1. Sony Pictures has cancelled the Christmas release of The Interview, a comedy that depicts the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
  2. The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is at the heart of a hacking scandal in the wake of terrorist threats against moviegoers in combination with major movie theatre groups to cancel screenings in the US.
  3. Freedom of speech at any cost, especially when it pisses people off. It's a basic exercise of democratic rights, and I don't know why anyone or any entity would become too afraid to invoke it.
  4. From Cineplex Entertainment:
  5. "After careful consideration of this unprecedented and complex situation, Cineplex Entertainment (“Cineplex”) will postpone presentation of the Sony Pictures movie, The Interview. Cineplex takes seriously its commitment to the freedom of artistic expression, but we want to reassure our guests and staff that their safety and security is our number one priority. We look forward to a time when this situation is resolved and those responsible are apprehended."
  6. A group calling itself Guardians of Peace published an online message on Tuesday warning moviegoers to stay away from screenings of the film.
  7. A federal investigation is underway.
  8. You make a film that makes fun of murdering a real person, you get bad Karma. Its in very bad taste.
  9. The terrorists won this round. What's next?
  10. This isn't the first time Hollywood has used satire to highlight perceived dictators.
  11. Team America World Police was much worse and didn't get cancelled like this. And hot shots part deux had them assassinating Saddam Hussein. Point being - this is not the first film to do this, let alone the first one to mock North Korea.
  12. In 1940, Charlie Chaplin wrote, produced, directed and starred in the satirical political comedy The Great Dictator. The was not only Chaplin's most commercially successful film but it also lead to the emergence of Adolf Hitler (the United States was formally at peace with Germany at the time) as a satirical figure in light of being a controversial fascist anti-Semite.
  13. Charlie Chaplin - The Great Dictator - Full Documentary
  14. More recently, Sacha Baron Cohen starred in a film called The Dictator, whose premise is rooted in the story of a dictator who "risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed." Not to mention, the creators of Southpark ---Trey Parker and Matt Stone --- produced Team America: World Police which made mock of Kim Jong-il.
  15. Lost a lot of respect (and there wasn't that much anyway) for Sony and Cineplex today.
  16. The Interview Final Trailer - Meet Kim Jong-Un
  17. The majority of CBC readers who responded to our call-out say they disagree with Sony pulling the film and see it as a weak move:
  18. They own it and can do whatever they want, but those hackers threatening to do 9/11 type violence should be hunted down and thrown in jail forever
  19. Bowing down to Dictators, unbelievable!
  20. Never cave or negotiate with terrorists. Just let me know where it can find this gem. Can't wait to watch it.