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Paramount Bans Screenings Of ‘Team America: World Police’

Paramount Bans Screenings Of 'Team America: World Police'

And the ramifications of North Korea’s hack of Sony keep spreading outward to other studios. First, Sony pulled their release of Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s “The Interview,” not long after, New Regency and Fox announced they were cancelling the planned Gore Verbinski and Steve Carell picture “Pyongyang,” and now Paramount is swooping in to avoid potentially ruffling an North Korean feathers.

In response to Sony yanking “The Interview,” a small handful of theaters—Capitol Theater in Cleveland, Plaza Atlanta in Atlanta, and the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas—revealed they would instead screen Trey Parker and Matt Stone‘s hilariously wrong puppet comedy “Team America: World Police.” It’s a fitting replacement, with the plot centering on a maniacal Kim Jong-il, who, among other things, sings a song called “I’m So Ronery,” gets impaled, and is revealed to be an alien from another planet. Ten years ago, this was deemed acceptable for wide release in cinemas around the world. Today? Not so much.

The Daily Beast repots that Parmount has ordered cinemas not to show “Team America: World Police,” perhaps in the fear that Kim Jong-il might return from the dead, or possibly that Kim Jong-un doesn’t know it exists. Either way, this controversy is now reaching some ridiculous heights, but at the very least, unlike “The Interview,” you can rent or buy the movie and watch at home if you feel like it. Here’s “I’m So Ronery” and the trailer for the movie.

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