BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Sony pictures changes course announcing there will be a limited release of its movie, “The Interview” on Christmas day and it will be shown at a Baltimore County theater.
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Workers at Eastpoint Movies 10 are scrambling to rearrange their schedules so that they can air “The Interview” starting on Christmas day.
“You want us to kill the leader of North Korea,” Seth Rogan said in a movie sneak peak.
The controversial comedy, “The Interview” about the fictional assassin of North Korea’s leader will get its time on the big screen. In a major turnaround, Sony Pictures has announced a limited release starting Thursday.
“I think the hype is going to bring people in so we’re excited,” Joe Jackson, manager at Eastpoint Movies 10 said.
Jackson said they got a lot of flak when Sony pulled the plug on the movie.
“We got a lot of people calling and complaining because we are a privately owned theater so they though we would get it.. turns out we are getting it so it’s a good thing, but yeah we got a lot of negativity like I can’t believe you’re not going to play it,” Jackson said.
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Sony had cancelled “The Interview’s” release after hackers threatened terrorists attacks at theaters showing the film. The FBI has now linked that hack to North Korea.
“North Korea has been caught and now they’re trying to find a way to get out of the problem,” Dutch Ruppersberger said.
Internet blackouts have been reported across North Korea this week. U.S. officials won’t confirm if it’s retaliation for the hacking.
“And we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose,” President Obama said.
Meantime those involved with “The Interview” are celebrating the reversal. Actor Seth Rogan tweeting, “the people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed!”
For now, the movie will be screened in about 100 independent movie theaters nationwide. It’s unclear if any major movie chains will then pick it up.
The first showing of “The Interview” at Eastpoint Movies 10 will be at 11:40 a.m. on Thursday.
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