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Cinemas planning to show Team America told to cancel screenings

"Kim Jong Il" in Team America: World Police. Credit: Press Association Images

Cinemas in the United States who had planned to responded to the cancellation of The Interview by showing another movie that pokes fun at North Korea in its place have been told not to do so by its distributor, Paramount Pictures, it is claimed.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's branch in Dallas had planned to show a free screening of Team America: World Police, the 2004 satirical comedy co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, but have since tweeted that that have now cancelled the show due to "circumstances beyond their control".

Another theatre that had planned to show the same movie, claimed in a tweet that Paramount Pictures was preventing them from doing so.

Team America: World Police, which features an all-puppet cast, focuses on American anti-terror unit tries to save the world from an attack led by North Korea’s former leader Kim Jong-il.

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ITV News Quiz: Test your knowledge of banned films

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US loses first 'Cyber War', Republicans claim

The US has lost its first cyber war and North Korea has won, says one of America's top Republicans, after a cyber attack on a film studio led to a film about North Korea being pulled from release.

Today many in both Washington and Hollywood have been criticising the decision to cancel the film.

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports.

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