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Pirate Sony Loses $30Mill on The Interview+Multi Lawsuits Against Them

The Interview Movie on Kim Jong-un: Sony Shelves Worldwide Release

BBC, 19 Dec 2014




Comic caper The Interview stars James Franco and Seth Rogen


Sony has confirmed it has no plans to release the satirical film The Interview internationally, in any form, following threats from hackers.
Cinemas in the US cancelled screenings of the film, about a plot to kill North Korea's leader, prompting Sony to shelve it altogether.
But there has been dismay in Hollywood, with Ben Stiller calling the move "a threat to freedom of expression".


Hackers had issued a warning to cinema-goers who planned to watch the movie.

President Obama recommended that "people go to the movies", but stressed that the hack was "very serious".
Speaking to US television network ABC, he added: "We'll be vigilant - if we see something that we think is serious and credible, then we'll alert the public."

Sony had little choice but to bow to the demands of the hackers, says the BBC's Alastair Leithead

Several other famous names have criticised the decision to shelve the movie, accusing the studio of caving in to the hackers' threats.

Oscar-wining screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who has already attacked the media for spreading information leaked by the hackers, said:

"Today the US succumbed to an unprecedented attack on our most cherished, bedrock principle of free speech."

Actor Steve Carell called the move a "sad day for creative expression".

On Wednesday it emerged that Carell's planned film project, a thriller called Pyongyang about a Westerner working in North Korea, was scrapped ahead of Sony's announcement.

Sony's decision to pull the release of The Interview is viewed by industry insiders as a game changer.

Films have been pulled from cinemas before, but the set of circumstances around The Interview are unprecedented.

One of the best known cases was when Stanley Kubrick withdrew A Clockwork Orange from British cinemas in 1973 after protests about the violence in the film. It was unseen in UK cinemas for 27 years.

Sony's decision came after major US cinema chains had yanked the film from their Christmas schedules over security fears.

What's surprised some is why Sony pulled the film completely. It has confirmed there are no further release plans, including on DVD or a VOD launch - which would have helped recoup The Interview's estimated $42m (£27.5m) budget.

In recent years, studios have had to take tough decisions due to unforeseen circumstances. Following a mass shooting in a Colorado cinema during a 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises, US cinemas tightened security and Warner Bros scaled down its promotional plans. The film went on to box office success.


But in the case of The Interview, it looks as if it will not be coming to a cinema near you any time soon.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel tweeted that the decision by theatres to refuse to show the film was "an un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent."

Film producer Judd Apatow, meanwhile, offered a different slant on the move, saying: "This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on earth than it would have before. Legally or illegally all will see it."

David Oyelowo - who plays Martin Luther King in the film Selma - says he can understand why Sony made its decision


'Extremely Disappointed'

Sony said it was "deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie".

"We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theatre-goers," the studio said.
It added: "We stand by our film-makers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."


The cancellation comes after hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace released emails and data stolen from Sony in late November.
In a later warning to cinemas screening The Interview, they referred to the 9/11 attacks, claiming "the world will be full of fear".





Stars of The Interview have pulled out of media appearances



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"Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time," the hacker group wrote, in a message on Tuesday.
"Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment."
Sony had given theatres in the US and Canada the option to bow out of showing The Interview in the wake of the threats.

Regal Cinemas, AMC Entertainment and Cinemark Theatres - the top three theatre chains in North America - subsequently announced they were postponing screenings, and Canada's biggest theatre firms also pulled out, leaving Sony seemingly no choice but to postpone the film.

However, the Alamo Drafthouse cinema in Texas has decided to replace The Interview with a screening of Team America, a film featuring a marionette of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, the father of Kim Jong-un.

The FBI has linked North Korea to the Sony Hacking Attacks

Sony Cancels Kim Jong-un Movie >HACKER='Easy to Hack' Sony Release





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Ex-hacker: 'It's Easy to Break into Companies like Sony'

BBC, 19 December 2014


The White House has described the cyber attack on Sony Pictures as a serious national security matter.


So just how easy is it to hack into a conglomerate like Sony?

The BBC's Alistair Leithead went to meet Marc Maiffret, a former hacker who is now an internet security expert.

Ex-hacker:'It's Easy to Break into Companies like Sony'






UPDATE





FBI Blames North Korea for Sony Hack

…FBI formally accuses North Korea of launching cyber attack on Sony Pictures






The US Federal Bureau of Investigation says North Korea was behind a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures over a film about its leader Kim Jong-un.



The agency said analysis of malware showed links to North Korea.
Sony withdrew the film The Interview following threats from hackers, who had earlier also released sensitive information stored on Sony computers.

CNN quoted the hackers as welcoming the withdrawal and warning Sony not to release the film in any form.

Sony's decision has outraged many artists. Actor George Clooney told the trade website Deadline on Thursday that the film should be released online.

Earlier the White House labelled the Sony breach a serious national security matter.
On Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters US officials had held daily discussions about the Sony cyber-attack and were considering an "appropriate response".




The duo play journalists enlisted to kill Kim Jong-un


Sony cancelled the holiday release of the comedy film after national theatre chains refused to show it.
The movie features James Franco and Seth Rogen as two journalists who are granted an audience with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The CIA then enlists the pair to assassinate him. The film was due to have been released over Christmas.

Hackers had earlier issued a warning referring to the 11 September 2001 terror attacks, saying "the world will be full of fear" if the film was screened.


The film's cancelled release drew criticism in Hollywood, with some calling it an attack on the freedom of expression.
Actor George Clooney told the trade website Deadline on Thursday the film should be released online, saying Hollywood shouldn't be threatened by North Korea.




North Korea says the film hurts the "dignity of its supreme leadership"


In November, a cyber-attack crippled computers at Sony and led to upcoming films and workers' personal data being leaked online.
The hackers also released salary details and social security numbers for thousands of Sony employees - including celebrities.

North Korea earlier this month denied involvement in the hack - but praised the attack itself as a "righteous deed".

An article on North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency, quoting the country's top military body, said suggestions that Pyongyang was behind the attack were "wild rumour".

However, it warned the US that "there are a great number of supporters and sympathisers" of North Korea "all over the world" who may have carried out the attack.


In the article, Sony Pictures was accused of "abetting a terrorist act" and "hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership" of North Korea by producing the movie.


FBI Blames North Korea for Sony Hack



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Update re: Sony Loses $30Mill on The Interview+Multi Lawsuits Against Them

Sony About to Get Sued For Pirating Music in The Interview

AP, 27 Dec 2014






The way things are panning out, the Sony movie The Interview is on course to become one of the most controversial movies of all time. The comedy, which depicts the violent death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, made headlines worldwide when the so-called Guardians of Peace hacking group threatened Sony if it was released. Facing what amounted to a “terrorist” threat, theaters all around the U.S. backed away from showing The Interview in the week leading up to Christmas.



After pulling the movie completely, Sony had a change of heart and on Christmas Eve released the music online via YouTube, Google Play and Xbox Live.


Predictably the movie was quickly gobbled up by pirates, with the latest figures suggesting that in just two days the movie has been downloaded 1.5 million times
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But while Sony deals with rampant piracy issues at one end, it’s now facing copyright infringement allegations of its own.



According to new claims, Sony used copyrighted music in The Interview without permission and without compensating an artist.

Yoon Mi-rae (real name Natasha Shanta Reid) is a US-born hip hop and R&B singer who currently releases music on the Feel Ghood Music label. In January 2013 as part of MFBTY (My Fans Better Than Yours), the 33-year-old hit the number 1 spot in the Korean Music Charts and in September reached the same heights on Billboard’s Kpop Hot 100 list with her song ‘Touch Love’.

But while these recognitions were achieved by fans buying her music, she’s now in the spotlight for not getting paid for her work.

It appears that Yoon Mi-rae was in negotiations with Sony to have her track ‘Pay Day’ appear in The Interview. Even though no agreement was reached, Sony used the music anyway.

“There were initial discussions for using ‘Pay Day‘ in the movie, but at some point, the discussions ceased and we assumed that it would not follow through,” Feel Ghood Music says

“However, after the movie was released, we learned that the track had been used without permission, legal procedure, or contracts.”



Sony, who are already facing a world of pain following the hacking and near destruction of their IT systems in recent weeks, will now face a copyright infringement lawsuit over the unauthorized use of the ironically named ‘Pay Day’.

“We will be taking legal action against Sony Pictures as well as DFSB, the agency that had been carrying out the discussion regarding the use of the track,” the label says.



It seems unlikely that this lawsuit will result in a messy legal battle. The huge publicity the movie has enjoyed in the past few weeks will virtually guarantee decent sales for Sony, even without lucrative box office revenues. Yoon Mi-rae should not only be able to secure a piece of that but also raise her profile in a way that would not have been possible had Sony paid her in the first instance.
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I thought the movie was the worst movie of all time. It was a LOAD of crap, and insulted gay people, President Obama and the US, far more than it insulted North Korea....

All this nonsense gave Sony and that movie, lots of unpaid publicity and thus earned them lots more $$$...That bucket of rubbish movie certainly needed all the help it could get...



N.Korea's internet has now been down for 2 days because of outside 'interference'

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Update re: Sony Loses $30Mill on The Interview+Multi Lawsuits Against Them

'The Interview' - is So Bad = + It Lost Sony $30 Million, Says Theater Group

19 Jan 2015

Breaking its self-imposed silence, the National Association of Theater Owners contends that Sony will lose at least $30 million on The Interview. It also declares the movie was terrible and that the it's day-and-date release in cinemas and on VOD changes nothing despite "starry-eyed" comments suggesting it marks a paradigm shift.



"In this simultaneous-release game, Sony is $30 million in the hole and almost out of cards," says Patrick Corcoran, vice president of NATO. "The only game changed here was just how much Sony left on the table."

Corcoran's comments came in a lengthy column he wrote this week for Boxoffice Magazine, an official NATO publication.

Until now, NATO has remained silent on The Interview, the R-rated comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as two bumbling journalists hired by the CIA to assassinate North Korean president Kim Jong Un. A week before its scheduled Dec. 25 nationwide release, Sony pulled the movie following a direct threat against theaters by the group responsible for hacking the studio.

After President Obama — whose administration believes North Korea is behind the cyberattack — criticized Sony for cancelling the film, Sony said it would go ahead and release The Interview in theaters and on VOD on Christmas Day (it had already been in talks with VOD providers). However, only a few hundred independent cinemas were willing to play it, since most exhibitors have a blanket policy against carrying a movie that's being made simultaneously available elsewhere.

The major theater chains, including AMC Entertainment, Regal Entertainment and Cinemark, were said to be furious with Sony for the way it handled the matter, because they had initially asked the studio to simply delay the film's release instead of pulling it altogether.

Yet because of the volatile nature of the situation, NATO and its executive board decided to refrain from making any public comments. Corcoran's column marks the first time that NATO has made its views known.

To date, The Interview has earned $5.9 million in theaters. Assuming it even gets to $7 million, Sony will get half of that back, or $3.5 million, explains Corcoran. The comedy has earned north of $31 million on VOD.

"We haven't heard any new digital dollar figures from Sony since Jan. 4, so it's a little hard to estimate where it will end up, but I'm feeling generous. Say $50 million," wrote Corcoran. "Given the chaotic nature of the ad-hoc release plan and Sony's desperation to play the movie on any home-release platform that would take it, I'm going to assume, less generously, that Sony pockets 60 percent of that sum instead of the customary 70 percent."

According to Corcoran, that means Sony will get back $30 million in VOD revenue for a total $33.5 million, far from enough to make up for the film's production budget of $44 million and marketing expenditures of at least $30 million.

"Let's be generous again and assume the same international box office that might have resulted from a traditional release — although with so many pirated, pristine digital copies out in the wild, that may be tough. Add $10 million," Corcoran continued, bringing revenue to $43.5 million, compared to expenditures of $74 million.

Sony sources insist that the budget was closer to $40 million and that the marketing budget was lowered to $20 million because of The Interview being pulled. Most industry experts, however, dispute that marketing was reduced by that much and put the total spend closer to $40 million.

The studio has announced that The Interview will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Feb. 17, but Corcoran questions whether much revenue will be generated since it has been available on VOD.

"The cobbled-together simultaneous release of Sony's The Interview is a Rorschach test. What you see generally tells more about you than it does about the release model of The Interview. Those inclined to believe that simultaneous theatrical and home release is an inevitable point to its $31 million home tally and $5.9 million theatrical take and see a 'game changer.' Some, like me, see a blot," Corcoran said.

Continuing, he added: "Netflix's Ted Sarandos sees a 'great example of what can happen with a big-budget movie if you give them distribution choices. I hope it's eye-opening for the industry.' For once, we agree. So let's open some eyes."


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it may have lost the studio money, but they fully expected it to i recall reading on yahoo them addmitting they were shocked it made the sum of money it did when they did open it to any theatres. there are far far fare more movies weather they are done well or poorly is up to your own opinion that are more offensive than this one prolly is.

i don't know i haven't seen this one yet. and they didn't have this kind of publicity at all. people went and saw this film i think because they wanted to see what the big deal was. and from the people i have talked to online some liked it others didn't. like with any movie, there are a number of movies that insult obama and they don't get this kind of publicity at all. hell even stand ups insult the president. and there's a bunch of other movies that were hits

that have done the same thing this movie has done they just did it better.
and they didn't have this kind of uproar. people downloaded that many times because i think they wanted to see what the big deal was, and some prolly also paid to see it just to say hey i saw it in the theatre.

from the stuff i read online they like i said were stunned they made as much as they did and so was Seth Rogen and James Franco as well. it may not have been no $100 million bucks opening weekend but nobody expected that either. in short i have no doubt it will become a cult classic because of this hoopla that it has caused. and people will buy it buy the millions when its' put out out dvd and blu-ray because of it. in short they will be making money on it even more than the theatrical run hence making their money back since they didn't open it nationwide.

i do think the people who hacked into Sony should be punished cause i do believe that's legit. i don't think like i said in the other thread anyone else should be punished cause of the idiot's that hacked into sony and you know damn well they are going to do the same thing they did with Kim Dot.com they are going to use him as an example on how piracy is hurting them and blah blah blah.

when it clearly isn't cause it showed there is interest in the film because of
the hoopla and the number of people who downloaded would be less than what it is if they had made it a nation wide film. i don't think it would have broken box office records but it would have made more money and less downloads cause more people would pay to see it just to well piss these idiots who hacked into sony off.

and one more thing, this bill that they are trying to get passed there is no doubt that there is going to be some unhidden things we don't yet know about that will stop this or that on the internet such as freedom of speech and well a clear internet. pretty much the same crap they have been trying to do for the past few years. it will just be worded differently than last time. and my suggestion is if anyone votes for it, do some research on the whole thing before you agree to it.
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