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'The Interview' to receive Christmas release after all

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Ed Araquel

Though Sony initially flinched, it turns out the Grinch-y computer hackers who pressured the studio to pull The Interview could not keep the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy from coming. “Fah Who foraze, Dah Who doraze.

“We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we’re excited our movie will be in a [limited] number of theaters on Christmas Day,” said Michael Lynton, Sony’s CEO, in a statement. “At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that our movie reaches the largest possible audience.”

The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Tex., and the Plaza Atlanta in Georgia broke the news, announcing plans to show the film on Dec. 25, the film’s original release date. “Sony has authorized screenings of The Interview on Christmas Day,” tweeted Tim League, founder of Alamo Drafthouse. “We are making shows available within the hour.”

“We cannot imagine the pressures that have been affecting Sony, at all levels of the organization they have been under attack,” League added, in an official statement. “Amidst this unwarranted chaos, they have regrouped and listened to the public, the government and the exhibition community and responded with resolve and determination. At 10:45 a.m. Sony bookers approved screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other arthouse and independent theaters across the country. This is the best Christmas gift anyone could give us. We, both distributors and exhibitors, have collectively stood firm to our principles and for the right to freedom of expression. Two days til Christmas, and I am proud to be an American.”

The Plaza Atlanta tweeted out movie times and said that it would be one of the few theaters in the country to play the film.

The following Alamo Drafthouse locations will play The Interview.

Alamo Lakeline – Austin

Alamo Slaughter – Austin

Alamo South Lamar – Austin

Alamo Ritz – Austin

Alamo – Littleton, CO

Alamo Loudoun – Ashburn, VA

Alamo –  Kalamazoo, MI

Alamo – Yonkers, NY

Alamo Main Street – KC

Alamo – Richardson, TX

Alamo Vintage Park – Houston, TX

Alamo Mason Park – Katy, TX

Alamo – Lubbock, TX

Alamo Marketplace – New Braunfels, TX

Alamo Park North – San Antonio

Alamo Westlakes – San Antonio

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