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Interview ban for Franco, Rogen

James Franco and Seth Rogen have slapped a ban on press interviews for the Hollywood premiere of their new film, The Interview.

Sony Pictures has announced that broadcast media will not be invited to cover the film's red carpet on Thursday and no interviews will be granted to print reporters at the screening, in the wake of the cyber attacks which have targeted the film studio.

There will also be more police presence at the Ace Hotel event, reported Deadline.

"Security is always a concern at premieres, and this is certainly no different," a Sony official said. "We will have appropriate security at the premiere."

The comedy stars James and Seth, who also co-directed and co-wrote the movie, as journalists to travel to North Korea to interview - and assassinate - leader Kim Jong-un.

The North Korean government has denounced the film as an "act of war" and its official news agency promised a "merciless counter measure" if the film was not axed.

But it has denied responsibility for the cyber attack.

The film will be released on Christmas Day in the US.

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