Moviegoers glad to have opportunity to see 'The Interview'

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 25, 2014 at 1:10 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — One man who went to the movies on Christmas Day in New York to see "The Interview" says he liked the film -- but even more than that, Derek Carpel (kahr-PEHL') says he liked the idea of supporting its release.

The attorney says we can't let dictators or fundamentalists tell us what we can see or her, and how we can express ourselves.

It was just a few days ago that it appeared that no one would get a chance to see it in theaters. Sony Pictures had initially canceled today's release after a hacking attack and threats of terrorism. The film was denounced by North Korea for its humorous portrayal of a plot to assassinate that country's leader.

The studio eventually changed its plans, and released the movie for rental and purchase online yesterday -- and in hundreds of theaters today.

One moviegoer who saw the film today says one of the great things about the United States -- unlike North Korea -- is that crude political satire is OK.

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133-a-12-(Kim Jacowitz, movie-goer, after seeing 'The Interview', in AP interview)-"at our leaders"-Kim Jacowitz, says one of the great things about this country, unlike North Korea, is that crude political satire is OK. (25 Dec 2014)

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132-a-05-(Nick Ratner, moviegoer, after seeing 'The Interview', in AP interview)-"the whole time"-Nick Ratner went out to see 'The Interview' in New York on Christmas Day and loved it. (25 Dec 2014)

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135-a-16-(Derek Carpel (kahr-PEHL'), attorney, after seeing the movie 'The Interview', in AP interview)-"in this country"-Derek Carpel liked the movie, and said we can't allow dictators or fundamentalists to tell us what media we can consume and how we can express ourselves. (25 Dec 2014)

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APPHOTO LA102: Bernard Denney takes a selfie with his girlfriend Maho Tanaka, left, in front of the Cinefamily at Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 prior to attending the movie "The Interview." The film's Christmas Day release was canceled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea, but the release was reinstated in some independent theaters and through a variety of digital platforms. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) (25 Dec 2014)

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APPHOTO NYJM106: "The Interview" is listed on the Cinema Village movie theater marquee, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, in New York. The film's Christmas Day release was canceled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea, but the release was reinstated in some independent theaters and through a variety of digital platforms. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (25 Dec 2014)

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