronaut.

Avenue 5, which is written, created, and executive produced by Iannucci, debuts on HBO in January.

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Clive Owen will play role of Bill Clinton in season three of FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

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Impeachment: American Crime Story — the upcoming third installment in the Emmy-winning FX series that will focus on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal — has found its President Bill Clinton in Children of Men star Clive Owen, according to Deadline.

Owen joins an all-star cast that also includes the likes of Beanie Feldstein as White House intern Monica Lewinsky, Sarah Paulson as Lewinsky’s colleague and confidante Linda Tripp, and Annaleigh Ashford as former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones.

Production on the series, which is written by Sarah Burgress and based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, is expected to get underway early next year in anticipation of a September 27, 2020 premiere date on FX.

Lewinsky, Feldstein, Henrietta Conrad, and Jemima Khan are producers, with Burgress, Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall, and Paulson serving as executive producers.

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