Mike Myers' infamous villain persona took over the set of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, interrupting the opening sketch to bring a message to North Korea and Sony Pictures.
Dr. Evil, the antagonist of the Mike Myers' comedic film franchise "Austin Powers," interrupted the opening sketch of "A Very Somber Christmas With Sam Smith."
After receiving a strong ovation from the live studio audience, Myers as Dr. Evil expressed his protestations against all the parties involved in the recent decision by Sony to pull the film "The Interview" from various theaters over a hacker threat. more >>
China, North Korea's lone major ally, said Monday it condemns any form of cyber attack, but agreed with the North Korean government that there's no evidence to prove Pyongyang's involvement in the hacking of Sony Pictures, which has led the company to cancel the planned release of the film, "The Interview."
"Before making any conclusions there has to be a full [accounting of] the facts and foundation," The Globe and Mail quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying as saying Monday. "China will handle it in accordance with relevant international and Chinese laws according to the facts."
On Saturday, North Korea's official KCNA news agency quoted an anonymous spokesman of North Korea's foreign ministry as saying that there would be "grave consequences" if the United States refuses to conduct a joint probe and continues to accuse Pyongyang. more >>
A new recording from the Christian duo For King and Country is now available online and featured in Roma Downey and Mary Burnett's new series "A.D."
For King & Country, formerly known as Joel & Luke, recorded a rendition of the song "By Our Love" specifically for the "A.D." soundtrack. The latest from the Nashville-based brothers can be heard on the new trailer for the television series, which heads to NBC on Easter Sunday 2015. Downey, who co-produced "A.D." with her husband Burnett, released a statement announcing the exciting development on the soundtrack.
"We are very excited to share our new A.D. music video with Christian Post viewers. Through For KING and COUNTRY's powerful rendition of "By our love" reminds us this is the way Jesus changes the world," said Downey to The Christian Post. "During our Christmas celebration we rejoice in how God incarnated His compassion for all humanity and he launched a revolution of love that has transformed the lives of billions of people." more >>
The North Korean government issued a statement on Sunday threatening the White House, Pentagon and entire U.S. mainland of "bold counteraction" over accusations that the government of Kim Jong Un is responsible for the hack on Sony Pictures that forced the film studio to cancel the release of "The Interview."
"The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the U.S. in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels," read the message by the Policy Department of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK.
"Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism, by far surpassing the 'symmetric counteraction' declared by [President Barack] Obama." more >>
I've found the entire Interview cancelation fiasco deeply disturbing. It's one story if Sony faced a vague threat and canceled the movie in a panic, a cancellation that would also have the collateral effect of perhaps appeasing the hackers and preventing the further release of damaging e-mails. But the collapse of will here was far more systematic. It wasn't just Sony. Every major theater chain pulled out. Major online streaming services indicated they wouldn't run it. Another studio, Paramount, canceled the small-scale screenings of an entirely separate film, Team America: World Police, a movie that's been viewed countless times in theaters and online without incident.
Particularly disheartening is the fact that the cancellation came from corporations that have gained enormous market share precisely because they're very, very good at determining what the American consumer wants. Was this corporate cowardice, or were the corporations reacting to years of accumulated information and experience about the American movie-goer? I think it's a combination of both.
Regarding corporate cowardice, the irony is that we're talking about an industry that routinely applauds itself for "speaking truth to power" or for it's own "courage" when it makes films that their fellow progressives love but might anger a few people in Tennessee and Alabama. It's not courage when you seek the acclaim of your peers at the expense of the feelings and mores of people who will do no more than publicly criticize your product. So, now, in the face of a miniscule "real" threat, we see the stuff Sony and Paramount are made of. And it is weak stuff indeed. more >>
North Korea claimed it was not involved in a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, which led to the cancellation of the release of the movie "The Interview," and also "offered" a joint investigation into it with the United States, warning of "grave consequences" if Washington doesn't agree.
There would be "grave consequences" if the United States refuses to conduct a joint probe and continues to accuse Pyongyang, North Korea's official KCNA news agency quoted an anonymous spokesman of the North's foreign ministry as saying Saturday, according to Reuters.
Sony on Wednesday dropped its plans to release "The Interview," an action comedy about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, on Christmas Day. "Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business," Sony said in a statement. more >>