After a decade of highly controversial political crusades — attacking governmental and religious regimes, instituting movements of vigilantism against corrupt or criminal figures, constructing an identity on the maxim, "We do not forgive. We do not forget." — it seems that the hacktivist group Anonymous is kind of lowering the bar on what it considers worthy of its time.
Dropping quite a few notches in severity from the likes of Guy Fawkes mask-laden Zuccotti Park protests, the group has reportedly apprehended the files of Germand film studio Constantin Film and publicized notes that link actress Emma Watson to the starring role of Focus Features' developing Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation.
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The news, first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, that Anonymous and a partnering group M3du5a have hacked into Constantin seems to be confirmed by a Twitter exchange between the two institutions, posted on Friday:
pastebin.com/ZwEbYU0X- #Constantin #Film hacked again! UPDATE! New Passwords! @gulli_com @ehackernews @anonnewsde @thehackersnews
— TEAM M3DU5A (@T3AMM3DU5A) March 15, 2013
Ostensibly, the act can be deemed a symbolic message about the expansive capabilities of Anonymous — a message to international film studios that no information is beyond the group's reach. But we're inclined to believe, instead, that Anonymous is simply made up of a whole lot of Fifty Shades fans. Duplicitous governments can relax for a while — until we know for sure who will take on Anastasia Steele, Anonymous is tied up in this new mission. They're taking on the author of the book, E.L. James, who currently denies the information unearthed by the group:
No casting decisions have been made yet.
— E L James (@E_L_James) March 15, 2013
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So what about Watson as the choice? Is there too much inherent strength in the young actress to pin her as an the submissive Steele? Or will she breathe a new vigor into the character, transforming her from a pitiable stick figure to an admirable heroine for the movie? The community of Internet anarchists is on the edge of its seat waiting to find out.
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UPDATE: It is now official: Natalie Portman's marriage to Benjamin Millepied is confirmed.
EARLIER: Even in this day and age of super-zealous reporters, Natalie Portman has managed to hide her wedding from the world. Maybe she used the old Phantom Menace switcheroo trick. Maybe she was disguised in a V for Vendetta Guy Fawkes mask. Maybe we were still confused about whether or not she was really Mila Kunis after watching Black Swan. But somehow, the superstar managed to get married without anybody knowing. Portman is all but confirmed to be officially married to Benjamin Millepied, former fiancee and the father of her baby, via Us Weekly's photo of the duo wearing wedding rings on the Academy Awards Red Carpet. Portman and Millepied aren't the only pair of celebs who have managed to keep their marriage a private affair. One of the first married couples that comes to mind on the subject is Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, who married in secret this past summer. The pair attempted to keep their entire relationship under wraps until it was clear that they were officially wed. Back when she was still the bigger star between the two of them, Jennifer Esposito enjoyed a secret New Years wedding to now-ex Bradley Cooper, who, just six short years later, she would learn is the sexist man alive. Way to be ahead of the curve. Though also no longer together, Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds were at one point a very stealthy couple. In September of 2008, Johansson got married to Reynolds in a small, private ceremony in the woods. Megan Fox and Brian Austen Green are going strong two years after their secret wedding. This duo was followed quickly by Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, whose actual wedding date and location remains a mystery. Although most elebrities are addicted to glitz and glamour, there are the handful who prefer their romances to be private. Jessica Alba, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Salma Hayek also rank among those who prefer the keep the paparazzi out of their personal ordeals. And now, Portman and her Black Swan choreographer and costar Benjamin Millepied have joined this community. Congratulations to the happy couple and their son Aleph! Click the above image to see more photos of Natalie Portman. Source: US Weekly