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Theaters begin delaying screenings of "The Interview" amid threats

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 01:48

The New York premiere of ''The Interview'' is cancelled and movie theaters question whether to screen the movie, following threats. Alicia Powell reports.

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Fallout surrounding the Sony Pictures film "The Interview" continues. After canceling the New York premiere of the comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, several movie theater chains have now said they will delay plans to feature the film on their screens. The theaters include Carmike Cinemas and Regal, who have made the announcement official. AMC, Cinemark and Cineplex haven't formally announced their plans, but the Hollywood Reporter said they too would postpone their screenings. A threat against theaters planning to show the controversial movie was published on the Internet on December 16th. It promised a "bitter fate" for those who went to see the movie which is scheduled for general release on December 25th. But Cybersecurity expert Emilian Papadopoulos says there's not much intelligence to back the threats. SOUNDBITE: Emilian Papadopoulos, Good Harbor Security Risk Management, saying (English): "There are no credible intelligence to support any physical threat right now. That's very important to know because it's easy to hear hacker claims and let things kind of spiral out of control. But again, right now, Department of Homeland Security has said they have no credible intelligence of any physical attacks." And many people walking past the theater where the New York premiere was set to take place said they're not taking the threats seriously. SOUNDBITE: Joe Moller, Los Angeles resident, saying (English): "It just became one of those things were the fall out was probably bigger than the movie itself, which is a comedy with James Franco and Seth Rogen. Two people that I think have a hard time offending America let alone North Korea." SOUNDBITE: Isaac Laurent, Canadian resident, saying (English): "I think Sony should release the film regardless of e-mails, they are just e-mails." SOUNDBITE: Michael Vasquez, New York resident, saying (English): "I love seeing different movies. I just like watching movies. But I wouldn't let anything like that stop me from seeing it." The North Korean government has denounced the film as "undisguised sponsoring of terrorism, as well as an act of war".

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Theaters begin delaying screenings of "The Interview" amid threats

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 01:48