Sony Delivers Christmas Surprise by Releasing 'The Interview'

Comedy fans can watch film about North Korea on YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft XBOX a day before theater release.
1:37 | 12/25/14

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Transcript for Sony Delivers Christmas Surprise by Releasing 'The Interview'
Back here at home, big news about that movie at the center of the massive Hollywood hacking scandal involving North Korea. Sony delivers the Christmas surprise this time. "The interview" is available right now online and will be in hundreds of theaters across the country, starting at midnight. Here's ABC's bazi kanani. Kim! Reporter: The surprise gift from Sony pictures on Christmas eve. Comedy fans now renting "The interview" on youtube, Google play and Microsoft xbox, a day before its release in the theaters willing to show the film. Sony say iing "It was essential for our studio to release the movie, especially given the assault upon our business by those who wanted to stop free speech." You know what's more destructive than a nuclear bomb? Words. Reporter: The plot to assassinate north Korean dictator Kim jong-un may be getting mixed reviews from those watching online, but ticket sales ahead of tomorrow's showings so strong that some theaters are adding more showtimes. Have you been surprised by the demand? I've been pleasantly sure priltzed at how fervent it is. I knew it was going to be popular. There's a lot of interest because of all the news. Our phone has been ringing off the hook. We've been selling out shows left and right. Reporter: Even free popcorn at this theater in Vermont if you bring a copy of the constitution and stand for the freedom of expression. Tonight, a north Korean diplomat tells the associated press, though his country condems the film, there will likely be no physical reaction to it.

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