Who would have thought that a simple movie could cause so much international controversy? But, alas, that is exactly what happened with Sony Pictures’ The Interview. Due to the fact that it features North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meeting a most violent demise, it caused the folks over in the DPRK to get all blustery and uptight (you know, their usual attitude whenever something they don’t like happens anywhere) and make threats. In order to protect people’s safety, Sony opted to pull the movie, but now it looks like we’ll get our chance to see what all this bullshit was about when the movie releases on Christmas Day. (more…)
TONIGHT, Jeremy and Jason endeavor towards glory in the dystopian Colbert Reportless future while discussing the North Korean response to The Interview and Obama’s response to Sony’s response in a way that won’t get our site hacked.
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The Interview is a gift that keeps on giving at the this normally slow news time of year. Last week, Sony Pictures pulled the film from its domestic and international Christmas Day release after a threat was posted by the group of hackers that cyber-attacked the company, implying a 9/11-style attack on any theater showing The Interview. On Friday, President Barack Obama said it was a bad move, and Sony execs tried to downplay the idea that they caved, saying that they do plan/hope to release The Interview at some point in the future. But there’s more than just the will to release the movie, there’s the means. And despite rumors to the contrary over the weekend, there’s still no solid word on when or how The Interview will be seen by audiences no matter where they are. (more…)
Unless you have been actively avoiding the internet, television, news, and gossip from your best friends, you are very aware of the recent attack on Sony that resulted in the leaking of thousands of personal emails written and/or received by Sony staff, personal information (including social security numbers and birthdays) of current and past Sony employees, and even the early release of some of Sony’s upcoming movies, including the highly anticipated musical, Annie. Amid the thousands of emails, various outlets have discovered some pretty damning conversations between some of the higher ups that are borderline racist (at best), disrespectful to the talent that brings in Sony’s revenue, and even conversations criticizing Sony’s own animation unit. Now, after bowing to the hackers’ demands that Sony cancel the release of the upcoming Seth Rogan/James Franco starrer, The Interview, the public has to wonder: How can Sony survive this attack? (more…)
Probably not with the Black Jack and Hookers, but George R.R. Martin is fightin’ mad about Sony Pictures‘ move to cancel the release of The Interview. Now opinions, as they say, are like @$$holes – everyone’s got one – and while Sony has been chastised for kowtowing to terrorists rather than standing up for artistic expression, corporations always side on the option of least resistance. In this instance, that means weighing the potentiality of something happening against the likelihood that anything will happen, and Sony says better safe than sorry. But what will happen to The Interview? Last night on The Daily Show, Chris Rock affirmed that The Interview will get a release, and if it does, George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones series of books, will be happy to provide it a venue. (more…)
Making headlines this week is the magnanimous decision from Sony Pictures to pull Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s The Interview from theatrical release.
The hackers that lifted the curtain to Sony’s internal workings threatened violent actions against theaters showing The Interview. Despite The Department of Homeland Security citing no credible information to indicate an actual threat, Sony had allowed theaters to make the decision to show the film or not. With theater chains defecting en masse, Sony Pictures Entertainment has pulled the planned Christmas release of The Interview.
Did Sony not see White House Down? – “We Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists!”. This reaction has sent a powerful message to terrorists. Sad day. Here’s why… (more…)