Sony Pictures executives shouldn’t expect an invite to Angelina Jolie or Kevin Hart’s house anytime soon. In newly leaked e-mails courtesy of the anonymous Sony hacker, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s co-chairwoman Amy Pascal’s in the center of it all surrounding the talent working for her company.
Mega producer Scott Rudin had some choice words to Pascal about Jolie trying to get critically acclaimed director David Fincher (“House of Cards,” “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button,” “Gone Girl”) to direct her in a Cleopatra remake. Rudin, who is behind such films as “The Social Network” and “Moneyball“ (which Angie’s little known hubby Brad Pitt starred in), was trying to secure Fincher himself for the biopic of Steve Jobs. During an e-mail conversation with Pascal, the two get into a heated exchange over Jolie’s push for Fincher. According to “Defamer,” Rudin fired off a terse response to Pascal stating:
“I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and that we don’t. She’s a camp event and a celebrity and that’s all and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming. We will end up being the laughing stock of our industry and we will deserve it, which is so clearly where this is headed that I cannot believe we are still wasting our time with it.”
In the end, Sony’s rival Universal Pictures snagged the Jobs movie instead.
In another e-mail correspondence involving Pascal, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton and studio exec Clint Culpepper wanted Hart to promote Think Like A Man Too on social media. Apparently Hart and his agent would’ve be more than happy to promote the film to the funnyman’s followers, for the right price. It seems Hart would only spread the word online if the studio shelled out more money on top of the $3 million he received for making the the romantic comedy. Culpepper was flabbergasted by Hart’s demands and remarked:
I’m not saying he’s a whore, but he’s a whore.
Culpepper went on to question why Hart never offered to negotiate his new demands before signing onto the movie and wondered if they should call his bluff. Culpepper states:
It’s not as if we paid him 3M and 4M respectively for his last 2 films thinking he might be nominated. We paid for his ability to open a film which included his social media savvy. I feel like this is something that should be negotiated going into the film as opposed to after the fact. It feels tantamount to buying a car and then upon picking it up being told that the engine will cost extra. I’m tempted to suggest we call his bluff. If he doesn’t do his normal routine, his film will not open as well and his brand will appear diminished and he will- in fact – be fucking himself because we have his next 2 immediate films. And then there’s the social media precedent we’re setting…especially in light of the fact that Channing is at the same agency.
All parties involved have yet to comment.
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