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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sony Finally Releases "The Interview" in Theaters and Online

Sony Pictures Entertainment has finally stood their ground and announced that The Interview will have a theatrical release, in around 300 theaters in the United States on Christmas Day, and will be available to rent starting today at 10am PT/1pm ET on YouTube Movies, Google Play, and Microsoft's Xbox Video. [hit the jump to continue]

“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,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment. “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.”

Sony Pictures is making The Interview available to rent or own starting on YouTube, Google Play, Xbox, and its own dedicated website theinterview-movie.com.  You can rent the film for $5.99 or purchase it in HD for $15.99.  Additionally, Variety reports that Sony is in talks to get The Interview up on Netflix within the next few days.

The reason all of this information is coming fast and loose is that Sony has been scrambling to figure out what to do with The Interview since the fallout from the North Korean threats.  They’ve been mulling over a number of options in the ensuing days, but CNN now reports that YouTube has tentatively agreed to allow users to rent The Interview.

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