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Sony Pictures Scraps Dec. 25 Release of 'The Interview

LOS ANGELES – *Sony Pictures announced Tuesday it had scrapped the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after a number of major movie chains announced they would not show the film in the wake of threats from unknown hackers implying the theaters were at risk.

Sony 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. We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."
As of Wednesday AMC Entertainment, Regal Cinemas, Cineplex and Cinemark had opted to drop the movie after the hackers issued threats that implied the theaters showing the movie were terror targets. According to TMZ,*Bow Tie Cinemas*also canceled planned showings of the movie.

In its statement, Sony also said the company was "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."

It added, "we stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

The U.S. government reportedly gave the thumbs-up to the ending of the film in which North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un's head blows up.

New hacked emails also reveal that Sony execs showed a rough cut of the film "The Interview" to at least two U.S. government officials who gave it the OK, according to the*Daily Beast.

The site reports that the State Department had an active role in deciding whether or not Kim Jong-un's gruesome death scene at the conclusion of the film would be included, and officials signed off on the controversial scene.

The Sony hacking saga took a sinister turn on Tuesday when hackers sent a message and threatening to target theaters showing “The Interview” in a 9/11 type attack.

Sony then told theaters they will not be penalized should they choose not to show it.

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official told FOX411 that while they are aware of the online threat and are analyzing the credibility of the statements, as it stands, there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters in the United States.

“DHS will continue to adjust our security posture, as appropriate, to protect the American people. This includes continued, regular information sharing with our state, local, federal and international partners, builds on ongoing work such as enhanced protection at federal facilities,” the official said, adding that the public is encouraged to report any suspicious activity to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

A representative for the FBI Los Angeles Field Office told FOX411 that the bureau is “aware of the recent threats and continues to work collaboratively with our partners to investigate.”

Security experts told Fox that in the wake of the Sydney siege and the release of the CIA enhanced interrogation report last week, it is crucial that the threat be taken seriously by authorities.

“This threatening statement obviously has some foundation and may be linked to current global hostilities towards the west and predominantly the U.S.,” said Lee Oughton, global security and risk management expert. “We are still unaware how deep the hackers were able to penetrate into the Sony systems. Only time will tell how much information they were able to ascertain and what price Sony will pay in the international market.”

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This is the America we live in today? This is yet just another very sad display of political correctness over taking freedom. They say it's from threats, but most conscious people know North Korea isn't going to do anything. It's just censorship.

Why not let the people decide if they want to go see the movie? I was planning on going to see it, partly because I'm sure it's hilarious, and partly because I wanted to contribute to the totals. Since North Koreas dictator didn't want anyone to see it, Americans could have sent a message telling him he doesn't get to censor America.

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So does this mean the release is cancelled permanently, or just postponed ?

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I'm taking it as it's not being released ever.. Which is pretty messed up.

Hopefully they will just let it go straight to video at least.

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This is the America we live in today? This is yet just another very sad display of political correctness over taking freedom. They say it's from threats, but most conscious people know North Korea isn't going to do anything. It's just censorship.

Why not let the people decide if they want to go see the movie? I was planning on going to see it, partly because I'm sure it's hilarious, and partly because I wanted to contribute to the totals. Since North Koreas dictator didn't want anyone to see it, Americans could have sent a message telling him he doesn't get to censor America.
Movie releases dates get changed all the time for many different reasons.. There is no reason to care.

OH GOD IS THIS THE AMERICA WE LIVE IN?!? WHERE A MOVIE RELEASE DATE CAN BE PUSHED BACK?!? THE TRAVESTY!!!

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Movie releases dates get changed all the time for many different reasons.. There is no reason to care.

OH GOD IS THIS THE AMERICA WE LIVE IN?!? WHERE A MOVIE RELEASE DATE CAN BE PUSHED BACK?!? THE TRAVESTY!!!
The release was cancelled, not pushed back

This is a perfect example of how you discuss things you have no clue about. This situation doesn't happen all the time . I don't remember this ever happening before. When was the last time movie theaters refused to show a movie because of threat of terrorism on their theaters?

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The release was cancelled, not pushed back

This is a perfect example of how you discuss things you have no clue about. This situation doesn't happen all the time . I don't remember this ever happening before. When was the last time movie theaters refused to show a movie because of threat of terrorism on their theaters?
Did YOU not read your own article?

Sony 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. We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."

It doesn't say the movie is scrapped all together..

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Pussy's... can't wait for South Park's take on this.

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Pussy's... can't wait for South Park's take on this.
South Park was pretty funny tonight. At least I thought so.

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Did YOU not read your own article?

Sony 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. We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."

It doesn't say the movie is scrapped all together..
Mmhmm. I didn't say it was either. I'm hoping they release it on video. But it clearly says it's not going to be in theaters. Because theaters have refused to show it. Mmk

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