Thursday, December 18, 2014

SONY CROSSED THE LINE - AND THEN WALKED BACK

                                Sony scraps 'The Interview' release; North Korea blamed for hack

Looks like Sony finally woke up to the reality that making a film that depicts a "real live" leader of a country; be it N. Korea or the United States, having their heads blown off on the big screen is not such a good idea. Like all the embarrassing emails that Sony executives wish they could find a way to un-mail them, The Interview is a film I'm sure they wish they had never made.

"By canceling release of the film, Sony Entertainment is admitting it made the wrong decision to go forward," said Laura Martin, senior media analyst at Needham & Co. "They are now succumbing to pressure that they obviously underestimated six months ago."

Sony executives had originally resisted postponing "The Interview," fearing that doing so would be a victory for the hackers, and set a dangerous precedent for future threats.

Although many in Hollywood expressed relief at Sony's decision, others expressed anger.

"I think every business has the right to do whatever they want, but when — en masse — all of these businesses decide not to present a movie, they're basically setting themselves up for other people to threaten them," said director Judd Apatow, a friend and frequent collaborator of "The Interview's" director and co-star Seth Rogen. "What do they do when someone says the same thing about the James Bond movie or 'Annie'?"

At the same time, filmmakers Rogen and Evan Goldberg — with Sony's consent — made a movie that portrayed the gruesome assassination of a sitting world leader, something that film historians say has not been done before.  

The reason it was never done before is obvious even though there are many in the film industry who are simply too simple-minded to realize it.