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Old 12-17-2014, 07:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sony Cancels Christmas Day Release Of 'The Interview' Amid Threats

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Sony Pictures has canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, the comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. The move came after the largest U.S. movie theater chains said they won't screen the film in the wake of threats against them by a group that also allegedly hacked Sony's internal documents.

"We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public," Sony said in a statement. "We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

Multiple news sources, including The Hollywood Reporter, say Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment will not screen the film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Together, the chains control about half of North America's movie screens.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the theaters "won't play the film until the conclusion of federal authorities' investigation into the three-week-old cyberattack on Sony Pictures and subsequent terrorist threats."

NPR has not independently confirmed those reports.

Their decisions deal a blow to the studio, which reportedly spent $44 million to make the film.

The National Association of Theatre Owners said in a statement today "individual cinema operators may decide to delay exhibition of the movie so that our guests may enjoy a safe holiday movie season experiencing the many other exciting films we have to offer."

A hackers group called Guardians of Peace, in a statement on Tuesday, warned theaters against screening the film.

"The world will be full of fear," the group said. "Remember the 11th of September 2001."

The Department of Homeland Security, however, has said that it does not perceive a credible threat.

Sony's cyber troubles began late last month when the group hacked the studio's computer system and released some of its internal documents. This included personal details of its employees, email correspondence of top studio executives, films and scripts. Tuesday's statement from the group was accompanied by more emails from the studio.

The theater that was to host the movie's New York premiere canceled the screening late Tuesday. Sony had earlier given theaters permission to not show the film. The studio also withdrew Rogen and Franco from promotional appearances for the movie.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/...w-amid-threats
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Old 12-17-2014, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow! They actually went through with it. Can't say I'm too surprised...
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Old 12-17-2014, 07:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They picked a Franco and Rogan film though? Well seen this hack group isn't your typical anonymous. The last thing anon wants to do is rid the world of comedy.
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Old 12-17-2014, 07:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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They picked a Franco and Rogan film though? Well seen this hack group isn't your typical anonymous. The last thing anon wants to do is rid the world of comedy.
They're likely North Korean government. They picked the film because it depicted the murder of their supreme leader Kim Jong Un.
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Okay they are forgiven. I'm pretty cool with anything North Korea do. They are defo the badass jack russles of the national world.
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NK is a joke and if your gonna back down every time they flex what little muscle they have what is next? What if they decide Iron Man has to be North Korean in the next Avengers movie will they let that little midget NK bitch suit up? Geez I am Canadian and our Army is a joke and even we are not scared of North Korea. They just let NK win.

On a side not if I worked for Sony I would release it on google Play/Itunes etc, Xmas day and sell it for $1. Hell Stream it online free everywhere. Make sure every man woman and child online watches that movie. Make it the most watched movie of all time just to throw it right back in there face.
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Now they want all trailers down and the movie destroyed so it can never be released,, F*** it, somebody needs to hack sony and release the movie online as an act of defiance since Sony doesn't have the balls.
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North Korea's Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralyzed again on Saturday evening, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, with the North Korean government blaming the United States for systemic instability in the country's networks. Internet connectivity had not returned to normal as of 9:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. ET), Xinhua said, citing reporters in the country that had confirmed the situation over fixed telephone systems.

Analysts at global Internet performance firm Dyn Research also reported that North Korea appeared to be suffering another countrywide online blackout. "This time, there wasn't the hours of routing instability that presaged the outage like last time," said Doug Madory, Dyn's director of Internet analysis. "If an outside force took it down again, it did it more efficiently than the previous incident."

The report comes after the North Korean government called Obama a "monkey" and blamed the United States for enduring instability in the country's Internet infrastructure, after the U.S. blamed North Korea for hacking attack on Sony Studios. The attack was allegedly conducted to deter Sony from showing the comedy film "The Interview," the plot of which features a scheme to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and it resulted in major embarrassment for Sony.

President Barack Obama promised retaliation for the hacking attack on Sony but did not specify its form. North Korea has denied responsibility. Most of North Korea's heavily restricted Internet traffic passes through Chinese routers on its way to the outside world, and some have suggested it is China increasingly annoyed by recalcitrant North Korean behavior despite the two country's long-standing alliance that is behind North Korea's Internet troubles.
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After watching this film I gave it 2 stars out of 5 and I was high. Didn't find it as engaging or humorous as their other films.
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