Thursday , June 20 2024

Controversial Film 'The Interview' Premieres in Some Valley Theaters

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<p>The movie&nbsp;that created&nbsp;an international controversy premiered at some Central Valley theaters&nbsp;Friday.</p><p><span style="font-style: italic;">The Interview</span>, a&nbsp;comedy, centers around an assassination attempt on the communist leader of North Korea.</p><p>&quot;It’s piqued my interest, definitely–I mean, just to see what North Korea is really mad about, right?&quot; said Jennifer Reyes, a Los Angeles resident, who plans to watch the film.</p><p>Lemoore’s Stadium Cinemas is one of a few Valley theaters now showing the controversial film.</p><p>It’s original nationwide debut should have been Christmas&nbsp;Day. But after cyber attacks to Sony and terrorist threats from a group calling themselves Guardians of Peace, Sony pulled the film, only to later release it.</p><p>&quot;I think that was wrong for them [Sony] to do that in the first place,&quot; Reyes said. &quot;It’s just crazy that this one movie can actually put these two countries against each other.&quot;</p><p>Friday, President Barack Obama ordered sanctions against North Korea, saying they supported the cyber attacks.</p><p>Some moviegoers in Lemoore said trying to stop the film’s release&nbsp;impeded First Amendment rights.</p><p>&quot;Because we live in America, we have freedom of speech. You should be able to make whatever you want and get it distributed,&quot; said Greg Harlin, who watched <em>The Interview </em>on Friday.</p><p>Obama has said that Sony had made a mistake in cancelling the original premiere.</p><p>North Korea continues to condemn the film’s release.</p><p>It’s now playing online and in select theaters nationwide.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;It was a comical movie, and after&nbsp;I was done watching it,&nbsp;I thought it was actually kind of silly that there was so much uproar about it,&quot; said Sabre Poimboeuf, who also watched the film Friday in Lemoore.</p></div>

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