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Theaters cancel showings of "The Interview" after threats of violence

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Carmike Cinemas, which operates Stonybrook Cinemas in Louisville, says it will not show the movie "The Interview."

This comes after threats against moviegoers by the Sony hackers.

Thursday night's New York premiere has also been canceled.

In "The Interview," Rogen and Franco star as television journalists involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Speculation about a North Korean link to the Sony hacking has centered on that country's angry denunciation of the film. Over the summer, North Korea warned that the film's release would be an "act of war that we will never tolerate." It said the U.S. will face "merciless" retaliation.

On Tuesday, Rogen and Franco pulled out of all media appearances, canceling a Buzzfeed Q&A and Rogen's planned guest spot Thursday on "Late Night With Seth Meyers." A representative for Rogen said he had no comment. A spokeswoman for Franco didn't respond to queries Tuesday.

The hackers, who call themselves "Guardians of Peace," have said that anyone who sees the film will suffer a "bitter fate and the world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September, 2001."

Carmike Cinemas, which operates 247 theaters across the country, was the first to cancel its planned showings of the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Department of Homeland Security says there is no credible intelligence to indicate a threat.

The film is scheduled to premiere in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.

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