America, Eff Yeah!
Alamo Drafthouse flips off North Korean hackers by showing Team America: World Police
UPDATE: Alamo Drafthouse has canceled the screening because Team America distributor Paramount Pictures has now removed the 2004 film from release.
The hacking of Sony Pictures by supposed North Korean hackers dubbing themselves Guardians of Peace has led the studio to pull its Christmas release, The Interview, from theaters completely. But Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson won't let the bad guys win, and they're fighting back in the most awesome way possible.
Instead of showing The Interview, in which Seth Rogen and James Franco are sent to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un, Alamo will put on a free screening of the 2004 film Team America: World Police. That film, written and directed by South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, was done entirely with marionettes and involved a plot to take down Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong Un's father.
The screening will take place on Saturday, December 27, and will be one of Alamo's patented quote-a-longs, meaning you'll hear lots of "America: F*** yeah!" coming from the audience.
Prior to Sony's deciding not to release the film at all, Alamo had plans to screen The Interview, flying in the face of the major theater chains in the U.S., which had all backed off showing it. The screening for Dallas-Fort Worth area critics was scheduled for Thursday, December 18, but has also been canceled.
Oh, and in case you wanted to see what all the fuss is about, The Verge has a video of what would have been Kim Jong Un's death scene in The Interview, although this one is reportedly gorier than the one that would have actually been in the film.