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article imageJames Franco, Seth Rogen cancel public appearances amid threats

By Nate Smith     Dec 17, 2014 in Entertainment
New York - Stars of the upcoming comedy The Interview have canceled previously scheduled promotional appearances for the film amid threats of violence from cyber hackers.
Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco have removed themselves from appearances which had been set for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The cancellations come as a group of Internet hackers that refer to themselves as the "Guardians of Peace" have threatened violence against Sony entertainment executives, and anyone that sees the movie, which is set to open Christmas Day nationwide.
However, reports have begun circulating in recent hours the New York premiere for the film has been canceled.
Also, at least one Georgia-based movie theater has elected not to show the movie.
The hackers first struck late last month when they obtained a wealth of data from Sony front office executives. That data has slowly been released amid a series of leaks since the initial hack. The latest private information dump also included a message that:
Warning
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.
In the movie, Franco and Rogen portray assassins targeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It's unclear whether the hackers are North Korea loyalists, or have other motivations.
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