Update: 2:42 p.m.:
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and two other theaters with plans to screen “Team America: World Police” instead of Sony’s “The Interview” next week have abruptly cancelled those plans. They say Paramount Pictures, which made the “Team America” film, pulled the movie from all theaters. We’ve reached out to the movie studio for comment, and we’ll update if we hear from them.
Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today.
— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 18, 2014
Please note: Our Late Shift screening of Team America: World Police has been canceled by Paramount Pictures. pic.twitter.com/TlPVzIeICW
— Capitol Theatre (@CapitolW65th) December 18, 2014
Breaking Plaza news : Team America World Police pulled from all theatres as per Paramount Pictures .
— Plaza Atlanta (@PlazaAtlanta) December 18, 2014
When hackers give you lemons, you’ve got to make lemonade.
One Dallas-area movie theater refuses to take the fallout from Sony’s epic data breach sitting down. In true Texas form, it’s dialed up the patriotism to 15 and announced plans to host a screening of “Team America: World Police” instead of the embattled assassination comedy “The Interview” next week.
“With cap guns for everyone … for free,” said James Wallace, who programs the Dallas/Ft. Worth Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Because you can’t spell freedom without free.”
Or, isn’t it “Freedom isn’t free?” Either way, free is almost always a good thing.
Wallace and his theater plan to make the Dec. 27 screening a celebration of America and its greatness — complete with guns, American flags, red white and blue streamers, balloons, and outbursts of “America! F*** yeah!”
Sony cancelled the premier of the Seth Rogen and James Franco flick after hackers stole terabytes of data from the company’s servers and threatened attacks on theaters that screen the movie. With the new threat, some of the biggest theater chains pulled out.
Sony and many news reports have pinned blame for the cyber attack on North Korea, whose government has been vocal about its opposition to the movie’s premise, namely the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un.
It just so happens that 2014 marks the 10-year anniversary of “The Interview’s” cultural antecedent, Team America. And like father like son, Kim Jong Un’s dad, Kim Jon Il reportedly hated “Team America” too because of its portrayal of the communist regime.
“A lot of the brilliance in TEAM AMERICA is timeless,” the theater notes. “Acting is still the greatest gift any human being can possess, and it’s the only way to save America from the terrorists.”
Not sure if that’s entirely true, but why say no to a free movie?
“We’re just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation,” Wallace told the Hollywood Reporter.