#CyberFLASH: Canadian theatres cancel release of ‘The Interview’ following threats

large_cybersecFederal investigators have connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment hacking to North Korea, according to a U.S. official.

The information linking the digital breach and North Korea came the same day Sony Pictures Entertainment announced it had halted next week’s planned release of Seth Rogen’s latest film The Interview. Sony decided not to more forward with the planned Dec. 25 theatrical release after most North American movie theatre operators, including the two largest in Canada, pulled the flick in response to threats issued earlier this week by the purported Sony hackers.

Here in Canada, Cineplex Entertainment and Landmark Cinemas Canada released statements within 20 minutes of each other late Wednesday afternoon citing the safety concerns as the main reason behind the delayed release.

Pat Marshall, vice-president of communications and investor relations at Cineplex — the country’s largest movie theatre chain — called the threats directed at theatres an “unprecedented and complex situation.”

“Cineplex takes seriously its commitment to the freedom of artistic expression, but we want to reassure our guests and staff that their safety and security is our No. 1 priority,” she said in an emailed statement.

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