James Franco and Seth Rogen were going for laughs with the new comedy film "The Interview," but Sony Pictures isn't smiling after. The film's premise involves the host of a lightweight TV interview show scoring an in-person exclusive with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and then fielding a request from the CIA to assassinate the head of state.
Sony's decision comes after a massive and embarrassingthat led to emails, financial documents and pirated copies of movies being spread online. The hackers who claimed responsibility say they were motivated by "The Interview," calling for the film's release to be scrapped. Some reports have linked North Korea to the hacking event.
The move to pull the film started when exhibitors, concerned about possible terrorist attacks, canceled screenings that had originally been set to begin December 25. Sony then decided to not release the film at all. The company also said it currently has no plans to release "The Interview" in any form, so a straight-to-DVD or streaming debut isn't likely to happen.
The Judd Apatow tweeted, "I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing 'The Interview.' Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?" TV show host Jimmy Kimmel called Sony's move "An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent."has been swift and strong. Director
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