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December 17th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

Theaters cancel "The Interview" after threats

(CNN) - Before Sony officially announced its decision to postpone the release of "The Interview," nearly all major movie chains were giving into fears of security threats.

Regal Theaters released a statement saying in part, "due to the wavering support of the film "The Interview" by Sony pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theaters."

Cineplex Theaters also followed suit, saying, "Cineplex takes seriously its commitment to the freedom of artistic expression, but we want to reassure our guests and staff that their safety and security is our number one priority."

"The Interview" details a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Decisions to pull the movie come after an obscure message – referencing the 9-11 attacks – threatened anyone planning to see "The Interview." The messenger appears to be the same person - or persons - who hacked Sony computers and dumped private emails and movie clips online.

Meanwhile the FBI is getting closer to identifying who's behind the Sony hack. CNN's Pamela Brown joins "The Lead" to discuss the latest.

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