CULVER CITY, California – For those keeping track at home, the score is North Korea one, Sony a big, fat, zero.
That’s after Sony Pictures announced “The Interview” will not see the light of day, in theaters, on DVD, or anywhere else, giving in to hackers who threatened terrorist attacks on any theater showing the film.
“This is something that is being treated as serious national security matter," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. "There is evidence to indicate we have seen destructive activity with malicious intent that was initiated by a sophisticated actor.”
And by sophisticated actor, he’s not talking about Seth Rogan or James Franco.
Investigators are pretty sure North Korea’s Li’l Kim and his Beastly Boyz are the bad actors behind the hackers who broke into Sony’s databanks, stealing e-mails, financial information, and private personal information like health records and social security numbers.
Some theaters thought it would be big laughs to show the 2004 movie “Team America” that ends with the killing of Big Kim Jong Il, L’il Kim’s dead daddy.
But Paramount Pictures nixed that idea, leaving the Alamo Draft House and the others to leave their plans on the cutting room floor.
Rob Lowe and Steve Carell were among a handful of actors tweeting out their displeasure with Sony’s action, with Lowe comparing it to England giving in to Hitler’s demands right before the start of the Second World War.
Even though Sony pulled "The Interview," promotion for the film is still up and around in Los Angeles.
But not for long.
Some of the billboards are coming down, adding to the nightmare in this city where dreams are made.