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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.”

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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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Michael Wolff’s controversial Trump White House tell-all ‘Fire and Fury’ is being adapted into a TV series

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Michael Wolff’s sensational new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is coming to a television screen near you as Endeavor Content has purchased film and television rights to the controversial tell-all, which has been a No. 1 best-seller since it was released on January 5.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a network is not yet attached to the project, though Endeavor, who reportedly scooped up the rights to the book for somewhere in the seven-figure range, is currently searching for a home for the adaptation. Wolff will serve as an executive producer along with BBC executive Michael Jackson.

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There’s a lot to unpack in this story, but, honestly, I’m just curious to know who’s going to be cast as who in this series and what the Trump administration’s reaction to all of this news is going to be. I mean, we saw them lose their shit over the book itself—imagine how they’re going to react to a fucking TV series.

How do you feel about Fire and Fury making the jump to the small screen? Any idea as to who should be cast in the series? Let us know your thoughts by sounding off in the comments section below. Also, please feel free to enjoy this live look at the Trump White House.

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‘Master of None’ star Aziz Ansari issues statement responding to sexual misconduct allegation

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Master of None star Aziz Ansari has responded to the claims of sexual misconduct made against him by a 23-year-old Brooklyn-based photographer that took place last September at the actor’s New York City apartment.

According to a report published by Babe, the woman, given the pseudonym “Grace,” alleged that, despite giving Ansari several verbal and non-verbal cues that she wasn’t interested in sex, the actor repeatedly kissed her, performed oral sex on her, pushed her hand towards his penis, and placed his fingers in her mouth.

However, in a statement issued Sunday night, Ansari denied any wrongdoing and said that the encounter “was completely consensual.” You can read the full statement below.

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“In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual.

The next day, I got a text from her saying that although ‘it may have seemed okay,’ upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned. I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said. 

I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue.”

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HBO releases ‘Silicon Valley’ season 5 teaser trailer, announces the series will return again in March

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After ending season four on somewhat of a cliffhanger, HBO announced this morning that the Emmy-winning comedy series Silicon Valley will return to the network for its long-awaited fifth season on Sunday, March 25. You can check out a newly released teaser trailer for the new season in the embedded player above.

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“It’s pretty different. If you think about T.J. [Miller]’s character represented in the show narratively, you can sort of guess the immediate ramifications of a character that big disappearing are quite big – so the show is really very different,” star Kumail Nanjiani told Metro about the forthcoming season, which was executive produced by series creators Mike Judge and Alec Berg.

The fifth season will, of course, also see the return of Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Suzanne Cryer, and Jimmy O. Yang as Jian Yang, who decides to claim ownership of Ehrlich’s incubator and evict the entire Pied Piper crew, as seen in the teaser trailer. Things can definitely only get worse from there.

Silicon Valley airs 10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO beginning March 25.

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