Sony Authorizes Christmas Day Screenings Of ‘The Interview’

Chuck Ross | Reporter

Sony Pictures has authorized screenings of “The Interview,” the satirical film about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un which the studio pulled earlier this month after hackers made terrorist threats if the movie was released.

On Tuesday, Tim League, who owns Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, announced that his theater was one of only a few in the country that will be showing the movie, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco.

The Plaza Theater in Atlanta also announced it would be showing the film.

Showings will not be limited only to Christmas Day, according to the theater’s management.

Sony canceled the movie’s red carpet premier last week and later pulled the film, claiming that larger chain cinemas were hesitant to show it, fearing terrorist threats.

The FBI has stated that the North Korean government is behind a hacking attack which exposed Sony executives’ embarrassing emails, some of which included unflattering comments about President Obama.

Some cyber security experts and law enforcement officials have questioned whether North Korea was actually behind the cyber attack.

Regardless, Obama criticized Sony’s handling of the threats.

“I wish they had spoken to me first,” Obama said at a year-end press conference last week. “I would have told them do not get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.”

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