UPDATE, 5:21p ET: Sony Pictures cancels the planned Christmas Day release of 'The Interview,' which portrays a fictional assassination attempt of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after hackers issued threats that implied the theaters showing the movie were terror targets.


Major movie theaters across America will not show “The Interview” after hackers threatened to attack theaters showing the controversial movie.

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As of Wednesday AMC Entertainment, Regal Cinemas, Cineplex and Cinemark had opted to drop the movie after the hackers issued threats that implied the theaters showing the movie were terror targets. According to TMZ, Bow Tie Cinemas also canceled planned showings of the movie.

New hacked emails also reveal that Sony execs showed a rough cut of the film "The Interview" to at least two U.S. government officials who gave it the OK, according to the Daily Beast.

The site reports that the State Department had an active role in deciding whether or not Kim Jong-un's gruesome death scene at the conclusion of the film would be included, and officials signed off on the controversial scene.

The Sony hacking saga took a sinister turn on Tuesday when hackers sent a message and threatening to target theaters showing “The Interview” in a 9/11 type attack.

Sony then told theaters they will not be penalized should they choose now to show it.

Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in today on “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

“I cannot recall an incident like this where a hacking has resulted in the massive refusal of a major corporation to sell its product, which is a satire, which is a form of protected political speech. Shep, it is the duty and the job of the government to protect the exercise of First Amendment freedoms,” Napolitano said.

Napolitano called on the government to find the hackers and neutralize the threat because people have a right to watch this movie.

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