Following a threat earlier Tuesday from the hackers who attacked Sony servers late last month, the studio, along with "The Interview" stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, have pulled out of a scheduled appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Wednesday. In addition, they've pulled out of a "Late Night with Seth Meyers' appearance Thursday. NBC has confirmed and said Paul McCartney will be the scheduled guest on Wednesday's edition.
Suffice it to say, this is the first time in late-night TV history that guests have removed themselves from pre-scheduled appearances due to terrorist threats against movie theaters intending to screen controversial movies -- in this instance, of course, "The Interview," scheduled for a Christmas release, and a comedy -- if that is the correct word -- about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The leaks continued this morning, with a release of the "kill shot," which was posted on Gawker and elsewhere.
Deadline, which has also been posting the leaks, got this statement from Homeland Security regarding the threats against theaters:
“DHS is aware of a threat made online targeting movie theaters in the United States. We are still analyzing the credibility of these statements, but at this time, there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States."