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Twists and Turns

Sony's stance on THE INTERVIEW seems to take a new twist every day.

Now we are told that, yes, they are going to release the film.  They are just not sure how.

Of course, this all depends on who you believe.

THE NEW YORK POST says they plan to release it on Crackle, their own streaming internet service:
        http://nypost.com/2014/12/21/sony-plans-to-release-the-interview-on-crackle-for-free/

Other sources say the POST is wrong:
        http://www.slashfilm.com/interview-on-crackle/

Bit Torrent says that it is willing to show the film:
        http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/21/bittorrent-tells-sony-its-happy-to-release-the-interview/

I don't know about any of this.

What I do know is that Sony's statement that it "had no choice" but to cancel the film's release is plainly false.  It had plenty of choices, and still does.

The best of those choices, I believe, is to open THE INTERVIEW in theatres on Christmas Day, as originally planned.  I have been in communication with the owners and operators of other independent cinemas and arthouses, and representatives of some of the smaller chains, and I know that hundreds of these venues would gladly screen this film, if only Sony will make it available.  Regal and AMC and the megaplexes may have caved, but the independents have not.   Sony could have the film on five hundred screens by Christmas, if it wants to.  And I would love for the Jean Cocteau to be one of them.

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( 27 comments )
mofette
Dec. 22nd, 2014 08:13 am (UTC)
tsgeisel
Dec. 22nd, 2014 09:44 am (UTC)
Paramount is still suspiciously silent and suspiciously not being called out.

Frankly, theirs is the bigger cowardice.
sirdanforth
Dec. 22nd, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
There's a joke about Sam being the CEO of Sony in there somewhere. Now that'd be a press conference to watch.
robby
Dec. 22nd, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, The smaller chains and independent cinemas could screen "The Interview". That would teach all concerned (not only Kim Jong-un) a lesson.
saxster
Dec. 22nd, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see you exerting your influence on this matter, George! Keep it up!
TweeEeest
Dec. 22nd, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
I've read rumours about Netflix acquiring it. It would be a good partial solution.

Is terrorism threats still a thing in US?
benjohnxian
Dec. 22nd, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
There is always a choice!
nickwhitfield
Dec. 22nd, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
The Interview
They should have never even considered canceling the movie in the first place. In "Fahrenheit 911", Michael Moore received threats(I think from Al Qaeda?) to not release the film, and he released it anyway. So if Sony does end up releasing the movie, they will still look like pussies haha.
Stephenspower
Dec. 22nd, 2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
insurance
Do studios take out insurance on whether a movie opens? Can they book a non-release in such a way to save money on taxes and make their books look better? I ask because, if so, maybe they won't release the movie anywhere because that would invalidate a claim and the money they make from a limited release would be less than any they'd (or not lose) otherwise.
iam noone
Dec. 22nd, 2014 06:06 pm (UTC)
George, this comment also includes my response to the reply you made to me in the previous posting.

I agree with you 100 percent that the theatres should have taken a chance. But we are living in the new America where the Constitution is consistently trashed and our government routinely tries to pass laws that get around every right.

We have professors that teach their students that the constitution is an outdated document that needs to be changed.

Austin Texas has free speech zones for crying out loud. My point is that we are witnessing the decline of the U.S. Cowardice reigns supreme so it shouldn't have come as a surprise to see Sony and the theatres completely cave.

Our police departments are becoming militarized and taught that constitutionalists are the enemy. Excuse me, we should ALL be constitutionalists, defending liberty and dying for it if we must.

The average U.S. citizen is taught to cower in fear when faced with an attacker rather than fighting. The ownership of guns is frowned upon now.

People can't even defend themselves in their own home without the state prosecutors doing everything they can to get you on at least manslaughter.

To an older gentleman like yourself, it should have been obvious that the theatres choose freedom of expression over fear, but that America doesn't exist anymore.



Edited at 2014-12-22 06:10 pm (UTC)
bastun_ie
Dec. 22nd, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
"People can't even defend themselves in their own home without the state prosecutors doing everything they can to get you on at least manslaughter."

Alternatively: a guy can kill an unarmed youth with a gun, on the street, and not be prosecuted.

Your gun laws, that permit private citizens, crazies, racists, and militias to own automatic weapons and assault rifles, are plain crazy.
grrm
Dec. 23rd, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
Okay, we've had two statements about guns here, each side making a point... that's enough.

Stay on topic, folks. We are talking about THE INTERVIEW and Sony and free speech here, not gun laws.
Chimayoso
Dec. 23rd, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
Breaking news?
Sony Authorizes Screenings Of ‘The Interview’ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/23/sony-the-interview-screenings_n_6373096.html see Tim League @ the Alamo Drafthouse https://twitter.com/timalamo/status/547435347882553344
iam noone
Dec. 23rd, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
Only a true American patriot can appreciate the rights handed down by our creator. The Bill Of Rights is absolutely necessary to maintain a state of liberty. Strip even a single right away from that bill and you have done irreparable harm to the U.S.
John Fleming
Dec. 22nd, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
If the Cocteau theatre still wants to make a statement, may I suggest that you show Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator"?
diogosalazar
Dec. 23rd, 2014 12:57 pm (UTC)
I second this. Too bad I don't live anywhere near it so I could watch it.
dannysouthern
Dec. 22nd, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
They absolutely should just open them at independent cinemas but they'll mostly try to cash down the maximum they can on that free advertisement.
slthlvschnk
Dec. 22nd, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
Sony.
Korea really pissed in the doenjang. But I don't think we'll see Sony release the movie to the five hundred or so independent screens. There's not enough money in it for Sony and some of those independent screens probably don't have the proper equipment to show it on anyway.
ashkanblackfyre
Dec. 23rd, 2014 02:54 am (UTC)
This could also be a business trick. Sony employees probably just hacked the company themselves on purpose and then made it look as if North Korea did it. A week ago a lot of people were unaware of this movie's existence, but now everyone wants to go and see it. It was a really smart business trick if that was the case.
grrm
Dec. 23rd, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
I think that is very far-fetched.
WalthervdVogel
Dec. 23rd, 2014 05:47 am (UTC)
If it's a business trick, it's a remarkably bad one, given how much damage the hacking has done to Sony's business and reputation.
WalthervdVogel
Dec. 23rd, 2014 05:54 am (UTC)
The North Korean internet got hit today, denying access to all five of the people who frequent it. If the American government had anything to do with it, then it seems we've got a miniature cyberwar going on. Glad to see not everyone is willing to kowtow to the Kim family's country sized cult.

On the other hand, the problem with a cyberwar with the North Koreans is that the U.S. is what you might call a target rich environment for hacking. North Korea? Not so much.
diogosalazar
Dec. 23rd, 2014 12:52 pm (UTC)
Well, since it' clear that Sony is such a craven company, perhaps other companies should take advantage of this. Marvel Studios should totally bully them to get the Spiderman franchise back and make new movies that don't suck!!!
#MarvelShouldBullySony4SpidermanBack

=)
wolfsnaps
Dec. 23rd, 2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
I think that watching The Interview now is more of making a statement rather than other simple reasons. I completely disagree with Sony for standing down, it feels like we are all giving in to the bullying of one overgrown child with a tantrum. I think it is best to just release it, smaller cinemas or not. Either way if they end up not doing it and Anonymous does, lets all have a good and friendly neighborhood screening in our own backyards and get as many people to watch it!
GeekFurious
Dec. 23rd, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
GRRM for the win
Sony has caved in... bring on THE INTERVIEW! Even though the planet already spoiled the end...
Mike Glyer
Dec. 23rd, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
Independent Theatres
Today the Alamo Drafthouse and a few other independents are announcing they will have Christmas day showings. Any luck with getting one at the Jean Cocteau?
Chimayoso
Dec. 23rd, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
Update
12:12 EST: Sony Authorizes Screenings Of 'The Interview' http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/23/sony-the-interview-screenings_n_6373096.html
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