Earlier today, President Obama remarked that he thought Sony made a mistake in pulling The Interview from theaters.
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Now, Sony CEO Michael Lynton has issued his own response, and claims that the company had no other option but to pull the movie as a direct result of theaters refusing to show it:
We're still so shocked that Sony has responded to threats of terrorism by hackers by pulling The Interview from theaters.
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President Obama spoke today about the incident, and confirmed that North Korea was behind the attack against the studio.
Here were some of his words he offered on the hacking, and his thoughts he outlined on how the United States would respond:
Sony has completely canceled The Interview, refusing to release it to theaters or to VOD and home video.
So then why did they release a new teaser trailer for the Seth Rogen/James Franco vehicle on Thursday night??
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One would assume because they quickly removed the clip from their YouTube channel that it was an accident.
But the new clips chosen for the teaser seem to indicate this was engineered post controversy, not to mention what was written in the video's description:
Based on their demands relating to Seth Rogen and James Franco's controversial comedy The Interview, the Sony hackers have long been assumed to be based out of North Korea.
But now it's official.
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The FBI has now released a statement that it "has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions."
Along with the results of their technical analysis, the Bureau also pointed out just how dangerous and destructive this attack was. According to their statement:
There is a debate raging on whether Sony was right to drop The Interview after the threat of terrorist attacks.
Well now we know how the hackers, thought to be a North Korean group calling themselves the Guardians Of Peace, feel about it.
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They sent Sony another message sharing their pleasure at the film's cancellation!
According to CNN, the new email message reads:
What a sad, sad day for The Colbert Report fans!
Last night, December 18 was the series finale of Stephen Colbert's nine-year-long run on Comedy Central.
However, never one to do anything small, the show was a star-studded affair that found Patrick Stewart, Andy Cohen, James Franco, Jon Stewart, Bill Clinton and literally SO MANY OTHERS singing We'll Meet Again to help Stephen off to immortality.
Seriously, the host of the show (officially) can't die because HE killed Death last night in the last segment of Cheating Death.
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Which means he'll be