In the wake of threats of violence, the New York premiere of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new movie “The Interview” has been canceled. It was scheduled for Thursday at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema in Manhattan. The film’s two stars have also canceled all of their media appearances that were booked to promote the movie.
Apparently just hacking into Sony Pictures systems and releasing private e mails was not enough for the people who are angered by the movie’s premise. They must now also threaten acts of terrorism to stop it from being shown anywhere. Somewhere Yasir Arafat is smiling up at them about this.
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North Korea? Are you serious guys? An entire nation and its movie theaters are running scared because of a supposed threat from some self-proclaimed zealots who say that they are defending the honor of North Korea.
The same people who claimed to have been behind the Great Sony Hack of 2014 have also sent out a notice promising a 9/11 style attack – whatever that means – on any movie theater that screens “The Interview.”
They said in a statement that was released: “The world will be full of fear, ” the message reads. “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.”
The Carmike Cinemas chain has already given in and pulled it ahead of the movie’s release. But Tom Stephenson, the CEO of Look Cinemas, told Variety, “If they play it, we’ll show it. Sony has a right to make the movie, we have a right to play it and censorship in general is a bad thing.”
Judd Apatow, a friend and frequent collaborator of the film’s stars tweeted, “I am not going to let a terrorist threat shut down freedom of speech. I am going to The Interview.”
For those of you who have been living in a cave the past few weeks, since “The Interview” mocks North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un that country has threatened retaliation against its makers. While denying any connection to the Sony hack, the people who did it have claimed that it was in support of North Korea.