The Interview

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To N. Korea With Love: Interview Gets Balloon Drop

Defector is balloon-dropping DVDs from South Korea

(Newser) - There was no red carpet and no lines, but The Interview has apparently made its debut in North Korea. A North Korean defector tells AFP that since January he's balloon-dropped thousands of copies of one of the more infamous flicks in recent memory, with his most recent cross-border launch... More »

North Korea's Interview Threat Actually Works

Activists postpone DVD balloon airdrop

(Newser) - Almost five years ago, 46 sailors on a South Korean warship were killed in a torpedo attack that Seoul blamed on North Korea—and if North Korea doesn't officially say it's sorry for that ambush by Thursday (the fifth anniversary), an activist group will eventually fly 500,000... More »

N. Korea to Get 100K Copies of The Interview—by Balloon

Activist plans to drop DVDs, USBs with controversial movie

(Newser) - A South Korean activist said today that he will launch balloons carrying DVDs of The Interview toward North Korea to try to break down a personality cult built around dictator Kim Jong Un. Activist Park Sang-hak said he will start dropping 100,000 DVDs and USBs with the movie as... More »

Security Firm to FBI: Sony Hack Was Inside Job

Cyberintelligence firm tells federal agents that signs don't point to North Korea

(Newser) - Despite the FBI's firm assertion earlier this month that North Korea was definitely behind the Sony hack attack, not everyone has been satisfied with that conclusion. A Chatham House cybersecurity expert , conservative blogger Charles C. Johnson , a hacking conference security director , and plenty of theorists on Twitter and Reddit... More »

Hey, Seth Rogen: Assassination Isn't Funny

If US is a 'moral force,' it shouldn't laugh at The Interview : David Rogers

(Newser) - In four days, The Interview pulled in $15 million, Sony Pictures says in a press release. That's in the period through Saturday, during which, Sony says, the film was rented or bought two million times online, reports. But its success so far isn't something to be... More »

North Korea Compares Obama to Monkey

And blames the US for its Internet outage

(Newser) - North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the US for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie The Interview. The North's powerful National Defense Commission, which is led by Kim Jong Un and is the country's top governing body,... More »

Taking a Stand: Interview Screenings Sell Out

Moviegoers say they're supporting freedom of speech

(Newser) - After Sony's U-turn on releasing The Interview, the controversial movie played in 331 independent cinemas across America on Christmas Day, often to sellout crowds. Many moviegoers made it clear they were there to take a political stand, with one ticket seller in California dressed as "Uncle Sam-ty Claus,... More »

Russia to N. Korea: Interview Freakout 'Understandable'

Foreign Ministry rep says US reaction to Sony hack 'dangerous'

(Newser) - Russia is apparently no fan of Seth Rogen. A Foreign Ministry spokesman today came to the defense of North Korea's rage over The Interview, reports the AP , saying it was "quite understandable" given the content of the movie. Alexander Lukashevich also sent Washington a little Christmas slap in... More »

You Can Watch The Interview Now

Sony releases movie on YouTube, Google Play, Xbox

(Newser) - Turns out you won't even have to leave your house if you want to watch controversial Sony flick The Interview. The company has announced that, as of 1pm Eastern today, the Seth Rogen and James Franco movie about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un is available on YouTube... More »

You Can See The Interview After All

Select theaters announce plans to screen it on Christmas

(Newser) - Theaters including the Plaza in Atlanta and the Texas-based chain of Alamo Drafthouse cinemas will show The Interview after all, they announced on Twitter today. Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled the Seth Rogen- and James Franco-starring movie about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un after Sony got hacked and threats... More »

Today Boots Amy Adams for Clamming Up on Sony

Actress didn't want to talk about hacked emails, so show nixed her

(Newser) - First rule about Sony email hacks: Don't talk about Sony email hacks. Or so go the reports about Amy Adams' aborted appearance on the Today show. Adams, who was in New York to promote her new movie, Big Eyes, was reportedly uncomfortable answering questions about the hack, in which... More »

Pyongyang: We'll Strike US Over 'Reckless' Rumors

Country blames 'cesspool of terrorism' for 'The Interview'

(Newser) - North Korea's call for a joint investigation with the US into the Sony hack may have sounded unusually reasonable, but a statement issued last night is full of the bluster more normally associated with Pyongyang. The statement in state-run media accused the US of being behind the making of... More »

Calling The Interview 'Satire' Is an Insult to Satire

Three Stooges is more like it, writes LA Times critic

(Newser) - In his criticism of Sony yesterday, President Obama referred to the Seth Rogen flick The Interview as a "satirical movie." That would be overstating things, writes Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times , one of the critics who saw the movie before it got yanked. "Characterizing it... More »

Another N. Korean Parody Apparently Bites the Dust

Paramount reportedly asks theaters not to air decade-old 'Team America'

(Newser) - If you were planning to get your North Korea parody fix from a theater screening of Team America: World Police in lieu of Sony's now-pulled The Interview , it's time for Plan C. Paramount Pictures reportedly told theaters that were planning on protesting the Interview decision by showing Team ... More »

What the Hackers Have Done to Hollywood

Given it a reason to stick to 'more predictable fare'

(Newser) - We already know what Mitt Romney thinks Sony should do about The Interview (release it online for free). What do other people think? Pundits are weighing in:
  • At the Verge , Bryan Bishop is with Romney, mostly. He wants to see it put online, stat. "Take the threat of attacking
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Another North Korea Casualty: Steve Carell Movie

Untitled Gore Verbinski project scrapped

(Newser) - The Interview is being pulled , and that movie isn't the only fallout from the North Korean hack of Sony Pictures : Another planned movie set in North Korea has now been canceled, Deadline reports. The untitled thriller was to star Steve Carell and be directed by Gore Verbinski, but insiders... More »

US Investigators Pin Sony Hack on North Korea

Multiple reports says US is ready to blame Pyongyang

(Newser) - It was North Korea. Or at least that's what federal investigators looking into the massive hack of Sony Pictures have concluded, reports NBC News . The AP and CNN have the same scoop, with the latter saying that a formal announcement could come tomorrow. All of the reports are based... More »

Sony Cancels Release of 'The Interview'

Decision comes after major chains bailed on the movie

(Newser) - The Interview won't be released on Christmas Day after all. Sony said today that it was putting the Seth Rogen film on hold in the face of threats from hackers, reports NBC News . Not that it would have been easy to see anyway: Sony's move came after four... More »

Interview Premiere Axed, Theaters Get OK to Pull It

Things aren't looking good for the film

(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... More »

Sony Threats: Franco, Rogen Cancel Media Appearances

Move follows alleged hackers' latest message

(Newser) - With the Sony threats taking a dark new turn , Seth Rogen and James Franco have scrapped all media appearances to push The Interview, reports BuzzFeed . That includes scheduled stops on Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers' shows, though the pair are still expected to attend a special screening in New York... More »

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