Sony Has Canceled the Release of "The Interview" . . . And North Korea Really IS to Blame
It seemed like a crazy idea that the nation of North Korea was actually behind the Sony pictures cyberattack because they wanted to stop the release of a SETH ROGEN / JAMES FRANCO movie but one U.S. official says it will be officially announced today that it's all TRUE.
U.S. officials have reportedly determined that North Korea orchestrated the massive hack and release of sensitive documents.
It'll be interesting to see how the government responds to this. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S only statement so far is that people should still go to the movies.
But we know how Sony responded. They actually pulled "The Interview" yesterday. And they said they currently have no plans to release it in ANY format, including Video on Demand.
The reaction on Twitter was immediate and most celebs were pretty upset by the decision.
ROB LOWE Tweeted, quote, "Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow. (Rob appears in the movie as himself.)
JIMMY KIMMEL called it, quote, "An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent."
STEVE CARELL Tweeted, quote, "Sad day for creative expression."
(Carell is directly affected by this. He was supposed to star in a thriller he wrote about North Korea. But the project has been scrapped.)
And BILL MAHER said, quote, "Is that all it takes, an anonymous threat and the numbers 911, to throw free expression under the bus?"
A Theater in Texas Will Fight the Hackers By Showing "Team America: World Police"
The Alamo Drafthouse theater in Dallas / Fort Worth has come up with a solution to this business of Sony pulling "The Interview". They're replacing it with one free screening of "Team America: World Police".
That's the 2004 PUPPET movie made by the creators of "South Park", which very much ridicules KIM JONG UN's father, KIM JONG IL.
Theater employees will hand out American flags and other patriotic items. The movie will air December 27th at 7:00 P.M.
The theater says, quote, "THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win . . . well, that's your prerogative."
Did Justin Bieber Get Turned Down Because He Looks Like Ellen DeGeneres in Real Life?
JUSTIN BIEBER's new, platinum hairdo isn't helping his LOVE GAME.
The "New York Post" says Justin tried to hit on a woman at the Fresh Corn Grill in West Hollywood and she turned him down, saying he looks like ELLEN DEGENERES in person.
Justin wasn't happy to hear that, obviously, but there's no word if he said anything back to her.
Elton John is Getting Married This Weekend
ELTON JOHN and his longtime partner DAVID FURNISH are finally getting married this weekend. They've had a civil partnership since 2005 . . .
but gay marriage just became legal in Britain in March . . . so now they're making it happen.
Elton and David have been together since 1993, and they have two sons: Zachary, who'll be four on Christmas Day, and Elijah, who'll be two next month.