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US cinemas to show controversial film The Interview

By AP Reporter

Sony has announced a limited cinema release of The Interview, putting the comedy back on to screens after an international row.

Sony Pictures Entertainment chief executive Michael Lynton said Seth Rogen's North Korea farce "will be in a number of cinemas in America on Christmas Day". Moviegoers celebrated the abrupt change of fortune for a film that had appeared doomed, as the title started popping up in the listings of a handful of independent cinemas.

After hackers last Wednesday threatened violence against cinemas showing the film, the nation's largest chains dropped the film, and Sony soon cancelled the film's release altogether.

That decision drew widespread criticism, including from President Barack Obama. The FBI has said the cyber attacks on Sony came from North Korea.

The development came after several North Korean websites suffered an hours-long shutdown that followed a US vow to respond to the cyber attack on Sony.

The White House declined to say whether the US government was responsible for the internet shutdown in one of the least-wired and poorest countries in the world.

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