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  • Why religion is a laughing matter

    January 9, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    Satire and caricature are funny things. The most effective satire makes us laugh — but then it also gives us something to chew on, to think about.  

    Not all satire is humorous, however. In the Middle Ages, caricatured figures were generally not intended to be funny, as for...

  • Charlie Hebdo and the freedom to offend

    By David Suissa

    January 7, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    “We are avenging Mohammed!” the attackers shouted as they went about their murderous business against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris Wednesday morning, as can be seen on witness videos. Once again, Islamic terrorists responded violently to a routine ritual of...

  • Sony Pictures puts ‘The Interview’ back in theaters

    December 23, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Sony Pictures said on Tuesday it will release "The Interview" to a limited number of theaters on Dec. 25, less than a week after it canceled the comedy's release following a devastating cyberattack blamed on North Korea.

    [ROB ESHMAN: How to hack the Sony hackers]

    The decision...

  • North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

    December 20, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

    An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would...

  • For North Korea’s cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids

    December 19, 2014 | 9:06 am

    The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said.

    Non-conventional capabilities like cyber-warfare...

  • FBI deeply concerned about destructive nature of Sony hack

    December 19, 2014 | 8:59 am

    Following is the full text of the FBI's statement on Friday on the recent cyberattack against the Hollywood move studio Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp. :

    "Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony...

  • U.S. to announce that North Korea behind Sony hack

    December 17, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    U.S. investigators have determined that NorthKorea was behind a cyber attack on Sony Corp's computers, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday.

    One of the sources described the attack as "state-sponsored" and several sources said that North Korea was the government involved.

  • ‘Interview’ writer: If they want to bomb somebody for free speech, I’d like to be at ground zero

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 17, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    On Dec. 17, eight days after my interview with screenwriter Dan Sterling of “The Interview” – the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy about goofy journalists who land an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and then are tasked by the CIA to assassinate him – Sony...

  • Sony Pictures CEO consulted U.S. State Dept on film, leaked emails show

    December 17, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    The head of Sony Pictures consulted with a senior U.S. official in June, days after North Korea threatened "merciless countermeasures" over the release of an upcoming film featuring a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un, leaked emails show.

    In an internal June 26 email seen by...

  • Sony pulls release of ‘Interview’ as U.S determines N.Korea behind attack

    December 17, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    Sony Pictures on Wednesday pulled the theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," hours before a U.S. government source said investigators determined that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony over the film.

    Hackers attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking...

  • Calendar: December 20 - January 2

    By Laura Donney

    December 17, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    SAT | DEC 20


    Finally, a Chanukah-themed Shabbat. This is truly a treat for families with school-age kids and crafty attitudes. Participants will get to enjoy crafts, songs, a cooking project and more, all relating to our favorite winter holiday....

  • New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

    December 17, 2014 | 11:05 am

    The New York premiere of "The Interview," a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled and a source said one theatre chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking group.

    The hackers, who said they were...

  • How to hack the Sony hackers

    By Rob Eshman

    December 16, 2014 | 6:40 pm

    I know what I’m doing on Christmas Day: First Chinese food, then “The Interview.”

    I’ll be eating Chinese food on Christmas because I’m a Jew, and that’s tradition.

    Then I’m going to go to a theater to watch “The Interview” because I’m an American, and that’s patriotism.

  • Sony ‘R’ Us

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 15, 2014 | 10:12 am

    The most shocking thing about the digital disemboweling of Sony Pictures’ computer data is that anyone would actually find it shocking.

    That goes for everything from the vulnerability of everyone’s personal and proprietary data, not just Sony’s, to the revelation that a...

  • ‘Interview’ screenwriter Dan Sterling: Fallout from comedy about Kim Jong-un isn’t so funny

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 12, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    DEVELOPING [Dec. 17, 2014]: Sony Pictures said on Wednesday it canceled the Dec. 25 theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," after major U.S. theater chains pulled out of showing the film following threats from hackers.


    *Over coffee at a Larchmont...

  • Sony CEO ordered ‘The Interview’ toned down, Rogen objected

    December 10, 2014 | 11:01 am

    Sony Corp. Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai ordered the film "The Interview" to be toned down after Pyongyang denounced it for depicting the assassination of North Korea's leader, according to emails apparently stolen from Sony's Hollywood studio.

    The comedy, slated for U.S. release...

  • Group claiming Sony hack demands ‘Interview’ not be released

    December 8, 2014 | 6:52 pm

    A group that claimed to be responsible for the massive computer hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment demanded the company cancel the release of "The Interview," a film comedy that depicts an assassination plot against North Korea's leader.

    A letter posted on a file-sharing site on...

  • Holiday movie preview: Politics, uprisings and enemies

    November 24, 2014 | 1:47 pm

    The mixture of films this holiday season includes some that promise to rev up audience adrenaline and others that will provide much food for thought.

    The sport of ice hockey as it was played in the former Soviet Union is examined in the film “Red Army.” As the movie documents the...

  • Calendar: Holiday preview 2014

    By Laura Donney

    November 21, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    FRI | NOV 28


    Have some respect! Curated with the help of Rodney Dangerfield’s widow, Joan, this temporary exhibit offers an intimate look into the iconic career of a comedy favorite. Featuring the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Comedy...