NYC premiere 'The Interview' canceled

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 17, 2014 at 4:01 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York premiere of the comedy "The Interview" has been canceled following threats of violence against theaters carrying it.

The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy is about a CIA plot to kill North Korea's Kim Jong Un, and security fears have spurred Sony to allow theater chains to cancel showings.

The New York premiere was scheduled for tomorrow night and the movie is expected to debut Christmas Day.

The Department of Homeland Security says there's "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters," but it says it's still analyzing messages from a shadowy group calling itself Guardians of Peace, which has escalated its attack beyond the hacking of private Sony emails.

The group had released a trove of data files including 32,000 emails to and from Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.

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045-v-31-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)--The hack plaguing Sony Pictures has expanded to include physical threats. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (17 Dec 2014)

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046-c-15-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)-"personal financial information"-AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports hackers referenced Nine-Eleven in their latest attack on the company. (17 Dec 2014)

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047-c-13-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)-"not comment further"-AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports hackers released more data and hinted of physical attacks against a Sony picture. (17 Dec 2014)

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048-a-09-(John Miller, deputy New York police commissioner, at news conference)-"to cover those"-Deputy New York Police Commissioner John Miller says the department can handle a threat made against movie theaters by hackers attacking Sony Pictures. (17 Dec 2014)

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049-a-12-(John Miller, deputy New York police commissioner, at news conference)-"and have concerns"-Deputy New York Police Commissioner John Miller says police are ready to counter any threat against theaters. (17 Dec 2014)

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050-a-13-(John Miller, deputy New York police commissioner, at news conference)-"also the source"-Deputy New York Police Commissioner John Miller says he's not exactly sure what the hackers who made the threat are threatening to do. (17 Dec 2014)

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APPHOTO NYBZ108: FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, actors Seth Rogen, right, and James Franco attend the premiere of the Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" in Los Angeles. Amid threats by hackers against movie theater's showing the film, Rogen and Franco pulled out of all media appearances promoting the film Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, canceling a Buzzfeed Q&A and Rogen's planned guest spot Thursday on "Late Night With Seth Meyers." (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images, File) (11 Dec 2014)

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APPHOTO NYBZ102: FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, cars enter Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 released another round of data leaks, including ominous threats against the premiere of Sony Pictures' film "The Interview," in which the group references the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) (2 Dec 2014)

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