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Paramount pulls ‘Team America’ screenings in wake of ‘Interview’ controversy

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Moviegoers hoping to catch a screening of “Team America: World Police” in lieu of the canceled “The Interview” are out of luck.

Paramount, the studio that owns distribution rights to the 2004 satirical film by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, has decided not to offer the movie to theaters. The Richardson, Texas location of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain originally planned to show the film in the place of “The Interview” when the latter film was canceled. The screening was promoted as free, including giveaways of free American flags and patriotic items to viewers.

“We’re just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation,” said James Wallace, the creative manager and programmer for the Dallas-area Alamo Drafthouse location.

The location, as well as Cleveland’s Capitol theater — which had also scheduled a screening of the movie — were forced to cancel their showings.

The planned Dec. 25 release of “The Interview,” which features a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, was canceled by Sony Pictures Entertainment Wednesday after threats were issued against theaters and moviegoers screening and viewing the movie respectively. “Team America,” a movie filmed using marionettes, features a caricature of Kim’s father, former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

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