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Sony scraps 'The Interview' release after threats made

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Sony Pictures has made official what has been painfully obvious to everybody since yesterday morning, when hackers threatened to blow up movie theaters if The Interview was released next week. The studio has officially scrapped its release plans. Sony had little choice here, after the major theater chains announced earlier today they would not display the film given the threatening circumstances. Here’s 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 ourintellectual 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.

 

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What the fudge? It's a movie with Seth Rogen and James Franco, there is no way it won't be a quality hilarious movie. Why on earth would anyone threaten Sony?

 

I mean sure it's making fun of North Korea but so what, there have been other similar movies released in the past and nobody ever had problems with them. I can see the dear leader supporters getting pissed off, but is Sony really worried North Korea will send terrorist teams to blow up theathers in other countries? >.<

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I'd like to see them "leak" it on the internet where everyone in America could watch it for free. :P

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Yeah, I'm not very happy about this, I was planning on posting this on here too. Why is Sony (actually the movie theaters) caving into these threats? They probably aren't very serious, and I believe several government agencies have looked into them and found nothing. This is not how a country should respond to terrorism. Some hackers (possibly North Korean, they don't speak English very well whoever they are) are controlling freedom of speech in the US.

 

I wasn't going to see it though.

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Some hackers (possibly North Korean, they don't speak English very well whoever they are) are controlling freedom of speech in the US.
Are you mad at the limitation of freedom of speech, or merely at the outsourcing to NK of said limitations? :wink:

 

(Besides, who says they don't speak English?)

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Some hackers (possibly North Korean, they don't speak English very well whoever they are) are controlling freedom of speech in the US.
Are you mad at the limitation of freedom of speech, or merely at the outsourcing to NK of said limitations? :wink:

 

(Besides, who says they don't speak English?)

Both, I think they go together. If people in the US were outraged and Sony canceled it for that reason, I'd be a little less upset, but still upset. I think mainly I am unhappy about caving into terrorists.

 

I'm assuming they don't speak English because their messages read like they came out of Google Translator.

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A blow to free media and sends a bad precedence to other rouge states/parties.

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A blow to free media and sends a bad precedence to other rouge states/parties.

Damn those states/parties

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A blow to free media and sends a bad precedence to other rouge states/parties.

Damn those states/parties

 

Damn them all to hell!

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Honestly though, Sony Pictures, although an American subsidiary, still belongs to Sony, which is a Japanese country. Sure, the company and the country it resides in may not actually give 2 fudges about North Korea, but Sony, and the fact that Japan is a hell lot closer (and within range of nearly all of North Korea's missile armament) to North Korea, would have bent a few spines and broke a few backs in the decision process, which undoubtedly had pressure from the parent company.

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Not to mention if one of the theaters did get bombed Sony would get sued to hell.

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Not to mention if one of the theaters did get bombed Sony would get sued to hell.

Why? It's not their fault it's the bombers'.

 

If you are a victim of 9/11 attacks you can't sue the US government because Osama bin Laden made videos hating on the US.

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Not to mention if one of the theaters did get bombed Sony would get sued to hell.

 

Yeah I fail to see how that would hold up in court. Unless there was an actual, conclusive threat directed to theaters then why would Sony get in trouble for ignoring the tough words of a few keyboard warriors?

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Not to mention if one of the theaters did get bombed Sony would get sued to hell.

Why? It's not their fault it's the bombers'.

If only that reasoning was applied to many other crimes...

 

I heard on the reddits it's because Japan is negotiating the release of some prisoners from North Korea

Yeah, also Our Dear Leader (the other one, not Lilshu) said North Korea is not involved and therefore he is right

 

NORTH KOREA BEST KOREA

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Not to mention if one of the theaters did get bombed Sony would get sued to hell.

Why? It's not their fault it's the bombers'.

Well, the concept of a lawsuit somewhat indicates that someone will get sued the hell out for very little reason, simply because how lawsuits function. As long as you make it past the hearing stages and the lawsuit is allowed to continue, then that is a major liability for a major company. This is more or less why many corporations settle outside of court, long before the case ever ends up in an actual courtroom.

 

In this case, this would likely not happen for the simple reason of how large the settlement cost would be, which means a lengthy and drawn out case which costs time and money for the company. I mean, Sony would have nothing to win, and everything to lose, so their case would have to be foolproof. Furthermore, while the case would keep going in court, it generates poor publicity towards the company itself.

 

In the grand scale of things, that probably is not the reason why Sony withdrew the movie from theatres, but it is naive to say that it would be a futile lawsuits. Every country has a lawfirm who specialises in improbable cases against major "whales", just because of publicity to said lawfirm, and the chance of a major victory.

 

Geopolitcally, however, it is far more likely that this is a situation decided by Sony Japan. Japanese main branches have a history of assuming direct control of foreign branches when the company's public image is at stake, and in this case, it is a bit more critical than that. Japan as a whole do not want to alienate too many asian countries, simply because of fragile relations between Japan and China. Without China, North Korea would not function as a country, and China does generate a lot of income through North Korea through trade and such.

Edited by Yuanrang

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I guess I'll mention that they put it up on Google Play/Youtube and some other site for $5.99 and up.

 

I watched it, not Franco-Rogen's best movie yet but it was pretty entertaining. There were some highly specific/amusing gags that wouldn't have worked as well in a movie about a fictional or a different dictator (one of the common criticisms was picking on Kim Jong-Un instead of being like Charlie Chaplin and creating a fake KJU-esque dictator). I paid $14.99 to buy it outright and didn't feel like I overspent. I'll probably watch it from time to time in the future, and at least once more.

 

Also, highly related, Diana Bang is really hot.

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It's a shame it couldn't be some epic movie.

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Saw it the other day, not really impressed. I know it was over hyped (duh) but eh, oh well.

 

I agree, Diana Bang is sexy.

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