Hackers Lose -- 'The Interview' Is Coming to Theaters After All

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And the cyber hackers aren't winning this war after all -- The Interview is coming to select theaters on Christmas Day! After Sony announced last week that they were pulling the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy from ever being released, major backlash ensued. Even President Obama spoke out against the decision. So where can you see it?

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Right now, Sony has authorized select theaters around the country to screen the movie on Thursday including The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, and The Plaza Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. More are expected to come forward soon. And, according to The Wrap, plans to release the film on Video-on-Demand are coming from Sony soon too.

Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment released a statement that 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. I want to thank our talent on The Interview and our employees, who have worked tirelessly through the many challenges we have all faced over the last month. While we hope this is only the first step of the film’s release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech.

After last week's initial decision not to release the film on Christmas Day as planned, Hollywood was outraged that the terrorists had essentially won and were taking away our First Amendment rights and freedom of creative expression. I admit that all the leaked emails and threats of 9/11 style retaliation on the theaters who did show it really scared me. But that's the reaction the hackers wanted. They wanted to ignite fear and panic and get their way. 

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That's just not how America works though and upon further reflection, I do think sticking with the decision to not release the movie would have been scarier. It sets a terrible precedent that anyone who disagrees with anything deemed artistic or controversial can go ahead and shut it down. It stifles our creative freedom and closes the pathway for interesting and thought-provoking movies, music, and TV shows. If The Interview didn't get released, we were looking at a bland slate of entertainment in the years to come and the embarrassment of knowing that we cowered to terrorists who hid behind the internet to get their dirty work done.

Truth be told, I wasn't planning on seeing The Interview BEFORE this mess -- just not my cup of tea -- but now I can't wait to check it out. Who knew that a James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy would be one of the most important films released in a long time?

Will you be going to see The Interview on Thursday? Do you think releasing it is the right move?


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