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Sony Officially Cancels 'The Interview' Theatrical Release

Sony has officially decided to cancel the planned theatrical release of The Interview on Christmas Day amid a massive hack of the company’s email system.

“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 studio said in a statement. “We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.”

Earlier today, AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and other major theaters announced that they would not be showing the film amid threats from the hackers that they would plan 9/11-style attacks on theaters exhibiting the comedy flick starring James Franco and Seth Rogen.

“Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business,” the studio’s statement continued. “Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. 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. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

'The Interview' Pulled From Major Theaters After Sony Hack Threats

It looks like James Franco and Seth Rogen‘s new film The Interview won’t be playing at major theaters near you.

It is expected that all major exhibition chains including Regal, AMC, Cinemark and Cineplex will announce sometime today that they won’t be showing the film, according to Deadline.

This decision comes after the Sony hackers made a threat against any movie theaters that would be showing the movie, which centers on an assassination mission of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

In case you didn’t know, The Interview was supposed to hit theaters on Christmas.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of The Interview being dropped from major theaters?

Sony Is Considering Pulling 'The Interview' from Theaters

Following the hackers’ threat of attacking movie theaters showing The Interview, Sony is reportedly considering pulling the film from theaters altogether.

The movie, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is currently set to be released on Christmas Day and now the studio is talking with movie theater owners about whether to pull it, according to Variety.

Some theater owners plan on showing the film though.

“It’s unfortunate,” said Tom Stephenson, CEO of Look Cinemas. “If they play it, we’ll show it. Sony has a right to make the movie, we have a right to play it and censorship in general is a bad thing.”

UPDATE: Carmike Cinemas has announced it will not be showing The Interview in any of its theaters.

Homeland Security Says No Active Plot Against Movie Theaters

The latest development in the Sony Hack involved a threat against movie theaters that will be showing The Interview, as well as the upcoming premiere in New York City.

The threat from the hackers led the studio to cancel all upcoming media appearances for stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, though the screening in the Big Apple is reportedly still happening.

Now the Department of Homeland Security is denying that there are any active plots against movie theaters.

“We are still analyzing the credibility of these statements, but at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States,” a statement from the DHS read (via Variety).

James Franco & Seth Rogen Pull Out of All Media Appearances Following 'The Interview' Terror Threats

James Franco and Seth Rogen have cancelled all of their publicity appearances for their movie The Interview following the terrorist threat from the Sony hackers group, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace.

The two stars of the controversial film will not make any more media appearances leading up to the film’s release, which is scheduled for December 25, BuzzFeed reports.

In case you didn’t see, the Sony hackers released a terrifying message earlier today that detailed a September 11 type plot to attack movie theaters showing The Interview movie. The Interview follows a television journalist and his producer who are commissioned to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

James Franco & Seth Rogen Blast the Media for Publishing Stolen Sony Emails

James Franco and Seth Rogen sit down for an interview on Good Morning America on Monday (December 15) in New York City.

The guys are promoting their new movie The Interview, which is at the center of Sony Pictures’ major hacking scandal currently at the forefront of entertainment news.

Later in the day, Seth and James appeared on The Howard Stern Show on his exclusive SiriusXM channel to discuss the hacking.

“It’s stolen information… I think it’s f–ked up that anyone is talking about it. And I’m OK talking about my sh-t, honestly, because I don’t f–king care that much, and the stuff that was stolen from me on the grand scale of sh-t is not that bad, but it’s f–king stolen,” Seth said.

“I do think it’s f–ked up that everyone is doing exactly what these criminals want,” he added.

FYI: Seth is wearing a life/after/denim shirt.

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Zac Efron Supports Buddy Seth Rogen at 'Interview' Premiere!

Zac Efron is all smiles while posing for a photo with his buddy Seth Rogen at the premiere of The Interview on Thursday (December 11) in Los Angeles.

The 27-year-old actor stepped out to support Seth, his co-star from the summer hit Neighbors. Also spotted at the event were the new comedy’s star James Franco and co-writer/co-director Evan Goldberg.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Zac Efron

It was recently announced that Zac will be joined in the upcoming movie Dirty Grandpa by Zoey Deutch, who will play his love interest!

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