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UPDATE: Sony officially pulls the plug on The Interview theatrical release

12.17.2014

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UPDATE 4: Unsurprisingly, U.S. officials are now saying that North Korea is responsible for the Sony hack. An official announcement on the case could come as early as Thursday as this is still developing (and at a hell of a rate, too!). More to follow... - PS

UPDATE 3: It's official! Sony has pulled the release of THE INTERVIEW. Here's their official statement:

“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. 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. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

The hits just keep on coming. The only saving grace at this point would be a VOD release. More as this develops. - PS

UPDATE 2: Apparently, Sony is now pulling all TV advertising for the film. What, do they think it will erase it from existence? Sigh... - PS

UPDATE: Sadly, it looks like the dominoes have fallen after the terrorist threats against theaters and now the Top 5 Theater chains have pulled the film, according to THR.

"Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment have all decided against showing the film."

There's no comment from the theater chains at this time, so perhaps they could still change their minds, but it's doubtful. I expect we'll hear official word soon. If ever there was a clear cut case of letting the terrorists win. Perhaps if terrorists start threatening every work of art, tasteful or no, then we'll all cave to their every whim. Sad state of affairs. We'll update as this develops. - PS

Original Story:

After Guardians of Peace (the cyber terrorist group responsible for the Sony hacks) threatened possible physical attacks at theaters screening THE INTERVIEW yesterday, Carmike Theaters has decided to drop the controversial Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy. Sony is supporting any theater owner who doesn't want to show the film, with a source at the studio telling Deadline, "We’re leaving it up to the discretion of the theater owners and chains and we will support their decision."

Guardians of Peace cited 9/11 in Tuesday's message to Sony, and threatened "We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places 'The Interview' be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to."

The New York premiere of THE INTERVIEW has also been scrapped, and Seth Rogen and James Franco have cancelled the rest of their media appearances for the film as well.

While I'm fairly certain Sony will still release THE INTERVIEW next week, I doubt Carmike will be the only theater dropping the movie. This is pretty scary stuff, and at this point having their dirty laundry aired all over the internet is the least of Sony's problems.

THE INTERVIEW is scheduled to open on December 25.

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8:06PM on 12/18/2014

MMM....

Sony...what a buncha pussies!
Sony...what a buncha pussies!
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2:02PM on 12/18/2014

YAWNNNN.

Old news we knew it was these 12yo girls from the start. I mean nobody can take anything serious here with the name guardians of peace or w/e the fuck they call themselves. Pretty intense name their folks. Damn I'm shaking in my boots, and bravo for hacking a production company and pissing people off and getting movies canned, and then throwing a threatening statement into the mix. Oh wait doesn't that go against your guardians of peace tag. Hmmm guess you aren't guardians or peaceful at all if
Old news we knew it was these 12yo girls from the start. I mean nobody can take anything serious here with the name guardians of peace or w/e the fuck they call themselves. Pretty intense name their folks. Damn I'm shaking in my boots, and bravo for hacking a production company and pissing people off and getting movies canned, and then throwing a threatening statement into the mix. Oh wait doesn't that go against your guardians of peace tag. Hmmm guess you aren't guardians or peaceful at all if you a threatening us. Come up with a better name shitsticks, like it seriously sounds like a shitty old 2$$ playstation bargain game. Or a shitty ass kids movies or even worst a boy band. Go back to making cheap missiles.
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1:35PM on 12/18/2014
Best Korea just fucked us all and got away with it. Thank god we have a President that instills fear in the international commun....oh wait. nevermind.
Best Korea just fucked us all and got away with it. Thank god we have a President that instills fear in the international commun....oh wait. nevermind.
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7:41PM on 12/18/2014
Definitely Obama's fault. I hear Malia and Sasha are also behind the hack.
Definitely Obama's fault. I hear Malia and Sasha are also behind the hack.
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11:48AM on 12/18/2014
OBAMA'S AMERICA!
OBAMA'S AMERICA!
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7:42PM on 12/18/2014
Yeaaaaaahhh. How long were you holding that gem in your rucksack?
Yeaaaaaahhh. How long were you holding that gem in your rucksack?
11:38AM on 12/18/2014
While this has all been one big clusterfuck from the start, and I'm not alone in wishing this had played out differently, this has nothing to do with the First Amendment, save for to show how our freedom of speech can get us in trouble with other countries. If Rogen and Goldberg had financed this thing independently then I'd pull the First Amendment out of my ass and read it for everyone to hear. But they didn't, Sony did. And Sony is a business conglomerate interested in making money, and not
While this has all been one big clusterfuck from the start, and I'm not alone in wishing this had played out differently, this has nothing to do with the First Amendment, save for to show how our freedom of speech can get us in trouble with other countries. If Rogen and Goldberg had financed this thing independently then I'd pull the First Amendment out of my ass and read it for everyone to hear. But they didn't, Sony did. And Sony is a business conglomerate interested in making money, and not taking risks they can't prepare for. Well, looks like they called North Korea's bluff, and paid the price by getting their dirty laundry aired for the whole world to see. Then came the physical threats. I don't believe much would've come from that, but Aurora is still in Americans' collective memories, and the big cineplexes weren't gonna touch this with a ten mile pole. Now, I don't know if there were art-house or underground cinemas that would've said yes, because very likely they didn't ask. Instead, just cut their losses. A shame, but not a First Amendment violation since it's not the United States that's saying they can't show it, just a bunch of investors. I don't expect to hear if this movie ever DOES get released, at least until after the deed is done. We can only hope they will drop it on Redbox with little fanfare in the coming years. But I'm not feeling very optimistic.
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3:52PM on 12/18/2014
You are correct. Our rights weren't violated. The movie is Sony's property so it's their decision whether or not to show the movie. The situation is fucked up but we still have the right to go the theaters and see any movie in the theater.
You are correct. Our rights weren't violated. The movie is Sony's property so it's their decision whether or not to show the movie. The situation is fucked up but we still have the right to go the theaters and see any movie in the theater.
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10:59AM on 12/18/2014

"I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery" - Anonymous

If you give in to one threat, terrorists will think that they can get away with anything. Eventually, many more people will die in comparison to the ones who would've died as a result of the 1st threat. And those who survive won't get to live in a free world, making this comments section useless. What's the point of posting anymore?
If you give in to one threat, terrorists will think that they can get away with anything. Eventually, many more people will die in comparison to the ones who would've died as a result of the 1st threat. And those who survive won't get to live in a free world, making this comments section useless. What's the point of posting anymore?
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5:58AM on 12/18/2014

WOW

I am not a Rogen or Franco fan but this is insane. We shouldnt allow ANYONE to dictate our freedoms. Shitty movies or not
I am not a Rogen or Franco fan but this is insane. We shouldnt allow ANYONE to dictate our freedoms. Shitty movies or not
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5:35AM on 12/18/2014
All I can say is that some rebel over at sony or maybe even Seth himself needs to leak a copy of the movie to the interwebs so people can have their own screenings!

Do it Seth!
All I can say is that some rebel over at sony or maybe even Seth himself needs to leak a copy of the movie to the interwebs so people can have their own screenings!

Do it Seth!
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4:47AM on 12/18/2014

He will not win

I share this to show my support for the first amendment and I suggest you all do the same. For your viewing pleasure the Kim Jung Un death scene.
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I share this to show my support for the first amendment and I suggest you all do the same. For your viewing pleasure the Kim Jung Un death scene.
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11:08AM on 12/18/2014
Not anymore.
Not anymore.
11:37AM on 12/18/2014
[link] The new link
[link] The new link
1:08PM on 12/18/2014
THANK YOU!!!

It was so worth it by the way!
THANK YOU!!!

It was so worth it by the way!
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1:24AM on 12/18/2014

This is unbelievable.

Well, if you're looking for perseverance in the face of a terrorist attack then look somewhere other than Sony. What the fuck? They couldn't be setting a worse precedent. Hey, if you don't like anything a major Hollywood studio is putting out and you have some computer skills then feel free to hold them hostage from this point forward. You will clearly get your way.

This does make me wonder what the North Korean hackers may have that Sony doesn't want released enough to pull this not low
Well, if you're looking for perseverance in the face of a terrorist attack then look somewhere other than Sony. What the fuck? They couldn't be setting a worse precedent. Hey, if you don't like anything a major Hollywood studio is putting out and you have some computer skills then feel free to hold them hostage from this point forward. You will clearly get your way.

This does make me wonder what the North Korean hackers may have that Sony doesn't want released enough to pull this not low budget movie altogether? I mean, there couldn't be a more clear cut example of capitulating to blackmail than this.
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4:45AM on 12/18/2014
Perhaps North Korea know how to give the rights of Spider-Man back to Marvel.
Perhaps North Korea know how to give the rights of Spider-Man back to Marvel.
1:11PM on 12/18/2014
Can't imagine anything worse than a Men in Black/21 Jump Street Crossover or a female Ghosbusters directed by Paul Feig
Can't imagine anything worse than a Men in Black/21 Jump Street Crossover or a female Ghosbusters directed by Paul Feig
1:22AM on 12/18/2014

Ben Franklin said it best...

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

It's just a movie, yes. Playing it in theaters after being threatened risks lives, yes. But we already know this came from N. Korea, and any violence on American soil from them would be met with an automatic rebuttal of full scale war. This isn't terrorists, like 9/11. This is a sovereign nation that threatens an attack, and the last time that happened on American soil, we
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

It's just a movie, yes. Playing it in theaters after being threatened risks lives, yes. But we already know this came from N. Korea, and any violence on American soil from them would be met with an automatic rebuttal of full scale war. This isn't terrorists, like 9/11. This is a sovereign nation that threatens an attack, and the last time that happened on American soil, we became WW2 champions and dropped 2 hydrogen bombs on them. And our military now, compared to then, well lets just say we could blow that little shit country out of the water without troops even setting foot on foreign soil. Sony, their exhibitors, and our movie going public should have instead called them on the bluff. Grow a pair people. Here, in the gold old USA, we have the artistic freedom to make fun of our own president regularly on SNL, so why should we spare this walking cartoon character that leads N. Korea?
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12:33AM on 12/18/2014

you want truth

Sony are a bunch of pussies for pulling the plug. The truth is this is america and we have freedom of speech, so now the so called terrorists have one. Point 2 film is art and art should have no taboos. Once you restrict art you restrict art you restrict the freedom of the entire human race. Art can't mean something, it can move people. Is this movie in poor taste? Maybe, but if you're butthurt about it, dont watch it, and if you're butthurt about me saying that, you dont deserve to live in the
Sony are a bunch of pussies for pulling the plug. The truth is this is america and we have freedom of speech, so now the so called terrorists have one. Point 2 film is art and art should have no taboos. Once you restrict art you restrict art you restrict the freedom of the entire human race. Art can't mean something, it can move people. Is this movie in poor taste? Maybe, but if you're butthurt about it, dont watch it, and if you're butthurt about me saying that, you dont deserve to live in the free world.
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11:09PM on 12/17/2014
I don't know much about this crazy crazy world, but I do know this.

If you don't let us fuck this asshole we're going to have our dicks and pussies all covered in shit.
I don't know much about this crazy crazy world, but I do know this.

If you don't let us fuck this asshole we're going to have our dicks and pussies all covered in shit.
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11:59PM on 12/17/2014
A million thumbs up
A million thumbs up
10:56PM on 12/17/2014

BS!!!

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So apparently Sony does not have any plans to release the film on VOD or DVD. Fuck them!!!
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So apparently Sony does not have any plans to release the film on VOD or DVD. Fuck them!!!
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10:08PM on 12/17/2014
What a bunch of bullshit. Fuck North Korea for being twats and fuck SonyUS theaters for being pussies. I bet this will be up on torrents sites within a couple weeks. One way or another, this movie will be released.
What a bunch of bullshit. Fuck North Korea for being twats and fuck SonyUS theaters for being pussies. I bet this will be up on torrents sites within a couple weeks. One way or another, this movie will be released.
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9:59PM on 12/17/2014
This movie will still be released. Don't fool yourselves into believing otherwise.
This movie will still be released. Don't fool yourselves into believing otherwise.
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9:32PM on 12/17/2014
That's fucked up. I blame the theater chains more than I blame Sony though. I believe Sony would've gone through with it if the all the big theater chains didn't pussy out at the last minute. It's not right to allow terrorists to censor our media. I think they will release it on VOD. And with all the press it's getting, people will watch it, if for no other reason than so that people can make a stand against North Korea's actions. Maybe part of the promotion should be that if you watch
That's fucked up. I blame the theater chains more than I blame Sony though. I believe Sony would've gone through with it if the all the big theater chains didn't pussy out at the last minute. It's not right to allow terrorists to censor our media. I think they will release it on VOD. And with all the press it's getting, people will watch it, if for no other reason than so that people can make a stand against North Korea's actions. Maybe part of the promotion should be that if you watch it, you can post something to FB that says "I watched The Interview. North Korea can go fuck itself", or something to that effect.
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9:35PM on 12/17/2014
Sony just said they won't. Sony and the movie theaters are to blame.
Sony just said they won't. Sony and the movie theaters are to blame.
9:55PM on 12/17/2014
They said they have no plans to. Things might change after the holidays. I find it hard to believe the film will never see the light of day.
They said they have no plans to. Things might change after the holidays. I find it hard to believe the film will never see the light of day.
11:17AM on 12/18/2014
Wouldn't be the first time.
Wouldn't be the first time.
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9:21PM on 12/17/2014

America is Always Right huh?

You know, as humans we have to stand on the side of truth...even if it personally hurts us.
The TRUTH is....America is very arrogant and believes that freedom of speech allows us to insult and mock and disrespect...and not expect the ones being mocked and insulted to rise up to defend themselves. We are a nation of mockers and disrespectors....and we say "oh it's just comedy" ...one of the proofs of this is how far we have come in disrespecting religion (we are still scared to disrespect Allah
You know, as humans we have to stand on the side of truth...even if it personally hurts us.
The TRUTH is....America is very arrogant and believes that freedom of speech allows us to insult and mock and disrespect...and not expect the ones being mocked and insulted to rise up to defend themselves. We are a nation of mockers and disrespectors....and we say "oh it's just comedy" ...one of the proofs of this is how far we have come in disrespecting religion (we are still scared to disrespect Allah though.....um because we know the serious repercussions....... but Not Jesus! Ohhh no, not Jesus......we use Him as a Curse word in this country)
If someone feels personally insulted by this...perhaps look inside yourself and maybe realize....it's not an insult...it's conviction...meaning you realize what is being said is true...........now obviously this isnt a personal attack on anyone in this forum...but a look at us as Americans. Perhaps North Korea is evil, and other nations that we think are........but many times....WE are the Evil ones! And through Hollywood and music...we want the world to become like us.....so we feel good and free.
We should never be insulted or offended by the truth, but convicted and change the wrong we are doing.
Unfortunately...Sony is pulling this for the wrong reason...they should be pulling it because they realized they are publicly intentionally humiliating a country leader infront of the world. While we have a freedom to do this in our country, doesnt mean we should.
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9:31PM on 12/17/2014
Respect is earned and that applies to world leaders. You've mocked people before right? No? What are the appropriate guidelines to follow then?
Respect is earned and that applies to world leaders. You've mocked people before right? No? What are the appropriate guidelines to follow then?
9:32PM on 12/17/2014
Shut up, Meg.
Shut up, Meg.
1:28AM on 12/18/2014
So any art that offends anyone in any way or that anyone disagrees with should never see the light of day? The world you want scares the shit out of me. I disagreed with NK referring to our president as a monkey a few months ago. Oddly, they didn't seem to mind much. This is some of the dumbest shit I've ever seen typed on a message board. And that is saying something.
So any art that offends anyone in any way or that anyone disagrees with should never see the light of day? The world you want scares the shit out of me. I disagreed with NK referring to our president as a monkey a few months ago. Oddly, they didn't seem to mind much. This is some of the dumbest shit I've ever seen typed on a message board. And that is saying something.
1:16PM on 12/18/2014
The very essence of the first amendment as it has come to mean is that it protects all speech particularly and most importantly unpopular speech. This is the most basic tenant of American freedom. Thus we should say these things because we can and we don't need a better reason to do so. Period.
The very essence of the first amendment as it has come to mean is that it protects all speech particularly and most importantly unpopular speech. This is the most basic tenant of American freedom. Thus we should say these things because we can and we don't need a better reason to do so. Period.
7:45PM on 12/18/2014
Somebody has sand in his vagina.
Somebody has sand in his vagina.
9:09PM on 12/17/2014

Absolutley Shameful!

I will never support Sony in any fashion ever again. The fact that they would be bullied by some terrorist group is appalling. I certainly hope that the public back lash from this shameful decision destroys the company. The really scary part of all this is that there will be people that support this disgraceful action.
I will never support Sony in any fashion ever again. The fact that they would be bullied by some terrorist group is appalling. I certainly hope that the public back lash from this shameful decision destroys the company. The really scary part of all this is that there will be people that support this disgraceful action.
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9:13PM on 12/17/2014
Yes, by all means, your anger toward Sony is the proper place in this situation.

Fucktard.
Yes, by all means, your anger toward Sony is the proper place in this situation.

Fucktard.
10:27PM on 12/17/2014
I wish we could like replies.
I wish we could like replies.
12:32AM on 12/18/2014
You are such a complete fucking moron it hurts my head.
You are such a complete fucking moron it hurts my head.
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8:46PM on 12/17/2014

Ummm..raises hand.

What about Team America: World Police? Just asking.
What about Team America: World Police? Just asking.
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8:33PM on 12/17/2014

Sigh!!!!!

The U.S. needs to grow a pair, and stop cowering when it comes to unsubstantiated threats from a regime that can't even get a missile launch right. Add the fact China has not been impressed with NK....they don't have a leg to stand on.
If there was a theatre that was releasing the Interview, I'd see it....its fucking satire....like naked gun....world police....hell, the US pokes fun at itself in many of these movies!

Fuckit...I'm re-watching Pineapple Express again.
The U.S. needs to grow a pair, and stop cowering when it comes to unsubstantiated threats from a regime that can't even get a missile launch right. Add the fact China has not been impressed with NK....they don't have a leg to stand on.
If there was a theatre that was releasing the Interview, I'd see it....its fucking satire....like naked gun....world police....hell, the US pokes fun at itself in many of these movies!

Fuckit...I'm re-watching Pineapple Express again.
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9:16PM on 12/17/2014
You don't need to launch a missile to hack the entire system of a major corporation. And if you can do that, the next steps are hacking everything else attached to the internet (which is everything). How'd you like to see everyone's credit card bills wiped to zero? Or the power grid turned off? Or FAA landing systems re-calibrated?

Fuck getting the mechanics of space flight wrong. They have the 1's and 0's figured out. And that's where true terrorism lies in the future.
You don't need to launch a missile to hack the entire system of a major corporation. And if you can do that, the next steps are hacking everything else attached to the internet (which is everything). How'd you like to see everyone's credit card bills wiped to zero? Or the power grid turned off? Or FAA landing systems re-calibrated?

Fuck getting the mechanics of space flight wrong. They have the 1's and 0's figured out. And that's where true terrorism lies in the future.
9:25PM on 12/17/2014
You have a valid point, but we as the viewing public and producers need to stand up to these threats, and instead of cowering, find a way to defend ourselves. This includes fighting back with 1/0.
You have a valid point, but we as the viewing public and producers need to stand up to these threats, and instead of cowering, find a way to defend ourselves. This includes fighting back with 1/0.
8:03PM on 12/17/2014

Sigh...

I now want to go see a Seth Rogen stoner comedy in theaters as an act of defiance against terrorism and tyranny and oppression. I would lay down my life to see this movie. What has the world come to?
I now want to go see a Seth Rogen stoner comedy in theaters as an act of defiance against terrorism and tyranny and oppression. I would lay down my life to see this movie. What has the world come to?
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8:00PM on 12/17/2014
That's just nuts. This did look like fun.
That's just nuts. This did look like fun.
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7:36PM on 12/17/2014
Fuck North Korea. I say we fucking nuke them up and call it a fucking day.
Fuck North Korea. I say we fucking nuke them up and call it a fucking day.
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10:03PM on 12/17/2014
Hate and Violence is never the solution.
Hate and Violence is never the solution.
10:30PM on 12/17/2014
Some replies are stupid and some are shit. Yours is both.
Some replies are stupid and some are shit. Yours is both.
1:53PM on 12/18/2014
When your dealing with North Korea, or Hitler, or Bin Laden, violence is the only solution.
When your dealing with North Korea, or Hitler, or Bin Laden, violence is the only solution.
7:47PM on 12/18/2014
Yes, let's start a nuclear war and all die over a movie a bunch of people we don't know made.
Yes, let's start a nuclear war and all die over a movie a bunch of people we don't know made.
7:08PM on 12/17/2014
1984: Red Dawn was released in time when our major enemy had around 12,000 nuclear warheads.
2014: The Interview isnt released when the enemy miiiiiiiight have one. Maybe one.
This is so stupid. But I live in Aurora, Co and give Sony mighty props for making the hard choice on a uneasy decision
1984: Red Dawn was released in time when our major enemy had around 12,000 nuclear warheads.
2014: The Interview isnt released when the enemy miiiiiiiight have one. Maybe one.
This is so stupid. But I live in Aurora, Co and give Sony mighty props for making the hard choice on a uneasy decision
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6:58PM on 12/17/2014

OK...

Boycotting those theaters and Sony movies from here on in.
Boycotting those theaters and Sony movies from here on in.
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12:33AM on 12/18/2014
This is a dumb, ill-informed post. Thanks for wasting valuable real-estate on this thread...
This is a dumb, ill-informed post. Thanks for wasting valuable real-estate on this thread...
6:58AM on 12/18/2014
Eat me.
Eat me.
6:58PM on 12/17/2014

Floodgates opened

So, if Kirk Cameron decides to make another Christmas movie, now I know what I have to do to make sure it doesn't show. Good to know.
In all seriousness, I'm fucking pissed that we gave in to threats. Even worse, threats made by North Korea. That's like me being afraid to go to school under the threat that I'll get into a fight with Pauly Shore. (Similie aside, you get the idea.)
So, if Kirk Cameron decides to make another Christmas movie, now I know what I have to do to make sure it doesn't show. Good to know.
In all seriousness, I'm fucking pissed that we gave in to threats. Even worse, threats made by North Korea. That's like me being afraid to go to school under the threat that I'll get into a fight with Pauly Shore. (Similie aside, you get the idea.)
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7:01PM on 12/17/2014
LOL...love it. And I agree.
LOL...love it. And I agree.
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6:54PM on 12/17/2014

Insane!

Looks like the terrorists won, you guys.... :(
Looks like the terrorists won, you guys.... :(
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6:52PM on 12/17/2014

War

Y'know, this is gonna sound fucking crazy, but I'd rather go to war with North Korea over this than go fight ISIS. I mean, they fucked with our sense of personal liberty, and they have intruded into our very way of life. They have threatened American lives, and they are self-contained...a country. ISIS is a bunch of fucking crazy bastards in an area we've wasted trillions trying to train to be ready for such crazy shit. I say let ISIS have Iraq and let's go down a good-old-fashioned
Y'know, this is gonna sound fucking crazy, but I'd rather go to war with North Korea over this than go fight ISIS. I mean, they fucked with our sense of personal liberty, and they have intruded into our very way of life. They have threatened American lives, and they are self-contained...a country. ISIS is a bunch of fucking crazy bastards in an area we've wasted trillions trying to train to be ready for such crazy shit. I say let ISIS have Iraq and let's go down a good-old-fashioned country-to-country war with these fucks. (Can't believe how Republican I sound!)
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11:15AM on 12/18/2014
They also have nukes and aren't afraid to use them. We've never had a hot war with a nuclear power, and for good reason.
They also have nukes and aren't afraid to use them. We've never had a hot war with a nuclear power, and for good reason.
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6:37PM on 12/17/2014
The North Korean government was behind the attacks, it's now official: [link]
The North Korean government was behind the attacks, it's now official: [link]
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6:33PM on 12/17/2014
sony did the right thing. no movie is worth the risk of human safety, especially a dumb comedy. thousands of lives have already been permanently affected by this cyberattack (mine included) and there's no reason other than financial gain to release this movie. not worth the risk. if you disagree, youre an idiot.
sony did the right thing. no movie is worth the risk of human safety, especially a dumb comedy. thousands of lives have already been permanently affected by this cyberattack (mine included) and there's no reason other than financial gain to release this movie. not worth the risk. if you disagree, youre an idiot.
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7:08PM on 12/17/2014
It's more about Sony and movie theaters setting a precedent to what it takes to make sure controversial movies don't see the light of day. You may see this as the right move, and in one way, yeah, you're right, but it also just confirms that we will give into terrorist.
It's more about Sony and movie theaters setting a precedent to what it takes to make sure controversial movies don't see the light of day. You may see this as the right move, and in one way, yeah, you're right, but it also just confirms that we will give into terrorist.
9:25PM on 12/17/2014
Hi Amy Pascal! You're on the right track trying to save your job! Sincerely, "an idiot".
Hi Amy Pascal! You're on the right track trying to save your job! Sincerely, "an idiot".
11:03PM on 12/17/2014
They're halting the theatrical release because if no theaters will show it there's no profit. Simple as that. The threat to the public wasn't even real and Sony makes no mention of that threat being why it's not being released. If you think they're not releasing it because of public saftly, you're an idiot.
They're halting the theatrical release because if no theaters will show it there's no profit. Simple as that. The threat to the public wasn't even real and Sony makes no mention of that threat being why it's not being released. If you think they're not releasing it because of public saftly, you're an idiot.
6:27PM on 12/17/2014

Hmm...

"This is so surprising, since the internet is so safe and secure and the idea of exponentially connecting everything and everyone is the best thing to happen to the world"....said no one ever.
"This is so surprising, since the internet is so safe and secure and the idea of exponentially connecting everything and everyone is the best thing to happen to the world"....said no one ever.
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6:24PM on 12/17/2014
If the goal of the cyber terrorists was to keep people from seeing the movie, Sony should just release it online for free immediately. No one's going to want to offer up their credit card info for VOD
If the goal of the cyber terrorists was to keep people from seeing the movie, Sony should just release it online for free immediately. No one's going to want to offer up their credit card info for VOD
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6:30PM on 12/17/2014
Well if you pay for it on Cable VOD, it'll just be tacked onto your cable bill. For any online platforms, that information is probably already saved in the system.
Well if you pay for it on Cable VOD, it'll just be tacked onto your cable bill. For any online platforms, that information is probably already saved in the system.
9:19PM on 12/17/2014
And who will distribute it? iTunes? I'm sure Apple isn't eager to have these fucking a-holes turn their attention on them. Same goes for anyone else.

I'm thinking Sony burns 1,000,000 copies of DVD's at a dime a burn, add that to the overall cost of making the movie (which would be a miniscule addition to the already lost sunk cost), and hand them out on street corners for free.
And who will distribute it? iTunes? I'm sure Apple isn't eager to have these fucking a-holes turn their attention on them. Same goes for anyone else.

I'm thinking Sony burns 1,000,000 copies of DVD's at a dime a burn, add that to the overall cost of making the movie (which would be a miniscule addition to the already lost sunk cost), and hand them out on street corners for free.
6:19PM on 12/17/2014
This is sad but I understand where Sony is coming from. Nobody wants another Dark Knight Rises incident all over again. But I doubt this will be the last movie that got this kind of heat.
This is sad but I understand where Sony is coming from. Nobody wants another Dark Knight Rises incident all over again. But I doubt this will be the last movie that got this kind of heat.
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6:15PM on 12/17/2014

NO BALLS AT ALL

Does anyone else remember the beginning of The Naked Gun when Frank Drebin kicked the shit out of The Ayatollah, Idid Amin, Gaddafi, Gorbachev etc?
Does anyone else remember the beginning of The Naked Gun when Frank Drebin kicked the shit out of The Ayatollah, Idid Amin, Gaddafi, Gorbachev etc?
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5:50PM on 12/17/2014
Wait, so some stupid, ignorant Hollywood jerks have the idea to turn a seemingly poor, politcal incorrekt joke into a 90 Minute Feature to be shown everywhere around the world, therefore offending the whole Population fo that Country to make some cash with their political supression. And now somebody hacks their mails and Shows them to the world an they act like a bunch of hurt, pitiful crybabies?
Wait, so some stupid, ignorant Hollywood jerks have the idea to turn a seemingly poor, politcal incorrekt joke into a 90 Minute Feature to be shown everywhere around the world, therefore offending the whole Population fo that Country to make some cash with their political supression. And now somebody hacks their mails and Shows them to the world an they act like a bunch of hurt, pitiful crybabies?
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6:18PM on 12/17/2014
This is so misguided and ignorant I don't even know where to start
This is so misguided and ignorant I don't even know where to start
10:11PM on 12/17/2014
You might be taken a little bit seriously, if you were able to construct a sentence properly. Grammar is your friend.
You might be taken a little bit seriously, if you were able to construct a sentence properly. Grammar is your friend.
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5:50PM on 12/17/2014
Now that all the little geeky hackers know how easy it is to fuck with Hollywood, the box office is about to be changed forever. Anyone with an axe to grind against a particular movie can shut it down from a keyboard and pathetic empty threats.
Now that all the little geeky hackers know how easy it is to fuck with Hollywood, the box office is about to be changed forever. Anyone with an axe to grind against a particular movie can shut it down from a keyboard and pathetic empty threats.
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5:47PM on 12/17/2014

A taste of the future?

Censorship prevails, and the USA looks like a total pussy, pulling the film from theatres with our tails between our legs. Pathetic and depressing.
Censorship prevails, and the USA looks like a total pussy, pulling the film from theatres with our tails between our legs. Pathetic and depressing.
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6:56PM on 12/17/2014
Agree
Agree
7:03PM on 12/17/2014
Amen.
Amen.
5:43PM on 12/17/2014
Oh America used to be great, now even the littlest of mean countries can strike fear in our hearts and censor our comedies if they don't like the material! Yes, this is MUCH better than it used to be when we were the big old meanies but could watch what we wanted and say what we thought. You voted for this you 53%'ers, live with it.
Oh America used to be great, now even the littlest of mean countries can strike fear in our hearts and censor our comedies if they don't like the material! Yes, this is MUCH better than it used to be when we were the big old meanies but could watch what we wanted and say what we thought. You voted for this you 53%'ers, live with it.
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12:42AM on 12/18/2014
Wait, what? "You voted for this" Did Obama personally call these theater chains and Sony and tell them to cancel the showings? This has nothing to do with politics and you know it. The blame for this cowardly act lies solely with the theater chains that refused to show it and with Sony for refusing to release it.
Wait, what? "You voted for this" Did Obama personally call these theater chains and Sony and tell them to cancel the showings? This has nothing to do with politics and you know it. The blame for this cowardly act lies solely with the theater chains that refused to show it and with Sony for refusing to release it.
12:55PM on 12/18/2014
Potter82, save your words no one is listening. You have been exposed as who you are, we all know it now.
Potter82, save your words no one is listening. You have been exposed as who you are, we all know it now.
5:18PM on 12/18/2014
Exposed for who you are? What the fuck does that even mean? What have I've been exposed as the type of person that will call out people who stupidly confuse studio politics for actual politics? Next time reply with an actual argument rather than an ad homiem attack. This isn't Stormfront. Btw my Avatar is incredibly relevant to the above post.
Exposed for who you are? What the fuck does that even mean? What have I've been exposed as the type of person that will call out people who stupidly confuse studio politics for actual politics? Next time reply with an actual argument rather than an ad homiem attack. This isn't Stormfront. Btw my Avatar is incredibly relevant to the above post.
5:18PM on 12/18/2014
Exposed for what you are? What the fuck does that mean? I'm not the one that confuses studio politics for actual politics. Why don't you STFU and go back to Stormfront?
Exposed for what you are? What the fuck does that mean? I'm not the one that confuses studio politics for actual politics. Why don't you STFU and go back to Stormfront?
7:53PM on 12/18/2014
Go stick another tribble up your gaping ass and sit the fuck down, you fucking troll. Take this bullshit back to Right Wing Watch, douchebag.
Go stick another tribble up your gaping ass and sit the fuck down, you fucking troll. Take this bullshit back to Right Wing Watch, douchebag.
5:43PM on 12/17/2014

My ass they stand by their filmakers.

"We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

Oh Really Sony? Sure doesn't look like you do. Looks like you cave to pussy cyber terrorists to me. So now that the precedent is set, what film do you think is going to piss mentally unstable people off enough to repeat this. What film will be pulled from release next? We have a mass of comic book movies on tap. Think some overzealous comic book geek will threaten terror acts to
"We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

Oh Really Sony? Sure doesn't look like you do. Looks like you cave to pussy cyber terrorists to me. So now that the precedent is set, what film do you think is going to piss mentally unstable people off enough to repeat this. What film will be pulled from release next? We have a mass of comic book movies on tap. Think some overzealous comic book geek will threaten terror acts to stop some movie from coming out because he didn't like the casting or something? This will happen again because these pussies caved and showed the world terrorism works when it comes to free speech folks.
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5:40PM on 12/17/2014

While I hate that the terrorist demands seemed to prevail...

You can't blame Sony for taking this stance after the Dark Knight shooting. If anything were to happen, wether it be connected to this bag of shitbags or not, Sony would be chastised endlessly for allowing innocent people to be harmed over something as trivial as a bad Seth Rogen comedy. Maybe this will open America's apathetic eyes to the reality that there are more important things in the world going on than worrying about what movie you're going to see on Christmas Day
You can't blame Sony for taking this stance after the Dark Knight shooting. If anything were to happen, wether it be connected to this bag of shitbags or not, Sony would be chastised endlessly for allowing innocent people to be harmed over something as trivial as a bad Seth Rogen comedy. Maybe this will open America's apathetic eyes to the reality that there are more important things in the world going on than worrying about what movie you're going to see on Christmas Day
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1:58AM on 12/18/2014
It's about money, not safety.
It's about money, not safety.
5:36PM on 12/17/2014
I respect the studio and theaters taking the safe route. I'm pissed, but I understand it. And while foreign outrage at movies released by Hollywood isn't new, I feel like what happened here is a bit unprecedented.

As much as was going on here, I had gone from not feeling especially excited (looked fun, but not mind-blowing), to plotting a Christmas afternoon outing to exercise my rights in seeing this thing. Threats be damned. Now that's shot. And I don't expect Sony to do the merciful thing
I respect the studio and theaters taking the safe route. I'm pissed, but I understand it. And while foreign outrage at movies released by Hollywood isn't new, I feel like what happened here is a bit unprecedented.

As much as was going on here, I had gone from not feeling especially excited (looked fun, but not mind-blowing), to plotting a Christmas afternoon outing to exercise my rights in seeing this thing. Threats be damned. Now that's shot. And I don't expect Sony to do the merciful thing and release it on DVD and VOD, just because any movement on this thing has become newsworthy. Maybe it'll come out quietly next year. Just not in theaters.
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5:39PM on 12/17/2014
Fuck Sony
Fuck Sony
5:35PM on 12/17/2014
Fuck Sony and these pussy hackers. Probably a group of 15 year old virgins that live in they're parents basement. I seriously wonder how many big name stars will never work with Sony again after these emails have leaked. I hope Sony films goes in the shit house and has no choice but to sell the rights to Spider-Man back to marvel. Funny how it's always Sony that gets hacked! The playstation network is garbage too!
Fuck Sony and these pussy hackers. Probably a group of 15 year old virgins that live in they're parents basement. I seriously wonder how many big name stars will never work with Sony again after these emails have leaked. I hope Sony films goes in the shit house and has no choice but to sell the rights to Spider-Man back to marvel. Funny how it's always Sony that gets hacked! The playstation network is garbage too!
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5:25PM on 12/17/2014
Why don`t Sony release it on, video on demand?
Why don`t Sony release it on, video on demand?
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5:38PM on 12/17/2014
Well I'm sure they still can. It's not even Xmas yet. So if they do im sure it'll be released on Xmas. They are fucking stupid if they don't. Maybe this will open the flood gates for more mainstream blockbusters to open on VOD.
Well I'm sure they still can. It's not even Xmas yet. So if they do im sure it'll be released on Xmas. They are fucking stupid if they don't. Maybe this will open the flood gates for more mainstream blockbusters to open on VOD.
6:43AM on 12/18/2014
The hackers will threaten to blow up people's living rooms - and some people will believe them.
The hackers will threaten to blow up people's living rooms - and some people will believe them.
5:21PM on 12/17/2014
this is some bullshit assholes win again
this is some bullshit assholes win again
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5:21PM on 12/17/2014

Turn out the lights...

...the party's over.

Seriously now every group that has a problem with some stupid movie has a blueprint to prevent it from being shown. Imagine all the crackpots that will threaten when huge movies like Dawn of Justice and The Avengers 2 come out. Ridiculous and very upsetting to the future of free speech in entertainment.
...the party's over.

Seriously now every group that has a problem with some stupid movie has a blueprint to prevent it from being shown. Imagine all the crackpots that will threaten when huge movies like Dawn of Justice and The Avengers 2 come out. Ridiculous and very upsetting to the future of free speech in entertainment.
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5:17PM on 12/17/2014
While I want the movie to still be released, lemme play devil's advocate for a second. We scoffed at the idea when North Korea issued a threat saying there would be repercussions for this movie. We all but replied take your best shot. And look what happened. A studio was nearly dismantled when highly sensitive material was released publicly, costing people's jobs, future efforts and integrity. Yes, Sony will still stand, but with a serious dinge in its armor. So, why risk challenging them to
While I want the movie to still be released, lemme play devil's advocate for a second. We scoffed at the idea when North Korea issued a threat saying there would be repercussions for this movie. We all but replied take your best shot. And look what happened. A studio was nearly dismantled when highly sensitive material was released publicly, costing people's jobs, future efforts and integrity. Yes, Sony will still stand, but with a serious dinge in its armor. So, why risk challenging them to round 2? As highly improbable as it is, is it worth some sort of a attack on a theater over a movie?
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5:10PM on 12/17/2014
And those theaters have lost my support
And those theaters have lost my support
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5:04PM on 12/17/2014

grow some balls

These theatre chains have no balls. These hackers made y'all look like cowards, you dare not release The Interview but you are willing to bombard your audience with handful of Shitty Nicolas Cage movies that come out every year to make a decent buck. Next I will hear Trekkies make threats so Star Wars doesnt get released next Christmas.

These theatre chains have no balls. These hackers made y'all look like cowards, you dare not release The Interview but you are willing to bombard your audience with handful of Shitty Nicolas Cage movies that come out every year to make a decent buck. Next I will hear Trekkies make threats so Star Wars doesnt get released next Christmas.

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4:55PM on 12/17/2014

Cowards

This now shows everybody what to do to get EXACTLY what they want. What chickenshits. It's a fucking movie...
This now shows everybody what to do to get EXACTLY what they want. What chickenshits. It's a fucking movie...
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4:46PM on 12/17/2014

They won.

Sure, we don't bend to terrorist demands when people are getting their heads cut off in the friggin desert, but a movie gwtting erased from existence because Toby Chu gets ahold of a laptop and barks some broken English threats... and BOOM. Here come the boys from the North...
Weak sauce.
Sure, we don't bend to terrorist demands when people are getting their heads cut off in the friggin desert, but a movie gwtting erased from existence because Toby Chu gets ahold of a laptop and barks some broken English threats... and BOOM. Here come the boys from the North...
Weak sauce.
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4:39PM on 12/17/2014
I am sure Kim Jon-Un told his people "rejoice! We stopped that evil movie from coming out!" And then the people replied "what's movie?"
I am sure Kim Jon-Un told his people "rejoice! We stopped that evil movie from coming out!" And then the people replied "what's movie?"
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4:36PM on 12/17/2014
I mean.... you reap what you sow. Make a movie like that and they expect people to be okay with it and not get upset, offended, or take it as a threat?? What if Russia made a movie about their government hiring Russian entertainers to detonate nuclear weapons in major American cities? I think a lot of Americans would take that as a threat. How naive do you have to be to make a movie like The Interview. They should have just changed the country and president/leader to some nonexistent ones, then
I mean.... you reap what you sow. Make a movie like that and they expect people to be okay with it and not get upset, offended, or take it as a threat?? What if Russia made a movie about their government hiring Russian entertainers to detonate nuclear weapons in major American cities? I think a lot of Americans would take that as a threat. How naive do you have to be to make a movie like The Interview. They should have just changed the country and president/leader to some nonexistent ones, then this wouldn't have been a problem.
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4:58PM on 12/17/2014
Team America didn't have any fanfair.

- Shitloads of 80s movies and current video games also cover real countries that become a poster child/whipping boy for propagandized "Americanism".

Happens all the time. "The Interview", I doubt, is much like that at all. It's probably just a bad movie that tries to poke fun at the idea of humanizing Kim Jong-Eun and making him funny. That, more than anything. Harmless.
Team America didn't have any fanfair.

- Shitloads of 80s movies and current video games also cover real countries that become a poster child/whipping boy for propagandized "Americanism".

Happens all the time. "The Interview", I doubt, is much like that at all. It's probably just a bad movie that tries to poke fun at the idea of humanizing Kim Jong-Eun and making him funny. That, more than anything. Harmless.
5:36PM on 12/17/2014
Didn't they do that with Red Dawn remake? .....however they changed being attacked by China to being attacked by North Korea to get the China box office audience.
Didn't they do that with Red Dawn remake? .....however they changed being attacked by China to being attacked by North Korea to get the China box office audience.
4:23PM on 12/17/2014

Can't we just threaten the opposite?

We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places 'The Interview' ISN'T shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to."
We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places 'The Interview' ISN'T shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to."
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4:15PM on 12/17/2014

Ummm..raises hand.

What about Team America: World Police? Just asking.
What about Team America: World Police? Just asking.
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5:30PM on 12/17/2014
The Red Dawn remake too. These theater chains are probably worried about getting sued if any violence occurs during The Interview. That is probably their main fear.
The Red Dawn remake too. These theater chains are probably worried about getting sued if any violence occurs during The Interview. That is probably their main fear.
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4:04PM on 12/17/2014

Oh the irony of the name "Guardians of Peace"

It seems we are now letting passive-aggressive criminals dictate our freedoms. Shame on these theater chains. Leave it up to the consumer to make that choice. I guarantee you would see packed houses in defiance of these threats. It's a shame really, because this mediocre comedy would have made it's money back and then some.
It seems we are now letting passive-aggressive criminals dictate our freedoms. Shame on these theater chains. Leave it up to the consumer to make that choice. I guarantee you would see packed houses in defiance of these threats. It's a shame really, because this mediocre comedy would have made it's money back and then some.
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3:52PM on 12/17/2014
Well, that is unfortunate. All of this over a movie. It's ridiculous. Supposed to go to a screening of this tonight at an AMC, so I guess we'll see if that's still happening or not.
Well, that is unfortunate. All of this over a movie. It's ridiculous. Supposed to go to a screening of this tonight at an AMC, so I guess we'll see if that's still happening or not.
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3:37PM on 12/17/2014

This isn't scary stuff.

These "people" are hackers...not demolition experts. And if these theaters truly drop the film, I'll be boycotting them from now on. Looks like I'm staying in today and watching movies from home!
These "people" are hackers...not demolition experts. And if these theaters truly drop the film, I'll be boycotting them from now on. Looks like I'm staying in today and watching movies from home!
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3:35PM on 12/17/2014

I hate that North Korea has more bragging fuel now

It's bullshit, but it would be hard to justify if something DID happen.
Now that threats were made, some American would probably use the movie as a reason for violence now. Which is too bad.
It's bullshit, but it would be hard to justify if something DID happen.
Now that threats were made, some American would probably use the movie as a reason for violence now. Which is too bad.
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3:35PM on 12/17/2014

The movie may be terrible but....

this is giving into the demands of the criminals/terrorists. It's also censorship.
this is giving into the demands of the criminals/terrorists. It's also censorship.
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3:31PM on 12/17/2014

Looks like Carmike, Regal, AMC, etc, just lost my business.

I REALLY don't want to see The Interview, because it looks boring, bland, and unfunny, but I may have to on principle.
I REALLY don't want to see The Interview, because it looks boring, bland, and unfunny, but I may have to on principle.
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5:42PM on 12/17/2014
I haven't seen a Seth Rogen film yet that isn't funny. Un funny would be a million ways to die in the west. That is boring and unfunny.
I haven't seen a Seth Rogen film yet that isn't funny. Un funny would be a million ways to die in the west. That is boring and unfunny.
3:30PM on 12/17/2014
Pssst, North Korea - rumour has it that your leader is also shown in degrading sexual positions in the upcoming 'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie...
Pssst, North Korea - rumour has it that your leader is also shown in degrading sexual positions in the upcoming 'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie...
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3:35PM on 12/17/2014
Now that is one movie that should be pulled or never seen the light of production.
Now that is one movie that should be pulled or never seen the light of production.
3:22PM on 12/17/2014
I don't think it is spineless on behalf of the chains. With the threats being out there, and in the event something does happen, all it takes is one person and there will be a legitimate negligence or even gross negligence claim out there. That would then put the theaters in a bind: settle or not. If you settle, class actions can happen. If you don't and one judgment is found against them, then everyone will come out of the woodwork.

Now, that being said, nothing may even happen at all.
I don't think it is spineless on behalf of the chains. With the threats being out there, and in the event something does happen, all it takes is one person and there will be a legitimate negligence or even gross negligence claim out there. That would then put the theaters in a bind: settle or not. If you settle, class actions can happen. If you don't and one judgment is found against them, then everyone will come out of the woodwork.

Now, that being said, nothing may even happen at all. This way, however, they are guaranteeing themselves that they did everything possible to detract from that happening.

It does suck though... that this kinda crap can even happen and that people are out there disgusting enough to make such threats.
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3:20PM on 12/17/2014
Especially in America where shoots are sadly a common occurrence. There was next to no controversy around "The Dark Knight Rises" and that premier night left 12 people dead. They gotta take the threat seriously. How much the film will make opening weekend wont cover how much it'll cost to provide additional security to the theaters. If this had happened with almost any of the superhero movies, someone threating to attack a theater, they would hire security. But "The Interview" isn't worth the
Especially in America where shoots are sadly a common occurrence. There was next to no controversy around "The Dark Knight Rises" and that premier night left 12 people dead. They gotta take the threat seriously. How much the film will make opening weekend wont cover how much it'll cost to provide additional security to the theaters. If this had happened with almost any of the superhero movies, someone threating to attack a theater, they would hire security. But "The Interview" isn't worth the effort.

I will say that this is a lot of publicity for the movie. I'm more interested in seeing the movie now than when the first trailer came out.
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3:18PM on 12/17/2014
I had planned to wait for Netflix with this but after that threat I had planned to go to the theater to see it just so these asshats wouldn't win. Now with all these chains pulling the film, taking a stand that they can not disrupt our way of life and our free speech may be mute....they have already won.

I will still go if it plays anywhere near me.
I had planned to wait for Netflix with this but after that threat I had planned to go to the theater to see it just so these asshats wouldn't win. Now with all these chains pulling the film, taking a stand that they can not disrupt our way of life and our free speech may be mute....they have already won.

I will still go if it plays anywhere near me.
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3:16PM on 12/17/2014

Spineless sacks of shits every one of those chains.

I was going to go to this opening night specifically to give a big ole fuck you to the cyber terror group. Now with theaters backing down to these guys, I guess terrorists can now dictate what films we're allowed to make and watch. I already wrote a letter to regal that I will no longer be a patron of their theater chain due to their cowardice and letting threats rob free speech. Fucking pathetic.
I was going to go to this opening night specifically to give a big ole fuck you to the cyber terror group. Now with theaters backing down to these guys, I guess terrorists can now dictate what films we're allowed to make and watch. I already wrote a letter to regal that I will no longer be a patron of their theater chain due to their cowardice and letting threats rob free speech. Fucking pathetic.
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3:10PM on 12/17/2014
I don't blame a single theater. No matter how empty the threat is the stakes are pretty high.
I don't blame a single theater. No matter how empty the threat is the stakes are pretty high.
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2:49PM on 12/17/2014
Aren't VOD services on servers themselves? I feel like Apple iTunes, AT&T, Comcast, Time-Warner, etc. would all be equally concerned. This film stands a very real chance of never officially seeing the light of day, at least not any time in the immediate future.
Aren't VOD services on servers themselves? I feel like Apple iTunes, AT&T, Comcast, Time-Warner, etc. would all be equally concerned. This film stands a very real chance of never officially seeing the light of day, at least not any time in the immediate future.
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2:43PM on 12/17/2014
Aaand boom goes the dynamite. Screw terrorism.
Aaand boom goes the dynamite. Screw terrorism.
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1:29PM on 12/17/2014

Two chains have pulled it.

Carmike and Bow Tie cinema chains, whose combined locations equals approximately 600 theaters, and probably as many or double that amount of screens and probably anywhere from double to five-fold that number for show times, have officially canceled The Interview, along with, apparently, the Arclight Theater in Hollywood.
Carmike and Bow Tie cinema chains, whose combined locations equals approximately 600 theaters, and probably as many or double that amount of screens and probably anywhere from double to five-fold that number for show times, have officially canceled The Interview, along with, apparently, the Arclight Theater in Hollywood.
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1:22PM on 12/17/2014
This is insanity, I mean honestly what else are they supposed to do in this situation? You have to pull the movie even though its most likely an empty threat. That really sucks for all those involved; good movie/bad movie, this is completely unfair to Sony and the people the people that worked hard making this film
This is insanity, I mean honestly what else are they supposed to do in this situation? You have to pull the movie even though its most likely an empty threat. That really sucks for all those involved; good movie/bad movie, this is completely unfair to Sony and the people the people that worked hard making this film
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1:01PM on 12/17/2014

It's totally going VOD

TMZ is reporting that Sony is considering yanking the film from all theaters and recouping through home entertainment formats.
TMZ is reporting that Sony is considering yanking the film from all theaters and recouping through home entertainment formats.
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2:13PM on 12/17/2014
Still not a good thing, sets a terrible precedent.
Still not a good thing, sets a terrible precedent.
2:34PM on 12/17/2014
ElderPredator, a terrible precedent for what? All of the other movies about the American government assassinating the leaders of industrialized nations? That's not exactly a booming genre.
ElderPredator, a terrible precedent for what? All of the other movies about the American government assassinating the leaders of industrialized nations? That's not exactly a booming genre.
3:19PM on 12/17/2014
@luke319 no luke use your head and think. this allows any other pseudo wanna be terror group (cybver or otherwise) to dictate what americans can see or hear on tv or on film. indirectly it effects what movies or shows will even be made. A studio will now think twice about backing a film that involves terror touchy subject. Worse yet, anything can be a touchy subject if someone gets their panties in a bunch. Congrats we just let third world north Korea, that pudgy little shit, dictate what the
@luke319 no luke use your head and think. this allows any other pseudo wanna be terror group (cybver or otherwise) to dictate what americans can see or hear on tv or on film. indirectly it effects what movies or shows will even be made. A studio will now think twice about backing a film that involves terror touchy subject. Worse yet, anything can be a touchy subject if someone gets their panties in a bunch. Congrats we just let third world north Korea, that pudgy little shit, dictate what the rest of the world gets to see.
12:55PM on 12/17/2014
I understand how they feel. As an Englishman, I can tell you that I was downright cross when the entire British royal family was killed at the beginning of 'King Ralph'. I wrote a strongly-worded letter of complaint to Universal Pictures, demanding satisfaction by pistols at dawn. Needless to say, nobody from Universal showed their cowardly face on the duelling field, as you might expect from such blackguards.
I understand how they feel. As an Englishman, I can tell you that I was downright cross when the entire British royal family was killed at the beginning of 'King Ralph'. I wrote a strongly-worded letter of complaint to Universal Pictures, demanding satisfaction by pistols at dawn. Needless to say, nobody from Universal showed their cowardly face on the duelling field, as you might expect from such blackguards.
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1:02PM on 12/17/2014
I cracked up. Good show, old man!
I cracked up. Good show, old man!
6:53PM on 12/17/2014
One of my absolute favorite posts. Thanks for the laugh!
One of my absolute favorite posts. Thanks for the laugh!
9:22PM on 12/17/2014
Heh heh!
Heh heh!
12:43PM on 12/17/2014
This is such bull shit. There will be no terrorist attacks. Period. Besides this film is gonna leak soon anyway. If the hackers have gotten hold of all this info and leaked other Sony films online, I'm willing to bet the interview will be they're big "Christmas gift" look for it to leak any day now.
This is such bull shit. There will be no terrorist attacks. Period. Besides this film is gonna leak soon anyway. If the hackers have gotten hold of all this info and leaked other Sony films online, I'm willing to bet the interview will be they're big "Christmas gift" look for it to leak any day now.
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2:36PM on 12/17/2014
It might get leaked, but not by Guardians of Peace. I mean they don't want anybody to see the movie, so why the heck would they leak it?
It might get leaked, but not by Guardians of Peace. I mean they don't want anybody to see the movie, so why the heck would they leak it?
12:25PM on 12/17/2014

The moment theaters start pulling this movie, the enemy wins.

I think whoever the fuck Carmike theaters is, they should be boycotted and nobody should go there at all to see anything. Bankrupt the fuckers for basically giving in to terrorist threats.
I think whoever the fuck Carmike theaters is, they should be boycotted and nobody should go there at all to see anything. Bankrupt the fuckers for basically giving in to terrorist threats.
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1:23PM on 12/17/2014
You're right, they should risk the lives of their patrons instead
You're right, they should risk the lives of their patrons instead
3:22PM on 12/17/2014
Yes they should. Free speech and not caving to terrorism in any form is what free society is supposed to stand for. Now we apparently live in one where terrorists get to dictate what we see because suits are too pussy to stand up for it. There I will not be any terror attacks by this group. They're like the group anonymous. Great they hack some people, how many north korean suicide bombers have been on record? I think the count is somewhere around...zero?!?
Yes they should. Free speech and not caving to terrorism in any form is what free society is supposed to stand for. Now we apparently live in one where terrorists get to dictate what we see because suits are too pussy to stand up for it. There I will not be any terror attacks by this group. They're like the group anonymous. Great they hack some people, how many north korean suicide bombers have been on record? I think the count is somewhere around...zero?!?
12:09PM on 12/17/2014

Spoiler Alert

"The Interview" was actually commissioned by the CIA as a way to antagonize North Korea, getting them to strike first. Justifying going to war with them. The CIA knew North Korea would take offense to something so trivial and them attacking us for it is the perfect excuse to going to war with them.
"The Interview" was actually commissioned by the CIA as a way to antagonize North Korea, getting them to strike first. Justifying going to war with them. The CIA knew North Korea would take offense to something so trivial and them attacking us for it is the perfect excuse to going to war with them.
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12:24PM on 12/17/2014
You're a moron if you really believe this...
You're a moron if you really believe this...
1:15PM on 12/17/2014
its a joke
its a joke
1:15PM on 12/17/2014
its a joke
its a joke
12:00PM on 12/17/2014

Who, the fuck, are these guys anyway?

Have the committed any sort of terrorist attack elsewhere? Is there any reason to assume they are no more that experienced hackers, if indeed they were the ones who hacked Sony?

And the "Guardians of Peace?" For fuck sake. How weak of a name can you get. Naming your self after the police force in Ireland. Why didn't they go the full hog and name themselves in Irish, an Garda Síochána.
Have the committed any sort of terrorist attack elsewhere? Is there any reason to assume they are no more that experienced hackers, if indeed they were the ones who hacked Sony?

And the "Guardians of Peace?" For fuck sake. How weak of a name can you get. Naming your self after the police force in Ireland. Why didn't they go the full hog and name themselves in Irish, an Garda Síochána.
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11:48AM on 12/17/2014
Echoing what americanmoviefan said, why not say fuck it and release it on demand, iTunes, etc?
Echoing what americanmoviefan said, why not say fuck it and release it on demand, iTunes, etc?
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11:47AM on 12/17/2014

Lol

I love how people are reacting like this is actually North Korea making these threats.
I love how people are reacting like this is actually North Korea making these threats.
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11:58AM on 12/17/2014
Yeah, because North Korea is known for it's peaceful humanitarian efforts and not for making idle threats.

It's probably those damn Canadians behind this.
Yeah, because North Korea is known for it's peaceful humanitarian efforts and not for making idle threats.

It's probably those damn Canadians behind this.
12:22PM on 12/17/2014
You drive a big Chevy with a bumper sticker that says 'Fuq Iraq' right? And read USA today?
You drive a big Chevy with a bumper sticker that says 'Fuq Iraq' right? And read USA today?
1:24PM on 12/17/2014
Good to know you have the inside scoop on who is making the threats
Good to know you have the inside scoop on who is making the threats
2:01PM on 12/17/2014
Not saying I have any 'inside scoop' but come the fuck on. North Korea has better things to do than threaten movie theatres in America with a plan that'd be impossible to pull of anyway. I wouldn't be surprised if this was the work of a rival studio.
Not saying I have any 'inside scoop' but come the fuck on. North Korea has better things to do than threaten movie theatres in America with a plan that'd be impossible to pull of anyway. I wouldn't be surprised if this was the work of a rival studio.
2:20PM on 12/17/2014
Just giving you a hard time, it does seem like a bit of a stretch for me to believe as well
Just giving you a hard time, it does seem like a bit of a stretch for me to believe as well
2:21PM on 12/17/2014
;)
;)
5:57PM on 12/17/2014
Actually, North Korea has a long history of acting like a immature brat over issues that pretty much every other country could care less about.
Actually, North Korea has a long history of acting like a immature brat over issues that pretty much every other country could care less about.
12:04PM on 12/18/2014
Are you eating your words yet?
Are you eating your words yet?
10:59AM on 12/17/2014
If Iran or North Korea financed a movie about an interviewer assassinating Borat Alabama, who looks like the prez, I could see Americans being offended. Technically a shadowy group, like the CIA, assassinating a government official is terrorism, state back or not. On the other hand, it's just a fucking movie, and not a very good one, from the looks of it. On the positive side maybe this will put some asses in the seats for Blackhat.
If Iran or North Korea financed a movie about an interviewer assassinating Borat Alabama, who looks like the prez, I could see Americans being offended. Technically a shadowy group, like the CIA, assassinating a government official is terrorism, state back or not. On the other hand, it's just a fucking movie, and not a very good one, from the looks of it. On the positive side maybe this will put some asses in the seats for Blackhat.
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11:29AM on 12/17/2014
I think I just spilled my coffee in a comical way with your "Borat Alabama", hahaha.
I think I just spilled my coffee in a comical way with your "Borat Alabama", hahaha.
2:05PM on 12/17/2014
Really? Terrorism is the act of committing violence in an attempt to force a response or political decision that is in your best interest. Assassinating an individual because is not terrorism. They wouldn't be assassinating him in an effort to scare the north Korean people.
Really? Terrorism is the act of committing violence in an attempt to force a response or political decision that is in your best interest. Assassinating an individual because is not terrorism. They wouldn't be assassinating him in an effort to scare the north Korean people.
2:53PM on 12/17/2014
It is state backed terrorism that seeks to topple or destabilize a region or country to further their own interests, not out of self defense. Furthermore, by committing such acts it discourages even the smallest of disagreements from being voiced by other countries out of fear that the same fate may await them for doing so. Terrorism doesn't always look like a suicide bomber.
It is state backed terrorism that seeks to topple or destabilize a region or country to further their own interests, not out of self defense. Furthermore, by committing such acts it discourages even the smallest of disagreements from being voiced by other countries out of fear that the same fate may await them for doing so. Terrorism doesn't always look like a suicide bomber.
10:50AM on 12/17/2014
It's funny because the movie is actually getting terrible reviews and may very well have bombed if North Korea had just left well enough alone. Now, however, they've essentially marketed the movie for free and have probably actually gotten people more interested in seeing it.
It's funny because the movie is actually getting terrible reviews and may very well have bombed if North Korea had just left well enough alone. Now, however, they've essentially marketed the movie for free and have probably actually gotten people more interested in seeing it.
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10:41AM on 12/17/2014
I'm going to see this movie 20 times in the theater. It will sell like crazy on home video. I mean, think about it. People are going to be like "this movie was almost banned in the U.S.! It must be fucking crazy! I HAVE to see it!"
I'm going to see this movie 20 times in the theater. It will sell like crazy on home video. I mean, think about it. People are going to be like "this movie was almost banned in the U.S.! It must be fucking crazy! I HAVE to see it!"
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