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Sony, local theaters pull 'The Interview' due to hacker threats

Movie theaters have dropped showing 'The Interview' do to the Sony Hackers' threats Movie theaters have dropped showing 'The Interview' do to the Sony Hackers' threats

Recent threats by the supposed Sony hackers have caused many local movie theaters to decide not to show 'The Interview.'

The Kenwood Theatre has canceled their Thursday evening pre-showing of the movie due to the threats from the hackers.

According the to Associated Press, AMC, Regal, and Cinemark are all delaying the showing of 'The Interview.'

The hackers, who called themselves the Guardians for Peace, threatened violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11th. A U.S. official says the hack is linked to North Korea, the AP reports.

On Wednesday, Sony canceled the Dec. 25 release date of the film.

"We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distributing of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American Public," Sony said in a statement. "We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is about a TV personality from the United States who plans to assassinate North Korea's Dictator Kim Jong-un.

Ed Bridgeman is a criminal justice professor at UC and a terrorism expert. He doesn't think this is a legitimate threat. One reason being there hasn't been enough time to plan for some "major attack" citing the fact that the 9/11 took between 32 and 38 months to coordinate. He believes the more realistic threat is more cyber attacks.

"That can be as devastating financially for a big corporation like Sony if not as physically devastating if people are injured and facilities are destroyed," said Ed Bridgeman.

Bridgeman adds that he was sad to see the motion picture industry cave in this situation and believes it's setting a dangerous precedent.

"If you can compel someone to act or not act in a specific way, you've won a significant part of the battle," said Bridgeman.

Of the three chains that have dropped 'The Interview,' AMC has a theater in Newport, Regal in Mason and Cinemark in Oakley.

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