Ok, This is Silly: No “Team America”

Via TPM Livewire:  Paramount Blocks 2004 Movie ‘Team America’ From Being Shown In Theaters

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  1. Tyrell says:

    Sick ! Bizarre ! Cowardly !! Are these corporations so afraid of North Korea ? I would guarantee you Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, DeMille, Hitchcock, Warner, and Metro- Goldwyn -Mayer would never back down from any two bit, rat hole foreign country.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    I have never agreed with you more, Tyrell. Michael Moore pointed out on Twitter that he was threatened left and right when he came out with Fahrenheit 911, but he still showed the movie.

    I smell lawyers behind all this.

  3. John Peabody says:

    Well, it’s because of the obvious. If, if, if, if, if….IF a showing were held, and IF it was attacked by so much as a firecracker, our airwaves would be filled with the utter and complete hatred of the greedy movie producers, so anxious to regain their money that they put John and Jane Q. Public in the crossfire. Business decision. Don’t like it? Take your business elsewhere.

  4. Trumwill says:

    @John Peabody: I doubt it.

    I think mostly that Sony wants the leaks to stop and the others don’t want to get hacked next.

  5. Nikki says:

    @John Peabody: And yet no theater or movie producer seemed to feel this way after an actual act of terror in a movie theater when 12 were killed during the Dark Knight Rises opening in Aurora, CO. Funny that.

    The emails show Sony knew this movie was in really poor taste and not funny from the beginning and probably used the “terror” threat as justification to yank it.

    It’s the hacking they are all afraid of, not the threat.

  6. the Q says:

    I read where the movie theater owners could be sued if somehing happens since they were warned ahead of time and could be liable for negligence lawsuits.

    The Aurora defense by the movie theater is that the incident was not “foreseen”, hence their liability is lessened.

    If they show this movie, knowing full well of an apparent threat, then this defense is obviously negated.

    Therefore, many theater owners balked.

  7. roger says:

    I have no doubt the the South Park production crew is building an episode about this as we speak.

  8. Matt says:

    @Tyrell: I apologize for accidentally down voting you. I just got home from working 10 hours so I’m a bit tired and off on my clicks 🙁

  9. Matt says:

    @Nikki: Yeah the movie looks like it’s dumb.

    Sony shouldn’t even have to worry about being hacked if they’d spend a little time actually implementing decent security measures….