Sony Cancels Release of The Interview
After weeks of controversy Sony has made their final decision when it comes to The Interview and it’s not good. On Tuesday the hackers released a message calling for the movie to be cancelled or they would attack theaters.
““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.)”
Obviously overt threats of violence, invoking the biggest terrorist attack in American history no less, sent executives and theater chains into panic mode. That day it was announced AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Carmike and Southern Theatres would either delay or not show the movie at all. While several theaters would still show the movie (Alamo Drafthouse chain most famously) Sony decided to not release the movie altogether and specifically stated that DVD and VOD release was not an option.
I understand not wanting to put people in danger (insurance alone would be crazy) but this has been ridiculous. From a militaristic point of view North Korea has been nothing but empty threats. The same nation that threatened to leave the White House nothing but rubble in a nuclear attack. Last I heard the White House is still alive and kicking. From a business point of view this sets a bad precedent. Now all it takes to stop a movie is a group of hackers (terrorist or just bored teens) to not like something, claim they’ll do something awful, and that’s all it takes. This has just been a massive clusterf**k and it not only makes Sony look bad but the film industry as a whole. I’m not Mr. “Yay Murrica” but George Clooney said it best in an interview with Deadline.
Stick it online. Do whatever you can to get this movie out. Not because everybody has to see the movie, but because I’m not going to be told we can’t see the movie. That’s the most important part. We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f*cking people.
All this over a movie with 52% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Hip Hop Hall of Fame to Open
In happier news there are plans for a Hip Hop Hall of Fame. Organizers have stated that there will be locations in two parts of New York City, Harlem and later Manhattan. The Harlem location will have not only a physical museum but also TV/Radio studios, a coffee and juice bar, a gift shop, and a youth media academy. Founder JT Thompson told the NY Daily News “This will be the home of Hip Hop history. People need to understand the importance of Hip Hop, the elements, the deejays, the B-boys and B-girls and the graffiti writers.”
At the moment they have collected rare memorabilia from Tupac Shakur, The Notorious BIG, Run DMC, Snoop Dogg and more to be showcased. There is currently an Indiegogo campaign hoping to raise $500,000 with plans for fundraisers early next year. I’ve never had interest in going to New York but this is certainly tempting. Hopefully we can see this dream come true.
Sweet Ass DC Comics Covers
I have no real comments. These varient covers will come out in March and they are awesome.
Source- Comic Book Resources