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'Game of Thrones' script appears online after hackers target HBO: reports

Published: Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 12:39 PM
Updated: Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 1:39 PM



Courtesy of HBO
(Courtesy of HBO)

Hackers have targeted HBO in a major cyberattack, stealing unaired episodes from a variety of shows and leaking at least one alleged script from the popular fantasy show “Game of Thrones,” according to multiple reports.

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In a statement released Monday, network officials confirmed that “proprietary information” was compromised in a cyberattack.

“We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms,” the statement said. “Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”

Entertainment Weekly reported that several unaired episodes of HBO shows were put online, as well as what appeared to be at least one script or treatment from the popular “Game of Thrones” series. The script is purported to be for episode four of the current season of the show, which is scheduled to air Aug. 6, The Telegraph reported.

Unreleased episodes of “Ballers” and “Room 104” also appeared online, according to the newspaper.

Hackers claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO, EW reported.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

It’s not the first time HBO has dealt with unauthorized copies of its shows’ episodes appearing on the internet. In 2015, several unaired episodes of “Game of Thrones” appeared online ahead of the premiere of the fantasy show’s fifth season. The leak happened after HBO mailed DVD copies of the episodes to members of the media for review, according to Forbes. The news site reported that HBO stopped using sent DVDs and switched to a secure streaming site to prevent similar leaks.

“Game of Thrones” has been the most popular show to pirate since 2012, according to TorrentFreak.com.

HBO is not the first entertainment company to fall victim to cyberattacks. Sony Pictures was hacked in 2014 by a group who was believed to be backed by North Korea. The group released a slew of emails and unreleased films.

Larson Studios, a small postproduction services company, was hacked in late 2016. The breach resulted in several episodes of the popular Netflix show “Orange is the New Black” appearing on torrent sites for download before their official release, The New York Times reported.

'Magnum P.I.' reboot in the works: reports

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:26 PM

Actor Tom Selleck stars as Thomas Sullivan Magnum on the CBS television series
Actor Tom Selleck stars as Thomas Sullivan Magnum on the CBS television series "Magnum, P.I." He is in a red Ferrari 308 and wearing a Hawaiian floral print shirt. Image dated January 1, 1984. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)(CBS Photo Archive/CBS via Getty Images)

CBS is working on a reboot of its classic show “Magnum P.I.,” according to reports.

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The first eight seasons of the original series aired on CBS in the 1980s. The show starred Tom Selleck.

The series reboot “follows Thomas Magnum (Selleck’s former role), a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore ‘TC’ Calvin and Orville ‘Rick’ Wright, as well as that of disavowed former MI:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to,” Variety magazine reported.

The reboot has already been given a “pilot-production commitment” from the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s unclear whether Selleck will return for the reboot, but as he is currently under contract with CBS for the hit show “Blue Bloods,” it’s plausible that he could appear on the new “Magnum P.I.”

The reboot comes after a recent attempt to revive the series flopped.

Last year, ABC attempted to develop a sequel series, titled “Magnum,” which would have followed Magnum’s daughter who returns to Hawaii to take over her father’s P.I. firm. However, the show did not move beyond the development stage.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Jimmy Kimmel responds to critics of his health care plea

Published: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 10:51 AM

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Jimmy Kimmel delivered a tearful opening monologue last week on his late-night show about his son, who was born with a heart condition, and the state of health care in America. That monologue spurred an outpouring of support for the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host, but not everyone found him convincing.

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Kimmel spoke last week in support of the Affordable Care Act ahead of a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the bill and replace it with the GOP-backed American Health Care Act. The Republican bill passed the House last week by a slim margin.

"I made an emotional speech that was seen by millions, and as a result of my powerful words on that night, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace. They realized that what is right is right, and I saved health insurance in the United States of America," Kimmel said Monday. "I didn't save it? They voted against it anyway?"

He dismissed critics who labeled him an elitist, responding to a story published by The Washington Times headlined, “Shut up, Jimmy Kimmel, you elitist creep.” 

“I cannot count the number of times that I’ve been called a Hollywood elitist, which I’ve got to say, I kind of appreciate,” Kimmel joked. “When I was a kid, we had to drink the powdered milk because we couldn’t afford the liquid, our orange juice came out of a can … my dream was to become a Hollywood elitist.”

Kimmel blasted the Republican health care bill and sarcastically apologized for speaking out.

"I'd like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care,” Kimmel said. “It was insensitive, it was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”

He played a clip from a town hall held by Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, in which the congressman said “nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.” 

Kimmel also brought on Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, to talk about the new health care bill that has moved into the Senate. Cassidy recently said during an interview with CNN that he’s looking for a health care bill from the Senate that will “pass the Jimmy Kimmel test.”

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Alton Brown bringing back 'Good Eats' in 2018

Published: Saturday, September 09, 2017 @ 12:40 PM

Chef Alton Brown attends
Chef Alton Brown attends "Meet The Author" at Apple Store Soho on November 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)(Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Atlanta food guru Alton Brown is bringing a revamped version of his “Good Eats” show back to the Food Network in 2018.

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“We’re restarting it. We’re bringing it back,” Brown told a cheering, standing-room-only Dragon Con audience in downtown Atlanta on Sunday. “We’re getting the band back together!”

He dubbed it “Return of the Eats.” The show will air for 30 minutes, like the original. Additional scenes will be available online.

The first generation “Good Eats” aired for 14 seasons, over 244 episodes, on the Food Network from 1999 to 2011. It was one of the few shows shot out of Atlanta in its early days, long before tax incentives came into play. His quirky, nerd-like obsession with food and his scientific approach toward everything from eggs to beef created a devoted following.

Brown has been a staple on the Food Network for years on shows such as “Iron Chef America” and “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

Lucky Yates, a regular character on the original “Good Eats,” said that he’s “absolutely thrilled to don the ol’ Dungeon Master’s robe again.”

Unaired 'Game of Thrones' episode posted online after HBO hack

Published: Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 11:05 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 @ 9:47 AM



Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO
(Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)

Update: Citing sources familiar with the HBO hack, The Verge reported that a leaked copy of episode four of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” came from one of the network’s distribution partners and not from hackers who targeted the company last month.

“We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner’s end to swiftly determine the cause,” a spokesperson for Star India told The Verge. “This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.”

Original report: A few days before the fourth episode of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” was set to premiere, a copy of the episode marked for internal distribution appeared online, according to multiple reports.

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The episode was leaked just days after HBO confirmed that it was the target of a cyberattack. The network confirmed Monday that “proprietary information” was stolen, although officials did not specify what had been taken.

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The episode, "The Spoils of War," appeared on Reddit.com’s popular and unmoderated r/freefolk subreddit, Mashable reported.

According to Gizmodo, the video appeared to be of a relatively low quality and was watermarked with Star TV India, a 21st Century Fox company.

Unaired episodes of “Ballers” and “Room 104” and what appeared to be a script for “The Spoils of War” appeared online earlier this week after the reported hack, according to The Telegraph. Hackers were able to steal 1.5 terabytes of data in the attack, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms,” HBO officials said in a statement. “Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”