No News is Bad News. Join the SA Current Press Club.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Alamo Drafthouse Scraps Plans to Screen 'Team America' Instead of 'The Interview'

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

click to enlarge A still of the Kim Jong-un death scene from the The Interview - COURTESY
  • Courtesy
  • A still of the Kim Jong-un death scene from the The Interview

The year draws to a truly bizarre close as the leaders of North Korea’s self-described “socialist state” continue to retaliate against Sony Pictures Entertainment for its production of The Interview, a political action-comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen that depicts Kim Jong-un’s assassination to the tune of Katy Perry’s “Firework.”

November witnessed a series of hostile cyber-attacks on the media conglomerate by a malicious hacker force operating under the moniker of “Guardians of the Peace.”

The hackers—who U.S. intelligence has officially connected to North Korea—leaked unreleased films such as Annie and Mr. Turner in addition to unsavory emails from co-chairwoman Amy Paschal tinged with racist remarks about President Obama. (You can read Vulture's breathless coverage of the entire hack saga here.)

On Wednesday the hackers further threatened Sony by claiming they would take terrorist action during The Interview’s New York City premiere at Sunshine Cinema, prompting Sony to halt the film’s nationwide release indefinitely. In a end-of-year press conference today, President Obama called the cancellation a "mistake."

While Sony’s decision was derided by actors and filmmakers alike, the Alamo Drafthouse and other U.S. theater chains proposed to replace showings of The Interview with Team America: World Police—a satire created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the duo behind “South Park” and “The Book of Mormon." The film features a sick musical number by North Korea’s former leader, Kim Jong-the-illest—until the film’s distributor Paramount Pictures ordered theaters to ax these showtimes.

Prior to Team America’s cancellation, the Alamo Drafthouse originally published a bombastic announcement of the film’s 10th anniversary on its website.

“Sure, you can celebrate your independence the usual way: slow sipping a beer as you stand over a grill while people you have only mild contempt for wait inside for their free meal. OR you can join The Action Pack as we celebrate the GREATEST MOVIE MADE ABOUT AMERICAN PATRIOTISM EVER and celebrate its 10th anniversary!"

However, yesterday the cinema chain sadly admitted to canceling its screenings of Team America “due to circumstances beyond our control” on Twitter

It seems that now, thanks to baby boy Kim Jong-un and the cowardly actions of motion picture distributors, we have to scour the Internet for banned movies from the comfort of home this holiday season. Or you can watch the "Fuck Yeah!" music video from Team America. It'll make you love the U.S. of A. so hard. 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 18, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation