Once again Hollywood has struck a blow for freedom.
Sony’s "the Interview" will be shown after all Christmas Day in theaters
After a small group of movie theaters offered to ignore North Korean threats and display “The Interview.”The studio announced it would be released Sunday at a small group of theaters.
President Barack Obama, who had criticized for Sony for caving into threats from Kimg Jong-Un’s regime, said he was pleased by the decision. He said the U.S. “believes in free speech.”
Seth Rogen, the film's director, Tweeted: "The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up!"
The White House welcomed the development, with a spokesman saying that President Barack Obama applauded Sony's decision and that the US was a country that "believes in free speech".
Sony Chairman Michael Lynton said he was "excited" that the comedy, about a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader, would now be seen.
Two cinemas in Atlanta and Austin have already revealed screenings.
"Breaking news," Tweeted Tim League, founder of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema in Austin.
"Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour."
The Art House Convergence, a coalition of independent theater owners, also offered to screen the film.
"We, the independent Art House community, will gladly exhibit 'The Interview' as a special, one-day showing," the group said on its website in a letter to Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, the studio's top two executives.
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