Sony Hackers Reference 9/11 in Latest Threat

by Raphael Chestang 6:30 PM PST, December 16, 2014
Playing Sony Hackers Reference 9/11 in Latest Threat

Brad Pitt was the latest celebrity to air his grievances over media coverage of the Sony hacking scandal, which has included the leaking of controversial emails between executives.

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"I think it's more of an indictment on us," Pitt, whose film Fury was leaked in the Sony hack, told ET. "I don't think we should be looking at these things. I don't see any difference between News Corp. hacking phone calls and this. I think emails should be private. They should be private conversations and I don't think we should be participating whatsoever."

Now, the group allegedly responsible, Guardians of Peace, have referenced 9/11, threatening an attack on theaters that show the movie The Interview, which depicts a fictional assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"It's hard to estimate how real the threat is," Eriq Gardner, senior editor at The Hollywood Reporter, told ET. "The studio is being careful. They have decided not to release it in Asia, for instance."

The film, slated for a Christmas Day release in the U.S., stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, who both appeared on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show on Monday blasting the media for reporting the leaks.

"It's stolen information that media outlets are directly profiting from," Rogen told Stern.

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Last Man Standing star Tim Allen told ET he's been hacked before.

"I'm very security conscious. It doesn't mean you can't get hacked," Tim said. "It's so terrible that you have to start thinking about what you say in an email, but if you know computers like I do, they don't really go anywhere. There's no deleting them."

Hollywood is proving its resilience through the controversy, as filming is underway on the next James Bond movie, Spectre, despite a leak of an early version of the script. Meanwhile, Brad Pitt was all smiles with his 13-year-old son Maddox, 11-year-old son Pax and 8-year-old daughter Shiloh at Monday's L.A. premiere of Angelina Jolie's Unbroken. Angelina was absent due to chickenpox.