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Sony Caves To Hackers And Cancels Premier of The “Interview”

December 17, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp
Sony Caves To Hackers And Cancels Premier of The “Interview”

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According to Fox News, The U.S. government reportedly gave the thumbs-up to the ending of the film “The Interview,” in which North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un’s head blows up, but it is a movie ending that may be hard to see, as five major movie chains have said they will not show the film, slated to premiere Christmas day.

As of Wednesday AMC Entertainment, Regal Cinemas, Cineplex and Cinemark had opted to drop the movie after the hackers issued threats that implied the theaters showing the movie were terror targets. According to TMZ, Bow Tie Cinemas also canceled planned showings of the movie.

New hacked emails also reveal that Sony execs showed a rough cut of the film “The Interview” to at least two U.S. government officials who gave it the OK, according to the Daily Beast.

The site reports that the State Department had an active role in deciding whether or not Kim Jong-un’s gruesome death scene at the conclusion of the film would be included, and officials signed off on the controversial scene.

The Sony hacking saga took a sinister turn on Tuesday when hackers sent a message and threatening to target theaters showing “The Interview” in a 9/11 type attack.

Sony then told theaters they will not be penalized should they choose now to show it.

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official told FOX411 that while they are aware of the online threat and are analyzing the credibility of the statements, as it stands, there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters in the United States.

“DHS will continue to adjust our security posture, as appropriate, to protect the American people. This includes continued, regular information sharing with our state, local, federal and international partners, builds on ongoing work such as enhanced protection at federal facilities,” the official said, adding that the public is encouraged to report any suspicious activity to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

A representative for the FBI Los Angeles Field Office told FOX411 that the bureau is “aware of the recent threats and continues to work collaboratively with our partners to investigate.”

An NYPD official said if the movie is screened anywhere in New York City, they’ll be ready.

“I think our primary posture is going to be to have a police presence and a response capability that will reassure people who may have heard about this and have concerns,” John Miller, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, told FOX411.

Security experts tell us that in the wake of the Sydney siege and the release of the CIA enhanced interrogation report last week, it is crucial that the threat be taken seriously by authorities.

“This threatening statement obviously has some foundation and may be linked to current global hostilities towards the west and predominantly the U.S.,” said Lee Oughton, global security and risk management expert. “We are still unaware how deep the hackers were able to penetrate into the Sony systems. Only time will tell how much information they were able to ascertain and what price Sony will pay in the international market.”

Actors James Franco and Seth Rogen already canceled all media appearances promoting their film.

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