December 22nd, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Will anyone dare air 'The Interview?'

Famed defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz, Bold Films CEO Gary Michael Walters, and Variety co-editor in chief Andrew Wallenstein describe the consequences of the Sony cyber-attack and the postponement of the theatrical release of "The Interview."

A few of the highlights:

  · Dershowitz: "This dictator managed to do what no American president can do - that is, censor a film because of its content."

  · Dershowitz: "We must fight back, and the answer has to be, as it always is, if you try to censor, it will backfire. More people will see, more people will read, we will fight fire with fire."

  · Walters on Hollywood's reaction: It's crucial that Sony "not stand alone... the industry, law enforcement, the government needs to come together and formulate a common policy, because when America unites in a crisis, we're unstoppable."

  · Walters on the fate of the studio, which he is in business with: "I think it's like Mark Twain said - the rumors of Sony's demise are greatly exaggerated. They're a great company. They do a lot of great work."

  · Wallenstein on the potential release of the movie: "Sony wants to strike while the iron is hot. There's a lot of controversy generating publicity. They spent a lot of marketing money. I think they want to make it happen soon."

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  6. Chris O'Connell

    I was pretty surprised to see Alan Dershowitz claim that movie theater operators are immune due to the 1st Amendment. I know he is a great lawyer but I have never heard of such a legal doctrine and am pretty certain it is an absolutely false claim. Wallenstein wanted to rebut the claim but he did not get a chance. He really did not get much of a chance to say anything so I hope you apologized to him for that.

    I think you need to correct Dershowitz' false claim. If a theater showing the movie was blown up on Christmas, that has nothing to do with free speech but with whether the movie theater operator did his duty to make the place safe for patrons. I mean, the Dodgers were liable when a fan was beat up!!

    P.S. I like the show when I see it. Big improvement over the former incarnation.

    December 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm | Reply

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