by Rebecca Ford 12/19/2014 4:24pm PDT Sony has hired crisis management expert Judy Smith — the inspiration for Kerry Washington's Scandal character, Olivia Pope — to help advise Amy Pascal and the studio on its message and next steps, THR has confirmed.
On Friday, after President Obama criticized Sony for its decision to cancel The Interview's release, Sony issued a statement elaborating on their choice to pull The Interview from theaters after the nation's largest theater chains decided not to screen the film.
"The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation's theater owners choosing not to screen the film," the statement said. "This was their decision."
Smith previously worked as deputy press secretary to President George H.W. Bush before starting her own crisis management firm, Smith & Company. Her website states she's on "speed dial for some of the highest-profile celebrities, politicians and corporations in the world." Her past clients have included Monica Lewinsky, Wesley Snipes and NFL quarterback Michael Vick.
Smith's life is the inspiration for the lead character on ABC's Scandal, a popular show about a political fixer. Smith is a co-executive producer on the show.
Leaked emails show Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal confessing that the dashing Elba should be 007. During a particularly droll year-end press conference on Friday, President Obama channeled his inner Louis C.K., entertaining a horde of reporters on subjects ranging from Congress to Cuba to a hybrid NFLer/actor by the name of "James Flacco."
One of the first questions lobbed at the Commander-in-Chief concerned the Sony hack and subsequent cancellation of The Interview’s film release—a destructive cyber-terror attack on the film studio as supposed retribution for their Kim Jong Un assassination comedy, which FBI officials believe to be the work of North Korea (though cybersecurity experts have their doubts).
“ suffered significant damage, there were threats against some employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced,” Obama said. “Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake.”
“Idris should be the next bond.” He added, “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States.”
Plenty of the Sony emails have focused on Sony’s prized horse—the James Bond franchise, including the 24th Bond flick Spectre, scheduled to hit theaters on November 6, 2015. Reports have indicated that the script has leaked, the film’s budget ballooned to over $300 million, and that it may feature Blofeld as the villain.
For years, there’s been a lot of online chatter suggesting that Idris Elba, the suave British actor, should be the next James Bond—making him the first black 007.
Current superspy Daniel Craig has even voiced his desire to vacate the post, telling Rolling Stone in 2012, “I've been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it. But they won't let me go, and I've agreed to do a couple more, but let's see how this one does, because business is business and if the shit goes down, I've got a contract that somebody will happily wipe their ass with.” Craig is signed on for just one more Bond flick after Spectre.
When The Daily Beast spoke to Jamie Foxx earlier this year, coincidentally for the Sony flick The Amazing Spider-Man 2, he said he was a big fan of the idea of a martini-sipping Elba. “I ran into Idris and I said, ‘You know you’re the motherfuckin’ James Bond, right?’” Elba himself has admitted he’d love to play the role if offered.
It seems Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal is a big fan of the idea, too.
An email sent on January 4, 2014, from Pascal to Elizabeth Cantillon, former executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures, which distributes the Bond films, simply says, “Idris should be the next bond.”
. http://perspectivesudans.blogspot.com/ i myself would never want to be god,or even like god.Because god got all these human beings on this planet and i most certainly would not want to be responsible for them, or even have the disgrace that i made them.
7. "It very well may be, for two reasons:" In response to Reply # 6
1. motherfuckers wrote a whole damned article about one sentence in one email from January.
2. Sony Pictures (Columbia) is the distributor and co-financier of the James Bond movies. The primary studios behind them are Eon Productions (the British company that actually does the work) and MGM. MGM went through bankruptcy a few years back and is now too small and weak to fund and distribute films on its own, hence Sony's involvement in the James Bond franchise.
While Sony Pictures - and therefore Amy Pascal - has some say in the matter of who plays Bond, it's not solely their call.