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Sony pulls ‘The Interview’; the Internet reacts

A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, December 11, 2014.
Kevork Djansezian | Reuters
A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles, December 11, 2014.

Sony announced on Wednesday that it had cancelled next week's release of the controversial film "The Interview", after theater chains said they would not show the movie.

The group which claimed responsibility for hacking Sony Pictures earlier this month demanded that the release of the comedy - which depicts an assassination plot against North Korea's leader - be called off.

The Internet immediately lit up with reaction to Sony's "unprecedented" move.

- CNBC's Evelyn Cheng contributed to this report