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The Interview: What's Going On With the Release of the Controversial Film

The Interview: What's Going On With the Release of the Controversial Film

The Sony hack fallout continues to wreak havoc, but this time it's not just about the latest email to be leaked. The movie at the heart of it all, The Interview, is now suffering consequences. The satirical comedy, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as an interviewer and his producer who are sent to murder reigning North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, was allegedly the reason hackers attacked Sony in the first place, and now, new threats are affecting the movie's release. Here's a rundown of the fallout in terms of the film.

  • The hackers' latest threat talks about "a Christmas surprise" and 9/11. Earlier this week, the group who hacked into Sony, known as "Guardians of Peace," warned of a "Christmas surprise" and included the words, "The world will be full of fear. 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.)" Christmas Day was intended to be The Interview's release date. The Department of Homeland Security is investigating the threat, and has said there is no credible threat.
  • Sony has canceled the release after movie theatres pulled the film. Sony had told theatres they can pull the film, and several movie theatre chains did exactly that in the wake of the threats. But after five of the country's top theatre chains, Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment, announced they won't be showing the film, Sony has announced that The Interview won't be released on Christmas day at all. Prior to that, the The National Association of Theater Owners released a statement addressed the controversy Wednesday morning, saying, "The ability of our guests to enjoy the entertainment they choose in safety and comfort is and will continue to be a priority for theatre owners. While we do not discuss security procedures or policies, NATO members are working closely with the appropriate security and law enforcement agencies."
  • Seth Rogen and James Franco stopped doing press. Stars Franco and Rogen (who codirected and cowrote the film with Evan Goldberg) have pulled out of doing press for the rest of the week, which was to include stops at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, and Late Night With Seth Meyers. This comes after the New York premiere was cancelled, while the recent LA premiere was unaffected (though press was not invited to the red carpet). Additionally, Sony has decided to scrap the rest of its TV advertising for the movie.
  • Could there be an online release of The Interview? With the film being pulled from major theatres, news outlets are encouraging Sony to release The Interview online so its audience can see the film without fear and to prove that its censorship won't be forced. Unfortunately, it sounds like Sony will never release the film on VOD or DVD. A spokeswoman for the studio said, "Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film."

Want to know what's in the movie? Here's what actually happens in The Interview.

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