Has Anyone Seen Kim Jong Un? Dec 17, 2014 22:46:44 GMT
Post by ThirdTerm on Dec 17, 2014 22:46:44 GMT
The threat of a possible terror attack has put the kabash on a Sony Pictures Entertainment studio premier in New York City for “The Interview,” a comedy depicting an assassination attempt on North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. That nation’s leadership was outraged over the movie plot, to the point that in June Washington received demands from Pyongyang that the U.S. government nix the film. That did not happen, obviously; in November, a hacker group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace” launched a massive cyber attack against Sony in retaliation for continuing with the movie.
At first diplomatic and cautious on the topic, within days Sony officials acknowledged that it appeared likely the North Korean government was be behind the attack. The ongoing siege of Sony Pictures involves increasing data dumps of sensitive personal and business information and threats of further similar “gifts.” Following last week’s Los Angeles studio premier of the film, the threats took an even more ominous turn. The hackers vowed a 9/11-style attack on movie theaters across the U.S. that dared to screen “The Interview,” and moviegoers who chose to attend.
“Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made,” the hackers wrote in a long-winded warning posted on the internet. “The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave,) the hackers added. Another dump of personal data files accompanied the warning, these linked to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Landmark Theaters’ Sunshine Cinema on New York City’s Lower East Side was the planned venue for the NYC studio premier for the film this coming Thursday evening. At midnight Tuesday night local time, Landmark was telling media that it still planned to continue with the premier as scheduled. But New Yorkers awoke on Wednesday to the news that the East Coast premier for “The Interview” had been canceled by Landmark Theaters for the Big Apple. No explanation was given for the decision.