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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.


ITV News Quiz: Test your knowledge of banned films

Sony has taken the unusual step of deciding not to release the film The Interview following an online backlash and threats to attack cinemas where it is shown.

While the circumstances are unusual, it is certainly not the first film to be effectively banned. Take our quiz and 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.


Mario Balotelli fined and suspended for Instagram post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been fined £25,000, suspended for a match and ordered to attend an "education programme" by the FA as punishment for an Instagram post that provoked claims of racism and anti-semitism.

Mario Balotelli retweeted the offensive image on his Instagram account before removing it after criticism. Credit: Mario Balotelli/Instagram

Balotelli admitted breaching FA rules after apologising for re-posting an image from the computer game 'Super Mario' on his Instagram page which included the comment "jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew".

The Football Association confirmed the punishment, announcing:

Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, Mario Balotelli has been fined £25,000, suspended for one-match with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, and warned as to his future conduct after he admitted breaching FA Rules in relation to social media.

The charge was that an image the Liverpool player posted on social media was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to FA Rule E3(1).

Furthermore, the posting was considered to be an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in FA Rule E3(2) in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality and/or religion or belief.

Mr Balotelli has also been ordered to attend an education programme.

– Football Association

White House: Sony hack 'serious national security matter'

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The massive cyber attack on Sony Entertainment is being treated as a "serious national security matter", the White House has confirmed.

But White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that he was unable to confirm if North Korea was responsible for the attack, and said a federal investigation was "progressing".

US officials also said that the National Security Council is now considering a "proportionate response" to the hack.

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