way to blame the victims.
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This could be a disaster for the movie theater chains if this premium VOD release goes well. Who needs 'em?
All it would take was one lone nut and an entire Theater chain would be sued into bankruptcy because they had "foreknowledge" of the threats.
Sony brought this on themselves. They green lighted a project they knew was going to spark international controversy and hoped to profit off the kerfuffle and free PR.
Sony could've said to theater chains "hey, we'll cover your asses if there is some attack and following litigation against you."
But of course the hacks revealed them to be scum bags and opened them up to law suits of their own. So they don't have the balls. They are profit whores above all else.
It might not be your type of movie, but both Franco and Rogen are popular bankable stars with a history of successful comedies. This movie has cash machine written all over it, regardless of whatever reviews it gets. It didn't need some weird tinfoil hat stunt to try to publicize it.
After the major theater chains all pulled out, it probably bece untenable to release the movie. It would probably lose even more money if they found minor chains and indie theaters willing to screen it. Better just to pull it now and cut their losses.
Aw. That poor multi-billion dollar corporate media conglomerate.
Won't somebody please think of them!
Allegedly "Homeland Security" says they have no credible threats on their radar, so the threat against the theaters is just noise, not backed up by anything real.
But still, as tkc@10 points out, it would only take one nutcase off his meds to make it a reality. I wouldn't take the chance & show the film, personally.
Pretty major news that Sony would definitely not like to be public. All to promote a shitty movie? No way.
This is the largest corporate hack ever perpetrated, a major attack, not an idle threat from some tin-pot nutcase.
The "remember 9/11" threat showed up on Sony's internal computer screens this week, meaning that the Norks still have access to Sony's network.
And fuck you @21, Seatackled @20 is right.
Now, all of a sudden, North Korea has a problem with Hollywood scripts? Seems random.
Appreciate that. Thanks!
I don't imagine there's much news about this in North Korea, but I wonder how much the leadership knows about it. I'm no expert on North Korea, but I suppose that if we want think about what's different, maybe it's that this is the first high profile film that directly mocks Kim Jong-Un. Remember, he had his uncle and ex-girlfriend killed. (Also, I'm reading that the film actually has him getting killed--did Team America: World Police go that far with Kim Jong Il?)
@23 has an interesting point about the personal data of Sony employees being compromised. Romney can bravely encourage Sony to release the film for free on the web, but he's still hiding his tax returns, isn't he? (And what's with the ebola hashtag there?)
Well, maybe unlike Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Il could take a joke.
First off: You clearly don't even know what that means. Though I'm sure you'll come up with some retrofit and hammer that into this issue.
At best this would be voluntary self-censorship in reaction to an extortion plot. But the US government didn't tell Sony they had to withdraw their film and the NK government had no power to censor Sony.
Second: At this point you're just grasping at straws(men) and making shit up. At no point did I endorse anything close to censorship.
Good god. You are desperate for attention.