- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco celebrated on social media Tuesday after Sony announced that the North Korean satire “The Interview” will have a “limited theatrical release” on Christmas Day.

“The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!” Mr. Rogen, who plays Aaron Rapaport in the movie, wrote on Twitter.

“VICTORY!!!!!!!” said Mr. Franco, who plays Dave Skylark in the film, in a post on Instagram with a photo of him and his co-star. “The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken!!! SONY to release THE INTERVIEW in theaters on XMAS DAY!”

“CELEBRATING!!!!!” he wrote in another post with a photo of himself in three-way kiss with Mr. Rogen.

” ‘The Interview’ starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco saved by President Obacco! I MEAN PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!! Sorry!!!” he joked, referencing a year-end press conference in which President Obama mistakenly called Mr. Franco “James Flacco,” of the Baltimore Ravens.

Mr. Rogen and Mr. Franco had remained quiet about “The Interview” since canceling all their press appearances on Dec. 16, the day before Sony Pictures announced it planned to scrap the film’s Dec. 25 wide theatrical release due to threats by North Korean hackers, the Huffington Post reported.

“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,” Sony CEO and Chairman Michael Lynton said Tuesday. “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,” Mr. Lynton said. “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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