Sony revives Christmas release of ‘The Interview’ – Part 1

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    Sony Pictures Entertainment revived plans today to release its comedy about a plot to kill North Korea's leader. It was the latest twist in a saga that's played out in Hollywood, Pyongyang and Washington.


    You are entering into the most dangerous country on Earth.


    Today's announcement means "The Interview" will begin showing Christmas Day, the original release date, at potentially hundreds of independent theaters around the country.

    In a statement, the studio's CEO, Michael Lynton, said Sony had always intended to release it: "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 yanked the film last week, after major theater chains refused to screen it, in the face of threatened violence by a hackers group. The same group had already carried out a massive hacking of Sony's computer system.

    On Friday, President Obama and the FBI formally blamed North Korea.


    We will respond proportionally, and we will respond in a place and time and manner that we choose.


    But the president today applauded Sony's latest move. Yesterday, North Korea was hit by an Internet shutdown that continued sporadically today.

    But the State Department refused to confirm or deny any U.S. role in the outage.

  • MARIE HARF, State Department:

    I don't have anything new to share with you today about North Korea. The president has spoken to what our potential response is, separate and apart from what we have seen over the last 24 hours might be. And I leave it to the North Koreans to talk about if their Internet was up, if it wasn't and why.


    Almost all of North Korea's Web links pass through China, but Beijing flatly denied it had any role in the cyber-attack.

    So, when President Obama laid blame for the Sony hack squarely at North Korea's door, some cyber-security experts were skeptical, and remain so.

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