After much uproar Sony now says it is planning on setting a limited theatrical release for The Interview on Christmas Day. The film’s co-director and star Seth Rogen tweeted:
Which brings us to our:
Break Debate: Would you go to a movie theater showing The Interview?
As you know hackers allegedly acting on behalf of North Korea threatened to commit “9/11” style attacks on theaters if they screened the Seth Rogen- James Franco comedy The Interview in which the duo attempt to assassinate dictator Kim Jong-Un. Nearly all of the major movie theater chains in the United States decided not to show the film, which was supposed to open in 3,000 theaters on Christmas Day. This led Sony Pictures to cancel the release of the movie saying that they had no further plans for its release. It seems that after a lot of push back, including from the POTUS, Sony has decided to put the film into several hundred willing independent cinemas.
Sony CEO Michael Lynton said; “We have never given up on releasing ‘The Interview’ and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day. At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.”
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Oh nice; so the big corporate movie theater chains don’t want to risk the safety of their customers but it’s OK to give the film to a bunch of hipsters going to watch it ironically at their local art house screening. –No I mean that; I wasn’t being cynical, that actually sounds like a good idea. Maybe it’s all of a plan to test it out and see if anything happens, then if the coast is clear they will expand the release back up to the big leagues.
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Don’t take this away, North Korea! It’s all I have.
The Alamo Drafthouse theater, who planned on screening Dear Leader lampooning Team America: World Police in place of The Interview is already on board for the Christmas Day showing. Count me in! It’s every American’s duty to watch this film.
So, will you be there eating popcorn as Rogen and Franco kick some North Korean ass and deliver dick jokes?
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