December 17, 2014: 'The Interview' Premiere Canceled After Terror Threat, U.S. to Bid for 2024 Olympics, Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Ends Gay Ban

By Beth Kormanik December 17, 2014, 8:07 AM EST

1. ‘THE INTERVIEW’ PREMIERE CANCELED AFTER TERROR THREAT: Sunshine Cinema in New York has canceled the premiere of The Interview after hackers threatened a “9/11-style attack.” Anger over the film, a comedy about an attempted assassination of North Korea’s leader, may be one of the reasons behind a hack of Sony’s internal documents. Sony has also canceled media appearances by the film’s stars, Seth Rogen and James Franco. Variety: “The duo attended last week’s Los Angeles premiere, which was a low-key affair at which interviews were not allowed. … Earlier Tuesday evening, Carmike Cinemas said their theaters would not play the movie, which is set to open Christmas Day. Sony has given theater owners the option of deciding themselves whether they want to play the film.”

2. U.S. PLANS TO BID FOR 2024 OLYMPICS: The United States Olympic Committee has decided to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, although it has not chosen a host city. The contenders are Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington. Chicago Tribune: “The U.S. city will face formidable opposition, some spurred by changes the IOC approved eight days ago to help lower the costs of both bidding for and staging the now gargantuan Summer Games. One such rule allows the sharing of a bid between more than one city—or even country—for reasons of sustainability, which translates to avoiding a legacy of white elephant new arenas in a single city. That goes further than the past practice of having a few sports (notably soccer and sailing) far from the host city.”

3. BOSTON’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE ENDS GAY BAN: A group representing gays will participate in the Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade for the first time after its sponsor approved it in a 5-4 vote. Associated Press: “The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which had long resisted the inclusion of gay groups and won a United States Supreme Court decision in 1995 upholding its right to ban them from the annual parade, voted 5 to 4 on Monday night to allow the group OutVets to march in the March 15 parade. They will be allowed to carry a blue banner with five white stars representing the branches of the military, and six vertical rainbow stripes.”


BOSTON:  River Bar will host a Tiki Party on New Year’s Eve. The event will offer Polynesian-inspired food and drink specials, including Scorpion Bowl cocktails and Nantucket Bay Scallop Rangoon.

CHICAGO:  Thalia Hall will host the Holiday Haul and Toy Drive on Sunday. The shopping event will feature vintage and handmade goods from around 20 local businesses, including Comet Vintage and Belli Juice & Grocer. Guests can also bring gifts for the toy drive.

LAS VEGAS:  Michael Mina’s Bardot Brasserie is slated for a January 16 opening at Aria Resort & Casino.

LONDON:  Event Tech Lab, a virtual marketing and communications incubator for event tech start-ups, announced plans to open an office in London. To mark the launch, it will host a panel discussion on January 15 on Google's campus featuring Robert Dunsmore of GES, Liz King of and Liz King Events in New York, Adam Parry of Event Industry News, and Jamie Vaughan of Eventbase.

LOS ANGELES:  The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will host its annual Tea Party on January 10 at the Four Season Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  DJ Kaskade will headline the Life in Color Miami Festival, a paint party scheduled for December 26-27 at Sun Life Stadium. The debut event last year drew 25,000 people and organizers expect 60,000 people this year.

NEW YORK:  The Apollo Theater and WNYC will present the ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration entitled “Hear Our Voices, Count Our Votes: MLK’s March Continues” on January 18. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry will host a panel discussion on voter disenfranchisement, police-community relations, and other topics.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

SAN FRANCISCO:  Hilton San Francisco Union Square named Georg Paulussen its new executive chef. Paulussen will oversee the food operations, including banquets for the 1,915-room hotel.

TORONTO:  Surfset Toronto, a fitness studio with surfing-inspired classes, is now open. The venue offers group bookings and can host workout sessions with festive tropes such as flower leis and mini cupcakes.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The contemporary French restaurant Bastille will relocate to a larger location within Old Town Alexandria, and owners will introduce a casual everyday concept, Bistrot Royal, in its place. The transition will take place in January.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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