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Most of the country's largest theater chains will not show Sony's "The Interview," a comedy about the assaassination of the president of North Korea, because of a warning on Tuesday from anonymous hackers that people should avoid going to theaters where "The Interview" is playing. Sony plans to release the film Christmas day, but chains that have decided not to show it include Regal, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas, Arclight and Southern.
I plan to run the movie. That's what I told them I would do. I think this is a big city, big cinema chain scare tactic. I'm an independent, I'm in small towns. I would speculate, though, that Sony might decide not to release the film. They may push back the release date. You're talking about 80% of the screens in the country. Sony might decide not to release it. I have not heard back from the person I know and work with at Sony. I'm sure those guys at Sony are over hitting the panic button and pulling their hair out. Things have changed a lot since 9 o'clock this morning. Threatening people and being able to do that, that is censorship on a mass scale. It really is. It's a silly comedy, man. Come on, brother. I hate to see something crushed that way. I hate that for the film company and for those two comedians. Unbelievable. I'd like to show it, but the choice might not be mine at this point.
Harold Ott is the founder and primary researcher of Psych of the South, a record label dedicated to unearthing rare Arkansas pop history.
Recently, a trove of band business cards from the golden era of Arkansas garage bands was discovered and put on eBay. I was able to purchase some of them, including one by a little known 1960s garage band from Little Rock named The Mercenaries. Their record, on the cult favorite MY records label based in Little Rock, was released in early 1967. Their songs, including the atmospheric and heavy “Things Found Here” along with the psychedelic tinged “Take It All” are obscure even by garage rock standards. They were not featured on the 1999 Butler Center MY records compilation and their story has not been told before. I ultimately found the daughter of the group's lead singer, Lemmie Ogles, who had recently passed away. She remembered a package that was sent to Ogles a few years ago containing the Mercenaries 45 with a return address on the envelope that led me to Jack Thomas, the Mercenaries drummer, and ultimately to the bass player and founder, Jerry Thompson.
Thomas and Thompson met while in the Marines in the early 1960s. When Thompson returned, he played with a group called the Londales, featuring Lonnie Cole and his brothers, who later became the Light Brigade and released their own MY record. Thompson left the group to form his own in 1965 and brought in Thomas on drums and a former band mate, Jimmy Williams, on rhythm guitar.
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