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"The Interview" Opens at Select Theaters Around City

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Sony Pictures' controversial comedy, "The Interview," opened Thursday at several New York City movie theaters and is also available online, only a week after Sony said it was cancelling the release of the film.

The entertainment group says the movie can now be streamed through Google Play, YouTube Movies and Microsoft's Xbox Video, as well as through a separate Sony website, for $5.99.

The film can also be purchased for $14.99.

"The Interview" is a satirical film depicting a fictional assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Sony initially cancelled the film's release last week after a hacking group threatened violence against theaters that planned to show it, prompting several major North American cinema chains to cancel their screenings due to safety concerns.

However, the company subsequently came under fire for its decision to pull the film from general release.

A number of independent theaters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens began showing the film starting Christmas Day, joining other independent and art house theaters around the country.

NY1 talked with some moviegoers at a theater in Greenwich Village, as well as some who hadn't seen the film. They all seemed to agree that Americans should be able to see whatever they want.

"We should not bow to dictatorship or any sort of extremism that tells us how we should live our lives and what we should say and what we should do," said one New Yorker.

"It was our American right to be able to see this thing, and I'm happy that Sony didn't cave in," said another.

"I think we have to stand up and be strong and be willing to go see what we want to see and not be intimidated," said a third.

The unusual release marks the first time a major studio movie will be shown simultaneously in theaters and on demand.

Last month, the hacking group launched a massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures.

President Barack Obama has since blamed the attack on North Korea.

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