The Hollywood ReporterAfter Sony canceled the release of the North Korea assassination comedy The Interview, a Texas theater said it would swap the film with Paramount’s 2004 film Team America: World Police for one free screening.

“We’re just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation,” James Wallace, creative manager and programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Dallas/Fort Worth location, tells The Hollywood Reporter. 

American flags and other patriotic items will be given out by theater employees, Wallace says. 

The plot of Team America, co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, revolves around Kim Jong Il, the father of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The posters promoting the R-rated movie in 2004 included the tagline, “Putting the ‘F’ Back in Freedom.” 

In a note on its website, the theater added: “THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win…well, that’s your prerogative.”

Sometimes in our darkest moments heroes emerge, and this is one of those times. God bless James Wallace and the fine outstanding staff of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. I think it’s fair to say that never before in history has anyone stood in a place called Alamo and done so much for the cause of freedom as these people are.

All seriousness aside, I’ll concede that ‘The Interview’ is a dumb idea for a movie. It’s hard to imagine that so many people involved in green-lighting this thing could’ve thought they’d do a movie where assassinating a psychotic and very non-fictional despot is played as a joke and not expect they’d upset a few sensitive folks. Not to mention, from the trailer it seemed like a movie I wouldn’t watch if I was sick in bed and it was on free cable (where it was likely headed inside of about six months from the looks of it).

But since when do we ever let any foreign power dictate to us what we can and cannot laugh at? The founding fathers put freedom of speech in the first amendment — not the eleventh, not in a footnote and not in a letter less read director’s cut of the constitution. It’s the first right we have and it’s meant to cover everything from the freedom to the government to go pee up a rope to your right to watch a bad, ill conceived Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy. Even ‘Pineapple Express’ (though I think that’s sort of a gray area) and once studios start caving into demands made by shadowy hackers halfway around the globe, where does it end? If some group of radicals decides that obnoxious man-children are an affront to their god, are we going to start pulling every Adam Sandler movie?

And, while I’m a little prejudiced since I’ve been running my mouth on stand up stages for 20 years or so, comedy should get even more slack than regular speech. Satire, when it’s done right, can stick its thumb in the eye of evil better than any other form of expression. In the 1930s, Charlie Chaplin did a parody of Hitler in ‘The Great Dictator.’ ‘The Three Stooges’ did likewise in the ones where Moe played Emperor Hailstone of Moronica with a swastika made out of snakes. If the Nazis had threatened to blow up a theater that showed them, we would’ve dared them to try and kicked their goosestepping asses all the way back to Berlin if they had.

Like I said, ‘The Interview’ is no great loss, but the precedent being set here is, and I shudder to think what creative expression is going to look like from here on in. So thanks to Mr. Wallace and those heroes at the Alamo Drafthouse for at least trying to stand their ground. America … F-yeah.

@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton
With multiple outlets reporting that the Celtics are in trade talks with the Dallas Mavericks to trade Rondo, the guys react to the possible deal

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After the Sony hacking scandal, The Seth Rogen/James Franco movie is not going to be released on Christmas.

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Pierre joins the show to talk about the Bruins-Wild game, Bruins trade rumors, and the rest of the NHL.

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Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

New Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley says the Diamondbacks tried to force him to go gluten free. (Doug Pensinger/ Getty Images)

AZCentralWade Miley doesn’t want to upset anyone with the Diamondbacks. He … says he has no hard feelings. But he also sounded annoyed on Tuesday when addressing questions about his preparation habits, about concerns the Diamondbacks apparently had that might have played a part in him eventually being traded to the Boston Red Sox last week. … [For] weeks leading up to the deal, there were indications the Diamondbacks weren’t happy with something about Miley’s work habits and/or preparation. The team’s concerns swirled through enough baseball circles that they eventually made their way to Miley himself. … Miley said he didn’t want to go into specifics about his diet but did make a passing reference about not being gluten free. He said he wished the team were more willing to tailor its approach toward individuals rather than having everyone doing the same things. “It might work for some people, but I didn’t feel like it worked for me,” he said. “I did what I felt like I needed to do to pitch every five days.”

For starters let me be up front and admit I’m partial to fat guy athletes. Some of my favorite all time Red Sox players were, to put it kindly, portly gentlemen — Luis Tiant, Mo Vaughn, Curt Schilling and David Ortiz. There’s just something about plus-size ballplayers that makes them relatable humans. Show me a guy who is no stranger to the postgame spread but can still deliver in the clutch, and he’s already got an early lead in the Folk Hero Sweepstakes. Which is why Wade Miley is instantly, without even throwing a pitch in a Sox uniform, making a fan out of me.

That said, what the hell is wrong with the Arizona Diamondbacks? Is this what America has come to? We’re going to have ballclubs falling in love with every stupid diet fad that comes along?

I mean, what is with this War on Bread? It used to be the most universally admired food on Earth. Your staple of the food groups. The subject of half the verses in the Bible, beloved by young and old alike and now we’re treating it like it’s Ebola. Remember the Atkins’ ridiculousness? People you worked with were having a half pound of deli roast beef and calling that a lunch? Or the South Beach nonsense that was supposed to be a little more reasonable, but still basically outlawed the poor? Well those diets look like a cruise ship buffet compared to this anti-gluten hatred and now the mania is seeping into our pro sports leagues to further erode our culture. It’s wrong.

We used to make steel, big cars and major league ballplayers in this country. We were once a nation built by real men who lived off of gluten. They carved Chrysler 440 cubic inch engines out of solid blocks of metal, ate a great big plate of gluten with gluten on the side and extra lactose on top, thanks. We had great pitchers who did likewise, smoked, drank, seduced women, won wars and then hiked their pants up over their overhanging bellies, took the ball and made 40 starts a year.

Now we’ve got major league teams forcing their pitchers to eat salads? It’s a sad day for America. But at least I’ve got my new boy Wade Miley, who’s more than welcome in my book. Welcome to Boston, Wade. Have a clam chowder in a bread bowl and a couple of beers on me. You’re among friends now.

@JerryThornton1

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
ESPN's John Buccigross joined the show to discuss how to fix the Bruins.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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