A buddy comedy about taking down a dictator has turned into quite the real-life drama. This week, Sony Pictures canceled the release of "The Interview" after a wide-ranging hack on the the company's computer systems was carried out, and after terrorist threats against theaters were made. The U.S. believes North Korea was "centrally involved" in the hack, but the government has yet to formally accuse the nation of a cyberattack. Meanwhile, Hollywood A-Lister George Clooney began circulating a petition to have the film released online. Many of the top people in Hollywood refused to sign the petition out of fear of embarrassing retaliation from the hackers. Thomas Hubbard served as U.S. Ambassador to South Korea from 2001 to 2004. He tells The Takeaway what these hacks say about modern cyber warfare.
Now that Sony Pictures has pulled "The Interview" from theaters, you can't see it. But The Takeaway's own culture producer and Movie Date co-host Kristen Meinzer has. Listen to her review here.
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From Michael Brown in Ferguson to Eric Garner in Staten Island, black and white America seemed very far apart in 2014. The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates reflects on the year and moving forward.
The Takeaway explores the backlash from the movie "The Interview," we look at what "Serial" teaches us about the criminal justice system, and we look at the future of Cuban baseball.