CYBER TERRORISM reached Hollywood big time this past week, what with a group of hackers, believe to orginate from North Korea, taunting Sony Pictures Entertainment by releasing information, emails, etc. stolen from the company and threating employees and their families if the movie studio didn't stop the release of the controversial movie "The Interview." Sony pulled the flick resulting in a debate over free speech in Hollywood and the rest of the country. Enjoy the trip to Celebrityville.
Crisis-management guru Judy Smith - the real-life inspiration behind the Olivia Pope character on "Scandal" - has been secretly advising Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Amy Pascal during that company's recent hacking scandal, studio sources told TMZ.
Smith's deep contacts in the government have been helped to Sony, TMZ reports. Smith, who runs the prestigious firm Smith & Company, is behind some of the recent messaging: the attack is not just a Sony issue but an industry issue and the decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" was mostly to protect the safety and welfare of its employees.
Singer Nicki Minaj was named the new face of fashion house Roberto Cavalli.
The hip-hop star will front the company's spring/summer 2015 advertising campaign, shot by Lana Del Rey's boyfriend Francesco Carrozzini.
"I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman," Cavalli said at the announcement. "In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes. With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves, rather she make them as a strength."
In two separate interviews, "7th Heaven" star Stephen Collins confessed to molesting three underage girls between 1973 and 1994, according to People and Yahoo. He said he apologized to one of them in person but felt it best not to do so with the other two.
He was expected to appear with with Katie Couric on ABC's "20/20" last night.
Brangelina, a/k/a Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, have hired a cyber-security team to monitor their six children's Internet activity, People mag reports.
(Not a bad idea on the heels of a cyber attack that has nearly crippled an international corporation.)
"It's a scary new world. It's so beyond what we understand," Jolie told the glossy. "We wouldn't even know what to look for."
Camille Cosby, comedian Bill Cosby's longtime wife, broke her silence and condemned the sexual assault accusations made against her husband. She suggested in a statement released to the public that the Cos had become the "victim" in the media furor.
More than 20 women have gone public in the last two months with allegations of Cosby's inappropriate behavior.
Tennis icon Martina Navratilova married Julia Lemigova in New York. The couple got engaged at the U.S. Open in August. Fun fact: Brooke Shields and Chris Evert were maids of honor at the nuptials.
Bundles of Joys
Us Weekly reports that Stevie Wonder, 64, has become a father for the ninth time. His girlfriend, Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, gave birth to a baby girl, named Nia.
E! News reports that Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are parents to a baby boy, their third child together.
"The family is freaking out with joy," a source told E! News. "What an amazing coincidence."
Ashlee Simpson is pregnant for the second time, according to reports. Jessica Simpson's lil' sister is hitched to actor Evan Ross and the couple is now expecting its first child. Ashlee shares 6-year-old son Bronx Mowgli with ex-husband Pete Wentz.