Disney's Bob Iger says the film hack threat was a hoax

You may remember Disney’s CEO revealing earlier this month that hackers had threatened to leak one of the studio’s new films unless it paid a ransom. Bob Iger didn’t name the film, but it was thought to be Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. But now Iger has told Yahoo Finance: “To our knowledge we were not hacked.” “We decided to take [the threat] seriously but not react in the manner in…

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Walkers Crisps Gary Lineker campaign suffers Twitter sabotage

Media playback is unsupported on your device You might have thought that big brands would have learned their lesson by now – even the best ideas can get away from you when social media users get their hands on them. And Walkers Crisps’ marketing managers have found that out the hard way. Within hours of the launch of a Champions League final campaign, which included the chance to win tickets for next weekend’s Cardiff showpiece,…

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Spike Lee in Cannes: We're living in 'dangerous times'

Director Spike Lee says we’re “living in a very dangerous time” and that he hopes Donald Trump does not have the real nuclear codes. He told a Cannes charity gala to pray false codes had been given to the US president instead. Lee also revealed he refers to Mr Trump as “agent orange”. He told the Planned Parenthood event at the film festival’s American Pavilion that he had “many happy memories in Cannes”. But he…

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Cannes festival: Netflix film Meyerowitz Stories 'made for big screen'

The director of a second film at the centre of a row over Netflix’s place at Cannes said he always intended for it to be seen on the big screen. Noah Baumbach said he made The Meyerowitz Stories “as I make all my movies, with the expectation it will be shown on the big screen”. There has been controversy over Netflix’s features being included in the competition for the Palme d’Or. Netflix has not screened…

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Mamma Mia sequel announced with original cast

Ten years after the release of Mamma Mia, studio executives are taking a chance on the sequel to the smash musical hit. Super troupers Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth are set to reprise their roles. The songs of Abba will also be back to provide a fresh soundtrack, featuring some songs which did not make it in to the original. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is scheduled for release in…

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EXCLUSIVE: Nick Frost cast in Captain Pugwash film

Ahoy there mateys! Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead star Nick Frost is going to play Captain Pugwash on the big screen. The star will play the bumbling and cowardly pirate in the live action movie based on the classic 1950s children’s books and 1970s TV series. “Besides Winston Churchill and Henry VIII, Captain Horatio Pugwash seems like a role I was born to play,” Frost said. Production on the film will start next…

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