'Team America' screenings also pulled from theaters
NEW YORK (AP) — Programmed as a playful substitute to "The Interview," Trey Parker and Matt Stone's North Korea comedy "Team America: World Police" also has been pulled from theaters.
After Sony dropped its planned Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" on Wednesday, a handful of theaters plugged in 10-year anniversary screenings of "Team America," the 2004 puppet film that parodies former North Korea leader Kim Jong Il.
Cleveland's Capitol Theatre said its long-planned "Team America" screening was canceled Thursday by Paramount Pictures, the studio that released the film. The theater had booked the film in October.
Texas' Alamo Drafthouse also said it was pulling "Team America" showings on Dec. 27 "due to circumstances beyond our control." The chain's theater in Richardson, Texas, had advertised the screening as a show of support for freedom.
Paramount didn't respond to emails Thursday.
Sony Pictures on Wednesday canceled the release of the Seth Rogen, James Franco comedy "The Interview" amid terrorist threats by a hacking group believed to be connected to North Korea. Sony says it has no plans to release "The Interview."
Terry Wallace in Dallas contributed to this report.