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Last Update on December 26, 2014 08:05 GMT

"THE INTERVIEW" - THE EVENT

NEW YORK (AP) -- THIS was the movie that provoked an international incident? So far, those who have seen "The Interview" -- either online or in movie theaters -- agree it's hardly a cinematic masterpiece. But, thanks to the Sony hacking and the dispute by North Korea over the comedy, people see it as their patriotic duty to see it. Hundreds of theaters made special holiday arrangements to show "The Interview" yesterday. And thousands took time out from their Christmas gift opening and family time to watch it. The manager of a theater in Manhattan said he and those who went to see the film "are taking a stand for freedom." Said one moviegoer in Atlanta: "This is almost dangerous, like we're living life on the edge."

New Yorker Terry Shea wasn't concerned about security at the movies.

<<CUT ..003 (12/26/14)>> 00:02 "we're not afraid"

Terry Shea

New Yorker Terry Shea wasn't worried about previous threats over the screening of 'The Interview.'

<<CUT ..004 (12/26/14)>> 00:05 "expression of ideas"

Willie Jasso (JAH'-soh)

Moviegoer Willie Jasso thought it was important to celebrate freedom.

<<CUT ..005 (12/26/14)>> 00:10 "of some kind"

Willie Jasso (JAH'-soh)

Moviegoer Willie Jasso welcomed the differences of opinion over the release of 'The Interview.'

<<CUT ..006 (12/26/14)>> 00:05 "find the movie"

Nick Ratner

Moviegoer Nick Ratner found the back-and-forth over the showing of 'The Interview' a comedy in and of itself.

<<CUT ..007 (12/26/14)>> 00:05 "the whole time"

Nick Ratner, moviegoer, after seeing 'The Interview'

Nick Ratner went out to see 'The Interview' in New York on Christmas Day and loved it.

<<CUT ..008 (12/26/14)>> 00:12 "at our leaders"

Kim Jacowitz (JAK'-oh-wihts), movie-goer, after seeing 'The Interview'

Kim Jacowitz says one of the great things about this country, unlike North Korea, is that crude political satire is OK.

<<CUT ..009 (12/26/14)>> 00:14 "in free speech"

Derek Carpel (kahr-PEHL'), attorney, after seeing the movie 'The Interview'

Derek Carpel liked the movie, but even more than that, he liked the idea of supporting the film's release.

<<CUT ..010 (12/26/14)>> 00:16 "in this country"

Derek Carpel (kahr-PEHL'), attorney, after seeing the movie 'The Interview'

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.

SONY - MORE CYBERATTACKS?

TOKYO (AP) -- Has there been another wave of cyberattacks because of Sony's decision to release "The Interview" online? Might be. Both Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day. The PlayStation Store's Twitter feed says some users were having trouble logging into the network. It says engineers are investigating. Earlier this month the PlayStation store also experienced bouts of inaccessibility following cyberattack on computer systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

"THE INTERVIEW" - NORTH KOREA REACTION

NEW YORK (AP) -- "The Interview" may have been released to online outlets and movie theaters. But there has been no release of the tension among North Korean officials to the comedy, which depicts an assassination attempt against North Korea's leader. A North Korean diplomat to the United Nations calls the movie an "unpardonable mockery of our sovereignty and dignity of our supreme leader." But the diplomat says his nation will likely limit its response to condemnation, with no "physical reaction."

AP correspondent Kathryn Loomans reports North Korea's representative to the United Nations is making his country's displeasure known.

<<CUT ..013 (12/26/14)>> 00:19 "can prove it"

Kathryn Loomans

AP correspondent Kathryn Loomans reports North Korea says Sony should never have released "The Interview."

RUSSIA OFFERS SYMPATHY TO NORTH KOREA OVER "THE INTERVIEW"

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia has weighed in on "The Interview" controversy. And guess whose side it's on. The Moscow government has offered sympathy to North Korea over the issue, saying the movie was so scandalous, the anger of the North Korean government was "quite understandable." A statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry says the U.S. has failed to prove its claim that North Korea was behind the Sony cyberattack attack. Russia's ties with the communist North soured after the 1991 Soviet collapse. But have improved under President Vladimir Putin, who is no fan of the U.S.

COMMON - "SELMA"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Common says it's an honor to the in the cast of "Selma" -- the new movie that depicts the civil rights struggle -- specifically Martin Luther King Jr.'s marches from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in 1965 to support a voting rights bill. The actor says he wanted to capture the spirit of what those men and women were doing to fight for freedom for African-Americans. He stars as activist James Bevel in the film. "Selma" opens nationwide early next year.

Common says he went to school on his character, civil rights leader James Bevel.

<<CUT ..016 (12/26/14)>> 00:10 "part of "Selma""

Common

Common says he he's excited about being involved in such an important movie project.


Entertainment History

December 27, 2014 08:07 GMT

On Dec. 26, 1944, Tennessee Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie" was first performed publicly in Chicago.

In 1955, Decca Records released "See You Later, Alligator" by Bill Haley and the Comets.

In 1957, Elvis Presley got a temporary draft deferment so he could finish the movie "King Creole."

In 1963, Capitol Records released the single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles, which became the band's first No. 1 hit in the U.S.

In 1967, The Beatles film "Magical Mystery Tour" premiered on BBC television.

In 1968, Led Zeppelin played its first U.S. show, opening for Vanilla Fudge.

In 1973, "The Exorcist" made its premiere nationwide.

In 1974, comedian Jack Benny died. He was 80.

In 1999, musician Curtis Mayfield died outside Atlanta at the age of 57.

In 2010, singer Teena Marie died at her home in Pasadena, California. She was 54. Her death was attributed to natural causes.

Today's birthdays: Actor Donald Moffat ("Clear and Present Danger") is 84. Actor Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on "Sesame Street") is 81. Singer Abdul "Duke" Fakir (fah-KEER') of The Four Tops is 79. Record producer Phil Spector is 75. "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh is 69. Keyboardist Bob Carpenter with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 68. Humorist David Sedaris is 58. Drummer James Kottak of Scorpions is 52. Country drummer Brian Westrum of Sons of the Desert is 52. Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica is 51. Country singer Audrey Wiggins is 47. Guitarist J (White Zombie) is 47. Guitarist Peter Klett of Candlebox is 45. Singer James Mercer of The Shins is 44. Actor-singer Jared Leto (LEE'-toh) of 30 Seconds To Mars is 43. Singer and "American Idol" finalist Chris Daughtry is 35. Actress Beth Behrs ("2 Broke Girls") is 29. Actor Kit Harington ("Game of Thrones") is 28. Actress Eden Sher ("The Middle") is 23. Singer Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix is 22. Actor Zach Mills is 19.

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