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

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    Clooney's likely trying to help Sony evade the consequences of its capitulation. After all, Clooney is contractually committed to Sony and has much to lose if the Sony Entertainment reputation is damaged. Clooney is acting rationally in his own best interests. That doesn't change the reality that there were almost certainly artists who would have signed the petition had they been asked.

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    I don't see how Clooney's action helps Sony.
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    Re: Sony Cancels Theatrical Release for ‘The Interview’ on Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hays View Post
    I don't see how Clooney's action helps Sony.
    It doesn't. His hope was that perhaps he could alleviate some of the pressure from Sony. But the story has gained saturation coverage, so that isn't possible. The same holds true with respect to Sony's bid to change the narrative of what happened after the President called Sony's capitulation a "mistake."

    CNN reported:

    In Friday's CNN interview, Lynton went on to say that Sony had not "caved" to the hackers.

    "We have not given in. And we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie," Lynton said.


    Sony exec fires back at President Obama - Dec. 19, 2014

    Of course, that narrative is not accurate. From an earlier BBC report:

    What's surprised some is why Sony pulled the film completely. It has confirmed there are no further release plans, including on DVD or a VOD launch - which would have helped recoup The Interview's estimated $42m (£27.5m) budget.

    BBC News - The Interview: Sony shelves worldwide release

    One of the first and most important rules in crisis management is to tell the truth. What would have been acceptable would have been acknowledgement that Sony had acted hastily in a panic and then moved to correct its error. Trying to invent a narrative that it never had intended to cancel the film won't be viable given how widely the hacking incident and Sony's response have been covered. Instead, such attempts will further damage Sony's credibility.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    Sorry, I don't buy Clooney's account. There were willing artists, as a number of prominent Hollywood artists publicly condemned Sony's pulling the film. It would be inconceivable that they would do so before the media and on Twitter, yet not sign a petition taking similar positions. It probably wasn't circulated widely.

    Celebrities criticize decision to pull 'The Interview' - CNN.com
    Greetings, donsutherland1.

    And if they show it on Youtube as many are suggesting, will hackers launch a cyber attack that could shut down our grid, and hence the internet? Too much here that doesn't make sense unless there's a larger agenda in mind. Why should Kim jong un of North Korea care what movies are shown in America's theatres, and who are they to tell us what we can or cannot do? I also find it odd that all this crap is happening now, in the lull right before the new Congress is sworn in. Too convenient,,,, :

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

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Greetings, donsutherland1.

    And if they show it on Youtube as many are suggesting, will hackers launch a cyber attack that could shut down our grid, and hence the internet? Too much here that doesn't make sense unless there's a larger agenda in mind. Why should Kim jong un of North Korea care what movies are shown in America's theatres, and who are they to tell us what we can or cannot do? I also find it odd that all this crap is happening now, in the lull right before the new Congress is sworn in. Too convenient,,,, :
    More than likely, they would release some more data on Sony. I suspect that will happen in any case, as capitulation signals weakness. It doesn't provide incentives for respect.

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

    The only way to have decent security is for the NSA to control everyone's network, and fortunately, that will never happen.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    If Sony had released the movie and if the distributors and theaters accepted it and and if an attack happened, Sony would take much of the blame, face massive lawsuits and suffer an even worse PR problem than they have now. Chances are many of the same people currently criticizing Sony for pulling the film would be even more critical towards them if there was a violent attack. They are in a no-win situation.
    the release of the (stupid) film would've made no difference at all. The hack had nothing whatsoever to do w/the film. It's just a big smokescreen.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by solletica View Post
    The only way to have decent security is for the NSA to control everyone's network, and fortunately, that will never happen.
    The NSA does that already. Just ask Snowden.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Who cares? The movie looks terrible anyway.

    Hey Sony, try making a movie that doesn't suck.
    Airbud 4 is coming out soon.

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

    This is merely a drop in the water of artificial intelligence. Computers are dictating not only government but the will of the people. the greatest demon in the future of mankind is technology. As long as technology expands and madmen continue to rule we will have the formula for the end of the world. The single most powerful light of freedom is now kneeling to technology in the name of safety and that is tragic. We are doomed.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by instagramsci View Post
    This is being taken way too seriously
    Agree, but...

    Releasing it commercially "on principle" can lead to unintended consequences, which Sony appears to be afraid of. OTOH, maybe I lack imagination, but I can't see what form retaliation would take or how it could be delivered. If they are afraid of being criticized for making money (even recouping their costs), they should just release it online for free as someone else already suggested. Since I lack imagination and don't have any skin in the game I can think about their options in these simple and clear terms. I'm reminded of an old axiom about science and experimentation, that in theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is. Who here would want to volunteer to suffer from any theoretical consequences that turned real?
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