Sony Hack: Bow Tie Cinemas Will Not Show ‘The Interview’

The Interview James Franco Seth Rogen

Bow Tie Cinemas will not show “The Interview” after a threatening message was released by Sony hackers Tuesday warning of a 9/11-style attack.

The Northeast theater chain joins Carmike Cinemas in deciding not to carry the satire about a talk show host tasked with assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Bow Tie has 55 locations in such states as Colorado, Connecticut, Virginia and New York and approximately 350 screens.

Bow Tie CEO Ben Moss said that the company was making the decision in “an abundance of caution,” even though the Department of Homeland Security has said that there is no evidence of an active plot against movie theaters.

“The safety and comfort of our patrons is foremost in our minds,” Moss said.

Some analysts believe that North Korea has been involved in the devastating cyber-attack on Sony as retaliation for “The Interview.” The country has denied involvement but praised the hackers.

Hackers have leaked internal company documents, salary information, budget details and the social security numbers of thousands of Sony’s past and present employees.

In a message Tuesday, hackers wrote: “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.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.”

Other chains contacted by Variety such as Celebration! Cinemas and Malco Theatres said they had yet to reach a final decision. Major chains such as Regal, AMC and Cinemark have yet to comment publicly on the matter.


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  1. jacques says:

    I will glady attend a local showing of The Interview. Cowering to terrorism only makes them stronger.

  2. John Shea says:

    So Osama Bin Laden didn’t need the airliners after all. Just threaten movie theaters.

  3. Vet63 says:

    To fold at an unsubstantiated threat is pathetic. Such gutless cowardice turns my stomach.

  4. Andy W says:

    Ready? Hold on and use that brain of yours. Quickly now. Let’s start drawing some lines here. A $40 million dollar comedy made by Hollywood’s go-to guy Seth Rogen for a corporation that’s political history (Japan) directly conflicts with North Korea.

    Remember from our short term News Alert memory loss that Japan and Best Korea have been playing battleship between their waters for the past year, not so more than usual but making particular note this past April when the United States got involved to back Japan.

    Now $40 million dollars for a movie is almost unheard of today in the studio system. Especially a comedy. Especially a dark comedy with high political motivations. One that also has a damning anti-news media viewpoint at its core.

    The Interview is from a writer most notably from the origins of South Park. Another dissenter and satire producer of North Korea. One that also had the backing of Paramount. Who guess what? Was produced by none other than Scott Rudin. One of the glove holders within the exclusive velvet mafia. Who is one of the most formidable assholes to deal with in the industry.

    The man has had a stunning power streak for over three decades thanks to the likes of those within his power group and has made many, many enemies in his life.

    From the screenwriter of The Interview:

    Dan Sterling stated:

    I had written a spec screenplay called “Flarsky” that came out a few years ago in The Blacklist [an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays]. It was very politically-oriented and had a huge international scope to it, much like “The Interview” does. Seth read it and he and his producer, Evan Goldberg, both attached to it. They came to me with this nugget of an idea. They said, What would happen if a journalist got an interview with Osama bin Laden? Wouldn’t he be tempted to kill him?” At the time, bin Laden was still alive

    This is very important– (I will be talking to the big boys at the table for a moment.) As another rival producer from Scott Rudin stated:

    This movie [The Interview] was masterful. It was a state department play from A to Z, likely financed through government shell corporations. The idea is this simple: The American media is more powerful than all of your defunct nukes combined….and we’re coming to “get you” with two of the biggest stars on the planet. Pure genius.
    America should continue to make such movies. What a fool you are if you do not believe we make movies intended to offend and intimidate other nations. As a producer it is my ultimate DREAM to fly out to Washington and broker a deal with the state department to make pro military films that are co financed by companies like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and others, and to promote our dominance on the world scale.

    A liberal, kind and admitted naive screenwriter takes notes from the studio to mold his ‘Kill bin Laden’ idea and turns it into killing the North Korean leader. Very important point. As Amy Pascal admitted to Seth Rogen that the Japan’s Kazuo Hiria had never given her direct instructions on a movie in her tenure.

    Crazier than one of Japan’s most powerful men got involved in a buddy comedy with Seth Rogen, is who helped him finance and produce The Interview.
    Meet LStar. Who is LStar? Well let’s spell that out, it’s actually LoneStar. A Texas real-estate company.

    Let me repeat that. A Texas ‘real-estate’ company helped financed The Interview. A movie about killing a world leader..
    But there is of course, a rabbit hole right there, that I wouldn’t recommend falling down. LStar has $45 Billion with a B behind it. It is far more than just some real-estate company in the oil rich Texas. Like the anonymous rival producer stated earlier, anyone who is in the business of producing ‘movies’ today are dying to get into bed with shell corporations from governments, who have surplus budgets.
    We’ve been making propaganda movies since Birth of a Nation, so in a sense, movies have been parallel with propaganda from the beginning. It is to be naive once again, to believe that these conglomerates are interested in making you some art house comedy for your viewing pleasure so they could make back a measly 60-80 million. To a company with a spending BUDGET of 45 BILLION who is in bed with no other than… Citibank.
    What is happening to Citibank right now? They are being attacked by the only honest human being left in front of a news camera. Who just so happens to be pressured by a small group pushing for democracy to run for President.
    Then, keep up with me now, the last 15 years are very key; the business model for the movie making business completely changed. It used to be its own entity producing what it wanted to make a profit. Say, like Coca Cola, it was just another player in the capital market wedging out it’s own product for consumers. That would run the gamut of all kinds of movies.

    Then after a couple of huge events: the movie Titanic as the test run for Billion dollar global market happened at the turn of the century and then of course, September 11th. Both of those events turned the glance of power from studios just making movies in the marketplace, to cogs in mega big six entities. Studio heads were no longer the bosses, but middle men to much more powerful people spanning the globe, not just regions.

    So after the recent in-depth study shows — mid range budget movies are just not made anymore.

    Ok then. LStar (who has no public listing of their real names behind the company) with Citibank helps produce and release a politically motivated attack with Japan against North Korea’s leader. Got that?
    Good. Because that’s not even what you should be focusing on. Where we are at in this moment is that North Korea is being pushed into the limelight as being behind Guardians of Peace, the hacking group who attacked Sony.
    Who by the way, didn’t attack Japan headquarters (their buildings report no breach) but SPE, the place that houses Jeopardy for christ-sake. It is just another harmless, Culver City located studio lot.

    The hack has been called by Homeland Security as one of the most sophisticated and well-funded attacks it has ever seen. These are the people who shake hands with the NSA. So let that sink in for a moment.

    Now tell me, that Kim Jong-Un, who is best friends with Dennis Rodman and has the majority of his country starving to death with extreme famine just came along and paid (random?) hackers that he just happens to know for the biggest cyber attack on a corporation in our history on this planet.
    He is thirty-one fucking years old. 31… His best friend is Dennis Rodman. North Korea hasn’t even been successful in long range missiles let alone the possibilities of weapons of mass destruction, which is threatened to the American public every few years.
    No, this is boys at the big table shit. What we are witnessing is the next chapter in our very history of human beings and it’s breathtaking. It has nothing to do with about 6 billion of us, but we are forced to participate because their weapons and attacks also happen to be all of our media and so called entertainment.
    Movies stopped being Pulp Fiction and are now used to strong arm situations across the globe at the will of those atop the big six corporations. They are propaganda and political weapons where actors, writers and now even studio heads are expendable pawns in power plays.
    Those behind the attacks are destroying “Hollywood” careers because they could give a shit about them. They are interested in Japan-North Korea relations. They are interested in the fact that China is outproducing the US. They are very interested in helping crash the Rouble and no doubt, after Elizabeth Warren’s traction from her anti-Ciitbank speech, it is no coincidence we wake up to the news that they have activated Jeb Bush.

    Who better to play the pawn then everyone’s secret voodoo doll – Scott Rudin who perfectly is set up from Team America to being the first out on attack after the leaks. And from the rest of us Scott, good riddance. GOP is not done with you yet, just wait.
    Amy Pascal will be removed for another studio head, who will be completely under their thumb from now on.
    So I will just say this. If you are playing any game, you aren’t playing this game. Trust me. This isn’t about ‘Hollyweird’ in the classical studio sense we’ve all become accustomed to since the dawn of the industry. It is the big reveal for the rest of us, what the studios and its products are now going to be.
    Good luck trying to produce any movie now, when the big backers can use the excuse of terrorism behind it. These premieres being shut down and canceled screenings are only the beginning. They will only green light movies so strategically motivated, not even the most savvy of us may be able to keep up with them.

    They are tearing down star power, celebrity, freedom of speech, basic American entertainment, middle management studio power and the safety of regular citizens who just want to watch a fucking movie on Christmas. Imagine all of this if you can.
    And the scariest thing about it all, is that it’s a shrug of their shoulders. It’s not even a punch.
    That’s the power being wielded here. They brought an American studio to its knees, destroyed lives of some pretty powerful players and have even more insane reveals planned for us in the next month ahead.
    We don’t have anything near the whole picture of what, or even who these powerful people are, but the pieces they are dropping are extraordinary.
    2015 is shaping up to be quite the roller coaster. Who knows which conglomerate will bump which for international power grabs, and the fallout it causes. Like shaking us minions from its tree, we all will be the bottom dollar sacrifice. If no one in Hollywood is safe, neither are its ever hungry walking dead consumers who play their part perfectly, as the clueless clickbait lynch mob they’ve been conditioned to be.
    Buckle up.

    • czmonki says:

      Thank you for this elaborate insight, by far the best research I have seen on this yet. I wish I could pick your brains on your perspective of the war in the Ukraine. When is that movie going to be produced? I can certainly see all the major players lined up already, some mentioned in your story above.

  5. DB says:

    So that’s all it takes to get a movie censored? Just send an email making an idle threat and that’s it? Congratulations, Mr. Ben Moss, you’ve just taught everybody with any complaint about any movie how to get that movie blocked from being seen.

    “Better safe than sorry” (or the alternative “an abundance of caution” that this dope used) is a very stupid philosophy. If the fact that the Feds insist there’s no credibility to the threat WHATSOEVER doesn’t matter, why run a movie theater at all? After all, anybody might choose to commit a random act of terrorism in any movie theater at any time for any reason, whether it’s showing this movie or not. And why stop at movie theaters? Any public place where large numbers of people gather could be a target. Close the libraries! Shut down every restaurant! Stop the subways! IF YOU’RE NOT AFRAID YOU PROBABLY SHOULD BE!

  6. Jacques Strappe says:

    Silly imaginary terrorists get their way. Sad and embarrassing for these movie chains.

  7. Nanny Mo says:

    So the terrorists win. If I ran Sony, I’d show it for free on television Christmas Day across America. Just because I could.

  8. Wayne says:

    Pretty sure the right way to deal with bullies is to cower and let them have their way, right? RIGHT?

  9. Jeffrey says:

    Does anyone know how far away “nearby” means? Like what’s the range of the best North Korean weapons? Our family is invited for Xmas near a theater that has not yet canceled the movie and some people are in a tizzy or a stew about what to do. The warning about “nearby” is the only sentence in the whole hackers’ thing that’s written in good English with parenthesis and an apostrophe and everything so maybe it’s serious.

  10. TOM says:

    Why isn’t Sony defending Rogen’s ‘vision’ as if it were on the same level as a modern-day ‘Citizen Kane’ with the Hearst Corporation (North Korea) trying to destroy his ‘art?’

    • Michael Anthony says:

      Probably on advice of government and lawyers. Until they know for sure who they are dealing with it. Their liability would be huge if some wannabe nutcase does something. Personakly, the government, both dems and GOP, should encourage people not to give in to threats.b

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  12. Build A Better says:

    Sony. post a reward for information leading to the apprehension of the little fools using big boy tools to attack your good name. Fire with fire, a few bones getting crushed on their end might scare the rest back into their dark corners where they belong. Their use of broken English means they are either NK goons or just want everyone to think so. Good Luck

  13. Kevin says:

    After 911 we were told to go about our business and not let terrorism get the best of us.Now we are being told to fear going to the theatre to see a movie because of threats! And theatre’s bowing to terrorism and not showing a movie! What’s next? Do we stay home and cower in fear? NO! AND SHAME ON THE THEATRE CHAINS for dropping The Interview…! And shame on COWARDS! SETH ROGAN AND JAMES FRANCO for canceling the films premier and their personal appearances..And what about the struggling actors who were counting on the residuals from this movie to feed themselves and their families!!? We do not combat terrorism by giving in to their demands.These irresponsible actions of the theatre owners and Rogen and Franco will serve to advance and empower more terrorists to act.I am sickened by this!!!

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