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article imageRogen attends L.A. opening of 'The Interview' on Christmas Day

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 25, 2014 in Entertainment
Seth Rogen, the Canadian who wrote and co-directed, and stars in, the much-ballyhooed 'The Interview', showed up at a screening of the film in an L.A. theatre at 12:30 a.m. on Christmas. It was among the film's first viewings at a West Coast theatre.
Seth Rogen at screening of 'The Interview'
Rogen, along with co-writer and co-director Evan Goldberg, also Canadian, went to the front of the house and briefly thanked the audience at the Cinemfamily Theatre for attending the movie. “You are the best, without you we thought this might not happen at all,” Rogen said to the crowd. “If it wasn’t for theaters like this and people like you, this wouldn’t be fucking happening.”
A number of media, including NBC, attended to report on Rogen and Goldberg's appearance. They didn't stay for the movie but the audience did and the reviews were mostly positive, in contrast to the critics reviews of the film, which overall have not been good.
Hackers of the Sony website posted threats of a "9-11" style terrorist attack against any theaters who ran 'The Interview.' In the film, two TV journalists are invited to North Korea by Kim Jong-un and the CIA enlists them to assassinate the North Korean leader. The head of Mr. Kim, played by Randall Park, explodes in the film and the effect is of a decidedly cartoonish death.
Sony reverses decision on withdrawing movie
Sony initially withdrew the film, which also stars James Franco, from opening but reversed that decision after criticism from many quarters, including actor George Clooney and U.S President Barack Obama. Major multiplex chains are not showing the movie but in total some 331 U.S. independent theaters opened it today (it did not open in Canada) and there are many reports of sell-outs.
An example is the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre in Austin, where deadline.com reports each showing of the movie is sold-out throughout the day. “This is the best Christmas gift anyone could give us,” Alamo CEO Tim League said in a statement. “We, both distributors and exhibitors, have collectively stood firm to our principles and for the right to freedom of expression.”
The film is playing at theaters in major U.S. cities and smaller ones. It is now also available for viewing on YouTube, Google Play, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and for $5.99 you can see it on its very own website at www.seetheinterview.com.
Many theaters reported taking extra security precautions and Sony informed the FBI of which theaters were showing the movie.
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