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How to watch The Interview online now

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

Here is the official press release from Sony about renting or buying "The Interview":
 
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Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that The Interview will be available online across the United States starting today, Christmas Eve.
 
As of 10:00 a.m. PST (1 p.m. Pittsburgh time), the film will be available to rent in HD on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and the dedicated website www.seetheinterview.com at a price of $5.99. The film can also be purchased in HD for $14.99.
 
“It has always been Sony’s intention to have a national platform on which to release this film,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment.
 
“With that in mind, we reached out to Google, Microsoft and other partners last Wednesday, Dec. 17, when it became clear our initial release plans were not possible. We are pleased we can now join with our partners to offer the film nation-wide today.
 
“We never stopped pursuing as wide a release as possible for ‘The Interview. ‘ It was essential for our studio to release this movie, especially given the assault upon our business and our employees by those who wanted to stop free speech. We chose the path of digital distribution first so as to reach as many people as possible on opening day, and we continue to seek other partners and platforms to further expand the release.” 
 
“I want to thank Google and Microsoft for helping make this a reality. This release represents our commitment to our filmmakers and free speech. While we couldn’t have predicted the road this movie traveled to get to this moment, I’m proud our fight was not for nothing and that cyber criminals were not able to silence us.
 
“No doubt the issues we have confronted these last few weeks will not end with this release, but we are gratified to have stood together and confident in our future. I want to thank everyone at Sony Pictures for their dedication and perseverance through what has been an extraordinary and difficult time.”
 
Fans can watch “The Interview” on several platforms including:
 
Google Play: the movie is available to buy or rent at play.google.com, and can be watched in the Play Movies & TV app on Android and iOS phones or tablets, or streamed in the living room via Chromecast, Roku or the Nexus Player.
 
YouTube: the movie is available at youtube.com/movies and can be watched on the web, in the YouTube app, or on select living room devices like Chromecast, Apple TV, PlayStation and Xbox.
 
Microsoft’s Xbox Video: the movie is available to buy or rent on the Xbox Video app on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and XboxVideo.com.
 
SeetheInterview.com: In addition, The Interview is available at the dedicated website www.seetheinterview.com, which is sponsored by Sony Pictures and powered by Kernel and with payments through Stripe, a secure payment platform.
 
In addition to Google Play, YouTube, Microsoft and www.seetheinterview.com, The Interview is also being released in more than 300 U.S. theaters on Christmas Day. In Pittsburgh, it will play at the SouthSide Works Cinema along with Dependable Drive-in in Moon.
 

 

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Where you can see Interview on Christmas in Pittsburgh

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intposterAs reported in a news story on our site, the SouthSide Works Cinema will open “The Interview” on Christmas Day. So far, it appears to the be the only Pittsburgh theater taking the plunge.
  
If seeing the most talked about movie of the year weren’t enticement enough, the theater will give patrons who wear an American flag (pin or clothing or other item) or red, white and blue colors a free 32-ounce popcorn on Christmas Day only. 
 
Also, on that same day only, tweet a  picture of yourself in that patriotic garb and use the tags @TheInterview and @SouthSideCinema and you will  be entered into a contest to win a $25 theater gift card. 
 
Here are the showtimes:  
 
Dec. 25:  2:10, 4:45 and 7:20 p.m.
 
Dec. 26 to Jan. 1:  11:30 a.m., 2:10, 4:45, 7:20 and 9:55 p.m. 
 
Tickets are available on www.sswcinema.com and at the Southside Works Cinema box office.
 
Top photo from earlier this month by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP.

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Final Hobbit easily wins box office

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“The Hobbit” easily won the battle of the box office, grossing more than $90 million in North America since its Wednesday release. 
 
Its Friday through Sunday estimated take easily put it ahead of the third “Night at the Museum” comedy. 
 
Here are the early figures courtesy of Rentrak: 
 
1. “The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies” — $56,220,000, bringing its total since Wednesday to $90,627,210.
2. “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” — $17,300,000.
3. “Annie” — $16,300,000.
4. “Exodus: Gods and Kings” — $8,065,000, or $38,901,511 to date. 
5. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” — $7,750,000, for $289,226,689 so far. 
6. “Wild” — $4,150,000, for $7,210,737 after coming out of very limited release.
7. “Top Five” — $3,570,000, or $12,455,797.
8. “Big Hero 6” — $3,563,000, nudging its total to $190,441,423.
9. “Penguins of Madagascar” — $3,525,000, for $64,172,461 to date. 
10. “P.K.” (a Bollywood comedy in Hindi) — $3,461,068.
 

 

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Michael Keaton talks Birdman, Nicholson, CMU with Kimmel

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Film-Michael-KeatonJack Nicholson said it all after watching “Birdman” with Michael Keaton and a couple of others.

“Masterful, Keats,” he told him and “Thanks for making this movie because now I don’t have to.”

Keaton, who does a pretty good imitation of Nicholson’s voice, told a few stories on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” about their days filming “Batman” (Jack typically was out till 3:30 a.m. so wouldn’t arrive till 9:30 or 10, and was able to snooze in the makeup chair as he was transformed into The Joker).

The Pittsburgh native also challenged Kimmel to a spelling bee and name-dropped CMU but joked that he never could have been admitted to the prestigious school even if he had given it millions of dollars. He will become a visiting scholar for the Entertainment Technology Center. “I am getting a pipe and a tweed jacket and developing a drinking problem,” he quipped. 

The actor’s appearance opened with the TV host’s observation that Keaton, a Pittsburgh native, had won nine honors for “Birdman” and is in contention for eight more. “May I have one of your trophies?” Kimmel joked.

When the late-night host mentioned Keaton’s (surely) surefire Oscar nomination, the actor stopped him with, “Please, please, please, please” but acknowledged it was “ridiculously flattering.”

But Keaton is the front-runner and should be invited to the party, at the very least. I wouldn’t be surprised if he walks away with the gold. He's earned it. 

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"The Interview" NYC premiere scrapped, Carmike won't play film

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Variety has just reported that the New York premiere of "The Interview" has been canceled. That came on the heels of word that Carmike Cinemas had scrapped plans to show the movie. 

The news came hours after hackers’ threats that evoked 9/11 and seemed to target theaters playing the comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. It stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, who canceled their media appearances for today and tomorrow.

Sony still plans to release the movie, the trade publication reported, but told distributors they could pull it from their Christmas Day openings. It’s too early to know if other chains will follow Carmike’s example.

Christmas, after all, is one of the busiest, most lucrative movie seasons of the year. Today’s news isn’t just about patrons who might be leery of seeing “The Interview” but of going to any theater to see a movie.

The Department of Homeland Security said earlier today there was “no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters” but said it was still analyzing messages from the hackers calling themselves Guardians of peace. However, the Associated Press reports that law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles are addressing measures to ramp up security.

 

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