“The Interview,” a comedy about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been canceled by Sony Pictures on Wednesday following threats made to theaters that had been scheduled to show the film.

The comedy, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, had been slated for  Christmas release. Major theater chains canceled the showings after a group called the “Guardians of Peace” threatened an attack on movie theaters, invoking the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Variety.

The threats followed a widespread hack of Sony Pictures in November, which resulted in the release of emails that embarrassed Sony executives.

According to NPR’s The Two Way blog, U.S. investigators believe that the origin of the hack and the threats can be traced to North Korea.

Seattle Twitter users responded to the furor around the movie over the past few days:

 

 

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Venice Buhain joins the Globalist this month as editor. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Venice Buhain joins the Globalist this month as editor. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

We are pleased to announce that Venice Buhain has joined the Seattle Globalist team as part-time editor. Venice will work closely with Globalist contributors, Editor-in-Chief Alex Stonehill, and fellow Editor Christina Twu to increase our coverage of important local-global news.

Venice brings more than a decade of daily journalism experience to the Globalist. She was the editor of Patch.com’s Bellevue site for the full three years it existed, and regularly covers the Washington legislative session for TVW.

Venice loves crunching numbers, filing requests for public documents, and playing the ukelele.

Please join me in welcoming Venice to the Globalist! You can send her your news tips, or just say “hi”, at venice[at]seattleglobalist.com.

Venice Buhain makes Globalist history, hitting 'publish' on her first story last week. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Venice makes Globalist history, hitting ‘publish’ on her first story last week. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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A capoeira demonstration by the group Senzala Evry in Dammarie-les-lys, France last year. (Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen)

(Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen)

About this time last year, I was going to the gym relentlessly, going from cardio machine to cardio machine, counting reps, lifting weights.

Frankly, I was bored. I was bored with the “stillness” of the movements and I’d gotten to the point where just the thought of the gym atmosphere was nauseating.

I heard about capoeira through word of mouth and began watching a series of youtube videos to educate myself on the Afro-Brazilian martial art. The capoeiristas looked like they were dancing but fighting at the same time. They appeared to be concentrating deeply, but their movements were smooth and free.

I had to try it for myself.