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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 have begun showing the film starting Christmas Day, joining other independent and art house theaters around the country.

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 Obama has since blamed the attack on North Korea.

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