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Sony pulls the

plug worldwide

on Kim movie

Sony has confirmed it has no plans to release the controversial satirical film The Interview in the UK or any other country in any form, following threats from hackers that they would attack any cinema that showed it. The studio said there are no further release plans, including on DVD or a video on demand (VOD) launch, which would have helped recoup the film’s estimated $42 million (£27.5 million) budget.

Most cinema chains in the US cancelled screenings of the film, about a plot to kill North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, prompting Sony to now shelve it altogether.

President Obama recommended that "people go to the movies", but stressed that the hack was "very serious". He added: "We'll be vigilant - if we see something that we think is serious and credible, then we'll alert the public."

But there has been dismay in Hollywood, with Ben Stiller calling the move "a threat to freedom of expression".

Several other famous names have criticised the decision to shelve the movie, accusing the studio of caving in to the hackers' threats.

Oscar-wining screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who has already attacked the media for spreading information leaked by the hackers, said: "The US has succumbed to an unprecedented attack on our most cherished, bedrock principle of free speech."

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel tweeted that the decision by theatres to refuse to show the film was "an un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent."

Actor Steve Carell called the move a "sad day for creative expression". His planned film project, a thriller called Pyongyang about a Westerner working in North Korea, was scrapped ahead of Sony’s announcement.

Goodbye to Orange Wednesdays

Mobile phone giant EE is to scrap Orange Wednesdays, which gives its customers two cinema tickets each week for the price of one, at the end of February. A spokesperson said: “After 10 great years our brand has changed and our customers’ viewing habits have also evolved so it’s time to move on.”


















Sony's announcement.


It’s goodbye to Orange Wednesdays

EE is to scrap Orange Wednesdays, which gives its customers two cinema tickets each week for the price of one, at the end of February. A spokesperson said: “After 10 great years our brand has changed and our customers’ viewing habits have also evolved so it’s time to move on.”

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FILM OF THE WEEK

FILM OF THE WEEK

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The UK's Top 5 films  December 12-14

1 NEW

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

£9,753,642

2 (1)

Paddington

£2,909,674

3 (2)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

£1,089,989

4 (3)

Penguins of Madagascar

£1,051,071

5 (4)

The Imitation Game

£534,554

The full box office rundown: Click here

Merry Christmas