Hackers have left movers and shakers in Hollywood nervous. Late last month, they breached the cyber security of Sony Pictures and have since leaked a trove of internal company data and emails.
While some of the leaks reveal how much stars make or the aliases they use to protect their privacy, others have contained embarrassing and potentially damaging email conversations.
A group which claims to be behind the cyber attack has demanded Sony pull a soon-to-be-released comedy depicting a fictional CIA plot to kill North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. North Korea denies involvement but praised it as a "righteous deed" potentially orchestrated by supporters furious over the movie The Interview, due out on Christmas Day. Here is a look at what the leaks have revealed:
Joking about Obama
The latest "leaked" emails between Hollywood producer Scott Rudin and Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal reveal that the pair made jokes related to President Barack Obama's race and suggest that would influence his taste in films.
Pascal asks Rudin what she should ask Obama at a "stupid" fundraising breakfast.
"Would he like to finance some movies?" joked Rudin, to which Pascal replied: "I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?" - a reference to Quentin Tarantino slave movie Django Unchained.
Rudin shot back: "12 Years" - referring to the harrowing historical drama 12 Years a Slave.
Pascal retorted: "Or the Butler" - Lee Daniels' The Butler, about a black butler who serves generations of presidents at the White House.
Pascal yesterday apologised for her remarks, saying: "The content of my emails were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am.
"Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologise to everyone who was offended," she added in a statement cited by Variety.
Pascal is a donor to Obama and the Democratic Party.
Bond, expensive Bond
Warning, mild Bond spoilers: The latest James Bond film, Spectre, will cost US$300 million ($386 million), according to a leaked internal memo by MGM president Jonathan Glickman. If the estimated budget is correct, this will make it the most expensive Bond film yet. In an attempt to cut down on costs Glickman's memo made several suggestions, which included: "Forget the dramatic finale in the rain. It'll lower the cost of visual/special effects" and "There's fighting on a train! Again! But use fewer carriages: three instead of four".
Warning, slightly larger Bond spoiler: The name Spectre might have been a bit of a giveaway. But the Sony leaks have also confirmed that villain Blofeld will definitely be in the next Bond film.
One rad crossover
Leaked Sony emails have revealed that Sony wants the next Jump Street film to crossover in some way with Men in Black. In response to the idea, Jonah Hill wrote in an email: "Jump Street merging with MiB I think that's clean and rad and powerful." The film is described as a high-profile project for the company, with a target release date of 2016 or 2017.
Sites on SpideyEmails released by the Sony hackers have revealed that Marvel Studios wanted Spider-Man to appear in Captain America: Civil War. Marvel Studios wasn't successful: Sony clearly exercises tight control over its Spidey-rights, meaning that the arach-tastic hero will not be making an appearance in the Captain America sequel, due in cinemas in 2016.
A Jolie brat More emails reveal a tense exchange between Rudin and Pascal.
In the exchange, Rudin and Pascal discuss Angelina Jolie, who seems to have objected to director David Fincher working on Sony's Steve Jobs biopic, rather than overseeing Jolie in her forthcoming Cleopatra film.
Rudin makes his opinion of both the Cleopatra project, and Jolie clear: "I've told you exactly how I want to do this material. It's the ONLY way I want to do this material. I'm not remotely interested in presiding over a $180m ego bath that we both know will be the career-defining debacle for us both. 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."
Elsewhere, Rudin tells Pascal: "YOU BETTER SHUT ANGIE DOWN BEFORE SHE MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR DAVID TO DO JOBS". Pascal then appears to have accused the producer of making threats, with Rudin denying this. In a later email, Pascal writes: "You better shut it down. That is what you said. That sounded like a threat to me".
Lunatic or eccentric?
Rudin also seems to have attacked Megan Ellison, the film producer daughter of billionaire Larry Ellison, describing Ellison as a "bipolar 28-year-old lunatic". In response, Ellison posted the offensive extract from the emails on Twitter, along with the words: "Bipolar 28-year-old lunatic ... ? I always thought of myself more as eccentric."
The hackers reveal the false names used by Hollywood stars to protect their privacy when anonymously checking into hotels or using car booking services. In many cases, the monikers chosen are surprisingly revealing, referencing films, past roles, and family members. In other cases, the aliases are just plain strange - Jude Law's, for instance, is "Mr Perry", while Jessica Alba's is "Cash Money".
Tom Hanks goes by Harry Lauder and Johnny Madrid. The former was the name of a famous Scottish comedian, while the latter may be a reference to half-Mexican gunslinger Johnny Madrid Lancer, a character on the 60s US Western series, Lancer.
Sarah Michelle Gellar goes by Neely O'Hara, which is most likely a reference to the drug addicted, suicidal Hollywood actress in Jacqueline Susann's novel Valley of the Dolls (and the 1967 film of the same name).
Tobey Maguire goes by Neil Deep.
Natalie Portman goes by Lauren Brown.
Clive Owen goes by Robert Fenton. His wife's name is Sarah-Jane Fenton.
Rob Schneider goes by Nazzo Good. (Not so good.)
Taye Diggs goes by Scott Diggs (which is, ironically enough, his real name).
Daniel Craig goes by Olwen Williams. The name is an homage to his grandfather, Olwyn Williams.
Ice Cube goes by Darius Stone and O'Shea Jackson. The former was his character's name in the film XXX: State of The Union, while the latter is his real name.
Debra Messing goes by Ava Harper.
We've got your number
To date, the information leaked by the hackers has included the personal details of around 47,000 individuals, with several Hollywood stars included within this figure. Contact details for Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Julia Roberts have been leaked, as have the social security numbers for a number of individuals, including Sylvester Stallone.
Princess' pay packet
The annual salary earned by Princess Beatrice, who began working at Sony as an intermediate production coordinator in early 2014, has been revealed to be 19,500 ($39,390).
Annie has escaped
Unreleased Sony movies, including forthcoming musical Annie, have been leaked on to illegal file-sharing websites, while films including Fury, Mr Turner and Still Alice have also been made available. The scripts to several forthcoming Sony titles - including Mall Cop: Blart 2, Goosebumps, The Wedding Ringer, and Seth Rogen comedy Sausage Party - have also been leaked.
Where there's a Will ...
Intriguingly, the hack has also revealed Sony's "popularity spreadsheets" for stars, which use percentages to demonstrate the relative approval and awareness ratings of actors and actresses outside the US. Will Ferrell, for instance, has a popularity rating of 94 per cent in Australia, but only 18 per cent in Japan, and an overall average overseas rating of 64 per cent. In contrast, Tina Fey's average overseas rating is listed as only 35 per cent.
Banking on Leonardo
Leaked financial forecasts for a number of forthcoming films contained some interesting nuggets of information. For example, one spreadsheet revealed that revenue projections for Sony's forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic fell by 25 per cent once Leonardo DiCaprio pulled out of the project and Christian Bale (who has also since dropped out) was cast in his place.
Rogen earned US$8.4 million for co-directing and acting in the film, while his co-star James Franco received US$6.5 million, according to the leak. The film's overall budget was US$44 million, a figure that included US$241 for a "table of weed, coke, pills and panties" (believed to be a prop, rather than a demand from the cast) and US$74,000 for two tigers, plus handlers, and "tiger accommodations". Some reports have suggested that the hackers were working on behalf of North Korea in retaliation for the forthcoming comedy, which details a fictional CIA plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un.
Rogen to riches
The leaks revealed that Rogen's 2013 comedy This Is The End made Sony one of its largest film profits: US$50 million.
A leaked complaint, made by a Sony staff member to senior employees, reads: "There is a general 'blah-ness' to the films we produce. Although we manage to produce an innovative film once in a while, Social Network, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we continue to be saddled with the mundane, formulaic Adam Sandler films."
According to the leaks, Sandler's 2013 movie Grown Ups 2 made Sony a profit of US$48 million. Other titles which generated high amounts of profit for the studio included Captain Phillips (US$39 million), American Hustle (US$27 million), and One Direction: This Is Us and Elysium (both of which made Sony US$18 million).
A number of Sony PowerPoint presentations - described in one blog post as "embarrassing" - have been leaked. One slide displays the "key themes" for the film The Smurfs 2: "naughty vs nice" and "the colour blue" are both listed. Another, which appears to be a brainstorm of themes and concepts for Neill Blomkamp's 2013 sci-fi movie Elysium, contains a line advising that the film should "avoid socio-political themes".
Tale of the Angry Bird
A leaked PowerPoint slide reveals how Sony decides whether or not to greenlight certain video game adaptations. According to the slide, Angry Birds is "popular and exciting", but "is not viewed as having good stories". Sony's Angry Birds movie is due for release in 2016.