Sony Pictures has canceled the Christmas Day release of the controversial comedy film, "The Interview." Read on for further details.
The film stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, and it portrays North Korea in an critical way. It also includes a scene where North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is killed in a 27-second clip. You can watch it right here.
U.S. officials allegedly believe that North Korea was behind the recent major hack of Sony’s internal networks and the leaks that followed after the"The Interview." Five new movies, four unreleased, from Sony Pictures are shared to file-sharing networks. The hackers have threatened the theaters showing the film; hence, Sony has postponed the release of “The Interview,” which was supposed to open on Christmas Day. Many high-profile people, including president Obama and several Hollywood personalities, have issued public responses.
The Associated Press recently published some responses from prominent people, including politicians, Hollywood stars and even the president.
“My recommendation would be that people go to the movies,” said President Obama to ABC News.
“An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent,” said Jimmy Kimmel to Judd Apatow on Twitter.
“Today the U.S. succumbed to an unprecedented attack on our most cherished, bedrock principle of free speech by a group of North Korean terrorists who threatened to kill moviegoers in order to stop the release of a movie. The wishes of the terrorists were fulfilled in part by easily distracted members of the American press who chose gossip and schadenfreude-fueled reporting over a story with immeasurable consequences for the public–a story that was developing right in front of their eyes. My deepest sympathies go out to Sony Pictures, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and everyone who worked on 'The Interview',”expressed Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin in a statement.
"Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow," tweeted Rob Lowe.
"Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I'd also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers," Michael Moore commented on Twitter.
Piers Morgan wrote in a series of tweets:
"Cyber-terrorists win. Wow. #sony. As Sony caves to cyber-terrorism & cancels The Interview, my column on why America needs to stand up to the bullies. dailym.ai/1x00M3l."
"How can anyone make a controversial movie again if cyber-bullies or foreign dictators decide they don't like it? It's a comedy about the world's worst dictator. Yet Hollywood's caved to a bit of bullying? Incredible. #sony. What 1st Amendment? #sony."
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