Actor Russell Johnson,best known professor dead at 89 : worldleaks

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Actor Russell Johnson, best known as Professor in the 1960s TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” died Thursday, his agent said. Johnson was 89.

Johnson played the iconic role of Professor Roy Hinkley, whose scientific schemes to get the castaways delivered were always foiled by Gilligan’s bumbling.

He died at his home in Washington, where he lived with his wife, Connie. She and their daughter, Kimberly, were at his side, said agent Mike Eisenstadt. Johnson is also lived by a stepson, Court, and a grandson, he said.

Johnson worked up until his death, signing autographs over the holidays, said Eisenstadt. He called Johnson’s death “unexpected.”

The chief deputy coroner in Kitsap County, Washington, told CNN that Johnson died from natural causes.

Johnson was “just a positive and nice guy” who always treated people with respect, his agent said.

His acting career began in the early 1950s with many jobs as a character actor on television. He played Marshal Gib Scott in two seasons of “Black Saddle,” a Western that ran in 1959 and 1960.

Johnson acted in dozens of television shows after the four seasons on “Gilligan’s Island,” but his career seemed stranded on its own island because of the popular sitcom role.

A noteworthy big screen role was as a nuclear physicist in the 1955 science fiction film “This Island Earth.”

Johnson was in Ray Bradbury’s 1953 sci-fi classic “It Came From Outer Space.”

Before becoming an actor, Johnson did in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He was on a B-24 Liberator when it was shot down during a bombing raid over the Philippines in 1945, according to his official biography, and used his G.I. Bill benefits to pay for acting school after the war.

Johnson, in a 2004 interview for the Archive of American Television said the success of “Gilligan’s Island, which he never expected to last more than the initial order of 13 episodes, was the result of the “great chemistry” of the cast.

Tina Louise, who played the glamorous Hollywood starlet Ginger on “Gilligan’s Island said she was ” very impressed to hear of the passing of Russell Johnson.”

“My prayers and condolences go out to his wife Constance and his family,” Louise said. “He will always be in our hearts and thought from Gilligan’s island as part of American pop culture history. He will truly be missed.”

Advice to young actors

Johnson’s advice to young actors was to “prepare yourself.”

“Most of us have to really learn how to do what we do, and that takes some studying and being part of an acting group,” he said. “Preparation is everything, and that means studying.”

Another important element to acting success is perseverance, he said. “You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t persevere, if you don’t stick to it, it doesn’t mean anything.”


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Lupita Nyong’o Exposes That Michael Jackson Was The Inspiration For 12 Years A Slave Role : worldleaks

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Lupita Nyong’o seems to be a big fan of Michael Jackson, as the Oscar nominated actress has included that she used Michael Jackson as an inspiration for her character in 12 Years a Slave.

The Kenyan actress has exposed that she felt her character had similar qualities to that of Michael Jackson.

In an interview with Dazed and Confused magazine, she spoke about how she modeled her character’s doings after Michael Jackson’s child-like qualities.

“There’s something very Michael Jackson-like about Patsey – the child-like quality he always had,” she explained. “She had her childhood stripped away from her of a sudden as soon as she became of sexual age.”

Lupita acted the role Patsey in the Golden Globe winning movie 12 Years a Slave. She is also nominated for Best Actress In A Supporting Role at the upcoming Academy Awards.

She seems to be following in the footsteps of actress Whoopi Goldberg, who was also nominated for an Academy Award for The Color Purple.

Lupita also took that Whoopi Goldberg is one of her inspirations as well.

“Whoopi Goldberg looked like me, she had hair like mine, she was dark like me,” she exposed. “I’d been starved for images of myself. I’d grown up watching a lot of American TV. There was very little Kenyan material, because we had an autocratic ruler who suppressed our creative expression.”

12 Years a Slave is up for nine awards at this year’s show. The Academy Awards will air on ABC on March 2.


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Vine Star Curtis Lepore : On Trial for Allegedly Raping Vine Star Girlfriend : worldleaks

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Vine megastar Curtis Lepore was in court Tuesday facing appoints of raping Vine star girlfriend Jessi Smiles while she was sleeping, TMZ has learned.

Law social control sources told usLepore was arrested in October — and released on $100,000 bail — but it flew under the radar.  During Tuesday’s finding out he pled not guilty.

Here’s the back story.  We’re told Jessi flew to see Curtis in L.A. last August but things didn’t go well and they broke up. Jessi stayed in L.A. and a few days later got a blow while shooting a Vine video.

Sources close to Jessi told TMZ … Curtis then called her and extended to help her while she was recovering.  The victim claims Curtis came over, Jessi fell asleep and that’s when he allegedly raped her

The day after the incident, Jessi tweeted, “Be careful of who you trust. Always be cautious for your safety. Be strong and don’t let your guard down…”

It’s pretty insane. Curtis and Jessi’s relationship was a HUGE deal in the Vine world — they initially got in touch via the social media platform last summer and afterwards met in person in NYC … in front of hundreds of their Vine fans.

Curtis’ lawyer tells TMZ, “Things are not always as they appear and there are two sides to every story.”

BTW told Jessi gave us permission to use her name.


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Five things we learned from Oscar nominations : worldleaks

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The nominations for the Academy Awards were awarded Thursday morning, and as always there were trends and surprises. Here are a few things we learned:

1. Make way for older women.

It’s not for nothing that one of best jokes from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes looked up to the lack of meaty roles for actresses of a certain age: “Meryl Streep (is) so brilliant in ‘August: Osage County,’ proving that there are still great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60,” said Fey. And yes, Streep was nominated for an Oscar (for best actress) as well.

But also nominated were Judi Dench, 79, and may be more surprisingly, June Squibb, 84. Squibb is a longtime character actress — you may remember her as Elderly Woman in “Far From Heaven” or Mrs. Cone in an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — who got a chance to shine as Bruce Dern’s aggravated yet caring wife in “Nebraska.” In fact, of the 10 actresses nominated for either best actress or best supporting actress, six are over 40 and two others — Amy Adams and Sally Hawkins — are in their late 30s.

2. Diversity, but no diversity.

This year had a number of notable movies starring or directed by people of color, admitting “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station,” “42,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “12 Years a Slave.” But of that group, only “12 Years” got any support from the Oscars, with nine nominations. “Mandela” picked up a nod for a U2 song; “Fruitvale” — despite showcasing rising talents Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler — got nothing. And despite a $100 million box office — and raves for performers Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey — “The Butler” also came up with zero. During the Globes show, there was a Twitter hashtag protesting the lack of diversity: #notbuyingit. You’ll likely see it again on Oscar night.

3. Where’s Tom Hanks? What about Oprah?

Tom Hanks is one of the most beloved film stars in Hollywood. He’s a successful producer and two-time Oscar winner. After a sluggish few years, marked by “Cloud Atlas,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “Larry Crowne,” he was back in the good graces at the box office and with judges, thanks to “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” The result? No Oscar nominations. Maybe he split the vote; maybe voters just weren’t that impressed. (They certainly weren’t by “Mr. Banks.”)

As for Winfrey — also a successful producer and personality — the theory is that “The Butler’s” summer free hurt its chances. But it was still a surprise that her name wasn’t listed for either the Oscars or the Golden Globes. Better luck at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Oprah.

4. There are no sure things.

The handicappers were wrong about a lot. Take a gander:

Snubbed: Robert Redford, “All Is Lost.” An almost wordless solo performance goes for naught at the Oscars. “Lost,” indeed.
Snubbed: The Coen brothers, “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Despite their offbeat production, Ethan and Joel have become Oscar favorites — even if it’s just a scriptwriting nod. Not this year. Llewyn Davis will have to keep walking the streets.
Snubbed: Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks.” So much for “Banks” despite its Disney pedigree.
Snubbed: James Gandolfini, “Enough Said.” The academy thought “Enough” was evidently too much, since neither Julia Louis-Dreyfus nor Nicole Holofcener’s script were picked, either.
Surprise!: Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine.” The academy loves Woody Allen screenplays (he got nominated, too), and Hawkins wasn’t missed.
Surprise!: “Philomena.” A small, character-driven movie about a woman searching for her son? Best picture, best actress (Dench) and best adjusted screenplay nominations are the prizes.

5. Love for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Perhaps “Hustle,” “12 Years” and “Gravity” will duke it out for best picture. But think “no sure things,” because when it came to audience response at the nominations, “Dallas Buyers Club” was the clear winner, greeted with cheers for every nomination. It has an Oscar-friendly subject — a heroic battle against AIDS — and strong performances by Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. It found a surprising six nominations.

The Academy Awards are March 2.


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Java ‘Icefog’ Malware Variant Affect US Businesses : worldleaks

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A new report by Kaspersky Labs covers a newly found variant of the Icefog family. The original Icefog variant targeted government agencies and specific parties as well as maritime, military and ship-building groups.

Icefog is a Backdoor that allows hackers to get access to basic/key information about an infected system, and can allow attackers to monitor and control infected PC’s. It is also able to upload, download and install other forms of Malware for various aims, the main reason being to steal or edit data on the computer system.

“The Icefog operation has been functional for at least 2011, with many different variants released during this time. For Microsoft Windows PCs, we identified at least 6 different generations:

  1. The “old” 2011 Icefog – sends stolen data by e-mail; this version was used against the Japanese House of Representatives and the House of Councillors in 2011.
  2. Type “1″ “normal” Icefog – interacts with command-and-control servers via a set of “.aspx” scripts.
  3. Type “2″ Icefog – interacts with a script-based proxy server that redirects commands from the attackers to another machine.
  4. Type “3″ Icefog – a variant that uses a certain type of C&C server with scripts named “view.asp” and “update.asp”
  5. Type “4″ Icefog – a variant that uses a certain type of C&C server with scripts named “upfile.asp”
  6. Icefog-NG – communicates by direct TCP connection to port 5600

In addition to these, we also identified “Macfog”, a native Mac OS X implementation of Icefog that infected several hundred victims worldwide.”

From September-October 2013, Icefog has become completely idle; all the Command and Control (C&C) servers have since been shut down by the malware writers and operators. The malware family are now back online and welcome a new Java variation of Icefog, called “Javafog”.

Javafrog uses the same payloads as the original Icefog campaign; it installs other specific Malware on to a victim’s computer, granting communication with Icefog C&C servers. The main difference between them is that Javafrog’s coding is written in Java.

Kaspersky have confirmed that there may be prove that many major US Corporations may have already been affected by Javafog!

“By correlating registration information for the different domains used by the malware samples, we were able to identify 72 different C&C servers, of which we handled to sinkhole 27.”

Sinkholing is basically the method of redirecting specific IP address network traffic for security reasons. Such examples of these reasons include efforts to divert potential attacks, to analyse network traffic or to try to detect suspicious activities.

“During the sinkholing operation, we observed eight IPs for three unique victims of Javafog, all of them in the United States. Based on the IP address, one of the victims was named as a very large American independent oil and gas corporation, with operations in many other countries.”

Obviously, the Javafog malware is much harder to detect and trace than the original variant, and the current detection rates for the malware are very low.

“Java malware is not as popular as Windows Preinstallation Environment (PE) malware, and can be harder to spot,”

At the moment, you shouldn’t be too related. Nonetheless, if you think that you may have been affected by similar Malware, you might find detection difficult for a while. Nonetheless, scan with your Antivirus and Anti-Spyware solutions if you’re worried.

For Icefog and Javafog, Kaspersky products are now able to detect all known variants.


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