The Interview coming to Crackle, Sony’s free streaming app?

The Interview coming to Crackle, Sony’s free streaming app?One of the biggest stories of last week was Sony’s The Interview being pulled from cinematic release after threats of violence from terrorist hackers the “Guardians of Peace”.

Fresh reports suggest Sony has found an outlet for The Interview, specifically its free streaming app, Crackle.

That’s the word over on New York Post, in Sony plans to release The Interview on Crackle for free. A fairly self-explanatory headline, if ever I’ve read one.

For those who’ve been sleeping under a rock, The Interview is a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as a pair of journalists ordered to assassinate North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, who’s ultimately wiped out when a missile blows up his head. Clearly ridiculous, right?

Unfortunately, Kim Jong-un doesn’t see the funny side, and the FBI now reckons there’s enough evidence to prove the North Korean government was behind the hacking and the subsequent threats of violence.

Little Kim has denied any wrongdoing (of course he would), but praised the hackers and says the movie was effectively an “act of war”.

President Obama reckons Sony was wrong to yield to the threats, but the Japanese studio says it had little choice after theatres and streaming sites refused to carry the movie.

Ironically, The Interview isn’t actually supposed to be any good, but naturally we all now want to see it; we’ll be damned if we’re going to let North Korea dictate which terrible comedies we’re allowed to watch.

And good news if you fall into the Interview-hungry camp, as – again – it’s supposedly coming to Crackle.

Alas, Crackle’s UK arm was shut down earlier this year, but we suspect there are ways around that, a bit like watching US Netflix in the UK. Maybe.

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2014 at 12:35

Blah blah blah... the FBI also helped "prove" Saddam had WMDs, and they bombed Move right there in Philly...
Who listens to anything the US alphabet soups squirt around?
Also: GOP did not explicitly threaten violence. They cleverly alluded to the aftermath of 9/11. That can mean many things.
I'd also like to remind folks of the outrage from US politicians who regularly brand Rockstar/Take2 "terrorists" - remember when CJ could fly passenger jets into high buildings?
Outrage! And how many other games had to cut missions that involved 9/11? Countless.
So lets cut the double standard bullsh*t, shall we?
Little known fact: the US killed 1.5 million North Koreans in one 24 hour bombing raid during the glorious Korean War... Enough to hold a bit of a grudge, right?

The only interesting thing I learned from the stories around the hacks: Seth Rogen is an "actor"... I honestly thought he was just a douche with good connections.


Lastly: where were all those freedom of speech loving do-gooders and desk heroes, when John Cusack had the guts to produce War Inc? And how would they like to see Loose Change on CBS - right after Survivor, maybe?
And if you joke on Twitter that you'd like to blow up Heathrow because all those faux anti-terror regulations screw with your travels, you get jailed. For a joke. There's the UK, there's the USA.

I really, really do not care what grudge they have with a little empire of nuts.
And Sony's security is a whole different issue. They should go to jail for their track record of hackibility. There... rant out.

bilbob  Dec. 22, 2014 at 13:22

blimey, you had too much coffee today? :)
On one point though I completely agree... Sony's record of IT Security is utterly shameful. How anybody can still trust them with electronic information is beyond me. It's not a matter of IF it's secure, it's a matter of WHEN it gets stolen and released...
I'm honestly not sure why they are getting such a free ride over this aspect.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2014 at 13:36

blimey, you had too much coffee today? :)
On one point though I completely agree... Sony's record of IT Security is utterly shameful. How anybody can still trust them with electronic information is beyond me. It's not a matter of IF it's secure, it's a matter of WHEN it gets stolen and released...
I'm honestly not sure why they are getting such a free ride over this aspect.


Exactly!!!! Thousands of employees records up for grabs now?
Scripts, pitches etc etc etc.... And they have the gall to speak of "unprecedented" hacks? With its history? If ever a class action was called for - this IS IT!!!

On the plus side: the emails are better than any movie they ever had their juvenile paws in...

SpeedyG  Dec. 22, 2014 at 14:54

On a lighter note, great publicity for all been told a mediocre movie. :p

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2014 at 15:01

Yes...
I actually have a great 'theory' about the whole thing. But I must not expose myself to death and or jail...

SpeedyG  Dec. 22, 2014 at 15:04

I heard rumours a big cheese in Hollywood (Top actor/director?) Told Sony to can the release. Supposedly based on advice from the guild. So make of that what you will...

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2014 at 19:30

I just read that Sean Penn compared Sony's canning of the Interview to capitulating to ISIS!!!
This hack thing really brings out the dumb... And I used to somewhat respect Penn.

Adster  Dec. 22, 2014 at 22:00

Did you really just spoiler the end of an unreleased film with zero warning????

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2014 at 22:04

Did you really just spoiler the end of an unreleased film with zero warning????
Me? No, I didn't mention that Kimmy dies at the end of The Interview....

SpeedyG  Dec. 22, 2014 at 22:07

Ads, this clearly means you'd best avoid this silly movie. :p

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2014 at 22:17

Ads, this clearly means you'd best avoid this silly movie. :p

What movie? I thought it's, like, an interview? :|

SpeedyG  Dec. 22, 2014 at 22:36

Ads, this clearly means you'd best avoid this silly movie. :p

What movie? I thought it's, like, an interview? :|


And a deadly one at that. :p

Put it this way, It's not going to be a Frost/Nixon level affair.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2014 at 22:57

The Nixon who wanted to blow up Castro with a CIA Cigar?

http://mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/styles/article_640x430/public/plot-to-kill-castro_5.jpg

SpeedyG  Dec. 22, 2014 at 23:05

Lets be fair, anything went in the Cold War. Killing Dictators and 'freedom fighters' was a 'righteous' act. :p

Anyway you know that's not what I meant. :p

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2014 at 23:13

hmmm'yeah... http://dlisted.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/opjamesfrancosethrogencake.jpg

SpeedyG  Dec. 22, 2014 at 23:33

http://24.media.tumblr.com/7bd0d8eeb657940f875a1d9a27dd08d9/tumblr_mls01kXFQq1refr1ho1_500.gif

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2014 at 23:58

I just puked a bit in my mouth :p

You have NO idea how much I despise him and the muppets who enable pointless
"artists" like him... I don't know why. It's genetics,I guess?

SpeedyG  Dec. 23, 2014 at 00:14

Funnily enough I don't hate him too much.

Scott Caan is my public number one douchebag :p

I expect more from Franco but tbh meh

Sony will find a way to make a mint out of this

even if they start off free

Hey in app purchase movie extras from DVD's? Deleted scenes and commentary for a few bucks?

Don't say I didn't warn you. :p

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 23, 2014 at 00:35

OMG... I bet you're right!
There are already "updates" of iBooks ebooks... In-book-purchases?

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 26, 2014 at 14:05

People. went. to. cinemas. to. see. this. on. Christmas.... Possible. it. broke. some. records...

Can this year please end? Please?
http://rs2img.memecdn.com/my-dumb-friend-never-understand-ma_o_1112299.jpg

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