Hollywood Reacts To Sony Canceling The Release Of “The Interview”

Updated — Dec. 18, 6:27 a.m. ET

In the last 24 hours, things have spiraled quickly for Sony’s latest comedy, The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Yesterday afternoon, the anonymous hacker group “Guardians of Peace” threatened an attack similar to 9/11 on anyone who goes to see the film. Shortly after, Rogen and Franco canceled all media appearances and Sony canceled the film's planned New York premiere on Thursday. The studio also said cinemas could pull out of their screening obligations without an penalty. Late into Tuesday evening and throughout Wednesday, theater chains began dropping scheduled screenings of the movie, including press viewings this week, and the National Association of Theatre Owners said individual theaters should decide whether or not they want to show the film.

The final strike came when Regal and AMC — and reportedly Cinemark — dropped the film from all their theaters. (The companies are the three largest theater chains in the U.S.) Late Wednesday, Sony stated the film would no longer be released in theaters. And the creative community in Hollywood have taken to Twitter to disagree with the way things were handled.

Actor Rob Lowe spoke with the film's star in the midst of everything.

Rob Lowe
@RobLowe

Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today.

10:14 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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Rob Lowe@RobLoweFollow

Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today.

5:14 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Producer, director, and screenwriter Judd Apatow took to Twitter on Wednesday to state his opinion on movie theaters deciding to not screen The Interview.

Judd Apatow
@JuddApatow

I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?

Wed Dec 17 19:47:30 UTC+0000 2014
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Judd Apatow@JuddApatowFollow

I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?

11:47 AM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He made an analogy.

Judd Apatow
@JuddApatow

What if an anonymous person got offended by something an executive at Coke said. Will we all have to stop drinking Coke?

07:48 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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Judd Apatow@JuddApatowFollow

What if an anonymous person got offended by something an executive at Coke said. Will we all have to stop drinking Coke?

2:48 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And discussed the level of the threat.

Judd Apatow
@JuddApatow

We also don't know that it isn't a disgruntled employee or a hacker. Do we think North Korea has troops on the ground in the US? Ridiculous

07:51 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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Judd Apatow@JuddApatowFollow

We also don’t know that it isn’t a disgruntled employee or a hacker. Do we think North Korea has troops on the ground in the US? Ridiculous

2:51 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But argued that this action will not deter people from seeing the film.

Judd Apatow
@JuddApatow

This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on Earth than it would have before. Legally or illegally all will see it.

07:53 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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Judd Apatow@JuddApatowFollow

This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on Earth than it would have before. Legally or illegally all will see it.

2:53 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel was on the same page.

Jimmy Kimmel
@jimmykimmel

. @JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent.

08:14 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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Jimmy Kimmel@jimmykimmelFollow

. @JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent.

3:14 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Filmmaker Michael Moore had a suggestion for the hackers.

Michael Moore
@MMFlint

Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I'd also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.

10:14 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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Michael Moore@MMFlintFollow

Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I’d also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.

5:14 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A few, actually.

Michael Moore
@MMFlint

Also, Sony Hackers – I really liked Tyler Perry in "Gone Girl" so hold off on doing anything yet with Madea.

10:20 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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Michael Moore@MMFlintFollow

Also, Sony Hackers – I really liked Tyler Perry in “Gone Girl” so hold off on doing anything yet with Madea.

5:20 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Actress Mia Farrow was upset.

mia farrow
@MiaFarrow

Damn. Bad guys won RT @nytimes: Breaking News: Sony Pictures Cancels Holiday Release of ‘The Interview’ After Threats
http://t.co/lxdhYQpUzY

10:24 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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mia farrow@MiaFarrowFollow

Damn. Bad guys won RT @nytimes: Breaking News: Sony Pictures Cancels Holiday Release of ‘The Interview’ After Threats
http://t.co/lxdhYQpUzY

5:24 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Actor Joshua Malina had a suggestion for how Sony could make up for the loss of revenue.

Joshua Malina
@JoshMalina

The tv networks should reimburse Sony for the costs of The Interview and simulcast it in prime time.

Wed Dec 17 22:34:46 UTC+0000 2014
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Joshua Malina@JoshMalinaFollow

The tv networks should reimburse Sony for the costs of The Interview and simulcast it in prime time.

2:34 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith joked about concerns over his next venture.

Seth Grahame-Smith
@sethgs

This can't be good for my BROKEBACK PUTIN spec.

Wed Dec 17 21:14:53 UTC+0000 2014
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Seth Grahame-Smith@sethgsFollow

This can’t be good for my BROKEBACK PUTIN spec.

1:14 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Comedian Bill Maher started a new hashtag.

Bill Maher
@billmaher

#TheInterview Is that all it takes – an anonymous threat and the numbers 911 – to throw free expression under the bus? #PussyNation

10:58 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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Bill Maher@billmaherFollow

#TheInterview Is that all it takes – an anonymous threat and the numbers 911 – to throw free expression under the bus? #PussyNation

5:58 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Actress and reality star Lisa Rinna felt this would make a difference, and not in a good way.

lisa rinna
@lisarinna

Canceling "The Interview" is quite a game changer in so many ways isn't it?

11:04 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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lisa rinna@lisarinnaFollow

Canceling “The Interview” is quite a game changer in so many ways isn’t it?

6:04 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Correspondent and producer Josh Horowitz was mad at the example this set.

Josh Horowitz
@joshuahorowitz

I truly can't believe it's come to this for THE INTERVIEW. What a horrible precedent to set. Show the damn movie.

09:27 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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Josh Horowitz@joshuahorowitzFollow

I truly can’t believe it’s come to this for THE INTERVIEW. What a horrible precedent to set. Show the damn movie.

4:27 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As was actor Zach Braff.

Zach Braff
@zachbraff

Canceling "The Interview" seems like a pretty horrible precedent to set.

10:55 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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Zach Braff@zachbraffFollow

Canceling “The Interview” seems like a pretty horrible precedent to set.

5:55 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The First Amendment was on the mind of comedian Amy Schumer.

Amy Schumer
@amyschumer

No bullshit though, this is seriously fucked and it's such a sad day for free speech. Frightening.

01:02 AM – 18 Dec 2014
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Amy Schumer@amyschumerFollow

No bullshit though, this is seriously fucked and it’s such a sad day for free speech. Frightening.

5:02 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ben Stiller also expressed his concerns about freedom of expression.

Ben Stiller
@RedHourBen

Really hard to believe this is the response to a threat to freedom of expression here in America.
#TheInterview

01:26 AM – 18 Dec 2014
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Ben Stiller@RedHourBenFollow

Really hard to believe this is the response to a threat to freedom of expression here in America.
#TheInterview

1:26 AM – 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

As did Steve Carell.

Steve Carell
@SteveCarell

Sad day for creative expression. #feareatsthesoul

Wed Dec 17 23:32:48 UTC+0000 2014
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Steve Carell@SteveCarellFollow

Sad day for creative expression. #feareatsthesoul

11:32 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Both Carell and Stiller drew comparisons to another film about a tyrant, Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator:

Steve Carell
@SteveCarell

Chaplin

Thu Dec 18 00:59:58 UTC+0000 2014
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Steve Carell@SteveCarellFollow

Chaplin

12:59 AM – 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Stiller retweeted this post by filmmaker Mark Romanek:

mark romanek
@markromanek

Released by United Artists, March 1941.

01:55 AM – 18 Dec 2014
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mark romanek@markromanekFollow

Released by United Artists, March 1941.

1:55 AM – 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Actor, director and writer Albert Brooks joked:

Albert Brooks
@AlbertBrooks

City of Atlanta demands all remaining prints of gone with the wind be destroyed

10:56 PM – 17 Dec 2014
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Albert Brooks@AlbertBrooksFollow

City of Atlanta demands all remaining prints of gone with the wind be destroyed

10:56 PM – 17 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Screenwriter and director Joss Whedon tweeted:

Joss Whedon
@josswhedon

Man, "The Interview" better be pretty funny, cuz there's no way I'm not watching it now.

05:28 AM – 18 Dec 2014
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Joss Whedon@josswhedonFollow

Man, “The Interview” better be pretty funny, cuz there’s no way I’m not watching it now.

5:28 AM – 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Joss Whedon
@josswhedon

Most American movies about other countries are offensively jingoistic. The Interview trailer ONLY makes fun of us and our media. Hmm.

05:43 AM – 18 Dec 2014
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Joss Whedon@josswhedonFollow

Most American movies about other countries are offensively jingoistic. The Interview trailer ONLY makes fun of us and our media. Hmm.

5:43 AM – 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Joss Whedon
@josswhedon

I have enjoyed movies that offended me deeply. The key to humor is the key to debate, to freedom of thought: difference.

05:48 AM – 18 Dec 2014
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Joss Whedon@josswhedonFollow

I have enjoyed movies that offended me deeply. The key to humor is the key to debate, to freedom of thought: difference.

5:48 AM – 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Actress Connie Britton had some choice words for the hackers.

Connie Britton
@conniebritton

I can't wait to watch #TheInterview. F**k you terrorists. Actually, given my constitutional right to free speech, make that FUCK you.

03:40 PM – 18 Dec 2014
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Connie Britton@conniebrittonFollow

I can’t wait to watch #TheInterview. F**k you terrorists. Actually, given my constitutional right to free speech, make that FUCK you.

10:40 AM – 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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