I'm finding the sabre-rattling from the US a little disturbing. The decision of theatre-owners not to show the film seems sensible (and quite possibly insurance-driven). The chances seem pretty small of NK being able to mount a physical attack, but what if you're wrong? Might chance it if I were a theatre-owner in Arsendofnowhereville, Ohio (But with very prominent "at your own risk" signs just in case) as you'd clean up if you sold US flags; "I survived the interview" t-shirts; and similar stuff on the way out. No way in hell would I chance it if it was a theatre -say- in Times Square or somewhere touristy.
Also, Xmas Day release...symbolic in a number of ways; and a successful terrorist attack then would get all the publicity any terrorist could ever want.
I don't really blame the theatre-owners too much...the pot isn't that big (fuller houses for a little while, plus a bit of mechandise) and the stakes are high (preventable deaths if you spin the wheel and you're wrong). By all accounts the film isn't all that anyway.
I don't really blame Sony -a Japanese-owned company- for yanking the release...nowhere to show the film, plus the preventable death thing, plus they are still being blackmailed. When you have them by the bollocks, their hearts and minds will follow; as the saying goes.
Where I'm getting the disconnect is all this "a blow against US freedom" cobblers. It's a blow against *Sony's* freedom, right enough, but they're Japanese; therefore foreign and don't count (going by the rest of US foreign policy). So the US gets to see a (reputedly) crap film a little later than originally planned and a reasonable response to that is bombing an entire nation into a glass car park, if the online opinions are anything to go by.
America, you are spoiled rotten. Go to bed this minute, and tidy up your room while you're up there.