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National Theater Chains Choose Not Show Movie Depicting the Assassination of President Bush

Two large theater chains have passed on showing "The Death of a President."

But the country's largest theater chain, Regal Entertainment Group, has passed on playing the film, citing the subject matter as the primary reason. "We would not be inclined to program this film," Regal Entertainment Group CEO Mike Campbell said. "We feel it is inappropriate to portray the future assassination of a sitting president, regardless of political affiliation."


Texas-based Cinemark USA also has declined to play the indie film, corporate spokesman Terrell Falk said. The circuit, which recently completed its acquisition of northern California-based Century Theatres, will not allow the regional player to book the film either. "We're not playing it on any of our screens," Falk said. "It's a subject matter we don't wish to play. We decided to pass on the film."

Finally, some common sense and reason.

National Amusements is still considering showing it. I hope they choose not to.

Boston-based National Amusements, controlled by Viacom Inc. chief Sumner Redstone, still is in negotiations as to whether it will play the R-rated film from director Gabriel Range, who reportedly was the subject of death threats before the film's debut in Toronto.


"We're currently in discussions with the distributor of the film," said Wanda Whitson, director of corporate communications at National Amusements. "The availability of the film in our markets is an important factor affecting this discussion. Our film department does consider all films, and we've run controversial films in the past."

There was a time when it was illegal to threaten the life of a president. As much as I couldn't stand President Clinton or President Carter, I would have been outraged if someone made a movies like this depicting their assassination. Criticizing them on their politics or their policies is one thing, but assassination movies are a whole different animal. They're unacceptable.


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Have not seen too many left... (Below threshold)

Have not seen too many leftie blogs denouncing this movie...well, since I don't read them that much, but if they're not, it seems as if they're happy over this movie. Like some donkey snuff film.

So often we only send corpo... (Below threshold)
Diane:

So often we only send corporations letters when we are upset. It would be good to commend these companies by letter or phone for choosing to not show this film.

Regal Entertainment Group:
7132 Regal Lane
Knoxville, Tennessee, 37918.
Phone number: 1-865-922-1123/
Fax Number: 1-865-922-3188.

Cinemark USA, Inc.
3900 Dallas Parkway, Suite 500
Plano, TX 75093-7865
Phone Number: 1-800-246-3627



I understand the movie is i... (Below threshold)
JJones:

I understand the movie is in someways favorable to Bush.

If it where otherwise........?

In the UK this is going str... (Below threshold)
Andrew Paterson:

In the UK this is going straight to TV, on More4, very left wing, but hey they show 'Curb your enthusiasm' so they get a pass from me. I'm suprised this is going anywhere near theatres in the US, surely its made for tv production values which show up badly.

For me, it comes down to th... (Below threshold)
pennywit:

For me, it comes down to the movies merit? There's a difference between a movie that uses a president's fictional assassination as a jumping-off point for an interesting plot about societal disintegration and a movie that uses a president's fictional assassination for a cheap way to garner publicity.

--|PW|--

Perhaps the protests of the... (Below threshold)
JJones:

Perhaps the protests of the liberals are creating a Passion of the Christ situation?

I'm guessing that not showi... (Below threshold)

I'm guessing that not showing the movie is a business driven decision. Being controversial isn't necessarily a bad thing, not anywhere near as bad as not selling enough tickets.

Are liberals and BDS sufferers clammoring to see this movie? I'm a little curious to see it but I certainly wouldn't pay money.

Probably a magnitude more people will go see that thing starring Robin Williams.

In the UK this is going ... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

In the UK this is going straight to TV, on More4

I guess ITV2 had higher standards, then...

I hear of some theaters tha... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

I hear of some theaters that wont show any HANOI JANES movies

It's still illegal to threa... (Below threshold)
jpe:

It's still illegal to threaten the president's life, but because of this thing we have called "the first amendment," it has to be a creditable threat, and not a form of political speech. There's plenty of information on the internets if you're interested in learning more about the topic.

"There was a time when it w... (Below threshold)

"There was a time when it was illegal to threaten the life of a president. As much as I couldn't stand President Clinton or President Carter, I would have been outraged if someone made a movies like this depicting their assassination. Criticizing them on their politics or their policies is one thing, but assassination movies are a whole different animal. They're unacceptable."

Kim, you can't be serious about that quote. And you sweer right now on Ty Cobb's grave that you wouldn't have felt any different if this were Carter or Clinton!

I don't believe you Kim, and you don't believe yourself.

I don't know ...I ... (Below threshold)
Martin A. Knight:

I don't know ...

I personally would prefer it if the movie gets shown on wide release. The Left won't be able to help themselves.

They'll troop to go watch, and cheer when the President gets shot. And that would simply make my day.

What is wrong with these pe... (Below threshold)
Carol:

What is wrong with these people and who do they think they are refusing to show this movie.

How dare they take away our right to make our own decisions on what we should and should not be allowed to see........


PS
I love President Bush.




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