UPDATE: Sony has decided to cancel the Christmas release of 'The Interview'. Here is their full statement:
“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.
Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”
UPDATE: Major theater chains Regal, AMC and Cinemark have now joined Carmike and Arclight cinemas in yanking the film from their theaters. TheWrap says Bow Tie Cinemas has also bowed out of "Interview" screenings, as has Canada's largest theater chain Cineplex. Promotional screenings have also been canceled in cities such as Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit and Austin along with the movie's scheduled premiere in New York City Thursday.
(NEWSER) – It's not looking good for The Interview: The movie's New York City premiere has been canceled after a threat from the Sony hackers, and Sony Pictures says theaters that had arranged to show it are free to pull it. Carmike Cinemas, the country's fourth-largest cinema chain, has already decided it won't show the comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korea's Kim Jong Un, and others are certain to follow, Deadline reports.
Sony's decision to allow theaters to pull the film just days before its scheduled Christmas Day opening is "unprecedented in recent Hollywood history," reports the Wall Street Journal.
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