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Like It Or Not, ‘The Interview’ Is a Battle Worth Fighting

It was a no-win situation, which was probably why the hackers made the play they did. When the “Guardians of Peace,” drunk with the power of infiltrating and publicly humiliating one of the biggest entertainment conglomerates on the planet, fired off their comically villainous missive Tuesday (I mean, seriously, “how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to”?) threatening 9/11-style attacks on theaters showing Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Kim Jong-un assassination comedy The Interview, it put Sony Pictures in a helluva spot. If they kept the release date and (contrary to all available intelligence) an attack did occur, then moviegoers and theater employees could be hurt or killed, and the narrative would be, “Greedy Sony is responsible for this, because of their greed.” If they pulled the movie from release, it would mean that any hackers worth their salt — and, as is probably the case here, the totalitarian government behind them — could dictate what we see. It would be a loss of backbone and credibility and “face,” but that’s not the kind of thing that results in liabilities and lawsuits, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that Sony made the call they did. Corporations gonna corporate, after all, and there’s really nothing we can do about that. But what we can control is what our takeaway will be from this whole affair — how to deal with it, and what we’ve learned from it. … Read More

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Premiere, Bookings, Promo Appearances Cancelled for ‘The Interview’ Following Threat from Hackers

Things are getting a good deal hairier w/r/t The Interview, the goofy Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy about… Read More

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Aaron Sorkin Mansplained the Sony Hack for You

Last Friday, The Daily Beast discovered yet another bombshell deep in the gigabytes of documents unearthed in the hacking of Sony Pictures by the so-called “Guardians of Peace.” The topic was the “points” (back-end compensation, bonus money if a film clears a profit) distributed among the marquee talent for last year’s Oscar nominee American Hustle, a breakdown that went thus: Director David O. Russell and stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner each received nine percent, while stars Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence each received seven percent. Hmmmm. What makes those seven-percenters different from the nine-percenters? … Read More

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‘The Interview': Not Serious, Yet Suddenly Important

You wouldn’t think that a movie whose plot hinges on a “sharting” incident would become one of the year’s most controversial and incendiary pictures, but what can I tell you, it’s an odd cultural moment. The film in question is The Interview, a broad, dumb, (mostly) funny comedy about dopey American buddies getting into hot water abroad — Road to North Korea, if you will. But because the objective of their mission is the assassination of a dictator not exactly known for his good-sport sense of humor, The Interview has become a cause célèbre, resulting in one of the most thorough, invasive, and scary data breaches in history. In the midst of a flood of private emails, salary spreadsheets, and outright threats, there’s an undeniable feeling of “All that over this?” while watching Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s comedy. But like it or not, logically or not, The Interview is now deeply, surprisingly important. … Read More

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