Edward Longshore draped in an American flag stands outside the Silent Movie Theatre for a midnight screening of ‘The Interview’ in Los Angeles, California. The provocative comedy  went straight to US consumers  in an unprecedented online debut. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Sony Pictures’ comedy The Interview grossed more than $1 million in limited release at the US box office on December 25th, the studio said on Friday.T(...)

Sony Entertainment’s  Michael Lynton: insisted  it had “not caved” to hackers who crippled the company. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Sony Pictures still wants and intends to release its controversial film The Interview, possibly via YouTube. As US president Barack Obama again expre(...)

President Barack Obama said the Sony hacking was an “act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately”. Photograph: New York Times

US president Barack Obama does not consider the cyber attack on Sony to be an act of war, he said in an interview, remarks apparently aimed at limitin(...)

 An undated picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) from  July 2014 showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (centre) surrounded by  soldiers as he tours a front-line military detachment in the East Sea, North Korea.

North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the US into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment and warned of “serious” conseq(...)

The Regal Chain said Sony’s decision to ditch The Interview was: “due to the wavering support of the film by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats.” Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images 2:30

In the century-long history of the cinema we have never seen anything quite like the kerfuffle surrounding Sony’s decision to pull The Interview from (...)

A notice on the box office window at the Sunshine Cinema in New York yesterday. The New York premiere of ‘The Interview’, a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean president Kim Jong-un, has been cancelled. Photograph: Reuters/Andrew Kelly 2:30

The New York premiere for The Interview, Seth Rogen and James Franco’s film depicting a fictional assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jo(...)

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theatre during the premiere of the film The Interview in LA, California on December 11th, 2014. Photograph: Reuters/Kevork Djansezian 2:30

The New York premiere of The Interview, a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong Un, has been cancelled after(...)

 Sony studios in Culver City, California: The studio’s reputation has suffered considerable damage in the wake of leaked emails that have proved extremely damaging. Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg

Hollywood giant Sony Pictures Entertainment has gone on the offensive for the first time in the hacked-and-leaked emails scandal, warning US media aga(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a catfish farm in this undated photograph released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. Photograph: KCNA

North Korea has denied orchestrating a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures in retaliation for an upcoming Hollywood film that depicts an assassination plot(...)

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