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Sony Pictures decides to air 'The Interview', Obama pleased

Published:Tuesday | December 23, 2014 | 4:51 PM
A large poster advertising the movie The Interview hangs on the back wall of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. - AP


President Barack Obama is applauding Sony Pictures Entertainment's decision to screen its film The Interview in a limited number of theaters.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz says the decision by Sony and some theaters allows individuals to make their own decisions about the film.

He says the White House welcomes that outcome.

Schultz is stressing that the US believes in free speech and the right of artistic expression.

Sony announced a limited release of The Interview beginning Christmas Day.

The comedy prompted an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its canceled release.

The White House says Sony kept it informed about their deliberations over the weekend.

Obama had earlier criticised Sony for failing to consult him about their decision to cancel the release.

Sony Pictures Entertainment statement

Sony Pictures Entertainment issued the following statement today on releasing The Interview in a limited number of US movie theaters on Thursday:

"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."

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