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Sean Kelly
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It would actually be kind of funny if it turns out that all of this fuss was indeed all about a Seth Rogen comedy.

I highly doubt that THE INTERVIEW would’ve been anything other than Christmas counter-programming, watched only by those that didn’t want didn’t want to see INTO THE WOODS, BIG EYES or UNBROKEN. However, it’s still sad that the film is now essentially dead in the water, with cinemas being afraid to screen it.

Robert Reineke
Guest

I’m starting to think that Sony should just make it VOD. Heck make it cheap, if not free.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

The current estimate that Sony has paid to make and market this movie is in the ballpark of $100 million. Sony needs to make some of that back. They might hope to hold off and still have a movie release if something changes. It is possible if they release it now online for legal channels like iTunes and that they could make a lot of money from people who are curious about all the attention the film has gotten. However, Sony is likely only to do that as a last ditch effort, because that means they are walking away from whatever money it could have made in the theatres.

Rick Vance
Guest

I have heard they are straight pulling it because the way at this point to make most money is through insurance.

Andrew James
Admin

And probably good money VOD if they release it NOW(!) while the media attention is still hot. Maybe there’s red tape to cut through, but Sony are idiots (yes, the same group of geniuses with secret folders full of passwords labeled ‘passwords’) if they don’t put this out on VOD for fifteen bucks a pop yesterday. This needs to be on Hulu, Google Play, iTunes and Amazon pronto. They’ll make a fortune… or at least enough to make back the budget.

Robert Reineke
Guest

Heck, I’m not that interested in the film, but I’d pay just to stand up to North Korea.

Andrew James
Admin

I’d actually consider it too. I’m absolutely shocked that the vast majority seem to be absolutely fine with The United States of America (supposedly the land of the brave and the free) allowing North Korea to tell us we can’t watch a Seth Rogen movie.

Andrew James
Admin

From Clooney: “We cannot have a society where some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody’s going to intimidate them for releasing a satirical movie, imagine what’s going to happen when there’s a documentary they don’t like,” he said. “Even worse, if producers and distributors start engaging in self-censorship becaues they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody who frankly probably needs their sensibilities offended.”

This. This exactly.

Rick Vance
Guest

So this isn’t a patriotic thing because Sony is a Japanese Corporation and it is at the end of the day their decision to pull their movie.

Secondly the US already does that with documentary filmmakers CitizenFour begins in showcasing how the director of the that movie Laura Poitras has been put on government watchlists for the content of her films previous to that one and how that has impeded her travel and affected her life.

Andrew James
Admin

Well, it kinda is a patriotism thing. A) It was US theaters that forced Sony’s hand in this. Landmark started the snowball by cancelling the premiere in New York. Then the big chains (AMC, Regal, etc.) followed suit. B) Sony Pictures is pretty much an American company. It’s owned by Sony (Japan), but it’s run as an entirely American company. But again, this was theaters that allowed the cancellation to happen.

Perhaps we should stop flying airplanes because countries and crazies threaten to blow them up? Perhaps we should just close all public (and private) schools because someone might start a shooting spree. No, this is ridiculous that a stoner movie isn’t being shown because some immature dicktater might wet his pants during the screening and want to push a big red button.

Gerry
Guest

Very good point Rick Vance.

Before everyone disappears up their own arse in a fit of noble outrage it might be worth while remembering that there would never be a similar film about assassinating China’s leader or mainstream Hollywood comedies about China’s human rights abuses as China is too important a movie market.

Gerry
Guest

As a Sony rep just said, they pulled the film because cinema’s wouldn’t screen it.

Seems like the cinemas are getting off scot free, but on the other hand I can see why they banned the film.

If they’d released it and there had been a bomb or some crazed gunman dressed as a superhero or the North Korean leader at a screening of the film they’d’ve been blamed by the media.

Hanged if you do and hanged if you don’t.

Andrew James
Admin
Gerry
Guest

Again, it seems a bit unfair and downright dumb to blame Sony for pulling the film when cinemas wouldn’t show it.

Wouldn’t the cinema chains be the people to direct one’s outrage at?

And as for tit for tat, did that ever result in a positive outcome? Not in Northern Ireland, not in Israel / Palestine.

As Martin Luther King said, ‘An eye for an eye results in a world full of blind people’. Who knows where snowballing hacking and counter hacking might end.

Apparently viruses / programs aimed at destabilising Iran’s nuclear facilities are bouncing around the web, regardless of country. God knows what kind of tragedy that might result in.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Sony dropped all support for the film several days in advance, then gave theatres the ok to break contracts and drop the film on Tuesday. On Wednesday NATO made the decision to drop the title. Once US theatres dropped support, Sony decided to drop the worldwide release of the title and pull the film from the schedule and shove it in a locker somewhere.

antho42
Guest

In the conspiracy circles, many believe that Sony drop the film because the hackers had stolen more valuable information.