North Korea Vs. Sony, Hollywood, America, & Mankind

Posted by The Daily Zombies Friday, December 19, 2014

When we had our First Look at director duo Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's The Interview back in June, we described it as "an action comedy that will absolutely antagonize a very powerful dictator". Today we witness the retaliation of the dictator and how Hollywood finally found its true nemesis: Terrorism. And this is why all of us Homo sapiens are involved in this not just for the petty juicy gossip leaks. 

This is truly a dark day. Not just for Sony, not just for Hollywood, and not even just for the United States of America. But for each and every human being standing for their freedom of speech. It's true that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has just confirmed mere hours ago, via USA Today,  that North Korea is indeed behind one of the worst cyber attack in American history. 

For the uninformed, check out the ever-dependable Wikipedia and follow Deadline's particularly strong ongoing coverage on the entire incident. In summary, we should now be rolling out our Final Preview for The Interview, director duo Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's follow-up to their incredible debut feature film This is the End, with the madcap political comedy originally set to be released on Christmas Day. And here we are mulling over the frailties of humanity following the unprecedented incident. 

On November 24th, a hacker group going under the moniker of "Guardian of Peace" (you might remember when Nixon first coined the term to get the reference) attacked Sony Entertainment with countless information containing confidential information and email contents of Sony associates and employees leaked online (accordingly 100 terabytes of it). It was indeed Christmas come early for the tabloids. Much has been talked about Sony Pictures co-chairwoman Amy Pascal's off-coloured email exchanges with multiple individuals on numerous political figures and celebrities. And here at The Daily Zombies, we only took notice when some of the email leakages unveiled more on the much-speculated Marvel/Sony negotiation to return Spider-Man to Marvel Studios for shared profits (a deal that went South), and for some, the leaked script for the recently announced James Bond film, Spectre.

On December 16th, the "Guardian of Peace" took aim at The Interview by threatening 911-level terrorist actions against the file on both its New York City premiere on December 18th and its country wide release on Christmas Day itself. Courtesy of Variety, here are the entire text, in red (something unprecedented in The Daily Zombies history):


We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
The world will be full of fear.

Remember the 11th of September 2001.

We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)

Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
All the world will denounce the SONY.

On the next day, the top six theater chains, namely, AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Cineplex, Carmike, as well as Bow Tie, pulled the show from their schedules in response. Meanwhile, Al Sharpton meet up with Amy Pascal on her comments as the world held their breath.

Ever the succinct commentator, Aaron Sorkin took a shot at the media:

“Today the U.S. succumbed to an unprecedented attack on our most cherished, bedrock principle of free speech by a group of North Korean terrorists who threatened to kill moviegoers in order to stop the release of a movie. The wishes of the terrorists were fulfilled in part by easily distracted members of the American press who chose gossip and schadenfreude-fueled reporting over a story with immeasurable consequences for the public–a story that was developing right in front of their eyes. My deepest sympathies go out to Sony Pictures, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and everyone who worked on The Interview.”

And I have never been a George Clooney aficionado apart from how he swept me all over in Fantastic Mr. Fox (and incidentally, totally lost me in Batman and Robin) but his response (kicking off a petition that eventually failed due to general cowardice) and pointers raised in this exclusive interview with Deadine absolutely have us rising up in arms to agree with him.

Please head over to Deadline for the full article but here are some excerpts from the main article:

DEADLINE: How could this have happened, that terrorists achieved their aim of cancelling a major studio film? We watched it unfold, but how many people realized that Sony legitimately was under attack?

GEORGE CLOONEY: A good portion of the press abdicated its real duty. They played the fiddle while Rome burned. There was a real story going on. With just a little bit of work, you could have found out that it wasn’t just probably North Korea; it was North Korea. The Guardians Oof Peace is a phrase that Nixon used when he visited China. When asked why he was helping South Korea, he said it was because we are the Guardians of Peace. Here, we’re talking about an actual country deciding what content we’re going to have. This affects not just movies, this affects every part of business that we have. That’s the truth. What happens if a newsroom decides to go with a story, and a country or an individual or corporation decides they don’t like it? Forget the hacking part of it. You have someone threaten to blow up buildings, and all of a sudden everybody has to bow down. Sony didn’t pull the movie because they were scared; they pulled the movie because all the theaters said they were not going to run it. And they said they were not going to run it because they talked to their lawyers and those lawyers said if somebody dies in one of these, then you’re going to be responsible.

We have a new paradigm, a new reality, and we’re going to have to come to real terms with it all the way down the line. This was a dumb comedy that was about to come out. With the First Amendment, you’re never protecting Jefferson; it’s usually protecting some guy who’s burning a flag or doing something stupid. This is a silly comedy, but the truth is, what it now says about us is a whole lot. We have a responsibility to stand up against this. That’s not just Sony, but all of us, including my good friends in the press who have the responsibility to be asking themselves: What was important? What was the important story to be covering here? The hacking is terrible because of the damage they did to all those people. Their medical records, that is a horrible thing, their Social Security numbers. Then, to turn around and threaten to blow people up and kill people, and just by that threat alone we change what we do for a living, that’s the actual definition of terrorism.

And now, with FBI confirming the source being none other than North Korea, we have the hackers praising Sony for their submissiveness courtesy to this article at CNN. So now, the film cannot be released online or on DVD, according to our Master. If there is ever a more genuine or louder "Fuck You" message here at The Daily Zombies, there are none comparable to this one from us now. NO. And we are not alone...

While some courageous folks have took to other channel to screen the film with an even worse offender in North Korea humiliation in Team America: World Police, Paramount has put off any flames regarding to this. 

Why yes, we are indeed living in an extremely depressing time right here right now. And yet here we are standing firm in our stance to stamp out terrorism for the same reason that nobody gets to bully our next generation. Fight, claws and tooth and nails, for not just Sony, not just Hollywood, but our own dignity. 

Update: President Barack Obama is after our very own undead hearts as he address the situation with no punches pulled.

Here goes:

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

Also starring Lizzy Caplan and Randall Park, The Interview is currently without release dates.


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