BREAKING: Top Five Theater Chains Drop THE INTERVIEW

theater logosThe Hollywood Reporter is quoting sources who are saying that the nation’s top five movie theater chains–Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex¬†Entertainment–will be dropping Sony’s The Interview from its theaters. The majors join regional theaters such as Bow Tie Cinemas and Classic Cinemas in dropping the film after the organization named “Guardians of Peace” took their protest against the film from cyber-terrorism to threats of another 9/11 level attack on the theaters who would dare show the film.

The action comes hot on the heels of Seth Rogen and James Franco cancelling their promotional tour for the film over safety concerns, which might have played a part in the theaters decision to not show the film. “Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres,” a Regal representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

On the one hand, this is the chains giving into terrorists, which sits well with no American. On the other hand, Christmas is one of the biggest movie going days of the year, and the cineplexes would be filled with thousands of men, women and children. An attack like the one the Guardians of Peace promised would cause the death of a whole lot of people, and these theaters decided not to risk it.

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Christine Gozick Snyder
December 17, 2014 4:11 pm

Does something happen to Kim Jong-Un in this movie that’s worse than how they characterized Kim Jong-Il in Team America?

Ashlynn Drees
December 17, 2014 4:17 pm

So who can explain to the layman why this movie is so controversial? Its not the first movie to poke fun at a foreign leader

William Gatevackes
December 17, 2014 4:39 pm

I think they kill Kim Jong-Un, and he didn’t take kindly to it.

Fionnghuala Na Lamh Bann
December 17, 2014 5:23 pm

Probably because “Team America” was distributed by Paramount, and this is Sony.

The Japanese don’t like the Kims, but they still have to live two doors down from the crazy.

Jeffrey Frank
December 17, 2014 5:54 pm

Christine: Well, Hans Bwix did bweak his balls, you know.

Christine Gozick Snyder
December 17, 2014 6:53 pm

F*ck yeah!

Jeffrey Frank
December 17, 2014 6:55 pm

AND he’s so ronerey.

Joseph Januszewski
December 17, 2014 9:27 pm

We won’t bargain with terrorists, but will bow to a two-bit dictator. Disgusting.

Jeffrey Frank
December 18, 2014 11:27 am

Jeffrey Frank liked this on Facebook.

Alisa Ann
December 17, 2014 4:13 pm

That sucks!

Aleta Marhold
December 17, 2014 5:49 pm

Well, just read they cancelled the christmas release completely

William Gatevackes
December 17, 2014 7:47 pm

I saw that. Will be writing it up later.

Aleta Marhold
December 17, 2014 9:36 pm

Now not even VOD? This is ridiculous. I admit I had no plans to see it, but wow, just wow.