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The Sony hacking scandal has been a butchered subject in the news as of late, but something terrific has come from it. After Sony pulled The Interview because of cyber threats seemingly linked with North Korea, movie fans were reminded of a certain 2004 comedy which had a similar plot including war against a North Korean dictator. Team America: World Police has been attracting some extra attention these past few days, so much so that it completely sold out on Amazon. The renewed publicity on the film comes just in time for its 10th anniversary. When Sony yanked The Interview out of theaters, even though they claim that it was only because theaters would not show the film in response to cyber threats, a few theaters came up with the perfect response. Texas-based theater, Alamo Drafthouse, among many others decided to hold a 10th anniversary Team America viewing party in its »
They say any publicity is good publicity, and apparently that’s even the case if your movie starts an international incident. Thanks to Sony’s delay of The Interview, interest in not only that film, but other similar ones, has risen exponentially. For example, Trey Parker and Matt Stone‘s 2004 comedy Team America: World Police (which Paramount […]
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- Germain Lussier
The Sony hack fallout continues to wreak havoc, but now it's not just about the latest email to be leaked. The movie at the heart of it all, The Interview, is suffering the 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, their threats have stopped the movie's release. But is there a chance that the movie will ever be seen? Here's the latest on the fallout. The hackers' latest threat talked about "a Christmas surprise" and 9/11. Last 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 »
This Sony hacking scandal is unprecedented. Like a tiny snowball pushed from the precipice of a high peak picking up mass and speed as it rolls down wreaking havoc on all who come into contact with its massive, icy surface. An inescapable maelstrom of controversy and old school tabloid reveals about some of Hollywood’s biggest players. Reputations being dragged through the slushy wake. Careers buried deep beneath the debris as it levels everything in it’s path. The most frightening thing: there is no end in sight.
By now, everyone in the modern world has heard about the hackers who have crippled Sony, bludgeoning the mega-corporation with a construct of their own making: a data dump of their own information revealing abhorrent behavior and trade secrets. Earlier this week the hostilities took a dark turn as »
- Anghus Houvouras
“For what it’s worth, the Jean Cocteau Cinema will be glad to screen ‘The Interview’ (assuming that Sony does eventually release the film for theatrical exhibition, rather than streaming it or dumping it as a direct-to-dvd release), should it be made available to us,” Martin wrote in a blog post published earlier this week. “Come to Santa Fe, Seth, we’ll show your film for you.”
- Greg Gilman
Last night, Sony Pictures released a new The Interview spot proclaiming "In Franco and Rogen We Trust". Sony had previously yanked the movie from theaters following the major theater chains' refusal to show the film after the cyber-terrorists who hacked Sony releasing a new statement threatening attacks on theaters that screened the picture. The new promo provided hope that perhaps the studio was going to release the film on VOD, but it looks like their trust in Franco and Rogen has dissipated. The studio has now taken down the promo from their YouTube page as well as any clips from the film, perhaps in the hopes that we'll forget it ever existed because if there's any way a studio can further appease a terrorist organization, they're more than willing to do so (just ask Paramount, who refused permission to screen Team America: World Police for theaters that wanted something to »
- Matt Goldberg
Sony Pictures' decision to pull The Interview from its December 25th theatrical release date – and put the film in indefinite hiatus – has been met by criticism from both politicians and filmmakers. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin has now joined the ever-growing list of people upset with the movie company succumbing to the hackers' demands.
Martin owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico, so the cancellation of The Interview affected him directly. "The level of corporate cowardice here astonishes me," the author wrote on his LiveJournal. »
Secret Cinema has announced plans to protest the cancelled release of The Interview by holding one-off screenings of an as-yet unannounced film.
The mystery movie will be shown in London and San Francisco on Sunday (December 21) to stand up against "the threat of censorship".
Sony hack: A full timeline of events leading up to The Interview axe
Secret Cinema is hoping others will join them in setting up simultaneous screenings over the weekend.
Proceeds raised from the #freedomtocreate events will go to global free speech charity Article 19. All those who attend the screenings are asked to wear dark clothing and bring a gift for a stranger.
£25 tickets will be made available here at 4pm today (December 19).
A spokesperson said: "Secret Cinema passionately believes in the freedom to create and is looking for partners to join them in hosting a simultaneous screening across the globe with a view to strengthen the »
One day after Sony Pictures canceled the theatrical release of "The Interview," theaters have been forced to ax screenings of "Team America: World Police."
The 2004 film from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone includes an animated version of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Voiced by Trey, the movie depicts the leader being murdered.
"The Interview," meanwhile, fictionalizes a death scene involving the current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the son of Kim Jong Il.
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The Us government has now confirmed that North Korea is in fact responsible for the Sony Pictures hack and the threats of violence that resulted in the canceling of all showings of "The Interview" comedy. In response, fans began asking their movie theaters to screen "Team America: World Police," another comedy that pokes fun at North Korea and its leader. The Alamo Drafthouse theater quickly booked a showing for December 27th. But now comes word that the screening has also been cancelled. It turns out that Paramount Pictures, the owner of the film, is refusing to give Alamo Drafthouse the right to play the movie. After multiple contacts, the studio is simply responding that "Team America: World Police" is "out of service." "Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the Team America 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize and will provide refunds today," Alamo Drafthouse wrote on its Twitter account. »
The actor told Deadline that he set up a petition for members of the industry to sign, so that they could stand up to the terror threat rather than comply with the demands set out.
He said that he has encouraged the studio to release the Seth Rogen comedy online as an act of defiance.
"I just talked to Amy [Pascal] an hour ago. She wants to put that movie out," he said. "My partner Grant Heslov and I had the conversation with her this morning. Bryan [Lourd] and I had the conversation with her last night. Stick it online. Do whatever you can to get this movie out.
"Not because everybody has to see the movie, but because I'm not going to be told we can't see the movie. That's the most important part. »
Looking to see Team America: World Police instead of The Interview? Well you can't. That's been pulled now as well.
Well, things aren't getting better. In a week that's already seen the release of the film The Interview cancelled by Sony, and a further North Korean-set thriller starring Steve Carell fall apart, now it seems that the theatrical rights to Team America: World Police have been pulled.
Led by the Alamo Drafthouse, a few cinemas in the Us started booking Team America: World Police to play in place of The Interview. But Paramount Pictures has now withdrawn permission to screen the film, even though it's not one that the cyberterrorists behind the Sony hack had objected to. The fact that Team America has been around for ten years and counting, and that there was no threat against it, seems to matter not a jot.
Back when the first threats against »
As more celebs show their outrage on Twitter over Sony's decision to pull The Interview from theaters amid threats, Et looks at both sides.
"I think it's easy to say that this was a cowardly move," Matthew Belloni, executive editor of The Hollywood Reporter, told Et. "But if you are in the decision-making position, you have to consider the safety of everyone who goes to the movies. Now moving forward, what kind of message does it send to people that they can probably get something pulled if they threaten?"
News: Here is Sony's statement about canceling The Interview
"I played [Kim Jong-il] and nothing -- nobody cared," Cho told Et. "I even got an Emmy nomination -- nobody cared. I don't know why. Maybe they actually thought I was [Kim Jong-il]. I think that's what it was."
The fate of comedy "The Interview" is looking grim, after Sony has canceled domestic and international theatrical release this week. The James Franco and Seth Rogen-starrer had been in the works for half a decade. In it, a tabloid news show host and his producer are roped into an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un via the urging of the FBI. While the plot sounds somewhat serious, it looped its way through plenty of weiner and butthole jokes, and also grounded its digs in North Korean propaganda, the criminal dehumanization of its people and the un-deifying of its Dear Leader (through dick and butt jokes, of course, plus violence). But cutting down a tyrannical world leader is no new feat, of course. "South Park" and "Looney Tunes" took down Kim Jong-Il and Hitler in cartoons. "Arrested Development," "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" brought abroad baddies to their knees for the small screen. »
- Katie Hasty, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg
Paramount is benching “Team America: World Police.”
While indie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse planned to show Trey Parker and Matt Stone‘s 2004 puppet satire in place of Sony’s yanked “The Interview,” screenings of the cult classic have now been canceled.
See photos: Sony Hack Attack Timeline: From First Cyberbreach and Leaks to ‘The Interview’ Dropped (Photos)
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Team America 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today,” Alamo Drafthouse’s theater in Dallas tweeted Thursday.
Additional cancellations of the North Korean-themed comedy were then revealed in other cities, including Atlanta. “Team »
- Debbie Emery
I haven't seen "The Interview," but a good number of others have - including HitFix's resident movie critic Drew McWeeny, who called the film "laugh out loud funny all the way through" in his review. I don't feel totally equipped to make some grand statement on Sony's move to entirely cancel the release of the film after the hackers (ironically operating under the moniker Guardians of Peace) threatened deadly terrorist attacks on theaters that chose to screen it, but plenty of others have chimed in in the hours since news broke of Sony's unprecedented decision. So what are people saying? A lot of things, but the overriding sentiment online - summed up as "You're letting fear/the terrorists/the hackers win" - is beginning to sound a little reductive in light of a political and business situation that is extraordinarily complex. Believe it or not, there are a range of »
- Chris Eggertsen
In my four years of writing for Collider professionally, this may have been the weirdest movie news week I’ve ever seen. The Sony hack hit a crucial moment as theater chains began refusing to show The Interview, followed by Sony Pictures officially pulling the theatrical release altogether. The studio said it had “no further release plans” after the announcement despite some speculation that they might just release the film on VOD, but today the studio uploaded a new The Interview promo with the Christmas Day release intact. Moreover, the video addresses the controversy directly, with a giant “In Franco and Rogen We Trust” blasted over new footage from the movie, which includes a character asking Franco, “How many times can the U.S. make the same mistake?” Does this mean a VOD release is actually in the cards? More after the jump. [Update: The video is now private. Either it's an accidental upload or they don't want it out there... yet.] The fact that Sony would officially upload »
- Adam Chitwood
With all of this controversy surrounding Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.s The Interview, the Trey Parker-directed comedy Team America: World Police has suddenly found its way back into the national conversation. More than the fact that the film is another example of one that goes to extreme lengths to lambast the leader of North Korea (Kim Jong-il at the time), there have also been reports of Paramount Pictures cancelling screenings of the puppet-filled movie that were programmed to replace The Interview. So what better time than now to revisit some of the film.s most shocking, unapologetic moments? Thinking back on the awesome comedy, we.ve compiled a list of the top eight moments in the film that simultaneously made us laugh and dropped our jaws. Which did we pick? Read on to find out! Puppet Sex When screenwriters Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Pam Brady set out »
When Sony Pictures canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview yesterday, several theaters across the country, including the famous Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, announced plans to screen the 2004 Paramount Pictures comedy Team America: World Police in its place. Today, the Drafthouse and other theater chains revealed on their official Twitter accounts that Paramount has canceled the screenings. No details were provided as to why Paramount decided to pull the plug on the handful of screenings.
The comedy, from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, would have been a fitting replacement for The Interview, since they both depict North Korea in an unfavorable light. The Interview centers on Seth Rogen and James Franco's characters being tasked by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (Randall Park). Team America: World Police, on the other hand, featured the dictator's late father, Kim Jong-Il, voiced by Trey Parker. »
Paramount studios has reportedly banned screenings of its 2004 comedy Team America: World Police, after several Us theatres announced they would show the film in place of The Interview. Sony Pictures cancelled the Christmas Day release of The Interview on Wednesday, shortly after it was confirmed by Us intelligence officials that North Korea was behind a devastating recent cyber-attack on the Hollywood studio. »
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