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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    The only reason Sony pulled it was because some dumb hollywood liberal or liberals said far more "racially insensitive" things. You had that lady apologizing in advance.
    Oh, good grief.
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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    Oh, good grief.

    She's already apologized for **** that hasn't been released after the racist **** they were emailing each other.


    Why else do you think they pulled it, seriously. lol
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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    She's already apologized for **** that hasn't been released after the racist **** they were emailing each other.


    Why else do you think they pulled it, seriously. lol
    So the threats had nothing to do with it; it was just another case of PC run amok?
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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by reinoe View Post
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    I'm noticing a trend about these people who put their tails between their legs, hide under the bed, and give in to terrorists while making flimsy excuses to do so.
    The **** are you talking about? Seriously, you're talking absolute nonsense. Your comment is seemingly based on nothing but your own bigotry based on my political lean, because it's absolutely not based on anything I've actually SAID.

    Indicating that the notion of liability is not as clear cut as it was in aurora doesn't equate to, or in any way take a stance on, whether or not we should "give in to terrorists".

    Indeed, in every other thread I've participated in on this subject I've unabashedly criticized Sony...claiming that they're not doing the "right thing" here by giving into terrorist demands, and mocking the fact that they're basically sending the message that threats of violence will get you whatever you want.

    How about instead of wallowing in your bigotry and reading everything through the scope of your prejudices, you just read what people actually right and stop making giant assumptive leaps of what they actually mean based on nothing but their ideological lean.

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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    So the threats had nothing to do with it; it was just another case of PC run amok?


    *sigh*


    The "threats" had *everything* to do with it, the ones they told you and the ones they didn't. It was the "christmas surprise" they want to prevent, not a theater getting blowed up.
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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    So the threats had nothing to do with it; it was just another case of PC run amok?
    My honest best guess....

    The theaters beginning to try and drop support for showing the film was likely the largest factor having to do with Sony's eventual choice.

    I think the threat was a lesser factor to Sony (A big factor to the theaters) in terms of choosing to not distribute it. I think it was a big factor in choosing not to do the premier.

    I think that once it was clear that a true profit was unlikely (with theaters dropping it), the desire to assuage the terrorist hackers in hopes that more embarassing and/or damaging leaks don't get put out was probably a significant factor in ultimately deciding not to release it at all and to keep anyone involved in the movie from talking about it.

    Basically...I think Sony wouldn't have taken drastic action in a gamble to stop future damaging leaks IF they felt the movie was still going to hit theaters and make a potential profit. I think that's why Sony didn't bother to pull it until after numerous theater chains started indicating they wouldn't show it...because prior to that, the controversy was actually likely going to drive ticket sales up for them.

    ONCE profit from the ticket sales (and the benefits in other avenues that come from a picture actually hitting the theaters and having wide spread saturation) became an unlikely prospect, the gamble to stop future damaging leaks became a more palatable one for Sony to make.

    The threats had an impact on the theaters, but I don't think it had a huge impact directly on Sony's decisions for RELEASE (I think it did for the premier cancellation). I think the theaters withdrawing support for it AND the desire to try and forgo any futher damaging leaks were both stronger motivators to sony in terms of their choices regarding distribution.

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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    You have a better chance of being shot by a cop and struck by lightning in the same year as you do being a victim of a terrorist attack.
    Although the real risk is miniscule, it is a lot easier, and less controversial to risk your own safety than it is to take a risk that innocent people will be harmed, especially when you run a huge business and the potential victims are your employees and loyal customers.

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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    Although the real risk is miniscule, it is a lot easier, and less controversial to risk your own safety than it is to take a risk that innocent people will be harmed, especially when you run a huge business and the potential victims are your employees and loyal customers.



    Do you really think they would throw 42 million dollars away like that? Not to mention all the play royalties of the movie, ESPECIALLY now do to all the free publicity over a perceived threat from N. Korea who has a history of all bark no bite?


    Or do you think they might of got thier hands on something sony is REALLY ****ting a brick over?
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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Love your sig.
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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    It makes total sense to me as to why the Theaters would pull it, from a business sense.

    It has nothing to do with that movie itself. It has to do with ALL movies. If your customer base is afraid...rationally or not...of going to the theater to see ANY movie because of the threat made about a single movie, then that is a problem if you're a movie theater. The "threat" doesn't just affect "The Interview", it affects every movie playing at the theater at that time. Whatever a theater may've lost profit wise by not showing the The Interview, they'd likely gain from not losing customers of other movies to irrational fear.

    I also don't blame Sony for pulling it from the theaters once the theaters actually started boycotting it. You don't want to damage your companies relationship with the theaters for your other movies by strong arming them and trying to make it a legal matter in terms of forcing them to hold up their end of any contractual agreements.

    Where I blame Sony and believe they're doing the wrong thing and being gutless, is their seeming stance that they aren't going to release it in any fashion. THAT is what's ridiculous and is clearly given into their demands.

    There's only two logical reasons why they would do that at this point....either they think the threat is legitimate and they're afraid that maybe one of their actual buildings will be attacked OR they simply fear that this group has additional damaging information and are hoping to placate them by taking this action.

    Those are the only really logical choices for why Sony would purposefully take a complete loss on this movie when there are clearly other VOD avenues they could take that would at least make them SOME money while making any chance of terrorist action against the public extremely unlikely (due to no clear "target").

    The first one, frankly, just doesn't make much sense...especially given the nature of the threat which seemingly didn't suggest attacks on Sony itself in any way.

    The second option...that once they realized they couldn't get this into theaters, the benefits of potentially placating the hackers into not releasing anything else damaging outweighed what little money they could recoup by going the VOD route...frankly does to me.

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