Sony Pulls the Plug on ‘The Interview’

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3:15 PM PT — U.S. investigators have determined the
Sony hackers were working with, or for, North Korea …
according to CNN.Sony has pulled the plug on the
XMAS release of “The Interview,” after a number of
theater chains bailed. TMZ broke the story Thursday
morning … Sony execs felt their out was if distributors
yanked the film because of safety concerns. That
would give Sony an out without directly bending to the
hackers. Sony just released a statement, saying, “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.” The statement goes on, saying, “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.” The execs are underscoring the
distinction between pulling the film because of the
distributors rather than out of fear, saying, “We stand
by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and
are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

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