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    Theater Chains Opting Not to Show The Interview - IGN

    U.S. theater chains have decided not to show The Interview when it opens December 25 after Sony Pictures received threats Tuesday of physical terrorism from the hacker group targeting it for making the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy.

    Sony said they would not object to theaters opting to not screen their movie after the hackers made threats of 9/11-like attacks on those showing the film, which revolves around a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

    Carmike Cinemas and Bow Tie Cinemas have decided to drop The Interview. Earlier reports claimed ArcLight Cinemas was also dropping the movie, but the theater chain later took to social media to say it has yet to decide on whether or not to screen The Interview.

    Landmark Theatres canceled hosting the premiere of the film that was scheduled Thursday night in New York City.

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said "at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States."

    As The Hollywood Reporter notes, "Neither the National Association of Theatre Owners or the two largest theater chains in the U.S., Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Theaters, have publicly spoken about the situation. But according to some insiders, exhibitors are wary of becoming liable if they show the movie and any violence occurs."

    UPDATE #1: The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) said in a statement that it's basically up to cinemas if they want to show The Interview:

    “The ability of our guests to enjoy the entertainment they choose in safety and comfort is and will continue to be a priority for theater owners. While we do not discuss security procedures or policies, NATO members are working closely with the appropriate security and law enforcement agencies. We are encouraged that the authorities have made progress in their investigation and we look forward to the time when the responsible criminals are apprehended. Until that happens, 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.”

    UPDATE #2: Variety reports that major exhibition chains Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, Cineplex and AMC Theatres have also decided to not show The Interview, essentially meaning the movie won't be seen now by a majority of North American audiences.

    UPDATE #3: It's official. Sony has announced that it's canceled the December 25th release of The Interview. Variety claims that the studio is mulling a premium VOD release of the film instead in the hopes of recouping some of their $40+ million investment. Here is the 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."

    UPDATE #4: According to Variety, a spokesman from Sony stated "Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film", which includes DVD or VOD. Many had speculated a VOD release might be forthcoming once Sony announced plans to cancel the film in theaters.

  • #2
    Where were all these negative Nancy's when Team America was released years ago ripping Kim Jong-il? (Which was hilarious!)

    I give you..........."I'm so ronery", composed by Kim Jong-il himself ....... your welcome.
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    • #3
      America is getting soft. Cowering down from terrorist threats...


      -Derek Carr-
      -Khalil Mack-
      -Amari Cooper-
      -Charles Woodson-1998-RC-
      -Bo Jackson-
      -Marcus Allen
      -Barry Sanders-
      -Walter Payton-
      I will look through buckets and lists


      • #4
        Originally posted by omni d View Post
        America is getting soft. Cowering down from terrorist threats...
        Sony is getting soft Cowering down from terrorist threats.

        I hope this does not set a trend.

        Too hell with North Korea
        Still collecting Frank Thomas in any uni and HoFer G/U & Auto's.

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        • #5
          The Interview 'Will Be Distributed' Says Sony Lawyer - IGN

          Looks like the public might get a chance to see The Interview after all. After a Sony representative previously stated that "Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film," on Meet the Press today, Sony lawyer David Boies said, "Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed. How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed."

          New unconfirmed reports today from the NY Post indicate that the movie may be shown online for free on Crackle, an online streaming service backed by Sony.

          Sony Pictures chairman Michael Lynton had said earlier this week that the film was having difficulty finding a streaming or VOD partner. He stated on CNN that "There has not been one major VOD —video on demand distributor— one major e-commerce site that has stepped forward and said they are willing to distribute this movie for us..."

          The decision to cancel screenings of The Interview came after Sony gave theater chains the option to decide not to screen the film, and several of the major US cinema chains decided not to carry the controversial movie. However, Sony has come under criticism for not releasing the film, including by President Obama, who stated in his press release Friday, "I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake."

          In his Meet the Press response today, Boies praised the efforts of the FBI, who identified North Korea as responsible for the much-publicized hack of Sony's servers and threats against movie theaters who carry the film. But he criticized the US government, stating, "This is not a Sony security problem. This is a national security problem. And the government has got to lead."


          • #6
            They need to find where the hackers are in N Korea and send Team America in to wipe them out
            I am looking for: JJ Watt, Kawhi Leonard, George Springer, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, Panini Points...
            I don't deal outside the US


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              • #8
                I guess this is now available to download for rent or purchase.