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(CNN) - President Obama scolded Sony Pictures today for scrapping plans to release "The Interview." And Sony hit back, telling CNN exclusively that they had no choice.
The movie itself may be a farce, but the 'bigger picture' here has very serious implications for U.S. national security.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein characterized the attack as "monumental," and acknowledged that U.S. lacks any "real policy" to respond to cybersecurity attacks.
(CNN) - Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, denying that the studio had "caved" by scrapping next week's opening of "The Interview," fired back Friday after President Obama said the studio had "made a mistake."
In an exclusive interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Lynton also reopened the door to a future release of the controversial comedy, saying the company is considering some sort of release on the Internet.
Sony followed up on Lynton's remarks with a statement that read, in part, "It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so."
The company declined to comment on whether any distributors have agreed to help the company with that.
In his CNN interview, Lynton said "the president, the press and the public are mistaken" about what actually led to Sony's decision to shelve the "The Interview."
(CNN) - Today, two of the most famous people on the planet are slamming Sony for yanking "The Interview."
George Clooney and President Obama - the latter of whom took time out of his year end news conference to say Sony's decision was a mistake.
"I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all out assault on a movie studio on a movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco," the President stated. "I love Seth and I love James, but the notion that was a threat gives you a sense of kind of regime we're talking about here."
(CNN) - Like most of the American people, President Obama today seemed all set to put his office in the rear view mirror and get out of town for some vacation.
In the first family's case, in a few hours that will mean a stroll across the White House South Lawn onto Marine One then to Air Force One and off to Hawaii.
But whereas you and I have to go through grumbling TSA agents submitting our bags and shoes to inspection, presidents subject themselves to full-on probes from the White House press corps.
(CNN) - The Colbert Report ended its incredible 9 year run last night.
In the past 1,442 episodes, Stephen Colbert has pretty much done and seen it all. He's interviewed presidents and celebrities alike, had a NASA treadmill named after him, and hosted a rally on the national mall to restore sanity and/or fear.
Last night, on the final show, he brought back a just a few friends, including CNN's Jake Tapper to send Colbert - the pukey-pundit character Colbert, that is - into immortality.