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Theaters Forced To Cancel Screenings Of “Team America: World Police” After Terrorism Threats

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

After threats of terrorism and a major hacking scandal, Sony has decided not to release “The Interview,” a comedy featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco where they play journalists on a mission to assassinate Kim Jong-Un, North Korea’s leader. The movie was set to debut on Christmas day, and some movie theaters responded to Sony’s decision by airing “Team America: World Police.”

The Dallas/Fort Worth Alamo Drafthouse theater, The Plaza Atlanta Theater in Georgia and the Capital Theater in Ohio all planned to screen “Team America: World Police” because it targets Kim Jong-Il, the former leader of North Korea. In “Team America: World Police,” a puppet version of Kim Jong-Il not only sings “I’m So Ronery,” he's also killed on screen and it’s revealed he’s an alien cockroach hiding in a human body.

Now all those theaters have been forced to cancel their screenings of “Team America: World Police.” Paramount Pictures, the company that distributes the film, informed them the film was "out of service." 

"Due to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today," Alamo Drafthouse theater in Dallas/Fort Worth wrote on its Twitter account. The Drafthouse's Dallas/Fort Worth manager James Wallace told The Hollywood Reporter "We're just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation.”

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Neither Paramount Pictures nor The Drafthouse responded to requests for comment by The Hollywood Reporter before press time. 

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