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Sony says 'The Interview' will get a limited theatrical release on Christmas Day

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"The Interview" will be shown on Christmas Day, Sony Pictures Entertainment said Tuesday.

"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," Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, said in the company's announcement. "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."

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"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," Lynton added.

Sony had announced that it was pulling the film from its originally scheduled Christmas Day release after several major theater chains said they would not show the movie amid threats of terrorism.

North Korea has condemned "The Interview," which depicts the assassination of its leader, and Sony suffered a major hacking apparently related to the film. The U.S. government blamed Pyongyang for the cyberattack, but the North Korean regime denied the charges.

In a Friday media conference, President Barack Obama said the decision to pull the film was a "mistake."