The New York Daily News reported Sony Chair Amy Pascal has been politely pushed out of her position to pursue a “major new production venture at the studio.” If there were any justice in the world, Pascal would be forced to produce for Tyler Perry, Kevin Hart and Angelina Jolie. A source stated, “The word is she was allowed to back out instead of just being fired.” Hey, it only shows that White women in Hollywood are doing as well as White women in adland. Indeed, Madison Avenue still offers a back-up plan for Pascal, as culturally clueless White women are always in demand.
Amy Pascal allowed to resign as Sony Pictures boss after email leaks, but Scott Rubin avoids penalty
Sources told Confidenti@l that Rubin faces no penalty beyond a few dings to his reputation, even though he and Pascal were caught exchanging racist emails about President Obama’s supposed movie tastes and trashing Angelina Jolie. Pascal, however, has been allowed to resign rather than be fired. ‘Even though Scott is an equal player and disliked by many, he is still a man and it’s unfortunate. Even in Hollywood the woman is always viewed differently,’ sources said.
By Marianne Garvey , Brian Niemietz , Corky Siemaszko | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Two Hollywood heavyweights were caught exchanging racist emails about President Obama’s supposed movie tastes and trashing Angelina Jolie — but only the woman is taking a fall.
Sony Pictures Entertainment boss Amy Pascal has been eased out of her post as chairman for what the company on Thursday called a “major new production venture at the studio.”
Meanwhile, Pascal’s partner in slime, superproducer Scott Rudin, faces no penalty beyond a few dings to his reputation.
“The word is she was allowed to back out instead of just being fired,” sources told Confidential.
“Even though Scott is an equal player and disliked by many, he is still a man and it’s unfortunate.”
“Even in Hollywood, the woman is always viewed differently.”
There was no immediate comment from Sony or Rudin, who runs his own production company, the engine behind “No Country for Old Men” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” among others.
But Pascal’s exit comes three months after hackers unloaded a deluge of embarrassing company emails in which she and Rudin traded the malevolent messages prior to an Obama fund-raiser at Dreamworks chief Jeffery Katzenberg’s house in November 2013.
Neither Pascal nor Sony mentioned the scandal in their sunny statement about her departure from the corner office.
“I have always wanted to be a producer,” Pascal insisted, saying this “transition” had been in the works “for quite some time.”
“I have spent almost my entire professional life at Sony Pictures and I am energized to be starting this new chapter based at the company I call home,” she said.
Pascal said she has a four-year deal with Sony and will “retain all distribution rights worldwide to films financed.” And she’s not going far — her new offices will be located on Sony’s Culver City lot.
“I am delighted that Amy will be continuing her association with SPE through this new venture, which capitalizes on her extraordinary talents,” Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said in his statement.
Pascal, the prime mover behind critical and commercial hits like “American Hustle,” “The Social Network” and “Skyfall,” was undone by the Guardians of Peace, a hacker collective believed by the FBI to be associated with the North Korean government.
The group had been demanding that Sony shelve its James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview,” in which the Communist regime’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un is assassinated.
Pascal and Rudin later apologized for insensitive jokes about the President’s favorite movies — a list comprised entirely of flicks about African-American lives.
“Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” Pascal asks in one email, to which Rudin replies, “12 YEARS” — a reference to two slavery dramas, “Django Unchained” and “12 Years a Slave.”
The exchanges also included a jab at Jolie, who Rudin slammed as “seriously out of her mind” and “a minimally talented spoiled brat.”
Under Pascal, Sony Pictures raked in more than $46 billion in box-office revenue worldwide and garnered 315 Oscar nominations.
Movies that Pascal helped get on screen were the last three James Bond films, along with “Moneyball,” “Adaptation,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Eat Pray Love,” “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”