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Sony Out Foxes North Korea Hackers; Digital Sales Soar for ‘The Interview’

Sony Pictures is bouncing back from the hack with strong digital sales of “The Interview,” the controversial North Korean assassination spoof that allegedly triggered one of the most devastating corporate cyber attacks in Internet history. The company reported today (Jan. 20) that the film has grossed more than $40 million from digital downloading. In contrast, the film earned $6 million from its limited theatrical release. Seth Rogen and James Franco star in the pic. ...

Sony ‘Interview’ Ban Put U.S. on Par With Third World Dictatorships

Sony Pictures brief decision to ban the showing of its own film, “The Interview,” put the United States on par with Third World dictatorships that routinely ban Hollywood films for political reasons. Fortunately it reversed its decision. More than 50 countries, including the U.S. and including liberal democracies like Great Britain, have banned Hollywood films over the past 70 years for both political and moral reasons, according to several film sources. This week, Egypt banned “Exodus: Gods & Kings,” because the government claimed it falsely portrayed Jews building the Pyramids....

Sony’s Call to Yank ‘The Interview’ From Theaters Irks Public, Poll Says

Sony’s decision to pull it’s North Korean comedy movie “The Interview” from theaters in the face of threats from unknown hackers was a mistake according to nearly half of the people who responded to a new poll by Reuters News Agency. The UK-based news service and Ipsos polled 1,246 Americans online released today (Dec. 22) and found that 47 percent disagreed with Sony’s decision to back down. But 29 percent of those polled said it was the right thing to do in the face of threats of violence against movie theaters that showed the film by a shadowy hackers group that calls itself “Guardians of Peace.”...

FBI Fingers North Korea in Sony Hacking: Read Full Statement Here

North Korea had a direct hand in the hacking attack that flooded the internet with thousands of Sony Pictures documents and led to terrorist threats against movie theaters scheduled to show the Kim Jong-Un comedy “The Interview,” according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI released a statement this morning (Dec. 19) that said “North Korea’s actions were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves.” It continued:”Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior.”...

North Korean Hacker Terror Threats Step Over the Line; US Must React

North Korean dictator Kim Jung-Un has raised the political stakes considerably with his country’s sponsorship of Sony’s hacker attack. As bad as that was, terrorist threats against movie theaters directly challenged the security of the United States. It can’t go unanswered. Sony was placed in a difficult position. It should have faced down the threat and defended freedom of expression. As difficult as that may have been, it was the best course to prevent future cyber attacks and threats of violence. Instead, it chose to stand on its wallet....

James Franco, Seth Rogen Called ‘Terrorists’ at UN by North Korea

James Franco and Seth Rogen have been branded “terrorists” and their new film “The Interview” is being described as a “war action” in a formal protest by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to the United Nations. Who knew? Um… well, we did. TheImproper published a spoof last month, in which Kim called the film an act of war and vowed to nuke Hollywood. But, hey, we were only kidding, although we suspected that Kim would react exactly as we called it in our June 12 article. And he has!...