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Amid Hacker Threats, Theater Chain Pulls 'The Interview'

In the wake of threats made by the hackers behind the recent Sony Pictures leaks, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Carmike Cinemas pulled The Interview from its theaters.

The decision comes after the studio informed theater owners it still plans to release the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy on Christmas. Sony gave them an out, saying it will support any decision they make about showing the film.

The Columbus, Georgia-based Carmike is one of the country's largest theater chains; the company operates 278 theaters consisting of 2,917 screens across 41 states.

Anonymous emails were issued on Tuesday, evoking the memory of 9/11 while threatening violence against those who attend screenings of  The Interview, which stars Franco and Rogen as a journalist and producer sent by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. However, the Department of Homeland Security maintains there's no evidence of an active plot against American theaters.

Additionally, TheWrap reports the New York premiere of The Interview, which was to be held at a Landmark theater, has been canceled. You also won't be seeing Rogen and Franco doing any interviews for the film: The entire press tour for The Interview has been scrapped.

Update (11:53 a.m.): According to The Hollywood Reporter, "a knowledgeable source" contends that the top five U.S. theater circuits -- Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment -- have now decided against showing The Interview.

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