UPDATE: Paramount Pictures, which owns the rights to "Team America: World Police," has cancelled planned screenings of the film, which was to be shown in place of Sony's now-cancelled release of comedy "The Interview." (Our original report is below.)
Alamo Drafthouse's Dallas/Forth Worth location was one of the theaters that had planned on showing the 2004 flick, which features Kim Jong-il (the father of "The Interview" subject Kim Jong-un). But the chain tweeted on Thursday that the screening, planned for December 27, had been cancelled "due to circumstances beyond our control."
Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today.- Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 18, 2014
The Capitol Theater in Cleveland, Ohio also tweeted Thursday that Paramount had yanked the film.
Please note: Our Late Shift screening of Team America: World Police has been canceled by Paramount Pictures. pic.twitter.com/TlPVzIeICW- Capitol Theatre (@CapitolW65th) December 18, 2014
The "Team America" screenings were a fun response to Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview," in which James Franco and Seth Rogen travel to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong-un. Looks like neither Sony nor Paramount are in a laughing mood, though.
Texas moviegoers who had planned on seeing "The Interview" -- the now-cancelled Sony comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un -- can now watch a similarly-themed film in its place.
The Dallas/Forth Worth location of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain will offer one screening of "Team America: World Police" during a showtime it had initially reserved for "The Interview." The R-rated 2004 flick, co-written by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, featured foul-mouthed puppets fighting against several evil world leaders, including Kim Jong-un's father, Kim Jong-il.
"We're just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation," said James Wallace, creative manager and programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's Dallas/Fort Worth location, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
The screening, part of the chain's famous "quote-along" series, will invite moviegoers to shout out quotes and sing songs from the films with subtitles displayed onscreen. Red, white, and blue paraphernalia and other patriotic items will be passed out to audience members.
For more information about the event, visit the Alamo Drafthouse's website. And if you don't mind having the song stuck in your head all day, listen to "Team America"'s epic -- and NSFW -- anthem, "America (F--k Yeah)," here.
[via: Alamo Drafthouse, The Hollywood Reporter]
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